Luxury specialist Soneva, has announced the launch of Soneva Fushi’s first-ever overwater villas. Perched on stilts in the shallows of the Indian Ocean, just off Kunfunadhoo Island Baa Atoll, the new eight one and two-bedroom accommodations have a scheduled opening date of April 2020.
Designed to exist in complete harmony with the Baa Atoll’s idyllic island setting, the new Water Retreats adhere to Soneva’s pioneering sustainability ethos, as well as its renowned ‘no news, no shoes’ philosophy of barefoot luxury.
“We strive to evolve with our guests’ ever-changing needs”
“We are very proud to announce this exciting new phase for Soneva Fushi,” says Sonu Shivdasani, founder and CEO of Soneva. “When we first launched Soneva Fushi back in 1995, we redefined tourism in the Maldives with our unique vision that pioneered the concept of sustainable luxury.
After more than two decades at the forefront of the global luxury tourism sector and as a bucket list destination in the Maldives, we strive to evolve with our guests’ ever-changing needs. While we will always remain true to the much-loved spirit and laidback ethos of Soneva Fushi, the new Water Retreats will elevate our offering, ensuring that our guests’ experience is more memorable and special than ever before.”
Accessed via a jetty near Dolphin Beach, the eight Water Retreats have been designed to ensure the privacy for guests, as well as to make the most of the picture-perfect ocean vistas. Both, the 584 sqm one bedroom and the 857 sqm Water Retreats, come with their own private pool, as well as a curving slide that plunges directly into the ocean below.
With a choice of either sunrise or sunset views, the villas feature a large alfresco deck, which includes sun loungers and a sunken seating area. And oth villa types come with a spacious expansive upper level boasting a social/dining area and day bed, as well as one of Soneva’s signature outdoor bathrooms with direct access to the sea.
The design and choice of location of the Water Retreats followed a comprehensive environmental assessment within the resort to ensure that the Baa Atoll’s terrestrial and marine ecosystems remained unharmed by construction activity and the subsequent use and maintenance of the villas.