Maldives Escape to Paradise
Soneva Fushi is a welcoming resort built in the Maldives, off the coast of Sri Lanka in the Indian Ocean.
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”.
The resort is a series of small villas in the coastal jungle.
The villas are perfectly embedded in the picturesque scenery.
White walls provide privacy for each of the villas.
There’s something of the tidy, house-proud Dutch aesthetic in the simple, practical tropical design typical of the region.
The Dutch design imprint can be seen in this high verandah.
How elegantly inventive is the rope for a handrail down the stairs.
Natural logs are used to create banisters on this stair.
Stucco is employed throughout, a practical material to build with in the jungle.
Stucco does not rot, so this spot remains.
A sun-trapping dry white barrier is created between the house and the insect life teaming in the jungle beyond.
The greenery of the treetops is enjoyed, but the frequently muddy earth that jungles flourish in is hidden.
The entire resort is secluded within a lush palm jungle on the beach.
Seclusion on the perfect jewel of an island offers a perfect getaway.