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Soneva Fushi
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Kunfunadhoo
Certificate of Excellence
Wickford, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“AMAZING !!”
Reviewed October 14, 2013

My husband and I went here in September 2013 to celebrate out 10th wedding anniversary and it couldn't have been better. This is the 5th Maldivian island we have visited over the years and puts all the others in the shade. We had an amazing 2 bedroomed Crusoe villa with pool which was so private. The vibe on the island is relaxed, very friendly and the nice thing is that the management are very hands on and like to talk to the guests. When it comes to food and drink, the choice is unbelievable with the pastry room, the chocolate room, the cheese and ham room, the salad room and so on! As per all Maldivian Islands, drinks are expensive but bottled water is provided in villa free of charge. Cinema Paridiso is not to be missed, and the drinks on the sandbank with other guests and staff was fantastic. I always said I would never visit the same Maldivian Island twice as there are so many to experience but Soneva Fushi has changed my mind!!

Room Tip: Get a pool villa, its more expensive but so worth it!
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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MLESAManager, General Manager at Soneva Fushi, responded to this review, November 1, 2013
Dear Guest,

It was lovely to read your comments from your stay with us. We are delighted that you chose Soneva Fushi to spend your 10th Anniversary especially as you are a well travelled person throughout the Maldives.

We make it our priority to ensure that we exceed guest expectations and I am very happy to read that you tried and enjoyed all the experiences we had on offer.

Our Chefs produce some of the best dishes, always offering a great variety of dining options for our guests - we are particularly proud of our Chocolate room, cheese and ham room, salad room etc ., and we are glad that you enjoyed it all - Soneva Fushi in fact boasts over 60 dining options for our guests.

We hope to see you again someday soon, perhaps for your 11th Wedding Anniversary?

Yours sincerely,

Laurie Burr
General Manager
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Reviewed October 4, 2013

Soneva Fushi is definitely one of the most amazing places we have ever been to and most things have already been mentioned earlier on TA (like the beautiful island, fantastic living arrangements and especially the interior that has been designed by the co-founder of Soneva Fushi, Eva, the friendly staff including “Mr Friday”, we had Zidane, who took very good care of us, the breakfast buffet including a fantastic variety of almost everything, etc. etc.).

Here are a few tips that we would have found helpful when planning our trip to Soneva Fushi:

The snorkeling is astonishing and it’s right on the beach. No need to bring snorkel equipment. If you are near sighted you can even get special goggles (up to 5.5) free of charge.

There is excellent tea and coffee making facilities in each cottage. In addition, apricots and nuts and raisins are provided free of charge.

One previous TA contributor pointed out something very useful to us: if you order a bottle of wine in one of the restaurants and don’t finish it, you can have the bottle brought to the restaurant where you are dining the next day (or the day after). This is useful since the wine is rather expensive.

Extensive in villa dining is available. When you have in villa dining (or if you dine in restaurant nine) you can order single dishes and you do not need to order a full menu (three dishes) or have a buffet dinner. We ordered almost every lunch from the In villa dining menu. This menu/possibility is not promoted very much at the resort.

Among the TA-contributors there has been a discussion which side of the island is best. We stayed on the sunrise side, which if anybody asked our advice, we would suggest, since there is no neighboring island close by. The other side of the island, however, has an amazing sun set.

The Six Senses Spa is very nice. The Balinese and Energizing massages with Jecky and Tri were wonderful. We briefly talked to the guy giving psychosynthesis therapy (??). We definitely would not recommend this treatment despite whether your “inner child” needs to come out or not.

The chocolate-, ice cream- and cheese rooms are open most of the day and evenings. There is a huge variety of wonderful flavors, types of chocolate and at least 20 or so different cheeses (mostly European).

Don’t miss the Observatory and the Cinema Paradiso. They are both great fun!

All in all, we have had a magical vacation at Soneva Fushi! It has definitely been the most relaxing vacation that we have ever had. It will be hard to top Soneva Fushi!

Room Tip: Sunrise side has no neighboring island close by.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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MLESAManager, General Manager at Soneva Fushi, responded to this review, November 1, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for your incredible review. I am thrilled to hear that we made it onto your list of ‘most amazing places’. I am delighted that you enjoyed the snorkeling at Soneva Fushi which is regarded by many as one of the best snorkeling sites in the Maldives. Our Food & Beverage Team were touched to hear that they had such an impact on your dining experiences. They are continuously developing new and exciting local, organic, wellness dishes to tempt the most discerning gourmet palette. I am very happy that you also tried our Spa. Jacky and Tri were thrilled to read your comments.

