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There’s a billion buzz words to rave about when it comes to Soneva Fushi, with barefoot and castaway chic being the first swish superlatives that spring to mind. This is a private island from paradise; sure, you have the coconut strewn sands and glossy blue sea, but it’s the level of luxe that really ramps up this captivating corner of the Maldives. Thatched mansions are prisms of eco-perfection stashed among thick lush greenery and wild rabbits. If jungle dreams, sustainable surf charters, and dedicated rooms for cheese and chocolate aren’t enough to swing the vote – perhaps the added advantage of an award-winning spa and dedicated family butler will tip the balance into pure bliss.
Ideal for Couples and Families
Ultimate Barefoot Luxury
Spa and Recreation Facilities
Kunfunadhoo Island, Baa Atoll, Maldives
Wayfarers Atlas can make your journey to Soneva Fushi as seamless as possible.
AIRPORT – Male International Airport.
TRANSFER – 35-minute Seaplane Flight Provided by Resort.
Soneva Fushi sits out on the bountiful reef of the aptly named Kunfunadhoo. After touching down in Male’s gateway to paradise airport, a hotel representative will be waiting to show you to your seat for a swift 35-minute scenic seaplane out to the island.
WEATHER – November to April – Dry Season
SURF SEASON – April to October
Balmy temperatures and a thousand yarns of blue make up the backdrop of the blissful Baa Atoll. Sliced by two distinct periods, you can enjoy endless days of blazing sunshine during the dry season, and short bright bursts of showers between May and November, also known as the monsoon period. Along with swathes of warm sunshine, the water temperature is bath-like meaning you can be sure to leave slick wetsuits at home.
“Intelligent luxury paves the way for sustainability, self-contained charm, and true character appeal at Soneva Fushi. This is a paradise that doesn’t come flat packed but built on solid foundations of thought and fantasy.”
Barefoot Luxury Vibes
Award Winning Spa
Amazing Kids Club
Endless Dining Experiences
Honeymoon and Romance Packages
Excursions and tailored activities
13 breaks within 5 – 35 mins of the resort
Foodie experiences at Soneva Fushi come in full technicolour. The resort takes its culinary cool seriously, and even host once in a lifetime collaborations with visiting chefs in partnership with the prestigious Michelin Guide. Endless dining options take food lovers on tasting journeys to rival Homers Odyssey, whether you dine from the garden, land or sea. Take breakfast at the laid-back Mihiree Mitha on heavy wooden furniture with your toes right in the sand. Flaky pastries, fresh mango creations, and eggs a million ways is just a glimpse into morning decadence. This is also where you will find the dedicated ice-cream and chocolate rooms for when sugar pangs hit later in the day.
Fresh in the Garden is your go-to for herby bright and delectable Mediterranean inspired plates, the freshest ocean-caught fish, and canopy views out across the lush jungle – dreamy on a star-laden night with a bottle of something special. Once Upon a Table is the stage for those who adore menu free intimate dining experiences. With ocean views, centre stage chefs, and dining space for 8 – it’s all about sensory showmanship.
Out of the Blue, the newest two-tiered restaurant is the star of the show. Built on wooden stilts over the mirror clear waters, it’s the spot for wild sushi dreams, finely tuned Asian fayre, gorgeously tender grilled meats, and a million concepts that keep everyone equal measures satiated and entertained. From a dedicated cheese room to overwater organic greenhouse where you can pick your own glut of garden delights, Out of the Blue is the heart of the resorts innovative dining scene.
With a range of private villas all boasting private pools and the ebb and flow of the coral-rich sea, Soneva Fushi is free from a communal pool space, but with water everywhere – you won’t miss it.
The award-winning Six Senses Spa taps into all of the feels and more. The melodic magic of this Maldivian island location, the expertise of local healers, and the harmony of R&R is the perfect storm for getting back in balance. Holistic healing starts with wellness screening, private Ayurveda programs, and personalised plans. A layered approach blends high tech and soft touch to bring out the nurturing side of science and nature. Marma massages, chakra balancing, 24 karat gold facials, green coffee body sculpting, and yoga and meditation training are all tantalising treats to help you find your own version of core beauty.
