Mirage-like surrounds. A playground for wild imaginations. Unimaginable beauty. The sound of silence and magic of seclusion. Warm air perfumed by the ocean. Star-filled skies. Deserted beaches engulfed by a glittering sea.
A dreamscape of impossible beauty and unthinkable design elements. A mirage-like scene dropped into the middle of an infinite, piercing blue ocean. An imaginative playground brought to life through cutting-edge architecture, yet grounded by nature. If there was ever a destination that had us questioning whether or not what we were seeing was real – this was it.
Arriving by seaplane or boat you’re driven by golf buggy through Soneva Jani‘s winding wooden paths, shapeshifting to slowly reveal the drama of the resort. Every bend frames a unique vantage point. Luxurious over-water bungalows with waterslides that plunge into the ocean, are dotted throughout the resort. Bold, imaginative designs you long to see more of as you whirl past. Residences that feel dramatically exposed and beautifully hidden from any other guest.
In a palette of bleached timbers, chalky textures and whitewashed finishes that are all handmade on the island, Soneva Jani dances beautifully between luxurious and modern, and soulfully organic. A design that only quietly interrupts the breathtaking natural surrounds.
The Luxurious Water Villas
There are an abundance of over-water villas to choose from in the Maldives. But trust us, it does not get better than this. Stunning retreats in the middle of a glistening lagoon, retractable roofs that let you sleep under the stars, private pools, catamaran nets, sunken seats, day beds, in-room gyms, wine cellars – and let’s not forget the waterslides.
A floating cinema in the middle of the sea, to experience classic films and contemporary favorites under the stars. Lounge in luxurious day beds, or suspended catamaran nets, sip cocktails and indulge in an exquisite menu or complimentary pop corn and ice cream.
The Over-Water Restaurant
An expansive restaurant suspended over the lagoon, ‘So Fresh’ is handcrafted by artisans from recycled timber in bleached palettes, spiral wooden staircases, lounge areas with transparent flooring to view sea life below and day beds for languid afternoons by the sea. It’s the dreamiest location for a wedding reception, let alone a place for breakfast by the sea each morning.
The Dining Experiences
Renowned for their diverse culinary experiences, Soneva Jani boasts an array of unexpected dining options – from rustic seafood lunches at The Crab Shack (voted as the World’s Most Romantic Restaurant on CNN.com), to Soneva’s ‘Guess Who’s Cooking’ experience – where you’ll be treated to a surprise menu prepared by one of their chefs in a secret location, Full Moon Dinners served on a sandbar, private picnics on deserted beaches or candlelit dinners under the stars.
A heavenly backdrop for an intimate ceremony or elopement, or a lavish celebration in complete seclusion with a buy-out option, Soneva Jani is one of the dreamiest destination wedding locations.
Hold your ceremony on a secluded white sand beach tucked away on the North Island. Use simple, rustic wooden seating or ghost chairs for uninterrupted views of the turquoise lagoon.
For aperitivo hour set up seafood grazing tables and cocktail bars for your guests by the lagoon while you have your wedding pictures taken. Set up trails of lights to line the wooden paths that lead guest back to the main restaurant at night for reception celebrations.
A stunning space that requires very little styling at all, hold your reception by the sea in the white-washed blank canvas of ‘So Fresh’ restaurant. A magical space at night lit by ambient lighting and a backdrop of oceanic surrounds. The layout here lends beautifully to a reception with space for your reception tables, dance floor surrounded by sunken lounges, and a beautiful bar in the centre of the room.
The Post-Wedding Brunch
If possible, have your wedding videographer cut a rough version of your wedding film and hold recovery brunch and screening over the water for guests at Cinema Paradiso. Or arrange a picnic lunch on a nearby deserted island prepared by a private chef for a recovery day by the crystal clear blue lagoon.
View the Soneva Jani website for more details about their diverse weddings spaces and options.
“Soneva Jani dances beautifully between luxurious and modern, and soulfully organic. A design that only quietly interrupts the breathtaking natural surrounds.”
4 Bedroom Water Reserve with Slide
Soneva Jani’s most luxurious villa, perfect for your bridal party with 1,226 square metres of living space, 4 private bedrooms, your own gym, outdoor shower, daybeds, and a waterslide from the top deck into the lagoon.
4 Bedroom Island Reserve with Slide
Brand new to Soneva Jani, located on the white sand beachfront surrounded by tropical palms, the Island Reserve is perfect for bridal parties or families and wedding guest groups. Offering spacious indoor, outdoor living, kitchen, wine cellar, outdoor deck and a giant pool that envelops the mansion.
1, 2, or 3 Bedroom Water Retreats
Perfect for a secluded honeymoon or a trip away with friends, Soneva Jani’s water retreats all differ in layout and design ranging from retractable roofs, private pools, open air bathrooms, roof decks, slides and expansive views of the lagoon.
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