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Celebrate with Soneva this Festive SeasonOctober 2015

October 2015

Share seasonal moments to treasure and feast on delicious gourmet treats for the whole family

(October 22, 2015) Soneva Resorts and Residences, the world-leading luxury resort operator, has unveiled its Christmas and New Year’s Eve Programmes 2015/2016 for its two properties; Soneva Fushi (Maldives) and Soneva Kiri (Thailand).

Soneva’s ‘Ever So Festive’ Programme offers a range of family activities, unforgettable experiences and delightful gourmet treats.  Starting December 23, 2015 and ending with a New Year’s party under the stars, this one-of-a-kind festivity is guaranteed to create precious, life-enriching stories and memories for all guests.

“The festive season at Soneva is where every day holds the promise of new activities to inspire our guests and rare moments of perfect contentment to be savoured. Sunset cruises, wine tastings, gourmet pleasures, astronomy lessons, cocktail parties and of course traditional Christmas dinners are only a few of the delights that await those opting to celebrate this special holiday. The highlight at both resorts, however, is the New Year’s Eve gourmet journey that takes guests on an enchanting journey via numerous culinary and entertainment stations through the islands, which we plan almost one year in advance,” said Sonu Shivdasani, Founder and CEO of Soneva.

Soneva Fushi

Fancy a Christmas unlike anything you’ve ever experienced before? Spend idyllic days and nights on a beautiful and private Maldivian island enjoying sunrise champagne breakfasts on castaway islands, sunset dolphin watching, picnic brunches and guided snorkeling. Kick back and watch Christmas-themed movies at our outdoor Cinema Paradiso, participate in cultural shows, or relax with meditation, yoga and wellness sessions at our Six Senses Spa. Plus, our young Soneva guests will love our special Christmas activity programme in our new Den.

Gourmet dining is a Soneva specialty and a number of special dining experiences are included in the festive program. Guests are invited to indulge in whisky and chocolate tasting, cooking classes, and a culinary challenge hosted by Chef Sobah (recently voted the best Chef in the Maldives) and our visiting Nepalese Master Chef Saroj Singhe. Don’t miss the Christmas Eve Gala Dinner on the beach offering a lavish spread of festive delights from around the world, or our Christmas Brunch that includes traditional Christmas dishes and live cooking stations, accompanied by live music from one of the finest musical groups in the Maldives.

Bid farewell to 2015 and welcome in 2016 in the grand style of a Magical Gourmet Journey on New Year’s Eve. Be treated to one of the most famous parties in the Maldives and sample innovative cuisines showcasing the flavours from the vast regions of Asia and around the world, accompanied by carnival games, entertainers and world-class musicians.

Soneva Kiri

Celebrate Christmas – Thai style at Soneva Kiri this year. A treasured tradition in Thailand is kite making, and guests are invited to construct and fly kites made of organic bamboo under the expert tutelage of Khun Weera, the visiting ‘Bamboo Guru’.  Make the most of the beautiful weather by snorkelling at Koh Rang National Marine Park or kayaking along the scenic Yai Ki River. At night, stargaze with the award-wining astronomer Professor Massimo Tarenghi from Soneva Kiri’s state of the art observatory, and learn all about the stars and planets in the unpolluted skies above Koh Kood.

Food lovers will be spoilt for choice as the resort’s chefs prepare special meals and culinary programs at the resort’s five different restaurants. Choose between an intimate Thai family style meal or a European-style gastronomic feast on Christmas Eve. Enjoy a vast variety of Thai gourmet classics at the Barefoot Festive Feast on Christmas Day.

Put on your Party hat as Soneva Kiri will host a New Year’s Eve celebration to remember with an evening of food, wine, adventure and entertainment that will span the breadth and depth of the resort. Guests will be taken on a five-stop culinary journey through the elements and the continents, at every twist and turn enjoying another unexpected sensory treat. The evening will climax in a spectacular event at the beach with a guest DJ and laser show accompanying guests into the early hours of 2016.

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About Soneva Fushi:

In 1995, award-winning luxury resort Soneva Fushi set the standard for all desert island barefoot luxury hideaways in the Maldives. It has a pristine Biosphere UNESCO protected reef and is known for its legendary service.

Fifty-seven private villas with their own stretch of beach are hidden among dense foliage within touching distance of a pristine coral reef.  Intuitive service is provided by Mr./Ms. Friday butlers.

Highlights include the open-air Cinema Paradiso, counting Saturn’s rings in the high-tech Observatory, the home-made chocolate and ice cream rooms, five hundred wines to choose from and nine dining options.

If the experiences are magical, the philosophy is simple: No news, no shoes. No pretensions either.

About Soneva Kiri:

Award-winning luxury resort Soneva Kiri is located on Thailand’s fourth largest but least populated island, Koh Kood; just one hour by private plane from Bangkok. The resort comprises 36 vast pool villas, ranging in size from one to six bedrooms, all of which are nestled amidst lush tropical rainforest with spectacular ocean views. Highlights of the resort include an open-air Cinema Paradiso, an observatory, a giant moulded bamboo playground for children shaped like a manta ray, and the spectacular treetop Dining Pod.

With an unrivalled combination of luxury, authentic Thai experiences, and mouth-watering organic food, Soneva Kiri encompasses barefoot Intelligent Luxury at its best.

For more information, contact:

Carissa Crowley
Communications Director
Soneva Resorts, Residences & Spas
19/F Two Pacific Place, 142 Sukhumvit Rd., Bangkok 10110, Thailand
Tel: 66 (0) 2631 9624 Fax: 66 (0) 2631 9699 Email: