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Soneva Jani announces new wellness practitioners line-up



Soneva has announced an impressive roster of visiting wellness practitioners that will be at Soneva Jani in Maldives, throughout December 2019 and into early 2020.

The practitioners include experts in Ayurveda, physiotherapy, massage, Pilates, yoga and more.

These decorated practitioners reflect Soneva’s ongoing commitment to focus more on holistic wellness, which encompasses a mind, body and soul approach consisting of four main pillars: Wellness of the Mind; Wellness of the Soul and Sleep; Wellness of the Body; and Wellness of Nutrition and Life.

The visiting practitioners fall under these respective pillars.

Roger Moore – Wellness of the Soul and Sleep (13/12/19 – 03/01/20)

Originally from the UK, Roger is a world-renowned therapist whose 30 plus years of experience ranges from western medical and scientific approach to health, to the Eastern ‘Shamanic’ esoteric spiritual approach to wellbeing and happiness. He combines both of these with a third sphere of psychological and spiritual philosophy, thus creating a very holistic and unique grounded and rounded approach to wellbeing, happiness and health.

His most popular therapies are: The Seven Chakra Massage; Metamorphosis, which uses a combination of Reflexology, Reiki, Indian head massage and Aura work; Deep Tissue Positional Release Therapy; Chi Nei Tsang, an abdominal ‘Chi’ organ massage; and Watsu Therapy, a blend of Zen Shiatsu, Tai Chi and soft tissue massage.

Some of his accolades include being voted as one of the “Top Eight Therapists in the World Worth Travelling Around the World For” by Tatler’s Travel Guide in a “Best of the Best” edition. He was also voted by Elite Traveler magazine (USA) as “The Best Therapist with the Best Therapy” at Chiva Som, (Asia) Resort.

His black-book of celebrity clients includes Van Morrison, Peter Gabriel, Annie Lennox, Richard Gere, and John Frida, as well as many politicians and CEOs.

Dr GN Lakshman – Wellness of Nutrition and Life (December)

Ayurveda is a passion for Dr Lakshman, who completed his training in Ayurveda in Chennai, learning this ancient therapeutic art from respected Ayurvedic gurus.

He specialises in a range of disciplines, including: paediatrics; eye care; ear, nose and throat (ENT) care; cancer care; Panchakarma (a process that cleanses the body of toxic materials left by disease, poor nutrition and environmental pollution); and Nadi Vigyan (an Ayruvedic method of diagnosis based on a patient’s pulse). He offers advice to his patients on following an Ayurveda diet and making appropriate lifestyle changes.

In 2003, he was honoured with the Jeevaka by The Himalaya Drug Company, and was asked to be a guest speaker at Ayurveda forums.

Dr Lakshman completed his post-graduate education from Pune in Ayurveda Pharmacology, and is currently completing his PhD, focussing on cancer, diabetes and thyroid problems, in Chennai.

Throughout his career, he has worked at various prestigious Ayurveda organisations, including the Arya Vaidya (Pharmacy) Institute (AVP), and the Foundation for Revitalisation of Local Health Traditions (FRLHT).

Pooja Das – Wellness of Nutrition and Life (December)

Pooja completed her Diploma in Ayurveda Panchakarma, after beginning her healing journey through Ayurveda in 2016. Since then, she has worked in leading Ayurveda centres in Kerala and Goa.

In 2018, Pooja joined Dr Lakshman’s team, specialising in Kerala Ayurveda Panchakarma therapies like Abyangam, Shirodhara and Kizhi. She also works on Ayurveda pressure points to help facilitate deep tissue repair and lymphatic drainage.

Jobin Kannonil Joy – Wellness of Nutrition and Life (December)

Jobin started his journey into the ancient art of Ayurveda when he completed his Diploma in Ayurveda Panchakarma in 2011. Since then he has worked in numerous leading Ayurveda centres all over India.

He joined Dr Lakshman’s team in 2016 and has been practising Kerala Ayurveda Panchakarma therapies that include Fusion Abyangam and specialised Marma Massage.

