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“Wonderful experience, terrific staff” 5 of 5 stars
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Soneva Fushi Resort
5.0 of 5 Resort   |   Baa Atoll, 2233 (Formerly Soneva Fushi by Six Senses)   |  
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“Wonderful experience, terrific staff”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

We had a fabulous week at Soneva Fushi during the first week of July. The resort is, as others have noted, relaxed, with excellent service (Moojay and Dylan both treated us extremely well) and terrific food. This can't be confused with an inexpensive place to visit, but the value is actually quite high. The spa was first rate (Tri gave an excellent massage), and Fabio and the SCUBA dive boat staff made exploring the local reefs a great experience. Puan (sp?) led yoga sessions that worked well for experienced and novice students.

As an American The Maldives are quite a journey to reach, but due to the quality of the service and experience I can definitely imagine making the trip again!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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MLESAManager, General Manager at Soneva Fushi Resort, responded to this review, August 6, 2013
Dear Guest,

We were absolutely thrilled to read your wonderful review. As you said, the relaxed atmosphere, the food, and the excellent Soneva service and SlowLife experiences are what attracts guests to return - we are glad that you plan to make a trip back again. We have passed on your positive comments to the Dive Team also to Pavan and Tri at the Spa.

We look forward to your return and to making your next trip an even more memorable one!

Yours sincerely,

Laurie Burr
General Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

Quiet, barefoot elegance and great service. Food is quite good, especially the tree top restaurant. Villas are lovely and comfortable. Biking is a real highlight. The beaches are only so-so, but the overall experience makes up for it. We will certainly consider coming again.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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MLESAManager, General Manager at Soneva Fushi Resort, responded to this review, August 6, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you so much for your compliments and for writing a review about your stay at Soneva Fushi. It is important for us to offer the best guest experience and we are delighted to know that you enjoyed the quiet barefoot elegance and great service.

I have noted your comments about our beaches. Soneva Fushi prides itself in having one of the biggest resort islands in the Maldives of which 402 thousand sq meters surround our 60 unique private luxurious villas and residences. Sometimes the monsoons and tidal changes affect the size of the beach, but one thing for sure is that everyone has their own private beach plus eight secluded private beaches around the Island.

We are glad to know that you are planning to return for another holiday with us – we look forward to the pleasure of welcoming you back.


Yours sincerely,

Laurie Burr
General Manager
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

Where do I start? Having traveled to quite a few Maldivian resorts I will definitely bring Soneva Fushi up there among the bests. The eco friendly concept, the professional Fridays and the fantastic food will be the first things to note. The spa is still a Six Senses spa and really one of the best I have ever tried... I'll write a later review some other time, but for now I can only say: Don't hesitate.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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MLESAManager, General Manager at Soneva Fushi Resort, responded to this review, August 6, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for writing such a wonderful review and for recommending our Resort to others. My Team and I are thrilled to be rated as one of the best resorts you have visited in the Maldives. We are glad that you appreciate our eco friendly concept and we thank you for your comments on the food and service provided from our Hosts – comments like yours always encourage them to strive for our continued passion for excellence.

We hope to welcome you back again soon.

Yours sincerely,

Laurie Burr
General Manager
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Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

We have just returned from our 12 day stay in Soneva Fushi and I really can't compliment it highly enough.

From our reception in Male airport, seaplane transfer and welcome to the island by our Miss Friday and Tim and the management staff, we had an utterly incredible experience.

It is easily the most relaxing and rejuvenating place we have had the pleasure of enjoying and there are no shortage of things to do to keep busy.

Highlights: sandbank cocktail party, outdoor cinema nights, complimentary snorkelling equipment and bicycle use for the duration of our stay, our ever attentive and friendly Miss Friday (Ainth - thank you again!) and the personal attention given by the large numbers of friendly staff in the spa, restaurants, bars and dive school. I'd also recommend the "Eco tour" for an interesting morning finding out what the resort is doing to offset its impact on the environment and grow its own organic sustainable produce. The food is of near Michelin star quality and the diversity and quality of beverages have to be tasted to be believed. Couples (especially on Honeymoon) are left to their own peace and quiet as much as they like, the villa suites are very clean and private and the beaches peaceful.

Lowlights: few and far between - mosquitos can be troublesome at times, the activities can be expensive for what you get, the meals and drinks are pricey (though this can be offset by going half or full board). Really nitpicking here, nothing spoilt our stay at all!

We can't wait to save up to visit again, thank you all for our incredible holiday!

Shukuriyya, Micheala & JP (villa 58)

Room Tip: Sunset side is quieter in terms of boats etc, though it's all very peaceful. Sunset side perhaps...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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MLESAManager, General Manager at Soneva Fushi Resort, responded to this review, August 6, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your wonderful review. Soneva Fushi is a great resort to visit and we are happy to know that you enjoyed your stay and all that we had to offer, from the Sandbank cocktail party, outdoor cinema, snorkeling to bicycle rides around the island. We are glad that you went on an “Eco Tour’ and we appreciate your positive comments on our efforts at being eco friendly and our approach to sustainability.

