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Relais & Châteaux adds Soneva Fushi as its first in the Maldives

June 2014

Chosen for its strong commitment to the environment and pioneering SLOW LIFE philosophy the Relais & Châteaux recognised the resort as a beacon to responsible tourism not least because of its location deep within the Maldives’ only protected UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.

CEO and Chairman of the Soneva Group Sonu Shivdasani commented, “we are very proud to be a member of Relais & Châteaux as we share many values. Not least our love for providing healthy, ethical and high quality food. We hope to work closely with several of their top ranking chefs over the course of the next year. It is an honour to have been selected as their entrée into the Maldives.”

Crystal clear waters, the captivating wildlife of the coral reefs, where marine turtles swim past manta rays. On the large private island of Kunfunadhoo, 40 ha of tropical forest have been fiercely protected and offer a truly idyllic setting. The villas belonging to this eco-hotel are harmoniously scattered here along the edge of white sand beaches. An invitation to live the life of Robinson Crusoe, to enjoy well-being, meditation, savour delicious cuisine produced from organic ingredients from the kitchen garden and fine wines stored in cellars dug beneath the sands before gazing at the stars from the astronomical observatory. This is proof enough that nature is on our side.


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About Relais & Châteaux:

Relais & Châteaux is a collection of more than 520 of the finest charming hotels and gourmet restaurants in 60 different countries.
The association was established in France in 1954, with the mission to spread its unique art de vivre across the globe by selecting outstanding properties with a truly unique character.
Relais & Châteaux is also a family of hoteliers and Grands Chefs from all over the world who share a passion for and a personal commitment to ensuring that their guests are privy to moments of exceptional harmony, and unforgettable celebration of the senses.
From the vineyards of the Napa Valley to the beaches of the Fiji Islands, from the olive groves of Provence to the game reserves of South Africa, Relais & Châteaux offers ideal destinations on the roads to discovering each region and each country.
The Relais & Châteaux signature reflects this ambition: ‘ALL AROUND THE WORLD, UNIQUE IN THE WORLD.
About the Soneva Group

The Soneva Group is a world leading sustainable luxury resort operator which owns and manages Soneva Fushi in the Maldives and Soneva Kiri in Thailand. Soneva in Aqua, a new yacht experience, will be launched in the Maldives in 2014.

With prices ranging from $3-$15m, Soneva Private Office was launched in 2012 to promote a limited number of private residences for sale at both resorts.

The company is committed to leading the hospitality industry in environmentally responsible tourism.  Annual environmental performance improvements are in place with the ultimate goal of decarbonising completely.
Twitter:  @TheSonevaGroup
The Soneva Group is also committed to its SLOW LIFE philosophy: