Chef Gyoten – The 3 Michelin-starred young sushi master returns to Soneva Fushi this August

Japan’s youngest three-starred chef to host lunches and dinners at So Hands On at Out of the Blue

Soneva, the world-leading luxury resort operator, is set to welcome back Chef Kenji Gyoten to Soneva Fushi from August 18 to 29 2018 as part of Soneva’s Festival of Colour. Guests at Soneva Fushi will get the chance to skip the young sushi master’s six-month-long waiting list at his restaurant, Sushi Gyoten, in Fukuoka and dine with him for lunch or dinner during his two-week residency at the luxury Maldives resort.

While at Soneva Fushi Chef Kenji will be heading up So Hands OnOut of the Blue’s sushi counter that seats a mere five diners at a time and will be serving lunches and dinners to guests

Chef Kenji was born in 1982 in the Yamaguchi Prefecture and was influenced by his grandfather, a sushi chef, into becoming a sushi chef himself. After working underneath his mentors in Tokyo, the chef opened Sushi Gyoten in Fukuoka at the age of 26 and has received three Michelin stars in three consecutive years since 2014.

Chef Kenji is known for using the hontegaeshi (hand flip) technique of Endomae nigiri to prepare his bite-sized sushi – a technique that is rarely seen these days. At Sushi Gyoten the chef uses rice that has been sourced from a region in Kyushu, where there are extreme temperature differences between night and day for its unique flavour. He sources his seafood both locally and from the renowned Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo to ensure he only serves the very best.

Soneva Fushi welcomes two more Michelin-starred chefs in August as part of the Festival of Colour. The three-starred Chef Christian Le Squer from France defines himself as a creator of flavours and composer of tastes, shaping and assembling ingredients in order to enhance them and obtain the most exacting flavours with perfect coherence. Chef Kiko Moya, from Spain, has two Michelin stars. He offers gourmet travellers dishes full of delicacy, skill and traditional flavours. His dishes comprise of aromas and textures of game, handmade sausages, mushrooms, and fish such as sea bass, cod or tuna. Both chefs will be cooking at Out of the Blue’s Once Upon a Table. Christian will be at Soneva Fushi from August 11-25 and Kiko from August 25 – September 1.

In February, Soneva launched its first ever year-long campaign known as a Festival of Colour to celebrate the diverse array of guest activities and experiences on offer this year. Soneva has confirmed a huge line-up of visiting experts, including chefs, authors, wine producers, world-champion free-divers, astronomers, artists, wellness practitioners, tennis coaches and more at all resorts. Soneva’s Festival of Colour runs from February 2018 – February 2019.

Soneva Fushi launches overwater dining destination Out of the Blue

Out of the Blue has just opened – the latest dining destination at Soneva Fushi in the Maldives. A stunning two-storey, overwater f&b structure housing five brand new f&b experiences, Out of the Blue is comprised of both intimate settings of just a few diners presided over by famous chefs, to much larger, alfresco shared-dining areas for all to enjoy.

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A move set to strengthen the highly lauded f&b credentials that Soneva already boasts, the star attraction of this new offering is arguably the eponymous Once Upon a Table. An unusual horseshoe-shaped table seating a mere eight diners, Once Upon a Table has no menu, and will have a chef cooking for guests directly – meaning dinners are always a surprise.

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Central to this new offering is the eponymous 50-seater, all-day dining area Out of the Blue, which hosts a number of different kitchens with international dishes. So Hand’s On is the dedicated sushi counter, seating five diners for lunch and dinner. This outlet is already set to welcome notable young Sushi Master Chef Kenji Gyoten in August – an unmissable treat. In addition: the Chinese Kitchen will be serving modern Chinese cuisine; the Modern Japanese Kitchen, run by Soneva Fushi’s Chef Nikki, is set to serve Japanese delicacies; So Cheesy will be paying homage to all things cheese-related; So Hot, will be meats and vegetable based including the Tandoor Oven, Robata Grill, Josper Grill, Pizza Oven; and finally So Chilled, will be a reincarnation of Soneva’s well-loved chocolate and ice-cream parlour.

Finally, the first overwater organic greenhouse in the Maldives has been created – So Fresh. Allowing guests to hand-pick the ingredients they wish to have in their salad, So Fresh is yet another opportunity for Soneva guests to reconnect with nature.

