Hotels & Resorts


These New Private Overwater Villas in the Maldives Are the Largest in the World

In celebration of its 25th anniversary, Soneva Fushi has added eight stunning one- and two-bedroom Water Retreats.

Oct 21, 2020

When it comes to luxury resorts in the Maldives, Soneva Fushi has long been considered a leader in both sustainability and style. In celebration of its 25th anniversary, the Maldives resort has recently unveiled eight Water Retreats. Starting at 584 square meters and sprawling up to 857 square meters, these one- and two-bedroom private overwater villas are the largest in the world. With 40 meters between villas and an especially secluded location reached by a jetty near Dolphin Beach, they also offer the utmost in privacy.

“We are very proud to announce this exciting new phase for Soneva Fushi,” said Sonu Shivdasani, Soneva’s CEO and Founder in a statement. “When we first launched Soneva Fushi in 1995, we redefined tourism in the Maldives with our unique vision that pioneered the concept of sustainable luxury. After 25 years at the forefront of the global luxury tourism sector and as a bucket-list destination in the Maldives, we are always striving to evolve with our guests’ ever-changing needs. While we will always remain true to the much-loved spirit and laid-back ethos of Soneva Fushi, the new Water Retreat villas will elevate our offering. Having overwater villas gives our guests the luxury of choice, to stay amongst the deep greens of the jungle with the beach just steps away, or wake up to panoramic views of the ocean.”

In keeping with the resort’s barefoot-luxe aesthetic, these private villas showcase the warm, natural tones of the ethically sourced woods used throughout their interiors. A subtle palette of soft beiges, blues and greens evokes the colors of the ocean. All of the Water Retreats have curving 19-meter slides so that guests can go directly from their private villa into the azure sea. Since each of the rooms can be sealed off, they’re safe for families and guests of all ages.

“I wanted to keep Soneva Fushi’s natural beauty, so it looks almost the same as the day we found it, with the villas hidden amongst the vegetation. When we had to add more villas, we didn’t want to touch the beach, as we believe it should be for our guests and the turtles that visit our shores. So, we built over the ocean. We hired all the right people to come and assess the proposed location, ensuring there would not be any live coral in the area.,” said Eva Malmstrom Shivdasani, Soneva’s Creative Director and Conscience.

Both types of villas feature floor-to-ceiling windows in order to allow for an abundance of natural light, as well as an expansive dining sala and bathrooms with direct access to the ocean. A retractable room allows for stargazing from the comfort of your Maldivian private villa. Guests can opt for sunrise or sunset views. During the day, sun-bathers will relish lying on the deck, which features a sunken seating area, plush sun loungers and catamaran nets.

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