A Winter Getaway to Soneva Fushi
Back in November, I was lucky enough to spend a week in absolute paradise, otherwise known as Soneva Fushi in the Maldives. I know, I know, every blogger under the sun waxes lyrical about the Maldives and every single one seems to stay at a different resort… Blue sea, white sand, water villas. Same, same but different right? Wrong!
I’ve been to the Maldives before and yes, the icing sugar sand and sheer blue waters definitely had me hooked, but this time was different. Soneva Fushi really is different in a really great way. This is literal barefoot luxury at its absolute best. In fact, as soon as you step foot onto the boat from the sea plane, your shoes are put in a drawstring bag and handed back to you and you won’t wear them again until you leave. No news, no shoes is the island’s motto and it diffuses into everything; it’s amazing how a lack of shoes can instantly make you unwind.
Unlike so many other Maldives resorts, Soneva Fushi has zero water villas. Instead, all their villas are beach-based and beautifully rustic, it kind of reminded me of my time in Zanzibar ten years ago, albeit a lot more luxurious and spoiling than my backpacking digs in 2006. I went with my friend Katie for a week of relaxing, tanning and putting the world to rights… The trip came at a difficult time personally for me and while running away definitely isn’t the answer, it definitely helps at times. My week here was the start of a turning point for me after a year of personal and relationship ups and downs. Cycling barefoot around the island in our bikinis, paddle boarding for hours non-stop chatting and eating ice cream daily (Soneva Fushi has its own ice cream ROOM) is most definitely good for the soul and getting you to smile again after a rough ride. Making me feel like myself again is just one of many reasons I will love this place forever more…
Nearly everyone we met at Soneva Fushi were returning guests which really says a lot. It’s pretty hard to shake this place. The atmosphere is laid back, the food is insane and the island is a really natural beauty…
Our insane outdoor bathroom for the week… I don’t think I’ll ever get to shower in such amazing surroundings as this again. The sexiest bathroom of all time no?
Favourite holiday ‘do. Wrapping my ends up in conditioner with a silk scarf in a top knot. Lets the sun get at your baby hairs while protecting those straw ends. Also obsessed with this colour crochet bikini by She Made Me.
My daily hit of mint choc chip and sprinkles. I am an actual child.
Most probably listening to My Favourite Murder podcast (not as weird as it sounds I promise) while wearing one of my favourite bikinis by Peony swimwear. Turns out I like underwired ‘kini tops these days…
More shots from our ridiculous home for the week. Villa Three if you’re interested. So many nooks and comfy zones to kick back in, the comfiest, rustic four poster beds and in my humble opinion, the best stretch of pristine beach in front of it… In a word, heaven.
Box basket | THPSHOP
This linen romper by St.Agni was all I really wanted to wear. One of my favourite summer shoe brands is now doing clothes, and they’re as low-key and perfectly relaxed as their sandals.
Sundowners every night stretched out here. Spicy margaritas, long chats and ever hopeful for a dolphin sighting…. The dream way to end a day of absolutely nothing.
We took a day trip to Soneva Fushi’s sister property Soneva Jani one afternoon. The polar opposite of Fushi, Jani is a watery wonderland entirely based on stilts. We feasted on sashimi and chocolate salami (yes that’s a thing) and took to the water slide before heading home to out Fushi digs.
Nothing says holiday mode more than a little yellow linen dress. I’ve been longing to wear this Marysia Swim one since the summer and it finally got it’s turn… Especially great when matched to Rupi kaur’s new book of wise and stirring poems The Sun and her Flowers. If you or a friend ever need a boost after heart break or hurt or just want to feel like someone else feels what you feel, please read this.
More crochet goodness from She Made Me, incidentally made for those pink, dusky Maldivian sunsets.
If only every shower could be outside and 30 degrees…
Just one of many breakfasts of dreams. Not pictured, the omelettes, pancakes and hoppers and aruyvedic tonics we stocked up on every morning…
Dolphin cruises and sandbank drinks… Basically any excuse to make the most of magic hour and Island life.
The beaches of Fushi definitely don’t disappoint. Unlike some other Maldives hotels I’ve looked at, Soneva Fushi’s beaches feel raw and rugged, like something straight out of Blue Lagoon. I love that the island and resort is luxury incarnate without being clinical, stuffy or overly perfect. That’s exactly what I love in a hotel – something that works with landscape rather than builds over it. That’s what makes it so special to me. We made walks down the beach our daily ritual, if only so we ‘deserved’ yet another scoop of ice cream afterwards.
My beautiful partner in crime for the week.
Cycling barefoot everywhere is the best happy medicine.
Freshly grilled seafood and icy glasses of wine.
We moved into one of the hotel’s Crusoe villas for our last day and fell just as much in love with this as our monster, spoiling Villa 3. Rustic, beautiful and small but perfectly-formed, the bathroom was yet again the best bit. It made it even harder to leave after settling into this desert island hideaway for the day… Soneva Fushi is super, super pricey but if you ever get the chance to come here for a honeymoon or special holiday, it is so worth it and these entry-point villas are beyond lovely without being OTT. If you want jacuzzi baths and glass floors, this isn’t the place for you. But if you want barefoot luxury as it’s more authentic, you will love this place.
Airport bound in the comfiest, baggiest staples…
Thank you to Soneva Fushi for the most relaxing, restorative trip. I’m making it my mission to be back one day…