Noonu Atoll, Maldives
based on 7 nights
* Pricing is a guideline only and excludes special offers. Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
International economy flights and taxes subject to availability
Price based on 2 adults sharing a 1 bedroom water retreat for 7 nights on a Bed & Breakfast basis, including seaplane transfers.
At a Glance
Sister property of Soneva Fushi, this barefoot resort is the ultimate getaway, with some villas equipped with their own private slide straight into the ocean!
Sleep under the stars from the comfort of the master bedroom as each villa has a retractable roof.
The journey to Soneva Jani is an experience in itself; kick back and enjoy the flight as you fly over the surrounding atols to reach your retreat – the views are simply incredible.
Delight in a sweet treat from either the ice cream or chocolate room… or both!
Privacy is key at Soneva Jani, where you even have private lagoon access from your bathroom.
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The Maldives has a tropical climate distinguished by two seasons, or monsoons: the dry northeast monsoon from December to March, and the wet southwestern monsoon from May to November, with more strong winds and rain. April is a transitional period noted for clear water and heat. The temperature remains remarkably consistent at around 30°C.
February to April is the hottest period and resorts are almost all operating at capacity during this period. Mid-December to early January comes at even more of a premium due to Christmas and New Year and prices are even higher. Easter and the Italian holiday week in August also attract peak prices at most resorts.
Storms are more likely from May to November, though it’s still warm, skies can be cloudy and the humidity is higher. This is the low season, with fewer people and lower prices, with the exception of August.
Diving is good year-round, although a basic rule is that life on the reef is more varied and visibility better on the western side of any atoll from May to November and from the eastern side of any atoll December to April.
The surfing season runs from March to October, which is when resorts are cheapest.
To start planning your holiday to Soneva Jani
The perfect combination of nature and luxury, Soneva Jani in the Maldives offers guests an unparalleled experience in idyllic surroundings. Made of sustainable materials, Soneva Jani is natural, yet refined and sophisticated.
Enveloped by the Medhufaru lagoon, Soneva Jani occupies a stunning location in the Noonu Atoll, and the pristine, crystal clear waters of the lagoon make for fantastic diving and wonderful ocean views. The resort is comprised of spacious villas that allow each guest a private and secluded experience in the utmost luxury.
The majority of villas are over-water and allow for direct access to the sparkling lagoon, however there are also Island Reserves which provide a real home-away-from home atmosphere. With a contemporary design and modern furnishings, all villas are stylish and highly comfortable, each offering several areas for lounging and dining. Relax on a catamaran net by your private pool, or take the slide straight into the lagoon from the upper floor after lunch on the roof terrace. These special touches ensure a unique stay at Soneva Jani, which has been thoughtfully designed with peace and tranquillity in mind. The standout feature of the water villas, however, is the retractable roof over the master bedroom, which can be drawn back in the evening for a truly one-of-a-kind stargazing experience.
Soneva Jani has a wide variety of dining facilities throughout the resort, with some unique and innovative options. From So Imaginative, the home of experimental gastronomy, to So Starstruck, a culinary experience in the resort's Observatory, Sonevi Jani provides a fantastic range of cuisines. Sit at the Chef's table with a handful of friends for a mystery menu, or watch as the Chef concocts lunch on the beach from ingredients he has managed to pick or catch.
Choose from staying in Chapter 1 Jetty - the original resort at Soneva Jani, or Chapter 2 - a jetty of overwater villas on the south of the island. staying in Chapter 2 provides you with a stay on the Soneva unlimited plan, inclusive of all your food, beverages and experiences from the Soneva Unlimited programme.
The diving in the Maldives is outstanding, and Soneva Jani is no exception. The Soleni Dive Centre offers small group lessons, and provides a knowledgeable insight into the wonderful marine life around the resort. Alternative water sports are also available, as well as activities on dry land such as cycling, nature walks and tennis. For a more relaxing experience, pay a visit to Cinema Paradiso, the resort's over-water 'silent cinema', where guests can sit back and enjoy a classic or contemporary film via high-quality headphones. Soneva Spa is the perfect addition to this haven, offering a range of holistic and traditional treatments using soothing, natural products.
Soneva Jani is comprised of Water Retreats, Water Reserves and Island Reserves. All of these villas have two floors and feature a large master bedroom, with adjacent kids sleeping area, as well as a private pool and deck with lounge area. Each water villa has direct access to the lagoon, and some have slides from the upper floor to the lagoon! Water villas also have a retractable roof in each master bedroom, which offers fantastic stargazing opportunities. There are TV and sound systems throughout the property, and each villa features an open-air bathroom as well as three different dining areas. Walk-in 'mini-bars' are provided in each villa, complete with a private wine cellar collection.
|One-bedroom Water Retreat||
Measuring 411 sqm, the One-bedroom Water Retreat is spread over two floors, with an array of lounging and dining areas. The sunken table on the deck is a unique dining table, or alternatively the roof terrace provides a fantastic dining sala.
|One-bedroom Water Retreat with Slide||
Measuring 411 sqm, the One-bedroom Water Retreat with Slide is spread over two floors, with an array of lounging and dining areas. The sunken table on the deck is a unique dining table, or alternatively the roof terrace provides a fantastic dining sala. These villas feature a water slide from the top floor into the lagoon below.
|Two-bedroom Water Retreat||
The Two-bedroom Water Retreat measures a spacious 555 sqm, with the master bedroom on the lower floor, and the second bedroom upstairs along with the roof deck and dining sala. Just one of these villas features the slide from the top floor to lagoon. There are two dressing rooms and two bathrooms in these properties, and many areas for lounging and dining.
