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!

May 2023

 JLF Soneva Fushi Programme Announcement:

The ‘greatest literary show on Earth’ is returning to the Maldives this month, from May 12 – 21, 2023. With more than 20 world-renowned authors now confirmed, the full line-up covers a fascinating spectrum of topics from nation-building to the natural world, politics to poetry, fiction and filmmaking to hard-hitting journalism and scientific discovery, and more.

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WGSN White Paper on ‘The Future Travellers’

Created in collaboration with WGSN, the world’s leading trend forecaster, this groundbreaking new white paper on the future of luxury travel identifies key trends and emerging priorities for travellers, including sustainability, regenerative travel and profound human connections.

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Dining Innovations

Plant-Based Bistro Menu at Shades of Green

Soneva Fushi’s dedicated plant-based restaurant has launched its latest menu, intimately fusing the flavours of the Maldives and Southeast Asia. Chef, Carsten Kyster runs the vibrant, bistro-style menu featuring six simple yet innovative dishes that showcase the finest seasonal fruits, vegetables and herbs cultivated.

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Floating Kitchen at Soneva Jani

The all-new Floating Kitchen brings the best of Soneva Jani’s award-winning chefs to the secluded surrounds of guests’ villas. As the buoyant kitchen floats on the surrounding waters, guests can feast on a decadent five-course meal prepared oceanside.

Our 2023 Awards

Forbes Travel Guide 2023, 5-star rating, Soneva Jani

Cosmopolitan Must-Visit List 2023, Best All-Inclusive Resort, Soneva Jani – No. 8

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

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

Don’t Miss

Coming Soon!

Spectacular Summers at Soneva

Throughout July and August, Soneva’s resorts in the Maldives and Thailand will be hosting creative dining journeys with acclaimed Michelin-starred chefs, inspiring events with visiting wellness specialists and sporting legends, and a fun-packed programme for children at The Den. Children aged 9 to 13 can also enjoy an enriching summer camp experience at Soneva Fushi and Soneva Jani.

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SOUL Festival

September 29-October 8, 2023

Held in partnership with international wellness enterprise ORGANIC INDIA, the first-ever SOUL Festival will take place from September 29 to October 8, 2023. The intimate health and wellness festival will bring with it a global line-up of 18 visionaries, thought leaders and wellness pioneers to host experiential workshops, healing rituals, daily panel discussions, one-on-one consultations and more – all set against Soneva Fushi’s idyllic island backdrop.

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Soneva Stars

William (Bill) Gillespie

Hailing from Canada, William (Bill) Gillespie is an experienced sport and athletic injury biomechanist with over 30 years of experience in movement and healthy behaviour modification. He has a diverse skillset that caters to patients of all ages and abilities. Bill is a Certified Exercise Physiologist, High-Performance Specialist and Accredited Kinesiologist. He is also trained in Reiki, Mindfulness, Pain Literacy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia, and other areas that show his holistic approach to health and wellness. Additionally, he is recognised by Exercise is Medicine Canada and The Running Clinic for his work in promoting healthy movement practices.
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Julie Charbonnier

Hailing from France, Julie Charbonnier is a healer and wellbeing practitioner with more than 17 years of experience. Using a wide range of techniques tailored to each client, she helps others realign their mind, body and soul to live life to the fullest. Based in the UK, Julie has honed her technique and developed her own signature style while working with some of the largest spas in London, Brighton and Cheshire. As an advocate for mental health, Julie contributed a chapter to the Amazon best-seller Seen Too, all proceeds from which are donated to the Welsh charity Advance Brighter Futures.
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Alan Dolan

World-renowned breath coach and founder of Breathguru, Alan Dolan has been at the forefront of breathwork in the UK and around the world for the last 19 years, changing people’s lives through the simple power of breathing. Alan’s clients are of all ages and backgrounds including comedian and actor Russell Brand, actress Naomie Harris, and various other Hollywood A-listers. After graduating from Aston University, Alan worked across Africa, Asia and for 10 years in the Middle East, forging a career as a public relations manager in the high-pressure world of communications. After taking a sabbatical to pursue his interest in all things metaphysical, Alan was introduced to the wonders of breathwork. Almost two decades later, he has gained a wealth of experience and is now based in Lanzarote where he runs the Breathguru Retreat. He also runs training and mentoring programmes for budding breath coaches and hosts online breath sessions for both individuals and groups. During a 90-minute breathwork session, Alan will teach you conscious connected breathing, a simple yet powerful technique that helps us to open up to our full potential. Conscious breathing is natural, safe and designed to be practised independently once taught. Its benefits include increased energy, the release of emotional baggage, reduced anxiety, increased positivity, increased levels of relaxation, improved stress response and greater self-awareness. “After 65 anxious years, trying every conceivable treatment and therapy available, just one session of breathwork was all that was needed to calm a troubled mind.” John Crace, Political correspondent, The Guardian
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Amberin Fur

Over the course of her 30-year osteopathic career, Amberin Fur has travelled the globe treating patients who range from newborns to nobilities. Widely considered a leader in her field, her many years of experience were shaped in elite sports and the performing arts, including the London 2012 Olympic Games and Cirque du Soleil. Her clinic, The Vital Practice, located in central London, offers a combination of osteopathy and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) and has garnered her a global clientele who value her personalised approach to treatment. Taking an entirely holistic approach, Amberin incorporates a range of techniques into her patient protocols, including HBOT, medical acupuncture, medical homoeopathy and lifestyle medicine. Centring her practice around the mind-body connection, she takes time to understand the personal and psycho-social circumstances of each patient and considers the body, lifestyle and environmental factors that may be playing a part in their symptoms.
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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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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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