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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Thu, Dec 22, 2022 / Sun, Dec 22, 2024

Harry Jameson

Harry Jameson is an elite performance coach, who has worked with some of the world’s most successful names and brands over a long 20-year career. Specialising in optimal daily performance, stress management, leadership and emotional well-being, Harry has worked with clients that include partners at McKinsey, CEOs of Chelsea Football Club and ITV, the UK Prime Minister, Apple, Nike, Twitter and Lululemon. Helping the busy executive stay mentally, physically and emotionally at the top of their game has been Harry’s life’s work. More recently, Harry founded Pillar Well-being, a global luxury well-being and hospitality concept, and Harry also writes a monthly column for The Times newspaper.
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Gregory Beale

Gregory Beale is an orthopaedic manual therapist, movement coach and spa trainer with over 15 years of experience working in the United States, Vietnam and Thailand. His unique approach combines manual therapy with exercise prescriptions to treat chronic pain, improve flexibility, increase athletic performance and aid recovery after injury. Each session includes a mix of trigger point therapy, deep tissue massage, fascial stretching and corrective exercise. While at Soneva Kiri, Gregory is conducting manual therapy sessions at the Soneva Kiri Spa and personal training and movement classes in the Gym. He will also be running a series of complimentary movement classes and bodywork fitness sessions.  
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Festive Programme 2022

An array of fine, festive dining experiences awaits guests at Soneva Jani, alongside an exceptional line-up of visiting chefs through the Soneva Stars calendar. Timothy Bilton, Anika Madsen and Paul Svensson will all be hosting exclusive dining events at So Engaging, the intimate chef’s table that seats just five guests. The seasonal celebrations start early on Christmas Eve, with a delectable mushroom steak and truffled egg breakfast served at sunrise or in-villa for guests. Later in the afternoon, Santa will be making an appearance at The Den to spread the Christmas cheer. Sunset cocktails will be served at the So Sandy beach, followed by an indulgent Christmas Eve dinner on North Beach, with live entertainment and a DJ. Families of all ages and sizes have plenty to look forward to at Soneva Jani’s all-new two-storey Den. Featuring a zipline through a cascading waterfall, areas for music, Lego, dressing up and creativity, a soothing sensory room for toddlers, and a hidden hangout for teens where mocktails and music set the scene – there’s something for everyone at The Den. In true Soneva tradition, the iconic New Year’s Eve Journey around each resort will see out the year in awe-inspiring style – with sumptuous dining, live music and unforgettable entertainment Discover More
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Festive Programme 2022

Our holiday calendar at Soneva Kiri is packed with rare, one-of-a-kind experiences, exquisite dining, pop-up festive feasts, and a fun-filled programme of activities for children large and small at The Den, not to mention a special visit from Santa himself. This year, Soneva Kiri’s So Local So Global New Year’s Eve Journey will take guests on a culinary voyage of discovery and delight. Starting at The View with cocktails and canapés, from there twinkling lights lead to dining destinations around the resort, where live cooking stations serve delectable dishes, with show–stopping entertainment along the route. The evening culminates with a countdown to 2023 at the beach, with a spectacular fire show to welcome in the new year and music until the early hours by Soneva Kiri’s resident DJ. Discover More
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Ken Kiriyama

Ken was a Martial Arts prodigy in his teens and for the past 36 years he has immersed himself in Martial Arts, Yoga, Meditation, Pranayama, Freediving, Swimming, Ayurveda, Fitness & workout, and personal development. He is a student of Umberto Pelizzari, who trained under the legendary Jacques Mayol. He currently holds 4 National Records for Japan in deep Freediving and has held the following World rankings: 16th, 10th, 8th (twice) and 6th. He can hold his breath for nearly 8min and dive to 94m on a single breath. This is Ken´s 10th season at Soneva, where he is known to help people overcome their fears and move beyond their perceived limitations. He emphasizes that guests have a unique learning experience rediscovering their potential both mentally and physically. He has taught people of all ages how to use authentic techniques to enrich their lives and enhance health, well-being, and vitality.
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Festive Programme 2022

