The seaplane touches down in the Maldives at one of the lowest-density overwater resorts in the world, sitting on Noonu Atoll. Travel the world and never find water this blue. The 150-acre island of Medhufaru is yours. Stay in Soneva Jani’s 24 fairy-tale, one-to-four bedroom villas including outdoor decks with private pools, a walk-in mini bar, and floor windows with one of the best underwater shows on earth. To catch another, the press of a button retracts the roof for stargazing. Need a closer look at your favourite constellation? The world’s only overwater observatory is ready to satisfy your curiosity by granting a first-class ticket to the best show on earth. As you wish, a personal guide to the heavens will unlock the secrets of the stars. Should gazing turn to grazing, intimate dining is available around the telescope with special screens serve the constellations to your table while you eat. Your gal or guy Friday, only a phone call away, is in the business of indulgence while redefining personal service.
Bicycles and tricycles are ready for you to pedal the jetties connecting the main island, Cinema Paradiso, and the Gardens and Labyrinth. Check out the latest flick in the overwater cinema or have fun spotting sea turtles, rays and dolphins. The lagoon invites you to enjoy its calm waters whether sailing, kayaking or swimming. Or simply enjoy the view with nothing but ocean as far as the eye can see.
The Gathering’s spa, stores, global cuisine, library, wine cellar and Children’s Den is the heart of the atoll. A dive centre and marine biology center will see to it that your stay provides as much adventure and exploration as you can handle. The resort’s luxury and location are comparable only to their commitment to the environment with organic, locally sourced produce and recycled glassware hand-crafted at Soneva Fushi’s Glass Studio. Soneva Jani’s eco-credentials strongly reflect their philosophy of intelligent luxury. www.soneva.com/soneva-jani
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