Need To Know
55 beachfront villas.
12 noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.
Double rooms from £1591.48 ($1,970), including tax at 25.44 per cent.
Rates do not include buffet breakfast (US$50 a person). Children All meals are free for under-6s; children aged 7-12 get a 50 per cent discount on their meals. Babies stay in cots for free; extra beds (US$74 a night) for under-12s can be added to all the villas.
All villas have bicycles to borrow to explore the island; the resort also has small bikes and tricycles for children.
At the hotel
Private beach with watersports facilities, spa, restaurants, bars, kids’ club, observatory, open-air cinema, tennis court, badminton, library, stash of CDs and DVDs, free WiFi.
In your room
Flatscreen TV, DVD player, preloaded iPod and dock, binoculars, bathrobes, slippers, minibar, full-size organic Soneva toiletries, tea- and coffee-making facilities.
Our favourite rooms
Ranging from cosy snugs for two or three to sprawling retreats sleeping up to 12, all of Soneva Fushi’s jungle-fringed villas are beachfront, making it easy for more independent children to hop and skip off to bask in the lagoon’s placid waters. If you’re travelling with younger children, splash out on one of the villas with a private seawater pool: you can keep an eye on less confident swimmers from the sunloungers, and there’s plenty of shade for babes-in-arms in the natural sandbox garden, too. Make-believe aficionados (and their peace-seeking parents) will love the Soneva Fushi Villa Suite with Tree House: down the walkway from the main villa stands a child-welcoming bolt-hole of knotted wood, 2.5m above the ground, with a bunk bed, single bed, and separate toilet.
There is no communal pool on the island. Keep an eye on little ones in the villas’ private pools, as they aren’t supervised. Grab a snorkel and fins to explore the house reef from one of the island’s four access points (manta rays, turtles and whale sharks are all return visitors). The lagoon’s gentle waters are ideal for trying out wakeboarding, kayaking or kite surfing at the watersports centre.
Set around a pond and waterfalls in a pocket of tranquil jungle, the Six Senses Spa has nine treatment rooms, both indoors and out, including three couples’ suites. Inspired by local plants and herbs, the therapy menu reads like a stress-busting, body-buffing tour of Asia: take your pick from gentle stretches in the warm waters of the Japanese Watsu pool, coconut scrubs, or the comforting touch of Tibetan hot stones. The spa can also adapt treatments for children and adolescent skin, and offers yoga, t’ai chi, meditation sessions and massage workshops.
Some of the villas have their own spa suites, perfect for in-room pampering while keeping an eye on the kids.
It's best to book on arrival if you want to indulge in one of the Six Senses spa journeys, combining scrubs, massages and holistic healing.
Responsibility and sustainability are at the core of the resort’s philosophy. It has one of the largest solar power plants in the Maldives, and the resort has kept pockets of the island’s coastline untouched so turtles can continue nesting there. Food is grown and sourced locally where possible, and there’s even a purpose-built centre for waste management and recycling, as well as a marine conservation programme.