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A land of private islands, stilted mansions, and every conceivable shade of blue – Soneva Jani adds her weight to the family name of the Soneva brand, making them a marvel of the Maldives. Palatial private villas fan out from timber walkways, waterslides swoop you from your kingly bed into the warm lagoon, and with a resident marine biologist and observatory with astronomer, you find yourself forever gazing at stars or the galaxies of the deep blue sea. Castaway picnics, a cinema in the sea, jungle exploration, and easy access to the sublime breaks of the Noonu Atoll, Soneva Jani is surely created from the stardust of dreams.
Ideal for Couples and Families
Ultimate Barefoot Luxury
Spa and Recreation Facilities
Medhufaru Island, Noonu Atoll, Maldives
Wayfarers Atlas can make your journey to Soneva Fushi as seamless as possible.
AIRPORT – Male International Airport.
TRANSFER – 45-minute Seaplane Flight Provided by Resort.
Part of the charm of a stay at the Soneva Jani is that fantasy of being stranded on a desert island. After touching down in Male, hop onto a private seaplane for your swift flight above the blue. 45-minutes in the air, and you land in a world of white sandbanks and impossible shades of blue.
WEATHER – November to April – Dry Season
SURF SEASON – April to October
From dawn until dusk and even beneath the light of the Milky Way, the air is thick and warm on the Noonu Atoll meaning that splashing, shoeless strolls, and epic sunbathing sessions are always on the cards. Between May and November, the wet season splashes into force, bringing silvery warm droplets in short bursts. Even when the rain comes, the Maldives doesn’t suffer a chill in the air, so pack your cottons, silks and linens for a comfortable stay.
“Soneva Jani plunges you straight into pure bliss – whether by waterslide, wealth of rare experiences, or just waking up to a new wonder in your overwater mansion. One thing’s for sure, you never tire of stargazing and the changing hues of the lagoon"
Excursions and tailored activities
Picnics, private sand bank suppers, open kitchens, chocolate rooms adorned with beautiful bonbons, cheese rooms, and the finest wines in the world – and that’s before we even get to the handful of heavenly restaurants at Soneva Jani. Soneva is marking itself on the map as an epicurean destination with visiting chefs from the Michelin Guide forming an alliance with the gourmet resort. Along with a rosta of world-class chefs coming to inspire new delights in the kitchens, the four fabulous restaurants ensure endless dinner party vibes – whether you want a fully-fledged soiree or intimate supper for two.
The Crab Shack is all laid-back sunsets and snapping claws. Be sure to try the bright Sri Lankan crab curry, the buttery seafood platters, floral rose wines, and grab a daybed on the upstairs deck for mind-blowing sunset colours.
So Fresh stays true to its name, both in menu and kick back beach style. Soaring windows, panoramas of blue, white wood furnishings, pizzas whipped out the fire, and bountiful juices, breakfast delights, and salad serve all your daily nutrients in style. So Imaginative is the spot for those celebratory dinners, where sommeliers curate beautifully personalized spaces studded with wonders from the wine tower. So Engaging is the Chefs Table, where flavours meld and dance on tasting menus that will crack open whole new possibilities of taste.
The Gathering Bar is where the sunset aperitifs flow sweet and easy, especially when paired with melt in the mouth tapas delights and small plates perfect for sharing. The Directors Cut is another epic epicurean spot with the freshest sashimi and sushi imaginable served in their overwater silent theatre. Bliss.
While Soneva Jani doesn’t offer a communal pool area, there is really no need. Each amazing villa comes complete with its own full-size pool, and the lagoon is instantly accessible for swims, snorkels, or even just dipping one’s toes.
Yoga in the pavilion, ancient Indian oil massage to bring stability to the soul, and nourishing coconut scrubs to soothe sun and salt kissed skin – the Soneva Spa holds wellness in its palm like a pearl. A beautiful spa menu complements the tropical backdrop where guests can be pampered, pummelled, and pedicured to their hearts delight. A full-service gym, personal therapist, and even a dedicated spa menu for Little Wayfarers will keep the whole family moving and sleeping with magical ease.
Like the rest of the Soneva family, the resort intuitively knows how to capture the balance between family time and adult inspired escapes. Babysitters can be organized at a day’s notice, meaning adults are free for sandbank escapes, romantic cruises, and propping up at The Gathering Bar with full flutes of champagne.
Soneva Jani takes the idea of stilted villas to a whole new level. Prepare to rub your eyes in disbelief at the truly magnificent villas delivering breathtaking views from every turn. Private island reserves come complete with amazing pools, lagoon slides from the upper floors, turquoise vistas from oversized decks, and retracting roofs for sleepy starlight views. Combine the unbridled luxury of beautifully tailored space with the joy of your own private butler bringing you drinks, snacks, and cool towels and you have a sigh in delight experience to wake up to every single day of your stay.
