Soneva Fushi, Maldives
The original 'Robinson Crusoe' hideaway, Soneva Fushi is set on the uninhabited, beach-rimmed island of Kunfunadhoo in the Baa Atoll, just a 30-minute flight from the airport at Male. When your seaplane lands, you will be greeted by a member of staff carrying a bag for your shoes, setting a suitably relaxed tone for your stay in this lush tropical paradise. The award-winning spa offers doctor-assisted Ayurevedic and nutritional programmes to restore your inner balance and physical wellbeing.
Sister to Soneva Gili and a member of the 'Small Luxury Hotels of the World', Soneva Fushi takes nature as its theme, using sustainable woodland natural fabrics to create the stylish, minimalist, yet well-equipped, interiors common to all its 65 en-suite, air-conditioned suites or villas all of which feature a garden bathroom, and some have the added luxury of a private plunge pool. To ensure complete seclusion, all the suites and villas are carefully sited amidst the island's dense vegetation, just a few steps away from a private stretch of pearl-white sand beach.
Your days here are primarily tailored towards relaxation, sunbathing and water sports: windsurfing, sailing, canoeing and cycling are all complimentary, while scuba diving and treatments in the Spa are both readily available at additional cost. Nature walks to your favourite picnic spot can also be arranged.
The emphasis at Soneva Fushi may be on understated luxury, but there is nothing understated about the quality and creativity of the cuisine. There's a diversity of dining - barbecues, desert island picnics, candlelit dinners on private beaches to gourmet feasts - all of which are complemented by one of the finest wine lists in the Maldives.
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