So everyone else has said it but...
The service here is second to none. Your Mr or Ms Friday will look after you well but without being obtrusive. Everyone has a smile. We were upgraded when we arrived and again halfway through our stay - not because we complained about anything but I guess just because...
The food is to die for - huge choice, and as a vegetarian it's not often that I can say that and really mean it, but I could have stayed for a month and not eaten the same thing twice. The wine is very expensive but they have this great thing where you can order a bottle one night and if you don't finish it, it will find its way to you whichever restaurant you eat in the following night, and the night after.
- really, don't bother with shoes or flip flops - you will be the only person wearing anything on your feet
- really, don't bother with swanky clothes - its mostly dark at dinner and nobody cares what you look like
- go to the observatory - on a clear night you will get a fantastic view, and have a really interesting conversation
- take a good mosquito spray - there are lots, despite the resort's best efforts to manage them
- learn to love your bike if you are in a villa a bit of a distance away from the main areas - there are 3 wheelers available if you aren't comfortable with 2 wheels and golf buggies if all else fails
- go snorkelling with the marine biologist - very informative
- enjoy seeing the frolicking dolphins from your own piece of beach - not guaranteed of course, but we saw them twice in a week
- watch the sunset from Bar(a)bara - beautiful
There is an inhabited island that you can see from one side of the island, but this doesn't spoil the experience at all. Besides, the Maldives belong to the Maldivians not the tourists, and we found it quite interesting watching the comings and goings to that island.
We were a little worried about whether needing to include a seaplane in the journey would be a pain, having previously stayed at an island which only needed a speedboat transfer, but they do their very best to make this part of your holiday and it really isn't a big deal.
All in all, we would definitely go back because by the end of our week there we felt refreshed, well looked after and properly well fed and watered. We also felt that the resort does a significant amount to help minimise damage to the environment and to support the local community. Beautiful. Go.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- When Eva and Sonu Shivdasani built Soneva Fushi as well as their home on the deserted island of Kunfunadhoo in the Maldives in 1995 they had no idea that their intensely personal vision of a locally crafted villa and environmentally responsible lifestyle would form the basis of a successful collection of world-class hotels, resorts and spas. But that's exactly what happened. Soneva Fushi was the first 'castaway' resort in the Maldives, pioneering a trend for back-to-nature luxury holidays. It established a blueprint for a highly acclaimed international business, followed by spectacular Soneva Kiri on the unspoilt Thai island of Koh Kood in 2009. The success of the Soneva brand also paved the way for Six Senses Resorts and Spas with award-winning properties in Asia, the Middle East and Europe. Under Eva's and Sonu's direction the Six Senses brand gained a global following before being sold in 2012. Today the Sonevas have many imitators, but no equals. Each Soneva - and a yachting experience, Soneva in Aqua - impresses on a wide range of levels. Breathtaking 'remote but accessible' natural locations, effortlessly chic accommodation, incredible food, truly memorable activities, an inspiring ethos of sustainability and service that is uncannily intuitive. 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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- Also Known As:
- Soneva Fushi By Six Senses Hotel Kunfunadhoo
- Soneva Fushi By 6 Senses
- Soneva Fushi Resort
- Soneva Fushi Hotel
- Soneva Fushi Maldives/Kunfunadhoo