What’s New at Soneva

Stay up-to-date with all our island news, events and exciting happenings. Find your new favourite book with reading recommendations from our Barefoot Booksellers, read stories from our Hosts, discover new experiences and offerings at each of our resorts, and more

Unveiling SOUL Festival 2024:

SOUL Festival is set to return to Soneva Fushi in the Maldives from October 9 to 13, 2024, for an enriching, immersive exploration into the ‘Future of Wellness’. The festival will present insightful panel discussions, keynote addresses, curated activities and engaging workshops with world-renowned health and wellbeing visionaries, thought leaders and pioneers.

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The Secret is Revealed

 

 

Thirty years in the making, Soneva Secret is our new, ultra-personalised resort concept that celebrates highly intuitive service and rare experiences in a one-of-a-kind island setting. Located in the sparkling waters of Dhipparufushi in the Maldives’ Haa Dhaalu Atoll, our debut Soneva Secret 2024 resort is now open for reservations.

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Springtime at Soneva

Follow the fun at Soneva’s award-winning family resorts. Think island-styleEaster egg hunts, creative crafts and irresistible treats to delight young guests and adventurous teens. Join the water games at Soneva Kiri or indulge in special wellness rituals that reflect new beginnings and themed dining experiences to celebrate Easter in the Maldives and the Songkran New Year festival in Thailand.

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A Family Resort in the Maldives - Easter Celebrations

Soneva Kiri to Welcome Haoma’s Chef Deepanker Khosla

As part of the resort’s spectacular Songkran festival programme, chef Deepanker will be dazzling diners at Soneva Kiri from April 12 to 16, 2024. The award-winning chef behind the Michelin Green Star neo-Indian restaurant will be hosting a series of exclusive dining events during a four-day pop-up.

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Our 2024 Awards

Compare Retreats’ Luxury Wellness Travel Awards 2024 – Soneva Soul at Soneva awarded Destination Spa of the Year

Compare Retreats’ Luxury Wellness Travel Awards 2024 – Soneva Fushi awarded Multigenerational Wellness Resort of the Year

Compare Retreats’ Luxury Wellness Travel Awards 2024 – Sonu Shivdasani, Wellness Pioneer of the Year

 

Our 2023 Awards

Voyage Best Hotel & Resort Awards 2023 – Soneva Fushi awarded Best Overseas Hotel Award

Little Emperors Hotel Awards 2023 – Soneva Fushi awarded Best Hotel for Sustainability

Travel + Leisure India & South Asia’s Best Awards 2023 – Soneva Fushi awarded ‘Best International Sustainable Hotel’

Condé Nast Traveller India’s readers travel awards 2023 – Soneva Fushi awarded ‘Favourite Overseas Leisure Hotel’

The Sustainable Markets Initiative – Soneva awarded the Terra Carta Seal 2023

Lifestyle & Travel Awards 2023 – One of a Kind Resort Award, Soneva Kiri

Condé Nast Traveller ‘s Gold List 2023 – Soneva Jani

AHEAD Asia 2023 – Outstanding Contribution, Sonu Shivdasani and Eva Malmström Shivdasani

Conde Nast Traveller’s Readers’ Choice Awards 2023, Best Resorts in the Indian Ocean – No. 5, Soneva Fushi

SpaChina Wellness & Spa Awards – Best Global Wellness Resort of the Year 2023, Soneva Jani

Destinations Deluxe Awards – Spa of the Year 2023, Soneva Soul at Soneva Jani

The World’s 50 Best Hotels 2023, No. 7, Soneva Fushi

The World’s 50 Best Hotels 2023, No. 36, Soneva Jani

The World’s 50 Best Hotels 2023, Lost Explorer Best Beach Hotel Award, Soneva Fushi

The World’s 50 Best Hotels 2023, SevenRooms Icon Award, Sonu Shivdasani

Forbes Travel Guide 2023, 5 stars, Soneva Jani

Robb Report, 50 Greatest Luxury Hotels 2023 – No. 10, Soneva Fushi

Elite Traveler, World’s Finest Top 100 Suites 2023, Soneva Fushi – Private Reserve

