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Things to do at Soneva Jani

  • Travel 101
  • By Lisa Nightingale
  • Published 06 June 2022
  • Revised 17 August 2022

If you were to picture the definitive remote island escape, then the five-star Soneva Jani luxury resort in the Maldives would immediately spring to mind. Not only is there a host of world-class facilities on offer in this paradisiacal setting – including the notable Soneva Jani slide in some of the villas – but there are superb activities and experiences for couples, groups and families to enjoy and make memories that will last a lifetime.

Things to do at Soneva Jani Maldives

Oozing effortless splendour from villa to villa, Soneva Jani also boasts a wealth of things to do to while away the days in this isolated ocean location. Whether it’s relaxing and losing yourself in the indulgence of a first-rate spa treatment or rushing through the waves on a 56km per hour e-surfboard, the unique experiences here are second-to-none.

Soneva Jani Spa
You’ve got an extensive menu of opulent and innovative spa treatments from around the globe available to book at Soneva Jani, including IV vitamin therapies, ayurvedic massages, soothing and revitalising scrubs and wraps, facials and so much more. It’s the perfect place to unwind and relax after a hard day of... more relaxing!

Villas with waterslides

Each and every luxurious Soneva Jani overwater villa features unforgettable views, contemporary and chic interiors, and a wealth of private space, however, a select few are equipped with their very own waterslides that propel you down into the lagoon. You can wake up in the morning and literally slide down for breakfast, providing so much fun for kids and adults alike. Speak to your personal travel manager for more information on these beautiful Water or Island Retreats and Reserves!

Captivating cuisine
The distinctive dining options at Soneva Jani Maldives are beyond compare, each creating an experience like no other. From a secluded pop-up dinner on the North Beach to a secret chef’s menu and ever-changing setting in ‘Guess Who’s Cooking, you're utterly spoilt for choice. If you're looking for an intimate gathering around a firepit centrepiece then enjoy rustic-style grill at So Primitive, or if you're searching for dinner with a view try the first overwater observatory in the Maldives where you can dine under a blanket of stars.

Exciting events programme
Soneva Jani Maldives delivers a full calendar of stimulating events throughout the year in its Soneva Stars programme, which features big-name guests who come to impart their wisdom and skill in an array of activities, workshops and experiences. Expect to see legendary Michelin-starred chefs, world-renowned athletes, and sports personalities as well as acclaimed therapists and wellness experts at the resort – speak to your personal travel manager about what’s going on when you are looking to book your Maldives trip.

Luxurious spa setting

Luxurious spa setting

Things to do nearby Soneva Jani

You might be holidaying in the middle of the Indian Ocean, but there’s lots to do around the resort itself. The vast ocean provides a never-ending playground of exploration, and the 1,192 islands and two rows of 26 atolls that make up this beautiful island nation offer many land-based opportunities for kicking back and enjoying the very best of the region. Alternatively, the Seychelles is also a great option for island-based fun, so make sure to ask about this similarly beautiful destination when you speak with our travel experts.

Water sports
For a little more thrill, there are plenty of underwater activities to dive into including both motorised and non-motorised water sports such as kayaking, windsurfing, paddleboarding and catamaran hire. Plus, you could try out the very cool contraption called a SEABOB, which is essentially a miniature hand-held jet ski that glides you across and under the water like a fish for a brilliantly unique ocean experience. E-surfboards are also available to hire, with a top speed of 56km per hour you can ride the surf at a riveting pace. 

Ocean-based experiences
There are more options for getting out and about and exploring the natural surroundings than you probably think here. The resort presents some once-in-a-lifetime encounters such as a magical sunset dolphin cruise where you will voyage out into deeper waters in search of a glimpse of them at play, all while enjoying a selection of sparkling wines and canapés.

If you prefer your exploring below sea level, then perhaps a guided scuba diving tour of the Noonu Atoll with a knowledgeable marine biologist is more your thing? Discover the diversity and beauty of Maldivian marine life like friendly sea turtles or elegant rays as well as a plethora of magnificently colourful fish.

An all-day option (or half-day if you prefer) is to board the Soneva in Aqua yacht for a wonderful six-hour sailing trip out to the Baa Atoll, the only UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in the Maldives. Guests will enjoy a tailor-made lunch menu on board before grabbing your snorkel gear for a little below-surface sightseeing, then finishing off with a dip in the on-board Jacuzzi or even a bespoke massage before sailing back and admiring the sunset with a glass of sparkling wine and canapé in hand.

With all of these spectacular activities and experiences to be had, it's no surprise this resort is so popular with paradise island seekers. Discover how much it costs to stay at Soneva Jani and you might be heading there sooner than you think...

Snorkelling among exotic fish

Snorkelling among exotic fish
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Things to do at Soneva Jani FAQs

Is Soneva Jani good for families?

Yes, Soneva Jani Maldives is a great option for family holidays with unbeatable kids’ facilities and activities on offer. There’s a Mini Den for the little ones to quench their curiosity and play in a safe, technology-free zone, as well as island bike rides, treasure hunts, tennis lessons and gardening on the beach, plus much more.

How far is Soneva Jani from the airport?

Once you arrive at the main international airport at Malé you'll then enjoy a 45-minute seaplane transfer to the resort.

What is Soneva Unlimited?

This incredible package is available within the villa rates of those who book Chapter Two accommodations. Guests will enjoy access to a dedicated Barefoot Butler, unlimited dining and drinks at the resort’s bars and restaurants as well as all on-site spa treatments and off-site experiences and activities, plus so much more. Just ask your personal travel manager for more details!

Whether you like to soak up the spa deluxe treatments on offer, make a splash with exhilarating water activities, or bask under the stars with a delicious candle-lit dinner – there is plenty to see and do here. But don't take our word for it, discover luxury like never before when you call our expert travel team on 0203 816 0985 to discover the best holiday offers for Soneva Jani Maldives.

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