Nestled in a private lagoon in the Noonu Atoll, Soneva Jani’s sustainably-crafted villas are scattered through a lush jungle edged by powdery beaches. Opened in October 2016, this idyllic desert-island retreat embodies Soneva’s signature barefoot luxury and “no news, no shoes” back-to-nature philosophy.
The Gathering is the resort’s culinary hub – a three-storey overwater enclave serving breakfast, freshly-baked pizzas, grilled-to-order seafood and tandoors prepared at live cooking stations. So Engaging offers just five guests the chance to savour a specially-created mystery menu, while diners can stargaze over dinner at So Starstruck in the Observatory, where each table features a screen linked to the telescope. Trick your tastebuds at So Imaginative, the resort’s experimental tasting room, and sample 50 flavours of homemade ice cream at So Cool. For a true culinary escape, book a secluded lunch on the private beach of Zuhairs Island.
Soneva Jani offers a range of facilities to suit all tastes. Snorkel along unspoilt coral reefs with the resident marine biologist, or discover a kaleidoscope of marine life at the Soleni Dive Centre. Active types can try a range of complimentary non-motorised watersports including kayaking, paddle-boarding and kite-surfing, while those seeking pure relaxation can rejuvenate in the pampering spa. Little ones will love The Den, a fun-packed kids’ club where activities include pirate cruises and cookery classes. After dark, moonlit movies are screened at the Maldives’ first silent cinema using wireless headphones to minimise disturbance to the nesting wildlife, while an astronomer teaches guests about the stars twinkling overhead at the over-water observatory.
The resort’s elegant One Bedroom Water Retreats feature a waterslide from the top deck into the sparkling lagoon. Spanning two floors, each air-conditioned villa boasts its own private pool, upstairs dining sala, living area and open-air bathroom with bathtub and outdoor shower. The spacious master bedroom has a retractable roof for stargazing and is linked to a children’s sleeping area. A butler is on-hand to cater to your every whim, while additional facilities include a study and walk-in minibar stocked with wines from the resort’s private cellar.