Soneva Fushi, Maldives
If you want a relaxing holiday in paradise, there’s nowhere more perfect than Soneva Fushi in The Maldives.
One of the world’s original eco resorts it’s philosophy is SLOW LIFE (Sustainable, Local, Organic, Wellness, Learning, Inspiring, Fun, Experiences).
The resort is designed to complement the natural landscape with tree-top walkways, thatched rooftops and outdoor showers – the epitome of barefoot luxury.
Over the years Soneva Fushi has made a concious effort to improve the resort experience for families. It now boasts the largest selection of multi-bedroom villas (many with private pools) anywhere in The Maldives, from two bedroom villas to unique tree houses. All have stunning views and direct access to the beach.
Soneva have loads of activites for you to enjoy as a family, from exploring the marine life, to watching movies together at the outdoor cinema, complete with pizza and popcorn.
Dolphin watching from a traditional dhoni is also a must, as well as checking in with one of the resident astronomers for a spot of star gazing.
And when you want some time alone, there’s lots to keep the kids busy. They’ll love meeting friends at onsite picnics and outdoor sleepovers or at shorter activities like treasure hunts, coconut bowling, beach sports and crafts.
You’ll even be given bikes to get around, but really this is about kicking off your shoes and enjoying your very own desert island experience.
Food: To complement their eco ethos the resort has cultivated gardens where guests of all ages can choose organic ingredients and create dishes with one of the chefs. Dining options include Japanese and Mediterranean, with separate children’s menus, half-portions and specialist foods on request to suit the fussiest of eaters. Whatever your age though, you won’t be able to resist sampling the resort’s homemade icecreams – there’s an amazing 60 flavours.
There’s also The Den’s kids club, which opens in October 2013.
Don’t Miss: Spa-time is a big part of the Soneva Fushi experience. The Six Senses Spa provides specialist treatments from around the world, many using homemade products such as coconut rubs and papaya wraps. There’s also mini treatments for kids and family yoga sessions.
Price: Stay from £4,500 for a family of four staying in a Villa Suite, with pool for seven nights. Kids under one year stay free. Early booking and longer-stay discounts are also available.
How to get there: Fly British Airways; from £818 return. On arrival, you will be greeted by a Soneva Fushi host and escorted on a 30 minute seaplane cruise to the resort.
Flight time: A flight from London to Male takes 10 hours.
Best time to go?: The dry season from December-April is the best time to go. Though monsoon season (May-November) still offers a pleasant climate and is less busy.
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