Out of the Blue launching is a core component of Soneva’s year-long campaign ‘Festival of Colour’, which celebrates the diverse array of guest activities and experiences. Soneva Fushi will be offering a curated series of personal dining experiences with Michelin-starred chefs visiting from around the globe at Out of the Blue. Soneva has confirmed a huge line-up of additional visiting experts in their fields, including authors, wine producers, world-champion free-divers, astronomers, artists, wellness practitioners, tennis coaches and more.

Stay For Good at Soneva Fushi

Book a stay as an eco-enthusiast and enjoy five complimentary bonus nights

We invite you to Stay for Good at Soneva Fushi and support our efforts to preserve the environment and enrich the community in the Maldives. Here’s your chance to be part of something meaningful as you work alongside our marine biologists, horticulturalists, mycologists, and community engagement managers to support local sustainability initiatives.

Stay five nights with us at Soneva Fushi, and if you agree to participate in the following initiatives, your next five nights will be on us.

A tailored programme will be prepared for you for a few hours per day, over five days, incorporating the following elements:

Land: Assist our horticulturists, mycologists, and gardeners in maintaining the vegetable gardens and learn how to grow your own vegetables. Deliver the vegetables to our restaurants and learn how to create a seed bank to ensure future sustainability of important crops. Help us to make sustainable bricks in our Eco Centro Waste to Wealth facility.

Water: Snorkel with our marine biologists to help with turtle and shark identification, and coral restoration. Spend time each morning clearing debris from the island that may have washed up, and help us to register the fish caught by the local fisherman. Participate in reef clean ups in the Baa Atoll to reduce marine debris and prevent injuries to marine life. Also, help to send photos of Mantas taken by guests to the Marine Megafauna Foundation to help with their work of Manta identification and protection.

Community: Work alongside our community engagement manager on established projects with nearby communities, which may include local swimming classes, composting projects, beach clean ups, and other education initiatives.

To book the Stay for Good offer, contact [email protected] or call at +91 124 4511000 and quote ECOPKG18.

Upon confirmation of your stay, we will begin tailoring a programme to suit your preferences.

Terms and conditions:

• Stay five nights with us at Soneva Fushi in any villa category and the next five nights will be complimentary in the same villa category if at least one guest in the villa participates in the full programme
• The complimentary five nights are offered on a room only basis, and exclude F&B, transfers, and activities
• The offer is valid between the periods: 12 May – 12 June 2018,21 June – 27 July 2018; 1 – 30 September 2018
• Additional taxes and service charges for the additional five nights’ accommodation will not be levied.
• The bonus nights cannot be exchanged for cash or other equivalents, be transferred, or be taken during a different period.
• The activities are mandatory and if not completed additional room charges will apply.
• The offer cannot be combined with any other promotion.
• The standard Soneva cancellation policy will be applicable.

* The exact programme offered to guests may deviate from the above-listed activities and will be based on the season, and requirements at the time of the visit.

Booking code: ECOPKG18

Ballroom Dancers and Teachers Lana and Anders in Soneva Fushi

Lana Murphy and Anders Jacob will be performing at Soneva Fushi, as well as holding teaching courses for guests to discover their rhythm, from 1 – 7 December 2016.

Lana and Anders are both from a small town in Sweden, and have danced from the age of 8. Since then, they have spent the last 16 years travelling the world, representing Sweden in world championships and international competitions, winning 10 gold medals at the Swedish Championship.

About Soneva Fushi

The original desert island hideaway in the Maldives. Spacious luxury villas are hidden among dense foliage on a private island, located within the Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Soneva Fushi pairs Robinson Crusoe fantasy with Intelligent luxury.

Located in the Baa Atoll, Kunfunadhoo Island is one of the largest islands in the Maldives. The resort can be reached by a scenic 30-minute seaplane flight direct from Malé International Airport or a 12-minute speedboat ride for guests scheduled on domestic flights at the nearby Dharavandhoo Airport. Soneva Fushi has a private airport lounge exclusively for Soneva guests at the seaplane terminal.

Soneva’s core purpose is to create imaginative and engaging SLOW LIFE.

SLOW LIFE embodies a commitment to our guests to provide complete and unique experiences, at the same time improving the lives of our hosts and our communities. It is about being at the forefront of environmental sustainability and offering the support, knowledge and channel through which our guests can rediscover a holistic lifestyle.

