Events Calendar

This year, there’s no better time to visit Soneva. Our Soneva Stars programme celebrates the diverse array of guest activities and experiences on offer, ranging from Michelin-starred chefs to sporting legends and acclaimed therapists.

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From: Fri, Mar 1, 2024

Lasse & Tora Hallström & Lena Olin

Lasse Hallström, a prominent Swedish filmmaker, earned critical acclaim for his directorial efforts, notably receiving Academy Award nominations for Best Director for My Life as a Dog (1985) and The Cider House Rules (1999). His diverse portfolio also includes celebrated works such as What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993), Chocolat (2000), An Unfinished Life (2005), Hachi: A Dog’s Tale (2009), Dear John (2010), Safe Haven (2013), One Hundred Foot Journey (2014), and most recently Hilma (2022). Hilma brings to life the story of a woman who posthumously revolutionised the art world as one of the first abstract artists. In this immersive biopic starring mother and daughter – Tora Hallström as the young Hilma and Lena Olin as the mature Hilma – we follow the artist from her early life through her rising artistic career. Lena Olin, Lasse’s wife, is a distinguished Swedish actress who boasts a wealth of accolades, including Academy Award, Golden Globe, BAFTA and Primetime Emmy Award nominations, including for her performance in Chocolat (2000). Their daughter, Tora Hallström, is also an acclaimed Swedish actress, known for roles in Hachi: A Dog’s Tale (2009), Safe Haven (2013) and Hilma (2022). While visiting the Maldives, the husband, wife and daughter trio will be hosting private screenings of a curated selection of Lasse’s most-beloved films, as well as Q&A sessions before and after the screenings.
Learn more about Lasse & Tora Hallström & Lena Olin

Piyada

With 26 years of extensive experience in holistic treatments, Piyada specialises in a range of traditional Thai therapies including Thai massage and Tok Sen. She inherited her passion for traditional Thai treatments from her mother who practised therapeutic Thai therapy, passed down through generations. She holds certifications from CIBTAC in anatomy body massage and skin treatments, ensuring a high level of expertise and professionalism in her practice along with experience across multiple countries in Asia, the Middle East and the Caribbean enriching her understanding of diverse cultural approaches to holistic wellness.
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Kim Kösters

Over the past 15 years, Kim has been developing her skills in physiotherapy, with a wide range from myofascial release techniques and dry needling to yoga and breath work. She uses her extensive knowledge to guide her clients to activate their body’s natural ability to heal by balancing their nervous systems with bespoke, combined hands-on treatment to bring the body back in balance, relieving pain, tension and stress. During her visit, she will be offering a range of physiotherapy, massage and de-stressing treatments including physiotherapy for pain management and prevention, lymphatic drainage massages, myofascial release and vagus nerve activation.
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Peter Harper

After a lifetime of research and practice exploring the essence of meditation and self-realisation, Peter recognised the longing in others to find peace and fulfilment in their daily lives. He is now dedicated to sharing the insights, techniques and guidance he has found to be fundamental to conscious living. Peter is the Founder of a Conscious Living Initiative, The Drunken Monk, hosting retreats online and in-person, guiding the Art of Being Authentically Human. He is a Master of the ‘Enlightenment Intensive’ retreat which is his signature process and renowned for its efficacy. During his visit, Peter will be offering fundamentals of meditation sessions designed for all levels of meditators, along with specialised sessions focused on the benefits in daily life, how to decompress and stay relaxed during intense situations, clearing your mind, and learning to activate the imagination, create and manifest.  
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Paweennuch Soisongsee

Paweennuch Soisongsee, also known as Khun Noom, is a highly experienced healer who has dedicated over 20 years to practising different modalities across Asia, Europe, Australia and North America. Committed to “setting man free” through the transformative power of Reiki and sound healing, her classes are known for their powerful awakening and transformational effects and have been sought after by people from all over the world. Her ultimate goal is to help people heal from their physical, mental, and spiritual suffering, while also assisting them in achieving a state of awareness where they can tap into their inner truth.
Learn more about Paweennuch Soisongsee

Hortensia Corredoira

During her 15-year career, Hortensia has collaborated with the UN, Olympics Sports Federations and several private clinics. She has a Master’s in Osteopathy and degrees in Sports Education and Physiotherapy. Originally focused on a traditional osteopathic approach to treating sports injuries, Hortensia’s methodology evolved to reflect evidence that stress, emotions and unchanneled trauma have a direct impact on the body. She works closely with you to get to the root of your concerns, using a unique, multi-pronged approach that combines traditional osteopathy with her deep knowledge of the body’s biodynamic, skeletal, muscular and craniosacral systems.  
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Claus Meyer

For more than 30 years, Claus Meyer has been a gastronomic entrepreneur. Through countless initiatives within the food and restaurant industries, he has inspired generations to expect the next meal to be delicious and healthy and to consider eating an agricultural act. Inspired by his learnings from building three-Michelin-starred noma with Rene Redzepi and initiating the Nordic cuisine movement, he went on to pursue his dream to help unfold culinary potentials outside of Scandinavia. In 2010 he established the Melting Pot Foundation, through which he founded food schools in Danish state prisons, Bolivia, Colombia, the USA and most recently in Morocco. In August 2015, Claus moved to New York City with his family to steer the 2016 opening of fine dining, Michelin-restaurant Agern and Great Northern Food Hall. Agern won a Michelin star after just six months of operation, and the Food Hall was called out in New York Times as “Nirvana, Nordic Style”. After returning to Denmark with his family in 2018,  he joined IKEA Foods Advisory Group to help propel a new, sustainable, and more delicious food offering. He also co-founded and is an active board member of Madens Folkemøde (the Peoples Public Food Assembly), an annual summit in Denmark. In October 2023, Claus published his Danish autobiography Drømmer. The book adds to more than 25 publications, including two cookbooks in English, The Nordic Kitchen – One Year of Family Cooking and Meyer’s Bakery – Bread and Baking in the Nordic Kitchen.
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Andrew McCarthy

