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Soneva unveils summer camp, more activities for half term break family holidays

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Soneva has paved the way for family-friendly getaways where there is always something going on to keep children and teenagers curious and entertained.

Soneva is now gearing up for an impressive line-up of activities for August and the October half term periods at Soneva Fushi and Soneva Jani in the Maldives, and at Soneva Kiri in Thailand. This includes a Summer Camp at Soneva Fushi and Soneva Jani in the Maldives.

Whether it’s a private water slide into a sparkling lagoon, complimentary chocolate and ice cream rooms, cultural trips to local communities or one-on-one tutoring sessions, Soneva makes sure no one is ever bored.

Soneva is known for its resorts’ children’s clubs, which are all called The Den. Every day there are countless activities to take part in, from arts and crafts, recycling, cooking classes and more.

The Den teams organise experiences for children and teenagers around the resort, from joining the marine biologist for a guided snorkelling session to learning about the organic gardens with the resort gardeners.

Tours of the Eco Centro waste management centres allow Soneva’s young guests to learn about sustainability practices and what they can do to give back to the environment and local communities.

Soneva Fushi’s Den is a sprawling playground for the imagination. Children can explore a pirate ship, splash in two swimming pools, go down the spiralling red water slide, play in the Lego and Duplo room, have fun in the dress-up and makeup area, and watch movies in the cinema. There is also a library, learning area, and music room filled with instruments, and more.

During family time, parents can head over to The Den with their little ones to enjoy their very own shallow pool. The Den also has a separate lounge area dedicated to teenagers.

The Den at Soneva Fushi. PHOTO/ SONEVA

At Soneva Jani, The Den is not just in The Gathering; it also includes the whole island itself. Creative and learning-inspired activities happen all day long, while water sports around the lagoon include kayaking, paddle-boarding, snorkelling, sailing and so much more.

There are plans to build a much larger children’s club on the main island of Soneva Jani in the near future.

The Den at Soneva Jani. PHOTO/ SONEVA

In keeping with Soneva’s philosophy that fostering curiosity and continued learning are crucial to living a fulfilled life, all activities and experiences for young Sonevians are geared towards stimulating their minds and imaginations.

Soneva frequently partners with Oppidan Education, a UK-based mentoring programme, to host complimentary group workshops and private one-on-one sessions for an additional charge during half term holidays.

Soneva Fushi – Summer Camp

This year, Summer Camps will be taking place in August, one for children aged 7 to 11, and another for teenagers aged 12 to 17. Each lasts two weeks and has been designed to encourage participants to disconnect from their daily life and learn to live in the moment.

Activities fall under the following categories: Sustainable, Local, Organic, Wellness, Learning, Inspiring, Fun, Experiences.

Camp Starter Packs will be given to each participant, containing: a Soneva Fushi journal, wooden pen, a tote bag, a cap, and a Soneva Fushi metal water bottle.

At the end of each day, they will earn a different Ranger badge.

Children’s activities include: making worm farms, scavenger hunts, Maldivian snack cooking classes, pool parties, surfing lessons, repair and DIY workshops, snorkelling with the marine biologist, movie nights, photography and videography challenges, gardening and compost making, and an Eco Warriors Waste Fashion Show, among others.

Teenagers’ activities include: An educational yacht tour aboard Soneva in Aqua, zero waste workshops, local culture trips to neighbouring islands, yoga, face mask class, pool party, campfire gatherings with s’mores, surfing lessons, snorkelling with manta rays, gardening and permaculture, a disco party, and sailing.

Soneva is known for its resorts’ children’s clubs, which are all called The Den. PHOTO/ SONEVA

Soneva Fushi – August Calendar

Over the course of August there are a number of exciting and stimulating events, experiences and activities available for Soneva’s younger guests.

Other than the daily activities at The Den, Soneva Fushi has an extensive calendar of experiences, dining events and more; a number of them designed specifically with Soneva’s younger guests in mind.

Glassblowing classes at the Soneva Art & Glass Studio introduce this ancient art form to guests of all ages, while Soneva’s Junior Master Chef cooking competition is an opportunity for young chefs to shine.

Tour the water bottling plant on the island to see how the team filters and mineralises Soneva Water, before tasting the different Soneva waters on offer.

For those who love a good adventure, children can make their own treasure maps with clues, before heading off into the island to hunt for buried treasure.

Water sports like paddle boarding, sailing and kayaking are always available at the Water Sports Champa, while pool parties at The Den provide the perfect opportunity to get to know the other children on the island.

The Island Rangers series of experiences includes the Flora and Fauna Safari, Movie Challenge, and Splash and Sailing. These will appeal to the wildlife lovers and aspiring conservationists, the budding movie or documentary film makers, and the lovers of wind and waves.

There are a number of exciting and stimulating events, experiences and activities available for Soneva’s younger guests. PHOTO/ SONEVA

Soneva Fushi – October Calendar

Throughout the month, children and teens can get to know the island’s critters and wildlife with the new Conscious Experience: Wildlife Explorers. Learn about the animals, plants and insects that live on and around the island and learn what their names in Dhivehi are.

Pool parties, arts and crafts, learning activities, water sports and pizza making classes fill the daily programme at The Den.

For Halloween, Soneva Fushi takes trick-or-treating out into the high seas and into the depths of the jungle. Everyone is encouraged to dress up in their spooky or creepy costumes to collect sweets and chocolates to enjoy later.

