Wednesday, December 21, 2011

WE HAVE JUST BEEN TO THE MALDIVES, part 2, Soneva Fushi





PARADISE BAREFOOT:FUSHI.
The pilot steps out of the plane and whispers: You will love it here. She is barefoot: how appropriate for a trip in barefoot luxury. At the tiny floating Soneva Fushi International Airport, the first thing our Mr Friday does is collect our shoes: No news no shoes. “No shoes” makes your holiday start on the right foot – totally carefree. Jetlag pours off us in the soft sand amidst absolutely breathtaking beauty.

Our home is a villa suite with private pool, hidden in the jungle with a pathway leading down to the beach.





The villa is massive, almost 600 sqm with large saltwater pool and huge outdoor bathroom area. On the inside you have everything you need, from makeup mirrors, different sitting areas, espresso machine and lots and lots of space.

This is basically what Mr. Crusoe would have built if he had more time and a flair for luxury. All of the water is purified on site, no water flown in from Europe. Everything here is focused on balance and sustainability.






Our high expectations of beauty and space wildly exceeded, it is time for another high expectation, the food. So we took our bikes (all guests get bikes) to the main restaurant. Here, now and every lunch time we were pampered with sushi and sashimi, along with plates of mixed salmon, tuna, snapper and reef fish caught a few hours before.


Our favourite lunch





Beachside sand-in-toes dining


The resort has three restaurants. The rest of the food followed the same theme, as locally produced as possible (even mushrooms) – and absolutely wonderful, enjoyed in beautiful and casual settings.









The delicatessen room



Wicked desserts




There are 65 villas, each just a few steps from your own stretch of white sandy beach. A Six Senses Spa provides beauty and body treatments, steam rooms and sauna. Tennis junkies relax – there are tennis courts too. And for those who come for the underwater magic, a dive centre with latest high-tech diving equipment, offering PADI certification within a week. And naturally, there is snorkeling.

Soneva Fushi has a beautiful and very rich house reef: turtles, rays, triggerfish are quite common snorkeling sights. While diving, schools of eagle rays, moray eels, clown fish and other beautiful marine life are all around you in a fantastic abundance.

We snapped this image just off our beach.








And so a week went by in barefoot paradise. Our next stop will be Soneva Gili…


Note: In blog style these are our own spontatneous snapshots. For images by Soneva Fushi see our website.

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