Opening in April 2018, Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi will be a magnificent hideaway in the magical Maldives. Baroque Travel finds out all about it
Located in the Maldives’ Shaviyani Atoll, Fairmont Sirru Fen Fushi offers 120 exquisite luxury villas overlooking one of the largest resort lagoons in the archipelago. This beautiful new property is also quite unique – it features the work of one of the most acclaimed ‘underwater naturalists’ in the world, British artist Jason de Caires Taylor, whose work has been recognized by National Geographic as one of the ‘top 25 wonders of the world’.
Taylor’s work is featured in the first underwater sculpture museum in the Maldives, which was built at the same time as the new resort. The resort’s name means ‘secret water island’, which brings to mind the secret of the museum found underwater here, as well as the idyllic location. Sirru Fen Fushi is located on a long stretch of white sand beach overlooking the ocean. There are no guest rooms at the resort, only villas, making it ideal for both couples that want time alone as well as for families. This is real Castaway territory, where guests literally get to relax in an untouched environment while still enjoying every possible luxury.
The island on which the resort is located covers around 16 hectares of land, and includes a vast swimming pool, state-of-the-art spa and the first Balinese-inspired Bamboo Bar in the Maldives. The resort’s underwater sculpture park, mentioned above, is located in 9km of reef, which guests get to explore at leisure.
Actually, Jason de Caires Taylor’s sculptural installation is what sets this magnificent resort apart. It offers guests a unique, cultural eco-art experience and at the same time, its existence creates the foundations of an artificial reef to enhance the ecosystem underwater. The Coral Cube is the first semi-submerged art museum/space in the Maldives, the gateway to the underwater world where guests can experience life under the sea. This offers a most unique experience, an opportunity to connect with nature and experience the magic of life under the ocean while at the same time enjoying magnificent works of art.
The new resort provides its guests with a host of unrivalled experiences including sailing away to a secluded island for a picnic à deux, embarking on a sunset cruise on the resort’s private yacht to watch dolphins cavort at sea, or even staying out at sea overnight on a cruise, sleeping under a canopy of stars. Guests can also visit traditional Maldivian communities, get involved in turtle release programs or just relax, snorkel or dive in the 600-hectare lagoon.
The resort boasts a private island called Gaakoshibee, which offers numerous sports such as yoga, Thai boxing, tennis and football. The resort offers a Kid’s Club and Teen Town for the older kids, ensuring that the whole family has an unforgettable experience. Fishing and a variety of water sports are also on offer, including sea kayaks, hobie cats, jet skis and much more.