We hope you will return sometime soon to enjoy another magical stay with us.

Yours sincerely,

Laurie Burr
General Manger
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Tiverton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 3, 2013

what a wonderful 2 weeks this was! the attention to detail and overall service was truly magnificent. My butler Aravind truly went above and beyond the call of duty to ensure my stay was as perfect as possible!

I cannot recommend him and the resort highly enough

Room Tip: go for a villa!
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
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MLESAManager, General Manager at Soneva Fushi, responded to this review, November 1, 2013
Dear Guest,

Such a wonderful review which we all enjoyed reading. Aravind was so happy that you recognized and appreciated his efforts to ensure that your stay was perfect.

Thank you for staying with us and for recommending our resort to others. We hope it won’t be long before we see you again.

Yours sincerely,

Laurie Burr
General Manager
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 2, 2013

We chose Soneva Fushi as part of our 25th Wedding Anniversary celebrations. The experience of this resort starts in Male where we were met at arrivals by a pleasant man from Soneva who took our luggage and escorted us to a coach. After a 5 minute ride we pulled up at the sea plane terminal. Here yet again a charming man greeted us and showed us to the Soneva lounge. We were given cold towels, a choice of beverage and very large relaxing seats. This was the start of the "wow"!

To get to Soneva via a short sea plane flight and speed boat ride - more cold towels and refreshing drinks - we relinquished our shoes to Nafa (our Ms Friday) in line with the "no news, no shoes" philosophy. Most pictures of resorts are taken at the best possible time, from the best angle and in the best weather. Then when you get there it's a bit of a downer. Not so Soneva Fushi! Believe the pictures, they are for real. The resort really looks that good, in fact even better.

Our wow continued when we were met at the jetty by Anthony, Saeed and other members of the team. This is what Soneva Fushi is like, nothing too much trouble to make you special. From then on things only got better and better. We really got immersed into the SLOWLIFE and it was a joy to do nothing but relax, ride our bi/tri-cycles, enjoy excellent cuisine and soak up the atmosphere.

We were on the sunset side and yes, could see Eydhafushi. But that was fine; better than a concrete block hotel 5 feet from your hotel window. We could go on much more about this excellent resort, the friendliness of the staff, our outstandingly efficient immediate team (Nafa, Didi, Fassy, Ali, Jila, Imran), the most wonderful food (thanks to Chef Ravi, Chef Ranadewa and all the other chefs), the soft (and not too hot) coral sand, our villa and pool, etc., etc. But having given you a taster, go experience Soneva Fushi for yourself. The rustic charm belies the sophistication. You will not, can not be disappointed.

This was our first Maldivian experience; we won't be staying at any other Maldives resort after this. Thank you Team Soneva Fushi, we can't wait to get back to Paradise!

Room Tip: Can't imagine any villa will not be acceptable. The sunset side does have views of Eydhafushi, b...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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MLESAManager, General Manager at Soneva Fushi, responded to this review, November 1, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for choosing Soneva Fushi to spend your 25th Wedding Anniversary and for taking the time to share your holiday experience with others.

Our hosts take a lot of pride in creating unique experiences for our guests and it is truly heartening to know that you enjoyed our warm hospitality.

We are delighted to read that you have made Soneva Fushi your preferred resort in the Maldives and that you plan to visit us again - we look forward to the pleasure of welcoming you.

Yours sincerely,

Laurie Burr
General Manager
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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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Reviewed September 18, 2013 via mobile

This was our first time at Soneva fushi and it was a beautiful retreat. The place has won our heart over and we did have a heavy heart when we left. The fond memories of lazing on the hammock and listening to the birds chirp and crashing of the waves outside our villas will tempt us to go back again.

Points I loved
- Total hideout. The resort might be full but you will not see a soul should you want the privacy. The villas being spread out really gives you an essence of total seclusion which is bliss.

- Mr Friday butler service. They really have taken the service level very high and each staff is so friendly. The personalised service will remain the highlight of the trip.

- The 24 hrs chocolate and ice cream room. Yes walk in when you feel like and indulge in the top quality desserts and ice creams.