*Sustainable – Local – Organic – Wellness Learning – Inspiring – Fun – Experiences

Introducing Soneva’s larger villas for larger parties

There are few things in life more special than holidaying with a group of friends or extended family – and the latest in the line of Soneva larger villas at Soneva Fushi in the Maldives are designed to ensure bigger parties have room to relax in unadulterated, laid-back Intelligent Luxury. Truly vast multiple bedrooms, tropical open living spaces, romantic outdoor bathrooms… so much attention has gone into creating the perfect holiday hideaway you won’t want to leave.

Soneva Fushi is the only resort in the Maldives with villas housing more than four bedrooms – the recently upgraded and latest line of properties are made of a white-washed wood and clean lines, built to blend in with the natural jungle and beach surrounds.

Villa Living Room, Soneva Fushi
Villa Living Room, Soneva Fushi

If you’re looking for a three-bedroom option, take the new one on the end of the island with panoramic views, crafted from sustainable wood and bamboo, a true haven with sprawling terraces, seaside pool and special touches like a personal gym and steam bath. There’s an upgraded three-bedroom sunrise retreat with its suspended walkways connecting the living areas to sleeping quarters – and one bedroom is in a separate bungalow for that extra privacy. And the most recently launched villa has a decadent 2,250 meters surrounding its three bedrooms, an exceptionally large swimming pool and plenty of space to breathe.

Or if you need four bedrooms, there is the choice between the Jungle Reserve or a new residence that hugs a statuesque jungle tree in the hallway. This plush villa with ample space encapsulates everything you could dream of, with four sumptuous bedrooms, a study, a magical den for the children, even a room for their nanny. Not forgetting the huge slide from the upper deck into the seawater swimming pool below.

But for sheer size and spectacle, the nine bedroom villa that opened in September is the largest of any resort in the Indian Ocean, has real wow factor. Imagine a wrap-around sea water swimming pool with slide and over-water trampoline lounging area, a glorious master bedroom with its very own pool, and facilities that range from a children’s playroom to a library and private spa suite for all pampering needs. More of a private estate than a villa at 7,280 sqm, whatever the occasion you’d be hard pushed to find a more breathtaking, fun place to stay whether you’re celebrating a friend’s big birthday or enjoying a multi-generational family rendezvous.

Villa Daybed, Soneva Fushi
Villa Daybed, Soneva Fushi

Offering the space and privacy to play, party or relax amidst blissful natural surrounds, with all the resort’s facilities from incredible food to the top masseuses at hand, the Soneva larger villas surpass expectations every time.

Soneva Fushi has a sister resort Soneva Kiri on the island of Koh Kood one hour by private plane south-east of Bangkok.  Koh Kood is Thailand as it was years ago. Untamed jungle, pristine beaches, fishermen going about their business.  Barefoot Siam, at peace with itself. Also coming soon to the Maldives, is a floating villa concept Soneva in Aqua and a treasure trove childrens’ Den.

MATATO Represents Maldives at the First BITB

The Maldives Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators (MATATO) is representing the Indian Ocean nation in the Bharath International Tourism Bazaar (BITB).

Opening in New Delhi last Monday, the event is the first edition of the Berlin travel trade show that has grown to become the largest in the world. Over 300 tourism products are being displayed at the B2B event, with MATATO bringing around a dozen Maldivian products to the 12,000 square metre Pragati Maidan.

“India is one of the fastest growing and largest travel markets in the world, and MATATO intends to have strong presence in India’s leading travel shows with our members and industry partners,” read a press release from the association.

India is the second fastest outbound tourism market in the world, after China, with arrivals to the Maldives growing by almost 15 percent in 2015, and more than 20 percent up to July this year.

Statistics from the World Bank and India’s tourism ministry show that 18.3 million Indians travelled overseas in 2014, compared to 16 million the year before. The UNWTO believes this could grow to as many as 50 million by 2020.

Maldivian resorts and guest houses exhibiting with MATATO at the event include Amilla Fushi, Cocoon Maldives, Dreams Arena, Furaveri Island Resort, Local Island Inn, Soneva, and Summer Island Maldives as well as the soon to be opened Season Paradise hotel in Thulusdhoo.

Travel agents present were ITAW Travels & Tours along with Traveller Street, while Mega Maldives Airlines were also featured. Copies of the ‘guesthouses maldives’ magazine were available to attendees, while the MATATO exhibit featured scenes of the atolls captured by local photographer Aishath Naj for her ‘Two Thousand Isles’ blog.

Organisers have arranged for those visiting the bazaar to take part in 6 ‘power conclaves’ examining specific tourism areas such as aviation, MICE, hospitality and experiential tourism.

