"This island paradise is the ultimate return to the simple pleasures in life!"
Soneva Fushi Resort is the original desert island hideaway in the Maldives.
Vast, multi-bedroom luxury villas and private residences are hidden among dense foliage within touching distance of a pristine, Biosphere UNESCO protected coral reef. Intuitive service is provided by Mr./Ms. Friday butlers who know what you want before you want it.
Every visit makes you feel young again. And children are well looked after too. Cycling round the island, never knowing when you might have to swerve to avoid bunny rabbits or lizard. Watching movies in Cinema Paradiso, counting Saturn’s rings in the Observatory. Deciding between sixty flavours of ice cream. Eleven types of pillow. Five hundred different wines. Three to nine bedroom villas. And nine dining options too.
If the experiences are magical, the philosophy is simple: No news, no shoes. No pretensions either. Coming soon, a floating villa concept Soneva in Aqua and a treasure trove children’s Den.
Eco Companion journalist Laura Fairbourn has included Soneva on her list of '6 havens for a digital detox' - check it out here!
Over 80% of Soneva Fushi’s waste is recycled through our state-of-the-art Eco Centro Waste-to-Wealth programme; up from only 27% compared to 2008-09 baseline. In weight, this equates to over 800,000 tonnes of waste diverted from landfills. In the Maldives, this is particularly important as no proper landfill exist in the country – only the waste island Thilafushi that burns the waste in open fires.
In the Maldives, the common practice for organic waste, which generally compromises 50% of total waste, is to dump it in the sea. At Soneva Fushi, 100% of food waste is composted, which provides rich soil for our vegetable gardens. In addition to the environmental benefits, we generate around USD 100,000 of savings annually from the waste handling and vegetable production. Furthermore, we have just built a glass factory at Soneva Fushi that will transform glass waste from the resort and neighbouring resorts into glassware – including art-pieces– for sale. This should add to the value generated from our waste.