The Soneva (@discoversoneva) brand has a philosophy of no shoes and we were asked to remove our shoes and feel the sand beneath our feet upon arrival to Soneva Fushi via their very own private sea plane. We had arrived at the Maldives and there was probably no better brand to be at to start feeling those tropical vibes.
Slow life is a concept that is implemented throughout their resorts, and we were grateful for it as we were escorted to our Garden Villa where we would fight off the jet lag and stay in blissful comfort while at Soneva Fushi.
When were rested enough to explore, we got on our bike and started cycling through the island’s jungle. To get around Soneva Fushi, each guest is designated a bike. It might take you a few lost turns before you start knowing where you’re going but you’ll never stray that far.
There is so much nature to enjoy at the Maldives resort – we even got some of the island’s resident wildlife visiting our pool in the shape of a large crab and a stork.
This shouldn’t be a surprise with a resort that takes its role in sustainability so seriously.
Soneva Fushi are a very eco-friendly and environmentally conscious resort with their very own recycling plant located on the island.
They also grow and farm a large percentage of the vegetables that they serve at their restaurants.
You can learn to dive at Soneva Fushi – we weren’t there long enough to explore that activity so we went on a Sunset Cruise to spot some wild dolphins, who were easy to find by the experienced crew as the dolphin pod seemed to want to put on a show. With nibbles and drinks on hand, the enjoyable experience couldn’t even be dampened by the tropical storm that rolled in while we were still aboard.
On one particular morning that we were at the 5-star luxury resort we couldn’t help but act like kids! Our inner child had been released with the slide at their Into The Blue restaurant. It was so much fun torpedoing ourselves into the Indian Ocean and then swimming back to the jetty so we could immediately go down again.
The Into The Blue restaurant was the perfect venue to whittle away the hours of the day. We grabbed lunch there after we had worked up an appetite on the slide, and we did try hard to keep our meal healthy but then gorged on all the delicious treats contained within the Chocolate Room.
We loved the dinners at Soneva Fushi. We got to tantalise our taste buds with a range of flavours from different cuisines at their buffet spread, but our highlight meal was the one that we had up in the trees at the Shades of Green restaurant. A meal of the calibre of truffle tagliatelle with truffle shavings served in a restaurant built up in the treetops that you have to take a rope bridge to reach was a lovely dining experience. After, we went to their Observatory to look up at the stars.
The Soneva brand is one of our favourite luxury hospitality brands. They do everything so well and design their properties so that guests have a joyful experience throughout their stay. Their dedication to sustainability is truly admirable and another reason why we hold the Soneva brand in such high regard and highly recommend all of their properties.
Soneva Fushi is not as modern or luxurious as their newer Maldives resort, Soneva Jani, but it has a natural charm that puts you straight at ease. We also wouldn’t say there’s much of a beach to lounge on at the property. Where Soneva Sushi shines is that it’s a family friendly resort in the Maldives. Soneva Fushi has a lot of repeat guests who return almost annually because this is a Maldivian resort where children and adults are warmly welcomed and taken great care of.
If you’re looking for a family holiday in the Maldives then you should definitely consider a stay at Soneva Fushi.