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Soneva Jani

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An imaginative journey that began over two decades ago, the Soneva story continues with Soneva Jani, the brand’s newest luxury resort offering. Inspired by a word that means 'wisdom’ in Sanskrit, Soneva Jani encompasses a collection of Water Villas and Island Sanctuaries set within a lagoon of crystal clear waters, fringed by pristine beaches and blanketed in lush tropical greenery. The highlight of the islands that the resort calls home is the 5.6 kilometre private lagoon that surrounds it; an awe-inspiring azure spectacle that inspires a sense of calm. Soneva Jani, located in the Medhufaru lagoon in the Noonu Atoll, comprises five islands, the largest of which is Medhufaru, which is 150 acres in size. The resort can be reached by a scenic 40 minute seaplane flight direct from Male International Airport, a 60 minute speedboat ride from Soneva Fushi, or by a leisurely half-day cruise from Soneva Fushi onboard Soneva in Aqua. The resort’s soft opening is planned for October 01, 2016, while the official opening date is fixed at November 05, 2016. Bookings are now available from October 01, 2016 onwards.
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Property amenities
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Tennis court
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Free internet
Hot tub
Private pool
Breakfast buffet
Kids club
Airport transportation
Butler service
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
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Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Air conditioning
Flatscreen TV
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We enjoyed our stay here overall and in particular the villa was very spacious with a nice integration of outdoors with the indoors. The technical side was impressive too with the best sound/ entertainment system accessible directly through one’s smartphone WiFi and movies database top score for an enormous variety of movies / documentaries etc., the water was deeper and sharp rocks below so not possible to stand when leaving the water villa- not great for shallow swimmers and better walk to the beach where there is a vast area al sit with a lot of seaweed floating - this is where we swam daily with buggy’s going by. To be fair a nice sunset villa was offered but only available two nights prior to check out so we passed on this as no point packing and unpacking once we were settled Complimentary snacks station featuring ice cream and chocolates - the latter delicious- the former less to my personal taste but plenty of guests enjoying it throughout the day. They suggest for you to recommend a flavour of your choosing. We asked for mint and chocolate and also a coffee. However didn’t see this during our 6 night stay. Also they ask you for other pre-arrival itinerary eg. Pillows which sets up an expectation that there will be a seamless arrival however this wasn’t the case. There is a slight sales pitch of the various dinner experiences and we tried the Crab Shack for lunch - beautiful setting at the beach and friendly service with top notch Alaskan and blue crab cooked to your preferences. Also tried the gourmet restaurant with Cinema Paradiso- less satisfying since for 500usd the quality of execution/ produce and presentation fell considerably short in our view of what you would expect even bearing in mind your at a 5 star resort at the Maldives. Barefoot experience encouraged with water wells dotted throughout to keep feet sand free when needed- a nice touch. My personal favorite experience was the overwater villa pool which was always warm compared to some other resort pools despite being east facing. The temperature of the gym was on the other hand very hot and impossible to cool down so a workout in those temperatures was impossible which was a shame since this resort was selected partly based on photos of the gym facility. A fair bit about this resort is about appearances and whilst all staff were very friendly there was a lack of personal charm which we have found at other resorts - everyone appreciates a combo of different aspects and many travelers want the wow factor when visiting a more high end resort and appearances wise you will get this because the villas are really special However and since this place prides itself on following a concept smart luxury and therefore some guest feedback would be as follows: - When arranging pre arrival info maybe check if guests want to be placed at deep or shallow side of lagoon - buggy noise at night interferes with sleep so this needs to be better controlled somehow or again, glean this noise sensitivity from your guests pre arrival and place them away from the noise where it’s less busy - to be charged 100USD for a fruit basket containing bananas and some apples is quite outrageous by any standards and gives the feeling that the resort is struggling with providing basic food amenities - at other resorts some fruit is provided every other day - transfer rates should be fixed and adhered to and not increased on check out- fortunately we picked up on this In general there seemed to be a real scarcity of fresh fruit and vegetables based on menu choices both in room and at the restaurants. Appreciate that it’s a real premium item to have fresh foods on small islands where there is limited space to grow but at a resort commanding the kind of rates Soneva Jani aims to this should not be so easily detectable by guests as it gives the opposite feeling to luxury and not so smart at all really
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To say that we were taken care of better than we ever thought we could ever be, would be an understatement. From the time we were greeted at the dock by the pickup boat and took off our shoes, our lives were changed forever! The General Manager/ Marco, met us and looked me directly in the eyes and said "We are here for you, and if you need anything, let any of us know" My god he was not kidding. The villa was outstanding, the sunrises and sunsets and moon rises and moon sets are very hard to believe. God made the Maldives perfect, and I and my wife feel lucky to say, we got to be in the presence of perfection in nature and in service of Soneva Jani. If you have any doubt that the price of the stay is to high or to much, know I would have paid double for what it turned out to be! I'm not sure I will look at vacations the same after Soneva Jani, I think it will be hard for any other place to measure up to what this resort offers. In short, if you have any doubts to stay at Soneva Jani, forget them and book this heaven on earth.
