Soneva Fushi Resort & Six Senses Spa has been voted Indian Ocean’s
Leading Spa Resort by World Travel Awards. The award was the result of voting forms sent to more than one million travel agents worldwide.
In an award coup, Soneva Fushi’s host country – the Maldives – was
awarded Indian Ocean’s Leading Destination, recognizing the increasing
popularity of this nation of 19 coral atolls stretching over 800 kilometres and
made up of 1,190 islands.
Soneva Fushi Resort,
one of the first Robinson Crusoe style hideaways in the Maldives, is set on the privately owned, tropical paradise island of
Kunfunadhoo. It is situated in the Baa Atoll, a thrilling 30-minute seaplane trip
north of Male Atoll and the International Airport.
Surrounded by glorious white sand beaches that merge gently into an azure
blue sea, it is the balance of simplicity, luxury and eco-friendliness that has
made Soneva Fushi a legendary resort with the philosophy: Intelligent Luxury, allowing guests to relax and be pampered without losing the natural
reality of the destination.
Created in 1995 by visionary couple Sonu and Eva Shivdasani, and originally
planned as their home, Soneva Fushi's remoteness is central to its charm.
This offering of the ultimate in barefoot sophistication was responsible for
the phrase, ‘No News, No Shoes”, encouraging guests to remove footwear
before arrival at the island’s jetty and remain so during their stay. The
island’s mode of transport is by bicycle, and even the pedals are padded for
Kunfunadhoo island is almost one and a half kilometres in length and more
than half a kilometre in width, with the resort’s 65 luxury accommodations
set in lush vegetation, each with its own beach. Thirteen villas also offer a
private free form swimming pool. Soneva Fushi is perhaps best described as
one of the world’s most luxurious castaway islands – offering total luxury which
blends seamlessly into the natural environment.
The World Travel Award presentation will take Centre Stage during World Travel Mart
(WTM) at London’s Excel in November. The WTM takes place from 10 - 13