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Maldives, no news no shoes

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The least we can say is that Sonu Shivdasany is an iconoclast boss

normal : he walks one day on two barefoot and in a bathing suit! Normal, he is resident in its idyllic atoll Maldives at least six months a year!
Sonu Shivdasany is a fine character, cheerful, happy. Blessed. A man who knows conveys his confidence.
It is him, the inventor of the famous “no news no shoes”. The credo goes around the world when opened Soneva Fushi in the Maldives in 1995. It was then the first luxury hotel in the archipelago. Since then, the Indian has made a phenomenal reputation in the small world of luxury tourism. Necessarily. It is the founder of the empire Six Senses sold in 2012 to US fund Pegasus.

But then, Sonu has never wanted to separate from Soneva. Her first baby, and somehow his think tank. For Soneva is not a hotel like any other. The ecological bias blindingly obvious. Swedish Eva very early instilled in her husband this fierce desire to recycle and conserve our planet’s paradise.
This ecological bias may seem natural, but delve our memories, 20 years ago, we had a good dose of boldness to set up a project as precursor. It is today that we take the measure of anticipation and flair that have been its founders. 20 years later, Soneva makes sense and has never worn as well.
Soneva Fushi is a paradise for Robinsons seeking bespoke luxury. Everything has been meticulously thought out and conceived to enjoy the paradise of the Maldives while having an exquisite restaurant, feet in the sand on this small piece of land.

In the midst of lush vegetation, we walk barefoot (shoes since we have been confiscated), it travels by bike or electric buggy and crosses rabbits free.
That’s what Sonu Shivdasany called slow life. Take time. And respect the environment.
Every detail is important: the villas were built with wood imported from New Zealand (1 cut tree replanted equals 2). Water is pumped into the sea and desalinated. Plastic bottles are banned. All food scraps are systematically recovered and turn them into fertilizer that is used in the garden. Solar panels provide 80% of electricity needs by day. As for coal, it comes from construction waste or driftwood. Here, the waste is seen as a resource.
The most amazing is the cave with mushrooms, a real Aladdin’s cave. Hundreds of plastic log house of sawdust packed. The very gently misted. In three weeks, mushrooms come out and ensure the supply of the hotel.
A Soneva by total withdrawal from any form of civilization is therefore undertaking a course of slow life: pressed juices galore, fish in all its forms: raw, as ceviche a la plancha, ginger or even lemon thyme …

Is the effect of sustainable? End of the world? Only 200 islands are inhabited in 1200 on account that the Maldives. Soneva is fierce. This atoll is not tame leaves overnight. Gradually, the island reveals its secrets.


L’île de Kunfunadhoo s’étend sur 1,4 km de long et 400 m de large.


65 villas. From 3000 euros per night. 30 minutes seaplane to reach the hotel.
4 restaurants, 2 bars, exceptional wine cellar. Diving Centre, Six Senses spa, outdoor cinema paradiso, tennis, hobby cat, kayak…

Interests / activities

The island Kunfunadhoo extends over 1.4 kilometers long and 400 meters wide.

The top

Stargazing to the telescope!


Glass blower on a maldivian atoll


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