Soneva Ushers in a New Era in Luxury Floating Villas

Soneva in Aqua - Luxury Villa Yacht, Maldives Soneva in Aqua - Luxury Villa Yacht, Maldives

New concept gives guests a sense of freedom with the exclusivity of a private boat charter

(December 01, 2015) Soneva has announced that its first floating villa is ready to take to the ocean from its base at their flagship resort, the multi-award-winning Soneva Fushi. The new concept, Soneva in Aqua, combines their iconic barefoot luxury with a sense of freedom and exclusivity of a private boat charter, and opens a new chapter in experiential luxury travel

“We are very excited about our newest Soneva offering, which has been designed with great attention to detail. The hardware and software that are part of the Soneva in Aqua DNA will make this a unique experience for our guests,” said Sonu Shivdasani, Founder and CEO, Soneva.

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 chef, a masseuse, a private butler, an astronomer, and a diving instructor.

Soneva in Aqua can accommodate 4 adults and two children to ensure the ultimate sense of exclusivity and privacy whilst offering intelligent luxury of the highest international standard. It features a spacious master suite with a king-size bed with his and her wardrobes, shower facilities and a sunken glass bottom spa, which allows guests to enjoy the spectacular water world below. The second cabin also has a king-size bed, en-suite bathroom and walk-in shower facilities, all designed to offer extensive natural daylight.

Every detail was taken into consideration to ensure that the experience would be exceptional for guests. All equipment, including the engines and generators, are built to the highest specification with regards to fuel efficiency. Though it is supported by engine power, the yacht will rely on its three crisp white sails and nature to provide it with momentum and energy. The design also features natural materials such as rich brown leathers, woods and organic cottons.

“To stay true to our sustainable philosophy, we use a solar panel on the wheelhouse and engine recycled heat to warm the water on board. In addition, Solar PvE panels recharge the batteries, while a food waster and food dryer specially designed and installed reduces the volume of waste onboard by 90 percent,” Shivdasani added.

With an unending vista of crystal blue waters, breathtaking reefs and magnificent sunsets, guests can truly enjoy the slow life as they dangle their legs over the side, relax in the Jacuzzi on deck, sprawl out on the comfy daybeds, or enjoy wellness treatments by the trained therapist on board. Dedicated hosts cater to every whim, providing an extension of uncompromised level of service and attention to details that is synonymous with the Soneva experience, from serving breakfast in bed or on the deck to creating favourite dishes and preparing Maldivian specialties with fish and shellfish fresh from the ocean paired with the sommelier’s selection of fine wines and spirits.

A “chart of locations” provides guests onboard with options to tailor their voyage according to weather conditions, diving or snorkelling requirements, and cultural interests, but the captain can also plot a course based on the desires and expectations of the guests onboard for an adventure of a lifetime. The options are endless. Choices range from a barbecue on a private island, a romantic meal on a sandbank under the starlit night, to day, night and sunrise dives, or doing absolutely nothing.

“We believe that Soneva in Aqua will further elevate the guest experience in the Maldives as it offers the freedom and exclusivity of a private boat charter plus the services and amenities that they have come to expect from our resorts. It is also very competitively priced for boats in the same segment,” Shivdasani concluded.

Soneva Fushi inspires the imagination with 57 spacious, multi-bedroom luxury beach front villas that are hidden among dense foliage for ultimate privacy. Intuitive service is provided by Mr./Ms. Friday personal butlers who know what you want before you want it.  For more information about Soneva visit


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.

For more information, contact:

Gavin Nazareth
Communications Director (Interim)

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: