A Family Island Escape in The Maldives
Pristine white sand, aquamarine ocean, and exotic flora await your arrival as you the pass into the lagoon by private seaplane. Medhufaru stands in the Noonu Atoll, 15 acres in size, and home to Soneva Jani - your obliging abode for twelve breath-taking nights. The resort offers the perfect holiday for families, with an outstanding array of activities and memorable things to do around the island.
Whilst snorkelling with the lagoon’s resident marine biologist, you may become acquainted with friendly sea turtles and enchanting manta rays as you intimately explore the extensive 10 kilometres of shimmering reef, before heading back to your water villa for a fresh sauteed catch of the day and a glass of champagne.
Enjoy a private yacht charter on-board the highly refined ‘Soneva in Aqua’, where you will sail over to Soneva Fushi, before heading for lunch on a stunning, uninhabited island. During your stay, you will also take to the seas aboard ‘The Sultan of the Seas’, a stunning open-model yacht with jet skis and water toys to utilise, once you have dropped your anchor in a suitable spot.
Our Island Story
“We’d been on loads of holidays with Mum and Dad before but were promised that this one would be an extra special one as it was right after my tenth birthday. Annabelle and I counted down the days until it was time to go to, and the night before we left for the airport we could hardly sleep a wink for excitement.
The flight was so much fun - we watched the new Spiderman movie and ate pancakes and maple syrup that Mia, the air hostess, brought for us. Then, when our big plane landed, we got straight onto a bright yellow seaplane with all our luggage. There was no waiting around the airport or queuing like usual, so Mum was very happy. Our seaplane dropped us right onto the island, and as we landed Dad pointed out our water house right on the edge of the sea.
My bedroom was so unbelievably cool, with the biggest bed to put all my toy robots in, and in the lounge the roof slid open at the touch of a button, so that we could see the blue sky above us. Then, you will never believe what me and Annabelle found on the top deck…a huge blue waterslide that went straight down into the lagoon below! Dad tried it out first and the water was quite shallow in the lagoon, so he said we could both go on it, and we spent about the next two hours sliding down it and splashing around in the water, until it was dinner time. It was definitely the best hotel room we have EVER stayed in!
Our butler, Thomas popped over later that afternoon and offered to take me and Annabelle for a tour around the resort. He took us to an observatory, which reminded us of something out of a James Bond movie. Apparently, it’s the only one in the whole Maldives – and as we both love space, we asked Mum if we could go back later when it was dark to look at the stars and planets through the telescope – luckily they both said yes!
On our third day, we had a nature trail day arranged for me and Annabelle, and after breakfast we were picked up at our water villa on a tricycle by a man called Nasru. He was so cool, and took us around the whole island, pointing out the names of flowers and trees, and telling us stories about fish species he had spotted around the lagoon. We stopped on the beach to build some sandcastles, and Annabelle found a baby crab, which buried itself in the sand to get away from her! Nasru had brought a picnic for us, so at lunchtime we found a huge coconut palm tree and laid down our rug underneath it to eat.
One morning when I woke there was a large rolled up scroll bound by a bright red ribbon on my bed, curiously I opened it to find a Treasure Map, all burned and yellow around the edges. Led by Captain Crusoe (who was actually Nasru dressed up as a pirate!), we were led into the deep undergrowth, along beaches and dirt tracks, where there were lots of clues for us to follow. Eventually we figured out all the clues, and found our treasure just by the lagoon in an old wooden treasure chest. Inside was the biggest watermelon I have ever seen, some snorkels, and vouchers for two mocktails from the beach bar. When we got back to our water house, Mum was reading her book in the swing that dangled over the sea, and Dad was doing some lengths in our pool on the deck – they couldn’t wait to hear all about our day, and as we were quite tired, we ordered dinner to eat in our villa and watched the sunset all together from our outside terrace.
That night, we stayed outside until the sky turned black, revealing a million tiny stars’ way up high. Dad called for James to come over, and he brought with him a real-life astrologer with him, who pointed out the Ursa Major, Ursa Minor, the North Star and Orion's belt. We saw four shooting stars that night, which James said was the sky’s way of saying “Welcome to paradise”. I had a million questions for the astrologer, of course, but he didn’t seem to mind at all!
We did so many other amazing things that week – snorkeling with a family of sea turtles in the lagoon, a boat ride to another island where we had a beach BBQ and an afternoon snooze in a hammock, a family yoga class on the beach, and even a private screening of Madagascar in the open-air cinema, whilst eating warm popcorn and drinking coconut water.
Mum and Dad were right when they said this would be a family holiday to remember – we’ve been back for six weeks now, and me and Annabelle still talk about it every day. We’ve decided that maybe when she turns ten we can all go again?
*An excerpt from the Niquesa Book of Travel’
Relaxation & Rejuvenation
Respite is high on the agenda at Soneva Jani, so prepare for your body, mind, and soul to be pampered like never before.
Start your day with a private yoga lesson at sunrise, or a coconut body scrub in the spa, and finish it with a private cinema screening at the Cinema Paradiso or a moonlit stroll around the gardens, followed by a hot, detoxifying sauna session.
Your Personal Assistant will be happy to arrange a Robinson Crusoe-style picnic on a secluded desert island for you and your family prepared by a Michelin-starred chef, or a shark diving experience with your own personal dive master - whatever you desire, we will do our utmost to make it happen.
Delicious, fresh and wholesome – the cuisine on the island is prepared with love, and designed for your well-being and enjoyment. Choose to dine under the stars at The Observatory surrounded by magnificent celestial forms, whether hosted by the resident astronomer or at the chef’s table, you will be served a mystery menu, accompanied by organic wines, selected from the extraordinary wine tower.
Lazy lunches can be spent at the isolated North Island beach, where you can feast on freshly-caught fish, before swimming back to your Water Villa for an afternoon siesta.
Away from the resort, you will have the opportunity to eat at some of the Maldives’ finest restaurants. Indulge on caviar and lobster at ‘Ithaa’ – the stunning underwater restaurant, located 5 meters beneath the ocean, and sample traditional Maldivian cuisine at ‘Sobah’s’, an exclusive restaurant, seating only eighteen guests, and hosted by Chef Sobah, recently named the ‘Best Chef in the Maldives’
Your chauffeur will collect you from home on the morning of departure, driving you to London Gatwick airport where you will have access to the lounge to enjoy some pre-flight refreshments.
Fast-track escorts through passport control, priority security checking, and a dedicated porter service for your baggage are all offered as standard, to ensure your journey, to and from home, is as effortless as possible.