Imprinting itself as a golden honeymoon spot, you can be sure that Soneva Fushi is generous when it comes to adult only fun. While Little Wayfarers are running riot in The Den, grown-ups get their fill on a Bedouin-inspired private sandbank overnight experience. Back at the resort and it’s all about sipping cocktails in hammocks strung right over the water, taking a rose-crystal facial, and heading out on a mind-blowing astronomy cruise.
Whether you prefer waking up to champagne pink skies or watching stars stud purple and gold backdrops, Soneva Fushi has a side from you. A stunning array of 57 villas sit facing either sunrise or sunset, each cut from the same cloth as the word’s rustic-chic with elevated outdoor living, calm vibes, and plenty of natural hewn wood. Hammocks, daybeds, private plunge pools, al fresco bathrooms, and easy access to verdant jungle, white sand, or house reef invites Mother Nature to be your own backyard. While some may initially lament the loss of stilted villas, its Soneva Fushi’s commitment to keeping the fragile reef safe that lends beloved substance to the resort.
Fall into a fantasy land seemingly plucked from the inner folds of your imagination. The staggering Private Reserve taps into dreams you didn’t even know you had. Boasting space for 18 adults across 9 bedrooms and almost 60,000 sqm of fragrant flora and fauna, the largest of the Soneva Fushi properties is all woven ropes, lagoon-like curves, waterslides, floating lounges, and ensconced Indian Ocean living. Weeks are lost to the folklore that is the Private Reserve; days are spent lounging and drunk on love as you watch the Little Wayfarers yell in delight at swishing down their own private waterslide.
Quiet time can be easily sourced with the solitude of your sweeping beach a few steps away, and giant overwater hammocks bring fun, frolicking and memorable spots for afternoon naps. Each room is a haven carved from the gifts of nature with gigantic beds, and outdoor tubs splashed with colour. Your own gym, sauna and steam room mean that surfers in the family can ride and flop and be refreshed in time for cocktail afternoon teas. A rosta of staff friendly spaces invite a private nanny and personal butler to keep bliss levels high. When the moon rises, there is no place more magical to throw a supper soiree than in the midst of the lagoon pool with your own sunken Sala.
On the sunrise side, Villa 37 is also carved from fable, especially when you find out its centrepiece is a moon table. Rising eleven meters high above the canopy and occupying the highest space on the island, this is a gloriously rich and romantic place to dine; whether for champagne breakfasts to greet the birdsong or delectable dinners with sky melting views. Five bedrooms bring breathy spaces to life with vintage trunks, swathes of mosquito netting, rafters and warm wood shades. Indoor living is weep-worthy in its beauty with tree roots hanging overhead, artistic airy moods, and promises of canopies and stars.
Your own freshwater pool comes with the twisting delights of its own water slide and the snooker table, and football table will keep competitive spirits high. For those calmer moments; a wine fridge stocked to the hilt, a peaceful library, sauna and steam room lend well to different styles of rejuvenation. Once more, outside space shines with two sunken lounges and a sink down bathtub accessible via stepping stones across a shimmering pond.
The beachfront mansion of Villa 42 nurtures the best out of nature. With pillars carved from wood, a sunken dining Sala, gorgeous lagoon pool complete with bridges, water gardens with stone tubs stashed among the foliage, and guest rooms dressed in linen white, you will never want to leave. An expansive dining area offers social synergy and the joy of your own waterslide certainly goes unrivaled. Six bedrooms offer space for 12 adults and 4 children, and with all the added amenities of sun lounging, saunas, personal steams, TV rooms, and vintage wine vaults, not to mention the sugar white sands a few steps away, this is the Hamptons – Soneva Fushi style.
