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Hidden among dense foliage within the Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Soneva Fushi inspires the imagination. The award-winning resort truly defines the essence of barefoot luxury with Robinson Crusoe simplicity.
The resort’s down-to-earth personality is reflected in its nature-inspired architecture. If the experiences are magical, the philosophy is simple; no news, no shoes.
There 65 villas on offer, each one opens onto its very own stretch of white sand beach, and many also include private sea water swimming pools. Each bathroom extends to a private garden, whilst utmost care is given to the environment.
Midnight desserts in the lunar glow? A family lunch where the children plan the menu and have it served by the pool – or perhaps in the tree house? A romantic gathering of sensual flavours on a private terrace for two?As we designed each villa type, we lavished their architecture with an abundance of decks, terraces, sprawling verandahs and open-air courtyards. Take advantage of your tropical living spaces with breakfast, lunch, dinner or late-night treats in the intimacy of your villa. Choose from the overflowing pages of our in-villa dining menu, or imagine a meal of your very own and ask our chefs to bring it to life
When we created Soneva Fushi, we took the opportunity to seize a playground for our imaginations. It was our place to break the rules, to delve into fantasies, to relive childhood wonder. As such, we encourage you to dream up your own experiences.Picnic on a private island and let us deliver you by speedboat. Nestle away in the jungle of Soneva Fushi. Pick the spot that piques your own fancy and craft a menu of your desires with our executive chef.
We believe the mark of any great home is a fantastic wine cellar. As we built Soneva Fushi as our island home (yes it was our personal Robinson Crusoe hideaway before we expanded the "estate" to host guests), we made sure to create a cave that rivalled the world's finest wine collections.The collection: rare champagnes, grand cru clarets, vintage cognacs, organic and biodynamic wines. Before any dinner, our sommelier would be happy to descend with you to the subterranean wine cellar and show you around our collection of 7,000 bottles as he helps you pick your evening's selection.Tastings throughout each week tempt your palate with flights of unique wines, paired with a delectable assortment of amuse-bouche and interactive discussions guided by our sommelier
Tipples by the ripples. Lie back on a cushioned hammock suspended over the Indian Ocean, cocktail in hand, and watch the dance of fish schooling beneath the waves. Look out for bottlenose or spinner dolphins frolicking in the sunset, or perhaps a majestic sea turtle gliding past just beyond arm's reach.Marrying nature and nurture, we created Bar(a)bara as a passionately charged retreat to foster romance or a feeling of warmth – with all the aquatic beauty of the Maldives literally at your feet. Soak in the setting with creative cocktails, fresh squeezed juices of organic fruits just picked from the tree or vine, luscious wines, cold beers and Soneva Fushi's own crystal enhanced wellness waters
Fresh picked delights from nature bring back memories of childhood – Midsummer strawberry picking, twisting dandelions in hand. In Soneva Fushi's eternal summer, Fresh in the Garden rekindles these sensations from a very lofty perch.Surrounded by tropical banana trees, this restaurant without walls rises above our herb and vegetable garden with sublime panoramas stretching beyond. Enjoy a long, leisurely meal of Mediterranean-inspired dishes, prepared with freshly plucked produce from your surroundings.
Lunch 12:30 - 14:30 hrsDinner 19:30 - 22:30 hrs
The sharing of food is a primal bonding ritual. Families around a home table, tribes around a fire, kin around a hearth. We sought to recreate this intimacy with dishes designed for sharing.In one of the world's most exquisite destinations, cherish in a sense of togetherness as you and your loved ones share in a mouth watering spread of crowd-pleasing dishes. Select your meal from a menu crafted around nine different methods of cooking: steaming, poaching, roasting, braising, baking, grilling, stir-frying, pot cooking and pit cooking
Dinner 19:30 - 22:30 hrs
We have long embraced the spirit of laid-back luxury. The finest champagnes paired with bare feet in the sand. A long, healing spa treatment followed by a premium liqueur – because why not?By the Bar exemplifies this casual approach. An oasis of calm, Soneva Fushi's main bar is a relaxed shelter of trestled wooden beams where one of the Maldives' best selections of spirits awaits
The feeling of soft sand between the toes is, we believe, one of life's greatest simple pleasures. Feel connected to nature as you savour an open-air candlelit dinner at your seaside table set in the sand, beneath the stars.Linger over Japanese and Korean inspired cuisine to the sound of rolling waves. Feast on sashimi and sushi fresh from the ocean. Just-plucked ingredients from our island gardens complete each dish. Lounge amidst the tropical splendour and endless night sky as you savour the flavours at their source.
