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Soneva Jani

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So Starstruck Observatory
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Our Opinion
So, Soneva. Sonu and Eva Shivdasani are nothing if not inspirational visionaries. Their first resort island, Soneva Fushi, blazed the trail for environmentally conscious luxury in the Maldives, and remains a standard-bearer 20 years on. Other projects at Gili, Laamu and Kiri in Thailand have been stepping stones, evolving their concepts towards the astonishing Soneva Jani. The accumulated experience along the way has perhaps influenced the name - from the Sanskrit word for wisdom.

As you arrive in the expansive, shallow turquoise lagoon it takes a little while to adjust to the scale, particularly if approaching by boat. Are the silver-roofed structures dotted along the 1.4km jetty huge or tiny? Are the breakers on the atoll rim near or far? The sense of awe and anticipation is reminiscent of a childhood visit to Disney World.

The first phase of the resort to be completed is mostly over water, constructed from a mindboggling quantity of ethically-sourced wood from sustainable forests in South Africa & New Zealand. The villas are at least as fabulous as they look in the photos. We’ve run short of superlatives but we like Clare’s assessment that they’re ‘simply knockout’. Sliding rooves and water slides might have been a bit gimmicky elsewhere, but at Jani they are clever enhancements that are proving extremely popular – so much so that more slides are on order for some of the villas that don’t have them.

Most of the over water facilities are centred in The Gathering, an architectural and engineering masterpiece, which soars cathedral-like above the main bar, restaurant and galleried seating areas. Organic wooden furniture, enveloping sofas and handmade glassware from Fushi abound. Wander the corridors and discover the spa, the fitness suite, the wine cellar and more, or find yourself at So Starstruck, an observatory with the largest telescope in the Maldives.

The resort as a whole is everything we have come to expect from Soneva, at the same time rustic and refined, cool and chic, light-hearted and sincere. A theme park for grown-ups, perhaps. The underlying message for us is that it’s possible to care passionately about our fragile environment, while still immersing oneself in a little escapist self-indulgent luxury.

Prices reflect the investment required to bring Soneva’s imaginative dream into reality, as well as outstanding service and dining. Add Soneva Jani to your bucket list, but also watch this space for where Sonu & Eva’s journey takes them next.

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    An imaginative journey that began over two decades ago, the Soneva story continues with Soneva Jani, the brand’s newest luxury resort offering. Inspired by a word that means ‘wisdom’ in Sanskrit, Soneva Jani encompasses a collection of water villas and island sanctuaries set within a lagoon of crystal-clear waters, with islands fringed by pristine beaches and blanketed in lush tropical greenery. The highlight of the islands that the resort calls home is the 5.6 kilometre private lagoon that surrounds it; an awe-inspiring azure spectacle that inspires a sense of calm.

    Guests will be treated to a unique castaway experience within spacious villas, which feature beautifully designed interiors made from the highest quality sustainable materials. Each water villa opens to its very own stretch of sparkling lagoon and is complete with a private pool. What’s more, many of the villas feature slides from the top floor straight into the lagoon and have a retractable roof to stargaze from the master bedroom. The island villas are tucked into verdant greenery and come with private pools and are just steps from the white sand beach.

    Our villas and reserves offer guests exclusive facilities to enhance the overall sentiment of intuitive and intelligent luxury, including private pools, outdoor decks and direct access to the lagoon.

    Chapter Two has arrived at Soneva Jani, ushering in a new era of over-water luxury. Twenty-seven new Water Reserves – the largest and most luxurious of their kind in the world – have been added alongside three exciting new dining concepts and new, extended Soneva Spa Wellness Centre. With Chapter Two comes Soneva Unlimited, a whole new way to discover more, if not all, of Soneva Jani with unlimited dining, beverages, experiences, spa treatments and more.