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.
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Unforgettable Family Holidays
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).
Book your dream family holiday with Soneva and iChild. Reserve your stay at www.soneva.com or 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.
(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.
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.
“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.”
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Fun and Fascinating Courses
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.
Adventure of the Corbin
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Combine Learning with Leisure
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.
Ice Cream Parlour
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).
Message from a Soneva Guest
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.