TORONTO — Sirru Fen Fushi means ‘secret water island’ and it’s an ideal name for Fairmont’s just-opened resort in the Maldives.
Located on the Shaviyani Atoll in North Maldives, which boasts one of the country’s largest resort lagoons, the brand new Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi offers 120 luxury villas, each with a private pool.
The all-villa resort is ideal for couples or families, says parent company AccorHotels, and features 200 metres of infinity pools as well as luxury safari-style tented villas in the island’s interior jungle.
The resort is even home to an underwater art installation, part of the Maldives’ first coral regeneration project and highlighting the area’s abundant sea life and pristine coral house reef, launching this month.
Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi is located at Shaviyani Atoll, North Maldives, accessible by domestic flight in 50 minutes from Male International Airport followed by speedboat from Hanimaadhoo Airport to the resort. Alternatively, guests can book a 50-minute scenic seaplane flight directly to the resort.
AccorHotels today counts three hotels in the Maldives, including Mercure Maldives Kooddoo Resort, Dhevanafushi Maldives Luxury Resort and Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi.
Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi is the sole hotel on the atoll and its previously untouched location has allowed marine life to flourish, with manta rays, turtles, large pods of bottlenose dolphins and spinner dolphins regular visitors in the crystal-clear waters of the 600-hectare lagoon.
The nine kilometre-long house reef, directly accessible from the beach, is home to vibrant corals and an ecosystem teeming with life. There’s even a manta ray cleaning station at the house reef.
The 120 villas are categorized based on the island’s stunning topography, and include Beach Villas, Water Villas, and Tented Jungle Villas. Copper bathroom fittings and carved wood detailing on furniture lend the villas a bohemian rustic chic vibe. Specially adapted to the Maldives, the unique tented jungle villas offer privacy and a romantic castaway feel; other guests can also experience the verdant island interiors with glamping BBQs or jungle cinema.
Dining outlets include an international all-day dining spot called Raha Market; an over-water Japanese restaurant, sushi bar and sea lounge named Kata; and the overwater fine dining destination, Azure, where fresh seafood and fish-market displays of daily local catches are complemented by wines and champagnes.
Meanwhile the resort’s on-site Willow Stream Spa at the Fairmont Maldives offers 2,000 square metres dedicated to wellness, plus there’s an Olympic-size Jacuzzi pool. Families are well-catered to with a Kid’s Club, toddler’s play garden, and the dedicated Teen Town.
Introductory rates start at US$770 per villa per night on a bed-and-breakfast basis for bookings until Sept. 30, 2019.