Mark Yevtifeyev – Wellness of the Body (year-round)

Mark has been working professionally as a physiotherapist, sports coach and massage therapist for over 25 years.

A native Russian, he trained at the Uzbek State Institute of Physical Education, before obtaining further training in sports massage, Acupuncture, Osteopathy and Chiropractic therapy over the years.

Mark has worked as a functional and rehabilitation trainer with many high-performance individuals including track and field athletes, AFC Football Teams and Olympic athletes.

With his extensive knowledge in health, fitness, nutrition and injury recovery he specialises in: acupuncture; chiropractic; vacuum cupping; sports, Swedish, and deep tissue massage; and personal training.

Pawan Kumar – Wellness of the Mind (year-round)

Pawan comes from a traditional Hindu family in the Himalayan region of India. Since childhood, he was brought up surrounded by spiritual practices and teachings. He studied yoga in numerous ancient Indian ashrams and with yoga masters in the Himalayas.

With the divine blessings of the yoga masters, Pawan uses his practice in a bid to help heal humanity and spread the awareness of yoga as a lifestyle choice around the world.

He views yoga as a science, a form of disciplined life, and as a practical system of self-culture. It is a discipline of the mind, the senses and the physical body. Yoga helps its students attain control of their thoughts and feelings, ethics, moral excellence, and spiritual calmness. It is the key that unlocks the realms of peace, bliss, mystery and miracles.

Pawan is qualified in: Traditional Hatha Yoga; Advanced Yoga (classical yoga poses); Vinyasa Yoga; Mantra Yoga (chanting); Pranayama (breath regulation and control); Meditation (traditional Vedic and mantra meditation); and Shat Karma (yogic detoxification practices).

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.


Discover ultimate privacy at Nika Maldives



Imagine a place where the world fades away, leaving you with nothing but the gentle sound of waves and the soft touch of sand beneath your feet. A place where privacy is not just a promise, but a guarantee. Welcome to Nika island Resort & Spa, Maldives, the only resort that offers private beaches for an unparalleled experience of seclusion and tranquility.

At Nika, your very own private beach awaits. Picture yourself enjoying a personalised BBQ under the stars or designing your own destination dining experience, tailored to your every desire. Whether it’s a romantic dinner for two or a family feast, the possibilities are endless.

John Miller, a recent guest at Nika, shares his unforgettable experience: “Staying at Nika’s private beach villa was the ultimate privacy I’ve ever experienced. Born in London, I’ve never known such seclusion in my entire life. The resort is lush with vegetation, and the fauna and flora are simply amazing. It’s a hidden gem in the middle of the Indian Ocean. The local stories and the museum displays are fascinating.”

But the allure of Nika doesn’t end there. The resort’s dive centre offers exceptional dive courses, taking you to spectacular dive sites that reveal the breathtaking underwater world. Whether you’re a seasoned diver or a beginner, the wonders beneath the surface will leave you in awe.

After a day of exploration, indulge in the Lotus Spa at Nika. Offering a range of excellent massages, from traditional local techniques to various modern varieties, the spa promises to rejuvenate your body and soul.

Nika is a small resort, yet it is brimming with entertainment and activities. From water sports to cultural experiences, there’s something for everyone. It’s a sanctuary where you can ground yourself, reconnect with nature, and discover a level of privacy that is truly extraordinary.

Escape to Nika and hide away at your secret beach. Here, the ultimate privacy and relaxation await.

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Unwind and Explore: Hilton Maldives Amingiri Resort & Spa Invites Families to a Rejuvenating Summer Escape



Hilton Maldives Amingiri Resort & Spa, an all-pool villa haven nestled amidst the breathtaking natural seascapes of the Indian Ocean, invites families to embrace the joy of relaxation and the spirit of adventure this summer with a slew of experiences designed to inspire playful discoveries and foster tranquil reconnections with the mind and body.

Fun for All Ages

Budding adventurers and creative little spirits alike can discover new adventures at Krakengiri Kids’ Club, one of the largest kids’ clubs in the Maldives. Led by a multilingual team of certified childcare professionals, young guests can engage in an exciting array of daily activities that combine learning and play.

