Sun Siyam Iru Fushi is a beautiful 52 private island in the northern Maldives. My first impressions of the island were that it really did look like just like the pictures – the sand really is that white, the ocean really is that clear and the beaches really are that secluded and tranquil. The resort is quite big in comparison to some of the islands you’ll find in the Maldives – many of which are surprisingly tiny. But this doesn’t mean it isn’t as private and peaceful. Unless you’re in one of the resort’s restaurants or bars you’re unlikely to have much, if any, company. You really will feel like you’re on your own private island.
Our Villa – Infinity Water Villa
Water villas are synonymous with the Maldives and ours was the absolute dream! We stayed in one of Sun Siyam’s infinity water villas which look just like traditional Maldivian water villas and have a huge terrace complete with an infinity pool and your very own private steps leading into the Indian Ocean. The rooms also have glass windows in the floors meaning you can look right down to the ocean below you. The experience is like no other and walking into our infinity water villa for the first time honestly was a pinch me moment – see the pictures below and check it out on their site here.
The water villas are of course the most expensive villas on the island. If you’re on a budget I would highly recommend booking a water villa for one or two nights and then moving to a beach villa. If you really dislike insects and reptiles then I would highly recommend a water villa as you won’t see any. If you can at all I would highly recommend staying in a water villa but a beach also has it’s benefits – continue reading below.
Pool Beach Villa
Our water villa wasn’t ready the morning we arrived as we arrived quite early so we were given a pool beach villa for the day while we waited. We absolutely loved the beach villa – see more here! We had our own private pool right outside and it was only a couple of steps through the trees to the beach. The beach was so secluded it felt like our own private beach. Each villa also has their own private Cabana and sun loungers on the beach. Our room was big and spacious with high ceilings and an outdoor bathroom. Beach villas are so private and the beach is far more accessible from a beach villa than the water villas. Beach villas will also offer some shade that you won’t really have in water villas.
The resort has a wide selection of restaurants to suit any culinary tastes and the breakfast buffet is undoubtedly the biggest I’ve ever seen! We were staying on a half-board basis meaning we had breakfast and dinner included but this didn’t mean we were only allowed a buffet dinner like some resorts. Each restaurant had quite a few items that were inclusive meaning we were able to try out different restaurants each night without paying extra. I’m a very fussy eater and I always found something I liked on the inclusive menus. If you do order from the regular menu expect to spend quite a bit as food and drink is quite expensive in the Maldives. One of my favourite spots on the island was Reflections – an adult only bar centred around an infinity pool which has happy hour from 5-8pm. It was the perfect spot to watch the sunset whilst sipping from a coconut cocktail – bliss!
What’s great about this resort is that two of my favourite restaurants – Trio and Flavours are actually on the water so you can experience the water villa even if you’re not staying in one and you can watch out for sharks and other fish while you eat!
What to do
There is so much to do on the island – especially if you’re a water baby like me! There are a host of excursions (see here), waterspouts (here), recreational activities (here) and a dive centre (see here). There is also a free children’s area which is perfect for families. The resort also has a beautiful spa which is well worth a visit.
While I had planned on diving while there we only ended up snorkelling as the Maldives is brilliant for snorkelling and it meant we wouldn’t need to spend a lot of time doing a diving course. We went on the snorkelling safari and I got to swim with a sea turtle which was my absolute goal of the entire trip! We also went jet skiing which I would highly recommend.
One thing I didn’t realise was how huge the Maldives actually is – there are over 1,200 islands! All international flights fly into Malé meaning you could have quite a trek to your resort after you land. Sun Siyam Iru Fushi is a 45 min sea plane journey from Malé which is a relatively short journey in comparison to many other resorts. The sea plane is also an amazing experience in itself!
I’ll have another article about my stay in the Park Hyatt Hadahaa as well as a post detailing all you need to know for travelling to the Maldives within the next few days so be sure to stay tuned for those. If you have any questions about this resort please do not hesitate to drop me a message on my Facebook or Instagram.
Until next time,