Set on a spectacular private lagoon in the Noonu Atoll, the newly opened Soneva Jani is made up of five islands, accessed by seaplane or boat. This elegant resort offers luxurious villas surrounded by turquoise water, white-sand beaches and lush tropical greenery. It's a spectacular location for a supremely romantic getaway or the family holiday of a lifetime.
The over-water Soneva Jani Spa is so much more than a standard spa, giving you the chance to completely reassess your lifestyle and focus on wellness. As well as receiving advice from the in-house experts, you can also enjoy a full menu of spa treatments, and there's also a fully-equipped gym, yoga pavilion, sauna and steam rooms.
Accommodation is in a series of spacious villas, with one to four bedrooms. All have stunning ocean views and their own study, walk-in minibar, bathroom, dressing room, outdoor shower, dining area and living area with sunken seats, and most have a fun water slide to take you directly to the water below. Other amenities include air-conditioning, television, music system, espresso machine and safe.
Take some time for a stroll around the lush gardens, which supply fruit and vegetables to the resort's kitchens, and explore the labyrinth created out of ficus hedge. Take a sunset cruise to watch the dolphins, a trip to one of the local islands to meet the inhabitants or a star-gazing dinner cruise with the resort's in-house astronomer. If you'd prefer to explore under the water, try snorkelling or diving. In the evening, Cinema Paradiso is the first over-water silent cinema in the Maldives, where you can watch classic movies under the stars, with the sound provided by Bluetooth headphones so as not to disturb the wildlife. Don't miss the chance to visit the Observatory and learn more about the twinkling night sky. Children are also well catered-for, with a wide programme of activities.
Start the day with a delicious breakfast at So Fresh, which also serves fresh juices, salads, pizzas and freshly caught and grilled-to-order fish. So Imaginative is a tasting room serving food to trick your taste buds, while So Engaging is the chef's table, catering for just five lucky guests at a time. The So Starstruck experience allows you to dine at the Observatory, and you can also enjoy drinks and tapas at the over-water Gathering Bar and Wine Cellar, while So Cool offers ice-cream, chocolate, gourmet charcuterie, cheeses, sushi and sashimi. There's also a beachfront grill.
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