Soneva Jani, Medhufaru Island Maldives

Best For

Ultimate overwater indulgence

the Low Down

Uninterrupted ocean views create a unique castaway experience at Soneva Jani. The beautifully designed villas offer the ultimate privacy and laid-back luxury – possibly some of the best villas we have ever seen! Soneva Jani offers Water Retreats, Water Reserves and Island Reserves, most with their very own private slides, kitchens, living rooms and huge private pool. In spite of the island’s size, much of the resort has been built over the water. At the centre sits The Gathering, a huge, open-air, three-story structure that houses the resort’s restaurants, fitness centre, spa and kids’ club. On top of that, there are multiple other dining experiences scattered over the water and around the island, Cinema Paradiso plus an abundance of aqua adventures to be had. Made of sustainable materials, Soneva Jani is natural, yet refined and sophisticated – a truly unique experience!

the Peaks Promise

complimentary experience

Each booking will receive a complimentary unique experience, choose between a Sunset Dolphin cruise or a guided snorkelling tour with the in-house Marine Biologist.

the Peaks Purse

60 USD to spend at the resort on whatever you wish!

The Best Room For You

  • They have a sister property, Soneva Fushi, only 1hr 30mins away by boat.
  • Nearly every villa is equipped with their own private slide straight into the ocean!
  • You can 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 never-ending complimentary sweet treats from either the ice cream, cheese or chocolate room every day of your stay
  • Privacy is key at Soneva Jani – you even have private lagoon access from your bathroom.
  • There is a six senses spa offering high-touch, high-tech and hand-crafted treatments.
  • The organic gardens at Soneva Jani provide the kitchens and those of Soneva Fushi with homegrown fruit, vegetables and herbs.
  • Watch your favourite films beneath the stars at Cinema Paradiso or take your experience to new heights and book a private viewing, while the chefs craft you a menu of comfort food and nibbles.
  • Visit the first overwater Observatory in the Maldives, where you can see constellations in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. Let the resident Astronomers guide you through the magic of space and share their knowledge of how ancient cultures used the night sky to navigate, harvest, hunt and teach.
  • Try Sonu’s favourite – lunch on a desert island prepared by your own personal chef.
  • Accommodation:
    The Chapter One Water Retreats are the original overwater villas, and are close to the overwater dining destination called The Gathering. There are 24 one to four-bedroom Water Retreats all have private pools, while most have water slides into the lagoon and a retractable roof over the master bed. On the other side are the Chapter Two Water Reserves which are slightly larger and closer to The Crab Shack and Cinema Paradiso. The 27 one to four-bedroom Reserves have private pools, large pool decks, most have water slides into the lagoon and a retractable roof over the master bed. There are also four Island Residences which are truly spectacular, ranging from two to four bedrooms.
  • Location:
    Soneva Jani is on Medhufaru island in the Noonu atoll.
  • Getting there:
    Fly into Male then jump on a seaplane direct to Soneva Jani which takes around 45 minutes. You can either take Soneva’s private plane to the island or fly with TMS. If you are coming from Soneva Fushi, you can either charter a private plane or jump on the Soneva boat which takes roughly 1hr 30mins.
  • What to pack:
    Think island chic – we recommend plenty of swimwear and light clothing and don’t worry too much about footwear.
  • Restaurants:
    Soneva Jani has a selection of destination dining experiences that will leave you spoilt for choice. The Crab Shack has a delicious selection of wines to go with the fresh seafood as well as an upstairs deck to watch sunsets from or book into Guess Who’s Cooking and dine on a secret menu, prepared by one of the chefs, in a secret, ever-changing location and menu. From the mind of acclaimed Swedish chef Mathias Dahlgren, Overseas plays an ode to organic produce and the sea. Dine on pescatarian, vegetarian, and plant-based single plates, sharing plates, and signature dishes for lunch and dinner. Alternatively, dine on a health-conscious plant-based menu designed by the innovative raw food chef Diana Von Cranach at So Wild, showcasing unique and simple dishes that revive historical, nearly-forgotten traditional recipes from the Indonesian Spice Islands and South East Asia. The main restaurant, Down To Earth, is where you will begin your day with fresh fruits, juices and breakfast staples. The day continues with a buffet of organic salads, live cooking stations, the wood-fired pizza oven, tandoors and grills. Sunset aperitifs lead into the evening menus where chefs take the stage in the open kitchen. There’s also a range of destination dining options as well as special evenings including Full Moons and North Beach dinners.
  • Spa:
    Soneva Jani has its own Six Senses Spa. The in-house therapist can help you heal and move and is complemented by a fully-equipped gym and yoga pavilion, outdoor spa champas, sauna and steam rooms.
  • Signature Activities:
    Turtle on call: Get a glimpse into the lives of some of the Maldives’ sea turtles with the help of the in-house Marine Biologist. Don’t miss your chance to see a mother turtle lay her eggs in the sand, tiny hatchlings make their way to the ocean, or come to the aid of turtles who need assistance. Let your Barefoot Butler know so they can add your name to the Turtle On Call register.
    Garden to table: Tour the garden with the resident Horticulturist and pick the ingredients or your garden lunch. You can also plant a tree sapling to commemorate your stay.Local fishing with Jawa: The Maldivian way of life revolves around the ocean – it provides them with their food and many of their livelihoods. Local fisherman, Jawa, will take you out on a traditional wooden dhoni, then you can choose to either bottom line fishing or trawling. Your catch of the day will be prepared to your liking for dinner back at Soneva Jani.
    Surfing: discover less chartered surf breaks in the Baa and Noonu Atolls, all within a 5 to 35-minute speedboat ride. Surf season peaks from May to September. All the gear is eco-friendly, as the first 100% sustainable surfing programme in the world
  • 10% service charge, 2% Carbon tax, 12% Good & Service Tax and USD 6 Green Tax per night per persons will be applied to your room rate

