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Maldives Escape to Paradise

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Soneva Fushi is a welcoming resort built in the Maldives, off the coast of Sri Lanka in the Indian Ocean.

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The setting is Kunfunadhoo Island, one of the twenty six small atolls of what the Dutch originally colonised in the 17th century as the “Maldivische Eilanden”.

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The resort is a series of small villas in the coastal jungle.

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The villas are perfectly embedded in the picturesque scenery.

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White walls provide privacy for each of the villas.

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There’s something of the tidy, house-proud Dutch aesthetic in the simple, practical tropical design typical of the region.

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The Dutch design imprint can be seen in this high verandah.

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How elegantly inventive is the rope for a handrail down the stairs.

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Natural logs are used to create banisters on this stair.

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Stucco is employed throughout, a practical material to build with in the jungle.

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Stucco does not rot, so this spot remains.

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A sun-trapping dry white barrier is created between the house and the insect life teaming in the jungle beyond.

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The greenery of the treetops is enjoyed, but the frequently muddy earth that jungles flourish in is hidden.

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The entire resort is secluded within a lush palm jungle on the beach.

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Seclusion on the perfect jewel of an island offers a perfect getaway.

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