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The Soneva Story Continues… Sleeping under the stars at Soneva Jani

August 2016

Inspired by the Sanskrit word for wisdom, Soneva Jani, the newest Soneva property to launch this October, will embody the brand’s ethos of intelligent luxury.

Inspiring a lifetime of rare experiences, Soneva Jani, set within a lagoon of crystal clear waters, fringed by pristine beaches and blanketed in lush tropical greenery, will allow guests to reconnect with nature. When designing and building Soneva Jani, Founder Sonu Shivdasani was mindful that the area should remain as natural and beautiful as the first day he and Eva laid eyes on it.

Guests’ days will be filled with yoga in the morning, bicycling along the island trails to the Eco Centro, discovering the lagoon’s marine life, dolphin cruises and Robinson Crusoe picnics.

And the night life? An evolution of the water villa experience, each master bedroom will feature a retractable roof. Guests will sleep under the stars at a touch of the button, as the roof slides back to reveal the night sky.

After an evening in the Observatory, guests will be able to identify Orion, the Southern Cross, the Bear and more constellations as they drift to sleep, with just the sound of the calm lagoon outdoors.

This is inspiration in its purest form.

About Soneva Jani

Taking bookings from 1st October, Soneva Jani is the latest luxury resort from Soneva. An evolution of Soneva Gili, the brand’s newest offering comprises 24 water villas and one island villa, with additional island villas planned at a later stage. Every water villa has a private pool and opens to its own stretch of lagoon, with some villas featuring slides going directly from the top deck into the lagoon below. Like all other Soneva properties, the spacious villas feature beautifully designed interiors by Eva Shivdasani, one of Soneva’s co-founders, and are made from the highest quality sustainable materials.

The resort’s soft opening is planned for October 01, 2016, while the official opening date is fixed at November 05, 2016. Bookings are now available from October 01, 2016 onwards.

In addition to Soneva Jani, Soneva owns and operates Soneva Fushi in the Maldives and Soneva Kiri in Thailand. Soneva in Aqua, an ultra luxurious yacht offering an experiential travel experience, was launched in the Maldives in 2015 and sails out of Soneva Fushi. For more information about Soneva visit

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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 UNESCO protected Biosphere Reserve 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 sits on Thailand’s fourth largest but least populated island, Koh Kood – just one hour by private plane south-east of Bangkok. It offers an unrivalled combination of luxury, an integral environmental approach, authentic Thai experiences and mouth-watering organic food.

Soneva Kiri Resort comprises 36 vast pool villas on beach level, hillsides or cliff tops, all overlooking the Gulf of Thailand. Available to rent or purchase, all have impossibly chic furnishings, personal electric buggies and impeccable service courtesy of Mr./Ms. Friday private butlers.

Highlights include the open-air Cinema Paradiso, a home-made chocolate and ice cream parlour, a high-tech Observatory, a manta ray shaped children’s Den and the spectacular Treetop Dining Pod.

About Soneva in Aqua

Soneva in Aqua, the pioneering new concept from Soneva Resorts and Residences, is now sailing from its flagship resort, Soneva Fushi in the Maldives. Soneva in Aqua elevates the guest experience by offering the option of a boat villa, which combines all the benefits of this iconic resort’s services with the freedom and exclusivity associated with a private boat charter.

An ultra-luxury and highly refined yacht, Soneva in Aqua measures 19.25 metres in length and 6.40 metres in width, with exceptionally spacious interiors. The onboard crew comprises a captain, a first officer, a Mr Friday butler, a Sous Chef, an interior steward and therapist, as well as a diving host and astronomer (on request).  Guests can charter the boat for one to seven nights and explore the untouched beauty of flung Maldivian atolls.

The two-cabin yacht combines Soneva’s iconic barefoot luxury with a sense of freedom and exclusivity of a private boat charter, while being at the price-point of a two-bedroom villa at Soneva Fushi.

For more information, contact:

Carissa Crowley 

Deputy Marketing Director
Marketing & Communications Team
19/F Two Pacific Place, 142 Sukhumvit Rd., Bangkok 10110, Thailand

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