  • Up to two children (under 15 years old) receive complimentary stay and full board when sharing with two paying adults with minimum 4 nights stay.

  • Cots for under-twos are free, as are extra beds for under-sevens. Kids aged from 7 to 14 are US$200 a night and it costs US$400 a night for over-14s. Babysitting is available for US$31 per hour.

  • Kids Club: Mini Den, A playground for the imagination where children can dress up, play with Lego and participate in activities around the island, including snorkelling, gardening, and much more.

  • Babysitting: Babysitting services are available for a supplement upon request for children aged 1 year and above.

The Maldives are a year-round destination with a near constant temperature of 86°F (30°C). The water temperature remains steady, never falling below 77°F (25°C) and reaching 84°F (29°C) during high season. However, the islands are tropical and therefore also subject to two distinct seasons, or monsoons. April is a transitional time between these two seasons and is known for the clear water, which is appealing to divers. The iruvai (northeast monsoon) is hot and dry and runs from December to April, making this the official high season when the islands enjoy little rain and low humidity. Rain is more likely from May to November (during hulghangu, or southwest monsoon), making this the official low season.

Rates Include:

  • The rates are in USD inclusive of Breakfast.
  • The rates are exclusive of Service Charge (10%), Carbon Tax (2%), Goods & Services Tax (12%) and USD 6 Green Tax per night per person.
  • Stay between January 11 – March 26, and July 23 – December 17, 2021 to receive USD 250 of resort credit, per night per villa, to be used on experiences and spa treatments.

 

COVID guidelines: The Soneva group has strict Covid-19 precautions. Each resort has a PCR machine to test everyone on arrival. No later than 24 hours before flying you must submit this health-declaration form and provide a certificate for a negative test result from a test taken up to 96 hours before arrival, and you’ll need to fill in an Immigration Arrival Card. If you have symptoms on arrival, you’ll be isolated and tested. All passengers will be screened on, and the Airport Host greeting you will wear a mask and gloves; you’ll need to wear a mask too. Vehicles used for airport transfers will have their windows down and be sanitised. You’ll be met by your (masked) Barefoot Butler at the jetty; please keep your masks on until at your villa, which will have been sanitised. Guest luggage will be sanitised before it’s delivered. At your villa you’ll be tested again and you must wait indoors for 24 hours until results are ready. In the meantime, guests will get a credit towards food, drink and experiences (can be used for in-villa dining). If your test is negative you can use the whole resort. If it’s positive you’ll need to isolate for 14 days. In this case, Soneva will waive the fee for the room for 14 days (charges will be for incidentals) and guests can use their villa, surrounding gardens and adjacent beach. Housekeeping and room service will be available in line with safety protocols. After 14 days or 10 days after first symptoms, you can use the resort. Guests must have their temperature taken daily by their butler, and another PCR test if staying more than five days. Cleaning measures have been increased (with a focus on door handles and produce brought into the island), hand-sanitiser is available throughout, and some changes have been made: pastry chefs will man the chocolate room and the breakfast buffet will be table service. Spa therapists are regularly tested and can wear gloves and/or a mask.

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Average Room Rates in USD

**the above rates are based on Soneva Fushi Villa type and apply to the Sunsets and Slide Offer during 10 May - 17 Dec 2021

Visa Cost

.A 30-day free visa is issued on arrival for all nationalities. For more information click here.

Top Tip

Don't pack alcohol in your suitcase as they will take it off you at the airport

Local Currency

The official currency used is the Maldivian rufiyaa

Weather

The Maldives are a year-round destination with a near constant temperature of 86°F (30°C)

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