Maldives, Maldives

Soneva Fushi

Rates from (inc tax)$1,399.19

Price information

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Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (21USD), via, using today’s exchange rate.


Barefoot bliss


Private-island paradise


Nestled under verdant jungle on the beaches of a secluded island in the Maldives, boutique hotel Soneva Fushi’s luxe villas circle a romantic tropical playground, with a gorgeous spa, a stunning house reef and ask-for-anything service. Escape here for a carefree Robinson Crusoe getaway.

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Photos Soneva Fushi Hotel – Baa Atoll – Maldives

Need to know




12 noon, but flexible subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.


Double rooms from $1399.19, excluding tax at 25.44 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD1,755.14), via, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

The hotel offers room-only, B&B, HB and FB rates. All meals are free for children under six; 7-12 year-olds get a 50 per cent discount on their meals.


With clear skies and hardly any light pollution, you’ll get spectacular views of the starry night from the resort’s telescope-equipped observatory.

At the hotel

Six Senses spa, private beach with watersports facilities, bikes to borrow, observatory, open-air cinema, floodlit tennis court, badminton, snooker table, group yoga and tai chi classes, jogging trail, board games, ice-cream parlour, library, stash of CDs and DVDs, free WiFi. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD player, preloaded iPod and dock, binoculars, air-conditioning, minibar, tea- and coffee-making facilities. The resort can also organise scuba diving, motorised watersports, and local boat trips.

Our favourite rooms

Sunsets may be spectacular at Soneva Fushi, but villas on the sunrise side of the island are blessed with uninterrupted views of the ocean. All have an indoor-outdoor feel, with garden bathrooms, cosy outdoor seating areas, and rustic-chic interiors of wood and crisp cottons. There’s no communal pool on the island, so make sure you splash out on a villa with a private seawater pool. The one at Retreat Villa (61) extends into the shade of the second-floor open air dining area connecting the two bedroom suites of this sprawling hideaway. The master outdoor bathroom is equally impressive: with a pond, sunken bathtub, steam room and a small private gym, it may well tempt you away from the decadent spa.


There is no communal pool. Some villas have private seawater pools; all have their own secluded stretch of white-sand beach.

Packing tips

It’s more about what not to pack: for a truly blissed-out castaway experience, leave the phone charger at home. And don’t bother with shoes – no one on the island wears them.


Each villa has its very own Mr or Mrs Friday, a private butler to look after guests’ every need. Craving a refill from the ice-cream parlour? Just ask.


Welcome. Extra beds can be added for US$74 a night, cots are free. Babysitting is available for US$18 per hour.

Best for

Babies and over-5s.

Recommended rooms

The Soneva Fushi Villa suite and tree house is perfect for Robinsons travelling with their family. Older children will love the seawater pool and tree house: 2.5 metres above the ground, it has a bunk bed and single bed that sleep up to three children.


None, but the hotel is currently working on its new kids club, the Den (Soneva Kiri already has one). The Den is a dream of a kids’ club. Dutch eco-architect Olav Bruin asked a group of children to come up with their perfect play area and his creation is a combination of their visions. Shaped like a manta ray, the bamboo structure will hang in the trees. There will be different rooms – music, fashion and art – dedicated to creativity, with scheduled activities inside and out. As well as keeping children occupied, the Den gives kids a taste of Thai culture, as they can learn the Thai alphabet, create a local toy or try their hand at traditional batik. The Den is free and is open from 9am to 6pm each day for youngsters up to age 12, but children under the age of six have to be supervised by a parent or babysitter. The Den will also include a swimming pool with a slide and a toddlers' pool.


Older kids can safely explore the island: there are no dangerous animals or insects, and plenty of critters to keep them occupied (geckos, chickens and rabbits wander freely). There are smaller bicycles and tricycles for them to borrow to roam around, and they can enjoy the watersports and snorkelling, play table tennis, badminton, tennis, volleyball, or just flop down with some pizza and pop corn to watch films at the open-air cinema.

Swimming pool

There is no communal swimming pool, and you’ll need to keep an eye on young swimmers in the villas with private pools. The lagoon is very calm and there is no need to worry about currents or tides, but little feet may need water shoes to avoid scrapes.


Children are welcome at all times. The restaurants have high chairs, as well as soft toys and drawing materials to keep little ones busy. There are children and infant menus as well as half portions available. The chefs can adapt their menus for special diets, too. The bars serve mocktails, milkshakes and smoothies, and are happy to whip something up if it’s not on the menu.


Babysitters can be organised with a day’s notice and cost US$18 per hour.

No need to pack

Nappies, baby wipes, formula milk and baby food are available at the hotel’s shop.


Don’t miss Eco Centro, the resort’s innovative recycling centre. Little Smiths can learn all about reusing and composting, and pick fresh fruit and vegetables from the organic garden.


Responsibility and sustainability are at the core of the resort’s philosophy. It has one of the largest solar power plants in the Maldives, and the resort has kept pockets of the island’s coastline untouched so turtles can continue nesting there. Food is grown and sourced locally where possible, and there’s even a purpose-built centre for waste management and recycling, as well as a marine conservation programme.

Food and Drink

Photos Soneva Fushi Hotel – Baa Atoll – Maldives

Top Table

If dining under a star-speckled sky isn’t quite romantic enough, the hotel can also set up your very own dining nook on the island’s sandbank.

