Soneva welcomes Artur Simes, Sonika Adlanka to Villa Ownership team

Soneva has welcomed Artur Simes and Sonika Adlanka to its Soneva Villa Ownership (SVO) team.

Artur joins the Soneva team as the Managing Director – Soneva Villa Onwership, whilst Sonika serves as the Director of Sales – Soneva Villa Ownership.

With extensive experience in the hospitality and real estate sectors, Artur brings a wealth of experience to the SVO programme. Artur is the founder of Atlantic Estates, a network of estate agencies, which later became affiliated to Sotheby’s International Realty. Before joining Soneva, Artur served as the Chief Operating Officer Sales & Marketing at Royal Park Mauritius and as Director of Sales & Marketing at Porto Montengegro.

Sonika Adlakha brings almost two decades of hospitality experience. She has previously worked with Shangri-La Resorts, Las Vegas Sands Corporation and Inter Continental Group. Most recently, she was the Director of Sales for the Sun Aqua brand under Sun Siyam Group in Maldives.

The Soneva Villa Ownership programme is the first and only such programme that allows clients to own a luxury villa in the Maldives. The programme is particularly appealing to those who frequently holiday in Maldives. The villas are designed and built according to the needs of the owners and, once built, are looked after by the Soneva management team. When owners are not holidaying in their villas, they can opt to rent them out by joining Soneva’s Villa Rental Programme.

World-leading luxury resort operator Soneva runs two resorts in the Maldives, Soneva Fushi and Soneva Jani.

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.

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.

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