Twenty years ago, Sonu and Eva Shivdasani pioneered the concept of barefoot luxury on their private island resort, Soneva Fushi in the Maldives. It was a fabulous idea: exemplary service in beautiful surroundings, with a focus on sustainable yet ultra-luxurious accommodation.
Two decades on and two other resorts later, Soneva still operates on this Robinson Crusoe ethos. Returning guests expect— and find— luxurious simplicity and intuitive service, facilitated by Mr and Ms Friday butlers.
Unforgettable, authentic experiences
In 1995, award-winning luxury resort Soneva Fushi set the standard for all desert island barefoot luxury hideaways in the Maldives. It has a pristine Biosphere UNESCO protected reef and is known for its legendary service. Fifty-nine private villas with their own stretch of beach are hidden amongst dense foliage, within touching distance of a pristine coral reef.
Soneva Kiri is Soneva’s Thai-based award-winning property and is located on Koh Kood – just one hour by private plane south-east of Bangkok. It offers an unrivalled combination of luxury, sustainability, authentic Thai experiences and mouth-watering organic food. The resort’s 36 vast pool villas (ranging in size from one to six bedrooms), all overlook the Gulf of Thailand.
The Soneva story continues with Soneva Jani, the brand’s newest luxury resort, which encompasses a collection of 24 overwater villas and one island villa set in a 5.6 kilometre private lagoon. The resort spans five islands surrounded by pure white beaches, covered in rich tropical vegetation, offering the ultimate in privacy and luxury.
Young Sonevians are more than welcome at our resorts, with dedicated children’s Dens designed to inspire the imagination. Take advantage of the beautiful warm weather at our outdoor Cinema Paradiso, with complimentary weekly showings at all our resorts. Enjoy a movie under a canopy of stars, with fresh popcorn and a cocktail or two. Located away from the hustle and bustle, our resorts are in the perfect setting for gazing upon the blanket of stars above. Count the rings of Saturn and the craters on the Moon through our powerful telescopes.
Our acclaimed dining options will spoil you with choice, but for the more discerning guests, we can prepare any meal, anywhere, whether it’s on our private sandbank, or on the beach of your villa. Don’t forget a visit to our complimentary chocolate and ice-cream parlours!
Soneva is perfect for both couples and families, with some villas offering waterslides into the pool, and a special children’s room attached to the master bedroom at Soneva Fushi and Soneva Jani. Our Private Residences are designed for larger families and groups, offering an intimate yet spacious setting in villas with up to nine bedrooms.
Soneva Fushi is a destination that appeals to all ages.
The Den has been conceptualised and designed as an imaginative playground for children with many inspiring and fun activities. The Den features two swimming pools, a pirate ship, a cinema room, a Lego room, a music room with a variety of instruments, and a teenage lounge. Children and the young at heart can slide into the pool from a twisting, red waterslide. Children can skip on musical piano keys built into the floor to create their own musical melodies.
Visit the Maldives’ only Glass Studio, where our resident artists as well as renowned visiting artists create functional pieces as well as beautiful artwork out of 100% recycled glass. Older children and adults can learn the fundamentals of glass blowing and take home a little piece of recycled art.
A giant moulded bamboo playground shaped like a manta ray and hanging in the treetops, Soneva Kiri’s children’s Den is dedicated to learning, excitement, and meaningful experiences.
Professional child minders teach the younger Soneva guests how to play Thai instruments, and unleash their creative talents with painting, music, and the visual arts. A special programme is also offered specifically for children aged from one to five years old at Soneva’s ‘Eco Den’.
The Den at Soneva Jani is a colourful space at The Gathering, with a plethora of fun activities. Children can challenge their creativity with buckets of Lego and Duplo bricks, get lost in the world of books and stories, or interact in activities around the island such as tree planting, learning about the ocean with our marine biologist, and creating masterpieces from
Villas at Soneva Jani offer an unobstructed view of the lagoon, with some villas offering a slide straight into the water below for the young and young at heart, and a retractable roof above the master bedroom, perfect for family stargazing.
Other family activities at Soneva include:
- Father and Son Fishing Trip with Mother and Daughter Spa
- Cinema Paradiso private viewing with dinner
- Gourmet tasting experience – with chocolates, ice-creams paired with wine / mocktails
- Family cooking class
- Private Sunset Cruise
- Family guided snorkeling excursions
If the experiences are magical, the philosophy is simple: No news, no shoes. No pretensions either.