Assessment: seaplane switch to Soneva Fushi


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I not too long ago loved an exceptional vacation within the Maldives, the place I stayed on the archipelago’s 4 most unique ultra-luxury resorts. You possibly can learn my opinions right here:


Right this moment: Assessment of the seaplane switch to Soneva Fushi

Soneva Fushi – the Maldives’ first luxurious castaway resort – is an unparalleled paradise of barefoot luxurious, set in a sustainable ecosystem of lush jungle, pristine seashores and crystalline waters.  Situated throughout the Baa Atoll UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, the ultra-luxe resort conjures up the creativeness with 63 spacious beachfront and over water villas, ranging in measurement from one to 9 bedrooms. At Soneva Fushi, nature’s assets are remodeled into artwork on the Glass Studio, whereas The Den provides youngsters the liberty to stay their island desires. Wonderful days are spent stargazing on the Observatory, sampling natural delicacies, exploring the coral reef, and unwinding on the on-site Soneva Soul Spa. Soneva Fushi additionally provide the most effective eating in the complete Maldives.

There are 3 ways to get to Soneva Fushi:

  • Most friends will arrive at Soneva Fushi by shared seaplane from Velana Worldwide Airport in Malé, a scenic journey which takes half-hour. There are two seaplane selections obtainable: both the Soneva seaplane or the Manta Air seaplane. The Soneva seaplane is personal and extra snug, whereas the Manta Air seaplane carries barely extra passengers and will cease en-route at different locations earlier than arriving at Soneva Fushi.  The spherical journey seaplane switch onboard the personal Soneva seaplane prices $1,300 USD per grownup and $650 USD per baby.
  • Visitors may also take a home flight from Malé Worldwide Airport to Dharavandhoo Airport, adopted by a 12-minute speedboat journey to Soneva Fushi. This round-trip wheeled aircraft switch prices $600 USD per grownup and $300 USD per baby.
  • The fortunate few can arrive in model at Soneva Fushi with a personal constitution on Soneva’s personal seaplane or a Manta Air seaplane. The CIP service is obtainable by the Velana Worldwide Airport and consists of being met on the stairs of the plane and escorted by way of immigration to the lounge to attend on your onward switch. A a method constitution flight – together with CIP service – prices $6,800 USD (for as much as 14 individuals).

Seaplane transfers are organized by Soneva Fushi based on the arrival and departure particulars of the friends. Some notes:

  • The seaplane journey is accessible throughout daytime solely. The final seaplane flight departs at 17:00 (5 pm), so please guarantee your worldwide flight lands in Malé no later than 15:30 (3:30 pm).
  • Sadly, it’s not doable to know upfront whether or not you’ll be transferred in a Soneva seaplane or in a Manta Air seaplane (the schedule is dependent upon Manta Air, which additionally maintains the Soneva seaplanes).
  • Visitors who’re flown to Soneva Fushi on the Manta Air seaplane (as a substitute of the Soneva aircraft) will obtain a resort credit score as compensation, valued at $150 USD per individual per voyage throughout peak season, and $100 USD per individual per voyage throughout shoulder season. The resort credit score may be redeemed in opposition to meals and drinks, experiences and Soneva Soul remedies, excluding third events and stores.
  • The CIP service can’t be organized for the next airways on departure as a result of airline’s guidelines and laws: Air France, Austrian Air, Lufthansa, Uncover, and Edelweiss Air.

This can be a evaluation of the personal Soneva seaplane switch to Soneva Fushi. On this arcticle:

  1. Airport & seaplane terminal
  2. Soneva airport lounge
  3. Soneva seaplane
  4. Seaplane flight

To make it extra ‘visible’, I’ve made a YouTube video documenting my switch to Soneva Fushi, which you’ll watch under.


1. AIRPORT & SEAPLANE TERMINAL

Upon arrival at Velana Worldwide Airport, also called Malé Worldwide Airport, and after passing immigration, friends are met by a Soneva host, who takes care of the bags and offers help with the check-in on the Manta Air counters so safe the seaplane boarding passes. There are two seaplane operators within the Maldives: Manta Air is the latest airline whereas Trans Maldivian Airways (TMA) is the oldest air service within the nation (and likewise the biggest seaplane operator on the planet). Some resorts work with TMA whereas others (resembling Soneva) have contracts with Manta Air.

