Soneva Fushi Resort & Six Senses Spa has been voted Indian Oceanå‘s Leading Spa Resort by World Travel Awards.
The award was the result of voting forms sent to more than one million travel agents worldwide.
In an award coup, Soneva Fushi’s host country - the Maldives - was awarded Indian Ocean’s Leading Destination, recognizing the increasing popularity of this nation of 19 coral atolls stretching over 800 kilometres and made up of 1,190 islands.
Soneva Fushi Resort, the first Robinson Crusoe-style hideaway in the Maldives, is set on the privately owned, tropical paradise island of Kunfunadhoo.
It is situated in the Baa Atoll, a thrilling 30-minute seaplane trip north of Male Atoll and the International Airport.
Surrounded by glorious white sand beaches that merge gently into an azure blue sea, it is the balance of simplicity, luxury and eco-friendliness that has made Soneva Fushi a legendary resort with the philosophy: Intelligent Luxury, allowing guests to relax and be pampered without losing the natural reality of the destination.
Created in 1995 by visionary couple Sonu and Eva Shivdasani, and originally planned as their home, Soneva Fushi`s remoteness is central to its charm.
This offering of the ultimate in barefoot sophistication was responsible for the phrase, ‘No News, No Shoes”, encouraging guests to remove footwear before arrival at the island’s jetty and remain so during their stay.
The island’s mode of transport is by bicycle, and even the pedals are padded for guest comfort.
Kunfunadhoo island is almost one and a half kilometres in length and more than half a kilometre in width, with the resort’s 65 luxury accommodations set in lush vegetation, each with its own beach.
Thirteen villas also offer a private free-form swimming pool.
Soneva Fushi is perhaps best described as the world’s most luxurious castaway island - offering total luxury which blends seamlessly into the natural environment.
The World Travel Award presentation will take Centre Stage during World Travel Mart at London’s Excel in November.