Following the dazzling celebration that took place on the shores of Soneva Fushi in 2022, Soneva has once again joined forces with Teamwork Arts, producer of the iconic Jaipur Literature Festival, to launch the second edition of JLF Soneva Fushi.

A truly bespoke experience, JLF Soneva Fushi is a rare opportunity to reconnect with the joys of live performances of art, music and literature on the idyllic island of Kunfunadhoo in the beautiful Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

Over the course of ten days and two weekends, the vibrant barefoot festival will once again host an unforgettable international line-up of award-winning authors and a captivating programme of gala celebrations on the sand, insightful sessions, fascinating workshops and live music performances.

Speakers and Authors

The 2023 edition of JLF Soneva Fushi will once again see a star-studded line-up of world-renowned authors, thinkers and cultural leaders exploring the theme of Slow Life while covering a fascinating spectrum of topics.

JLF Soneva Fushi Offer

Join JLF Soneva Fushi’s joyful celebration of literature, culture and the arts. Stay at Soneva Fushi from USD 6,500 for three nights in a one-bedroom villa, with full board dining and domestic transfers. Every stay includes unlimited access to JLF Soneva’s Fushi’s vibrant programme. Early Bird savings on all bookings made before February 28, 2023

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JLF Soneva Fushi is food for the mind, body and soul. An exceptional gathering of collective wisdom and expertise from across the world, set in the most idyllic setting of Baa Atoll, with delectable fare, exhilarating conversations and spectacular vistas

Sanjoy K. Roy

The Best of JLF Soneva Fushi 2022

Stand-out sessions from JLF Soneva Fushi 2022 included a free-flowing discussion with Francesca Cartier Brickell, Radhikaraje Gaekwad and Sanjoy K. Roy on the sparkling heritage of Cartier and the people at its centre; Rajasthani folk music performances by the Kutle Khan Project; a delectable Cook-A-Long workshop with Chef Suvir Saran; and a dazzling Soneva Journey and Gala Dinner held under the cover stars.

Watch Our Inspiring Sessions from JLF Soneva Fushi 2022

A truly bespoke experience, JLF Soneva Fushi’s remarkable programme is an opportunity to reconnect with the pure joy of literature and the arts. The exclusive nature of our barefoot island in the Maldives coupled with both contributors and guests being here for a minimum of a weekend makes JLF Soneva Fushi unlike any other literature festival. It’s this greater, intimate access to authors, deeper understanding, new friendships, and stronger bonds which makes this barefoot festival so unique, and I cannot wait to welcome a line-up of outstanding international authors to our shores once again.

Sonu Shivdasani

Discover Soneva Fushi

Voted as the best resort in the Indian Ocean, Soneva Fushi is a natural treasure nestled in the Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, and one of the largest islands in the Maldives. This precious destination holds magical experiences at every turn, from dining in the treetops of our rainforest, to barefoot luxury on a desert island.

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Enjoy Soneva Fushi’s Rare Experiences

Astronomical Dinner Cruise​​

This incredible experience begins at late sunset, featuring a four-course meal with wine pairings. Our resident Astronomer will guide you through the wonders that stare back at you across the night sky, sharing secrets of the cosmos.

eFoil, eSurf & Seabob

Experience the ocean with complete freedom. Gliding, diving, skimming – all of this is possible with a SEABOB. Learn to move through the water like a fish, on the surface and beneath the waves. The SEABOB is environmentally friendly, moving powerfully and almost silently as you explore the marine world. eFoils use an advanced battery to power a silent electric motor that is mounted on an all-carbon fibre hydrofoil, which can be controlled with a wireless Bluetooth hand controller. Riders, from beginners to those already skilled on a board, can fly for over an hour of fun at speeds of up to 40km per hour! What happens if you fit a surfboard with a motor? You get an eSurf-board with a carbon fibre body that is hydrodynamic and stable. The board also houses the motor, and you control the handheld throttle. The eSurf lets you get up to speeds of 56km per hour, making this an exhilarating water sport.

Soneva Art & Glass

In the Maldives’ first hot glass studio at Soneva Fushi, we create beauty from what others consider waste. From bespoke glassware for our villas and restaurants to striking works of art, all of the exquisite pieces are recycled from used glass bottles from Soneva Fushi and our other nearby resorts.

Soneva Academy

Soneva’s Science Courses Soneva Fushi | Soneva Jani We are delighted to introduce you to the Soneva Academy, which offers educational courses to children and teenagers (aged 12 and up) at Soneva Fushi and Soneva Jani. All our courses consist of four modules (3 sessions and one exam). The certification level takes young Sonevians from junior to expert, adding a new dimension to their schooling.   

Soneva Soul, Soneva Fushi

Reconnect mind, body and soul at Soneva Soul, where thousands of years of ancient healing wisdom unite with the latest science and innovation. Encircled by the island’s lush jungle, our two-storey wellness complex at Soneva Fushi is inspired by its tranquil setting, inviting you to embrace the beauty of nature as you rejuvenate, restore and relax. Built around a central water feature, stepping stones and walkways connect the reception area and treatment rooms on the ground floor, as well as an advanced beauty room, Ayurvedic consultation and treatment room, flotation tank and retail shop. Sound pods with meditative music and aroma pods offering blends of atomised essential oils enable you to relax or re-energise before or after your treatment. Upstairs there are another three consultation and treatment rooms. We offer an exceptional selection of wellness services, designed to help you relax, rejuvenate and rebalance. These include Ayurvedic remedies, yoga, a wide range of massages, body treatments and beauty services, vitamin therapy, fitness training, mindfulness and energy work. Tailored to you, our integrative medicine treatments focus on both targeted wellness concerns and your overall health and wellbeing, and include major auto haemotherapy, hyperbaric oxygen, cryotherapy, prolotherapy and platelet-rich plasma therapy. Our resident Ayurvedic Doctor is on hand to offer complimentary consultations, diagnose your dosha and make lifestyle recommendations that help you regain your balance, while our resident therapists create personalised treatments based on your wellness needs. Throughout the year, we also welcome a line-up of leading names from the world of sport and fitness through our Soneva Stars programme, from legendary tennis and football players to champion free divers. For more information and bookings, please contact [email protected] or your Barefoot Guardian on arrival.

Sonu’s Picnic​​

Take your castaway experience to another level, and try Sonu’s favourite – lunch on a desert island prepared by your own personal chef. Dip yourself in the crystal clear blue lagoon with our in-house snorkelling guide while your chef prepares gourmet temptations in the most romantic of settings.

The Den

Our Den is a technology-free zone, where we encourage all our young guests to learn, play, discover nature, and let their creativity and curiosity run wild. To ensure everyone is engaged in their activities we ask you to make sure their phones and tablets are left in your villa before they come to The Den.   Explore Family at Soneva Fushi  

Private Sandbank Dinner​

Treat yourself to a memorable dinner on our private sandbank​ set in the middle of the Indian Ocean. After meeting with you, our executive chef will design a bespoke menu to suit your palate and your Hosts will set up a beautiful table at the water’s edge.

Register Your Interest

JLF Soneva Fushi’s dynamic programme encompasses book readings, discussions, performances and delectable dining through an exciting and many-hued festival. For more information and to book your stay during JLF Soneva Fushi, please contact us at [email protected] or fill out the below form.

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About Soneva

Guardians of places that have existed long before us, Soneva’s unique vision is inspired by nature’s magnitude, mystery and enchanting beauty.

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About JLF

Described as the ‘greatest literary show on Earth’, the Jaipur Literature Festival is a sumptuous feast of ideas and a global literary phenomenon.

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