Soneva FushiBaa Atoll / Maldives
Surrounded by the tranquil beauty of Kunfunadhoo Island, the innovative Soneva Fushi resort is home to exotic tree top restaurants, beachfront cinema screenings and fresh cocktails prepared from locally grown ingredients. The lush tropical greenery of the island encircles the resort’s luxury suites and villas, each with extensive views reaching out across the turquoise lagoon.
What to love
- Barefoot luxury on a private island, with perfect white sand beaches, the island’s own reef, a wonderful array of sea life and some of the best dive spots in the world.
- Stargazers and plain old romantics alike will love Soneva Fushi’s observatory with the most powerful telescope in the Indian Ocean!
- Each room, villa or suite offers a personal butler service and bicycles.
- Wonderful dining experiences, including al fresco beachside dining, an exciting tree top restaurant and quiet candlelit dinners.
What to know
- All beach based, thatched, secluded private villas with their own beach gardens and some with private pool.
- There is a local island (Eydafushi) visible from the sunset side of the island.
- Soneva Fushi is one hour ahead of local Malé time.
- The Six Senses spa, with hot stone massages, Chinese foot acupressure and body scrubs make up just a small part of the extensive list of indulgent treatments.
One of the largest Maldivian islands, Kunfunadhoo brings together a wild assortment of natural beauty; it’s deep, turquoise lagoons are filled with exotic marine life, from the vibrant coral reefs to the remarkable colonies of nesting turtles. Back on land, the isle has bursts of luscious tropical jungles that lead up to the pure white sandy beaches.
Soneva Fushi is nestled at the heart of this expansive tropical splendour, which becomes an impressive backdrop for the resort’s luxurious accommodation. Enclosed by the flourishing palm jungle, each of the hotel’s high ceilinged suites has a neutral décor offset by rustic jungle timber. Each suite has a lavish open-air garden bathroom, complete with rain shower and large bathtub. While a private outdoor terrace makes the perfect suntrap during the long afternoons.
Not to be upstaged by the accommodation, the resort’s restaurant team has created a number of innovative and unique dining experiences inspired by the island’s majesty. A treetop walk leads guests over the resort’s organic gardens to Fresh In The Garden; this elevated restaurant is surrounded by the tops of banana trees and operates with an open kitchen, serving an authentic Maldivian menu. Other restaurant experiences include candlelit dinners for two by the seashore and personal in villa dining, with each team of chefs offering a sumptuous myriad of world foods.
Soneva Fushi’s creative design spills over into the bubbly bars and beach saloons that adorn the island resort. The beach side Bar(a)bara features innovative overwater net seating, allowing guests to relax and watch the sunset over the horizon, while every one of the vibrant bars serves fresh cocktails made from ingredients grown in the resort’s organic gardens.
Thanks to its stunning location, Soneva Fushi is able to offer an abundance of leisure pursuits throughout the day. As well as offering a large amount of ocean water sports, the resort also has a number of sports courts and even a nature trail designed for joggers. Innovative additions such as the island observatory and beachfront cinema screenings add a unique twist to the resort’s activities.
After exploring the resort, the Six Sense spa is the ideal place to unwind, offering a mix of wellness exercises, therapies and body treatments.
When to travel
The Maldives offer an idyllic tropical climate with the main summer season from December to April, getting hotter from February. The wetter months are May through to November. Best time to visit: December – April, Good time to visit: May - November
Sixty nautical miles northwest of Malé International Airport, in the Baa Atoll, Soneva Fushi’s home of Kunfunadhoo Island is one of the Maldives’ largest at 1,400 metres long and almost 400 metres wide. From Male it is a 35-minute scenic flight in a seaplane to the island of Kunfunadhoo in the Baa Atoll. The water landing is at the Soneva Fushi airport pontoon, from which guests are transferred by motor boat to the island’s jetty and the warm greetings of management and hosts.
Soneva Fushi is an adventure playground for children and teenagers alike. The island's natural surrounds provide incredible opportunities for fun, educational and inspirational activities and experiences. From the sprawling Den, our children's club, unending chocolates and ice creams to discovering the marine world with our Marine Biologist there is something for every fancy and whim.
Inspired by childhood wonder, the Den is a playground for the imagination. Children can explore a pirate ship, two swimming pools, a Lego and Duplo room, dress-up and makeup area, cinema, library, learning area, music room filled with instruments, and more. Our child caretakers are always on hand watch over their every move, while you enjoy some quiet time. During family time, parents can head over to the Den with their little ones to enjoy their very own shallow pool. The Den is complimentary for all in-house guests and there is a weekly programme of complimentary activities for all the younger Soneva guests. The Den space and programme are designed for children 4 years and above, however children of all ages are welcome. Children who are aged 4 and above can play in The Den without their parents, should they wish, and under supervision from Soneva Fushi staff. Children under the age of 4 (as well as any non swimmers) need to be accompanied by a parent or babysitter at all times (a babysitter service can be arranged locally).
The Den also has a separate lounge area dedicated to teenagers.
The Den, pools and slide are open daily 10:00-17:00. Children under 4 and non-swimmers must be accompanied by a parent or babysitter at all times.
Beyond the Den
Outside of the Den, Soneva Fushi has gardens, beaches, jungle and more to explore. Winding paths are the perfect setting for an adventure, together with friendly bunnies and curious lizards. Scour the night skies with the resident Astronomer, take to the seas with the Marine Biologist, sink into plush daybeds and take in a film at Cinema Paradiso. Better yet, try as many flavours from our kaleidoscopic collection of complimentary chocolates, ice creams and sorbets.