With a surreal combination of sun, sea, and sand, the Maldives is perhaps every couple’s dream wedding and honeymoon destination. Situated amidst the Indian Ocean’s azure waters and surrounded by fine white sand, this ultimate beach destination paints nature close to perfection.
Impressed by its natural beauty, Eva and Sonu Shivdasani built the first ‘castaway’ resort within the pristine Maldives’ Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Envisioning an environmentally-responsible yet world-class destination, the couple came up with the unique concept now known as the Soneva Fushi. With its luxurious yet laid-back atmosphere, this resort is the perfect haven for an authentic back-to-nature experience. If you are dreaming of an island getaway, we specially curated 7 reasons to embrace Soneva Fushi for a honeymoon of a lifetime.
1. Log out of city life and get closer to nature
Upon arrival at Soneva Fushi, one will instantly feel the Robinson Crusoe vibe of the resort. Eco-chic villas enveloped in dense green foliage, with the crystal clear ocean waves gently splashing against a remarkable white sand beach, and the cleanest of air devoid of city pollution. Amidst all the beauty of nature, the resort maintains a luxurious service, providing guests with the best of both worlds – a slower, more appreciative lifestyle.
Soneva Fushi encourages a deeper way of communing with nature, with their fondly observed “no news, no shoes” mantra. With this philosophy, couples can experience going barefoot and back to basics, allowing one to relish the feel of the Earth and fine sand.
2. Breathtaking panoramic views from the resort and villas
Views from all around the resort are spectacular, especially so at the Out of the Blue restaurant overlooking the majestic Indian Ocean, a perfect spot for Maldivian sunsets might we add. With delicious grilled meats and seafood, Teppanyaki, and secret menus conjured by Michelin-starred chefs, expect a feast for both eyes and mouth.
Exclusive to Villa 37, the Moonlight Table is the highest point on the island, where you and your loved one can wine and dine to a breathtaking panoramic view of romantic sunrises and sunsets. Did we forget to mention a freshwater pool with a water slide in your own villa?
Love sunsets and snorkelling? If so, we highly recommend the Sunset Retreat, where you and your loved one can soak in the romantic Maldivian sunset every evening. The luxurious Sunset Retreat villa features a private elongated swimming pool, on top of your very own steam room and gym.
If an early morning sunrise view and privacy is your cup of tea, consider staying at the legendary Villa One. With a prime location at the corner of the island and a huge private seaside swimming pool, one can enjoy unimpeded views out to sea.
3. Impeccable service and diverse array of dining options
Pampering begins right from the moment you land at Malé International Airport. The private airport lounge for Soneva guests even features an onsite spa room, allowing you to relax while waiting. Throughout your stay, a personal butler will be assigned to assist and serve you, ensuring that your every needs are met promptly. The genuine warmth of the incredibly efficient staff is what makes Soneva Fushi the ultimate honeymoon experience.
Serving an extensive range of delicacies and international cuisines, the dining venues at Soneva Fushi are endless for your gastronomic pleasure. Dine high above the gardens at Fresh in the Garden where fresh, homegrown, and organic produce are picked right below your dining spot. Or head out to Sobah’s Restaurant on an uninhabited island via a 15-minute speedboat ride, where the award winning Chef Sobah prepares delectable Maldivian dishes with a modern twist.
Alternatively, taste the exquisite Japanese dishes prepared by Chef Kenji Gyoten at So Hands On, one of only a handful of three-starred Michelin chefs from Japan. Chef Gyoten’s schedule can be found here. There simply is too much appetizing delights to share.
4. Intimate night camping in a luxurious Bedouin-style tent
Head on for a romantic evening as you cozy up with your loved one on your very own private sandbank. If glamping is your thing, camping under the Maldivian stars in a luxurious Bedouin-style tent with its own water closet will provide a thoroughly surreal experience. Not to forget a dreamy candlelit dinner, all arranged by your personal attendants.
5. Experience the castaway life followed by a dolphin cruise
Ever wondered how it would be like to have lunch on a deserted island with a personal chef? Experience the ultimate getaway with Sonu’s Picnic, named after the owner’s favorite lunch experience on the island. Here, a personal chef will prepare a traditional Maldivian meal for two. While waiting for lunch, work up an appetite as you enjoy snorkeling around the desert island.
Another highly sought-after experience at Soneva Fushi is an hour-long dolphin cruise – watching pods of playful dolphins swim up close while admiring the magnificent sunset. Along with traditional Maldivian Boduberu drums, a selection of canapés and a flute of champagne will conclude your day on a high.
6. Romantic astronomy getaway under the starry night
For a romantic night with your partner, take advantage of the Maldives’ near-equator location and its pollution-free skies as you gaze at the splendours of the galaxies. The first resort in the world to introduce 3D astronomy to its esteemed guests, Soneva Fushi supplements this experience with a state-of-the-art telescope and their very own observatory with a resident astronomer.
7. Indulge in the ultimate honeymoon experience at the colossal Private Reserve
Saving the best for the last, we introduce the gem of Soneva Fushi – the Private Reserve. Escape to a world of jungle fantasies with this behemoth forested mansion. Boasting a real estate of 5,540 sqm, the largest villa in Soneva Fushi comes with a massive swimming pool, sunken dining area and sala, over-water hammocks, a water slide, spa with steam room, sauna and massage room, private gym, and more. The list goes on and on…
Have really close friends whom you would like to share your joy with? You’d be pleased to know that the Private Reserve can accommodate up to 18 adults with its incredible 9 bedrooms. Party time!
The perfect combination of nature and luxury – we are fairly certain that a Soneva Fushi honeymoon will provide couples with a truly unique and unforgettable once-in-a-lifetime experience. From the romantic ambience, delectable dining options, enthralling couple activities, to the simplest yet hardest of all to achieve – world-class service standards, Soneva Fushi is a cut above its peers.
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