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At a glance

  • You'll love

    Rustic hideaway villas

    Beachside dining

    Fab Six Senses spa

  • Kids will love

    Dreamy kids’ club

    Safe snorkelling

    The ice-cream parlour

  • Don’t expect

    A communal pool

    Buzzy nightlife

    Hi-tech frills



Relax in style at family-friendly Maldives resort Soneva Fushi’s secluded thatched villas, where Swiss Family Robinsons safely have the run of their own stretch of beach and the dazzling house reef. The laid-back but mega-luxe vibe means grown-ups can enjoy the powder-white beaches, fine dining, fabulous Six Senses Spa and ask-for-anything butler service.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Soneva Fushi with us:

One dinner (at Nine or By the Beach) for two adults and one child, and a cookie-making class for children


‘Sun-kissed noses, happy bellies, slumbering bodies rocked by the sound of lapping surf: these are the hallmarks of a perfect holiday… Soneva Fushi, with its treehouse, fantasy kids’ den and jungle-tucked ocean-front villas, makes an idyllic setting’

Smith & Family


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Soneva Fushi Hotel – Baa Atoll – Maldives

Need To Know


55 beachfront villas.


12 noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.


Double rooms from £1435.07 ($1,755), including tax at 25.44 per cent.

More details

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.

Book ahead

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.

Food and drink

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Soneva Fushi Hotel – Baa Atoll – Maldives


For a laid-back breakfast or leisurely lunch with your toes in the sand, flop down with your brood on Mihiree Mitha’s chunky wooden seats set right on the beach. The buffet breakfast tables are laden with just-baked pastries, home-made jams and eggs any way you like them; lunch is a feast of barbecue, stir fries and salads, as well as wood-fired pizza and fresh pasta. Nearby, main restaurant Nine serves dinner, with lavish international buffets on Tuesdays and Fridays. At the end of a roped gangway that spans the banana plantation, Fresh in the Garden sits high over the jungle canopy with sweeping views over the island and ocean. The daily-changing dinner menu uses local produce and fresh fish, prepared with Maldivian sambals and garden greens, such as smoked scallops or seared reef fish with hazelnuts and green mango. Book a babysitter to sample By the Beach’s Japanese and Korean inspired tapas: straight-from-the-net reef fish ceviche or sesame-crusted yellow fin tuna are best enjoyed over a candlelit tête-à-tête on the beach.

Family fare

Children are welcome at all the restaurants. The lunch-time buffet option means even the fussiest eater is catered for, and there are highchairs, soft toys and drawing materials at hand for restless tots. The chefs are happy to whip up something not on the menu, and the dessert menus are tempting (who can resist a rice pudding with hazelnut ice cream, or a cocoa and chocolate mousse?). Older children will love the cold rooms at So Delicate (open from 7.30am to 9pm) stocked with hams, cheeses, cold cuts and preserves for a DIY picnic on the beach.

Hotel Bar

By the Bar has big cushions on the sand and deep comfy wooden seats with backgammon and chessboards built into the tables. Grab a cushioned hammock strung right over the sea at Bar(a)bara – you might see flying fish and dolphins frolicking against the setting sun. There are mocktails, milkshakes and smoothies for the little ones, who are welcome at all times, and even if it’s not on the menu, they’ll be happy to make it for you.

Last orders

Breakfast is served 7.30–10.30am, lunch 12.30–2.30pm, dinner 7.30–10.30. By the Beach and Fresh in the Garden are closed on Tuesdays and Fridays for the buffet dinners. The bars open at 10 am and close when the last guest leaves.

Smith Insider

  • Top table

    Take your pick from the resort’s menus and head to Soneva Fushi’s sandbank – your butler can arrange the short boat ride and a candlelit tented picnic on the secluded beach.

  • Room service

    In-villa dining can be ordered round the clock from any of the restaurant menus. Breakfast can also be served in your villa at any time of day.


    Sweeten little Smiths with So Hot and So Cool’s 60 flavours of ice-creams, which are available between 12.30 and 3pm, and can also be ordered throughout the day from the main bar.


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Soneva Fushi Hotel – Baa Atoll – Maldives

Parent approved

‘Sun-kissed noses, happy bellies, slumbering bodies rocked by the sound of lapping surf: these are the hallmarks of a perfect holiday… Soneva Fushi, with its treehouse, fantasy kids’ den and jungle-tucked ocean-front villas, makes an idyllic setting’

Smith & Family

Kids Club

There’s a chance you won’t see much of your little Smiths when they discover the Den, opening later this year: this is probably the best kids' club ever built. There are secret passageways, a clownfish-shaped wading pool for toddlers and a large pool with a slide from the main building, a pirate ship, ping-pong hut, trampolines, a zip line, and swings hanging from the trees in the botanic garden. Older children will love the beanbags to sink into, cinema room and music room with DJ corner, as well as the art, craft and cooking classes. Open from 10am to 5pm, the Den is free and supervised, and welcomes children aged 4-12; younger children need to be accompanied by an adult.


Babysitting can be organised with a day’s notice and costs US$18 an hour.


