Soneva Jani, Noonu Atoll

It takes a lot to stand out in the crystal clear waters of the Maldives. Yet, Soneva Jani manages it oh-so effortlessly. It is a resort of firsts: the first overwater observatory, the first overwater silent cinema – the list goes on. Combine that with 25 jaw-droppingly gorgeous villas, out-of-this-world dining experiences and a complimentary ice cream bar, and it’s easy to see why Soneva Jani is our new favourite Maldivian bolthole. Really, there is just so much to love, that you’ll just have to come and see it for yourself.


Made up of five different islets in the Noonu Atoll, there is always somewhere to play castaway at Soneva Jani. But it’s Robinson Crusoe in style here. Just ask your own personal butler (aptly named Mr. Friday) and they’ll whip up a gourmet picnic to maroon you with. A scenic 40-minute seaplane flight from the capital of Malé over endless turquoise waters is all it takes to find your own slice of island paradise. But for the ultimate wow-factor, why not spend a few days at Soneva Jani’s sister property, Soneva Fushi, first, before a dreamy transfer sailing on-board Soneva in Aqua? Now that’s what we call making an entrance.

Your Room

Remember what we said about this being a resort of firsts? Well, how about a water slide curving directly from your overwater villa into the turquoise lagoon below? Check. The villa ‘retreats’ at Soneva Jani have everything you need to relax and unwind. Whether you’re sliding down into the water, swimming lengths in your infinity pool, lounging on a catamaran net or dining at a sunken table – everyday life will feel a million miles away.

Why we like it

Forget awe-inspiring azure waters, at Soneva Jani it’s all about starry night skies. An absolute ‘can’t miss’ experience, ‘So Starstruck’ will leave you just that. Head up to the observatory and gaze into the night sky before enjoying a gourmet dinner with views of the skies reflected on an at-table screen. If you think that’s impressive, just wait until you get back to your villa. Curl up in the sumptuous king-sized bed and reach for the secret button in your drawer, then, simply lie back as the roof above you slides back to reveal the twinkling night sky. One thing’s for sure, a stay at Soneva Jani will leave you with stars in your eyes.