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Soneva unveils ‘new normal’ protocols



Soneva has unveiled its new guidelines, processes and procedures in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak with a video: The New Normal: Soneva’s Response to COVID-19

Soneva’s goal is to make each private island resort a Covid-19 free environment, so that guests can relax and feel comfortable in the knowledge that everything is being done to prevent Covid-19 from reaching its shores.

All procedures highlighted in the video are to ensure the highest standards of safety and wellness for Soneva’s guests and hosts.

These decisions were made following the best practices recommended by the US Centre for Disease Control (CDC) as well as numerous consultations with leading experts in virology and infectious diseases in the United States, Singapore, India and the United Kingdom. 

On arrival

All guests landing in the Maldives will be greeted by a Soneva airport host and escorted to undergo a Covid-19 test using a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test report machine. All guests (adults and children alike) are required to undergo these tests – they are slightly uncomfortable, but only last a few seconds. There will be no costs to guests for this test.

All of Soneva’s airport hosts, lounge hosts and transfer hosts will be wearing masks, disposable gloves and will follow the highest standards of hygiene at all times.

Soneva requests that until test results are received, all guests wear a face mask. Soneva’s hosts will also be wearing masks until the results are received.

All vehicles used by Soneva for airport transfers, including the Tesla cars, will be operated with the windows down and they will be thoroughly sanitised after every ride. Soneva aircraft and transfer/excursion boats will also be thoroughly cleaned and sanitised after each ride.

At the resorts

On arrival at the jetty, guests will be greeted by a Mr./Ms. Friday who will be handling all arrivals for that particular day and who will take guests to the island.

All hosts at the resorts will be wearing face masks and Soneva asks that guests continue to wear their mask as well.

Guest luggage will be thoroughly sanitised before it reaches the resort or the villa. The guest villas will be exhaustively sanitised/disinfected and are thoroughly cleaned before and after every check-in and check-out.

Guests will be escorted to their villa and are requested to remain there until the test results are received and are negative. Soneva does not expect this process to take more than six hours, but it could take up to a maximum of 24 hours.

As a result of this inconvenience, Soneva will offer all guests a credit voucher that can be redeemed against F&B or experiences. Guests can enjoy In-Villa Dining at regular published prices and the food will be delivered according to Soneva’s health and safety protocols.

On receiving a negative test result for Covid-19, hosts will come to the guests’ villa to extend a warm welcome.

In cases where the Covid-19 test result is positive, the resort will ask the guests, their family, friends and others travelling together to isolate in their villa.

As an exclusive privilege, Soneva will immediately waive the daily room rate of the villa for the next 14 days and the only charges will be meals and other incidentals. All guests under isolation are welcome to make full use of the facilities within their villa, the surrounding private gardens and adjacent beach.

To ensure guests’ comfort and enjoyment even while in isolation, the full In-Villa Dining service, as well as general housekeeping services, will continue to be available to isolating guests, delivered in-line with strict delivery and service operating procedures.

The resort medical teams have been trained on how to look after Covid-19 positive guests and observe them.  If there are no serious complications, guests will be allowed to socialise in the resort 14 days after a negative test or 10 days after the outset of the first symptoms, following the recommended guidelines by the US CDC.

Should any guest develop severe symptoms and have to be hospitalised, the Maldives has built sufficient hospital and medical capacity to treat Covid-19 effectively. The hospital on Soneva Fushi’s neighbouring island of Eydhafushi — only 10 minutes away by speedboat — has a new ICU unit with 20 beds. There is also a new hospital in capital Male with 159 beds and international healthcare standards.

Soneva can also organise emergency private jet repatriation or medevac for guests. 

Soneva requires that all guests have their temperature taken daily. The Mr./Ms. Fridays will provide a digital thermometer each morning and will be in touch later that day to ask for the results.

On the fifth day of stay, Soneva asks that guests take one more real-time PCR test depending on the prevailing circumstances.

To enhance guest safety and comfort, Soneva has purchased the Life Cycler 96 testing machine from Roche. The samples will be sent to Male for testing at the ADK Hospital.

A Covid-19 lab is also being set-up at Maafaru International Airport in association with ADK Hospital to facilitate safer, faster and more convenient testing of Soneva’s guests. Guests will not need to isolate in their villa while waiting for the results of the second PCR test.

Soneva has also implemented enhanced cleaning and sanitation protocols across each resort in collaboration with hygiene certification organisations. There will also be plenty of hand sanitiser available for guest usage at all times.

Soneva is working with one of the world’s leading inspection, testing, verification and certification companies to provide enhanced control in the current hygiene protocols to manage and reduce Covid-19 risks and to provide increased assurance to guests.

All cutlery and crockery will be thoroughly sanitised in accordance with internally accepted guidelines.

Each of the resort restaurants, facilities and experiences remain open and operational, with some modifications.

For example, the Chocolate Rooms will now be manned by Pastry Chefs, who have moved there so guests can watch them make (and serve) the chocolate. Soneva’s famous breakfast and lunch buffets will remain; however, Soneva’s hosts will now be there to serve guests. In the spas, while the therapists will have been tested regularly, guests will still have a choice on whether they wear a face mask or gloves.

Soneva has strict deep-cleaning and disinfection protocols in all common areas, specifically high-touch points such as door handles.

All hosts are required to undergo the same Covid-19 testing procedures as the guests, while all materials and produce brought onto the islands will undergo proper cleaning and sanitisation procedures prior to being brought onsite.

Holistic wellness

Wellness has always been at the core of Soneva, and now it is more important than ever. From a holistic wellness perspective, clean sea air and daily sunshine that generates Vitamin D are natural ways of boosting the immune system. 

