Inside The Hotel That Might Save Maldives-And maybe The World


Shivdasani is the CEO of Soneva Fushi, the hotel he founded with his wife, Eva, in 1995. Together, they are on a mission to save not only their beloved adopted home of Kunfunadhoo Island, but maybe the whole planet, too.

To call Soneva Fushi an “eco-friendly” resort is an understatement. This is not just another crunchy-granola outpost. Rather, it’s a state-of-the-art luxury resort that is the chosen destination of the rich and the famous and the honeymooning. “We’re able to offer our guest luxuries while minimizing our impact on the planet,” says Shivdasani. To do that requires a lot of work, though, and that work has been made more challenging, thanks to the Maldives’ new leadership, which has tossed aside solar power and carbon neutrality in favor of mass tourism and mega-developments.