Capturing all the curves found in nature, the 3-bedroom island reserve offers 1,956 sqm of space that ebbs and flows with the same mood as the lagoon outside your door. This villa is everything; from the viewing tower dining table to the chocolate and wine room, the children’s pool with waterslide, and the sunken seating areas for champagne conversations late into the night. Views spin around you in pure palates of blues, rooms come dressed in breezy whites with playful splashes of colour, bathrooms bring sunken tubs and stepping stones, and open plan living spaces are complemented by captivating views, wooden hewn décor, and the ocean a few steps away.
Beachfront mansions don’t come any better than the 4-bed island reserve. Set across two stunning floors with endless terraces, cathedral like thatched roofs, curving lagoon pool, and all those added luxuries to lift tired spirits, all ages will adore this lush jungle hideaway. Coconut trees adorn your own sandy front yard, a waterslide sweeps your Little Wayfarers into the shimmering pool, and rooms are an endless oasis of pressed white sheets and billowing canopied beds. Rainfall showers, well-stocked pantries for in-house chef suppers, a wine vault, and your own sauna and steam mean that you never have to leave the charming confines of your own private resort. End the day on the upper deck, where drinks are served by your private butler to toast each pinprick of the stars coming out.
Soneva Jani sets the bar when it comes to lavish overwater living in this 4-bedroom water reserve complete with soaring slide right from the top deck into the lapping lagoon. The huge villa is a vision of endless possibility, with study, gym, outdoor showers, walk-in minibar, four beautiful bedrooms, and flop down TV lounge. Daybeds stare dreamily out into the ocean, a private pool ripples directly above the saltwater, and hammocks rock lazily in the lilt of the breeze. From free-flowing master suites to glorious game rooms, and sunken Salas for dining, there isn’t an amenity that hasn’t been considered when it comes to this fantasy floating mansion.
Occupying its patch of perfect blue, the 3-bed water reserve is full of star features. The waterslide into the lagoon and the children’s room are two essential ingredients for keeping your Little Wayfarers smitten in paradise, but adults aren’t left out the fun. An in-house wine cellar, private gym, extravagant outdoor deck, and master bedroom with glass doors that open right onto the lagoon ensure you wake up in your finest mood every-day. Moments blur into magic, with days spent languishing in outdoor bubble baths, reading in your own overwater hammock, watching fish shimmer in the glass bottom of your sunken seating area, and toasting uninterrupted views of the midnight sky thanks to the villas retractable roof.
A vision of glass windows, endless lounging options, and private space – the 2-bed water retreat will sweep any small family off their feet. From the catamaran nets to the wooden steps leading right into the saltwater, a divine deck with sunken lounge, and the whimsical waterslide that provides hours of pleasure – all you need now, is a cool drink in hand. Rooms are a vision of warm wood, whites and sweet serenity, separate sleeping areas for Little Wayfarers keeps the peace, and the covered Sala on the upper deck delivers al-fresco room service with a view.
A water-world of sheer unbridled romance, the 1-bedroom water retreat with or without slide is all shifting hues, immersion in nature, and fantasy hideaway. Every inch of the space has been designed with sustainable sweetness in mind; lashings of wood, thatched rooftops, white linen, and not a curve or line out of place. The blurring of indoor and outdoors is soaked in serenity and al-fresco bathrooms mean you can emerge from the saltwater and straight into your own warm water stone bathtub. Help yourself to something from the mini-bar and sit on the deck with your feet touching the pink and blue sunset waters, there’s a reason they call it paradise.
Family friendly excursions
High-chairs in the restaurant, cribs in the room, and even nappies, formula, and baby food at the resort shop – Soneva Jani invites parents to pack with ease.
Soneva Jani takes your Little Wayfarers and introduces them to a world of wonder. From pure imaginative play and arts in The Den to dolphin cruises, island adventure scavenger hunts, waterslides in their home, and an ice-cream parlour with around the clock complimentary sweet treats on tap – if you asked your little ones what heaven looked like, we bet this would be it.
The best thing about Soneva Jani is every single one of their sumptuous villas has been designed to match coupling moods or a full-on family swing. For those with Little Wayfarers in tow, we certainly suggest picking one of the villa mansions that comes complete with waterslide. For years to come, your kids will be raving about that holiday where they plummeted from roof to lagoon every single morning of their stay.
The Den is open daily for your Little Wayfarers to put their imaginations into active gear. Designed mainly for children above the age of four, there is a full schedule that covers everything from sailing and water sport wonders to drama and dress up, treasure hunts and nature photo shoots. If you can tear your Little Wayfarer away from the delights of The Den, there’s catamaran adventures, dolphin cruises, family picnics on deserted sands, and movie screenings at Cinema Paradiso. Older Wayfarers will love the wealth of activities to keep their teenage bodies and minds feeling alive. Guided snorkelling, diving and surfing trips get them up and embracing the great outdoors.
