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Soneva Fushi
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Kunfunadhoo
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed April 22, 2013

Our first introduction to Soneva Fushi was a quick week's 'break from the kids' and a wonderful break it was. The location is superb, discreet and elegantly laid back. Exactly what we were looking for. While the husband read, I was inspired during a one on one Maldivian cooking lesson by the superb chef, Sobah, which has been reproduced to great applause!
The restaurants are all very different from each other, all incredibly delicious, with the right amount of choice but not too much, which is a luxury in itself. The Chocolate 'Bar' is worth the trip alone!!!
We had an afternoon snorkelling with the marine biologist and she took us to 3 reefs, all very different from the other. She showed us many things that the untrained eye would have missed. Beautiful.
The spa offers many wonderful treatments and the idea of a visiting practitioner who excels in their field a treat to experience. Normally a long waiting list for this kind of thing in London, not just a day's notice! Before we had left, we already decided that we would be returning, with the children in tow next time as the 'den' and the activity list would keep our little pirates entertained and educated!
Needless to say the staff is incredibly helpful but not at all in your face. They are pleasant and chatty but are quick to recognise when you would like to be left alone which is what one would expect from such a high standard Resort.
Resort almost seems like the wrong word though. It actually feels like home.
Thank you to Laurie and all the staff and we shall be seeing you again very soon.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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MLESAManager, General Manager at Soneva Fushi, responded to this reviewResponded May 2, 2013

Dear Guest,

“Heavenly Holiday” does indeed sum up all that we are proud of; like you said, superb, discreet and elegantly laid back location, the Soneva service, and most of all the feeling of being at home. Thank you for your fantastic feedback and wonderful comments.

Sobah is so glad that you were inspired by his cooking lessons - he puts his heart and soul into his Maldivian cooking and he hopes that you will turn out some great Maldivian dishes back home.

Yes, you are right, the Chocolate bar is a favourite amongst all our guests especially the children. The building of a “Children’s Den” this year for our younger Soneva guests, will add to our family experiences and we are glad that you plan to bring your children along next year as it will be super fun where children will learn more about themselves, the country and the planet which is a part of our SLOWLIFE Philosophy of Learning Inspiring Fun Experiences.

We look forward to your return with the children next year and to the pleasure of welcoming you back.

Yours sincerely,

Laurie Burr
General Manager

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Reviewed April 18, 2013

On my return journey back I wrote this poem. It is some thing I don’t normally do but was compelled to express my experience in some way. It describes my state of mind and my thoughts before, during and after my visit.

SONEVA FUSHI

Oh what a welcome
With much to overcome
And would you succumb
Or hail His kingdom come

An Instant love affair
She strips you bare
And if you don't care,
Everyone's aware.

Struck by nature
Natural decor
Void of plenty
Rich in empty

Blue skies above thee
Oh what beauty
Blue seas below thee
She amazed me

Humbled you will kneel
Troubled souls are healed
And leaving you'll believe
You've been Soneva Fushi filled

It was not just the attention to detail in its interiors, its Architecture or sustainable design ethos.

It is not just the choice, the presentation and quality of food.

Not just the choice facilities and activities that encouraged quality time alone or with friends on both land and sea.

Above all, what stood out was the quality of personal service which was second to none. All of the hosts were so genuinely friendly, they injected a happy feeling into you that brightened up the whole resort.

Believe me when I say there is no place on earth like Soneva Fushi.

Gwyn Jay Allen

Room Tip: The layout of the villas is such that every location is far enough from the next using the natural v...
  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled solo
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Thank Gwyn A
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MLESAManager, General Manager at Soneva Fushi, responded to this reviewResponded April 26, 2013

Dear Guest,

Wow such a lovely review! We are absolutely thrilled that your holiday experience at Soneva Fushi inspired you, so much so that it brought out the poet in you.

We work very hard to ensure our facilities and services are superior and we strive to be the best resort - you have certainly rewarded my team with your generous commendations and it means a lot to us that you took the time to share it with the world.

We will be delighted to welcome you back, and we look forward to your next visit, hopefully soon.

Yours sincerely,

Laurie Burr
General Manager

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Reviewed April 8, 2013

We stayed in a Crusoe villa at Soneva Fushi during Easter 2013. The experience was amazing from the moment we were taken care of by the lounge personnel, when we arrived at the seaplane airport, until the very last contact with the staff when we left the domestic airport on our return home. The atmosphere at the island is unique in the sense that you really feel that it is a home away from home. The staff adresses you by your given name (as opposed to the impersonal sir and mam) and everybody seems to know who you are from the moment you arrive. They seem to know your beverage preferences instantly and treat you as if you've been there forever. The food is incredible, especially the breakfast buffet which seems to display every single type of fruit available in the world, as well as freshly cooked egg dishes, hand made chocolate, fresh juices, musli, etc etc. The best thing with the island is that you feel as if you're there all alone. You can walk around the island in appr 45 minutes and during that time you might not see a single person on the beach. I have no idea where the other guests were, but I sometimes felt we were all alone. It's very private and yet there is an array of activities to choose from such as tennis (great court), gym, diving/snorkling, excursions, biking, kids club, outdoor cinema, star hunting in the observatory etc. The snorkling right off the beach is fantastic! We saw baby sharks, turtles and thousands of fish in the clearest water I've ever seen (and we've done quite a bit of diving and snorkling).

The only negative thing about the resort is the view over the closest island at the back of Soneva Fushi. When booking I would make sure I wouldn't end up overlooking the pretty ugly houses on the neighbouring island. It brings down the feeling of unspoilt nature.

We cannot wait until we can return to this piece of heaven again!!

