Review: seaplane switch to Soneva Fushi

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Review: seaplane switch to Soneva Fushi


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Wednesday newsletters at all times characteristic a resort or flight evaluate.

I just lately loved an outstanding vacation within the Maldives, the place I stayed on the archipelago’s 4 most unique ultra-luxury resorts. You can learn my critiques right here:


Today: Review 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.  Located inside 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 sources are remodeled into artwork on the Glass Studio, whereas The Den offers youngsters the liberty to stay their island goals. Glorious 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 supply one of the best eating in the complete Maldives.

There are 3 ways to get to Soneva Fushi:

  • Most company will arrive at Soneva Fushi by shared seaplane from Velana International Airport in Malé, a scenic journey which takes half-hour. There are two seaplane selections accessible: 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.
  • Guests also can take a home flight from Malé International Airport to Dharavandhoo Airport, adopted by a 12-minute speedboat experience to Soneva Fushi. This round-trip wheeled airplane 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 International Airport and contains being met on the stairs of the plane and escorted by way of immigration to the lounge to attend in your onward switch. A a technique 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 company. Some notes:

  • The seaplane journey is offered throughout daylight 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).
  • Unfortunately, it’s not doable to know upfront whether or not you can be transferred in a Soneva seaplane or in a Manta Air seaplane (the schedule will depend on Manta Air, which additionally maintains the Soneva seaplanes).
  • Guests who’re flown to Soneva Fushi on the Manta Air seaplane (as a substitute of the Soneva airplane) will obtain a resort credit score as compensation, valued at $150 USD per particular person per voyage throughout peak season, and $100 USD per particular person per voyage throughout shoulder season. The resort credit score might be redeemed towards meals and drinks, experiences and Soneva Soul remedies, excluding third events and shops.
  • The CIP service can’t be organized for the next airways on departure because of the airline’s guidelines and laws: Air France, Austrian Air, Lufthansa, Discover, and Edelweiss Air.

This is a evaluate of the personal Soneva seaplane switch to Soneva Fushi. In this arcticle:

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

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


1. AIRPORT & SEAPLANE TERMINAL

Upon arrival at Velana International Airport, often known as Malé International Airport, and after passing immigration, company are met by a Soneva host, who takes care of the baggage and gives 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 most recent airline whereas Trans Maldivian Airways (TMA) is the oldest air service within the nation (and likewise the most important seaplane operator on the earth). Some resorts work with TMA whereas others (corresponding to Soneva) have contracts with Manta Air.

Once checked in for the seaplane switch, the Soneva airport employees transfers company by Tesla to the seaplane terminal, which is situated on the opposite aspect of the airport’s perimeter. The drive to the seaplane terminal takes solely 5 minutes. The seaplane terminal – the most important of its form on the earth – 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 trendy 4-story terminal contains new services, and 42 lounges of which all besides two have been leased to resorts. The terminal’s modern 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

At the seaplane terminal, Soneva operates its personal airport lounge, which opened final yr (2023). The lovely lounge is adorned in Soneva’s signature eco-chic design – with splashes of gray and purple – and options loads of seats and sofas. Facilities embrace a play room for youngsters, an out of doors terrace (with views of the seaplane docks) in addition to showers to refresh a bit of. 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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SONEVA AIRPORT LOUNGE: ENTRANCE
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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 accessible: both the Soneva seaplane or the Manta Air seaplane. The Soneva seaplane is personal and extra snug (seating 8 passengers in a VIP format), whereas the Manta Air seaplane carries extra passengers (15 in complete) 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.

Each 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 airplane barefoot. Seats will not be assigned, so the primary ones on board can select one of the best seats. There’s no door between the cockpit and the cabin, so you possibly can observe the pilots’ actions when you’re not distracted by the superior views whereas flying over the atolls.  It can get fairly scorching within the cabin, though some followers quiet down the temperature as quickly because the seaplane leaves the docks. Also, the seaplane is de facto loud, and passengers are offered ear plugs for his or her consolation (in addition to iPads with resort info). There aren’t any bathrooms onboard.

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4. FLIGHT

The flight from Male to Soneva Fushi takes round half-hour, though it might 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 solely method to see that breathtaking view of fifty shades of blue is from the air, and though you’ll catch just a few glimpses of the islands out of your airplane upon touchdown or departure at Male airport, one of the best vantage level for the breathtaking panoramas is obtainable by the seaplanes that take company to their resorts. Flying on board a seaplane in Maldives and admiring the picture-perfect archipelago from a chook’s eye perspective is among 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 company on the island and within the villas). Upon arrival, company are taken by speedboat to the resort (a experience 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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