Intimate, immense, and utterly immersive in nature – the four bed Jungle Reserve weaves together the wonders of the great outdoors meshed with endless inside delights. A stunning saltwater side residence, the construction is all wood, teak, and thatched warmth. Outside, it’s the sound of the sea, a mammoth saltwater pools for adults and children, bright lounging spaces, a sunken Sala, and secret pathways through the jungle. To keep hours sweet, there’s the effortless pleasures of a private wine cellar, a gym, library, and office for those who need to steal five to catch up on emails. A treatment room complete with massage beds, sauna and steam room ensure not a knot remains after days out hiking or surfing.
A summer house of sheer dreams, Villa 15 boats four bedrooms for 6 adults and 4 children and even offers an extra room for your Little Wayfarers nanny. Family space has been thoroughly thought through, with a separate den for the children, whooshing waterslide, elegant yet cozy living and dining spaces, and mountains of outdoor seating for serendipity in the expansive garden dotted with shady nooks, swaying hammocks, and vibrant greens. A master bed with private balcony delivers dreamy vistas out across the sea, and at the center of the villa – worked wonderfully into the design – a soaring tree takes its space as king.
Rustic chic is more than a cliché on the sunrise side at the glowing Villa 14. Three bedrooms for six adults and 3 children, the emphasis is on sustainable grace. The villa comes carved lovingly from thatch and sustainable woods, with endless balconies, terraces, lounging spots, and sunken Sala. The private pool sits at the heart of this fabulous fabled home, and rooms are crisp and cool with willowing whites. A personal wine cellar makes plucking a sunset bottle a dream, and with your own private butler dedicated to keeping life sweet, all you need to do is kick back and relax.
Built across two floors and offering snoozing, splashing, and sumptuous living space for 6 adults and 4 children across three rooms, Villa 41 is an enviable choice for tropical vibes. Framed by an impressive lagoon pool complete with bridges, daybeds, and waterslides – guests can glide from one space to the next, finding pleasure at every turn. Flanked on one side by the dense jungle and the other by the azure hues, ocean delight or exotic flora are both well within reach. Chocolate hues, creamy color schemes, and an endless invitation to natural light create bright living spaces that turn every moment into a soothing story. A gym, yoga champa, study, and master bedroom with private steam set the scene for an unforgettable stay.
A three-bedroom playground comprised of skywalks, scenic decks, and seaside swimming pool – Villa One knows how to make a statement. A dazzling glass front makes full use of those tempting ocean views, and an end of the earth style slip of sand awaits the imprints of bare feet only a few steps away. The master bed is all floor to ceiling windows and bathed in natural light, and the lounge seamlessly turns from indoor to outside with a gentle push of a door. Your own pool, generous leisure room, and incredible bathroom with sunken bath and stepping stones to the outdoor shower ramps romance and pleasure up a thousand notches.
The Soneva Fushi villa suites with pools come in configurations of two, three and even four bedrooms depending on how much space you need for you and your Little Wayfarers to roam. The larger villas are shipwrecked pleasure pads with thatched roofs, lagoon like pools, hewn beams, wine coolers, stocked pantry’s, libraries and loungers. Sunken baths and full-service kitchens invite starry soaks and gourmet suppers, and the whole gentle set-up invites homely rituals to keep everyone moving in harmony. Those who choose the smaller villas don’t have to compromise on comfort – that just isn’t the Soneva Fushi way. You can still luxuriate with wine fridges, fabulous outside space, four poster beds, bicycles, and ocean palates.
Choose from the Sunrise or Sunset Retreat, depending on where your inspiration hangs. The Sunset Retreat is composed of two bungalows with two rooms for 4 adults and 3 children. A dreamy setting for those who love to linger on balmy soft evenings, you can expect tiered floor living, luscious balconies, elevated dining pavilions, private pool, steam room and gym, and sparkling water features that ebb and flow throughout your glorious jungle kingdom. The Sunrise Retreat is for those who want to shake dreams from their head against the backdrop of the dawn chorus. Three bungalows bring together promenade walkways, open air gardens, white sand and glittering green al fresco bathrooms, private pools and spaces made with together time firmly in mind.
