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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 135 Reviews
(Almost) unapologetically simple, but...
Reviewed 1 day ago

Soneva is an amazing place!

Back to “Tarzan life” but with comfort...love the barefoot “no shoes no news” lifestyle

Pros:
- Amazing location
- Least dense and huge overwater villas
- Simplicity with comfort (barefoot; no shoes no news)
- Very laid back
- Very friendly staff
- Spacious and not claustrofobic
- Privacy (26 villas only)

Room for improvement:
- Gastronomy: Soneva lacks any above average food. Sushi comes with tomato and green pepper, served warm. Most dishes are Asian with Indian, Chinese, etc... averagely prepared. No decent italian, French, Spanish mediterranean style. Lacks a proper Executive Chef....I missed a gastronomy experience...

Best resort in the Maldives!
Reviewed 1 day ago

Soneva jani is the most spectacular resort we have ever been to! We have been to a few Maldives resorts and nothing compares to Soneva in our opinion.
The villas speak for themselves. Tasteful beachy decor, spotlessly clean, slides!!
The Gathering offered brilliant options for breakfast and lunch. So much choice and we loved the chocolate and the ice cream rooms. Every day we had a different fresh smoothie. The staff were all really helpful and friendly, especially our Mr Friday.
Also we really enjoyed the astrology session with Matt and it was great to see the moon through the telescope! Really nice touch to the holiday.
Thank you Soneva!

Lovely location and villa
Reviewed 1 day ago

We stayed for 2 nights in an over the water 1 bed villa with a water slide. It’s only accessible by seaplane
The slide was great fun even for those in their 60s!
The villa is spacious and has the bedroom , bathroom ,living area all across the front with magnificent water views
There is facility to link up your music to their sound system which is nice. There is a full size fridge in a kitchenette which can be used to make tea and coffee , no cooking facilities .
The dining living area is not aircon so that’s worth keeping in mind . We didn’t find it too difficult as the bedroom was aircon
The dining table is sunken in ground so you have to step down two steps to enter the sunken area. Can be a bit of a challenge for anyone with knee problems.
The bathroom , has to be entered from the toilet, is open to the outside so important to lock doors at night ( not that we had any issues at all with security )
Privacy also a bit of an issue as glimpses into villas occur from various locations in the villa
Interesting bespoke furniture
Nice dining area 1 level up in Vilka where slide starts , with views to Sunrise and sunset
Has a chocolate and ice cream room and a cheese and preserved meats section that’s always open for a snack
Smorgasbord breakfast and lunches , or order a la carte . Food good , expensive . They are happy to cook up whatever you want.
Staff attentive , perhaps a little too attentive . Good for them to relax a little, they are trying too hard to engage and it’s good to leave guests to eat in peace to enjoy the serenity .

One for the bucketlist
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Photos don't do justice for Soneva Jani. You need to experience it. Incredible place and the team behind, Soneva is really redefining the luxury. This is probably the ultimate resort experience in the world. It should be on everyone's bucket list. Over-water villas are straight out from dreams, located over endless turquoise waters. I am a big fan of everything Soneva, including their slow life philosophy.

Unbeatable service - 10/10
Reviewed 1 month ago

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!!