Soneva Jani has redefined luxury in the Maldives

By Tegan Reeves,

The Maldives is home to some of the globe’s most luxurious accommodation, but the latest project from the Soneva brand takes the cake. The luxury hotel chain has recently opened Soneva Jani, a five-star resort that aims to give guests ‘a lifetime of rare experiences’.

The most notable ‘rare experience’ is having the opportunity to star gaze from the bed of your overwater bungalow. Each bungalow has been built with a retractable roof over the master bedroom, giving guests a five-star view of the clear night skies. All of the villas at Soneva Jani have been built with sustainable materials, while the resort keeps its environmental impacts to a minimum.

Another standout is the water slides from the top floor of each villa, leading into the crystal clear waters of the lagoon below. Yep, you can literally slide into the ocean from the loungeroom. Each villa also has a private pool, because, why not?

Although there are only 25 villas, the resort is home to five dining locations. These range from the exclusive So Engaging, which serves up mystery menus to only five guests per night, to the decadent So Cool. At So Cool, guests enjoy complimentary handmade chocolates, charcuterie boards and over 50 flavours of ice cream.

With sleeping and dining arrangements taken care of, all that is needed to do is choose from the range of activities on offer. Visit the spa, search for dolphins by boat, take a cooking class, or head to a deserted island for the ultimate castaway picnic. When the sun sets, head to the observatory to do some star gazing or the outdoor cinema for the evening.

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