Two or One – the Crusoe Villa Suites come with dedicated room options to suit the size of your party. Playfully indulgent, the Crusoe Villa Suites come complete with shimmering pools, wine fridge, and two stories with terraces for the sublime pleasure of spread out living. The Crusoe Villa Suite with pool is one of the largest one bed plots and offers a separate children’s room for when you need a sanctuary space for Little Wayfarers to play. Four poster beds, an outdoor soaking tub, and the ocean within touching distance are the final flourishes to a paradise sanctuary.
Family Villa Suites come with upstairs observation decks and extra room for your Little Wayfarers to ensure that everyone has the space to play, sip wine and sleep in whichever order they see fit. Choose your vivacious villa to come with or without a pool, but either way you can lap up the pleasures of a private pantry, stashed away technology, whimsical water features in the bathroom, and the promise of the ocean’s kiss only a few steps away.
The single story Soneva Fushi Villa is a slip of a sanctuary, beautifully mapped out with romantic space for a couple or those with a Little Wayfarer in tow. Slung hammocks, your own wine fridge, white sand outside your door, and surrounding shades of green are the touches of love that bring this harmonious hideaway up to a whole new level. A water garden invites showering beneath starlight, shaded nooks invite reading, snoozing and slipping away from the sun, and every detail has been designed to bring out the deft magic of the Maldives.
Family friendly excursions
High-chairs in the restaurant, cribs in the room, and even nappies and formula at the resort shop – Soneva Fushi’s family friendly label comes with more than a pinch of salt.
Soneva Fushi is a parent’s idea of paradise, no stone has been unturned when it comes to planning a playful escape for Little Wayfarers of all ages. From a dedicated Den offering everything from pirate ships to secret passageways and a fully fuelled program, ice-cream parlour and chocolate shop, splashes in the lagoon and cinema nights – there is never a dull moment. Teen Wayfarers will also adore the laid-back taste of freedom that Soneva Fushi offers. Whether its channelling their inner rock star in the music room, soaring on the zip lines, learning to surf, or partaking in any number of adrenaline-fuelled adventures.
There are so many rooms that Little Wayfarers will fall in love with. Villa 15 ticks all the boxes and more, especially with its water slide, its den, and additional room for a private nanny. Those with older Little Wayfarers will adore the moon table that makes Villa 37 so spectacular, and the 3 bed Soneva Fushi Villa Suite with Pool also makes a great choice thanks to its leisure room, children’s pool, and outdoor space for spectacular fuss free supervision.
The Den is rumoured to be one of the best kid’s club in the world. Wading pools waterslides, secret passageways, a Lego room, fancy dress space, cinema, zip line, music room, pirate ship, ping pong and trampoline – even the wildest Little Wayfarers couldn’t dream up more. On top of a fabulous space, the endless array of cooking classes, amazing activities, and crafty pleasures will keep hands and brains more than entertained from dawn until dusk. Did we mention the array of bicycles, nature trails, ice-cream parlour and mocktail bar?
With no communal pool, families with Little Wayfarers looking to splash away from saltwater may want to upgrade to a pool villa. The lagoon is also soft and calm with barely a murmur on most days.
From mocktails in the bar to ice-cream parlours, the thickest shakes imaginable, wood-fired pizzas, and plenty of child-friendly menu options – your Little Wayfarers will have plenty of fuel to burn. High-chairs are easily available in the restaurants, and the warm-hearted staff are always happy to fetch toys and art materials to keep your young ones craftily entertained. For those with Little Wayfarers who prefer to stick to their own in-villa schedule, around the clock dining at your home away from home is always on the cards.
Get in touch with your local Travel Doctor for up to date health information, precautions and travel advice for your destination, including information regarding clean drinking water.
A doctor is on site 24 hours a day.
Travel insurance is compulsory when travelling to Nihi Sumba. Ensure medical evacuation is included in your cover.
Mozzies can be found in paradise too.
