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Overview: seaplane switch to Soneva Fushi

Overview: seaplane switch to Soneva Fushi


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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 may learn my critiques right here:


At present: Overview 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.  Situated throughout 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 assets are reworked into artwork on the Glass Studio, whereas The Den offers youngsters the liberty to reside their island goals. Wonderful 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 the most effective eating in your entire Maldives.

There are 3 ways to get to Soneva Fushi:

  • Most friends will arrive at Soneva Fushi by shared seaplane from Velana Worldwide Airport in Malé, a scenic journey which takes half-hour. There are two seaplane decisions out there: both the Soneva seaplane or the Manta Air seaplane. The Soneva seaplane is non-public and extra snug, whereas the Manta Air seaplane carries barely extra passengers and should cease en-route at different locations earlier than arriving at Soneva Fushi.  The spherical journey seaplane switch onboard the non-public Soneva seaplane prices $1,300 USD per grownup and $650 USD per little one.
  • Friends can even take a home flight from Malé Worldwide Airport to Dharavandhoo Airport, adopted by a 12-minute speedboat journey to Soneva Fushi. This round-trip wheeled aircraft switch prices $600 USD per grownup and $300 USD per little one.
  • The fortunate few can arrive in fashion at Soneva Fushi with a non-public constitution on Soneva’s personal seaplane or a Manta Air seaplane. The CIP service is obtainable by the Velana Worldwide Airport and consists of being met on the stairs of the plane and escorted by immigration to the lounge to attend on 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 friends. Some notes:

  • The seaplane journey is on the market throughout daytime 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).
  • Sadly, it’s not attainable to know upfront whether or not you may be transferred in a Soneva seaplane or in a Manta Air seaplane (the schedule relies on Manta Air, which additionally maintains the Soneva seaplanes).
  • Friends who’re flown to Soneva Fushi on the Manta Air seaplane (as an alternative of the Soneva aircraft) will obtain a resort credit score as compensation, valued at $150 USD per individual per voyage throughout peak season, and $100 USD per individual per voyage throughout shoulder season. The resort credit score will be redeemed in opposition to 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 rules: Air France, Austrian Air, Lufthansa, Uncover, and Edelweiss Air.

This can be a evaluation of the non-public Soneva seaplane switch to Soneva Fushi. On this arcticle:

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

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


1. AIRPORT & SEAPLANE TERMINAL

Upon arrival at Velana Worldwide Airport, also referred to as Malé Worldwide Airport, and after passing immigration, friends are met by a Soneva host, who takes care of the baggage and supplies 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 latest airline whereas Trans Maldivian Airways (TMA) is the oldest air service within the nation (and in addition the biggest seaplane operator on the earth). Some resorts work with TMA whereas others (resembling Soneva) have contracts with Manta Air.

As soon as checked in for the seaplane switch, the Soneva airport employees transfers friends by Tesla to the seaplane terminal, which is positioned on the opposite facet of the airport’s perimeter. The drive to the seaplane terminal takes solely 5 minutes. The seaplane terminal – the biggest 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 consists of new services, and 42 lounges of which all besides two have been leased to resorts. The terminal’s glossy 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

On the seaplane terminal, Soneva operates its personal airport lounge, which opened final yr (2023). The attractive lounge is embellished in Soneva’s signature eco-chic design – with splashes of gray and purple – and options loads of seats and sofas. Amenities embody a play room for kids, an out of doors terrace (with views of the seaplane docks) in addition to showers to refresh slightly. Drinks, snacks and WiFi are offered on a complimentary foundation, and one nook of the lounge encompasses a small buffet with cheese, chilly cuts, goodies and ice cream (harking back 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 decisions out there: both the Soneva seaplane or the Manta Air seaplane. The Soneva seaplane is non-public and extra snug (seating 8 passengers in a VIP format), whereas the Manta Air seaplane carries extra passengers (15 in whole) and should cease en-route at different locations earlier than arriving at Soneva Fushi. For my flight to the resort, Soneva used its non-public seaplane, which is fitted in a leather-based design, with 4 pairs of seats going through each other.

Every 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 aircraft barefoot. Seats are usually not assigned, so the primary ones on board can select the most effective seats. There’s no door between the cockpit and the cabin, so you may observe the pilots’ actions when you find yourself not distracted by the superior views whereas flying over the atolls.  It might probably get fairly sizzling within the cabin, though some followers quiet down the temperature as quickly because the seaplane leaves the docks. Additionally, the seaplane is actually loud, and passengers are offered ear plugs for his or her consolation (in addition to iPads with resort data). There are not any bogs onboard.

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4. FLIGHT

The flight from Male to Soneva Fushi takes round half-hour, though it could 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, apart from having fun with the outstanding 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 one solution 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 aircraft upon touchdown or departure at Male airport, the most effective vantage level for the breathtaking panoramas is obtainable by the seaplanes that take friends to their resorts. Flying on board a seaplane in Maldives and admiring the picture-perfect archipelago from a chicken’s eye perspective is without doubt one of the final experiences that the vacation spot has to supply.

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At Soneva Fushi, the seaplane lands at quick distance from the resort (as to not disturb the friends on the island and within the villas). Upon arrival, friends are taken by speedboat to the resort (a journey 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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