The ultimate luxury island mansion on an oceanic scale; the largest private residence at the 5* Soneva Resort in the Maldives complete with nine spacious bedrooms, an expansive swimming pool with sunken dining area and its own private waterslide.
Located on the sunrise side of the island, close to Dolphin Beach, the property offers views over the Indian Ocean and direct access onto the pristine white sand beach. With a built area of approximately 2,600 sqm (28,000 sq ft) and a plot size of around 5,540 sqm (circa 1.37 acres), it’s the perfect holiday home for large families or for those wanting to share the experience with friends. Spa, exercise, sauna and steam without having to leave the confines of this forested mansion. The sunken dining area is ideal for hosting dinners and during the day the generous terraces around the curved lagoon-style pool provides plenty of options for lazing around and relaxing.
A large and detached master bedroom with en suite open-air garden bathroom close to the beach provides exceptional privacy and a sense of escape. It even has its own separate swimming pool. The 5* Private Reserve also includes five guest bedrooms, specialty accommodation for children plus a nanny’s room and a Mr & Mrs Friday’s (butler’s) bedroom. There is also plenty of entertainment for adults and children including a large TV lounge, living room and study, guest lounge, a gym and of course a private pool with a waterslide (providing as much fun for adults as for children) and access to a secluded section of the beach.
All accommodation on Soneva Fushi comes with its own bicycles and his and her butlers for guests to use as needed. Outside the Private Reserve there is still plenty to do, with the resort also including a star observatory, a Glass Studio (glass blowing), an outdoor cinema at night and numerous dining venues. During the day, the resort offers guided scuba diving with a marine biologist, snorkelling with manta rays and a dinner and many more activities from sunset dolphin cruises to picnics on a private island. For those looking for something more laidback and on land there is also a day spa which offers yoga detox programs and personalised beauty treatments.
One of the best features at Soneva Fushi is The Den – a kid’s paradise. Designed for children 4 years and above but suitable for all ages, The Den offers a wealth of activities from its Lego Room to the family friendly pool area with its own waterslide. The Den is complimentary for all in-house guests. Soneva offers a weekly programme of activities for all younger guests, and most of these activities are also complimentary.
Soneva Fushi Resort is the original desert island hideaway in the Maldives. Vast, multi-bedroom luxury villas and private residences are hidden among dense foliage within touching distance of a pristine, Biosphere UNESCO protected coral reef.
Located in the Baa Atoll, just 30 minutes by seaplane from Malé International airport, Soneva Fushi offers a limited number of private residences - the first resort homes available to foreigners in the Maldives.
Soneva Private Residences reflect the signature experience and style for which Soneva has become world renowned; understated design and luxuriously spacious accommodation, uncompromising quality and service, and environmental sensitivity.
The Private Reserve - Full details/features:
The Maldives is blessed with year round sunshine and average temperatures of 28°C, rising to 32°C during March and April.
Golden beaches and mangroves form a dividing line between sparkling blue waters and a verdant island interior - the diversity of plant and animal life has earned these atolls UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve status.
The pace is relaxed, but there is plenty to do on both land and water. Clear waters and rich marine life make for exhilarating diving and deep sea fishing, whilst water sports ranging from kayaking and catamaran sailing to wakeboarding and kite surfing are available in abundance.
The Soneva Group pioneered the "No News, No Shoes' philosophy. Soneva Resorts' cuisine is dominated by fresh seafood and Asian flavours using fresh product from its own organic gardens.
The islands are reached via a 25-30-minute seaplane transfer from Malé International Airport. Once on the island, little more than a bicycle or a boat is required to get around.
A limited number of unique, luxury beachfront Private Residences will be built at both the sunrise and sunset sides of this magical island, Soneva Fushi Resort. There is also an opportunity to purchase a select few resort villas which are already fully operational and can be refurbished and extended.
As a villa owner you will not only own the ultimate private island lifestyle but can also benefit from attractive rental yields. The Maldives offer very tax efficient ownership and does not have capital gains or acquisition taxes.
Benefits of villa ownership include:
VILLA RENTAL PROGRAMME
Your villa is yours to enjoy. Therefore, our Villa Rental Programme is tailored to your lifestyle needs. As an owner, you may use your villa for as little or as much time as you like, whether that be one week or eleven months. When you are not in residence, you may elect to place your villa in the Villa Rental Programme. Upon enrolment we will ask you to provide us with a schedule of when you would like your villa to be included in our inventory over the next calendar year. If you change your mind, you may terminate with six months prior written notice and your agreement to honour any previously made bookings.
The Villa Rental Programme is compulsory for any existing (refurbished) villas. Joining the Villa Rental Programme allows you to enjoy your private residence and offset the ownership expenses with the income generated by the villa rental when you and the family are not in resort. Every quarter, Soneva Fushi will calculate the Gross Revenues generated by your Villa. e Gross Revenues will exclude any applicable sales commission and gross taxes. From Gross Revenues, Soneva Fushi will take 10% to pay for those expenses associated with the rental of your villa like housekeeping, laundry and the daily room amenities provided to villa guests, and marketing expenses. The remaining 90% of Room Revenue will be allocated between you and Soneva Fushi on a 50/50 basis. From your 50% share, annual ownership expenses equivalent to 1.5% of the purchase price are deducted. A further 0.5% of the purchase price will be deducted annually and set aside. The resulting net revenues can then be remitted to you (subject to applicable Maldivian withholding and income taxes, currently at 15%). You can also keep the net revenues in-resort to be applied against future spending so that you will not ever have to pull out your credit card to pay for any additional holiday expenses incurred in-resort such as your food and wine and spa activities.
LAND LEASE AND VILLA PURCHASE AGREEMENTS
The villa ownership will be on a sublease basis for the duration of the lease of the Island by Soneva Fushi and the Maldivian government. Any future lease extensions will be passed onto the buyer at a formula equal to [(1/total number of villas) x lease extension price for the island]. The lease to date (2016) stands at 29 years with option to extend as and when the island head lease is extended.
Ownership will be structured via a series of onshore and offshore legal agreements to maximise tax effectiveness. These agreements comprise but are not limited to a Reservation Agreement, a Lease Agreement evidencing the buyers’ lease rights on the land, a Villa Management Agreement, showing Soneva’s exclusive right to manage the property on behalf of the buyer, and a Villa Rental Agreement, which shows the terms of rental of the villa (optional for villas yet to be built).
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