Soneva Jani: New Ultra-Luxury Resort in the Maldives

Haa Dhaalu Atoll, Maldives
Photo by AtanasBozhikovNasko/iStock/Getty Images Plus/Getty Images
 

A photo posted by Soneva (@discoversoneva) on

Over two decades since its first luxury resort opened in the Maldives, Soneva has unveiled a new ultra-luxury resort called Soneva Jani. Situated on the island of Medhufaru, part of an uninhabited five-island archipelago in the Noonu Atoll, the resort is comprised of 24 overwater villas and one island villa.

Access is via 40-minute seaplane flight from Malé International Airport, a 60- minute speedboat ride from Soneva Fushi, or by a halfday cruise from Soneva Fushi onboard “Soneva in Aqua.”

The official website describes the resort’s absolute highlight: “the 5.6 kilometer private lagoon that surrounds (the islands); an awe-inspiring azure spectacle that inspires a sense of calm.” But we say it’s the villas themselves: luxuries include a retractable roof, a private pool with catamaran nets, an open air bathroom and, in some villas, a water slide into the lagoon.

Free Luxury Travel Newsletter

Like this story? Subscribe to The Dossier

Luxury Travel Advisor’s only newsletter, covering unique destinations and product news for affluent travelers. Delivered every Tuesday & Thursday.

Resort facilities include five F&B outlets, a spa, dive center, observatory, children's den, Eco Centro, organic gardens and outdoor Cinema Paradiso. This is the first "silent cinema" in the Maldives; guests are provided with Bluetooth earphones so the film’s sound doesn’t disturb the nesting wildlife in the area.

Suggested Articles

Fifth Element Escapes offers luxury yoga, fitness, adventure and wellbeing escapes to such destinations as Sri Lanka, Bali and Thailand, in addition to bespoke…

A wave of fabulous new Italian eateries have opened in London and we stopped by three to get the scoop. Here's what you need to know about la dolce vita.

The third property in the Evok portfolio has a sought-after location in the Marais district. Here's an inside look.