Exclusive travel by SONEVA
When Eva and Sonu Shivdasani built Soneva Fushi as well as their home on the deserted island of Kunfunadhoo in the Maldives in 1995 they had no idea that their intensely personal vision of a locally crafted villa and environmentally responsible lifestyle would form the basis of a successful collection of world-class hotels, resorts and spas. But that’s exactly what happened. Soneva Fushi was the first ‘castaway’ resort in the Maldives, pioneering a trend for back-to-nature luxury holidays.
It established a blueprint for a highly acclaimed international business, followed by spectacular Soneva Kiri on the unspoilt Thai island of Koh Kood in 2009.
The success of the Soneva brand also paved the way for Six Senses Resorts and Spas with award-winning properties in Asia, the Middle East and Europe. Under Eva’s and Sonu’s direction the Six Senses brand gained a global following before being sold in 2012.
Today the Sonevas have many imitators, but no equals. Each Soneva – and a yachting experience, Soneva in Aqua– impresses on a wide range of levels. Breathtaking ‘remote but accessible’ natural locations, effortlessly chic accommodation, incredible food, truly memorable activities, an inspiring ethos of sustainability and service that is uncannily intuitive.
SONEVA takes environmental and social responsibilities very seriously. Whether it’s developing resorts using sustainable materials, recycling waste materials, conserving water or preserving ecosystems, we are always prepared to take the initiative.
The acronym SLOW LIFE (Sustainable-Local-Organic-Wellness Learning-Inspiring-Fun-Experiences) explains the Soneva philosophy. Their aim is to create unforgettable, enlightening experiences that rejuvenate each guest’s love of SLOW LIFE. It’s about illuminating lives whilst treading lightly on the earth.
Koh Kood is Thailand as it was years ago. Untamed jungle, pristine beaches, fishermen going about their business. Ancient Siam, at peace with itself.
One hour’s flight from Bangkok by private plane but oh so peaceful. Our Thailand resort offers an unrivalled combination of luxury, environmentally friendly design and unforgettable, authentic Thai experiences.
More than twenty of the largest resort villas in the world and eleven private residences, are vast in scale. Located on the idyllic beach or sunny slopes in the rainforest, all have stunning infinity pools, impossibly chic furnishings,personal electric buggies and impeccable service courtesy of Mr./Ms. Friday private butlers.
Highlights include the open air Cinema Paradiso, Benz’ mangrove restaurant, the Chocolate and Ice cream parlour, the Observatory, The Den and the spectacular Treetop Dining Pod.
Barefoot Intelligent Luxury at its best. No news, no shoes, Thai style.
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. Now open, a floating villa concept Soneva in Aqua and a treasure trove children’s Den.
NO NEWS, NO SHOES
Soneva Fushi is your opportunity to truly get away from it all. To make the castaway experience complete, we developed our beloved “No News, No Shoes” policy. The moment you arrive, we encourage you to slip your shoes and gadgets into bag for safe keeping. Feel the sand between your toes. Live life free of emails. Sense the connection to nature, and just be.
SONEVA PRIVATE RESIDENCES
Synonymous with intelligent luxury, Soneva Resorts and Residences continue to raise the benchmark for intuitive service, environmental sensitivity and gracious living. The perfect synergy of these elements forms the foundations for living at Soneva Private Residences in the Maldives and Thailand.
Available for private ownership, these extraordinary villas are located in some of the world’s most breathtaking locations. Constructed using time-tested indigenous techniques and with materials from sustainable sources that are adapted to preserve the integrity of the environment and the local communities that surround them.
Soneva made history by being the first developer to offer magnificent homes for foreigners in the Maldives. The first private residence owned by a foreigner, a sprawling 4 bedroom Jungle Reserve villa, has already been handed over to a thrilled owner who is creating memories and stories with friends and family while enjoying the rental income the property is generating.
Each bespoke private residence is built to meet the owners’ individual requirements, whilst remaining true to the Soneva values of SLOW LIFE (Sustainable, Local, Organic, Wellness, Learning, Inspiring, Fun, Experiences) and the mission of Intelligent Luxury.
Each fully serviced villa comes complete with a Mr or Ms Friday butler, and full access to all the island’s facilities, with special ‘owners rates’ being offered in the restaurants, bars and galleries.
Homeowners looking for an ongoing financial return on investment are invited to participate in a rental management program.