“An escapist’s dream resort: eco-luxury, unquestionable service and rare privacy on one of the largest islands in the Maldives”
One of Soneva Fushi's most attractive features is its rooms, tucked away in the trees like a little home. All are warmly inviting, with natural materials hiding luxurious accessories. There are several grades of accommodation, ranging from the various 1-bed beach front villas through to the 2-Bed Crusoe Villa with pool.
Each category gets bigger and progressively more swish - in some cases the accommodation becomes split level too - but all rooms are lovely with kingsize beds and open-air garden bathrooms.
In ours the huge double bed was draped in soft muslin to keep non-existent mossies at bay. Wood, bamboo and rattan predominated, interspersed with colourful cushions. Champagne greets every guest, there's an extremely tempting minibar, and the telephone has direct dial buttons to the Head Chef (very important!), Dive School and Spa. In the bathroom, complete with big fluffy towels, bio-degradable lotions and stepping stones into the garden, there was a powerful ‘open’ shower, plus a bath under overhanging thatch.
Other nice touches include coconut pots; mats made from logs; a bristly hedgehog at the door, and a small urn to wash sand off (all available in the shop). All rooms have a private outdoor seating area leading directly to the beach.
The cuisine at Soneva Fushi wouldn't be out of place in a gourmet restaurant in a cosmopolitan city. And the fact that it's being served on a remote island only adds to the experience.
High quality ingredients, flown in regularly, are supplemented by the organic garden and a wide selection of fresh fish. The central Kana restaurant serves Western and Asian favourites, with regular buffets. The Me Dhuniye (sunset) restaurant’s fusion cuisine, served in a cosy beach setting, includes a weekly 6-course meal with specially selected wines. There is also the Mihiree Mitha lunch, an international deli experience.
For private dining, room service includes many favourites and you can eat out on your private terrace. More notably, the chef will do his utmost to provide any personal requests (including any special diets). One of the highlights of our trip was having our ideal meal cooked for us in the Sunset Restaurant - it was amazing.
There are also sandbank BBQs, desert island picnics, sunrise breakfasts on Turtle Beach… something for every day of the week.
For drinks, the main bar is open until the last guest leaves. Sunset sees champagne on the sandbank, and even private cocktail parties. And the impressive wine cellar boasts a truly international selection, tapped into upon request; with a weekly wine tasting on Sunday.
Children of all ages are welcome and there is a huge range of activities for the little ones to try out in the fabulous Den (kids club, which is open 12 hours/day and is free to use), and the castaway style villas are the stuff of fantasy with private butler service, open-air private garden bathrooms, and private outside sitting areas - many have a private pool. Arriving by sea plane and staying here would be a magical and memorable holiday for families! Bicycles are provided for all villas.
The villas have space for at least one extra person and many can interconnect. For those who can really go to town, the Soneva Fushi Villa Suite with pool and Tree House, and 2-Bed Crusoe Villa with pool have the most space. There are also beautiful beach front villas available.
Babysitting available by arrangement
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
The Den (new summer 2015) has two pools, zip wire, water slide, pirate ship, lego room, dress up room, DJ corner, kitchen for cooking classes and dining, mocktail bar, indoor cinema, a light and temperature controlled baby sleeping area. Marine biologists and waste-to-wealth specialists run occasional activities. The Den is open 12 hours a day and is free of charge