Refer to the World Health Organisation or the US CDC for information on Mosquito-borne and other insect-borne diseases.
Sustainable Surfing – The worlds first fully sustainable surf school can be found on the shores of Soneva Fushi. The Baa Atoll is laced with secret surf breaks and there are epic breaks all available within a 5-35-minute speedboat ride. All equipment from the surf school is made from recycled waste, meaning you can catch a ride with a thoroughly clean conscience.
Eco Bliss – Taking up the mantle of being custodians of this pretty and fragile pocket of the Maldives, the team behind Soneva are committed to being as ethical and eco conscious as possible and bringing real positive change to the area. Soneva’s carbon balance is 0 percent and every year the brand take painstaking measures to ensure that they are truly striving for nothing. From environmental impacts to waste to wealth programs, recycling waste and plastics into gorgeous glass arts, and ensuring clean, green and local supply chains – no stone is left uncovered.
Family Frenzy – Few resorts in the Maldives take family magic as seriously as Soneva Fushi. Their love for creating space for magical memories is truly worth writing home about. From the beautiful balance of adult space and children-centric areas to the thought and detail that has gone into curating homely villas, and the wealth of memorable family moments – castaway picnics, chasing geckos in the forest, private tutors and marine biologists, and even chocolate tasting rooms.
Exceptional Experiences – There’s a whole catalogue of once in a lifetime experiences awaiting you at Soneva Fushi. From astronomical dinner cruises to Oenology tutored tasting, creative writing classes, glass blowing, swimming with exotic sea creatures and indulging in six-senses pampering. Every day at Soneva Fushi sits outside the norm.
Take a desert island break from your desert island break as you are romantically whisked away to spend a night on your own private sandbank. A Bedouin style tent on a pink slip of sand, a candlelit supper, a million stars and no one but your other half, this is the magic that awaits you on an experiential night to remember.
Soneva Fushi invites you to float in the otherworldly universe that awaits beneath the blue. Drift along with majestic manta rays, curious turtles, and other exotic sea creatures in waters that come tropically warm and with crystal clear visibility.
Budding artist or professional hand, Soneva Fushi boasts its very own artist studio for those who want to create their own glass blown vision to take back home. These prisms of colour come from the recycled glass bottles that the resort and island produce, meaning that your bottle of juice can be reborn into a masterpiece.
Part of the allure of the Maldives is the sketchbook of blues that surrounds you. With different styles of ocean-bound safaris you can choose to cruise out on a dolphin seeking mission or opt for the head out on a cultural adventure to the neighbouring islands for a closer look at local Maldivian culture to watch the locals weave baskets and build local Dhoni boats.
For those who want to take an intellectual pursuit as part of your paradise escape, the in-house bookseller experiences will have you falling in love with paper and pen once more. From creative writing workshops to literary lectures, beautifully tailored bibliotherapy sessions, and academic tutoring for younger Wayfarers, this takes the idea of a beach read to a whole new level.
From full moon dinners to stargazing sessions in the observatory, or even inky cruises with an astronomer to count constellations in the sky, there are endless opportunities for planetary alignment and galaxy gazing for those night owls who adore midnight skies strewn with glitter.
Surfing on the beautiful Baa Atoll will have any surfer paddling out in pure pleasure without so much as a glance back at the sands. Soneva Fushi is fabulously placed so that all the best peeling breaks are available within a short stretch via speedboat. Charters, guides, and instructors are there to ensure you get the ride of your life. The best waves roll in between May and September with consistent swells hitting that sweet spot between waist to head high.
There are no less than 13 named breaks that make up the surfing structure of the Baa Atoll, but only four of these are surfed on a regular basis. For those who have access to a boat and a wealth of local knowledge, the opportunities for tearing up crowd free peaks will have every level rippling with excitement. Leave the gear at home, Soneva Fushi has ocean friendly equipment up for grabs during your stay.
May to September
Beginner to Advanced
No direct access to waves
Boat Transfers to Surrounding Breaks Provided
Coaching & Guiding Available