|Three-bedroom Water Retreat||
The Three-bedroom Water Retreat measures 555 sqm and features the master bedroom on the lower floor, with two bedrooms upstairs. Two outdoor sunken seats provide shade or sun, and the over-water catamaran net is the ultimate relaxation spot. Find more seating and dining areas upstairs on the roof terrace, and a slide down to the lagoon.
|Three-bedroom Water Reserve||
Measuring 555 sqm, the Three-bedroom Water Reserve offers a fitness room within its luxurious living area. There are many living and dining areas, and a large deck with private pool and sunloungers. The Water Reserve also features a slide from the top floor to the lagoon.
|Four-bedroom Island Reserve||
A large beachfront villa, the Four-bedroom Island Reserve measures 1424 sqm and is the utmost in luxury. A fitness room, sauna, kitchen and wine cellar are all housed within this magnificent villa, and there are a host of living and dining areas. The Four-bedroom Island Reserve can be customised according to guests' preferences and requirements.
Children of all ages are more than welcome at Soneva Jani, where each master bedroom has an adjacent kids sleeping area. The Den is the fantastic children's playground, where toys and dressing up clothes are provided, and various activities are on offer, such as snorkelling and protecting turtles.
Each villa is serviced by Soneva's renowned Mr or Ms Friday service - the resort's take on a butler.
There is a wide range of dining options available at Sonevi Jani. From So Cool, the in-house chocolatier with over 60 flavours of ice cream, to So Imaginative's inventive and experimental cuisine, there is something to suit each guest. At The Gathering, at the heart of the resort, morning fruits and juices are on offer, with pizzas, tandoors and freshly caught seafood later in the day. So Engaging offers a seat at the Chef's table for a private dining experience and a mystery menu for just five guests. So Starstruck is a small dining area in the Observatory, where just four tables have screens with links to the telescope for a truly celestial experience. Alternatively, enjoy lunch on a private beach and a meal made up of simple ingredients that the Chef is able to catch or pick that day.
The Crab Shack is located on the southwest beach of the resort and as the name suggests, serves a host of seafood dishes - centred around crabs. Dine barefoot with your toes in the sand amongst the structures built from reclaimed wood and enjoy the sundowners in an eatery that is classic Soneva.
The Gathering Bar is a relaxing location to spend a day, with daybeds and over-water catamaran nets for guests to lounge on while enjoying cocktails and tapas. The Wine Cellar is housed within The Gathering, and offers a large selection of organic and biodynamic wines.
Soneva Jani has plenty to offer in terms of activities and experiences. Join in on nature walks or cycling around the islands, or enjoy an array of water sports. The Soleni Dive Centre provides fantastic diving in small groups, so guests can benefit from the instructors and their knowledge of the local marine life. Alternatively, relax at Cinema Paradiso, a comfortable over-water 'silent cinema' where the audio is played through individual headphones for each guest. Guests may also visit the hotel's garden - the island was previously a farm and the gardens still remain to supply fruit and vegetable for the kitchen!
Soneva Spa offers a wide range of traditional treatments, as well as a gym, yoga pavilion, sauna and steam room.
Gemma Dobson (Staff)
The water retreats here really have the wow factor. Step through the door and you will be greeted by a spectacular view of the ocean through floor to ceiling glass, which opens out onto your private deck and infinity pool. The overall feel is one of light and space and the dcor is stunning with light wood floors and driftwood furniture throughout. The spacious sundeck has plenty of loungers to choose from, or opt to lay back on the netting over the water, there's also a lovely round seating area perfect for a drink or to enjoy private dining should you wish!
At the time of writing this review, Soneva Jani has 25 water retreats and one four bedroom villa located on the island itself. There are plans for more beach villas to be built in the coming months.
I would certainly recommend always taking the seaplane transfer to this resort as the speedboat can be a little bumpy and takes approximately 90 minutes from Soneva Fushi. Another option would be an overnight cruise onboard the luxury yacht Soneva in Aqua, but I would only recommend this when the waters are gentle.
This resort has its own overwater cinema, the first of its kind in the Maldives. It is a magical experience enjoying an after dinner movie whilst sitting over the gently lapping waves of the Indian Ocean.
The main hub of the resort is located in the largest over water structure in the Maldives - at three storeys tall it is called 'The Gathering' and here you can find the resort's shops, library, gym, bar and restaurant. The resort's fantastic restaurant has an open kitchen and dining space split over two areas. There is also a complimentary ice cream room and chocolate room for the ultimate in indulgence!
If you enjoy stargazing, Soneva Jani has an amazing observatory on the island with a state of the art telescope, visit after dinner or you can choose to have a special dining experience here under the stars.
Anna Chaplin (Staff)
Arriving at Soneva Jani is like travelling through a secret portal to another land - it's a magical and enchanting resort. Built within a five kilometre blue lagoon, there is so much to explore - it is a destination for a true exotic escape.
Five hundred metres from the island is a collection of over water villas, which are all beautifully designed with playful characteristics, including big spiralling slides off the side of the villas and retracting roofs that open above the master bed for the ultimate stargazing experience.
The feel and atmosphere created at Soneva Jani is like no other, which makes it the perfect destination for couples and families looking for a truly unique holiday.
Location & directions
Noonu Atoll, Maldives
Soneva Jani is set on Medhufaru, one of the largest islands in the Maldives. Medhufaru is part of the Noonu Atoll and is surrounded by the Edufaaru lagoon.
How to get there
10-hour 30-minute direct flight to Malé International Airport. From Malé it is a 40-minute scenic seaplane flight to Medhufaru island. Alternatively Soneva Jani can be reached via Soneva Fushi, which takes one hour by speedboat transfer. Guests also have the option of cruising between the two resorts on Soneva in Aqua, the resorts' luxury private yacht.
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