There are many a jaw-dropping experience to be had in the Maldives. One of the most extravagant things you can do is to check into the surreally beautiful and staggeringly luxurious Soneva Jani. But hey, don’t just take our word for it (or that of the Conde Nast Traveller Hot List 2017). A picture speaks a thousand words – check out these amazing images that will send you packing for paradise.
You know those photos of bungalows built over turquoise water that look so beautiful that they must be Photoshopped? Well, Soneva Jani is exactly that – for real. The resort’s 25 environmentally sustainable villas are built over stilts with the resort spanning five islands and boasting a near six-kilometre long private lagoon.
And what villas they area! Soneva Jani has 11 villas built over water and one Island Reserve villa set on a private beach. Most of the villas feature a retractable roof, meaning you can look at the stars without leaving your bed. All villas are serviced by a “Mr. or Mrs. Friday” – that would be your own private butler.
One of our favourite features? The water slides! Many of Soneva Jani’s water villas feature a water slide that launches you from the villa’s roof straight to the turquoise lagoon waiting below. Trust us – you’ll feel like a kid again, no matter your age.
Entertainment Hub Over the Lagoon
Bedsides the villas themselves, Soneva Jani offers amazing facilities and entertainment. The heart and soul of Soneva Jani is The Gathering, a three-storey building built over water. The Gathering houses restaurants, a spa, library and wine cellar.
Easy Breezy Island Life
Life at Soneva Jani is all about carefree island living. The resort is built honouring environmental values and four of the five islands are left untouched, making this the lowest density development in the Maldives. Plenty of peace and privacy – the perfect setting for napping in an overwater hammock.
Soneva Jani’s Cinema Paradiso is a magical outdoor cinema, where guests can enjoy silver screen magic right on the resort’s paradise beach. To make sure the surrounding nature stays tranquil, movie-goers are provided with Bluetooth headphones for enjoying the show.
Fine Dining à la Robinson Crusoe
There are some amazing dining options availbale at Soneva Jani. The overwater Gathering offers wood oven fired pizzas, live cooking stations, amazing buffets and of course, fresh grilled seafood. Then there are the tailored dining experiences. So Starstuck allows you to dine in the resort’s observatory, while Zuhair’s Island means lunch on a private beach, where the cook will prepare only what he can pick or catch.
Soneva Jani has its own private Observatory and with good reason. Being far removed from the light pollution of big cities, the Maldives offer a picture-perfect spot for stargazing. You can decode the secrets of the galaxies with the resort’s astronomer or enjoy a super-romantic overwater dinner in the Observatory.
Waking Up to This
From waking up to lagoon views to gazing at the stars in the Observatory, each day in Soneva Jani is like a dream. All of Soneva Jani’s villas feature private pools with catamaran nets, as well as a playful overwater swing. There’s also an outdoor deck perfect for sun tanning and catching the views. In short, each villa at Soneva Jani is a private slice of paradise.