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In 2018 the Thiago Lopez had the opportunity to visit the Maldives on two occasions: January and December were the months chosen to visit some of the most incredible hotels in this country, known worldwide for being the dream of many travelers.

In this article he reports his own experience in the Hotel Soneva Fushi, located in Baa Atoll, one of the most famous in the Maldives and considered one of the best hotels to stay in the region!

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Aerial view of one of the hotel's restaurants. Photo: Thiago Lopez

When to go to the Maldives?

December to April is considered the driest season in the Maldives with less chance of rain, but everyone is emphatic in saying that you can visit it all year round and that even in the rainy season, it is possible to enjoy days of great heat and sun.

Prices increase considerably in the last weeks of the year and this is valid not only for accommodation, but also for travel, which can even double in price as the holiday season approaches.

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Many shades of blue in Soneva Fushi. Photo: Thiago Lopez

How to get to the Maldives

The starting point for visiting any hotel in the Maldives is the capital male and there are many flights and options to reach this paradise. It is possible to go from the main capitals of Europe, such as Paris and Rome, with direct flights, but I particularly chose to fly from the capital of Thailand, Bangkok, on a direct flight of approximately 4 hours with the company Bangkok Airways.

I love this airline not only for the punctuality, but also for the lounge they provide with snacks while you wait for your flight to board.

It is worth facing many hours of flight to get here. Photo: Thiago Lopez

How to get to Hotel Soneva Fushi

One of the main attractions of Hotel Soneva Fushi it's the seaplane route! These trips made by seaplane are more expensive than those made by speedboat or regular plane (in the last week of December they can reach a thousand dollars!), but it is an experience that will stay in the memory forever!

the paths of seaplane they last around 40 minutes, go by quickly, are safe and the view they provide will make you forget about any fear! On this short trip it is possible to get an idea of what the Maldives really are, seeing the dozens of islands and atolls with unbelievable shades of blue! As the seaplanes fly relatively low, the view is even more impressive! Does it make a difference to have this view to get to the Hotel? He does!

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View from inside the seaplane, before arriving at Soneva Fushi. Photo: Thiago Lopez

No news, no shoes

After the seaplane journey, it is necessary to take a speedboat that takes you to the hotel in less than 5 minutes. As soon as you arrive at sleep, they advise you to remove your shoes and the rule throughout your stay is clear: down to earth and contact with nature.

It's a different experience, as some hotels in Maldives you are not allowed to enter restaurants for dinner without shoes and trousers. In a paradisiacal place like this, I believe there is no better feeling than not worrying about clothes or something like that.

Arriving in paradise. Photo: Thiago Lopez

the island of Hotel Soneva Fushi It is quite large and travel between the different areas is done by bicycle, which each guest receives personalized with the initials of their name. The signage is great and in a short time you can learn the correct directions to each restaurant or region of the island.

THE sleep It has a very good structure, with several restaurants, gym, spa and an area for recycling waste. The hotel's footprint is totally ecological with solar energy generation, electric cars and recycling of practically everything produced in it.

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Hotel Soneva Fushi, a great place to stay in Maldives. Photo: Thiago Lopez

THE Baa Atoll it is considered by UNESCO as a World Biosphere Reserve, due to the wealth of marine life found here. The visibility of the water is so impressive, it's easy to spend hours snorkeling without realizing that time has passed. All material for this activity is, of course, provided by the hotel, as well as guidelines on the best regions to see marine life.

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Shall we go diving on these beaches? Photo: Thiago Lopez

Of all the hotels I've seen in the Maldives, the Soneva Fushi was the one that had the best service: they have a person who takes care of your entire stay, called “Mr. Friday” and that does everything possible for you to have the best experience. It is also worth mentioning something that I have not seen in other hotels: the chocolate and ice cream rooms, which are open 24 hours a day and are a real temptation (forget the diet!).

Temptation in the form of chocolate at Soneva, available 24 hours a day. Photo: Thiago Lopez

Restaurants at Hotel Soneva Fushi

There are 3 main restaurants at Soneva Fushi. THE Mihiree Mithaa works like a buffet and it also offers breakfast with the widest variety of fruits and salads I've ever seen.

already the Out of the Blue, is a newly opened restaurant that opened its doors in the middle of 2018. They offer Japanese and Thai food as a specialty, as well as the possibility to dine admiring the starry sky (it is worth dining upstairs!).

THE Fresh in the Garden offers dishes made with organic products grown on the island itself. There is also a telescope with an astronomer who guides you to see the constellations after dinner. Amazing, huh?

Delicious breakfast at Soneva Fushi. Photo: Thiago Lopez

Other activities to enjoy and relax

In addition to the extremely exclusive location, other experiences offered by Soneva Fushi they also delight all guests who visit the hotel.

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Soneva Fushi, an unforgettable trip through the Maldives. Photo: Thiago Lopez

Cocktail on the sandbar during sunset

In less than 10 minutes it is possible to arrive by boat at the sandbar next to the hotel, where different types of drinks and snacks are offered. After this cocktail, the Asian Market is held, with buffet from different countries in the region and very exotic foods!

Daytime visit to the sandbar

This area is one of the most beautiful on the island because of the different shades of blue found. And for the colors to be even more impressive, it makes all the difference to visit it in the morning, when the sunlight is strongest. Depending on the time you decide to visit it, it is possible to spend hours here alone and live the experience of having an island “just for you”.

An island paradise just for you. Photo: Thiago Lopez

Cinema Paradiso: once a week it is possible to enjoy an open-air cinema, usually offering two options of films.

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Outdoor cinema in the left corner of the photo. Photo: Thiago Lopez

Finally, it is worth mentioning the villages of Soneva Fushi: There are no overwater villas, but the accommodations do not disappoint. There are several types of villas and what I found most interesting is that some are even available for sale!

To own a little piece of this paradise you need to shell out the equivalent of 3 million dollars. The person who gets a buyer is entitled to a commission on the sale, in addition to other benefits on a future stay. Anyone willing to help me? 🙂 I hope you enjoyed this report and I'll be back soon to show you other paradises in the Maldives!

The word that sums up the villages of Soneva: comfort. Photo: Thiago Lopez

Hotel Soneva Fushi, a big surprise in the Maldives. Photo: Thiago Lopez

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The sandbar is one of the most beautiful areas of the Soneva Fushi hotel. Photo: Thiago Lopez

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The beach is extremely reserved, creating a paradisiacal setting. Photo: Thiago Lopez

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