Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi offers coaching lessons with tennis pros
This winter, Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi is offering guests not only a sun-soaked paradise in which to relax and retreat, but a fitness haven to tone, train and hone their perfect serve under the guidance of professional tennis players.
Catering to travellers seeking active luxury, the newly opened Fairmont Maldives has recruited a set of ace instructors, including 2013 Wimbledon Champion Marion Bartoli as well as Fabio Fognini and Janko Tipsarevic, to offer complimentary one-on-one coaching for sport-enthused guests. Held on the resort’s brand-new regulation tennis courts this November and December, the exclusive sessions aim to serve up top training tips and help guests to perfect their serve.
The fitness doesn’t stop there. Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi is home to the original Maldivian Warrior Workout. Taking it back to basics and using only the natural tools of the earth, this warrior-style workout takes place on the idyllic sugar-white beach, and uses coconut shells, wooden blocks, logs and rocks, opposed to conventional weights, for the most fun and immersive workout yet.
Gym goers looking for a more traditional fitness session, group and personalised individual workout classes are held in the resort’s state-of-the-art fitness studio — from aerial yoga and pilates, to more intense aerobic exercises. Guests can follow their session with a swim in the crystal-clear lagoon, run along the beach, or meditate under swaying palms for an unforgettable wellness experience, only found on this ‘secret water island’.
Located in the northern Shaviyani atoll, the stunning new Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi offers 112 luxury villas, each with a private pool. Sirru Fen Fushi, which means ‘secret water island’ in the local Dhivehi language, is set on an exceptionally lush island bursting with flora and fauna. The picturesque locale is also surrounded by powder white sand beaches, peppered with thatched-roofed villas overlooking an endless turquoise sea.
The 112 villas are categorised based on the island’s stunning topography, and include Beach Villas, Water Villas, and Tented Jungle Villas. Copper bathroom fittings and carved wood detailing on furniture lend the villas a bohemian rustic chic vibe. Specially adapted to the Maldives, the unique tented jungle villas offer privacy and a romantic castaway vibe; other guests can also experience the verdant island interiors with glamping BBQs or jungle cinema.
A strong connection to nature guides guests throughout their stay, even at the resort’s contemporary dining outlets. These include an international all-day dining spot called Raha Market; an overwater Japanese restaurant, sushi bar and sea lounge named Kata, where Chef Dharmen brings creative flair to add modern and Maldivian twists to Japanese dishes; and the overwater fine dining destination, Azure, where fresh seafood and fish-market displays of daily local catches are complemented by fantastic wines and Champagnes.
Adjacent to the main all-day dining restaurant, the intimate Raha Market Bar is a relaxed space for aperitifs or digestifs to round off a meal at the water’s edge. At the all-bamboo Onu Onu, loungers and fire pits add to the laid-back poolside atmosphere, while sunsets are best enjoyed with a sundowner at the Kata Roof Top Bar and lounge which overlooks the entire western side of the island. Destination dining experiences draw guests further into nature with private meals enjoyed under the stars and powder-soft sand beneath the toes.
It’s the same tranquil natural surroundings from which the Willow Stream Spa at the Fairmont Maldives draws its energy and vitality. The 2,000 sqm wellness area has been adapted to Maldivian island chic in its concepts with the use of endemic herbs and Indian Ocean-inspired treatments. The architectural design features hand-carved wooden doors, with sea breeze passages designed to draw fresh sea air into the treatment rooms. A dedicated Olympic size Jacuzzi pool is provided for spa guests for pre or post treatment immersion.
Featured photo: (R-L) Janko Tipsarevic, Fabio Fognini and Marion Bartoli.