Soneva Fushi to Launch Overwater Villas in the Maldives

When Soneva Fushi first opened in 1995, the luxury resort inspired fantasies of barefoot luxury on the white sandy beaches of the Maldives. Over the years, it’s kept pushing the envelope with over-the-top amenities like the Observatory for high-tech stargazing, the open-air Cinema Paradiso, glass-blowing boutique, children’s Lego room and nine destination dining concepts (there’s even an ice cream parlor). Situated in the Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Soneva Fushi has 63 private villas, ranging in size from one to nine bedrooms. Facing their own private stretch of beach, these villas are nestled in lush gardens and serviced by butlers.

Now, Soneva Fushi is adding to these accommodations with its first-ever overwater villas, scheduled to open in April 2020. Sustainability is an important hospitality tenet for Soneva, and so the project followed a low-impact design, sourcing construction materials locally (like reclaimed driftwood). The resort undertook an environmental assessment to ensure the long-term sustainability of the terrestrial and marine ecosystems. 

There will be eight new Water Retreats accessed via a curving jetty near Dolphin Beach on the main island. Designed in one- and two-bedroom configurations (6,300 square feet and 9,200 square feet, respectively), these Water Retreats are each equipped with an outdoor bathroom, private pool and slide so you can swim directly in the Indian Ocean. Choose between sunrise or sunset views, which you can enjoy from an outdoor deck complete with a catamaran net over the water. These vistas are also framed by the floor-to-ceiling windows. Did we mention the retractable roof? No need to leave the comfort of your bed in order to go stargazing…

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