The Maldives may be awash with luxury resorts, but not all get it right. Soneva Jani has now reinvented the notion of island luxury, while being mindful of its absolute commitment to sustainability.
Having invented the concept of barefoot Maldivian luxury at Soneva Fushi 25 years ago, Soneva’s latest ode to island life is based around a larger island in the Medhufaru atoll. There are 24 over-water villas connecting turquoise sea and land along meandering walkways. They perch above a piercingly aqua private lagoon covering 5 sq kms, with far reaching views across to the Indian Ocean. For many that alone would be paradise, however, Sonu and Eva have intuitively conceived additions that are, quite frankly, beyond your wildest dreams.
Barefoot with every luxury
These luxuries include: push-button retractable roofs over master bedrooms for stargazing, overwater basket swings, private pools, lagoon waterslides, Cinema Paradiso, an overwater cinema (though the sound is via blue-tooth so as not to disturb the resident turtles). And, so it continues, all in blissful harmony with its surroundings.
A dreamy white palette washes most of the interiors with the trademark splashes of pastel green and purple, while everything is built with sustainable pine and teak in order to ensure the resort’s impact on the environment remains as minimal as possible.
There is also a spa, temperature controlled charcuterie, cheese rooms and cellar, along with several dining options, including an island hideaway where you can enjoy your spoils in total seclusion until you ‘call’ to return to base. It’s a haven of beauty, of natural wonders, of exquisite island pleasures, of elegant luxury and of total relaxation. There is even a resident marine biologist who can keep the young occupied and educated about the marine world, while the grown-up guests can enjoy a plethora of activities from body scrubs to scuba dives to water sports.
You have to see it to believe it
Soneva Jani is somewhere you have to see to believe; so take your body and soul, your partner or your entire family, to somewhere super special where your mind can dare to wonder.