Soneva Fushi, Maldives

Photographs of Soneva Fushi may impress, but it's not until your seaplane swoops on its approach to the tiny island's 'international airport' (a floating jetty in the middle of the ocean) that you realise how incredible the place is.


Cycle through the jungle to your own outdoor cinema (on the largest screen in the Indian Ocean). Take a 10-mile speedboat journey and picnic on an uninhabited island. Or have breakfast at sunrise on a sandbank out at sea while dolphins play close by.

Each villa has its own stretch of beach, but there is no communal pool, so it pays to splash out for a private one (Villa 61 has the best).

There's a 'no shoes' policy here, and total seclusion from the outside world (there's no news allowed, so turn off Twitter).


Secreted in the jungle are the excellent Six Senses Spa, and a yoga and meditation pavilion, but it's the food at Soneva Fushi that's truly exceptional. Eat truly great sushi on the beach, or island-grown produce at the treehouse restaurant, Fresh From The Garden.

Believe us, you'll be planning your return long before you've considered packing for home.

WOW FACTOR: Astronomer Shameem can show you the planet Venus (goddess of love) from his treetop observatory.

GO: The Turquoise Holiday Company ( offers seven nights from £2,799 per person, B&B. Includes flights and transfers.

FLIGHT TIME: 10 hours, 30 minutes.


LAST UPDATED: 1 November 2012 at 5:20pm

Six Senses' luxury brand of eco-awareness sits well in the Maldives, where rising sea levels threaten the archipelago. Even if you don't care that it built Soneva Fushi using sustainable materials or that it grows most of its own organic fruit and veg, you'll still appreciate this gorgeous rustic-chic resort.

The ethos here is 'no news, no shoes'; the vibe is chilled-out barefoot luxury, where no request is too much trouble. The villas are a big 'wow': all 65 are hidden amid lush vegetation (sister resort Soneva Gili does the overwater version), some one storey, some two; all with muslin-draped beds and open-air bathrooms.

Bikes are on hand to cycle the jungle paths, taking you to the award-winning spa or the ice-cream parlour. Don't miss the chance to dine in the treehouse 'Fresh in the Garden' restaurant, which serves dishes from around the Indian Ocean - think Maldivian spiced roast beef or Sri Lankan fish curry.

WOW FACTOR: After-dinner star-spotting from the observatory in the organic garden.

FLIGHT TIME: 11 hours

WHEN TO GO: Winter, Spring

Go: Book with Turquoise Holidays; call 01494 678 400 or visit for more details or email

LAST UPDATED: 12 October 2011 at 10:50am

If your idea of honeymoon heaven is a Robinson Crusoe-style hideaway with five-star comforts, Soneva Fushi By Six Senses has your name on it. Set on one of the largest islands in the Maldives, the resort covers 45 hectares of lush greenery surrounded by white-sand beaches that shelve into the crystal-blue sea. The 65 eco-chic villas capture the essence of a luxurious castaway fantasy. Each has its own private stretch of beach, open-air garden bathroom and a canopy bed for blissful post-wedding relaxation. If you fancy a change of scene, there's an award-winning spa offering holistic treatments, and world-class snorkelling at the coral reef for more active couples. At dusk, your Man Friday butler can arrange a private boat ride to the offshore sandbank for a romantic candlelit dinner. For the perfect end to another dreamy day, head to the island's open-air cinema for a classic film under the stars (cocktail and popcorn included!). With the motto 'No News, No Shoes', this resort offers barefoot luxury at its very best. Wow factor: Spot shooting stars from the resort's Ever Soneva So Celestial Observatory. Flight time: 10 hours and 10 minutes. Go: Book with Turquoise Holidays; call 01494 678400 or visit for more details or email