· 2 November 2016
Crowds are not a bother with these new luxury escapes.
We are sure devoted followers of Soneva properties will be flocking to Soneva Jani on the island Medhufaru, once it officially opens on 5 November. A 40-minute seaplane ride from Malé International Airport brings you to the 5.6km private lagoon that surrounds 24 one- and two-bedroom water villas; each villa has a retractable roof that’s great for stargazing.
Soneva Jani’s ethos of barefoot luxury is evident. The resort runs mainly on solar power. Bicycles and tricycles are available for use to go on the island trails to enjoy the lush greenery. Get lost in the Labyrinth, a meditative maze created with ficus hedges. Along the way, you will pass by the organic gardens where restaurants in the resort get their supply of fresh organic herbs and vegetables. Thereafter, head over to one of the restaurants, The Beach, where the chef cooks with the freshest catch hauled from the lagoon. From US$1,870 (S$2,575) for a one-bedroom water retreat. Medhufaru Island, Noonu Atoll, Republic of Maldives. Tel: +960 656 6666
Excerpt from the November 2016 issue of epicure