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Postcards from Soneva Fushi in the Maldives, for the love of Island life.

The Property Addict / Travel

The Maldives

May 18 2018

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Surrounded  by  rhythmic  crystal-clear  turquoise  waters,  arriving  at  Soneva  Fushi  is  arriving  to  paradise.  Greeted  by  your  Mr  or  Mrs.  Friday,  your  very  own  personal  butler,  with  a warm welcome  and  the  brief  that  no  shoes  are  allowed  on  the  island,  you  are  induced  almost  immediately  into  heavenly  relaxation.  With  bare  feet  sinking  blissfully  into  the  soft  sandy white  sand,  the  novelty  just  as  cathartic  as  the  actual  healing  benefits.        

Eco-luxe  private  "Robinson  Cruso-esque"  villas  are  nestled  in  behind  beachfront  foliage  with  private  pools  glinting  in  the  sunlight  and  sandy  white  paths  down  to  your  very  own  private beachfront.  Only  the  sound  of  the  gentle  shore  breaks  as  far  as  the  ear  can  hear,  blue  horizen  stretching  as  far  as  the  eye  can  see.  So,  what  do  you  do  when  you  have  nothing  to do?

Every  inch  designed  with  the  aim  to  enhance  the  natural  experience  of  island  life,  the  first  impression  which  is  pleasingly  lasting  is  Soneva  Fushi's  meticulous  attention  to  detail.  The resort  is  a  homage  to  its  owners  Sonu  and  Eva  Shivdasani,  who  originally  purchased  the  island  as  a  after  having  spent  their  honeymoon  on  the  island  and  falling  madly  in  love  with  its magical  qualities.    

Shortly  after,  the  couple  was  told  that  the  island  had  to  be  run  as  a  commercial  venture  and  so  Soneva  resorts  were  borne.  Eva  a  model  and  globetrotter,  and  Sonu  a  businessman educated  in  London  and  also  the  founder  and  CEO  of  the  six  senses  resorts  which  he  sold  in  2012.  Soneva  Fushi  reflects  their  well-traveled  sophistication,  love  for  luxury  and  world-class six-star  service,  all  with  the  intent  to  enhance  the  natural  magical  healing  qualities  of  island  life.  Set  on  an  idyllic  secluded  island  with  thick,  lush  tropical  green  jungle,  meandering  hidden paths  that  open  out  to  private  white  sandy  beaches  Soneva  Fushi  delightfully  exceeds  expectations.      

Riding  barefoot  on  bicycles  through  cool,  winding,  sandy  paths,  canopies  of  thick  jungle  overhead  shading  the  bright  tropical  sun-lit  sky,  dappled  light  peeking  through  foliage  in  brilliant bursts  and  warming  sun-kissed  skin.  Breakfast  buffets  overflow  with  mouthwateringly  fresh  papaya,  delicious  sweet  yellow  mango,  bright  pink  watermelon,  pineapple  and  fragrant,  juicy  red pomegranate.  Or,  the  chefs  can  make  you  whatever  you  fancy...The  walk-in-  refrigerated  fresh  salad  room,  chocolate  room,  ice  cream  room  and  cheese  and  cured  meats  room  invite  visits whenever  you  feel  a  bit  peck-ish.  A  visit  to  the  ice  cream  room  for  a  self-served  ice  cream,  or  two,  becomes  a  daily  afternoon  ritual  and  the  novelty  becomes  a  more  and  more  delicious experience  each  time.  Rich  home-made  salted  caramel,  vanilla  bean,  decadent  coffee  flavor  and  strawberry  gelato  become  the  3pm  daily  treat.      

Adults  can  relax  in  the  whilst  kids  play  in  the  kids  Den,  a  colorful  (still  within  the  rustic  Robinso  Cruso  rustic  theme  but)  with  bright  splashes  of  vibrant  colour  and  so  much  to  ignite  the child  inside..  Dining  at  the  beach  front  restaurant,  feet  in  the  sand  and  waves  lapping  at  the  shore  just  centimeters  away,  or  under  the  stars,  on  elevated  wooden  decks  high  above  the canopy  of  jungle  book  treetops.  With  Michelin  Star  Chefs  flown  in  from  around  the  globe,  each  food  experience  is  a  bespoke  delight  for  the  senses.    

Inside  private  villas,  lofty  traditional  thatched  ceilings  and  immaculate  attention  to  detail  invite  complete  relaxation.  Soft  fluffy  oversize  towels,  handcrafted  artisan  crockery,  and  sophisticated accents.  Cool  stone  tiles  and  expansive  floor  to  ceiling  glass  windows  on  all  sides,  with  lush  green  rainforest  as  far  as  the  eye  can  see,  making  you  feel  like  you  really  are  on  your  very own  private  island.    Brilliant  bright  orange  day  beds  sprawl  with  soft  plump  pillows  in  the  living  room,  perfect  for  afternoon  movies,  siestas  and  lazing  indoors  when  it's  too  hot  outside.  All the  finishes  constructed  in  eco-lux,  raw  materials  with  absolute  privacy  and  comfort  the  result.        

Outdoor  hammocks,  swinging  day  bed  and  an  upstairs  sundeck  with  unobstructed  views  of  the  florescent  turquoise  horizon  to  watch  the  sunsets.  An  oversized  giant  bathtub  sits  in a secluded  pond  at  the  back  of  the  bathroom,  sunken  deep  into  the  earth,  with  bath  salts  and  bubbles  that  smell  like  the  rainforest.  The  hypnotic  sounds  of  running  water  from  the  tops of  the  high  natural  stone  walls  into  the  clear  ponds  surrounding.                

Daily  snorkeling  outside  the  villa  in  clear  warm  glassy  oceans  of  turquoise,  hundreds  of  vibrant  tropical  fish  in  hues  of  brilliant  orange  yellow  red  and  blue  dart  playfully  between  chunks  of brightly  colored  and  sun-bleached  coral,  a  sea-turtle  meanders  past  close  enough  to  touch.  Ocean  waters,  the  same  balmy  warmth  as  the  outside  air  temperature  and  brilliant  pink-orange sunsets  and  ginger  martinis  give  way  to  inky  black  clear  starry  nights  and  French  champagne.    

Relaxed  and  refreshed  after  four  days  and  five  nights  in  heaven,  we  say  goodbye  to  Soneva  Fushi,  our  Mr.  Friday  escorts  us  from  our  villa  to  a  waiting  speedboat.  Soneva  Fushi  shrinks to  a  speck  on  the  distant  horizon  behind  us  as  we  jet  off  towards  sister  resort  Soneva  Jani,  a  modern-day  picturesque  six-  star  over-water  bungalow  resort.               

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