The latest hotel of the highly acclaimed Soneva brand of luxury yet environmentally protective resorts, Soneva Jani opened in the autumn of 2016, and can be found a short forty-minute plane ride away from the island capital of the Maldives, Malé.
While the resort encompasses five islands, one only of them is built upon, leaving four in their natural state and making this the least population dense project in the Maldives, it is widely believed.
The resort is on an island in a lagoon and spread across the five islands in that lagoon, making the weather gentle and tranquil much of the time. Soneva Jani, which is named for the Sanskrit word for ‘wisdom’ or ‘learned’ comprises twenty-four vil-las built over the water, and one built onto the island, while the crystal clear water contrasts excitingly with green depths of jungle foliage.
The Soneva Jani resort is undergoing construction to increase the acco-mmodation, all with the same care for the environment, attention to sustain-ability and love of the natural world that has marked every construction in the Soneva portfolio.
Soneva was the first resort chain to combine the idea of sustainable operation and construction with a luxurious offering to guests – and they were ahead of their time, setting the standard for such leisure-friendly, high-end and yet low maintenance resorts which now proliferate in the Maldives and other island paradise locations.
While the villas are designed for hedonistic and private idleness, the resort also boasts social options too. Like its older sister resort, Soneva Fushi, an hour away by boat, Soneva Jani also has an open-air cinema and an observatory from which to admire the blazing tropical stars without the diminishing light pollution that modern living inflicts upon us.
There is also ‘The Gathering’, just next to the observatory, which is the social heart of the resort, a three-floor building with a spa, wine cellar and library providing food for the soul, while the restaurants and hotel shop satisfy more material needs.
Further information at www.soneva.com
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