Soneva Jani - the original barefoot luxury brand and still one of the travel industry’s greatest innovators, is located in the Medhufaru lagoon in the Noonu Atoll, comprises five islands, the largest of which is Medhufaru, which is 150 acres in size.
One of the newest and most expensive resorts in the country, it's made up of just 24 over-water villas -- plus one four-bedroom beach villa -- on the uninhabited island of Medhufaru, which sits within a large, private lagoon in the Noonu Atoll.
The resort can be reached by a scenic 40-minute seaplane flight direct from Malé International Airport, a 60-minute speedboat ride from Soneva Fushi, or by a leisurely full-day cruise from Soneva Fushi onboard Soneva in Aqua.
Soneva Jani's unique villas have its own lagoon-facing private pool that brilliantly mirrors the colours of the sea -- a few come with their own private water slides. Among the most original options inside the villas, each master bedroom has its own retractable roof that slides back for stargazing.
'No News, No Shoes'
Get a well-deserved break from the hustle and bustle of our daily lives with Soneva's 'No News, No Shoes' philosophy that is all about
disconnecting from daily life and truly embracing the luxury of time.
None of Soneva's resorts come with television and news channels, and the Wi-Fi in each villa can be switched off with the flick of a switch, allowing guests to disconnect to reconnect.
On arrival, guests are asked if they would like to remove their shoes - having no shoes on allows us to really feel and experience the ground we walk upon.
With the founder's personal vision of a locally crafted villa and environmentally responsible lifestyle, Soneva Fushi was the first 'castaway' resort in the Maldives, pioneering a trend for back-to-nature luxury holidays and subsequently, Soneva Jani.
The success of the Soneva brand also paved the way for Six Senses Resorts & Spas with award-winning properties in Asia, the Middle East and Europe. Under the founder's direction, the Six Senses brand gained a global following before being sold in 2012.
Guests will be treated to a unique ‘castaway’ experience within spacious villas, which feature beautifully designed interiors made from the highest quality sustainable materials. Sustainability is at the heart of Soneva's ethos, which is why sourcing sustainable construction materials and maintaining the natural beauty of each of their resorts' locations is of utmost importance.
1 Bedroom Water Retreat with Slide
Spread across two floors, the massive 437sqm One Bedroom Water Retreat with Slide is a signature offering from Soneva Jani.
This luxurious overwater villa comes with its own 13m private pool with catamaran nets. The outdoor deck has ample seating area with sun loungers for sunbathing and taking in ocean vistas.
On the ground floor, the spacious master bedroom comes with a retractable roof so you can watch the stars from the comfort of your bed. Else, take in the expansive ocean view with the large french doors that let in plenty of brilliant sunlight.
The living area comes with sunken seats, with a see-through glass panel - perfect for lounging and gazing at the bountiful marine life beneath.
Adjoining the master bedroom is a child's sleeping area, ensuite dressing room and bathroom.
The outdoor bathroom with direct lagoon access comes with double vanity and large sunken tub for the ultimate relaxation.
Next, you'll find a walk-in mini-bar with espresso machine and a private wine cellar selection.
This retreat comes with an impressive three dining locations: on the sunken tables on the deck, in the living room and also the dining sala on the roof terrace.
More accommodation options such as 2/3/4 Bedroom Water Retreats are available as well.
The culinary experiences at Soneva Jani are as diverse as they are memorable, presenting gourmet menus across a variety of cultures and cuisines, organic offerings, simple barbeques and elaborate romantic escapades.
In addition to the delightful dining venues, you can indulge in culinary adventures such as private dining around the lagoon, a Robinson Crusoe-style castaway picnic, organic garden lunches and cooking classes.
The heart of the resort, The Gathering is the name for the three-level huge overwater complex that is the center of the resort.
The Gathering is home to The Gathering Bar, So Fresh, So Imaginative, So Engaging, So Cool, and the Spa, retail shop, library, and Wine Cellar. The Gathering is one of the largest overwater structures in the World and is next to the observatory.
The Gathering Bar
Enjoy refreshing coolers, cocktails and tapas at any time of the day as you lounge on daybeds and overwater catamaran nets suspended the sparkling waters, just the spot to take in the magnificent sunset.
So Fresh and So Engaging
Be inspired as the Chef takes the stage in the central open kitchen at So Fresh, preparing a variety of dishes.
Here the day begins with a generous selection of hand-picked fruits, creative juices from the Juice Bar, and comforting classics.
