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
Soneva Jani in The Maldives is one of the most beautiful and luxurious resort we've ever been to. Nothing could've prepared us for this magical and wonderful place. It's natural white sand, turquoise water, sunny blue sky and amazingly beautiful over water villa, it's like living inside a magazine or seeing a photoshopped world. This review can't do justice, you need to see it in real life. You can check the video that I created for this resort in youtube at WinLeynDisguise.
Soneva Jani is one of the best places we’ve been to. 5 days of pure bliss. The Villa was impressive with a breathtaking view of the sunset. The slide was a lot of fun. Plenty of complimentary drinks and snacks available. The food was absolutely delicious with a wide variety of selections. What I love the most is the Service. All the staffs were very friendly, polite and professional. Special shoutout to our Mr Friday Aslam, Arif, Joy and Amir for making our stay most enjoyable and memorable. Definitely worth the 30 hr trip!
We decided to add this resort to our holiday after reading all the great reviews. We have stayed in a couple resorts in the Maldives and thought being a special trip, we would try Soneva for 3 nights.
This place definitely has the wow factor and I don't think we have ever stayed in accommodation for 2 people like this before.
So Fresh - We went there on our first night expecting to be wowed. Sadly this was not the case. I asked what curry they did and the waiter replied with whatever I wanted. I asked for a spicy chicken curry and my wife ordered Lamb Shank. What I got was a mediocre medium Thai curry with hardly any meat and my wife got lamb chops.After complaining to the staff (who I admit were very apologetic) I was told that my food would be top notch going forward. To apologise, they organised private sunset cocktails at the crab shack for myself and my wife which was a very nice gesture indeed.
Director's cut - Amazing!!!! Can't speak highly enough about our night there. Food and staff were excellent.
So Fresh - Thought we would try this again. Sadly my chicken dish was way overcooked and I had to send it back. This time the staff didn't seem that bothered and that did surprise me after the problems from the first night.
It's a shame as this place is amazing and I would still probably come back but try not to eat at So Fresh.
We always dreamed of coming to Soneva Jani one day and this easter we finally got the chance to make it happen. Pictures are hardly doing this place justice. It’s just - in several regards - out of this world. Already the arrival was special. We got picked up at Malé airport by a friendly Soneva team member and where whisked away in a brand new Tesla Model X to the spacious Soneva waiting lounge. Sustainable luxury is definitively at the heart of the Soneva brand in every way.
We then embarked on our seaplane for the 40 Min. trip to the resort. Arriving at the „Soneva International Airport“ we were then brought to the island by speedboat and greeted by the management and our Mr. Friday Evan. As one of our family had an injured foot we were really glad to have gotten villa 14 which is right next to the Restaurant „The Gathering“ so he could get to meals (and the infamous ice cream and chocolate room) on his own.
The villa itself had stunning proportions. More than 400 qm with its own infinity pool and a huge waterslide for the kids. Nearly impossible to get decent pictures of it less you use a drone. A lot of people brought theirs, so they have a drone flying time (3 times per week during the afternoon) in effect as not to disturb other travelers on their holiday. Smart move in my opinion.
During our stay Michelin star chef Filip Langhoff from Finland visited the resort as well and offered to share his culinary craftsmanship during a special set course menu. His wife Linda, a renowned wine director at their Helsinki restaurant ASK, chose the matching wines and made our evening even more special with all the stories she had to tell about the world of haute cuisine and their culinary philosophy.
As avid scuba divers we also checked out the nearby reefs under the helpful guidance of Vincent and Eko of Soleni dive center. Beautiful dives with 25m + visibility, seen nurse sharks, turtles, lobsters, murray eels, stingrays and on the way to the dive sites even some dolphins. All the „Aaaahs“ and „Oooohs“ underwater cost me a lot of air, but our dive guides shared theirs with me so we all had 50+ min under water. How’s that for customer service? Thank you Vincent and Eko (especially for the great GoPro vids)!
No trip to Soneva Jani would be complete without an astronomers dinner at their observatory. As the Resort is located at the outer rim of the Noonu Atoll there is very little light pollution and you can see not only stars but even distant galaxies. Enjoying a delicious dinner and learning about constellations, black holes and more by resident astronomer Ali Aadhil and his colleague Marvin Faure was a truly stellar experience.
One of my favorite things to do? Experiencing a movie at Soneva Janis huge overwater cinema, the „Cinema Paradiso“. Watching „Avengers Infinity War“ on the big screen (totally silent not to disturb nature but with bluetooth headsets) while the chefs at the restaurant „Directors Cut“ prepared our favorite sushi dishes. Sometimes you had to pinch yourself if all of these things really happened during one holiday.
As magnificent as the whole Soneva Jani experience is the true star is its people. We absolutely enjoyed every time we went out to dive or go on snorkeling trips with boat captain Yoosuf Kamel and his team mate Ali Shiham. A big thank you to Marine Biologist Eleanor Butler for all the in depth information about the colorful life at the reefs.
Every morning was not only a true bliss because of the fantastic food but especially because of the service team that provided it. Thank you Thaif, Manthey, Chippu, Saniya, Katchey, Edlen, Ansäen, Amadey, Aary, Joey, Rewethi, Kasun, Siriny, Assab, Maou for making this vacation unforgettable.
Last but not least we would like to extend an extra huge thank you to our Mr. Friday Evan, who looked after our whole family as if it were his own, arranged trips and meals at a moments notice and handled our family member with special needs in such a professional way that he too could enjoy everything Soneva Jani had to offer.
So how can all of this possibly be topped? Only by a general manager like Marco Den Ouden. He not only checked in with us from day to day to see if we had any extra needs but on our last day even upgraded us to a two bedroom villa where we could spend the day till our flight home was due in the evening.
Never would we have expected that in a million years but it once again shows that Soneva Jani is truly „a magical place“.
We visited the place with our entire family. We had 3 villas with water slide. The quality of the villas was not high and much was already worn down. The door from the living room to the terrace could hardly be opened, we had to wait until the staff came and did it. The terrace was uneven, the wooden plugs that had to hide the screws stacked up, as did some screws. We had full sun on the terrace in the morning, and it was too hot, and not much opportunity for shade. When the kids used the slide, the floor in the living room was wet and very slippery, which was inevitable, but it is poor design. We also miss a normal chair to sit in, as all seats you have to crawl in. If you choose to have an MR. FRIDAY, then he must be visible and meet us every day. We had booked a half board stay but last day we were presented with a bill on all dinners. We had a voucher from our travel agency with half board. Although we presented it, they asked us to pay for the dinners, as they were unable to get in touch with our travel agent on a Sunday. It's top unprofessional management, and took the pleasure of our last day. The place is expensive and you expect something more exclusive.