Soneva and iChild have partnered to offer inspiring learning opportunities in the Maldives. Combine a luxurious family stay at the award-winning Soneva Fushi or Soneva Jani, with engaging educational courses from Soneva Academy and unforgettable children’s experiences.
Soneva’s Maldives resorts are a haven of wonder and adventure for young guests and their families, where rare experiences and enthralling activities take place in awe-inspiring natural surroundings. Soneva Academy’s programme of modular educational courses for older children and teens adds an exciting new dimension to their schooling, from exploring the marine life of the Maldives, to learning about zero waste solutions and the fight against plastics.
Bring the magic of the Maldives and the Soneva Academy into your classroom: iChild and Soneva Academy have partnered to support the KS2 and KS3 science and geography curricula. Each lesson has an editable PowerPoint classroom presentation with stunning photography, animations and video clips, while accompanying teachers’ notes provide useful guidance and supporting resources. Each school and pupil will also receive a completion certificate which can be downloaded below.
(Please remember to start the slide show on each PowerPoint classroom presentation to activate the animations. Kindly wait until the entire presentation has downloaded as some files may be quite large).
Happiness and Nature
The Night Sky
Explore the Coral Reefs
Plastic in our Lives
Book your dream family holiday with Soneva and iChild. Reserve your stay with the Soneva Reservations Team, using the code ICHILD, and receive one complimentary Soneva Academy course per child over 12 (maximum 4 children per family, from a selection of available courses during your stay). Children below 12 will receive one age-appropriate, complimentary Den or family experience. You will also enjoy complimentary daily breakfast, 24/7 Barefoot Guardian service, and one signature Soneva experience per family during your stay. This offer can be combined with our Family Offer at Soneva Fushi or Soneva Jani which includes 2 hours of complimentary baby-sitting, arrival kits and daily full-board.
(Please note that reservations made through other channels, such as travel agents, will not qualify for this offer.)
Younger children can enjoy an array of adventures at Soneva Fushi and Soneva Jani. Explore the islands’ jungle trails, try out some new water sports, discover the local flora and fauna, or head to The Den – the region’s largest dedicated children’s zone that’s a playground for the imagination.Discover More
Soneva Academy’s courses are ideal for children and teens aged 12 and above, taking them from ‘junior’ to ‘expert’ as they learn. There’s plenty of other experiences to keep teens entertained, from movies at Cinema Paradiso to guided snorkelling or complimentary non-motorised water sports.Discover More
AquaTerra, named after the beautiful surroundings of Soneva Fushi, combines rare experiences, sustainability, and science. This innovative center serves as a hub for conservation efforts, with a focus on educating guests about the local ecosystem through a variety of inspirational activities and facilitating advanced scientific research.
“And while the kids are getting quadratic on the beach, you’ll be by the pool, learning what it’s like to be a parent who got something right.”The Sunday Times
Learn more about Soneva Academy’s one-of-a-kind courses at Soneva Fushi and Soneva Jani, which take education outside of the classroom and reconnect young learners with the natural world.
Learn how to navigate on land and on the ocean with this special course developed just for teenagers. The Corbin is a ship that sank on the Goidhoo Atoll’s reef in 1602. Stay on the island of Innafushi to learn about the sea, its currents, tides, and the methods of navigation.Discover More
Learn about our feathered friends, birds! Discover more about the common species on and around the island, how to identify these birds and their behaviour. You will also learn how to use a pair of binoculars and go bird watching on an uninhabited island!Discover More
Mosquitoes and Mosquito-borne Diseases delves into the effects of mosquitoes on the world’s population, the ways in which these tiny insects can affect our lives, and what we can do to protect ourselves from the diseases they can transmit.Discover More
Learn about plastic pollution and the global movement of waste reduction. This course also teaches you how you can directly contribute to climate action, wherever you are in the world, through a zero-waste lifestyle.Discover More
The Marine Life of the Maldives course dives beneath the waves to discover the coral reefs, the marine animals that call them home, the threats they face and what we can do to help.Discover More
The Night Sky in the Maldives goes beyond our atmosphere to identify the different cosmic objects, what they are, and how they fit into the grand scheme of the universe.Discover More
As the Maldives focuses on creating a more sustainable future in the face of climate change – from eliminating single-use plastics to protecting its native biodiversity – there’s no better time to engage young learners through environmental education. Sustainability has been at the heart of Soneva’s Slow Life philosophy since the launch of Soneva Fushi 26 years ago – building upon Soneva’s knowledge and achievements as an environmental pioneer, Soneva Academy’s courses aim to ignite a spark of passion within the next generation to conserve and protect the world’s precious ecosystems and resources, and become stewards for positive change.
Indulge and unwind after a day expanding your horizons with Soneva Academy. Sample an unlimited array of delectable treats in our complimentary ice-cream and chocolate rooms. Explore pristine turquoise waters with an array of water sports. Watch a classic movie under the stars at Cinema Paradiso. Relax and rejuvenate with a Soneva Soul treatment. Or dine on a feast of flavours and cuisines at world-class restaurants and one-of-a-kind dining destinations.
No vacation is ever complete without indulging in ice cream. With 60 ice creams, sorbets and nice creams to choose from, our So Cool ice cream parlour is complimentary for all of our guests. Ranging from much loved classics to experimental flavours inspired by our island, most are also free-from refined sugar, dairy and gluten, too.
Every child dreams of a Willy Wonka-style fantasy: never-ending chocolates, more flavours than you can ever try. At So Guilty, our complimentary chocolate parlour, our talented team of chocolatiers and pâtissiers create a mouth-watering daily selection of organic chocolate treats, macarons and cakes and so much more.
Soneva Soul is a new, transformative wellness concept that blends thousands of years of ancient healing wisdom with the latest science and innovation. Each wellness experience is personalised to you, helping you to achieve your long-term wellness goals and reconnect your mind, body and soul.
Lie back on a lounger as you watch your favourite classic films under the stars at the open-air Cinema Paradiso. Snack on complimentary popcorn and treats from the ice cream parlour, or enjoy the delicious a la carte menu.
Explore the ocean with a range of complimentary non-motorised water sports (including kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, windsurfing, kite surfing and catamarans), or motorised water sports such as a Seabob or e-Surf (available at an additional fee).
Thank you so much for organising the most fabulous, stimulating and informative course on mosquitos and malaria for the children. All three came back after each session bubbling with enthusiasm and excitement – they actually wanted to research more after the lessons. Bart is an extraordinary teacher who keeps the children thoroughly engaged. Soneva Academy adds an outstanding dimension to your already magical island.
From beachside hideaways to over-water retreats, our spacious villas are the perfect setting for an unforgettable family stay. With one to nine bedrooms, private pools, extensive gardens, and some even featuring water slides into the pool or ocean, there’s something for family groups of all sizes.
The original desert island hideaway in the Maldives. Soneva Fushi inspires the imagination with 63 beachfront villas and eight Water Reserves, ranging in size from one to nine bedrooms.Discover the Resort
Soneva Jani is nestled within the tranquil waters of the Noonu Atoll, where sun-drenched blue skies and azure seas stretch out in every direction. Stay in iconic over-water villas or vast island residences, with unparalleled access to marine experiences and exhilarating watersports.Discover the Resort
Contact our Reservations Team now to learn more about our iChild offer and to customise your dream holiday at Soneva.
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