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Recklessness Could Shatter the Fragile Tourism Recovery
Op-Ed by Sonu Shivdasani, our CEO and Co-founder, on the effects of the pandemic on the Maldivian tourism industry.
Read about the latest news and happenings at Soneva
SLOW LIFE Magazine
25 Years as a Trailblazer
As Soneva Fushi celebrates 25 years as a sustainable pioneer, our founder Sonu Shivdasani looks back at how it all started – and how Soneva’s innovative approach to barefoot luxury is still making waves.
See the latest recommended reads from our Barefoot Booksellers, and discover what’s new on our Soneva Academy learning programme
Barefoot Bookseller Recommendations
On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read. Written when the speaker, Little Dog, is in his late twenties, the letter unearths a family’s history that began before he was born — a history whose epicenter is rooted in Vietnam — and serves as a doorway into parts of his life his mother has never known, all of it leading to an unforgettable revelation…
We continue to expand our educational offerings for children and teenagers with the Soneva Academy. There are currently five courses that can be taken, covering a range of topics that are intrinsically linked to our resorts in the Maldives.
Marine Life of the Maldives
Marine Life of the Maldives lets participants learn about coral reefs and their importance as an ecosystem, learning about scientific surveys and carrying out a small survey on the house reef. Each of these courses has three modules (USD 150++ per module), over three days, with an exam at the end.
Available under Soneva Academy The Adventure of the Corbin combines nautical history with reading the stars to navigate and survival tips for being deserted on a small Maldivian island. They will spend two nights on an uninhabited island, snorkel the site of the Corbin’s wreck and re-live the adventure of 17th century sailors. The Adventure of the Corbin is for three nights, three-and-a-half days, with a fully inclusive price of USD 1,500 ++ per child when travelling by speedboat, or USD 2,500 ++ per child when travelling on Soneva in Aqua.
During the festive seasons, summer and half term holidays, we regularly partner with Oppidan Education. This is so our younger guests can get a leg up on their fellow students with complimentary group workshops by these UK-based mentoring experts at Soneva Fushi and Soneva Jani.
The Oppidan team organises camps for children aged 7 and up, with sessions taking place each day from 10:30 to 12:30. Workshops include themes like the Roman Empire, Faces & Places Challenge, Dragon’s Den, and Public Speaking. Private sessions focusing on a particular subject or general mentoring are also available for USD 175++ per hour.
Introducing our latest offerings and one-of-a-kind activities
Need for Speed: eSurf and eFoil
Soneva Fushi’s water sports offering just got faster, and you don’t need a speedboat for the extra knots!
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 houses the motor, which you control using a handheld throttle. Our eSurf lets you get up to speeds of 56km per hour, making this an exhilarating water sport.
We also now have an eFoil, which uses an advanced battery to power a silent electric motor mounted on an all-carbon fibre hydrofoil. The eFoil’s speed can be adjusted 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!
Surf uncrowded breaks, dive among shipwrecks, spot whale sharks, manta rays, and dolphins, and snorkel untouched reefs onboard Soneva in Aqua. The Goidhoo Atoll’s dive and snorkelling sites have vibrant marine life and corals.
We have partnered with ALEXA Private Cruises to offer our guests unrivalled charter holidays in the Maldives, who sailed their 38-metre ALEXA J yacht to the Indian Ocean. ALEXA J is an exclusive experience, with a maximum capacity of two adults and two children, and a dedicated crew of six: Captain, Chief Engineer, Star Chef, Spa Therapist, Dive Instructor, and Stewardess.
We recently introduced Conscious Experiences at Soneva Fushi, Soneva Jani, and Soneva Kiri are centred around learning and delving deeper into our philosophy and sustainable practices. Guests can take part in marine conservation under the guidance of the resort Marine Biologist at Soneva Jani, learn how to track wildlife on the island at Soneva Fushi, and learn about the organic gardens and pick the ingredients for their lunch at Soneva Kiri.
A new an exhilarating way to travel beneath the ocean’s surface. Make sure you book a Dolphin Sled session for something out of the ordinary. This underwater experience lets you get a taste for what it is like to be part of a pod of dolphins. Our crew will tow you under the waves on our sled through a pod of playful dolphins.
Experience the Maldives like never before with this seven-night trip that takes you to some of the most beautiful atolls and reefs. Cruise over azure seas, see pods of dolphins and explore the islands of Viligili, Goidhoo, and the Angafaru Lagoon. Spend days on deserted sandbanks and dine on meals prepared by the Head Chef beneath the open starry sky. After days of adventure, unwind with spa treatments provided by the onboard Wellness Therapist. Prices start at USD 29,400++.
Unwind and rejuvenate with our latest holistic wellness therapies and fitness programmes
Soneva Jani Spa Unlimited
Priced at USD 500 per guest per day, it includes unlimited massage therapies from around the globe, healing Ayurvedic rituals, IV Vitamin therapies, high-performance, all-natural Sodashi facial treatments and targeted wellness programmes, as well as private yoga and meditation sessions, personal training, and consultations with our resident Ayurvedic doctor.
