New Dining Destinations to try at Soneva Fushi this Year

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13 April, 2022

Soneva Fushi, the award-winning resort in the Maldives, has unveiled five new concepts as part of its ever-evolving dining offering.

Home to the world’s first fine-dining zipline experience and host to a star-studded line-up of Michelin-starred guest chefs, the luxury resort ensures authentic gastronomic experiences, the latest culinary concepts are set to ignite the senses in spectacular surroundings.

Helmed by award-winning Japanese-Sri Lankan Chef-Restaurateur Dharshan Munidasa, Carne Diem Grill by Dharshan features a specially designed grill that uses Chef Dharshan’s patented searing techniques. Situated within Down to Earth, the grill locks in the flavours of succulent meats, freshly-caught seafood and tender vegetables.

Chef Julien

Also found within Down to Earth and surrounded by eight comfortable day beds, Pasta Counter offers a delectable pasta menu. Featuring a circular live cooking station, guests can watch as the chef prepares a tasty selection of fresh, handmade pasta each day.

The intimate, rustic seaside shack of Out of the Sea focuses on the freshest, sustainably caught seafood. Open for lunch, dinner and light bites throughout the afternoon, the menu features Mediterranean flavours, wok-fried dishes and tapas-inspired light bites.

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Elevating dinner and a movie to new heights, the open-air Cinema Paradiso presents guests with the opportunity to watch a classic movie while dining on a menu inspired by Australia’s eclectic cuisine, with a deliciously healthy twist. Under the cover of stars, guests can choose from comfort food classics and daily specials, with two evening sittings.

Set on the beach, the soon-to-open So Primitive will take cuisine back to its roots, with a toes-in-the-sand dining experience where meats, fresh seafood and plant-based dishes are cooked over sizzling hot coals in the central fire pit. Think roasting, grilling, searing, salt-crusted baking, and cooking in kettles and clay pots over coals

Soneva Fushi has 12 dining destinations that're offer a tempting array of cuisines alongside Michelin-starred guest chefs through the Soneva Stars calendar. Guests can also visit the Bar and Wine Cellar, with more than 500 varieties curated from some of the world’s top wineries, or indulge at the complimentary chocolate, ice cream and cheese and charcuterie parlours.

Founded in 1995, Soneva is an award-winning sustainable luxury resorts operator. At Soneva Fushi, Soneva Jani and Soneva in Aqua in the Maldives, and Soneva Kiri in Thailand, true ‘luxury’ is defined by peace, time and space. Each day, guests are encouraged to discover the SLOW LIFE, reconnecting with themselves and the natural world through rare, unforgettable experiences that inspire and enthral.

Soneva is a pioneer for responsible tourism, combining a conscientious, proactive approach to sustainability with exquisite luxury and intuitive personalised service. Carbon neutral since 2012, Soneva launched its Total Impact Assessment in 2016, a first for the hospitality industry, measuring its social and environmental impacts. A mandatory 2% environmental levy is added to every Soneva stay, with proceeds going towards the not-for-profit Soneva Foundation to offset both direct and indirect carbon emissions from resort activities and guest flights. The Foundation funds a range of global projects that have a positive environmental, social and economic impact.

Families with children can enjoy a fun-packed programme of activities at The Den children’s zone – from sustainable Easter crafts, mocktails and mini picnics to making a splash with an array of watersports and pool parties. Older children and teens can also join the Soneva Academy educational programme, which takes young learners outside of the classroom with immersive modular courses on the night skies, the marine life of the Maldives, island birdwatching and the Adventure of the Corbin, following in the wake of an ancient treasure galleon. 

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Soneva in The Maldives

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World-leading luxury resort operator Soneva runs two resorts in the Maldives, Soneva Fushi and Soneva Jani.

In 1995, the award-winning luxury resort Soneva Fushi set the standard for all desert island barefoot luxury hideaways in the Maldives. Located in the Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Soneva Fushi pairs Robinson Crusoe fantasy with intelligent luxury. If the experiences are magical, the philosophy is simple: No news, no shoes. No pretensions either.

Sixty-two private villas with their own stretch of beach are hidden among dense foliage within touching distance of a pristine coral reef. Intuitive service is provided by Mr./Ms. Friday butlers.

Highlights include the open-air Cinema Paradiso, counting Saturn’s rings in the high-tech Observatory, the home-made chocolate and ice cream rooms, five hundred wines to choose from, six different restaurants and countless destination dining options. In November 2015, Soneva launched a floating villa concept, Soneva in Aqua, a treasure trove children’s Den and a multi-purpose facility encompasses a glass gallery, boutique and studio where guests can learn the art of glass blowing. READ FULL REVIEW

The perfect combination of luxury and nature, Soneva Jani offers guests an unparalleled experience in idyllic surroundings. Opened in December 2016, Soneva Jani is Soneva’s newest property and the world-leading luxury hotel group’s second resort in the Maldives. This resort doesn't just have character, it has charisma. Soneva Jani is like someone with personal magnetism, someone who knows themself, knows the world and greets it with a big, welcoming smile.

Meaning ‘wisdom’ in Sanskrit, Soneva Jani currently comprises 24 overwater villas and one island villa. Each of the 24 water villas is superbly designed and has a private pool that looks out onto its own lagoon site, and some villas are equipped with water slides from the sun deck down to the lagoon. Feature of the villas is a retractable roof in the main bedroom, which is retracted at the touch of a button so guests can lie in bed and count the stars. Five islands encircle the lagoon, each one with soft white sands and covered in rich tropical vegetation. Four of the five islands will remain untouched, making Soneva Jani the lowest density development in the Maldives. The overwater villas are spaced across the expansive lagoon, offering privacy and extensive views over the Maldives’ turquoise waters. The island villas will be tucked into the lush greenery, providing the ultimate privacy, and all within steps of the beach.

Soneva Jani’s main guest facilities are located at The Gathering, the heart of the overwater villas. This dramatic three story structure is home to the main dining outlets, in addition to the Soneva Spa, library, retail area and wine cellar. It is located next to the Maldives’ first overwater Observatory.

The luxury resort is located on the island of Medhufaru within a 5.6 kilometre lagoon in the Noonu atoll, and has uninterrupted ocean views in all directions. The lagoon is 35 minutes by seaplane from Malé International Airport and one hour by speedboat from Soneva Fushi. Facilities on the island include the overwater Cinema Paradiso, the Eco Centro Waste-to-Wealth centre, organic gardens, tennis courts, water sports champa and Zuhair’s Beach on a desert island in the lagoon. READ FULL REVIEW

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