As soon as checked in for the seaplane switch, the Soneva airport employees transfers friends by Tesla to the seaplane terminal, which is positioned on the opposite facet of the airport’s perimeter. The drive to the seaplane terminal takes solely 5 minutes. The seaplane terminal – the biggest of its variety on the planet – is designed to accommodate greater than 100 seaplanes and function 300 day by day flights on common – rising to 600 throughout peak season – with the capability to serve greater than 6,000 vacationers a day. The fashionable 4-story terminal consists of new services, and 42 lounges of which all besides two have been leased to resorts. The terminal’s smooth design displays the turquoise and blue shades of the famed Maldivian lagoons.

TESLA TRANSFER TO SEAPLANE TERMINAL
TESLA TRANSFER TO SEAPLANE TERMINAL
CHEVAL BLANC AIRPORT LOUNGE
MALE SEAPLANE TERMINAL

2. SONEVA AIRPORT LOUNGE

On the seaplane terminal, Soneva operates its personal airport lounge, which opened final yr (2023). The attractive lounge is embellished in Soneva’s signature eco-chic design – with splashes of gray and purple – and options loads of seats and sofas. Services embrace a play room for kids, an out of doors terrace (with views of the seaplane docks) in addition to showers to refresh just a little. Drinks, snacks and WiFi are offered on a complimentary foundation, and one nook of the lounge incorporates a small buffet with cheese, chilly cuts, sweets and ice cream (paying homage to the chilly rooms and ice cream & chocolate parlors on the resort).

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3. SONEVA SEAPLANE

From the lounge, it’s a brief stroll to the seaplane docks. As talked about above, there are two seaplane selections obtainable: both the Soneva seaplane or the Manta Air seaplane. The Soneva seaplane is personal and extra snug (seating 8 passengers in a VIP structure), whereas the Manta Air seaplane carries extra passengers (15 in whole) and will cease en-route at different locations earlier than arriving at Soneva Fushi. For my flight to the resort, Soneva used its personal seaplane, which is fitted in a leather-based design, with 4 pairs of seats dealing with each other.

Every seaplane within the Maldives has a crew of two pilots and one flight attendant (alias baggage handler), all of them sporting shorts and working the aircraft barefoot. Seats should not assigned, so the primary ones on board can select the most effective seats. There’s no door between the cockpit and the cabin, so you’ll be able to observe the pilots’ actions if you end up not distracted by the superior views whereas flying over the atolls.  It will probably get fairly scorching within the cabin, though some followers quiet down the temperature as quickly because the seaplane leaves the docks. Additionally, the seaplane is actually loud, and passengers are offered ear plugs for his or her consolation (in addition to iPads with resort info). There are not any bathrooms onboard.

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4. FLIGHT

The flight from Male to Soneva Fushi takes round half-hour, though it could be 50 minutes in case a stop-over must made at one other resort to drop-off different passengers. There’s no service onboard, and there’s not a lot to do, aside from having fun with the exceptional views as you fly over a number of atolls. For most individuals, thé iconic picture of the Maldives is that of a deep blue ocean interspersed by tiny palm islands surrounded by ridiculously clear lagoons and sugar white seashores. The one approach to see that breathtaking view of fifty shades of blue is from the air, and though you’ll catch a couple of glimpses of the islands out of your aircraft upon touchdown or departure at Male airport, the most effective vantage level for the breathtaking panoramas is obtainable by the seaplanes that take friends to their resorts. Flying on board a seaplane in Maldives and admiring the picture-perfect archipelago from a chook’s eye perspective is likely one of the final experiences that the vacation spot has to supply.

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At Soneva Fushi, the seaplane lands at brief distance from the resort (as to not disturb the friends on the island and within the villas). Upon arrival, friends are taken by speedboat to the resort (a journey which solely lasts 2 minutes) and welcomed by a recent coconut drink and a chilly towel. To be continued subsequent week …

SPEEDBOAT TO RESORT
SPEEDBOAT TO RESORT

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