Soneva Jani
Medhufaru Island, 20001 Manadhoo, Maldives

Soneva Jani is an amazing luxury hotel and the latest from the Soneva group. The name of the hotel is inspired by the translation of the word “wisdom” from Sanskrit. Soneva Jani is essentially a beautiful collection of Water Villas and Island Sanctuaries found in a gorgeous lagoon surrounded by exquisite beaches. This luxury beach resort is based on the island of Medhufaru and is accessed by a variety of ways. The quickest is a 40 minute seaplane flight from Malé International Airport but you can also get to the island by speedboat or a cruise.

The Rooms

Most of these magnificent
villas have their own private pools, retractable roofs, catamaran nets, and open-air bathrooms. Some even have such luxuries as fitness rooms and water slides from the top floor of the villa into the lagoon below! With villas that boast features such as these you will be in seventh heaven and they certainly go towards making this resort one of the best hotels in the world.


As if the quality of the hotel and villas features ween’t enough you really will be spoilt for choice with the amazing selection of dishes on offer at the restaurants and bars. The Gathering is a 3-storey building that is home to a range of restaurant options where you will be able to find freshly-baked pizzas from the wood-fired oven, tandoors and grills at live cooking stations, and freshly caught and grilled-to-order seafood. You can also help yourself to smoothies from the juice bar and every Tuesday there is an amazing Asian buffet dinner.

So Imaginative is Soneva’s experimental tasting room where sommeliers create inspired wine tastings and wine dinners. So Engaging is the chefs table and offers a mystery menu for 5 very special guests and at So Starstruck you can have a unique dining experience in the company of the stars as you savour fresh flavours at The Observatory’s dining area. Then there’s So Cool which is famous for its complimentary Ice Cream (with over 50 flavours), handmade chocolates, gourmet charcuterie, cheeses and preserves.


Facilities on offer at The Gathering include a spa, library, retail area and wine cellar. Next to The Gathering you will find the Observatory where you will be mesmerised by the celestial bodies and last but not least is Cinema Paradiso, an overwater, open air cinema located in a tranquil bay to the south of the island and to boot Chef will create a perfect menu to accompany the evening’s film!