Soneva encourages guests to enjoy the healthy foods served, whether those are Ayurvedic elixirs at breakfast, Andrographis Paniculata (a known Ayurvedic immune booster) that Soneva offers complimentary each day, or the many other healthy anti-viral ingredients that feature in dishes, such as turmeric, garlic, ginger, red onions, cinnamon and cardamom.

A regular programme of yoga and meditation, as well as other visiting wellness practitioners are also available for guests.

Soneva currently runs two resorts in the Maldives, Soneva Fushi and Soneva Jani, and luxury yacht, Soneva in Aqua. The world-leading luxury resort operator also operates Soneva Kiri resort in Thailand.

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 amongst dense foliage within touching distance of a pristine coral reef. Eight new one- and two-bedroom Water Retreats, perched above the turquoise depths of the Indian Ocean, are scheduled to open to guests by May. 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.

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.


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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A blissful island Easter celebration at Alila Kothaifaru Maldives



Experience unique and enriching getaways at Alila Kothaifaru Maldives, as the luxury resort unveils exciting benefits for family getaway packages launching this season. Guests are invited to immerse themselves in the ethereal charm of the Maldives.

Nestled in the pristine Raa Atoll, Alila Kothaifaru Maldives seamlessly blends eco-friendly architecture with contemporary sophistication, complemented by the untouched, rugged beauty of the Raa Atoll. Situated amidst miles of untouched marine life, Alila Kothaifaru invites guests to reconnect with nature in the most extraordinary ways. With spacious villas and private pools, guests can truly experience the essence of a getaway where luxury and adventure harmoniously coexist.

Surrounded by azure skies and the turquoise waters of the Raa Atoll, Alila Kothaifaru Maldives offers an idyllic setting for a family escape during the Easter break. Here, guests can unwind in luxurious, nature-immersed surroundings, embark on exciting adventures together, and indulge in unforgettable wellness and culinary experiences.

During Easter weekend, Play Alila will delight young guests with a diverse range of festive island-inspired activities, including Easter egg decorating, arts and crafts, face painting, and more. For those seeking relaxation, Spa Alila offers enticing packages for parents and children to enjoy quality bonding time.

For the adventurous souls, do not miss the chance to join our Sparkling Underwater Egg Hunt. Hidden throughout one of our nearby dive sites, these eggs hold a special surprise. The lucky diver who discovers the egg with a unique mark will win an exclusive clutch made of Swarovski crystal valued at EUR 1,800!

Embark on an Easter journey to remember at Alila Kothaifaru Maldives. Explore all of the Easter events and activities at Alila Kothaifaru Maldives here 

Family Getaway Package

  • Booking Period: Until 30 October 2024
  • Stay Period: Until 25 December 2024

Experience a family holiday rich with memorable moments. From nature walks to energetic beach activities, Alila Kothaifaru Maldives’ offerings extend to the whole family. Indulge in a host of fun adventures together, or relax while your children participate in creative indoor and outdoor activities. Enjoy special family welcome amenities upon arrival, return seaplane transfers, daily full-board meals, and a special offer on wellness treatments. Experience the beauty of our island while creating lasting memories to be treasured!

Stay with us during the Easter period from 25-31 March 2024 and be treated to a wide range of festive island inspired activities such as Easter egg decorating, arts and crafts, egg hunting around the island and underwater, wellness offering, and many more!

For more information and reservations, please contact or visit

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Love’s Oasis: Siyam World Invites Couples To Celebrate And Embrace Romance On White Valentines’ Day



Romance never ends, get ready to swoon, Siyam World is pulling out all the stops to make this White Valentine’s Day one for the books.  Nestled in the heart of the Maldives, Siyam World invites couples to indulge in a whirlwind of romance and adventure on March 14th, 2024.

Internationally acclaimed DJ Youna will headline the evening’s entertainment, enchanting guests with her signature blend of melodic techno and progressive house music. Against the backdrop of the Maldivian night sky, guests can dance under the stars and create cherished memories with their loved ones. DJ Youna, the rising star of melodic techno and progressive house, is set to serenade you and your beloved under the starlit skies of Siyam World.

YOUNA, an emerging DJ/Producer specializing in melodic techno and progressive house, hails originally from South Korea. Her musical trajectory took an unforeseen turn upon her relocation to Dubai, where she developed a profound affinity for house music—a genre less prevalent in the Asian music landscape. Dedication to refining her craft led YOUNA to cultivate a distinctive sound, skilfully merging emotive melodies with the infectious energy of her compositions.

Despite embarking on her production and DJing journey in 2022, YOUNA has swiftly ascended to prominence on the global music scene. Her debut single, ‘Self-Doubt,’ ascended to the top 14 in progressive house and secured the 4th position on Beatport’s hype chart. YOUNA’s music, characterized by potent beats and evocative soundscapes, transcends cultural boundaries, dismantling barriers and creating a harmonious fusion on the international stage. Get ready to dance the night away and create memories that will last a lifetime with DJ YOUNA

Siyam World has also curated a line-up of experiences that will make your heart skip a beat. Dive into the culinary wonders of the Maldives with our Maldivian Culinary Workshop at Kaage, where you will learn the secrets of local cuisine from our talented chefs.

Treat your special someone to a Destination Dinner or a Special Romantic Dinner, complete with a romantic movie screening to set the mood. And for the ultimate indulgence, why not enjoy a Wine Cellar Dinner? Gift your loved one with chocolates and flowers made available for this special day. Sip on mimosas and savor delicious bites while soaking in the breath-taking views of Siyam World.

Mark your calendars, lovebirds, because White Valentine’s Day at Siyam World is going to be one for the books! Book your romantic getaway now and get ready to fall in love all over again.

For more information, visit Siyam World or follow on InstagramFacebookTwitterTikTok or YouTube. For booking enquiries email:

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