Dress Code

Bare feet and a dab of Nuxe oil on the collarbone – the resort’s casual-chic vibe extends to its restaurants.

Hotel restaurant

Six. With chunky wooden furniture set right on the beach, Mihiree Mitha (meaning “Here it is”) is the laid-back setting for a leisurely breakfast or lunch with your toes in the sand. The breakfast buffet is a generous affair of just-baked pastries, home-made jams, and egg-cooking stations; at lunch it transforms into a grazing feast with barbecue, stir fry, and salad stations, as well as wood-fired pizzas and a fresh pasta bar. Nearby, restaurant Nine serves dinner, with lavish buffets on Tuesdays and Fridays. High over the jungle canopy and open to the sea breeze, Fresh in the Garden’s daily-changing dinner menu uses only local produce and the fresh fish, prepared with Maldivian sambals and garden herbs. For straight-from-the-net Japanese and Korean inspired tapas, head to one of By The Beach’s candle-lit tables on the sand, where the catch of the day is turned into sharing plates of ceviche and soft-shell crab. So Hot and So Cool’s 60 flavours of ice-creams are available between 12.30 and 3pm, or can be ordered throughout the day from the main bar. So Delicate’s cold rooms are open from 7.30am to 9pm and are stocked with hams, cheeses, cold cuts and preserves for the peckish.

Hotel bar

While the night away at By the Bar, with its large cushions right on the sand and deep comfy wooden seats and tables with backgammon or chess boards built into the wood. The barman conjures heady concoctions using home-made spirits such as damson gin and passion fruit vodka. With its cushioned hammocks strung right over the water, Bar(a)bara is the perfect place for a sundowner: grab an organic cocktail and watch the dolphins’ frolics silhouetted against the setting sun.

Last orders

10.30pm. Fresh in the Garden and By the Sea are closed during the buffet nights on Tuesdays and Fridays. The bars close when the last guest leaves.

Room service

In-villa dining can be ordered round the clock from any of the restaurant menus. Breakfast can also be served in your villa at any time of day.


Photos Soneva Fushi Hotel – Baa Atoll – Maldives
Soneva Fushi
Kunfunadhoo Island
Baa Atoll
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International flights land at Male’s Ibrahim Nasir International Airport. From there it’s a 30-minute seaplane ride (US$738 a person for return flights, and free for children under 2) to Soneva Fushi International Airport (a few square metres of floating platform just off the island’s shores).


It may be one of the largest islands in the Maldives, but at just under 1.5km long you won’t need a car at the resort.

Worth getting out of bed for

The near-castaway seclusion of Kunfunadhoo Island is much of its appeal, so there’s little to do here but to savour Soneva Fushi’s natural charms and holistic body-pampering activities.

The island has four snorkelling access points; with manta rays and turtles regularly sighted on the house reef, entire days can easily be filled drifting gently above the marine spectacle. The hotel has masks and fins for guests, and a resident marine biologist who can organise private snorkelling trips and night swims to see octopus, sleeping parrot fish, lobster and bioluminescent plankton. There’s also a diving school for beginners and confirmed PADI divers alike.

Set around a pond and waterfall nestled in the jungle, the indulgent Six Senses spa is as much about soothing the soul as the body. Local coconut is used in body scrub and massages treatments, and there are massage workshops, meditation training and yoga classes too.

Little Smiths will be able to run riot when the new children’s den opens in October 2014. After a day spent splashing in their own swimming pools, scrambling through secret passageways and a pirate ship, or zipping down the water slides, they’ll have the best night’s sleep parents can dream of.

Local restaurants

The only restaurants and bars on the island are the hotel's own. Budding chefs can try their hands at Maldivian cooking classes using the hotel’s garden’s own produce.


Photos Soneva Fushi Hotel – Baa Atoll – Maldives

Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this eco-chic hotel in the Maldives and unpacked their snorkels and sarongs, a full account of their barefoot luxury break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside/postcard from Soneva Fushi in the Maldives…

Driftwood, billowing mosquito nets, a shower nestled under palm trees. A stretch of soft white sand, a hammock, sheltering walls of untouched jungle, and then a slice of translucent turquoise ocean. This is it: the stripped-down luxury of boutique hotel Soneva Fushi, lost somewhere on a private island in the Maldives’ Baa Atoll. Dotted along the coastline, the romantic and secluded indoor-outdoor villas are the perfect setting to play out Robinson Crusoe fantasies, but with the convenience of a 24-hour butler to fulfill every whim and fancy. There’s a whole playground of lush greenery, unspoilt coral reefs and fresh-from-the-net beach-side feasts to enjoy, and a lavishly indulgent Six Senses spa to soothe aching muscles and sun-kissed skin. At night, popcorn and tropical cocktails are served at the open-air cinema, but the world-weary might just want to wander back to their villa for the island’s most spectacular show: a star-studded sky stretching over the gently lapping waters of the Indian Ocean, miles and miles away from any worry.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Soneva Fushi’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The staff - the best I have ever had to pleasure to be on holiday with. Local recommendations: just dive in - the fish are amazing here. 10/10

Don’t expect

Late night dancing


Stayed on 18 Jun 2016