Soneva Jani Maldives: Stay, Dine, Play

Welcome to Soneva Jani, an epitome of unparalleled luxury and environmental harmony nestled in the heart of the Maldives.

As you step onto this pristine island in the Noonu Atoll, prepare to embark on a journey where opulence meets sustainability in the most breathtaking fashion.

Soneva Jani stands as a testament to the art of refined living, set against the backdrop of the Maldivian turquoise waters.

Here, the concept of overwater living is redefined with villas that are not just accommodations but private sanctuaries, where azure lagoons become an extension of your living space.

Discover the allure of expansive overwater villas, where each abode is a masterpiece of design, blending seamlessly into the natural beauty that surrounds it.

With private pools, retractable roofs for stargazing, and water slides cascading into the crystal-clear lagoon, every villa at Soneva Jani is a celebration of indulgence and innovation.

As a flagship of the renowned Soneva brand, Soneva Jani carries the torch of environmental responsibility with pride. Immerse yourself in a resort where luxury is not at the expense of the planet.

Experience the eco-friendly ethos of Soneva through sustainable practices, from waste recycling to energy efficiency, ensuring that your stay is not only memorable but also leaves a positive impact on the environment.

The resort’s commitment to privacy and exclusivity ensures that your escape to Soneva Jani is a personal odyssey.

Whether you seek relaxation, adventure, or a seamless blend of both, Soneva Jani welcomes you to a world where luxury and sustainability coexist harmoniously, setting the stage for an unparalleled experience in the lap of Maldivian paradise.

Soneva Jani Maldives: Stay, Dine, Play:

Staying at Soneva Jani

This is the world of playful luxury at Soneva Jani. During my stay, I checked into the One-Bedroom Water Retreat with Slide.


As you step into this exclusive haven in the heart of the Maldives, prepare to be enchanted by a perfect fusion of sophistication and exhilaration.

This retreat stands as a testament to the art of refined living, where azure waters and innovative design come together to create an experience beyond imagination.

Perched gracefully above the crystalline lagoon, the One-Bedroom Water Retreat with Slide is more than a villa; it’s an adventure.

The spaciousness and opulence that define Soneva Jani’s accommodations are seamlessly interwoven with the thrill of an exhilarating water slide, inviting you to embrace the joy of living on the water.

Step into a world where elegance meets excitement. Your private villa is a sanctuary of contemporary design with over 4,400+ square feet of living space, featuring a master bedroom, open living spaces, and the allure of a retractable roof that brings the celestial beauty of the Maldivian night sky into your intimate space.

Yet, it’s the twist of the water slide that sets this retreat apart, offering a whimsical journey from your upper deck directly into the warm embrace of the lagoon below.

Awake to unparalleled views of the endless horizon and bask in the exclusivity of your overwater haven. The villa’s sunken seating area, adorned with catamaran nets, invites you to unwind above the gentle ripples of the lagoon.

As you slide into the refreshing waters, the boundary between your retreat and the natural beauty of the Maldives becomes wonderfully blurred.

Luxury is redefined in every detail — from the private pool that beckons for leisurely afternoons to the seamless integration of sustainable practices that underpin the Soneva Jani experience. Your stay is not just a vacation; it’s a symphony of indulgence and excitement harmonized with the pristine surroundings.

The One-Bedroom Water Retreat with Slide at Soneva Jani invites you to immerse yourself in the thrill of luxury, where the boundaries between adventure and serenity dissolve, creating an experience that lingers in the heart long after the water has settled.

Welcome to a retreat where joy knows no bounds and each moment is a celebration of the extraordinary.

Room amenities:

  • Barefoot Guardian aka the best butlers in the business 
  • Pantry and minibar 
  • Sunken seating area 
  • Saltwater pool 
  • Children’s sleeping area 
  • Wine fridge 
  • Upper deck with dining and seating 
  • 24 hour access to the cheese, chocolate and ice cream rooms 


Dining at Soneva Jani is an exquisite journey of the senses. From gourmet dining in stunning overwater restaurants to intimate beachside meals under the stars, each culinary experience is crafted to elevate your stay.

Whether you’re savoring world-class cuisine or enjoying a cinema night under the celestial canopy at Cinema Paradiso, every moment is curated to perfection.