During the day, guests can indulge in freshly-baked pizzas from the wood-fired oven, tandoors and grills at live cooking stations, and freshly caught and grilled-to-order seafood.
At So Engaging, the Chef’s table offers a mystery menu for a private group of five guests. Get a front-row seat to the action, and converse with their chef as he prepares exciting, delicious dishes for his guests of honour.
The Wine Cellar
Just within The Gathering, there is an extraordinary wine tower called the Wine Cellar, featuring a selection that includes mostly organic or biodynamic wines.
Trick your mind and taste buds with culinary chemistry within So Imaginative, Soneva’s experimental tasting room. The sommeliers create inspired wine tasting and wine dinners,
selecting the perfect pairings from the cellar.
Open all day, every day, choose from a multitude of ice creams and sorbets, mix and match the classics with Soneva Jani's limited-edition flavours. Gourmet charcuterie, cheese and preserves can also be enjoyed here throughout the day and evening.
Those seeking a truly rare experience can arrange an exclusive dining experience in the company of the stars as you savor fresh flavours at The Observatory’s dining area.
Dine at one of four tables equipped with screens linked to the view from the telescope and be mesmerized by the celestial bodies. Soneva Jani's resident astronomer will be on hand at the observatory deck to offer an introduction to astronomy.
Following this, guests can retire to their villa and put your new knowledge into practice, thanks to the retractable roofs in the master bedroom that reveal the vast night sky.
The Crab Shack
Recently voted as the ‘World's Most Romantic Restaurant’ on CNN.com, the Crab Shack is the latest addition to Soneva Jani's dining options.
The 32 cover restaurant and 14 seat bar is located on Soneva Jani’s southwest beach, on the opposite side of the island to Cinema Paradiso, and is comprised of two levels.
The ground floor is taken up by the restaurant, kitchen and bar area, with the first floor deck designed especially for guests to relax on tiered daybeds and enjoy the Maldivian sunsets while sipping on rosé wine or other beverages.
Try the Sri Lankan Mud Crab curry, or the Alaskan crabs that rotate through the week. A selection of rosés are the highlight of the drinks menu.
Set within The Gathering, Soneva Spa’s view of the shimmering lagoon sets the tone for soul therapy.
Choose from a menu of holistic and traditional treatments conducted by highly skilled therapists using all-natural products or indulge in one of the signature journeys.
Spa treatments are complemented by the fully-equipped gym and yoga pavilion as well as sauna and steam rooms.
The resort’s selection of experiences caters to every kind of traveller and includes everything from nature walks and spa treatments to lazy picnics. Soneva Jani offers a full range of activities including water sports, scuba diving, tennis, dolphin cruises and bicycling along the island’s many trails.
The Soleni Dive Centre’s multi-lingual PADI instructors and the small dive group sizes ensure that you get a world-class diving experience, whether it is your first or your hundredth dive. There are many dive sites rich with marine life around the resort, sure to tempt all marine enthusiasts.
Noonu Atoll Guided Snorkelling
Take an aquatic adventure through the waters of the Noonu Atoll and discover the diversity of Maldivian marine life, guided by their resident Marine Biologist. Their Atoll-native sea turtles and rays may make a special appearance, as you experience the magnificence of life below the waves
Complimentary Water Sports
Soneva Jani offer a range of complimentary non-motorised water sports, including kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, windsurfing, kite-surfing, and catamaran sailing.
The alfresco, over-water cinema is the first ‘silent cinema’ in the Maldives, where you can enjoy classic and modern movies under a blanket of stars while listening on high-quality headphones. Indulge in popcorn, snacks, ice cream, and beverages, as well as the chef’s special dining menu.
Take your desert island experience to another level, and try Sonu’s favourite – lunch on a deserted island prepared by your own personal chef.
Take a dip in the crystal clear blue lagoon with their in-house snorkelling guide, while your chef prepares gourmet temptations in the most romantic of settings.
Soneva Jani is a truly unique luxury resort in the Maldives, with the largest overwater villas in the World alongside the unique features of a retractable roof and a waterslide in most villas. In addition, the barefoot, intelligent luxury feel of the island in combination with unique resort facilities gives one of the most relaxing experiences in the Maldives.
For more information on Soneva Jani's response to Covid-19, please click here or watch their video whereby the founder and CEO of Soneva, Sonu Shivdasan talks about how Soneva has adopted measures to improve guest experiences and safety in a post-Covid world.
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