We are sorry that you encountered mosquitoes during your stay. Rest assured, this has now been resolved by changing pest control companies whom have had noticeable results in reducing our unwanted flying friends.

We look forward to having you stay with us again.

Yours sincerely,

Laurie Burr
General Manager
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Hertford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013


Sorry it's taken so long to write this review but with only a week till we return to this paradise and mounting excitement, here it is.
Soneva Fushi really was perfect in every way. From the moment we landed we knew we really had found our paradise. The accommodation was beautiful, the location was breathtaking and the food at all the eateries were simply way too good! The service was second to none. Everyone was so friendly and nothing was too much trouble, to the extent where the wonderful Laurie Burr, General Manager, even helped our daughter with her geography project on her return to the uk!
Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who makes Soneva Fushi truly perfect, we can't wait to see you all on Saturday xxxxx

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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MLESAManager, General Manager at Soneva Fushi Resort, responded to this review, July 6, 2013
Dear Guest,

We are absolutely thrilled to have you back and can’t wait to see you all again. We are happy that we could make a difference to your daughter’s geography programme - we look forward to your return and to the pleasure of welcoming you.

Yours sincerely,

Laurie Burr
General Manager
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

Getting to the resort was so easy thanks to the attentive staff, the sea plane flight was great way to get to the island takes about 20 minutes. Then a short boat ride with a refreshing drink. We were greeted by our Mr Friday "Mohammed" with a beautiful welcoming smile.
Our room was lovely with everything we needed. We had a one bedroom with pool on the beach! It was so comfortable with plenty of room. Lots of areas with day beds to just relax. The beds are so comfortable there were days that I just did not want to get out of bed.
The restaurants were great each night there is a different theme great variety and fabulous service. You really can't fault anything. Riding the bikes was so fun I was surprised that I still knew how to ride a bike as I can't remember the last time I rode one.
The Senior Management are very visible and interactive with the guests it was lovely to meet them all, congratulations to them all they are doing a great job to ensure the resort is kept so beautiful and the staff are happy and so good looking after the guests. Thank you for a lovely time I will definitely be returning one day soon. I highly recommend Soneva Fushi!

Room Tip: Our one bedroom was great with pool and beach!
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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MLESAManager, General Manager at Soneva Fushi Resort, responded to this review, July 6, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for such wonderful feedback on Soneva Fushi. I cannot tell you how thrilled I am to hear that you enjoyed your Soneva Fushi Villa.

Soneva Fushi, built on 402 thousand Sq meters, provides the best luxury accommodation in the Maldives with over 15 categories to choose from. Please log on to our website www.soneva.com to view these exceptional villas for your next visit.

My team and I are always at our guests’ disposal and I thank you for recognizing those who are determined to make a difference to a guest’s stay.

We look forward to the pleasure of welcoming you back, hopefully in the not too distant future.

Yours Sincerely,

Laurie Burr
General Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

We have been fortunate enough to holiday at Soneva Fushi many several times and it has always been excellent. After a gap of three years we returned this year with our children to find that the Bears Den in the woods has recently been created for younger children. They had a lovely time doing some really creative things. In true Soneva style, this recent addition is different and better than the rest.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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MLESAManager, General Manager at Soneva Fushi Resort, responded to this review, July 8, 2013
Dear Guest,

We are glad you returned for another holiday at Soneva Fushi, it was our pleasure to have you and your family stay with us. Our younger Soneva guests are one of our top priorities, and with that said, we are currently constructing one of the most innovative and creative children’s Den that will be the biggest in the Indian Ocean. This will be ready late this year. The Den shall host all of Soneva’s Philosophies providing Intelligent luxury, Learning – Inspiring – Fun – Experiences, for not only just children and teenagers but Mums and Dads as well. Soneva Fushi never sits still, and every year we look at adding new experiences in our Food and Beverage outlets and Guest experiences, for all our guests to enjoy.

We hope to see you again hopefully in the not too distant future.

Yours sincerely,

Laurie Burr
General Manager
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Address: Baa Atoll, 2233 (Formerly Soneva Fushi by Six Senses)
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Location: Maldives > Baa Atoll > Kunfunadhoo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Kunfunadhoo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Soneva Fushi Resort 5*
Number of rooms: 57
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Soneva Fushi Resort in the Maldives, is the original desert island hideaway. The resort that set the tone and the standards for every subsequent resort. A jewel of an island - large by Maldives standards - with perfect beaches, a vibrant reef encircling the island, a colony of nesting turtles and its very own world class observatory. Located in the Baa Atoll, Maldives' only UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, Soneva Fushi is blessed with extensive coral reefs and significant biodiversity including large concentrations of whale sharks, manta rays and marine turtles. The resort is perfect for romantic couple getaways, or family holidays as it provides unique experiences and activities for all, from diving and snorkelling with the marine biologist, to sandbank dinners and a children's den (playground). ... more   less 
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