Due to lack of time, I was not able to experience all the restaurants on site (and there are many) so, I will cover the ones I did dine at!

Note: the resort is very flexible with dietary restrictions and allergies. Just let them know. 

Down to Earth: sensational breakfast buffet. If you can dream it, then it exists. Located in The Gathering, this open air masterpiece is the main centerpiece of the resort and offers a wide range of seating and dining options throughout the day. 

There is a 24 hour chocolate room, cheese and charcuterie room and an ice cream room. 

For dinner, there is an incredible Asian menu with a variety of dining options to suit all guests. 

Room service: arguably the biggest menu and definitely a larger variety of items to choose from. My overwater villa had three dining areas to choose from.

The Crab Shack: once voted as one of the most “romantic restaurants in the world.” Once you dine here, you will see why. The setting is very earthy and unique, and as you probably guessed, they serve crab!

Director’s Cut: this Japanese restaurant boasts a large menu of options and as a bonus, a movie. While the restaurant is open-air, highly recommend sitting outside for a front row viewing of the movie. Bonus: you wear headphone to watch the movie as to not disturb the other diners who choose not to partake in the movie. 

Note: the resort offers a package called “Soneva Unlimited” which covers meals, drinks and most of the activities. I did do this package during my stay and highly recommend. It includes things you wouldn’t even think of like spa treatments, daily laundry, diving, alcohol, even a daily replenishment of your minibar. 


A realm where luxury and adventure converge amidst the incredible backdrop of the Maldives’ blue waters.

As you embark on a journey to this exclusive island retreat, prepare to be captivated not only by the opulence of your accommodation but also by the myriad activities that beckon, promising moments of joy, exploration, and unforgettable memories.

Secluded Paradise, Infinite Possibilities: Nestled within the pristine Noonu Atoll, Soneva Jani unveils a world of possibilities for those seeking an enchanting blend of relaxation and adventure. From the serenity of your overwater villa to the vibrant coral gardens beneath, this secluded paradise offers a canvas for an array of activities designed to cater to every inclination.

Aquatic Adventures: Dive into the clear Maldivian waters and explore a kaleidoscope of marine life through snorkeling or embark on a scuba diving excursion for an up-close encounter with the vibrant coral reefs.

Kayaking and paddleboarding offer a more leisurely way to appreciate the beauty of the lagoon, while sailing enthusiasts can embark on a private yacht expedition to discover hidden coves and pristine atolls.

Looking to relax? Simply unwind on the pristine beaches

Starry Nights and Celestial Explorations: Soneva Jani’s commitment to awe extends beyond the sunlit hours. Immerse yourself in the celestial wonders above with stargazing experiences at the resort’s overwater observatory. A journey through the cosmos unfolds, complemented by expert insights into the constellations that adorn the Maldivian night sky.

Culinary Delights and Beachside Bliss: Indulge your senses in a culinary journey, whether it’s a private beach dinner under the stars or a picnic on a secluded sandbank.

Soneva Jani’s gourmet offerings extend beyond traditional dining, creating immersive experiences that elevate every meal into a celebration of flavor and ambiance.

Wellness and Rejuvenation: Find serenity in the resort’s spa, where traditional holistic treatments are curated to rejuvenate both body and mind.

Yoga classes, wellness workshops, and therapeutic massages cater to those seeking a balance between adventure and relaxation. Feeling active? Both tennis and Padel tennis courts grace the property.

Unique Recreational Pursuits: Engage in an array of unique pursuits, from an open-air cinema experience at Cinema Paradiso to eco-friendly endeavors like coral planting, contributing to the resort’s commitment to sustainability.

Sunset at The Gathering:

At Soneva Jani, every moment is an invitation to explore, savor, and appreciate the extraordinary. Whether you seek the thrill of the sea, the tranquility of a spa retreat, or the magic of a starlit night, the activities at Soneva Jani promise to create a tapestry of experiences that resonate with the spirit of this exceptional destination.

Say hello to a haven where adventure and luxury coalesce in perfect harmony.

Final thoughts … as someone who stays in hotels and resorts around the world full time for both a career and passion, Soneva Jani is an exceptional place to stay for your vacation. If you are looking for a “wow factor” this is it. 

Soneva Jani has dominated social media as “the resort to stay at in the Maldives” for years, and I can confirm, it is. 100% everything and more. 

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