19:30 - 22:30 hrs
We aim to anticipate our guests’ desires. In the words of Oscar Wilde, “Nothing succeeds like excess.” In that spirit we have gone delightfully overboard for you at the culinary heart of our island. Mihiree Mitha means “Here it is”, and almost any dish you crave is here.The day begins with a bounty of just-baked goodies, two dozen imported cheeses, eggs any way you like, a treasure chest of homemade jams and fresh fruits… luscious mango, papaya, passionfruits. For lunch or dinner, choose from the freshest sushi and sashimi, organic salads, wood-fired pizzas, grilled fish, delectable tandoori. For a sweet finish, more than 60 homemade ice creams and sorbets await, including unexpected flavours like honeycomb and rosemary, piña colada and chocolate-lemongrass.
Breakfast 07:30 - 10:30 hrsLunch 12:30 - 14:30 hrs
Soneva Fushi dining experiences are diverse and memorable – from gourmet menus across a variety of cultures and cuisines, to organic offerings, simple barbecues and romantic escapades – and all complimented by an extraordinary wine cellar and innovative bars.
Trip to Eydhafushi Island
Pay a visit to the capital island of Baa Atoll to immerse in the local culture by watching the islanders as they work, rest and play. Learn how they build their houses, the traditional dhoni boats and prepare their food. We request you to please observe the dress code as detailed in the A-Z compendium.
Trip to Maalhos Island
Maalhos is a quaint traditional fishing island with only 600 inhabitants. Visit the area where the local ladies sit weave mats and baskets as it has been done on the island for hundreds of years. We request you to please observe the dress code as detailed in the A-Z compendium.
Island Hopping by Speed Boat
Get a quick taste of two neighbouring islands and enjoy a special snorkelling trip to one of the reefs in Baa Atoll. Soak in the Maldivian islander culture as you visit the mosque, school, boat-building areas, talk to some of the locals and enjoy an authentic Maldivian lunch at Maalhos Island. We request you to please observe the dress code as detailed in the A-Z compendium.
We envisioned Soneva Fushi as an island of dreams – for all ages – so while creating a new children’s club we sought out the input of our smallest guests. Drawing inspiration from their childlike wonder, The Den is a playground for the imagination. Children explore a pirate ship, two swimming pools, lego room, dress-up area, cinema, library, learning area and music room filled with instruments.
During family time, parents can even head over to The Den with their little ones to enjoy their very own shallow pool.
Of course the entire island and surrounding sea is a wonderland for families to enjoy together. Watch for dolphins on our traditional dhoni sailboat. Let our astronomer share star-gazing secrets before bedtime.
Family Picnic with Guided Snorkelling
Pick your favourite unspoiled island and allow us to arrange for our resident marine biologist to escort you on a guided snorkelling experience through one of the best reefs in Baa Atoll. Following the marvellous expedition, make your way back to dry land for a gourmet picnic, complete with a personal chef and waiter on hand.
Private Cinema Experience
Kick your feet up and lie back on the cushioned lounger with your family as you catch your favourite classics at Cinema Paradiso, our al fresco movie theatre. The waves lapping the shore, the gentle rustle of the trees and the glimmering night sky will only add to the experience. An additional option of a barbecue dinner served during the movie is available at an extra charge.
