Our experience at Soneva Fushi in the Maldives, a Relais & Chateau resort

” No shoes, no news ”

During our recent Maldives trip, we spent 4 amazing and unforgettable days at the beautiful Soneva Fushi resort with J-e and our friends Donato and Giulia. This experience was very special because we really felt like Robinson Crusoe living in the wild, but with a luxury side. It was seriously one of the best experiences we had the chance to live and one of the best services we had the chance to experience in our life. Staying at Soneva Fushi is a totally unique experience from your arrival at the airport to your departure. Also, you need to know that Soneva Fushi is an eco-resort and they are making so much effort to respect the environment. This was really important for us. If you are planning to visit the Maldives you absolutely need to know everything about our amazing stay there. Now let’s start to tell you everything about our magical experience there!

Welcome to paradise! Our arrival at Soneva Fushi

When we arrived at Malé airport, we were taken in charge by the Soneva staff, which is absolutely adorable and was so present for us during our stay. We were conducted to the Soneva lounge at the airport, which is so comfy and relaxing. There is free wifi, sofas, fresh fruits, and juices. This is so perfect to wait for the seaplane transfer! When it was time to board, we discovered a beautiful luxury grey seaplane and of course all the comfort you can imagine inside: fresh juice, a tablet and soundproof earmuff. We were ready to start our amazing experience! The seaplane taken off, and it was already magical, we could admire the Atols from above during 40 minutes.

Then, we arrived at Soneva Fushi by speed boat and we finally discovered the beautiful rabbit island. It is totally my definition of heaven on earth. White sand, turquoise water, palm trees and coconuts… Also, there were adorable rabbits around the island! Yes, you have well read, there are many cute rabbits on this island! This is why the island is called like that!

“No shoes, no news”

Directly, we had to remove our shoes, the concept of the resort is “no shoes, no news”. I loved this! We were barefoot during all our stay, this is what made us really felt living in nature! Also, we had a bike so it was really useful to explore the island and going to the restaurants.

The resort is the only one in this island, and it is totally hidden among a dense forest in the Baa Atoll. The reef of this island is classed in the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Soneva Fushi is composed by different kind of spacious beachfront villas. Everything about this magical place feels otherworldly, from the crystal clear turquoise water and dolphins at sunset, to the delicious cuisine available at the resort’s multiple dining venues.

The beautiful villas at Soneva Fushi are totally hidden in the nature

Then, we discovered our beautiful villa, hidden in nature. It was incredibly beautiful and spacious. There were 2 rooms, so this villa is also perfect for families. We absolutely loved the minimalist vibes and the simple decoration. All the devices were hidden and everything was white and brown. The bathroom was open on the garden and there were an outdoor bathroom and shower in the garden. To have a shower there was an amazing experience, we really felt like “into the wild”. Also, our villa has direct private access to the beach. There is so much privacy in this hotel, every villa has its own private corner of the beach. So when we wanted to go to the beach and have a romantic moment, or having a snorkelling session, we were just the two of us!

The restaurants are amazing and have many vegetarian options!

The hotel has 3 different restaurants. Each of them is amazing and has delicious vegetarian options. But our favourite was the “Mihiree Mithaa” because there were so many veggie options and the food was simply delicious.

Out of the blue

The first restaurant is the Out Of Blue. This restaurant located by the sea is beautiful. The view is just amazing. You are sitting in front of the reef, eating delicious and fine Japanese food and Chinese specialties in a romantic ambiance!

Mihiree Mithaa

The sedong one is Mihiree Mithaa. Our favorite one. In this restaurant you can have breakfast, lunch and dinner. This is an incredible buffet, with no doubt and no comparison, the best buffet we have ever seen. We have seen many buffets but this one is the BEST one so far. They have so many choices, the salad bar is paradise for vegetarians. They have fresh avocado, houmous, colourful tomatoes, herbs, salads and seriously everything you can imagine in a salad! The quality product is amazing it was so fresh. They even have homemade pizza with wood hoven!

Fresh in the garden

And the last one is the Fresh in the Garden. This restaurant proposes only plant-based Maldivian and Southeeast Asian with Nordic cooking techniques. Just before the dinner, we had a visit of the gardens with adegustation of different plants and receipes. After that, we had an amazing dinner in the gardens. This was an amazing experience!

Nature is nurtured at the resort and each experience brings you one step closer to discovering its beauty.

Magical snorkelling and diving at Sovena Fushi

Also, we had several snorkelling sessions and every single of them was a dream. Snorkelling at Soneva Fushi was a magical experience. The coral reef is a member of UNESCO. Just a few meters from the beach, we found incredibly beautiful and preserved reefs. Exploring them was absolutely amazing. In the same snorkelling session, we had the chance to see 2 sharks (white tip), 1 turtle and so many colourful fishes. We are diver and I can assure you that it is really rare to see so many animals in one session! It is showing how protected is this reef! Which is amazing. You can borrow for free a snorkelling gear at the dive center or organise a diving sesssion.

A magical sunset dolphin cruise at Soneva Fushi

We had also done an amazing sunset dolphin cruise. And we had the chance to see dolphins! We were so happy when we saw them! And they followed the boat for a few minutes. So we had the time to admire them and take some pictures! Just after it started raining a lot, so we came back to the hotel. But it was still an amazing moment I will never forget.

An afternoon on a dreamy sandbank, lost in the Maldives

We have spent an amazing half day on a beautiful sandbank, only 10 min far from the island by speedboat. It was absolute paradise and we had the chance to have this sandbank all to ourselves!

Kayaking in the turquoises water at Soneva Sushi

We have also tried kayak and it was really fun! Kayaking in the crystal clear water with nobody around was amazing. Many other activities like paddle or surf are proposed. Also, there is the amazing famous slide next to the restaurant. We had so much fun sliding there with J-e! Of course, we could not stop sliding and going up again during all the afternoon haha.

We highly recommend staying at Soneva Fushi!

If you are looking for a romantic or family stay in a beautiful place in the Maldives we definitely recommend staying at Soneva Fushi. The island is absolutely beautiful, there are many activities: snorkelling, diving, kayaking, surfing, boat tours to sandbank, dolphin cruise and so on! If you like to be close to nature and animals and if you are looking for a unique experience, you need to stay there! The island is really calm and relaxing, the restaurants are excellent and the staff is simply perfect! If you are planning your Maldives vacations and have questions feel free to ask them in the comments!

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