“It is undeniably the most robust growth market globally,” explains the BITB website, describing the event as “tourism under one roof, B2B with a difference that includes new motivations to travel, consolidating what is trending in Indian tourism.”

The event will conclude today, October 6.

The Soneva Story Continues… Sleeping under the stars at Soneva Jani

Inspired by the Sanskrit word for wisdom, Soneva Jani, the newest Soneva property to launch this October, will embody the brand’s ethos of intelligent luxury.

Inspiring a lifetime of rare experiences, Soneva Jani, set within a lagoon of crystal clear waters, fringed by pristine beaches and blanketed in lush tropical greenery, will allow guests to reconnect with nature. When designing and building Soneva Jani, Founder Sonu Shivdasani was mindful that the area should remain as natural and beautiful as the first day he and Eva laid eyes on it.

Guests’ days will be filled with yoga in the morning, bicycling along the island trails to the Eco Centro, discovering the lagoon’s marine life, dolphin cruises and Robinson Crusoe picnics.

And the night life? An evolution of the water villa experience, each master bedroom will feature a retractable roof. Guests will sleep under the stars at a touch of the button, as the roof slides back to reveal the night sky.

Soneva JaniAfter an evening in the Observatory, guests will be able to identify Orion, the Southern Cross, the Bear and more constellations as they drift to sleep, with just the sound of the calm lagoon outdoors.

This is inspiration in its purest form.

About Soneva Jani

Taking bookings from 1st October, Soneva Jani is the latest luxury resort from Soneva. An evolution of Soneva Gili, the brand’s newest offering comprises 24 water villas and one island villa, with additional island villas planned at a later stage. Every water villa has a private pool and opens to its own stretch of lagoon, with some villas featuring slides going directly from the top deck into the lagoon below. Like all other Soneva properties, the spacious villas feature beautifully designed interiors by Eva Shivdasani, one of Soneva’s co-founders, and are made from the highest quality sustainable materials.

The resort’s soft opening is planned for October 01, 2016, while the official opening date is fixed at November 05, 2016. Bookings are now available from October 01, 2016 onwards.

In addition to Soneva Jani, Soneva owns and operates Soneva Fushi in the Maldives and Soneva Kiri in Thailand.Soneva in Aqua, an ultra luxurious yacht offering an experiential travel experience, was launched in the Maldives in 2015 and sails out of Soneva Fushi. For more information about Soneva visit www.soneva.com

Soneva reveals details of its newest resort — Soneva Jani

24 water villas and 1 island villa to open in October 2016 in the Maldives
All villas feature a retractable roof for stargazing
The resort is set in a 5.6km private lagoon

Soneva, the world-leading luxury resort operator, has revealed details of its newest resort, Soneva Jani, opening in October 2016 in the Maldives. The brand’s newest luxury resort offering will comprise 24 water villas and one island villa, with additional island villas planned at a later stage.

Inspired by a word that means wisdom in Sanskrit, Soneva Jani is located on the island of Medhufaru, which is part of an uninhabited five-island cluster in the Noonu Atoll. The highlight of the resort is its location within a 5.6 kilometer lagoon of crystal clear waters with uninterrupted 360° views of the Indian Ocean. The main island is fringed by pristine beaches and blanketed with lush tropical greenery.

Soneva Jani
Soneva Jani

Every water villa has a private pool and opens to its own stretch of lagoon, with some villas featuring slides going directly from the top deck into the lagoon below. The highlight of the villas is the retractable roof in the master bedroom, which slides back at the touch of a button so that guests can lie in bed and stargaze. Like all other Soneva properties, the spacious villas feature beautifully designed interiors by Eva Shivdasani, one of Soneva’s co-founders, and are made from the highest quality sustainable materials.

“When we opened Soneva Gili more than 15 years ago, it stood out as a unique and new concept in luxury travel.  It is my belief that Soneva Jani is even more revolutionary.  There are many small details and improvements, for example at Soneva Gili, guests would often sleep on the top deck so that they could sleep under the stars. In each Soneva Jani Water Retreat or Reserve the master bedroom roof slides back at the press of a button. It closes automatically if it rains,” said Sonu Shivdasani, founder and CEO of Soneva.