Soneva Art is an extremely unique and innovative art programme, as not only do artists exhibit their work in the Soneva Art Gallery, but they also create these works within the same compound at Soneva Fushi. All artwork exhibited at Soneva Art has been created on the premises, with an emphasis on utilizing waste materials from, and natural materials found on or around, this breath-taking tropical island.
Enjoy the truly rare experience of learning how to blow glass in Soneva Fushi’s own glass art studio. Our experienced team of glass specialists work very closely with our guests to create their very own masterpiece to take home.
All works created at the Soneva Glass Studio are made using recycled glass bottles from Soneva Fushi and other nearby resorts.
The Baa Atoll is the Maldives’ only UNESCO World Biosphere reserve, and is home to a tremendously high diversity of marine life, even for Maldivian standards. We encourage our guests to get up close and personal with our marine friends by scuba diving, snorkeling or by learning the art of freediving.
Sobah’s Dinner & Cruise
Named after Chef Sobah, the ‘Best Chef in the Maldives’ award winner, Sobah’s is a traditional Maldivian restaurant located on an uninhabited island only 15 minutes away by speedboat from Soneva Fushi. Chef Sobah has been with Soneva for many years, and after consistently winning local and international culinary awards, year after year, we gave him his own restaurant, which opens twice per week.
The cuisine is uniquely Maldivian using recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation, and the food is prepared using traditional cooking methods. The ingredients are sourced from what Sobah buys fresh from the fishermen each morning or what he scavenges from the island of Mendhoo itself. After dinner, learn about the starry night sky from our resident astronomer, while enjoying some of our finest digestives.
Freediving at Soneva Fushi
Freediving is the exhilarating practice of discovering the underwater world using only a single breath. You will learn our finning technique – how to propel thorough the ocean, increase your breath hold capacity, ability to both relax and focus, equalisation and of course safety, which is paramount.
Guided Snorkelling with our Marine Biologist
Accompany our resident marine biologist on a guided snorkelling trip to one of the spectacular reefs found in the Baa Atoll. They will guide you through the reefs and introduce you to the various species of marine life. You may also be lucky enough to encounter beautiful sea turtles and manta rays, which are common in this area of the Maldives.
House reef snorkelling and night snorkelling are also available. Peer through the night waters at moray eels, lionfish, octopus, lobsters, sleeping parrotfish and bioluminescent plankton.
Snorkel with Manta Rays
Join us as we search for the enigmatic, graceful, inquisitive and charismatic Manta Rays in the waters of the Baa Atoll. If the conditions are right, we will go to Hanifaru Bay, located only 20 minutes by speedboat from Soneva Fushi, which has one of the world’s largest population of Manta Rays. When time and tide align, fortunate snorkelers get to observe and capture a rolling, whirling feast where it may be possible to see hundreds of these large yet harmless creatures congregate to gorge themselves in the plankton-rich waters. There are also several other locations close to Soneva Fushi where Manta sightings are common, so the exact itinerary of the trip may vary to maximize the chance of seeing these magnificent creatures. If Mantas cannot be seen on the trip, the Marine Biologists will lead an underwater discovery tour to showcase the stunning scenery of the marine life in the Baa Atoll.
Non-Motorized Water Sports
We offer a range of complimentary non-motorized water sports, including kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, windsurfing and catamarans. Private tuition is available at an additional charge on an hourly basis.
Surfing in the Baa Atoll
Discover the beautiful Maldivian waters with a surf trip to one of more than 11 different locations in the Baa Atoll. Surf perfect waves in the warm sun, with no one else in sight with your own private instructor. All spots are located within 30 minutes by boat from Soneva Fushi and are suitable for beginners through to advanced surfers. We offer half day and full day surf trips with an instructor, as well as hourly surfing classes. Surfboards are available to be borrowed at no extra charge. May to September offers the biggest waves, although beginners will enjoy the activity year-round.
