First Glimpse of Fairmont Maldives, Sirru Fen Fushi


Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi

Located in the Shaviyani Atoll, normally a 50-minute seaplane transfer, though our transfer was a little longer than that as we made a couple stops along the way. “WOW! This resort is remote” was my first reaction. One of the more remote resorts I have been to the Maldives as no other resort, boat, or plane are to be seen anywhere.

PLAY


After a warm welcome from the staff we were immediately whisked away and driven through the middle of the island, past one of the most striking features of the resort, the main pool. This is the longest main pool in the Maldives! At 650 feet (200 meters), the pool stretches from one side of the island to the other. It’s a great place to relax and take that amazing endless blue photo. It is a striking feature.

Tip #1 – Spend an afternoon relaxing by the pool with a few cold beers and one of their beautiful homemade pizzas straight out of the wood fired oven.

Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi

Taking time to explore the large island, we were impressed with the space, the variety of room categories and the options for kids, teenagers and adults alike. For the junior traveler, getting them out of the cool kid’s club might be a problem. It looks like a lot of fun! There is also a specific teenagers retreat, an air-conditioned games area, and an art studio area.

Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi

Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi

Directly out from Onu Onu, the beach cocktail bar, is the Underwater Art Installation by Jason Decaires Taylor.

The sculptures in the lagoon offer visitors a unique attraction. It will create the foundation of an artificial reef to enhance and support the underwater ecosystem. The centerpiece is the Coral Cube, the world’s first semi-submerged art space. Guided tours conducted by the resident marine biologist are also available.

Tip #2 – Snorkel to see the art work, as it’s well worthwhile.

SLEEP


We were immediately impressed with the well thought out layout and the incredible uninterrupted view from the bed, over the pool, and out to the ocean of our Water Sunrise Villa. The on-trend bathroom features an amazing copper bathtub.

Bathroom at Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi

Copper Bathtub Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi 

Tip #3 (for new husbands) – Surprise your wife with a luxury bath setup. Have a quiet word with your butler and they will be able to set it up for you

During our stay we were also lucky enough to also stay in a Deluxe Sunset Beach Villa. These private beach villas are great for guests looking for a little extra room. The villa has a large bedroom, a large living space that can be closed off from the main bedroom area, and a huge indoor and outdoor bathroom and dressing room area. A pool and deck offer a variety of places to relax, either in or out of the sun. The Deluxe Beach Villas are great for families traveling with small children when a 2-bedroom villa is not necessary.

Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi


EAT


Dining at Fairmont has been thoughtfully considered. Raha Market has you covered with a vast range of choice. Anything from Maldivian dishes to Asian, healthy gourmet, buffet and live cooking stations.

Azure offers an overwater fine dining experience for lovers of seafood. Kata is the signature Japanese restaurant and bar. The outside tables offer endless views of ocean and the rooftop bar is a great place for a cocktail, whiskey, or sake at sunset.

Tip #4 – Be sure to watch some of the food preparation at Kata. Chefs cook on a raised platform whereby they cook kneeling down!

Tip #5 – Ask to have your dessert up on the rooftop bar under the stars – great way to finish off an evening.

Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Fairmont and recommend it to those travelers looking for a large resort with plenty of room to move.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Justin Parkinson

Director of Sales at Linara Travel, proud father, and lawn bowling fanatic; I visit the Maldives regularly to ensure I'm on top of the latest openings.
justin@linaratravel.com

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