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
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
This place really is one of the most stunning places in the world. Not many are priviledged to stay here but if you can one should certainly give it a try. Staff in one word; outstanding, food and drinks, just unbelieveable how they manage to get it and prepare so well. Never No for an answer. We occupied the whole place for a private wedding and even had dinner and fiesta on a nearby island. Nothing is too much of an ask. One note of recommendation; brief your guests a bit better on how the return trip works.
Friendly staff. Amazing service. Delicious food! We stayed in a beautiful luxurious villa that had everything we needed— also enjoyed a nice lunch on the beach and was super fun having dinner and a movie at their Peruvian restaurant. Excellent seafood.
Will definitely be back! :)
This was like a paradise it was beautiful peaceful the staff was so kind there was a kids club it was the best vacation it was like every day was extraordinary i didn’t want to leave if my friends asked me which resort to go to there I would answer soneva jani I would definitely go again
If your heart longs for a true retreat ... filled with peace and beauty ... this is the place ...
if you like the feeling of being all alone with the ocean, the sky and nature as a whole ... this is a wonderful choice ... if you care about inspiration ... this is a place to find it ... again and again ...
It’s impossible not to be floored when you first catch a glimpse of Soneva Jani’s glowing 5.6 km turquoise lagoon and those “insta-famous” water villas where most come complete with waterslide. On arrival to the resort’s seaplane dock you are met with a smiling Mr/Miss Friday – your personal butler. Your Friday will hand you a cotton bag printed with “No News, No Shoes” to place your shoes in and you do not wear any shoes for the duration of your trip after that! Instant relaxation!
Four Bedroom Island Reserve:
On our first night we stayed in the 1,424 sqm four-bedroom island reserve/beach villa, which also has a huge waterslide into our private free-form swimming pool. Internally there is a full kitchen, wine cellar, a dining room and an air-conditioned lounge room opening out to the pool area. Downstairs there are two master bedrooms with ensuites leading to open air sunken bathtubs surrounded by water. Positioned between the two bedrooms are a steam room AND a sauna and open-air foyer.
Upstairs there are two further bedrooms separated by an outdoor sun soaked deck and lounge area overlooking the pristine lagoon. Again each bedroom has it’s own ensuite. There’s also an air-conditioned gym and a games/media room, both enjoying that fabulous water view! This enormous villa sleeps 8 adults and 2 children and there is plenty of space inside and out for everyone to have their own “zone” including a poolside cabana with sunken lounge and numerous sunbeds dotted around the villa.
Two bedroom Water Retreat with Slide:
The next night we stay in this water villa. After we picked our jaws up off the floor upon entering our water retreat with slide we went and explored our villa.
The piece de resistance of the water retreat is located in the master bedroom. At the press of a button the roof over the bed retracts enabling guests to sleep under the starlit sky. The roof automatically closes if it senses rain.
They had me at : complimentary gelato and chocolate rooms. All day. Every day! Guests can wander into these rooms and help yourself to an assortment of handcrafted artesian chocolate treats and a room full of ice-cream, sorbet and gelato including vegan and non-dairy options to suit all tastes.
Every Friday management host a cocktail party for guests and after that we chose to indulge in a buffet dinner complete with live music at Zuhair’s beach.
When you are at a resort located on the best lagoon in all of the Maldives what better activity is there to do other than watersports! The older children loved the assortment of inflatable tubes and the banana ride and I’m sure they helped tipped the tube over just to immerse themselves in that warm crystal clear lagoon one more time! My son had an incredible time wakeboarding with the calm waters perfect for gliding across at high speed.
A really unique experience in the Maldives is the silent cinema, Cinema Paradisio. The set up of the outdoor cinema is really gorgeous. Out on the water is a huge screen and guests can enjoy the movie from overwater netted hammocks or, like we did, from the comfort of the adjacent restaurant over dinner. Everyone is handed Bluetooth headphones on arrival so you can hear the movie at the level of sound you prefer but the overall cinema experience is silent which is perfect for the surrounding native wildlife going about their evening business without disturbance.
We have now taken our four children to all of the Soneva resorts (Soneva Fushi in the Baa Atoll Maldives and Soneva Kiri in Thailand) and we just love the unique concept. I recommend you visit all of them and tick them off on your bucket list.