Soneva Fushi

Sustainable seclusion in the Maldives

Not everything is as it appears at Soneva Fushi, a private island escape nestled in the Maldives’ Baa Atoll. What first appears as a collection of driftwood huts hidden beneath a lush canopy of jungle belies the sumptuous stay found within — a fitting welcome to the beloved barefoot luxury vibe of this exquisite retreat.

The island nation’s first eco-luxe resort was a trailblazer when it first opened in 1999 and has only improved with time. Treehouse-inspired accommodations blend seamlessly into their natural surroundings, all while boasting private pools and 24/7 butler service. Alfresco eateries and an onsite observatory both offer crystal-clear views of the night sky and a new state-of-the-art conservation and education center endeavors both to teach and implement eco-friendly efforts across the Maldives and beyond.

A resort-wide “no news, no shoes” policy reinforces Soneva Fushi’s relaxed ambiance. You’re encouraged to unplug, and the shoeless policy is wonderfully literal — welcome to barefoot luxury.

Our Inspector's Highlights

  • Perched on the island’s southern tip are some of the world’s largest overwater villas. At nearly 10,000 square feet, these accommodations are ideal for families thanks to wrap-around decks, waterslides and a retractable roof that allows for superior stargazing.
  • You’ll find the requisite aquatic adventures available at the Maldives resort — think kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding and sunset cruises. But unique offerings like the country’s first hot glass studio that transforms used wine bottles into works of art are what set Soneva Fushi apart.
  • The recently renovated Soneva Soul spa blends the best of classic therapies and cutting-edge treatments into one holistic experience. Start with a consultation with an Ayurvedic doctor followed by a cryotherapy treatment, all rounded out with a treetop yoga session.
  • The luxury resort is home to some of the world’s best diving thanks to its location within a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. A PADI-certified dive center offers excursions to more than 30 nearby sites, while snorkeling at the house reef all but guarantees a dolphin or sea turtle sighting.
  • Nearly a dozen dining venues serving everything from Maldivian fare and Asian-inspired dishes to vegan cuisine ensure your tastebuds won’t get bored during your stay. A complimentary chocolate shop and ice cream parlor provide sweet extra indulgences.

The Rooms

  • Soneva Fushi’s 53 private villas are some of the Maldives’ largest. Even the smallest one-bedroom accommodation weighs in at an impressive 2,800-plus square feet.
  • Villas are divided into sunrise and sunset accommodations. Sunset villas are best for snorkelers with easy access to the resort’s reef, while sunset villas face out to sea and are ideal for those seeking a little extra privacy.
  • While there is no communal pool at the resort, nearly all accommodations boast their own private pools. Some even come equipped with waterslides that plunge you straight into the ocean below.
  • Simple yet cozy interiors embrace the castaway theme with driftwood accents and mosquito netting, while amenities that stray from the aesthetic are cleverly hidden — TVs, for example, are tucked inside vintage luggage.
  • Open-air bathrooms let tropical breezes flow freely and outdoor bathtubs large enough for two add a touch of romance.

Getting There
Baa Atoll, Kunfunadhoo, 2233 Maldives
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