Soneva Fushi in the Baa Atoll

If you have ever dreamed of staying at a luxury resort on the water in a beach paradise where shoes are optional but the cuisine, accommodation and service are all out of this world, Soneva Fushi might be the place you need. Unusually for a resort that is celebrating its 25th anniversary, having been opened in 1995, the Soneva Fushi has been operated throughout based on a model of sustainability and luxury, concepts which did not often go together before the climate conscious 2010s.

Founders Sonu and Eva were ahead of their time ecologically speaking and they planned their island paradise along such excellently foresighted lines that the resort is as beautiful – and environmentally friendly – as it was on the day it opened. The resort, the first Soneva resort, has garnered an excellent reputation for offering guests unique, authentic and yet always luxurious opportunities while always acting in the best interests of the planet. To celebrate the successes of Soneva Fushi and its younger siblings, the Soneva resorts will host a series of events between October 2020 to 2021.

Soneva Fushi in harmony with nature

The oldest of the Soneva Resorts, Soneva Fushi is situated within the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in the Baa Atoll. It was an industry leader in the Maldives in the mid-nineties, showing other resorts that ‘barefoot luxury’ need be neither paradoxical nor twee. The catchword here is ‘no news, no shoes,’ meaning that visitors can completely relax and unwind, temporarily cutting ties to their normal lives, the endless news round and equally endless societal expectations laid upon them.

As well as being situated within the Biosphere Reserve, which the Baa Atoll was so named in 2012, the island offers both social opportunities and complete privacy for those who want it. Each of the sixty-one villas has its own private stretch of beach, and is handy for both the coral reef and dense jungle foliage. When you desire company, salons serve home-made ice creams and confectionery, while the wine cellar has a bounty of over 500 different wines to try out – perhaps while the children are enjoying a treasure hunt from the ‘den’ attached to the hotels. For lazy days there is an open-air Cinema Paradiso, or the observatory, with plenty of high-tech optical equipment to allow starstruck lovers to admire the heavens. This resort is a land of milk and honey for the young and old alike.

You can read this and many more interesting reports in the Eat & Travel Magazine Winter Edition

Photos © Soneva Resorts

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