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Travel to paradise
The Maldives is one of my favourite destination on earth and I recommend to travel at least once in your lifetime to this phenomenal Indian Ocean archipelago. Tiny islands and atolls house some of the world’s most exclusive hotels and are composed of exquisite ribbons of powdery-soft white sand lapped by turquoise waters against a background of lush tropical vegetation.
One of my favourite would be Soneva which is the perfect example of both a luxurious and sustainable resort. They are a thriving and passionate community working hand in hand with the environment to craft beautiful, beyond bespoke experiences for you!
Cinema Paradiso is the first overwater silent cinema in the Maldives. Guests are provided with Bluetooth headphones, leaving the surrounding nesting wildlife at peace. The resort has a twice weekly movie selection for both children and adults, with a focus on classic and inspirational movies. You can relax on the comfortable loungers under the stars, and snack on complimentary popcorn and ice creams.
In constructing the fabulous resort, Soneva kept its environmental impact on the Maldives as low as possible. The pools use seawater with UV filtration and the villas have been built over the lagoon’s sandy floors, with no damage to any part of the reef. Furthermore, solar PV is a significant source of power generation at the resort, all waste-water is collected and treated on-site, and water is also produced on-site, including drinking water. Soneva’s “eco waste-to-wealth center” ensures that waste is recycled, while the resort’s extensive vegetable garden (pictured below) gives local produce for the restaurants.
The menus at the 2 Soneva Resorts are as extravagant as the resort itself. There are at each island 9 dining outlets, offering various destinations cuisines and private dining experiences, where the resort’s chefs trick your taste buds and mind with elaborate disguises. Highlights are the Crab Shack (voted the ‘world’s most romantic restaurant’ on CNN), Overseas by chef Mathias Dahlgren (serving plant-based and pescatarian dishes), and So Wild by Diana Von Cranach (a fully plant-based restaurant in the midst of Soneva Jani’s organic garden). Soneva has also gained a worldwide reputation for its wine collection and sommeliers, and at Soneva Jani, the wine is housed in a glass tower and the list contains around 50% organic and biodynamic wine. And for the cherry on top, Soneva Fushi and Jani also have an ice cream and chocolate room, where you can choose from over 50 flavours of ice creams and handmade chocolates throughout the day and evening.
Soneva Jani’s wellness center – Soneva Soul, located not far from its picturesque South Beach – sets a new standard in holistic wellness, combining ancient Ayurvedic techniques with cutting-edge therapies. It has been designed to harmonize with its breath-taking beachside setting and features two indoor therapy rooms and three open-air treatment pavilions with unmatched views of the spectacular natural surrounds. The wellness center includes a dedicated Ayurvedic Clinic as well as an indoor consultation room for visiting specialists. Alongside a cross-functional fitness area, an open-air yoga pavilion includes facilities for aerial yoga. The new complex also features a retail area, featuring sustainable apparel, wellness products and accessories.
When you book a stay in any of Soneva Jani’s Chapter Two overwater or island villas, you get to experience Soneva Unlimited, an indulgent new offering that invites guests to enjoy every facet of Soneva Jani to their heart’s desire, all included in the price of the villa. Soneva Unlimited includes: dining at all bars, restaurants and in-villa dining; alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks at all bars and restaurants; visiting Michelin-starred chef dinners and experiences; wines from the Soneva Unlimited list; experiences, diving, and children’s experiences; and spa treatments. Also included under Soneva Unlimited is a dedicated Barefoot Butler, return shared seaplane transfers from Malé, daily laundry service, and daily replenishment of the in-villa minibar. The full Soneva Unlimited menu can be viewed here.
Breathtaking lagoon at Jani
Inspired by a word that means wisdom in Sanskrit, Soneva Jani is located on the island of Medhufaru, which is part of an uninhabited five-island cluster in the Maldives’ Noonu Atoll. The highlight of the resort is its location within a 5.6 km (3,5 mi) lagoon of crystal clear waters with uninterrupted 360° views of the Indian Ocean. The lagoon is so huge that more than 7,000 Olympic swimming pools can fit inside it. It’s impossible to find words to describe the intensely mesmerizing blue of the lagoon’s waters. This fifty shades of blue strike the entire Maldivian archipelago and are present in the shallows of every atoll’s islands, but nowhere are they as blue and clear as at Soneva Jani. Four of the five islands in the lagoon remain entirely undeveloped, so there is always somewhere a place to play castaway.
The scale of the Soneva villas is extraordinary, with both one bedroom (catering to couples and families with young children) and multi-bedroom villas (catering to larger travel parties) available. At Soneva Jani, the 51 overwater villas are located along two jetties, which are connected to Medhufaru island, curving over the blue water like a snake. Each villa has a private pool and opens to its own stretch of lagoon, with some villas featuring slides going directly from the top deck into the lagoon below. Inside, there’s a spacious master bedroom with a kids’ sleeping area, open-air bathroom, glass-encased kitchenette, study room, walk-in wardrobe, living area with sunken seats, and an upstairs seating lounge and a dining sala. The highlight of the villas is the retractable roof in the master bedroom, which slides back at the touch of a button so that guests can lie in bed and stargaze.
Soneva Fushi’s 64 private island villas are situated in a verdant expanse of rich jungle. All feature vast living spaces and views towards the sunrise or sunset, and most enjoy their own pools, as well as being are just steps from the beach. The eight Water Reserves are among the largest of their kind in the world, featuring a terrace with a private pool and a water slide into the ocean.
All Soneva villas come with our personalised Butler service 24/7.