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Soneva Jani

“We live in an ever more crowded and developed world. Soneva Jani is one of the lowest density resorts in the world. Just 25 Villas are built in an area that stretches nearly five kilometers. It is not an island resort.  It is a lagoon with five private islands where only one of these will have development. When designing and building Soneva Jani, I was very mindful that when we open, the area should seem as natural and beautiful as the first day I laid eyes on it,” he added. “Soneva Jani is one of the most anticipated hotel openings in the Indian Ocean this year. We have already witnessed a huge amount of interest, with the first few weeks fully booked within a few days of opening the booking system to the global travel trade.”

Soneva Jani
Soneva Jani

Soneva Jani will include all of Soneva’s popular features including a Spa, a dive centre, an observatory, a children’s den, an Eco Centro, organic gardens and an outdoor Cinema Paradiso. The cinema will be the first ‘silent cinema’ in the Maldives, as guests will be given Bluetooth earphones to watch movies so as not to disturb the nesting wildlife in the area.

The resort will serve global cuisine at five dining outlets, and will feature Soneva’s ubiquitous cheese, chocolate, ice-cream and charcuterie rooms that are complimentary for all guests. Various destination and specialty dining experiences will also be available.

Soneva Jani
Soneva Jani

“Soneva Jani is a place of incredible natural beauty. The waters in the lagoon have the most vibrant shades of blue that I have not seen anywhere else in the Maldives. We have an extensive array of marine life, including turtles, rays and occasionally dolphins, and the lagoon is an excellent place for kayaking, sailing and swimming as it is calm, shallow and extends for miles and miles. The villas are stunning and include all the attention to detail that Soneva is renowned for. Construction is progressing quickly and we are on track for an opening in October 2016,” said Olivia Richli, the Pre-Opening and General Manager of Soneva Jani.

Soneva Jani includes 18 units of one-bedroom Water Retreats, four units of two-bedroom Water Retreats, one three-bedroom Water Retreat, 1 three-bedroom Water Reserve, and one four-bedroom Island Reserve.

Soneva Jani
Soneva Jani

In constructing the resort, Soneva kept its environmental impact as low as possible. The pools use seawater with UV filtration and the villas have been built over the sandy floors of the lagoon, with no damage to any part of the reef. Furthermore, solar PV will be a significant source of power generation at the resort, all waste-water will be collected and treated on-site, and water will also be produced on-site, including drinking water. Soneva’s Eco Centro Waste-to-Wealth centre will ensure that waste is recycled, while the extensive vegetable garden will give local produce for the restaurants based on organic principles.

The resort’s soft opening is planned for October 01, 2016, while the official opening date is fixed at November 05, 2016. Bookings are now available from October 01, 2016 onwards.

Soneva Jani
Soneva Jani

In addition to Soneva Jani, Soneva owns and operates Soneva Fushi in the Maldives and Soneva Kiri in Thailand. Soneva in Aqua, an ultra luxurious yacht offering an experiential travel experience, was launched in the Maldives in 2015 and sails out of Soneva Fushi. For more information about Soneva visit www.soneva.com

Heinrich Morio Joins Soneva As Managing Director – Maldives

Soneva Resorts and Residences, the world-leading luxury resort operator, has announced that Heinrich Morio has joined the company as the new Managing Director – Maldives, responsible for overseeing its flagship resort Soneva Fushi as well as its latest luxury offerings Soneva in Aqua and Soneva Jani.

A dual US and German National, Heinrich’s hospitality career spans more than 35 years, most of which have been spent in the management team of some of the world’s most renowned luxury hotels and resorts.

Prior to joining Soneva, Heinrich was the General Manager (opening) of the Palazzo Versace Hotel in Dubai, and formerly the General Manager of the Burj al Arab, as well as the General Manager of the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, both also located in Dubai, UAE.  Before moving to the Middle East, Heinrich was the General Manager of several One & Only properties in Mauritius and Bahamas, as well as luxury resorts in the United States. He will join Soneva in July 2016.

We are very excited to have Heinrich on board with us. He has impressive hospitality experience in iconic properties around the world and we look forward to leveraging his expertise to further enhance Soneva’s service offering. He will work closely with Olivia as we ramp up to open Soneva Jani by October 2016,” said Sonu Shivdasani, Founder and CEO of Soneva Resorts.

In October 2015, Soneva welcomed Olivia Richli as the new General Manager (opening) of Soneva Jani, Soneva’s newest property in the Maldives, which is currently under construction.  The resort is being built on a large island surrounded by four smaller islands in the middle of a large, five-kilometre turquoise lagoon in the Noonu Atoll, Maldives. Four of the five islands will remain untouched so it will be, by far, the lowest density development in the Maldives. Meaning ‘wisdom’ in Sanskrit, Soneva Jani comprises 24 over water villas and 32 island villas.

