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
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
The process from check in to check out was smooth
The memories we created will stay with us for a lifetime
We recommend the resort to all our friends and family
The sunset cocktail party at the Sandbank was amazing
from The first step you put on the island you can definitely recognize you’re in a lost piece of heaven. Pristine beaches, incredible restaurants and the most wonderful staff you will ever experience. Their attention to detail and the sustainability concept are definitely unique in this world of high end hotels. All staff makes an effort to make a real connection with the guests and you can definitely feel there’s an incredible human touch towards this goal. Our time at Soneva fushi will always be in our memories.
Travelled in February 2019, we arrived through the domestic flights (while deciding to leave through the water-plane) and greeted at the nearby island, picked by boat to the wonderful (shoe free) resort. Yup, they got our shoes at the boat, and we never put them back on till our departure day!
Mr. Friday Abdulatif and Ms. Friday were absolutely great, everybody on the island was just great.
Properties and nice and well maintained, villa was very spacious, very comfy, not short of anything (even a dedicated an on-off switch to kill the wifi and enjoy a communication-free vacation).
We used the bikes to travel across the small island to everywhere (we constantly got lost for the first couple of days but eventually got the hang of it).
Kids club was lots of fun, our son was asking to go there everyday!
The view of the stars at night was breathtaking, we had some rain and cloudy nights, but most of time was clear skies and beautiful snorkeling.
Food was good to mediocre, which we found to be the case in everywhere in the Maldives based on the reviews on trip advisor.
Had a couple of misunderstandings with staff at different restaurants, nothing major, but had wrong orders on 3 different occasions in a week.
Overall a wonderful experience, it's been 3 months and our 5 years old still speaks of it and asks to go back (which reminded me to write a review).
I didn't know what to expect in Soneva Fushi but everything you could dream of an island is Soneva Fushi.. beautiful and serene, with clear water around it..It's so beautiful. Kid's Den is a concept which not many resort owners have given this much thought, hats off :) Dolphins and baby sharks and all the marine life, absolutely mesmerising.. loved the food and the ice creams, yummy :)
I loved the idea in the bookshop (Amy, I think, sorry if I got your name incorrect), she was encouraging everyone who wanted to spend some time inside the store to read, she is a real gem :)
A must see place is, glass recycling factory, Evan and team, they were very friendly and very informative. D from Observatory was very entertaining. The water slide is out of the blue is a must try.
Most of the staff were very helpful, Badan, Nero, D from the Observatory, thank you guys, you guys rock :) one of the best eco resorts to visit, specially with your family or loved ones <3
This is truly a corner of paradise. It's very rare indeed to come across somewhere where high expectations are so roundly surpassed at every turn. From the beautiful villa to the impeccable but always-warm service, the stunning cuisine to the experiences which will last a lifetime in the memory, our four nights were nothing short of brilliant.
Highlights? Sunset cruising with champagne and dolphins, dining in the treetops under the stars, walking the beach every morning and spotting the baby black tip sharks. But everything felt dreamlike, frankly.
My advice? Book for longer than you'd originally planned. Leaving Soneva Sushi will be one of the hardest things you'll do :)