Evening Fishing at Soneva Fushi
Arguably the oldest profession in the Maldives, fishing is one of the most relaxing activities for the busy traveller. Those who might rank themselves as talented fishermen with a sixth sense for good fishing spots would find it a worthy challenge to test the plentiful waters of the Indian Ocean for an impressive catch. Heading out in the boat just before the sun sets is a chance to enjoy the spectacular natural scenery, stunning sunsets and rich underwater life of the Maldives, while enjoying some canapes and cool beverages to make the experience even more unforgettable. Our captain will take you to secret spots known for big game yet away from the reef to avoid causing any damage.
The crew can provide assistance to fishing enthusiasts of all levels, and can also teach the basics of fishing with a simple line and a sharp hook. A maximum of two fish per person can be kept, while all others caught must be released back into the ocean. For those lucky enough to bring back a sizable catch, a meal featuring the fruits of your labor will be prepared by the chefs at the resort.
Dinner and Dance on the Sandbank
Just say the word and we will request our musicians to accompany you to the private sandbank for an intimate evening with loved ones. Lie back on the rattan mat and enjoy the live music by local musicians while our chefs put together a selection of indulgent dishes.
Experience nature in all its splendid glory with an intimate dinner in the middle of the jungle. We will pick you up from your villa and take you blindfolded to our secret jungle location. There our chef will have created a culinary journey where each course tantalises one of your senses.
Full Moon Dinner
Once a month, over the lunar cycle, we craft a unique dining experience served on our private sandbank. In celebration of the full moon, we create a moon-shaped seating arrangement under the splendidly lit night sky. Please ask your Mr/Ms Friday about the dates of the next full moon.
The Cellar Dinner
Designed to whet the palate of wine enthusiasts, the Cellar Dinner is an unforgettable seven-course culinary celebration created by our Executive Chef and served in our candlelit underground wine cellar. Five unique wines hand-picked by our Head Sommelier will complete the experiences.
Sunbathing on the Sandbank
Retreat to the tranquillity of our private sandbank to enjoy a relaxing time on your own as you soak up some sun. The experience is yours for two-hour slots and the sun umbrella, towels and water are included.
Take your desert island experience to another level, and try Sonu’s favourite – lunch on a desert island prepared by your own personal chef. Dip yourself in the crystal clear blue lagoon with our in-house snorkelling guide while your chef prepares gourmet temptations in the most romantic of settings.
Private Sandbank Dinner
Treat yourself to a memorable dinner on our private sandbank set in the middle of the Indian Ocean. After meeting with you, our executive chef will design a bespoke menu to suit your palate and your hosts will set up a beautiful table at the water’s edge.
Waves lap at the shore. Breezes rustle the treetops. And stars shine on screen and overhead. We invite you to join a classic film screening in our open-air theatre. Lie back in your cushioned lounger atop the beach and immerse yourself in the magic of Cinema Paradiso.
Complimentary popcorn and over different flavours of ice cream are the perfect comforting munchies for our on-the-sands theatre experience. And should you desire a chilled cocktail, or something more substantial, our cinema hosts will be happy to oblige.
Gazing at the stars from out here in the midst of the ocean, far from the lights of civilization, we were amazed at how much could be seen with just the naked eye. And so we were inspired to take it to the next level.
Peer through the lenses of our state-of-the-art telescope and set your eyes upon the Plough of Saturn and its serene, translucent curves. Count the moons of Jupiter. Take advantage or our remote island locale, and see celestial bodies invisible from Europe and much of the world.
Central to the Six Senses Spa is a large reflecting pond and water falls, setting the tone for soul therapy. A refreshing menu of holistic and traditional treatments conducted by highly skilled therapists using all natural products compliments the Six Senses signature journeys in addition to Thai, Balinese and doctor-assisted Ayurvedic and nutritional programmes. Spa programmes are complimented by a complete gym, beachside treatment villas and a Yoga Pavilion for wellness therapies such as yoga and Tai Chi.