Condé Nast Traveller Wellness & Spa Awards 2023, Leading Destination to ‘Bring the Family’, Soneva Jani

Travel + Leisure Luxury Awards Asia Pacific 2023, Best Resort in the Maldives – No. 5, Soneva Fushi

Travel + Leisure Luxury Awards Asia Pacific 2023, Best Resort in the Maldives for Families – No. 4, Soneva Fushi

Travel + Leisure Luxury Awards Asia Pacific 2023, Most Outrageous Villas – No. 3, Soneva Jani

Soneva Stars

May Chow

May Chow is the Canadian-born, Hong Kong-based chef founder of Little Bao and Happy Paradise with a reputation for creating unexpected Chinese flavour twists, mixing fine-dining techniques and traditional local ingredients. Happy Paradise was named Tatler’s Best 20 Restaurants in Macau and Hong Kong 2019 and 2020, Time Magazine’s World’s Greatest Places 2018, and selected in the World’s 50 Best Discovery list. The success of both restaurants has propelled her onto the global food scene where she is widely considered one of the most dynamic and respected culinary figures. Chef May was awarded Asia’s Best Female Chef in 2017 by the World’s 50 Best and has appeared on popular TV programmes such as Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown, MasterChef Asia, MasterChef UK, and Top Chef, and was a speaker at the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival. She has also been featured in international media such as BBC, CNN, Vogue, Forbes, Food & Wine, The Food Network, Eater, and more. Chef May is on the board of Eat Forum, Save Hong Kong F&B and is an outspoken supporter for LGBTQ rights, diversity and female empowerment.
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Mark Lundgaard

The chef and director at Kong Hans Kælder Restaurant, located in the oldest building in Copenhagen. In Mark’s universe, food is not a gift sent down from heaven. In order to understand the taste and composition of a dish, it is essential to respect its origin and understand the craftsmanship in its preparation. With a distinctive mix of classic French cuisine and a new Nordic kitchen, Mark creates dishes that define palatability at its best.
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Weingut Wittmann

Since 1663, the Wittmanns and their ancestors have been wine farmers in the town of Westhofen, Germany, in the southern part of the Rheinhessen appellation. Today Philipp Wittmann, his wife Eva and Philipp’s parents divide the tasks of running the estate. Riesling is the dominant grape of choice but also the Pinot varietals (Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris) and Silvaner have a long tradition in Westhofen. For more than twenty years their vineyards have been organically cultivated. The vines root deep in the living system of the soil which strengthens the expression of vineyard character year after year. This is complemented by the intensive hand craftsmanship in the tending of the vineyards to achieve the highest possible grape quality. Weingut Wittmann will be hosting wine-tasting experiences exclusively for guests at Soneva Fushi and Soneva Jani.
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Anett Kontaveit

Former professional tennis player, Anett Kontaveit was ranked world No. 2 by the WTA in 2022, becoming the highest-ranked Estonian tennis player in history. Throughout her career, she won six WTA singles titles, as well as 11 singles and five doubles titles on the ITF Circuit, and was the first Estonian to qualify for and participate in the WTA Finals. Anett retired In 2023, she was featured on Netflix’s pro tennis docuseries Break Point and announced her retirement in June of the same year.
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Island Tales

Barefoot Bookseller Recommendations

Our Barefoot Booksellers share their reading recommendations.

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Lost and Found in the Maldives

Follow our island bunnies on a magical adventure at Soneva Fushi, written by Amie Malmström, with illustrations by Pitchayut Samutsarn.

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Soneva Cocktail Book

Discover our signature cocktails from Soneva Fushi, Soneva Jani and Soneva Kiri, inspired by our SLOW LIFE philosophy and expertly shaken and stirred by our mixologists.

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Luxury Resorts in the Maldives and Thailand - 25 Years of Sustainable Luxury

Slow Life Magazine

Learn more about our storied past and our plans for the future. The Slow Life Magazine is packed with fascinating features on sustainability, nature, art and design, gastronomy and so much more.

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My Island Adventure

An enchanting tale of discovery at Soneva Jani, rendered in charming rhyme and watercolour.

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