What We Love
- One of the original luxury resorts in the Maldives — the place practically invented “castaway chic”
- Seriously eco-friendly
- Villas have direct access to the white sand beach
- Spectacular spa staffed by visiting therapists
- Free bikes parked in front of villas
What To Know
- A 10 percent per night hotel service charge and a two percent per night carbon tax will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- About a 35-minute seaplane ride from Malé (where international flights arrive); transfers are approximately $510 per person, round-trip
- Dress code is casual and low-key
- Eco friendly
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
With its impeccable white sand beaches, palatial thatch-roofed villas and stellar spa, Soneva Fushi sets the benchmark for rustic chic in the Maldives. When husband-and-wife team Sonu and Eva Shivdasani built this rustic retreat on the uninhabited island of Kunfunadhoo, the area was known only to savvy backpackers. These days the Soneva Fushi’s look and vibe are widely imitated, and the resort’s pool has grown considerably more crowded. But the Soneva Fushi continues to define the kind of barefoot luxury that the Maldives are known for, right down to the resort’s “no news, no shoes” policy, in which guests surrender their footwear at check-in.
Bed and Bath
The 65 villas share space on the densely forested 100-acre island, hidden behind swaths of plumeria trees that line the beach. The Shivdasanis are visionary eco-hoteliers, so the resort’s roofs are made from woven coconut leaves, and there are aggressive eco programs on-site, such as a recycling plant, a carbon offset initiative and a seawater cooling system. But luxury abounds: Villas have cozy canopy beds and elaborate garden bathrooms that open onto a rambling stone walkway and outdoor shower.
When hunger strikes, guests can traverse a tree canopy bridge for an organic dinner at the elevated Fresh in the Garden, or have a private beachfront picnic on a nearby desert island arranged by a thakaru (butler). The spa’s extensive menu is supplemented by visiting therapists, including acupuncturists, reiki specialists and naturopathic doctors from around the globe, making Soneva Fushi one of the best wellness retreats in the Maldives. Romance comes naturally at a classic Maldivian resort like this one. But nothing quite matches the experience of snorkeling among the tropical fish just steps from your room or seeing the stars from the observatory in the organic garden — both must-dos at this tropical escape.
How to Get There
Imaging having all your senses fulfilled with joy and comfort: the barefoot philosophy that takes your feet touching directly the ground, connecting yourself to nature; the fresh smell of herbs everywhere; the incredible taste of Soneva's high level cuisine; the beauty of unpretentious luxury design; the sound of birds and the sea...this whole atmosphere makes you feel like heaven.
This was truly one of the best services ans experiences we got so far in hotels worldwide.
You feel so close with the nature since your fist step to Soneva Fushi. No news No shoes - what a clever concept. The beautiful villa that is generous on space; you feel the freedom in every move. You're in the world you want to be. The staff are no genuine and willing to make you stay memorable. The food are unbelievably good. I'm so impressed with experiences Soneva Fushi has to offer. Seeing dolphins in the ocean, on the dolphin cruise, was the best experience I've ever had. Cocktails on the sandbank is another experience you must have once in your life.
I also had a tour to Soneva Fushi 'eco centro' and was so impressed. The resort is striving to be zero waste and i know they will make it soon.
This is my 2nd time in Maldives, but it is my first experience for Soneva Fushi resort. It was one of the best experiences of my journey so far, from servicing to accommodation, they have well thought out to prepare the most memorable experience that i can bring it back home.
Definitely one of your lifetime bucket list! Time flies when we was on the island. We stayed at the resort for 3 nights and never wanted to go back home. The resort allows you to be close to the nature but feel so so safe since it said that there is no harmful animals on the island. The staffs made us feel so special and like home! Breakfast was superb. Everthing was wonderful. No brainer it was the best vacation experience I've ever had!
Barefoot luxury on an amazing island! Yes, please. Fell in love with everything Soneva Fushi. From A to Z, it is a very well designed experience. Seaplane transfer was so beautiful as well. Their Slow Life Philosophy sets the right tone & they are redefining luxury. Soneva Fushi has it all and it is the perfect vacation getaway for any type of traveler. They have a great team, offering a great service. The food is organic and delicious with many restaurant options suitable for everyone. The villas are top notch with all sorts of amenities. You will have your own bike and simply experience the island life at its best. They also offer fun experiences such as Dolphin tours and snorkeling in the crystal clear waters of the Maldives. You can also take a day trip to Soneva Jani which is also top notch. A sandbar is located right by the island which makes it perfect for creating beautiful photos. Whatsmore, you can watch the stars with their superb telescope. Unbelievable experience indeed. Thank you Sonu for turning your dream into reality and for inspiring lots of others to make the Maldives a dream place to go. Also, thanks to Santiago and to our Mr. Friday: Umar for satisfying all of our needs. Can't wait to go back!