Soneva Fushi Six Senses, Maldives

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29 January 2011

The birthplace of barefoot luxury...

Soneva Fushi’s Robinson Crusoe-style hideaway is a magical island maze of footbridges above the gardens with pools and pavilions that seem to grow out of the lush jungle surrounds. Part of the Six Senses portfolio, it is the creation of Sonu and Eva Shivdasani, who opened their flagship resort in 1995. Their philosophy is simple: taking people back to nature luxuriously. At what is now one of the world’s most exclusive escapes with a swag of awards, the eco-luxe experience begins on arrival. Shoes are stashed in an unbleached, organic cotton bag and not seen again until the time of departure.

Guests use bicycles and organic gardens provide most of the fruit and vegetables on the menus. Lofty rooms are thatched in local materials with many resembling spectacular tree-houses. The bathrooms have a private garden, outdoor shower and biodegradable toiletries. The hotel desalinates its own water, plastics are banned, waste is recycled on site and the recent addition of a solar power station will further reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. Villas from $830.

Source Qantas The Australian Way February 2011

Ella Lombardi


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