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Soneva’s Summer Spectacular: Unforgettable Experiences

Make it a summer to remember with Soneva’s fun-filled programmes at Soneva Fushi and Soneva Jani in the Maldives and Soneva Kiri in Thailand. Throughout July and August, one-of-a-kind experiences, exceptional cuisine, rejuvenating wellness sessions at Soneva Soul and an inspiring Summer Camp programme set the scene for tropical adventures with loved ones. For the ultimate island escape, a curated calendar of visiting Soneva Stars boasts one-of-a-kind workshops and experiences with Michelin-starred chefs, professional athletes and revered wellness specialists from around the world.

With views of the ocean and surrounding tropical forests, expansive decks, idyllic walkways, shaded plunge pools, and even a spa, gym and sauna in some of the villas, no luxury is spared in Soneva’s vast private hideaways. At Soneva Fushi, one- to nine-bedroom island and overwater villas fringed by lush tropical vegetation capture the essence of castaway chic. Across the Indian Ocean at Soneva Jani, guests can choose from expansive one- to four-bedroom island or overwater villas that feature iconic slides straight into the lagoon. On the island of Koh Kood in Thailand, Soneva Kiri’s villas are nestled next to its private beach, hidden in the jungle on the hillsides, or commanding spectacular views from the clifftop, with each offering a private pool, vast living spaces and verdant gardens.

Every Soneva stay is entirely bespoke, with exclusive summer offers complemented by signature 24/7 Barefoot Guardian butler service, complimentary access to the resorts’ ice cream, chocolate and cheese and charcuterie parlours, and more.

Soneva Fushi, Maldives

Guests at Soneva Fushi this summer can dine with not one, but four exceptional visiting chefs from around the world as part of the Soneva Stars calendar. Latin America’s Best Female Chef Manu Buffara will be making a welcome return to the Maldives, while Executive Chef at Restaurant Merlet in the Netherlands, Jonathan Zandbergen, will be showcasing his distinctive style of Dutch cuisine. Named Austria’s Most Creative Chef, two-Michelin-starred Konstantin Filippou’s signature cooking style blends his Greek and Austrian heritage. And Wassim Hallal, the chef behind Denmark’s two-Michelin-starred restaurant Frederikshøj, will be taking guests on a sensory journey in refinement and rendition without a horizon.

Helping guests stay active this summer, former Real Madrid defender Rafael Márquez will be hosting a series of exciting football camps. Guests can also take a fascinating voyage of the galaxy with planetary astronomer Dr James O’Donoghue and astrophotographer Andrew McCarthy at Soneva Fushi’s island observatory. Both passionate advocates for science education, they will be hosting after-dinner stargazing sessions along with fascinating talks throughout the day.

Families and younger guests have so much to see and do at Soneva Fushi. The Den, one the region’s largest children’s zones, has a fun-packed programme of activities that include sustainable arts & crafts, summer-time journaling, island-wide treasure hunts and camp nights under the stars. Children aged 9 to 13 can also join the Soneva Academy’s bespoke Summer Camp programmes. From yoga and meditation on the beach and cooking classes using organic ingredients to workshops on digital storytelling, dolphin cruises, astronomy sessions and more, it’s the ultimate invitation to discovery.

View the Soneva Fushi Summer Programme

Soneva Jani, Maldives

Soneva’s exceptional line-up of visiting chefs will also be going to Soneva Jani in the Maldives’ serene Noonu Atoll. Chefs Manu Buffara, Jonathan Zandbergen, Konstantin Filippou and Wassim Hallal will all be hosting exclusive dinners at the resort, including at So Engaging, an intimate chef’s table that seats just five guests.

Hailed as one of the best Mexican football players of all time, Rafael Márquez will also be offering his exclusive workshops for guests of all ages at Soneva Jani, alongside planetary astronomer Dr James O’Donoghue and astrophotographer Andrew McCarthy at the resort’s over-water observatory. At Soneva Soul, visiting wellness specialists Bill Gillespie and Amberin Fur will be offering a range of transformative treatments to reconnect mind and body, and heal from within.

Soneva Jani’s two-storey family zone The Den will keep children and teens engaged from morning to night. From sensory spaces for toddlers to a mocktail bar for teens, plus areas for dressing up, Lego play, crafts, reading and so much more, there’s an array of family-focused activities to enjoy. Children aged 9 to 13 are also invited to connect with the world around them at the Soneva Academy’s immersive Summer Camp programme. Led by experts in their fields, each session uses experiential learning and crafted play to explore the themes of nature, community and sustainability.

View the Soneva Jani Summer Programme

Soneva Kiri, Thailand

Summer at Soneva Kiri invites guests to relax, unwind and reconnect on tranquil Koh Kood, one of Thailand’s most unspoiled, least populated islands. The resort’s dining experiences take guests on a journey of flavours and culinary cultures. Joining Soneva Kiri’s resident chefs is chef and restaurateur Jane Alty, whose focus on using authentic Thai ingredients and techniques, paired with carefully-sourced wines and unique cocktails, has made her one of the Top 100 Influential Women in Hospitality.

Koh Kood’s pristine beaches and thriving rainforest make Soneva Kiri the perfect backdrop for a serene summer escape. Guests can explore the beauty of the resort’s island home onboard a traditional fishing vessel during the Seven Days Seven Beaches experience or guided snorkelling trips to the nearby sunken sculpture garden at Koh Raet and the pristine waters of the Koh Rang Yai National Marine Park.

At the Soneva Kiri Spa, guests can relax and rejuvenate surrounded by nature. In addition to an extensive menu of therapies and healing rituals, guests can also enjoy daily complimentary wellness sessions including Himalayan singing bowl meditation, cardio workouts, Pilates and Tai Chi.

And for Young Sonevians, the team at The Den and Eco Den have compiled an enthralling summer programme. From bua loy masterclasses and summer science experiments to junior Muay Thai classes and snorkelling trips to Koh Raet, there’s so much to pique your children’s imaginations.

View the Soneva Kiri Summer Programme

For more information about Soneva, visit www.soneva.com

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