What’s On at Soneva

Immerse yourself in a world of vibrant celebrations and exclusive gatherings with Soneva’s year-round calendar of events in the Maldives and Thailand. Our Soneva Stars Programme presents a diverse array of activities and rare experiences such as destination dining with Michelin-starred chefs, coaching sessions with sporting legends and wellness workshops with acclaimed therapists. In 2024, guests can also enjoy seasonal highlights with our Summer and Winter Collection, traditional festivities and our pioneering SOUL Festival.

Upcoming Soneva Stars

No stay at Soneva is ever quite the same thanks to our Soneva Stars. Throughout the year, we host residencies by acclaimed Michelin-starred chefs, authors, astronomers, sporting legends and wellness specialists.

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Wed, May 1, 2024 / Mon, Jun 30, 2025

Wayne Ferreira

Former professional tennis player, Wayne Ferreira is renowned for his powerful serve and versatile playing style. His career spanned over two decades, during which he won 15 ATP singles titles and 11 doubles titles. Notably, Ferreira’s contributions to South African tennis were recognised when he was inducted into the South African Sports Hall of Fame in 2004. Off the court, Wayne’s commitment to the sport extended beyond playing serving as the South African Davis Cup team captain and contributing to the development of tennis in South Africa. Following retirement from professional tennis, he remains active in the tennis community, working as a coach and mentor to emerging talents, continuing to inspire future generations of players.
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Fara Williams

Fara Williams is a former professional football player and now a renowned TV pundit and personality. In her time as a professional, she played for leading UK teams across Everton, Liverpool, Arsenal, Great Britain and England. With over 170 appearances she is the most capped player in the history of English football and widely regarded as one of England’s greatest players. Since retiring from the game, Fara has taken to the media and commercial world working for major broadcasters including the BBC, BT Sport, TalkSPORT and Sky Sports. Some of her notable media work includes coverage of the Women’s Super League, regular spots on FootballFocus & Final Score and being selected as one of the main pundits for both the 2022 UEFA Women’s European Championships and the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.    
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Igor Oleynik

Igor Oleynik is ranked among the top 16 football freestylers in the world and is a four-time Russian national champion. He started playing football when he was six years old and switched to freestyling at 16. He went on to successfully participate in numerous international tournaments, including the prestigious Red Bull Street Style events. During his professional career, he has been a brand ambassador for Nike and Adidas and collaborated with Volkswagen and FC Lokomotiv. In 2018-2019 he played for Amkal, one of the most popular media football teams in Russia and also one of the biggest YouTube projects. In addition, he is the founder of iFreestyle, the largest freestyle and street football school in the world which united around 250 children. A talented coach, Igor never stops learning and polishing his skills. Passionate about inspiring others, he never sets limits for himself, constantly inventing new tricks.
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Nicklas Kulti

Nicklas Kulti is a former professional tennis player from Sweden, known for his accomplishments in both singles and doubles play. As a junior, he won the boys’ singles titles at the French Open and Wimbledon in 1989. On the professional circuit, Kulti reached a career-high singles ranking of world No. 32 in 1993. He captured three ATP singles titles and excelled in doubles, securing 13 titles and making three Grand Slam finals appearances. His performances were integral to Sweden’s Davis Cup victories in 1994, 1997 and 1998. After retiring, Kulti co-founded the Good to Great Tennis Academy in Stockholm, alongside Magnus Norman and Mikael Tillström. The academy has been instrumental in developing young talent and contributing to Sweden’s tennis success. Kulti’s career and post-retirement efforts have cemented his legacy in the tennis community.
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Luke Stedman

Born into a legendary surfing family, Luke Stedman was destined to ride the waves from an early age. His father, Shane Stedman, was not only a renowned surfboard maker and surf report broadcaster on radio shows but also the inventor of the iconic UGG boot, an innovation that recently earned him the prestigious OAM award. With such a rich surfing heritage, it’s no surprise that Luke has been surfing his whole life. His passion and dedication to the sport propelled him to the highest levels of competitive surfing, where he competed on the World Championship Tour. Luke’s impressive career includes notable victories over surfing legends like Kelly Slater and earning the coveted Rookie of the Year title. His best end-of-year ranking was an outstanding 10th place, marking him as one of the top surfers in the world during his competitive years. Luke Stedman’s legacy in the surfing world is not only marked by his competitive successes but also by his ongoing contributions to the sport through coaching and mentorship, helping others achieve their dreams through his company, Blackball. Specialising in surf coaching and training, Blackball reflects Luke’s commitment to excellence and a desire to see his students succeed. His impact on the surfing community is profound, as he continues to inspire and guide the next generation of surfers with passion and expertise.
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Mike Bryan

Mike Bryan is one of the world’s most successful doubles tennis players. Playing with his twin brother Bob, the Bryans won 16 Grand Slam doubles titles, 39 Masters 1000 titles, and 119 ATP Tour titles. Mike also won seven Grand Slam titles in mixed doubles, is a Davis Cup champion, and was the number one ranked doubles player in the world for 439 weeks. The Bryans were the top doubles team on the ATP Tour for 10 seasons and, in 2012, they clinched the career Golden Slam, winning all four Slam titles and an Olympic gold medal during a 12-month run.
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Marcel Gurk

Hailed as one of the best football freestylers in the world, Marcel Gurk is the current German champion, holds ten Guinness World Records and is the author of the world’s first book on football freestyling. He made it to the semifinal of Germany’s Got Talent, Das Supertalent, and travels around the world sharing his unique skills. Having studied sport and media management in Dusseldorf, Marcel also specialises in working with children and has designed his own unique concept to help take his students’ skills to the next level. While in the Maldives, he will be hosting football freestyling workshops for Young Sonevians at Soneva Fushi and Soneva Jani.
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Seasonal Highlights

Experience wonder all year round with Soneva’s seasonal celebrations, from the sun-soaked bliss of summer and magical festivities of winter.

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