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What We Love

  • Around-the-clock butler service
  • Retractable roofs on all the villas
  • An overwater silent cinema, the first of its kind in the Maldives
  • Complimentary scoops (more than 50 flavors to choose from) at the onsite ice-cream parlor

What To Know

  • Visit between December and April to skip the Maldives’s rainy season
  • Each residence here contains a private pool
  • Almost all the produce used in the resort’s five restaurants comes from an onsite vegetable and herb garden
  • A resident marine biologist is available to accompany guests on guided snorkeling tours
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Overview

Robinson Crusoe-inspired, all-villa paradise with opulent flourishes on a far-flung atoll in the Maldives

The Lowdown

From the moment you step off your private seaplane onto this jetty, floating atop a three-mile lagoon just forty minutes north of the Maldivian capital of Male, you’ll be gob-smacked by the sheer solitude of your surroundings. For starters, your shoes will be whisked away for the remainder of your stay, giving a literal spin to the phrase “barefoot luxury.” The villas, a winding sequence of pitched roofs and turrets, took cues from Indian Ocean sunsets with their magical palette of periwinkles and silvers. Whether you’re absorbing the many extravagances in your impeccably designed overwater villa, dressed with bamboo floors and rattan furniture (and include water slides and catamaran nets on your private deck), or paying a visit to the resort’s lavish cheese, chocolate, and charcuterie lounge, the sense of castaway cool that infuses every nook of this secluded island paradise will floor you.

In the Area

Made up of five palm-fringed islets, the Noonu Atoll, an especially remote slice of the Maldives, is best explored by speedboat, which the resort provides (the main island, however, is accessible by bicycles or golf buggies). The visual highlight is undoubtedly the azure lagoon that surrounds Soneva, and the extracurricular indulgences here are an inspiring mix of over and underwater activities: hop aboard a dhoni, a traditional Maldivian fishing boat, and spy on frolicking dolphins; snorkel around the reefs of the lively Medhufaru Lagoon, or arrange for a chef-made picnic lunch (he only uses what he can catch or forage) on nearby Zuhair’s Island.

How to Get There

Soneva Jani
Medhufaru Island
Noonu Atoll, 20001 Maldives

Reviews

This is heaven.
hobong_ho6

천국이 따로없네요. 편하게 쉬고 싶다면 꼭 와보세요. 돌고래 크루즈랑 스노클링 했는데 돌고래랑 거북이도 보고 최고였습니다.
지내는 동안 잘 보살펴준 리나 고마워요.
This is heaven. If you want to take a rest and peaceful, you have to come here. Everywhere are so beautiful and peaceful. I fully recommand a dolphin cruise and snorkling. If you are lucky, you can see a dolphins and tuttles. Linna is greate bottler. I stay very well because of her. Many thanks Linna and see you.

Amazing Stay!
AvaAvaMeh

I came here with my parents and brother and we stayed in an overwater villa. We had a slide in our villa and we had a stargazing roof. Soneva Jani is amazing for relaxation and reflection. Plus it had an ice cream parlour open 24/7!!! LOved it

Soneva Jani: The island where all your dreams come true!
BelinaKostadinova

In October 2019 my kids and I visited the breathtaking Soneva Jani. We stayed in one of the overwater villas and the experience, which that villa provided us with was truly unique. The color of the water in the immense lagoon surrounding the overwater villas contained an overwhelming amount of shades of blue, most of which I had never even seen before. We could not believe our eyes when we arrived at the jetty and looked out at the magnificent view, that Soneva Jani is.

The staff at this resort were extremely attentive and very helpful. Our Mr. Friday, Ahoo, was always very nice and even though he had a lot of work while we were there, he was always around to help at any time that we needed him.

The food at the resort, was exquisite. The Japanese, Indian, Southeast Asian and Maldivian cuisine really hit the mark. Our favorite restaurant was the Cinema Paradiso, which was a cinema that was setup on the water and you could enjoy tasteful Japanese food, while watching a movie.

While dining at the gathering, the largest overwater structure in the Maldives, we were pleasantly surprised by the great service we received. The food was always great and the service was fast and efficient. I would like to specifically praise Joy, a very kind waitress, that was very helpful and sweet to us. In Cinema Paradiso, having Hussein be our waiter, was an immense pleasure. He was a very funny and smart guy, that was also very helpful.

The diving Centre on site was also great. Vincent and Echo were great fun as divemasters and they were also exceedingly professional. The diving around Soneva Jani was exceptional. We were even lucky enough to see a manta ray!

All in all Soneva Jani is by far the most beautiful resort my children and I have ever been to. Ranging from the dining to the beautiful villa, everything was impeccable. We hope to soon return to this beautiful place.