Soneva resorts launch ‘Eggtastic’ Easter programmes
Soneva, the world-leading luxury resort operator, has launched its Easter programmes across Soneva Fushi and Soneva Jani in the Maldives.
Guests can expect Easter-inspired activities, a number of visiting chefs, professionals and artists as part of the Festival of Colour 2019, as well as special dining and drinks events, signature experiences and much more from April 14-23.
Soneva’s annual Easter egg hunt is back with wooden eggs hidden all over the resort for guests to find. These can be exchanged for chocolate eggs at the chocolate room and the Egg Hunter with the most eggs found will receive a special prize from Lindt.
Continuing the Easter theme is a special Full Moon Dinner and a Pop-Up Easter After Party, both on the sandbank. The party includes music by a famous Maldivian DJ with each couple being given a mini bottle of Champagne. For the whole family there will be a Games Show night at Down to Earth featuring games such as Twister, Ring Shooting and more.
Guests can traverse the night skies with visiting Lars Lindberg Christensen, an award-winning astronomer and science communicator who is responsible for communications from some of the world’s largest and most famous telescopes, including the Hubble Space Telescope (for ESA), the Extremely Large Telescope, the Very Large Telescope, ALMA and La Silla. Lars received the Tycho Brahe Medal in 2005 for his achievements in science communication.
Danish Chef Kamilla Seidler, winner of Latin America’s Best Female Chef award in 2016, and Finnish Chef Filip Langhoff who has one Michelin star will both be hosting dinners over Easter.
In 1995, the award-winning luxury resort Soneva Fushi set the standard for all desert island barefoot luxury hideaways in the Maldives. Located in the Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Soneva Fushi pairs Robinson Crusoe fantasy with intelligent luxury.
Sixty-two private villas with their own stretch of beach are hidden among dense foliage within touching distance of a pristine coral reef. Intuitive service is provided by Mr./Ms. Friday butlers.
Highlights include the open-air Cinema Paradiso, counting Saturn’s rings in the high-tech Observatory, the home-made chocolate and ice cream rooms, five hundred wines to choose from, six different restaurants and countless destination dining options. In November 2015, Soneva launched a floating villa concept, Soneva in Aqua, a treasure trove children’s Den and a multi-purpose facility encompasses a glass gallery, boutique and studio where guests can learn the art of glass blowing.
If the experiences are magical, the philosophy is simple: No news, no shoes. No pretensions either.
The Easter Egg Hunt returns to Soneva Jani with wooden Easter eggs hidden around the resort which can be exchanged for chocolate prizes.
For cocktail enthusiasts, the Cocktail Journey at South Beach will be followed by an Easter-inspired dining pop-ip in the lagoon. Easter egg painting and an Easter-themed quiz for the whole family round off the special activities planned for younger guests.
Soneva Jani’s Grand Master Chef Kiichi Okabe, formerly from a two-Michelin starred restaurant in Japan, is putting on special dinners with wine pairings at So Imaginative. His deftly crafted sushi is known as some of the best outside of Japan.
Other dining and drinks experiences include lunch at the Crab Shack, a Maldivian barbecue dinner at Zuhair’s Beach and a Sunset Celebration with Konrad, Soneva Jani’s new Master Sommelier.
Opened in December 2016, Soneva Jani is Soneva’s newest property and the world-leading luxury hotel group’s second resort in the Maldives.
Soneva Jani is located on the island of Medhufaru within a 5.6 kilometre lagoon in the Noonu atoll, and has uninterrupted ocean views in all directions. The lagoon is 35 minutes by seaplane from Velana International Airport and one hour by speedboat from Soneva Fushi.
Meaning ‘wisdom’ in Sanskrit, Soneva Jani currently comprises 24 overwater villas and one island villa, with additional villas to be built in phase two. Five islands encircle the lagoon, each one with soft white sands and covered in rich tropical vegetation. Four of the five islands will remain untouched, making Soneva Jani the lowest density development in the Maldives. The overwater villas are spaced across the expansive lagoon, offering privacy and extensive views over the Maldives’ turquoise waters. The island villas will be tucked into the lush greenery, providing the ultimate privacy, and all within steps of the beach.
Soneva Jani’s main guest facilities are located at The Gathering, the heart of the overwater villas. This dramatic three story structure is home to the main dining outlets, in addition to the Soneva Spa, library, retail area and wine cellar. It is located next to the Maldives’ first overwater Observatory.
Facilities on the island include the overwater Cinema Paradiso, the Eco Centro Waste-to-Wealth centre, organic gardens, tennis courts, water sports champa and Zuhair’s Beach on a desert island in the lagoon.