General Manager

Marco Den Ouden

Resort Introduction by The General Manager

In 1995, Sonu and Eva Shivdasani pioneered the concept of barefoot luxury on their private island resort, Soneva Fushi in the Maldives. They focused on providing exemplary service in beautiful surroundings, with a focus on sustainable yet ultra-luxurious accommodation. Two decades on, the resort still operates on this Robinson Crusoe ethos. Returning guests expect— and find— luxurious simplicity and intuitive service, facilitated by Mr and Ms Friday butlers, who know what you want before you want it.


Inspiration in its purest form Inspired by a word that means ‘wisdom’ in Sanskrit, Soneva Jani presents a collection of island sanctuaries and overwater villas set within a lagoon of crystal clear waters, fringed by pristine beaches and blanketed in lush tropical greenery.
Each Water Villa opens to its own stretch of sparkling lagoon and is complete with a private pool and a retractable roof to stargaze from the master bedroom, while many villas also have slides from the top deck into the water below.
The culinary experiences at Soneva Jani present gourmet menus across a variety of cultures and cuisines, ranging from beach barbeques through to elaborate romantic escapades. In addition to the delightful dining venues, you can indulge in culinary adventures such as private dining around the lagoon, a castaway picnic, organic garden lunches and cooking classes.
Explore the glimmering galaxies from the resort’s state-of-the-art observatory or spend your time indulging in a range of activities including water sports, scuba diving, wellness therapies, dolphin cruises and bicycling along the island’s many trails.

Free Child Policy: 0 - 15 years
when sharing with two adults

Resort Highlights


Five unique dining outlets and a variety of cuisines | The Gathering includes 5 different choices within its space So Fresh, So Imaginative, So Engaging, So Starstruck and Decadence | North Beach is the private beach area where the Chef prepares only what he can pick or catch | The Wine Cellar is part of So Cool, and will host tastings | Paired wine dinner will hosted at So Imaginative | Innovative restaurants serving unique, healthy and tasty food | Cheese, chocolate, ice cream and charcuterie rooms available for all guests.


Soneva Jani is located on the island of Medhufaru, in the Noonu Atoll | Inspired by a word that means ‘wisdom’ in Sanskit, Soneva Jani is located on one of five islands in a cluster, scattered across a lagoon of crystal clear waters, surrounded by pristine beaches and blanketed in lush tropical greenery | The highlight of the island cluster is the 5.6 kilometer private lagoon that surrounds it. We will offer a number of cultural experiences to the local islands.

Room Types

Total Number of Rooms: 40

Villas: 26

The resort will have Water Villas and Island Reserve. The different villa categories include one bedroom Water Retreats, two bedroom Water Retreats, a three bedroom Water Reserve, a four bedroom Water Reserve, and a four bedroom Island Reserve.

1 Bedroom Water Retreat

The One Bedroom Water Retreat comes with its own private pool surrounded by ample area for sunbathing, taking in ocean vistas and childrens’ sleeping area. Head upstairs for a dining sala with roof deck. Watch the stars from the comfort of the master bedroom with the villa’s retractable roof.

Room Size: 416sqm

Max Capacity: 2 Adults - 2 Children

1 Bedroom Water Retreat (with Slide)

The One Bedroom Water Retreat comes with a private pool surrounded by ample area for sunbathing and taking in ocean vistas. Watch the stars from the master bedroom with the villa’s retractable roof. Upstairs is a dining sala with roof deck and a curved water slide delivering you to the waters below.

Room Size: 437sqm

Max Capacity: 2 Adults - 2 Children

2 Bedroom Water Retreat

Two Bedroom Water Retreat first floor offers a spacious bedroom with retractable roof, bathroom, dressing room, outdoor shower, walk-in minibar, TV lounge and childrens’ sleeping area and the second bedroom is located on the upper floor, with dining sala with roof deck.

Room Size: 573sqm

Max Capacity: 4 Adults

2 Bedroom Water Retreat (with Slide)

With a pool, catamaran net, sunken seats and daybed, the Two Bedroom Water Retreat with Slide affords a wealth of tropical lounging opportunities.

Room Size: 610sqm

Max Capacity: 4 Adults

3 Bedroom Water Retreat (with Slide)

The lower floor offers a master bedroom with and an en-suite guest bedroom. Venture to the second floor for one more bedroom, dining sala with roof deck, water slide and breathtaking vistas out to sea.

Room Size: 625sqm

Max Capacity: 6 Adults

3 Bedroom Island Reserve

Villa 34’s wholly unique design is inspired by the gentle, undulating curves that are found in nature. It has a freshwater swimming pool and children’s pool with its own water slide. There is also a children’s treehouse by the pool.

Room Size: 1956sqm

Max Capacity: 6 Adults

Event Venues

Total Event Venues: 3

Maximum Event Capacity: 70

Crafted for groups of different sizes with varied requirements, the packages at Soneva Jani can be enjoyed as pre-set programmes or as a choice of interchangeable options. Full island buy-outs are available for the ultimate retreat experience.

So Fresh

The day begins here with an endless spread of fresh fruits, comforting classics and creative juices from our Juice Bar. The day continues with a bountiful buffet of organic salads and live cooking stations with our wood burning oven, tandoors and grills with bespoke pizzas and freshly caught and grilled-to-order fish. The sun sets and the chef takes the stage in the central open kitchen So Fresh, where they creates a myriad of choices.

The Gathering Bar

Enjoy refreshing coolers, cocktails and tapas at any time of the day on the daybeds and overwater catamaran nets overlooking the sparkling waters, this is just the place to take in the sunset.

Zuhair's Beach

Tucked away on the secluded North Island, set in the lagoon close to the Water Villas, Zuhair’s Beach is the perfect spot for swimming, snorkelling and time in the sun. Enjoy a delightful lunch on our private beach, prepared by the chef using only what he can catch or pick.

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