Soneva Jani Resort
An imaginative journey that began over two decades ago, the Soneva story continues with Soneva Jani, the brand’s newest luxury resort o ering. Inspired by a word that means ‘wisdom’ in Sanskrit, Soneva Jani encompasses a collection of Water Villas and Island Sanctuaries set within a lagoon of crystal clear waters, fringed by pristine beaches and blanketed in lush tropical greenery.
Soneva Jani, located in the Medhufaru lagoon in the Noonu Atoll, comprises ve islands, the largest of which is Medhufaru, which is 150 acres in size. The resort can be reached by a scenic 40 minute seaplane ight direct from Malé International Airport, a 60 minute speedboat ride from Soneva Fushi, or by a leisurely halfday cruise from Soneva Fushi onboard Soneva in Aqua.
1 Bedroom Water Retreat
Spread across two floors, the One Bedroom Water Retreat comes with its own private pool surrounded by ample areas for sunbathing and taking in ocean vistas. In addition to a spacious master bedroom an ... read more
2 Bedroom Water Retreat
With a pool, catamaran net, sunken seat and daybed, the Two Bedroom Water Retreat affords a wealth of tropical lounging opportunities. The first floor offers a spacious bedroom, bathroom, dressing roo ... read more
3 Bedroom Water Reserve
At the Three Bedroom Water Retreat you can choose from the tropical sun or the cooler shade with two outdoor sunken seats, one protected with a gazebo roof. The lower floor offers a master bedroom wit ... read more
4 Bedroom Water Reserve
This is over-water living at its finest, with a huge 1,066 square meters of luxurious living space and uninhabited views in every direction. This huge villa features three private bedrooms, in additio ... read more
4 Bedroom Island Reserve
An expansive beachfront suite, the Four Bedroom Island Reserve affords a wealth of luxury while allowing for personal customisation depending on your requirements. Spacious indoor-outdoor living areas ... read more
Come gaze into the night sky at the twinkling jewel-like stars at our Observatory, the first overwater observatory in the Maldives. This popular experience has awed and amazed guests of all ages at Soneva Fushi and Soneva Kiri, and we’ve made the observatory at Soneva Jani even better.
A sophisticated telescope rises up through the floor of the observatory deck, offering enchanted views of the starry sky. The deck is surrounded by four dining tables, at which you can dine if you wish. The tables are equipped with screens linked to the view from the telescope, allowing you to dine with the stars.
Listen to our in-house astronomy talk about the world above us in a short introduction at the Observatory, or learn more in a private astronomy session. For a more special night to remember, organise a private dinner at So Starstruck, the observatory dining deck, and dine with the stars.
Cinema Paradiso is the first overwater silent cinema in the Maldives! Guests are provided with Bluetooth headphones, leaving the surrounding nesting wildlife at peace.
We love classic and inspirational movies and have a twice weekly movie selection for both children and adults. Relax on the comfortable loungers under the stars, and snack on fresh popcorn. Private screenings and dining experiences can be arranged at extra charge.
- Sunset Dolphin Cruise
Can there be a more fascinating and beautiful experience during your tropical holiday than watch¬ing dozens of playful dolphins in the light of the setting sun? Dolphins are regular visitors in the waters near Soneva Jani, and sightings are almost gua¬ranteed. While you cruise in the deeper wa¬ters on a dhoni, (the traditional Maldivian boat) you will be served a selection of canapés and a flute of sparkling wine. This popular excursion is one of the best opportunities to take home some wonderful memories of the Maldives.
- Private Sunset Dolphin Cruise
Enjoy the sunset and the dolphins on your own private cruise, with canapés and champagne.
- Maghoodhoo Island by Speedboat
Visit our nearest local island within the Noonu Atoll with its harbour and banyan trees and sleepy local village life. Experience the real life of the Maldives and visit the mosques, hospital, school, cemetery and other significant sights to gain a little more insight into the local culture by watching the people at work, rest and play.
- Kudafari Island by Speedboat
Kudafari is a small traditional fishing island with only 600 inha¬bitants, and is an exemplary example of a community that have found the most sustainable ways of living in this paradise. Visit the area where the local ladies sit and chatter and watch them weave mats and baskets as they have done on the island for hundreds of years.
- Noonu Atoll Adventure by Speed Boat
During this journey you will have the opportunity to see two local islands and enjoy a special snorkelling trip to one of the reefs in the Noonu atoll.
- Astronomical Dinner Cruise
Take advantage of the dark skies over the Maldives and head out into the ocean for this unique dining experience. Our in-house Astronomer will be on hand to explain some of the greatest secrets of the universe, and discover the planets and Milky Way from a Maldivian angle. Relax on the top deck of our boat, and enjoy the sun setting over the Indian Ocean while enjoying the delicious wines and dinner, waiting for the evening to darken and for the stars to brighten in the night sky.
- Medhufaru Lagoon snorkeling- daily
We have over 10 kilometers of reef around the Medhufaru Lagoon, which are only accessible by boat. Join our water sports team for their daily snorkeling trip for an hour’s guided snorkeling on our lagoon reef.
- Guided Snorkeling in the Medhufaru Lagoon with our resident Marine Biologist
Our Marine biologist is ready to take you for a guided snorkelling trip to our Medhufaru lagoon reef for an introduction or refresher to the extensive marine life found in the Indian Ocean. We have 10 km of reef to choose from, with different parts of the reef shining at different times of the year. She will guide you through the reefs and explain each and every species of life that you could see during this adventurous trip.