Andrew McCarthy is an accomplished astrophotographer from Arizona who has gained recognition for his captivating images of celestial objects. Growing up in Sacramento, Andrew developed an interest in astronomy during his childhood, sparked by his father’s telescope. He later pursued computer science and mathematics in college and worked in the tech industry before rediscovering his love for astronomy. His innovative techniques in astrophotography, coupled with his computer science background, have helped him to develop a unique style that emphasizes intricate details and textures in his work. His striking images of the moon, in particular, have been praised for their unprecedented clarity and depth, revealing hidden features. Andrew’s work has been published in various magazines, including National Geographic, The New York Times, and Wired. He has also received recognition for his contributions to astrophotography, such as the Astronomy Photographer of the Year award from the Royal Observatory Greenwich. Alongside his photography, Andrew is a passionate advocate for science education and outreach, aiming to make Earth-based space exploration more accessible to inspire the next generation of enthusiasts to explore the cosmos.
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Masuizumi Sake

Masuda (Masuizumi) Sake Company is a family-owned Sake brewer founded in 1903 in the Iwase district of Toyama Prefecture, a scenic port town in Japan. This well-respected brewery is one of the first houses to start producing aromatic and dry Ginjo-style Sake. Ryuichiro Masuda is the current head and fifth-generation owner, who continuously works to improve his Sake quality for a more aromatic and cleaner Junmai Daiginjo, made from the best quality rice and polished up to 17%. He also has created a unique style using wine yeast and ageing in an oaks barrel to achieve optimal flavour and is known as one of Japan’s most ardent defenders of sake-making. While at Soneva Fushi, Ryuichiro will be hosting two Sake events with our Japanese chefs, including a Sake tasting and Sake dinner.
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Kristin Kaspersen

Hailing from Sweden, Kristin Kaspersen has been interested in wellness since she was a young girl. The television host, author and entrepreneur completed her first yoga teacher training programme in the year 2000. Since then, she’s authored five best-selling books on health and wellbeing. She has a deep interest in coaching and leadership and uses her gained knowledge to help loved ones through loss, grief and changes in close relationships. Kristin’s podcast, Kristin Kaspersen Nyfiken På (Curious Kristin Kaspersen), is based upon her conversations with the wide variety of people she meets, delving into their knowledge and life experiences. Teaching her own take on Yinyoga, Kristin practices yoga and stretches every morning to wake her body and nervous system for the day ahead. While at Soneva, she will be hosting a series of morning yoga and Soma Move classes that reveal the importance of starting the day with yoga to manage stress, increase energy levels and prevent injury.
Learn more about Kristin Kaspersen

Tom Aikens

Tom Aikens is one of the UK’s most acclaimed and inspirational British chefs. Growing up in Norfolk, with a father working in the wine industry and a childhood spent gardening and cooking with his mother, Tom learnt how to make use of the freshest ingredients, putting food at the centre of his life from a very early age. As a child, Tom and his twin brother Rob would help their mother in the kitchen with the preparation of cakes, biscuits, jams, chutneys and home cooked meals, using fresh vegetables picked from their garden. Spending most holidays in France, Tom began to develop a flavour for French food which inspired him to develop his cooking skills further. Tom enrolled at the Norwich City College Hotel School, completing an Advanced Catering Diploma in 1989 and then began his career at Michelin-starred Cavalier’s in Battersea, London. He then moved onto The Capital Hotel working under Philip Britten, followed by a chef-de-partie position with Pierre Koffmann at La Tante Claire at a time when the restaurant was awarded with its third Michelin star. Tom later worked for Joel Robuchon in Paris, Gérard Boyer in Reims and Pied-à-Terre to name a few. It was in Pied-à-Terre that Tom became the youngest British chef ever to be awarded two Michelin stars, aged just 26. In 2000, Tom decided to take some time out of the restaurant kitchen and immerse himself in the world of farming, working alongside Carole Bamford, eventually opening Daylesford Organics for the family. Tom’s aim was to learn more about locally grown organic produce, the importance of traceability and sustainability, whilst also gaining experience in the abattoir, deciding with farmers, the best breeds and cuts for the farm’s shop.
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Jonas Björkman

Jonas Björkman is the former World No. 4 in singles, and World No. 1 in doubles tennis. He retired from professional tennis in 2008, after achieving six singles titles and 54 doubles titles (including nine Grand Slam wins) and is among a small group who has managed to win all four Grand Slam events. After five years as the Marketing Director of the Stockholm Open tennis tournament, he started his coaching career, with Andy Murray in 2015 and with Marin Cilic in 2016 and 2017. Today he works for Eurosport as a tennis commentator and coaches Swedish No. 2 and WTA player, Mirjam Bjorklund. Since February 2021, Jonas has been captain of Sweden’s men’s national padel team.
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