The resort is surrounded by crystal clear waters, with pure white beaches, islands covered in rich tropical vegetation and set in a vast sparkling lagoon.Soneva owns and operates Soneva Fushi in the Maldives and Soneva Kiri in Thailand. Soneva in Aqua, an ultra luxurious yacht offering an experiential travel experience, was launched in the Maldives in 2015 and sails out of Soneva Fushi. For more information about Soneva visit www.soneva.com

Soneva Fushi implements Food wastage Audit

Joins hands with LightBlue Environmental Consulting to tackle fundamental problem affecting global hospitality industry

Soneva Fushi implements food wastage auditSoneva Fushi, the multi award-winning luxury resort in the Maldives, has recently joined hands with LightBlue Environmental Consulting to implement a food waste audit, to understand and address the problem of food wastage that affects the entire hospitality industry and to reinforce its position as global leader in sustainability.

The United Nations recently highlighted that food wastage was one of their most urgent priorities and countries all over the world are beginning to realise the true negative impact of food waste. The United States has announced plans to cut its food wastage by 50 percent by 2030; and while the European Union has set itself the same target, it hopes to do it by 2020. According to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), “The impact of food waste is not just financial. The vast amount of food going to landfills makes a significant contribution to global warming.”

Soneva Fushi implements food wastage auditA detailed Food Waste Monitoring System was implemented by LightBlue across the Soneva Fushi operations for seven days, and included hands-on training as well as raising awareness among kitchen employees, stewards and service staff.

Employees sorted, weighed, defined and recorded waste for every shift (breakfast, lunch and dinner) to establish a food waste baseline (grams of food waste per cover) and understand where they could focus their efforts on.

The detailed audit helped answer crucial questions related to food waste: How much (in kilogrammes), where (in four categories: spoilage, preparation, buffet and customer plate waste), when, why, and what food is discarded. The assessment also reviewed how much it cost, and how much could be saved through the implementation of strategic recommendations along the food chain, mainly during purchasing, receiving, storage, prep, communication, buffet, and service.

“I think part of the benefit of a detailed audit like this is that it increases everyone’s mindfulness about what they are doing with food. This has really helped everybody throughout the food and beverage team and the organisation as a whole just to think about what they are doing,” Gordon Jackson, the Waste to Wealth Manager at Soneva Fushi.

“There was quite a dramatic reduction to the organic material being sent to out to composting site. So we are down by about 50 percent already,” Gordon said.

At the end of the comprehensive review, Soneva Fushi received the LightBlue “Certificate of Completion” marking its genuine effort in readdressing a problem that affects the entire hospitality industry.  Resort employees who showed true commitment received a personal Food Waste Champions Certificate of Achievement.

“It was a genuine pleasure working with the Soneva Fushi team. I’ve never experienced such dedication from employees to understand, implement and address the food waste issue, which was pivotal in the successful implementation of the audit. I feel that this is the result of a genuine commitment from Soneva to integrate sustainability in every aspect of its operation, and it shows once again that sounds environmental practices translate into substantial financial benefits,” said Benjamin Lephilibert, Managing Director of LightBlue Environmental Consulting.

Soneva Fushi inspires the imagination with 57 spacious, multi-bedroom luxury beachfront villas that are hidden among dense foliage for ultimate privacy. Intuitive service is provided by Mr./Ms. Friday personal butlers who know what you want before you want it.

About Soneva Fushi:

In 1995, award-winning luxury resort Soneva Fushi set the standard for all desert island barefoot luxury hideaways in the Maldives. It has a pristine Biosphere UNESCO protected reef and is known for its legendary service.

Fifty-seven 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 and nine dining options.

If the experiences are magical, the philosophy is simple: No news, no shoes. No pretensions either.

About LightBlue Environmental Consulting:

Light Blue is a Bangkok-based boutique consulting firm offering expert auditing, advising and capacity building services to hotels willing to improve performance and minimize their social and environmental footprint.

Based on resources, needs and objectives, our hand-picked specialists deliver tailor-made solutions to cut operational expenses, increase employees’ efficiency and loyalty, as well as to improve the reputation of hotels operating more responsibly.

Light Blue’s methodology has been recognised as aligned with the United Nations’ Food Loss and Waste draft standard.