Upstairs, Re:Fuel, a rooftop lounge for teens, hosts engaging milkshake-making workshops and fun family movie nights under the starry Maldivian sky.

In June, the resort offers a Holiday Camp for teens, who can personalize their wellness experiences as follows:

  • Pick up new sports such as tennis, pickleball, and badminton on the multi-purpose court with the hotel’s resident Sports Animator
  • Work out with a personal trainer at the fitness center
  • Try aerial yoga for beginners, yoga for better sleep, breathwork, and meditation with the resident yoga practitioner
  • Enjoy a restorative massage in the overwater treatment villas of Amingiri Spa.

The experience is available at USD 150++ per person for a combination of any two 30-minute sessions.

Restful Retreats

Amingiri Spa introduces Water Connect, a private in-villa pool experience guided by a certified water shiatsu specialist. The gentle movements and targeted massage techniques melt away tension and create a deeply relaxing sensation akin to being cocooned in the womb. The serene escape is available between 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm at USD 150++ for 30 minutes.

Starting in June, guests can indulge in a brand-new Sleep Wellness menu designed to ease the mind and body into a state of deep and rejuvenating slumber. Guests can choose to unwind with a calming signature massage on the spa’s Skye Deck, bask in the timeless glow of an evening hammam ritual in the modern hammam room, or embrace tranquility with an in-villa session incorporating guided meditation, yoga, and breathwork.

Exclusive Offer

Guests who stay a minimum of four nights enjoy the added value of a half board meal plan and complimentary shared roundtrip speedboat transfers with Maldivian Bliss. This offer is available for stays through to December 20, 2024.

From May through to September 30, 2024, children stay and dine free: parents staying with two young children ages 11 years and below in an Overwater Suite with Pool and any of the Two-Bedroom Beach and Overwater Villas will also enjoy the half board meal plan and complimentary shared roundtrip speedboat transfers when booking Maldivian Bliss. Hilton Honors members enjoy full points for their stay. Terms and conditions apply.

Hilton Maldives Amingiri Resort & Spa is part of Hilton Honors®, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton’s 22 distinct hotel brands. Members who book directly on the hotel’s website will have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount, free standard Wi-Fi and the Hilton Honors app.

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Maldives Madridistas: Patina Maldives, Fari Islands Nets Exclusive Football Camp Partnership with the Real Madrid Foundation



Younger guests at Patina Maldives, Fari Islands can embrace new patterns of play this summer at an exclusive, Maldives-first Real Madrid Foundation football camp. From 4 July – 12 August, a youth coach will lead a comprehensive Real Madrid Foundation programme of daily soccer sessions for ages 5-9yrs, 10-14yrs, and 15-17yrs. The coach will be joined by an elite player ambassador from UEFA’s all-time no. 1 ranked football club toward the end of the programme.

This summer’s inaugural Patina Maldives x Real Madrid CF Foundation football camp is the first edition in an ongoing partnership, with additional future football camp dates to be confirmed. Led by a licensed Real Madrid Foundation coach, sessions will focus on developing each participant both individually and as part of the group, in order to ‘Play The Real Way’ – the training methodology that combines play, as well as sports values.

Sessions will take place on a new, purpose-built 6 a side astroturf pitch located near the Fari Marina Village at Patina Maldives.

All participants will receive an official camp football camp shirt, shorts, socks, drawstring bag, sweatbands, and cap; while those completing a minimum of four days’ coaching will also be presented with a Real Madrid Foundation participation certificate.

Real Madrid Foundation football clinics at Patina Maldives, Fari Islands are priced at USD195++ per child per session for guests of the resort. Bookings are also open to guests from neighbouring resorts, from USD250++ per child per session.

Rates at Patina Maldives, Fari Islands start from USD2,054 (approx. GBP1,620) per night based on two adults sharing a One Bedroom Pool Villa including daily breakfast, complimentary Guest Benefits, tax, and service. Terms and conditions apply.

For more information and reservations, please visit or contact For more information on Pathways, please see here.

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