In the middle of the Indian Ocean, in one of the northernmost atolls of the Maldives, close to India and Sri Lanka, is where the remote and elegant Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi is located. It is surrounded by water on all sides. But not just any sea! The atoll has the most sparkling blue ever seen in the archipelago. A real pearl. The island’s name says it all. Sirru Fen Fushi means “Island of Secret Waters”. So come with me to get to know this pearl.
The arrival at the Shaviyani atoll is surreal. A 55-minute scenic flight in a seaplane that takes off from a platform at the edge of the sea is already part of the program. Pilots in shorts and bare feet or at most in flip-flops attract attention with their laid-back style. After many sighs seeing the vastness through the window, along the 240 kilometers that separate the capital Male from the Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi hotel, it is time to disembark on a floating deck in the largest lagoon in the Maldives. That’s it! You have arrived in paradise. A ring of white sand juts out into the endless turquoise sea. And in the middle of the island, amazingly… there is a wonderful native forest. It was the greenest island I visited in the Maldives.
The bungalows were built in complete harmony with the island. There are 120 accommodations between beach villas, overwater bungalows and tents in the forest, with elegant and unpretentious design. The rooms are spacious, with high ceilings, super comfortable beds with macramé canopies and wooden details. Guests are kindly welcomed with fruit and champagne. The staff is very friendly and you will have a butler to do your every wish.
I can’t stop talking about the pool at the Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi. It is 200 meters long, it goes from one side of the island to the other. It is the largest swimming pool in the Maldives. Very photogenic. It is the hotel’s trademark along with the Coralarium, an underwater museum designed by the famous British environmentalist Jason Tyler and which displays large pedestals in the form of coral colonies. At sunset, the large cube in the middle of the sea looks even more beautiful. Want ti know how to get to the museum? Swimming. With snorkel and fins, in a straight line from the pool. Unusual.
Another highlight of the hotel are the Kata (Japanese) and Azure (seafood) restaurants that overlook the sea, the famous Willow Stream spa, the English boutique Evarae with beautiful clothes, the aerial yoga classes with the Brazilian teacher Lamirse , the open-air cinema that can be set up exclusively for you (just ask your butler) and breakfast served on a floating tray in the pool of your bungalow.
With this romantic mood, I wish you all a week full of love.
XoXo and see you next Tuesday!