Meet October’s Stars at Soneva

This October the Festival of Colour will have guests experiencing haute cuisine from some of the world’s best chefs. Catch the Rugby World Cup 2019 action in the Maldives and Thailand with live commentary by three of England’s greatest rugby players. Hone your tennis prowess with a former professional women’s tennis player and work on your wellness guided by a visiting practitioner.



One of Asia’s most acclaimed chefs, Julien Royer, will be gracing Soneva Fushi’s Once Upon a Table between October 8 and 15. The three-starred Michelin chef is co-owner of Odette, named after his grandmother, at the Singapore National Gallery. The restaurant was recently crowned No. 1 on the Asia’s 50 Best List for its modern French cuisine focusing on seasonality, terroir and the finest artisanal produce sourced from across the globe.

With three Michelin stars to his name, Maxime Meilleur will be showcasing his craftmanship at Soneva Fushi between October 6 and 11, followed by Soneva Jani between October 12 and 20. The self-taught French master chef made his name through his family-run restaurant La Bouitte in the French Alps – which he helped transform into a sophisticated gourmet destination, one of just 26 three-starred restaurants in the prestigious Michelin Guide.

The third French chef on October’s Festival of Colour line-up is Gregoire Berger. Originally from Brittany, Berger honed his culinary skills in some of the world’s top kitchens, including France’s Le Pressoir, Le Domaine de Rochevilaine and La Grande Cascade, and today he heads Ossiano, the underwater restaurant at Atlantis, The Palm in Dubai. Berger also ranked number 10 in the Best Chef in the World Awards 2017. Guests will have the opportunity to experience his award-winning cuisine at Soneva Fushi between October 19 and 28.

Giancarlo Perbellini made his mark blending cutting edge culinary innovation with traditions inspired by Italy’s rural heritage. The multi-garlanded chef was awarded his first Michelin star in 1996. His concept restaurant, Casa Perbellini, was awarded two stars by the Michelin Guide in 2016, with another star going to his other venture, the Dopolavoro Dining Room. Perbellini, who is the President of the Italian Commission of the Bocuse d’Or, will bring his pioneering culinary vision to Soneva Fushi between October 22 and 30.


James Haskell, who recently retired from professional rugby in May of this year, began his senior career playing for the Wasps. He will be at Soneva Fushi from September 19 to October 3. He is known for being able to play in any of the three back-row positions. During his career he played for Stade Français, Ricoh Black Rams, Highlanders and the Northampton Saints James has 77 international caps for England and the British and Irish Lions.

Jason Robinson will be at Soneva Fushi from October 18 to November 3, where he will be commentating live on the quarter finals to the final of the 2019 Rugby World Cup. As a Rugby Union player, he won 51 international caps for England, and multiple titles for Wigan. In 2000, he switched to Rugby League, joining the Sale Sharks, England’s national team and the British and Irish Lions, scoring 30 tries across 56 international matches, and captaining the England squad in the 2005 and 2007 Six Nations.

Austin Healey is a former English rugby player for Leicester Tigers, the England national team and the British and Irish Lions. He will be at Soneva Kiri from October 20 to November 4 commentating live on the quarter finals through to the final of the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Austin made his full England debut during the Five Nations tournament and British and Irish Lions tour in 1997, with 51 England caps and two Lions’ caps. He has played in Five/Six Nations tournaments  and the 1999 World Cup.

Former WTA tennis player Daniela Hantuchová will be at Soneva Fushi between October 18 and 27 offering tennis coaching. Now an acclaimed tennis pundit, during her career she won seven WTA tournaments, most recently the Thailand Open in 2015. Her biggest wins included victories over Serena Williams, defending champion in the third round of the 2006 Australian Open, and against world number one Caroline Wozniacki in the third round of the French Open in 2011.

Visiting practitioner Sandra Laznik will be at Soneva Jani’s Spa between October 1 and 25. The international wellness consultant is known for mixing science with the esoteric, and has a roster of private clients across the world. A professor of sport education, she is also trained in classical and sports massage, is a qualified Sun Power Yoga and Pilates teacher, and is a Universal Tao Healing Arts facilitator for Sacred Femininity Courses.