Feel rejuvenated inside and out while on holiday with this specially curated selection of Vitamin Therpies from Beverly Hills IV Therapy that can boost your immune system, alleviate jet lag, combat the symptoms of sunburn, and give you skin that glows from within.
Vitamin Therapy is a safe, natural, and rapid solution to alleviate the common symptoms of many basic health issues, as well as provide needed boosts to anyone interested in enhancing their wellness. The infusion itself takes approximately 40 minutes, leaving you feeling balanced and revived.
Treatments include: Immunity Amplifier, Beverly Hills Blast, Jetsetter’s Shot, Sommelier’s Secret, Sun Soother, and Slimming Boost. Prices range from USD 275++ to USD 375++. These are available at both Soneva Fushi and Soneva Jani in the Maldives.
Find out more about some of your favourite Soneva Hosts
At Soneva, our Hosts embody our SLOWLIFE values. We are so proud of their warmth, dedication and intuition, through which we are able to deliver the highest levels of service and hospitality, offer exceptional and enriching guest experiences and set new standards for responsible tourism.
“It’s pretty difficult to nail down a set routine for my day – it is one of the cool things about my job!”
Meet Grant Ruffel, Captain of Soneva in Aqua
Grant has been captaining boats of all kinds in a multitude of places around the globe for more than two decades. After being in charge of one of the first electrically propelled super yachts in excess of 100t, he discovered Soneva, and was drawn to the philosophy practiced at the resorts and was excited to continue to play a part in the evolution of sustainability.
Meet the newest members of our growing Soneva family
Noha Mohamed promoted to Den Manager, Soneva Fushi
With over a decades’ experience in children’s education and childcare, we’re proud to announce Noha as the new Den Manager at Soneva Fushi. Noha is the first Maldivian woman to hold this role – she first joined Soneva as a babysitter back in 2010 and worked her way up to becoming Assistant Manager in 2019.
Alan Ball appointed VP Sales for Europe, Russia and the Americas
We’re very proud to welcome Alan as Soneva’s primary sales contact for Europe, Russia and the Americas, as well as overseeing sales in the UK and Nordic region. Before joining Soneva, he worked with some of the industry’s best-known brands, including PER AQUUM, Six Senses and JOALI Maldives, as well as premium travel company Linara Travel.
Jamie Waring appointed new Guardian of the Experience at Soneva Kiri
With a deep understanding of luxury hospitality and wellness, Jamie will be taking over as Guardian of the Experience at Soneva Kiri from May 2021. Jamie is well-known within the Soneva family, having been Managing Director of Six Senses Spas from 2005-2007 and the company’s Chief Operating Officer from 2007-2010.
Kash Izydorczyk returns to Soneva as Director of Soneva Namoona Operations and Community Engagement – Maldives
Kash returned to the Soneva family in October 2020 as the Director of Soneva Namoona Operations and Community Engagement – Maldives. Before leaving Soneva for an 18-month period of pursuing some exciting initiatives on her own, Kash last held the position of Soneva Fushi’s Den Manager and Area Den Manger – Maldives.
Become an Islander
Luxurious Private Residences in the Maldives and Thailand with Soneva Villa Ownership
Villa 65 at Soneva Fushi
The spectacular Villa 65 at Soneva Fushi is up for sale under the Soneva Villa Ownership programme. The 3 Bedroom Crusoe Suite with Pool is a beach-front property comprised of two duplex villas, the whitewashed walls and thatched roofing blend perfectly with the island setting.
The outdoor bathroom is where nature meets luxury. Then there is your pool and outdoor sitting area – perfect for days when all you want to do is relax in your sanctuary, enjoying the service of your Barefoot Butler. The fully equipped kitchen has ample space for food preparation, while the 10-seater dining room table is ideal for gatherings and in-villa dining. Located on the sunset side, this villa is close to the vibrant house reef and the diving school and offers uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean.
Offered under contract with Soneva Fushi, upon purchase it will be upgraded at the resort’s expense into a spacious Four Bedroom Crusoe Suite with Pool. The modifications include extending the pool, adding sweeping terraces and an in-villa gym.
Say hello to the Sunset Sanctuary (Villa 3), the only 3-bedroom over-water Residence at Soneva Jani.
Located at the very tip of the sunset side of the resort, this stunning property boasts mesmerizing ocean views from each room. With a total area of 625 square metres, the villa has bright, spacious rooms, our signature outdoor bathroom with private access to the lagoon.
The ground floor offers a master bedroom (with an adjoining children’s sleeping area) with our iconic retractable roof for late night in-bed stargazing, study, pantry with minibar, and a lounge area that completely opens up to the 12-metre-long swimming pool. There is one guest bedroom on the ground floor and one upstairs along with a TV lounge for movie nights and a private in-villa gym. The property also has a private water slide, which is a feature that all the family will love.
The Sunset Sanctuary Villa, as part of our Villa Ownership programme, generates a significant return for its lucky owner, meaning it makes money for you when you are not on the island.