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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MLESAManager, General Manager at Soneva Fushi, responded to this reviewResponded April 26, 2013

Dear Guest,

Thank you for posting such a wonderful review on our TripAdvisor page. We are glad that you enjoyed the entire Soneva Fushi experience and as you say, the atmosphere of the island is what makes you feel that it is a ‘home away from home’.

We hope to welcome you back again soon, and we will make sure that on your next visit you enjoy a beautiful view of the ocean.

Yours sincerely,

Laurie Burr
General Manager

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Reviewed April 7, 2013

I basically found heaven on earth...Soneva Fushi...is truly out of this world. Their attention to detail is un rivaled. You are assigned a personal assistant, that is basically at your beck and call....and always with a smile and such grace. We were assigned a very beautiful, mild spirited lady (Anthu), she was truly selfless in every way. The resort of itself is a preservation of the environment in every form...from the greens in the forest that are untouched to perfect bikeways, to the most tasteful, fresh and crisp vegetables and fruits, all served with great style and courtesy...i could go on. This is a must experience, if you are heading to the Maldives, Soneva Fushi is where you want to go. Oh and did i mention how attentive the staff are and how wholesome the experience was. They offer everything you can think of ... wholistic yoga and spa to a walk through nature at the observatory...there is something for everyone and there is a lot of every thing you would ever wish for. You can commune with nature in the very best ways and its all so effortless. Beleive me they thought of every thing...from the way the showers are...to the sheets on the bed....to the towels and the sounds of nature.....waves in the near distant, birds chirpping and leaves crumbling and the ever present whisper of the winds....Above all the service is the best i have had and trust me i have travelled extensively.....

Room Tip: Seaside rooms are the best.....although all present their own special ambience
  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled on business
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Thank HawaS_13
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MLESAManager, General Manager at Soneva Fushi, responded to this reviewResponded April 26, 2013

Dear Guest,

Thank you for your wonderful feedback on your recent stay at Soneva Fushi. We are committed to creating unique and memorable experiences for our guests, so having provided you with “breath taking …….service off the chain” is definitely very rewarding for us to hear. Your review will most certainly be useful to other travelers looking for an idyllic, relaxing and revitalizing holiday, where you walk barefoot in the sunshine, just enjoying nature, whilst we take care of all your needs – so thank you once again.

We look forward to your return soon.

Yours sincerely,

Laurie Burr
General Manager

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Reviewed April 6, 2013

This was the fifth time we stayed at Soneva and if it was possible it had got even better.....the service and staff,the attention to detail,food was heavenly and snorkelling divine
We were so sad to leave and can't wait to go back.....as soon as possible,there simply are no other places in the Maldives that we would rather stay at.

Room Tip: There are no bad rooms
  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank tracey b
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MLESAManager, General Manager at Soneva Fushi, responded to this reviewResponded April 26, 2013

Dear Guest,

Thank you so much for spending yet another holiday at Soneva Fushi, my Team and I would like to thank you for posting such a great review. We always seek ways to improve our services and maintain the Soneva standards that we are so well known for and it is great to hear that we have got even better since your last visit.

We can’t wait to have you back too and look forward to your return, hopefully soon.

Yours sincerely,

Laurie Burr
General Manager

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Reviewed April 5, 2013

We stayed here for 14 nights in March with our 16 month old son and had a wonderful time. It was our 7th time to the Maldives but the best one so far. Previous resorts: both Four Seasons property's, One and Only Reethi Rah, The Beach House, Banyan Tree and Kanuhura.

If you want glam do not go here, if you want a real holiday experience with the best food on the Maldives do go here. There were a lot of children as well and they can arrange everything which is perfect. Not a lot of honeymooners but a lot of people who do not want to see and be seen but just want to be themselves and leave there high profile jobs at home. Here it is not about what you do but just about enjoying in the best possible place. We loved it and will go back next year.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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MLESAManager, General Manager at Soneva Fushi, responded to this reviewResponded April 26, 2013

Dear Guest,

Thank you for your great review . As you say we take pride in providing our guests with unique and unforgettable experiences and since this was your 7th visit to the Maldives, we are so thrilled to know that your holiday at Soneva Fushi was the best so far!

My team and I look forward to your return next year and to the pleasure of serving you again.

Yours sincerely,

Laurie Burr
General Manager

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Reviewed April 3, 2013 via mobile

The Best Resort I have EVER been too! The service is exceptional, they miss no details! What they promise on their website..... Is only the beginning! They ticked Every single box! Personal, prefossional, beautiful natural surroundings..... They have their own 'Eco-system' recycle centre o the island! They took us & our kids on a tour of their recycle centre, they use only biodegradable resources, they grow as much organic fruit & veg themselves AND they make their own water( no importing of water= less carbon footprint)!!! I could go on & on!! Luxury & Eco friendly! This is our 4th time in Maldives( every time we try a different resort ) & we will definitely be returning to Soneva Fushi!!!

  • Stayed: April 2013
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Thank popkornDubai
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MLESAManager, General Manager at Soneva Fushi, responded to this reviewResponded April 26, 2013

Dear Guest,

Thank you for reviewing us here on TripAdvisor. We are delighted that you have given us top scores in every aspect. We are proud of the Soneva philosophy of Intelligent luxury working hand in hand with the environment, local communities and reducing our carbon footprints in all that we do - we are thrilled that you and your kids enjoyed the entire experience.

Thank you once again for being our guest and we look forward to the pleasure of welcoming you back again.

Yours sincerely,

Laurie Burr
General Manager

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Address: Baa Atoll, 2233 (Formerly Soneva Fushi Resort)
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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: $1,078 - $3,844 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Soneva Fushi 5*
Number of rooms: 57
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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Soneva Fushi By Six Senses Hotel Kunfunadhoo
Soneva Fushi By 6 Senses
Soneva Fushi Resort
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