- Noonu Atoll Guided Snorkeling
If you are interested in exploring further afield, we can escort you for a snorkelling experience to one of the Noonu Atoll reefs. The beautiful reefs of Vattaru, or the turtles of Maafaru are within 10 minutes speedboat ride from our lagoon. We will guide you through the marine world of sea life and corals.
- Private Noonu Atoll Guided Snorkeling with our resident Marine Biologist
Take advantage of your visit to Soneva Jani and the waters of the Noonu Atoll, and discover more about the incredible diversity of the marine life of the Maldives with our resident Marine biologist. She is available to escort you for snorkelling experiences outside of our Lagoon to some of the beautiful reefs around us.
- Professional Soleni Dive Centre
The Soleni Dive Centre’s multi-lingual PADI instructors as well as the small dive group sizes ensure that you get the best service at all times. There are many dive sites with rich marine life around the resort, sure to tempt all marine enthusiasts.
A playground for the imagination where children can dress up, play Lego, and participate in activities around the island, including snorkelling, gardening, protecting turtles and much more.
The Gardens & Labyrinth
Medhufaru island, the largest island of Soneva Jani, was home to a farm for 10 years before Soneva Jani was conceptualized. The extensive gardens on the isle are still supplying the fruits, vegetables, herbs and mushrooms to the resort’s kitchens, as well as to Soneva Fushi.
Wander through the Labyrinth, a meditative maze created out of ficus hedge that follows an ancient circular pattern.
Shop And Gallery
The shop includes a range of beautiful clothing, jewellery, handicrafts, books, homewares and gifts that reflect the beautiful island.
The library is located on the top deck of The Gathering and offers an inspiring and informative selection of literature on the Maldives and its magnificent underwater world. Browse the shelves and discover a different world amongst the pages. Get a preview of the amazing species you will discover on your next snorkeling or diving experience.
The heart of the resort, the Gathering is a three-storey overwater structure that is home to various dining outlets, as well as the spa, library, retail area and wine cellar. It is located next to the Observatory.
The day begins here with an endless spread of fresh fruits, comforting classics and creative juices from our Juice Bar. The day continues with a bountiful buffet of organic garden salads and live cooking stations with our wood burning pizza oven, tandoors and grills with bespoke pizzas and freshly caught and grilled to order fish. Sunset aperitvos lead into our mouthwatering evening menus. The sun sets and the Chef takes the stage in the central open kitchen So Fresh, where he creates a myriad of choices.
Our dedicated tasting room will host Laboratory dinners where our Chef will trick your taste buds and your mind with elaborate disguises. Our Sommeliers create inspired wine tastings and wine dinners, selecting the best from our cellar.
So Engaging is our chefs table offering a mystery menu for 5 very special guests. At Deckadence and our Starlight table, dine under the stars where you can choose from any of the menus the Chef is creating, or try the ultimate stargazing dinner at So Starstruck.
Our Observatory deck, where our resident Astronomer will be on hand to guide diners around the celestial heavens, through our extraordinary Meade telescope, which is linked to the dining table tops. View the stars and planets like never before. Our Chef will inspire with an Eclipse set menu.
The Gathering Bar
Drinks and tapas snacks can be enjoyed at any time at this day into evening overwater bar. Daybeds and overwater catamaran nets overlook the fish filled waters and accompany a light meal or snack. As the sun starts to set ease into an organic sunset aperitivo. Our main bar has one of the best selections of freshly made cocktails, spirits and liqueurs in the Maldives.
Soneva is famous for its complimentary Ice Cream, Chocolate, and at Soneva Jani they are all here in So Cool, with over 50 flavours of ice creams to choose from, handmade chocolates from our in-house chocolatiers and gourmet charcuterie, cheeses and preserves to be enjoyed throughout the day and evening. Our Sushi & Sashimi cold shelf and Wine Cellar are also a part of So Cool.
The Gathering Wine Cellar
Soneva has gained a worldwide reputation for its unique, hand-picked selection and world class Sommeliers. At Soneva Jani our wine is housed in a six-metre high glass tower, and the list contains around 50% organic and biodynamic wine. Private tastings and dinners can be arranged above the wine tower in So Imaginative, our beautiful Tasting Room.
Our deserted north island is the perfect spot for sunning, swimming and snorkeling. It is located on the northern tip of our lagoon close to the overwater villas, and serves refreshments through the day, with delightful lunches with the Chef cooking only what he can catch and pick. Taste the freshest fish, grilled, barbequed or baked in the sand.
Our overwater, open air cinema is located in a tranquil bay to the south of the island. Chef will create a perfect menu to accompany the evening’s film.
The over-water Soneva Jani spa will be closer to a lifestyle centre, than a traditional, standardised spa. Inspired by the resort’s name (Jani means wisdom in Sanskrit), guests will be encouraged to learn new skills and to rethink their lifestyles with a focus on wellness. Our in-house experts will be on hand to offer advice to assist guests to heal, move, and ‘be’. Sitting above and within a stunning 5 kilometre lagoon, Soneva Jani’s spa will be surrounded by astonishingly turquoise waters…the perfect setting to enjoy treatments and work towards a healthier, purer, and happier self!. Spa treatments are complemented by the fully-equipped gym and yoga pavilion as well as sauna and steam rooms.