World’s largest overwater villas open this month

Soneva Fushi readies for launch of one- and two-bedroom Water Retreats

Soneva Fushi’s new Water Retreats will soon be ready to welcome guests, adding yet another facet to the original barefoot luxury resort.

The eight Water Retreats have been designed to ensure the utmost privacy for guests, as well as to make the most of the picture-perfect ocean vistas. Options include a 545-square-metre One Bedroom Water Retreats or 857-square-metre Two Bedroom Retreats – the largest overwater villas in the world, the resort says. All have water slides and will open to guests on 25 September 2020.

Noticeably different from sister-property Soneva Jani’s Water Retreats, the new overwater villas at Soneva Fushi are not whitewashed, so the browns of the natural and sustainable wood panels are visible through the interior finishing. The Two Bedroom Water Retreats have both bedrooms on the ground floor, while the pool has been moved to the front of the pool deck where it is now suspended over the ocean. The pool deck has been extended for more space for sun loungers and daybeds, with extra overhangs that create more shade. Catamaran nets let guests sit above the waves, while curved steps lead from the pool deck to the water below.

1-bedroom Water Retreat - Living Room | Image credit: Sandro Bruecklmeier

Accessed by a jetty near Dolphin Beach, the eight Water Retreats have been designed to ensure the utmost privacy for guests, as well as to make the most of the picture-perfect ocean vistas.

They each feature spacious interiors and exterior living spaces and the rooms can be sealed off, the doors onto the deck can be locked, and the children’s room is located at the back of the master bedroom, so they are child-friendly and suitable for young Soneva guests of all ages.

“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,” said Sonu Shivdasani, Soneva’s CEO and Founder. “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.”

“Having overwater villas gives our guests the luxury of choice, to stay among the deep greens of the jungle with the beach just steps away, or wake up to panoramic views of the ocean.”

Guests have a choice of either sunrise or sunset views. The villas feature a large alfresco deck, which includes sun loungers, a sunken seating area and catamaran nets. Choose between swimming in the ocean or the private pool, while a curving 19-metre slide plunges into the waves from the upper floor. Both villa types feature an expansive upper level with a dining sala, as well as Soneva’s signature outdoor bathroom with direct access to the sea.

Floor-to-ceiling windows flood the spacious dining and living areas with natural light, while a fully-fitted pantry with wine fridge and minibar provide gourmet snacks and drinks.

1-bedroom Water Retreat - Master Bedroom | Image credit: Sandro Bruecklmeier

The starting price for the new Water Retreats at Soneva Fushi is US$2,626 +++ per night for the One Bedroom Water Retreat and US$5,232 +++ per night for the Two Bedroom Water Retreat.

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