4.5
Very Good 98 Reviews
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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

4.5 Very Good 98 Reviews
THE Best Private Island Experience Ever!
Reviewed 5 days ago

This resort is bound to become a classic! You will see a ton of great press, awards and acknowledgements over the next few years. I have not seen a better, more unique and spectacular private island resort ever and I travel to these sorts of properties for work all the time!

All the rooms are essentially villa suites and located over the water and include private slides going straight into the Indian Ocean's crystal clear waters. This is the quintessential over the water experience.

Service was impeccable at all levels. The overall experiences on island were some of the most unique I have ever seen.

Food and beverage was well thought out, creative and unique. The quality was some of the best I have had.

There are so many photo worthy picture opportunities that I can't begin to lay them all out. Just go and be ready for the trip of a lifetime.

Reviewed 1 month ago

初めてレビューを書きます。ソネバで過ごした時間がとても素晴らしかったので、ソネバの為に書きたいと思いました。私がこのリゾートを選んだのはソヌさんの想いが素敵だと思ったからです。このリゾートは愛で溢れています。ぜひ、大好きな 大切な人と訪れてみてください。

Dear Team Soneva Jani & Team Soneva Fushi

Thank you for giving me great memories! I will treasure them!
See you next year!

Tatsu&takako

i think soneva jani will be best of the best within 3 years
Reviewed 2 months ago

we just came back from the maldives thanks god the weather was perfect in soniva we stayed their for 2 nights in sunset water villa , the concept of the hotel is very different and unique specially the furniture and all the woody staff

Wowwwwwwwwwww!!!!
Reviewed 2 months ago

The best place and resort I have ever been!!!! Maldivas and Soneva Jani its incredible!!! I really love the beautiful lagoon and the villa, cinema, Private pool, beautiful wiew. But the best part is the attention of all the staff. Adrian was are host and he is a very attentive person, always smiling and help us with anything we need. :)
Stay in this resort. They take care of the environment . There’s no plastic!!! That’s a really nice and hard to find. : D

One of the best vacations ever!
Reviewed 2 months ago

Just a phenomenal trip from start to finish. Out of any hotel I have ever stayed, the staff at Soneva Jani was the most attentive. I usually don’t like 24 hour attention, but they find a way to do it without feeling overbearing. Obviously the villas are beautiful. They are perfectly modern, but give off a rustic feel. (Could use AC in more than just the master) I was slightly concerned that the Maldives weren’t exactly a family destination, but that was unfounded. There were countless family activities each day. The SCUBA staff was excellent. Our snorkel guide, Ellie, is actually a marine biologist. Our man “Friday,” Yasir was awesome. (The whole “Friday” term just feels awkward, but that’s what they call themselves) He was always there when we needed him. He always had great suggestions. He took care of us the whole trip.
I really thought this would be a once-in-a-lifetime trip, but I now think there is a great chance we will be back.