- Barefoot. This is a place which makes you think about your existence and makes you want to give back a lot more to our mother earth. This would be one of the most eco friendly resort on the island. The jungle setting really makes it an interesting stay.

This is a place which grows on you and we will definitely visit it soon again. Thank you Soneva for giving us the time of our lives.

  • Stayed September 2013
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MLESAManager, General Manager at Soneva Fushi, responded to this review, October 19, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your review and for choosing to stay at Soneva Fushi Resort.

We are delighted that you found us to be one of the most eco friendly resorts around. We take great effort in protecting our natural surroundings whilst providing our guests with Sustainable, Local, Organic, Wellness, through Learning, Inspiring, Fun Experiences, combined with luxury high end services, or what we refer to as: ‘Intelligent Luxury”.

We look forward to your return.

Yours sincerely,

Laurie Burr.
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Gold Coast
Level 5 Contributor
71 reviews
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Reviewed September 17, 2013

This is by far the best island resort that I have seen in Maldives. Its location is absolute heaven. Service, accommodation and food definately make this resort a 7 star. Everything has been considered on this island from accommodation to food with luxury as the number one priority.
From the observatory to the restaurants everything is of high quality, whilst fun. The cinema, beaches, seating and the chilled chocolate room absolutely nothing has been forgotten.

Whilst trips snorkelling etc is expensive, it is the best transport, staff and safety that accompanies it. Chefs and wait staff are magnificent.
Food is out of this world with little extras sent to the table from the chef, and ensure you eat on the beach at night to see the moon rise.
If you can afford this location and resort this is the place to be.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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MLESAManager, General Manager at Soneva Fushi, responded to this review, October 19, 2013
Dear Guest,

We are pleased to read such a positive review – thank you for taking the time to share your holiday experiences with others.

It is great to know that you enjoyed the entire Soneva experience and we are thrilled that you found the location, service, accommodation and food to be that of a 7 star resort.

I have no doubt we will see you again.

We look forward to your next visit and to creating many more unforgettable memories.

Yours sincerely,

Laurie Burr
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London, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 17, 2013

Another wonderful holiday in Soneva Fushi - our fourth time. The service and food have improved remarkably since our last visit two years ago. Nothing is too much trouble, everything is done with a smile and all staff seemed to know our names. We loved all the restaurants. Our favourite was definitely Fresh in the Garden where Jesus creates amazing innovative dishes - he even gave us a cooking lesson one day with tips that we're planning to use on our unsuspecting friends. However we also experienced fabulous food at By the Beach and Nine restaurants. We stayed in a different villa for each of our two weeks and both were beautiful, always spotless, and with Bose stereo even in the bathroom! We prefer the sunrise side of the island as the view from the villas is more tranquil.
The diving is fantastic. Thomas runs an extremely efficient dive centre with excellent dive guides and boat staff. They happily accommodate different level divers on each dive by separating us into groups depending on ability each with their own dive guide. We've seen manta rays on each of our visits, though fewer this time than before.
The spa is lovely. We both had a Balinese massage and a holistic massage - simply wonderful.
The only downside was the mosquitoes. They "fog" the island regularly and will come and spray your villa and outside bathroom immediately you request this, but if you react to mosquito bites don't forget the deet and antihistamines! Having said that, we quickly got used to taking preventative measures and it did not detract from our holiday.
If we could have stayed a month we would have. We unwound totally and ended up smiling as much as the lovely staff.
Thank you all for a fabulous holiday.

Room Tip: Villas on the sunrise side have better views.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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MLESAManager, General Manager at Soneva Fushi, responded to this review, October 19, 2013
Dear Guest,

I am absolutely thrilled to hear that our services and food have remarkably improved since your last visit. It is our set goal to continuously add to our Learning, Inspiring, Fun, Experiences so that even for fourth time repeaters such as yourselves, there is something new to see.

I have passed on your comments to the entire team including the Dive School, who were thrilled to read such positive feedback.

I am very glad to inform that since recently changing our pest control units on the island, mosquitoes are now under control and at a bare minimum.

I look forward to seeing you on your fifth visit.

Yours sincerely,

Laurie Burr
General Manager
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Property: Soneva Fushi
Address: Baa Atoll, 2233 (Formerly Soneva Fushi Resort)
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Location: Maldives > Baa Atoll > Kunfunadhoo
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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
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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 6 Senses
Soneva Fushi Resort
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