No one will miss the fact that Soneva Jani doesn’t boast a communal pool as every villa comes well stocked with pool, lagoon, slide and shimmering fish.
Little Wayfarers are welcome everywhere, and when you have managed to pull them away from the allure of the chocolate shop, you will find appropriate child-friendly menus in every restaurant. Pizzas, milkshakes and mocktails are always firm favourites – but don’t worry there’s fresh fish, a glut of homegrown vegetables, and plenty of pretty greens to keep them satiated.
Get in touch with your local Travel Doctor for up to date health information, precautions and travel advice for your destination, including information regarding clean drinking water.
A doctor is on site 24 hours a day.
For peace of mind, Wayfarers Atlas recommends travel insurance that includes medical evacuation. Let us organise this for you.
Mozzies can be found in paradise too.
Refer to the World Health Organisation or the US CDC for information on Mosquito-borne and other insect-borne diseases.
Water Worlds – From sustainable surf programs to snorkeling alongside turtles in the coral clad lagoon, world class diving adventures, and racing around on a Seabob – Soneva Jani is made for water babies. Whether you want adrenaline surged splash-worthy experiences or to drift dreamily, the Noonu Atoll has the stretch of seawater to call your own.
Star-Gazing – Soneva Jani carves out plenty of space to consider the grander things. Far from light pollution you can see the dancing starry lights of both northern and southern hemispheres and with in-house astrologers there’s endless opportunities for astronomy cruises, midnight star watcher picnics, and dining in the observatory. It’s no wonder this spot has been named one of the best stargazing destinations in the world.
Overwater Living – Soneva Jani delivers on all promises and dreams, especially when it comes to state of the art accommodation. Sure, other resorts may offer beautiful homes on stilts, but the care and attention to delight and detail from Soneva Jani is a joy. Waterslides, stashed away tech, games rooms, architectural art, and sublimely stunning design comes together to create the perfect package.
Castaway Packages – Tap into the forgotten joy of a picnic – whether family frolics in the sand or an intimate spread for two, the castaway packages on offer are out of this world wonderful. Robinson Crusoe sands, gourmet treats, world class wines, and precious slips of land without another soul in sight – this list takes the term date night to a whole new level.
The Noonu Atoll is a treasure trove of secluded surf breaks and with the resorts guides and instructors in tow, you can uncover the finest peeling waves without the need to share. There are so many breaks within less than thirty minutes via speedboat, and with the resort offering fully sustainable eco-friendly equipment to use, just grab your boardshorts and bikinis and off you go.
There’s nothing to remind you of being in paradise quite like a sunset cruise complete with scores of playful dolphins chasing and frolicking alongside the boat. Pink tinged skies, champagne and canapes, and the magic of your Little Wayfarers face – its no wonder dolphins are considered to be creatures that speak to our deepest emotions.
Once a month, the resort celebrates the splendour of the lunar cycle. Served on one of the resorts gorgeous beaches, you can kick back barefoot in the sands and feast on the finest foods and cocktails beneath the glimmer of the pale white moon.
The Noonu Atoll is dotted with rich islands where local life blossoms and bustles as part of the daily routine. Head to Maghoodhoo Island to see the towering banyan trees and participate in the ebb and flow of village life. Dine out at local cafes on Kudafari Island. Take a cooking class back at Soneva Jani and learn how to create something mesmerising to take back to your supper parties back home.
Sometimes at the end of an epic day all you want is to cuddle up with a bottle of wine, gourmet treats, and a good film. The Cinema Paradiso at Soneva Jani has you covered. Showcasing classic and contemporary favourites on the sands, you can relish the rare delight of watching a cinema set against a tropical blue lagoon.
Days are dreamy on Soneva Jani, but the midnight sky comes with a billion tiny bursts of pleasure. Being far from light pollution means that you can see the smear of galaxies, spinning constellations, and infinitum intricacies as clear as can be. Soneva Jani take astronomy seriously with a stunning state of the art observatory, star gazing picnics and special dinners, in-house experts, and even cruises to watch shooting stars fall into the ocean.
Sitting on the Northwest shores puts the Noonu Atoll in prime position for accessing the very best breaks the Maldives has to offer. The whole region still sits under the radar when it comes to the mainstream surf crowd, meaning there are plenty of nooks, crannies, and beautiful spots to call your own. Intermediate and advanced surfers can embrace many a challenge on these shores. That doesn’t mean that beginners can’t get their fill, as the guides are extremely well-versed when it comes to sourcing surf action on the northern atolls. Soneva are actually responsible for digging out 11 surf spots in the Noonu Atoll making their surf team pioneers in finding pristine peaks.
May to September
Beginner to Advanced
No direct access to waves
Boat Transfers to Surrounding Breaks Provided
Coaching & Guiding Available