At Soneva Fushi in the Maldives, there are over 140 experiences to behold. Each individually thought out and crafted for a unique experience to evoke and capture memories to last a lifetime. Here’s a taste of what we experienced during our 10-day visit this May.
Shades of Green
A truly unique vegan dining experience where herbs and vegetables are picked fresh from the garden. Chef Jennifer guides you through the cooking process where the menu each day has a set colour theme to guide your senses. A particular highlight was the unforgettable act of foraging for canapes hidden in the soil.
Out of the Blue
One of the newest restaurants at Soneva Fushi, a large restaurant built on wooden stilts out in the ocean, complete with a slide for quick exits! We experienced a tasting sushi menu, washed down with Rose from Sommelier Charles, accompanied by acoustic covers sung beautifully by one of the island hosts.
Soneva Jani Day Trip
Usually reached by seaplane, we travelled to Soneva Jani by boat. An unforgettable experience as we tackled the waves out in the open sea. The journey lasted for about one and a half hours and ended with on a stretch of ocean that was the clearest turquoise green. We moored at the jetty to be greeted by a selection of water villas like you’ve never seen before.
A structure made solely from reclaimed wood hugs the beach serving the freshest crab and calamari in the world. We were greeted with signature gin-based cocktails to get our juices flowing, followed by a selection of seafood canapes, before retiring to the top deck of the building with views of the ocean as far as the eye could see.
Dinner on the Jetty
There is something endlessly romantic and moving about enjoying a candlelit meal beneath a stunning night sky full of stars. This particular meal was especially memorable as we joined 40 other guests on one long banquet table and devoured dishes such as tandoori goats cheese. There was no better setting in which to happily discuss the future plans for Soneva, and we feel so inspired to be a part of this magical brand and their unique offering.
Cinema Paradiso Takeover
Usually its own stand-alone cinema, we experienced this iconic cinema on a private jungle reserve for a premier screening of some of the latest videos that have been shot for Soneva. We watched in awe as we were treated to a delicious BBQ buffet, with the island chefs offering stories on how each element was prepared and cooked.
Once Upon a Table
As part of the island's carefully considered selection of experiences, “Once Upon a Table” saw Chef Sobah treat eight of us to a once in a lifetime experience, as we sat around a curved table looking out onto sun-kissed ocean waves. We indulged in a specially prepared five-course menu, with every element being explained and exquisitely put together in front of our eyes. The context of the experience enables you to enjoy a heightened appreciation of your meal and the craftsmanship that goes into every last mouthful.
A two-minute boat trip whisked us to a mound of sand in the middle of the ocean where cocktails and authentic Maldivian music waited for us. We enjoyed cocktails and conversation on the sand as we reflected on a truly inspiring trip and once in a lifetime experience.