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
The staff are absolutely amazing. Not only did they help me plan my stay but they went out of their own way to make sure I had the room the wanted and the location I wanted. They even emailed me until late at night Australian time as they wanted me to have the best of the best. I felt like royalty by the entire hotel and cannot wait to visit Maldives again. This hotel will be my main hotel. Amazing views. Perfect location. 6 star service and 6 star villas. Clean and perfect at best.
Thank you to the team!!
Soneva Jani is hands down the most incredible place we've ever stayed! Every single detail has be engineered to ensure your stay is as perfect as it could be.
The resort as a whole is extremely unique, in particular the salvaged draft wood furniture and the sheer size of the establishment. It's the largest overwater structure in the whole of the Maldives!
Service was impeccable and always with a smile. In particular our Mr Friday who was extremely knowledgable. The dining options were extensive and delicious!
A must-do for all visitors is a swim out to the hammock over water. If only we could have figured out how to take a bottle of champagne out there, we would have stayed laying in it all day.
Thank you Soneva Jani for a memorable stay! We'll certainly be back.
We visited Soneva Jani over Christmas. We are big fans of the Soneva ‘slowlife’ philosophy and stayed at Soneva Fushi and Soneva Kiri (twice) previously. Soneva Jani is the perfect addition in our view as the setting amidst the big blue lagoon is very different, while at the same time the Soneva philosophy and other wellknown features are also present here. GM Marco and his team do an amazing job in making you feel at home and truly welcome from the moment you arrive until the very minute you need to sadly leave this paradise. The Christmas dinner on the beach was out of this world fantastic and we also loved all other Christmas ‘attentions’ and presents. Eve, Jacklyn and Nasra of the kidsclub really made our five year old son’s stay one not to forget. Decorating the Christmas tree, the Santa treasure hunt on the buggy, and not to forget Santa’s arrival by boat! We were really impressed by how easy they entertained our shy boy and even whisked him away for a short boat trip while we were having drinks. Thanks also to Aslam our great Mr Friday, who arranged for all we needed and more in a swift and discrete way. And always with a big smile. The same goes for our waiter at breakfast (I think your name was Azim but I do not recall exactly, so sorry!) and Subi, just lovely people. And then Konrad and his colleague sommelier of whom I forgot the name (sorry!), what a perfect, but dangerous, team. They found out right away what kind of wines we like and they showed up everywhere we were, whether it was on a boat trip or during the amazing stargazing dinner at So Starstruck. The service you get here comes from the heart and is very personal and that is what sets Soneva apart from other 5* places and makes it 6* plus. I can go on and on about the experience, but the one thing that says it all is that we are already looking into a return trip for this year. Thank you Marco and ALL very much for the best Christmas ever!
We had the most wonderful family vacation in Soneva Jani! This was our first time in Maldives and we just loved it! The food is good, the quality of the villas (all over water) is great and the staff is just wonderful. Our mr Friday (Yassir) was extremely helpful and anticipated our needs for everything we needed. Our two children (aged 8 and 10) loved Nazra and the team at the kids club, and we staff at the restaurantes were very friendly. The wine selection is great, and the sommeliers (Shrinni and Konrad ) did a fantastic job finding the right wines for us.
We celebrated new years eve there, and the celebration was fantastic! We went through a journey with several food and drink stops before we ended up with an incredible celebration on the island in front of the resort.
The food overall was good, but the best experience was the newly opened crab shack located at the very idyllic South Beach. Best crabs we have ever tried!
We loved the very relaxing atmosphere and the eco-friendly policies of the hotel, we would love to come back!
If you are looking for the ultimate in beauty and luxury when visiting the Maldives, Soneva Jani is an ideal choice. It’s impossible not to be struck by the unique and awe inspiring water villas as your boat arrives at the stunning resort. Cruising through the crystal clear waters you’ll spot plenty of sea life before receiving a warm and friendly welcome from their extremely efficient staff. Our Two Bedroom Water Retreat was vast featuring a large pool, white washed wooden terraces, grand bedrooms, a retracting roof for star gazing and a romantic outdoor bathroom with plenty of privacy. Each space is modern with bohemian touches giving a true sense of a stylish home. The upstairs level features sweeping views of the blue ocean and there was not another inhabited island or resort in site. This is the true castaway experience done as luxuriously as possible. We found it hard to leave our picturesque villa, but when we did, we loved biking along the jetty towards the resort’s other decadent facilities. Don’t miss mouth-watering meals at So Fresh, the friendly and fun kids club, the outdoor cinema for a fun family evening under the stars, and the soft white sandy beaches with shallow waters perfect for kids. We couldn’t fault any aspect of this resort from the excellent hospitality, unbeatable scenery and one of a kind villas, to the delicious food and excellent wine selection.