Soneva Fushi, Baa Atoll The Maldives, Central Islands
From the moment you step off the sea plane onto your awaiting speedboat you can feel that remote Soneva Fushi is a little bit different. Your host will hand you a small linen bag in which, if you wish, you can place your shoes and your phone for safekeeping until the time comes for you to leave the island again. Sonevas "No News, No Shoes" philosophy gives new meaning to barefoot luxury.
The idea is to create a fairytale Robinson Crusoe experience with the finest creature comforts and the result is understated luxury that blends beautifully into the spectacular natural surroundings. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the treetop restaurant accessed by a rope bridge and serving only organic island grown produce and Maldivian seafood.
It's an exclusive resort just 65 rooms ranging from the beachfront rooms, to more private villas with pools and, ultimately, the Jungle Reserve complete with its own massage pavilion, gym, private pool and tree house; not to mention your very own butler in the form of Mr Friday.
As well as offering the water and land-based activities you might expect for a 5-star resort including a PADI dive centre, Soneva Fushi also boasts an outdoor cinema and an observatory offering guests magnificent views into the night sky. Guests can also explore the mile long island on bikes to find their very own desert island hideaway.
Soneva Fushi is for those who seek privacy, tranquillity, and luxury. It's a top end destination for those looking for the ultimate honeymoon retreat or quality time together as a family.
Ultimate - There are very few hotels we would describe as 'ultimate'. Hotels in this category must have absolutely everything anyone could want and really be aiming for the stars. These hotels generally go well above and beyond and they would always be at the very top end of the market. These are for clients looking for that extra special place.
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