All of our Soneva Private Residences in the Maldives are inspired by nature and built to accentuate the beauty of their idyllic island locations. Explore our sustainable design philosophy and the craftsmanship and materials we use for our interior design.
Design in Harmony with Nature
Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do at Soneva, and our Private Residences are no exception. We are committed to creating an elegant, luxurious aesthetic while treading lightly on our planet.
All of our villas and their interiors are crafted from sustainable, ethically-sourced materials. We never use rainforest hardwoods, instead using fast-growing, ultra-sustainable and durable bamboo or plantation-grown wood. True to our ‘Waste to Wealth’ ethos, we re-use and recycle materials wherever we can, whether transforming driftwood into sculptures and statement lighting, using reclaimed telegraph poles for construction, or turning waste metals and glass into eye-catching design details
Locally Made, Universally Loved
Every element of our interior design is completely unique to Soneva, overseen by Eva Malmström Shivdasani, our Co-Founder and Creative Director. We strive to employ local talent at Soneva, and our talented team of in-house carpenters and craftspeople create around 99 percent of the furnishings, fittings and décor at our villas. The rest is sourced from skilled artisans in countries such as Indonesia and Thailand, or curated by Eva during her travels.
All of our private residences are designed to be naturally illuminated by the sun’s rays – through floor-to-ceiling windows, skylights, light holes and portholes. Even so, we always look for inventive and unusual ways to light up a room, using natural and reclaimed materials – driftwood, branches, even loofahs – to create one-of-a-kind, statement pieces.
All materials used at our resorts and private residences adhere to our strict, environmentally friendly and socially responsible standards. Our villas are constructed using wood from sustainable plantations that we visit to see their processes first-hand. Our hand-woven interiors fabrics are sourced from a women’s cooperative in Sri Lanka that helps rural women find work. And reclaimed materials, such as waste metal, plastics and glass, are recycled into works of art and functional items in our Makers’ Place and Soneva Art & Glass studio.
Meet Our Visionary Founders
Creative Director and Conscience
Eva Malmström Shivdasani
Passionate about the environment and sustainability, Eva has the challenging role of creating and overseeing all of Soneva’s interior designs. Her philosophy marries absolute luxury with an unwavering commitment to using local and sustainable materials, resources and skills.
CEO and Joint Creative Director
Since the launch of Soneva Fushi in 1995, Sonu has pioneered greater environmental accountability within the hospitality sector and beyond. He believes strongly that companies must play their part in addressing the problems of the 21st century.