Exceptional seasonal dining sets the scene for a magical Christmas and New Year at Soneva Fushi. British chef Timothy Bilton will be bringing a taste of Yorkshire to theBaa Atoll, while Danish chef Anika Madsen will be demonstrating her personal approach to gastronomy. Also visiting the Maldives this December is Swedish chef and restaurateur Paul Svensson, who recently launched Studio 2000 in Stockholm – an edible experiment that strives to disrupt the food system and change the way we thinkabout land use, soil health and flavour. On Christmas Eve, guests can celebrate the night before Christmas with an intimate but mind–blowing performance by world–renowned mentalist Lior Suchard, who will be taking guests on an incredible journey through the wonders of the human brain. A Christmas tree lighting ceremony will take place on the Soneva Fushi Sandbank at sunset, with carols, eggnog and mulled wine. In true Soneva tradition, the iconic New Year’s Eve Journey around each resort will see out the year in awe-inspiring style – with sumptuous dining, live music and unforgettable entertainment Discover More
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Alexander Scrimgeour

Soneva Fushi: January 4-31, 2023 Soneva Jani: February 1-28, 2023 Licensed acupuncturist and expert in the healing arts and philosophy of East Asia, Alex Scrimgeour is a highly sought-after wellness specialist known for his restorative treatments and classes at many of the world’s leading spas and wellness centres. Alex’s speciality lies in the Vietnamese facial reflexology, Dien Chan. By releasing the micro-pressure points surrounding the face and head, Dien Chan creates a profound state of relaxation and cascading response through our body that harnesses our innate power for healing and regeneration. These treatments are especially effective for discharging built-up tension from the nervous system and healing the effects of chronic stress and trauma. They also powerfully boost circulation and are often considered a natural face-lift. Alex is the author of the upcoming book Facial Reflexology for Emotional Wellbeing, due to be published by Inner Traditions in May 2023. During his visit to Soneva Soul, he will be offering his renowned Dien Chan facial reflexology and full body reflexology treatments, as well as workshops in Chinese tea ceremony.
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Chinese New Year 2023

Welcome the Year of the Rabbit in style with festive dining in stunning locations, themed celebrations and spectacular experiences for the whole family at Soneva Fushi and Soneva Jani in the Maldives and Soneva Kiri in Thailand. Spend this Chinese New Year unwinding with transformative treatments by visiting wellness specialists, embarking on unforgettable ocean adventures or dining with some of the world’s best chefs. Young Sonevians of all ages can also discover an inspiring weekly programme at The Den. Soneva Fushi   Soneva Jani   Soneva Kiri
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Dr Ranvir Sahota

Dr Ranvir is an expert in neurologically based chiropractic care and doesn’t only seek to treat the symptoms but to enhance healing by correcting the root cause of the issue. Over the past seven years alone, he has performed over 75,000 adjustments to treat lower back and neck pain, headaches, sports injuries, sciatica, numbness and tingling, fatigue, stress, postural issues and much more. A member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, he also works with paediatrics and pregnant women.
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Claude Simard

Claude is an internationally acclaimed massage specialist and meditation teacher, with more than three decades of experience. Specialising in remedial massage, he expertly combines therapeutic massage with his extensive knowledge of inner child meditation, dream work and psycho-energetic massage to guide his patients to a profound level of healing. Claude has been committed to helping others from a young age, previously working as a social worker in Canada and as a leader of cultural exchange programmes for young people of different nationalities. He continues to harness the intuition and sensitivity developed during these early years of his career through his own extensive meditation practices.
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Jill Banwell

Jill’s work draws upon a holistic range of modalities that she has been exploring for over 20 years. With each treatment, she guides her patients towards a deeper, more harmonious level of existence, enabling them to feel more open-hearted and in flow with the beauty of life. After studying Natural Sciences at Cambridge University, Jill became a social worker in London where she first encountered complementary therapies and the healing arts. She embraced learning about Eastern and Western approaches to spirituality, healing and self-development. Jill’s journey of discovery has also taken her on pilgrimages to sacred sites across the world, which have enabled her to become more open to healing energies.
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Dara Ekster

Massage therapist Dara draws on nearly 20 years of experience in the healing arts. Specialising in John Barnes’ myofascial release and craniosacral therapy, she supports others in living their most pain-free, optimal life. She has also practised as a midwife caring for women and families, focusing on pregnancy and postpartum massage. Dara works with both children and adults and incorporates her training in Shiatsu acupressure, deep tissue, Swedish and medical massage, women’s health, and Mayan uterine and abdominal massage for reproductive and digestive care into her sessions. She is passionate about helping others find more relaxation, joy, freedom of movement and greater expression in their bodies, especially those dealing with pain or injury.
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