Winning the World Luxury Spa Awards from 2016 to 2018 speaks volumes. We went forth with high expectations of The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi Maldives, and what transpired exceeded expectations beyond the rejuvenating spa sessions, as we indulged in contemporary luxury amidst the warm, welcoming Maldivian culture.
Renowned as a honeymoon paradise with a treasure trove of world-class resorts scattered across the Indian Ocean, the Maldives is a dream destination for many. Famous for their continuous white sand beach surrounding the entire island, The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi Maldives goes the extra mile to differentiate itself with its world-class spa treatments, exceptional family-friendly activities, warm hospitality, and so much more. In this issue, we explore 7 reasons why you should choose The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi Maldives for the ultimate honeymoon experience of a lifetime.
7 Reasons to Choose The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi Maldives for the Ultimate Honeymoon Experience
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1. Enjoy the scenic seaplane transfer to The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi
The Maldives is an incredibly scenic destination, but the view from up there transcends to an otherworldly beauty. We thoroughly enjoyed our seaplane transfer, a short 45 minutes flight to The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi, and would definitely recommend this mode of transport for a unique experience. Just be sure to sit next to the window, and get ready to snap away at your camera!
2. Pamper yourself at the world-class, award-winning The Spa by Thalgo France
With 20 treatment pavilions, a hydrotherapy area, a beauty salon with mani-pedi lounge, and a yoga and pilates pavilion, The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi offers one of the largest and luxurious spa treatments across all five-star Maldives resorts. Awarded multiple times as Best Luxury Spa, The Spa by Thalgo France features more than 140 treatments to select from, combining the best treatments from East and West spa techniques. From Ayurvedic therapies to Traditional Chinese Medicine and traditional Maldivian treatments, or even Balinese, Swedish, Japanese or Thai massage, rest assured that every aspect is well-covered.
Meticulous in every aspect of providing a holistic luxury spa experience, The Spa by Thalgo France emphasises heavily on their décor as well, with rooms for specialty treatments well-decorated in accordance to the respective culture of the treatments. We were particularly impressed by the specialty treatment room for Traditional Chinese Medicine, which was elegantly decorated with lanterns and beautifully draped curtains.
We highly recommend the Honeymoon Escape, one of their specially crafted signature experiences. Commencing with a pampering foot flower bath, you then get to experience a recharging exfoliation, aromatherapy milk flower bath, indulge in a deeply relaxing massage, and sum up the experience with a personalised mini facial based on your skin type. Alternatively, you can book a consultation with their resident Ayurvedic Doctor who can recommend therapies based on your personal dosha (unique mind and body type). If you are an ultimate spa lover, check out their spa packages, which has 5/7/10 day all-inclusive packages for an ultimate spa retreat.
The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi offers a complimentary hydrotherapy session for all guests, so be sure to book that session for a unique experience!
3. Enjoy the sweeping sunset view and plunge right into the sea at the Horizon Water Villa
With 221 luxury villas to choose from on an expansive 52 acre private island, you will probably be spoilt for choice. Always wanted to live on those Instagrammable water villas? Well, there are infinity water villas, horizon water villas and sunset horizon water villas for your varying preferences. Looking for the ultimate VIP treatment? Check out the Celebrity Retreat, fit for a lavish holiday for up to 10 pax.
We stayed in their Horizon Water Villas which features a private outdoor deck with stairs leading to the lagoon, allowing for snorkeling sessions at any time of the day. There was also a glass panel floor inside our room that shows the sea below, which was pretty interesting. Best yet, having your own outdoor jacuzzi while soaking in the breathtaking sunset view was a surreal experience. Highly recommending a water villa for your honeymoon! We took this aerial shot during our trip, incredible architecture isn’t it?
4. Tantalise your taste buds with incredible flavours from 15 restaurants and bars
Expect a gastronomic adventure during your honeymoon at The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi. With 15 restaurants and bars as dining options, from Italian, French, Japanese cuisines to Vietnamese, Indian, Maldivian restaurants and more, every meal offers a unique, palatable experience. We shortlist some of our favourites below.
For a dreamy, romantic dinner for you and your partner, reserve a spot at Flavours and enjoy the fusion of classic French culinary techniques and modern cooking styles while overlooking the pristine waters. We absolutely loved the Poire Belle-Hénèle for dessert, probably one of the best desserts we had amongst all the five-star resorts that we have visited throughout Asia. The appetising dish consists of poached pear with dark chocolate ganache, hazelnut, topped with vanilla ice cream. A work of art to feast on!
For an added bonus, we highly recommend you to come earlier before dinner to see the magnificent reef sharks in action.
For mouth-watering Maldivian infusion of freshly caught seafood paired with the finest Old and New World wines, dining at the Islander’s Grill’s will be an unforgettable experience. With a casual beachfront setting, one can feast on Maldivian lobster and yellowfin tuna with the sound and feel of the sea breeze and waves in the background. Be sure not to miss their weekly specials during dinner on Sundays – the Islander’s BBQ.
5. Lounge at Reflections infinity pool and bar
Reflections is the poolside bar and adult-only part of the resort. Featuring an infinity pool where you can sip your cocktails as the sun goes down beyond the horizon, the whole experience makes your getaway even more refreshing and peaceful. Come sunset, head over to Iru Lounge for some lovely live music. We thoroughly enjoyed the live band when we were there, and even made friends with the band!
The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi also provides various exciting outdoor and indoor activities for active couples. With a family swimming pool, a gym with state-of-the-art equipment that offers private sessions with a personal trainer, tennis and badminton courts, table tennis (our favourite!), mini-golf, nature trails and walks, and even a free 10 minutes scuba diving session, rest assured that you will not run out of things to do during your honeymoon.
6. Enjoy adrenaline-pumping water sports and underwater adventures
If you are a watersports kind of couple, you can sail, windsurf or give kiteboarding a shot, with personal instructors available for these activities. Motorized water sports such as banana boating, water-skiing, and jet-skiing activities are also available for some adrenaline rush.
From snorkeling at the mesmerising house reefs to the open azure waters, you can peek into the alluring underwater world of the Maldives. Speed boats, catamarans, and their signature dhoni are at your disposal to visit the wonders and beauty of the Noonu Atoll islands.
Featuring an SSI and PADI-certified dive centre and multilingual master divers, you can also explore the nearby dive sites around the atoll, some of the best diving spots in the Maldives. If you think The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi’s resort is beautiful, wait till you discover the underwater kingdom of the Maldives – it is enchanting, especially during night dives.
The beautiful thing about The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi is its family friendliness. Boasting a huge Komas Kidz Paradise, couples with kids can afford to leave their kids in the care of dedicated, well-trained staff, allowing you to spend some alone time with your partner. The kids club even has an activity calendar with different fun activities for different days.
7. Celebrate your honeymoon with a romantic wine tasting adventure
For a sophisticated honeymoon experience, we recommend a romantic wine tasting adventure at The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi. The resort’s resident sommelier will guide you on an exclusive tour of the world’s new and old-world wines, where you can enjoy delectable food with the perfect pairing of rare bottles and vintage spirits.
We were thoroughly impressed by The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi’s hospitality standards throughout. Our butler was available 24/7 and ensured that all our needs and wants were met. We even had lovely chats with various hotel staff as well, and were particularly impressed by Ace, the head chef at Bamboo, who rushed to serve our lunch order so that we do not have to starve on our seaplane flight back to Male. That was incredibly kind of him, and much appreciated from our end. The luxury spa experience was definitely one-of-a-kind, and we would definitely hope to revisit in the future.
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