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Response from Marco D, General Manager at Soneva Jani
Responded 1 week ago
Dear RickSanchez4352, We are blown away with your fabulous review. I know you chose to come to the Maldives first time and that you found us to be your dream destination. It was an honor to have you staying with us and frankly your review is the most amazing summary of what is important to the team at Soneva Jani. We know that there are always rates and price points associated to any stay in a resort. We however are of the firm belief that unique experiences and the memories that result are an ultimate goal we aim to create for you. Thank you for making the journey to Soneva Jani and we look forward to having you back! Warmest regards, Team Soneva Jani and Marco
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This place is just incredible! Absolutely everything about our trip was perfect, my husband and I have travelled to so many places all over the world and this is hands down the best resort we have EVER stayed in. We travelled as a family of 9 (1 child) and stayed in the 4 bedroom over water villa which was just unbelievable, like living in paradise. The villa was beautiful and luxurious in a natural kind of way. The food, OMG the best food we have ever eaten - breakfast was a delight every day with the huge variety and delicious freshness of all the options. The Crab Shack, Cinema Paradiso, The Gathering, in villa dining - where ever we ate the food was outstanding. We also did a degustation with Kiichi which was such a treat. The staff really make the place extra special. Our Mr Friday Shimmi was helpful, knowledgable and always knew what we wanted before we did. He went above and beyond to make our trip the best it could be. Aref our server for the week was such a pleasure to have around, he was very good at his job - he knew all our names and all our orders / favourite things, we will miss seeing him every day! The watersports team were great, we had some avid kite surfers in out group and they were so helpful and knowledgable, as well as being very patient at times! Other staff which made our trip special are Maavin, Ellie, Kibbi, Sanya, Ahmed, Kiichi, the lovely lady who makes the ice cream (best ice cream in the world), the crab shack chef and of course Marco! However, every single staff member we encountered were delightful and so helpful. I could not recommend this place highly enough, by saying I can't pick a fault with it doesn't do it justice. I can't think of any way they could make it more perfect! We'll be back :)
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Response from Marco D, General Manager at Soneva Jani
Responded 2 weeks ago
Dearest LisaLikesTravel! We are speechless, and will continue to read your amazing review. It is more than wonderful and puts us in the clouds. Thank you for your amazing presence on Island and for appreciating Kiichi, Maavin, Ellie, Kibbi, Sanya, Bonnie and the entire team at Soneva Jani. Thank you for being such wonderful guests and we hope to have you back soon. Warmest regards, Team Soneva Jani
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My partner and myself stayed one night and two days at Soneva Jani although it was fast it was the best two days we have ever had on Holliday anywhere. From start to finish the service was amazing the rooms are just out of this world I couldn’t say one bad thing the whole concept of the place and how eco friendly they are there is literally hardly anything plastic on the island is insane. I could live at this place you won’t regret going there!! Our Mrs Friday (Butler) her name was Leena she was the most beautiful kind hearted woman she was so helpful with everything we needed. She was also so informative although it was such a quick stay we left the place knowing every single things about it from the owners to the whole concept of the island and all the amazing hard work that’s gone into it she also took up for a drive along the whole island and showed us everything we walked though the veg garden where they grow most of all the fresh food they serve to their customer. the place is so magical and with all Leenas Knowledge of the place it made it all so much more amazing. Thank you Leena for making the trip the best experience.
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Response from Marco D, General Manager at Soneva Jani
Responded 2 weeks ago
Dearest Caitlin M, What an amazing review. We were so happy to have you staying with us at Soneva Jani and to then read that you feel that they were the best two days you have ever had on a holiday makes us smile from ear to ear. We obviously call Soneva Jani our home, and are glad you felt the same. Indeed our sustainable focus on the "plastic free" goals and the way you noticed our eco friendly approach are a great reminder of what we actually practice here. It is fabulous to learn that Leena has informed you so well and that her heartwarming care made you realise how much we care. We are humbled and proud to have had you stayinfg with us. Our warmest regards, Leena, Marco and Team Soneva Jani
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This place is amazing. It was everything we thought it would be and more. Great, and very attentive staff. Our Mrs Friday, Leena was the absolute best. Making sure we were always in the loop of all the happenings around the island.
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Response from Marco D, General Manager at Soneva Jani
Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear Guillermo S, It was an absolute pleasure to have had you staying with us. Obviously we are thrilled to read that we exceeded your expectations and moreover that Leena and our team ensured you had an amazing time. Warmest regards and hope to see you return soon, Leena, Team Soneva Jani and Marco
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MaldivesNoonu AtollMedhufaru
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Frequently Asked Questions about Soneva Jani
What are some of the property amenities at Soneva Jani?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Soneva Jani?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a minibar, and air conditioning.
What food & drink options are available at Soneva Jani?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Soneva Jani?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness center during their stay.
Does Soneva Jani have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Soneva Jani offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Soneva Jani located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.9 miles away from the center of Medhufaru.
Are any cleaning services offered at Soneva Jani?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Soneva Jani have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
Is Soneva Jani accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.