The villas are very secluded and there are no baby-listening devices, so it’s best to book a babysitter if you want a romantic dinner on the beach.

What's there already?

For babies

• Highchairs • Steriliser • Bottle warmers • Cot beds • Cot bedlinen • Black-out blinds • Changing mat • Nappy bins • Baby bath • Pushchair • Playpen • Soft toys • Sand pit • Crayons • Board books

For toddlers

• Highchairs • Cutlery • Cot beds • Cot bedlinen • Bathroom step • Changing mat • Buggy • Stair gates • Playpen • Swimming aids • Toddler-proof toys • Sandpit • Bicycles • Crayons/pens • Craft materials • Picture books • U-rated DVDs

For older children

iPod films • Bikes to borrow • Board games • Craft materials • Chess boards • Lego • Ping-pong table • Surfboards • Snorkels • Wetsuits


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Soneva Fushi Hotel – Baa Atoll – Maldives

Things to do

The island’s stunning stretches of powder-soft white-sand beach call for little more than flopping down on a sunlounger and the occasional dip in the azure sea, but there’s plenty here to energise the world-weary, too. Kick off with some R ‘n’ R at the fabulous Six Senses Spa, frolic on he house reef, or send little Smiths to explore the kids’ Den while you enjoy a spot of yoga or t’ai chi on a platform amongst the trees. At night, the open-air cinema shows classics on the beach. For an even more memorable stargazing experience, head to the observatory, or ask your butler (your very own Mr or Mrs Friday, in a nod to the Robinson Crusoe novel) to organise a tented sleepover on the island’s secluded sandbank.

Sunny days

It’s hard to resist the call of the island’s underwater wonders, but there is much to enjoy inland, too: commandeer one of the volleyball or badminton courts to flex your competitive muscles, visit Eco Centro’s recycling facilities and organic gardens, or track down one of the resident rabbits or nesting turtles.

Rainy days

Try a scrub and a rub using local coconut at the Six Senses spa, or stock up on goodies from the deli for an indoor picnic. The resort also runs cooking classes for budding chefs: they can pick organic ingredients from the garden to make their own wholesome family meals, or opt for sinful chocolate treats. In the villas, iPods can be loaded with films for a cosy afternoon under the mosquito nets – but even in the rainy season, there’s still plenty of sunshine in the Maldives.

And there's more…

The resident marine biologist runs guided snorkelling tours of the pristine coral reef for confident swimmers – don’t miss the night swims to spot moray eels, octopus, lobsters and bioluminescent plankton.

Local Guide

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Soneva Fushi Hotel – Baa Atoll – Maldives
Don't miss…

.. a castaway picnic on tiny untouched Mendhoo Island, a little gem in the Baa Atoll's biosphere reserve.

The near-castaway seclusion of Kunfunadhoo Island is much of its appeal, so there’s little to do here but to savour Soneva Fushi’s sun-drenched beaches and body-pampering activities. For the restless, the hotel can organise picnics to the sandbank and trips to nearby islands on traditional Maldivian dhoni sailboats. It pays to bring your PADI licence to explore the Baa Atoll’s thriving corals and nearby Manta Point where whale sharks and manta rays migrate between August and November – you can train at Soneva Fushi’s diving school, too.

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Soneva Fushi
Kunfunadhoo Island, Baa Atoll, 2233
Hotel setting

Palm-fringed lagoon

Getting There

Soneva Fushi is a private-island getaway on unspoilt Kunfunadhoo, in the western Maldives’ Baa Atoll.


International flights land at Male’s Ibrahim Nasir International Airport. From there it’s a 30-minute seaplane ride (US$738 a person for return flights, and free for children under 2) to Soneva Fushi International Airport (a few square metres of floating platform just off the island’s shores).


It may be one of the largest islands in the Maldives, but at just under 1.5km long you won’t need a car at the resort.

Parent travel tip

It’s a long trip to Male, so pack your carry-on with lots of treats and games to keep children busy. Tired little Smiths will perk up when they see the bright yellow seaplanes lined up by the jetty. Save a window seat for them – they’ll love spotting the coral-fringed atolls dotting the ocean below.


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Soneva Fushi Hotel – Baa Atoll – Maldives

Smith & Family  Parent Panel reviews

Every property featured in the Smith & Family collection – including Soneva Fushi – has been selected and approved by parents.

Sun-kissed noses, happy bellies, slumbering bodies rocked by the sound of lapping surf: these are the hallmarks of a perfect holiday, of fun-filled days spent playing castaway on the beach. Soneva Fushi, with its treehouse, fantasy kids’ den and jungle-tucked ocean-front villas, makes an idyllic setting for these simple pursuits. Turn off your phones, kick off your heels, put down the tablet, and settle in to the gentle rhythm of Maldivian days: tastebud-tickling meals right on the beach, coral reef frolics and turtle-nest spotting, idle pampering at the luxurious Six Senses spa are all on the menu. Restless families can take advantage of the private butler service and memorable excursions the resort can arrange – your little Smiths will remember a sleepover under Soneva Fushi’s great starry skies for years to come.

Smith & Family

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