Learn about the animals, plants and insects that live on and around Soneva Fushi. PHOTO/ SONEVA

Soneva Jani – Summer Camp

Soneva Jani’s Summer Camp is two weeks long, with awards at the end of each week and the final farewell party on the very last evening.

Activities take participants along the winding paths of the main island, out on the lagoon and beneath its waves. Some of the activities are both child and teenager friendly.

Throughout the two weeks, participants can take part in experiences that inspire a sense of adventure, foster deeper learning, or ones that bring out their artistic side.

They can learn how to fish sustainably with a line and hook, or learn about all the uses of coconut – from food, to oil to building materials. The marine biology team will take them out to the reef to help them do surveys on marine life. They can search the island for sea turtle nests and learn about their unique lifecycles.

Fitness enthusiasts can run the island Jungle Gym, which was built by the hosts at Soneva Jani, or take part in energetic games that get their pulse racing. Friendly football matches and yoga and meditation sessions are also available.

In the evenings, they can sit by the camp fire, hearing traditional Maldivian tales, while making s’mores over flames. They can also spend time with the resident astronomer and learn the secrets of the night sky through the state-of-the-art telescope at the overwater Observatory.

The overwater Observatory at Soneva Jani. PHOTO/ SONEVA

Soneva Jani – August Calendar

Outside of the Summer Camp activities, there are special bonding experiences, like the Mother and Daughter and Father and Son Spa Packages that include soothing massages for a pampering session.

Soneva Jani – October Calendar

In October, on top of the Mother and Daughter and Father and Son Spa Packages is the Children’s Yoga and Nail Art Sessions. Here, Soneva Jani’s young guests can choose to learn new yoga poses with the resident yogi, or learn how to paint bright and colourful nail art with The Den team.

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.

Soneva Fushi inspires the imagination with 63 spacious beachfront villas, ranging in size from one- to nine-bedrooms, hidden among dense foliage and located within the Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

Watch classic movies at the resort’s outdoor Cinema Paradiso. Choose from nine different dining options, five hundred wines and 11 types of pillow. Unwind at the on-site Six Senses Spa. Nature’s resources are transformed into art at the Glass Studio, while The Den gives children the freedom to live their island dream. Glorious days are spent star-gazing at the Observatory, sampling organic delicacies and exploring the coral reef.

Inspired by a word that means ‘wisdom’ in Sanskrit, Soneva Jani is located on a collection of five islands, and a beautiful, 5.6km lagoon.

The resort currently comprises 24 overwater villas and three island villas, with additional villas to be built in Chapter 2. Each Water Villa opens to its own stretch of sparkling lagoon and is complete with a private pool and a retractable roof to stargaze from the master bedroom, while many villas also have slides from the top deck into the water below.

Explore the glimmering galaxies from the resort’s state-of-the-art observatory or spend time indulging in a range of activities including water sports, scuba diving, wellness therapies, dolphin cruises and bicycling along the island’s many trails.

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Jawakara Islands Maldives’ kids club gets accreditation from Worldwide Kids

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Jawakara Islands Maldives has announced its accreditation for safe, professional, and exhilarating childcare by Worldwide Kids (WK). This recognition is reserved for upscale resorts that uphold global standards in childcare training, health, and safety, while continually enhancing the experience for families and their young guests.

Nestled within the picturesque landscape of Maldives, the newest addition to the Crown & Champa Resorts portfolio, Jawakara Islands Maldives proudly hosts the Jawa Kids Club, catering to children across all types of accommodations. The Jawa Kids programme boasts an array of thrilling and age-appropriate activities, ranging from mini-golf, football, and paddle tennis instruction to child-friendly spa treatments, sushi making, and mocktail mixology classes. Furthermore, children are offered a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in Maldivian culture through music, dance, art, traditional fishing methods, sustainability workshops, and marine biology exploration guided by our in-house expert.

The dedicated childcare team at Jawa Kids Club has undergone accredited training by Worldwide Kids, ensuring they possess the expertise and skills necessary to provide exceptional care to young guests. This training guarantees that children staying at Jawakara receive unparalleled attention and care throughout their stay.

“This endorsement from Worldwide Kids not only underscores our unwavering commitment to ensuring the safety, comfort, and delight of our guests, especially families seeking unforgettable moments in the Maldives but also opens up new avenues for visibility. WWK’s extensive database will strategically position us when families are actively booking their holidays, further enhancing our reach and ensuring that our dedication to top-tier childcare and hospitality resonates with discerning travellers,” highlighted Ali Navaz, General Manager at Jawakara Islands Maldives.

As part of the accreditation process, Worldwide Kids completed a comprehensive assessment of the resort’s childcare facility and operations. The audit encompassed indoor and outdoor spaces, equipment, resources, policies, documentation, and interactions with children and families. The final audit report included recommendations to enhance safety and operational aspects, based on the latest childcare best practices.

“Worldwide Kids is thrilled to extend its prestigious Seal of Excellence to Jawakara Islands, underscoring their commitment to the little guest. This recognition is a testament to their team’s hard work and approach to fostering a safe and engaging environment for their young visitors and we look forward to our continued partnership with them,” said James Gunn, Business Development Consultant at Worldwide Kids.

The independent seal of excellence from WK, which was established in 2018, carries substantial sway over 45,000 families each year, guiding their choices for vacations. This prestigious recognition not only boosts the status of Jawakara Islands Maldives as a top luxury destination but also emphasizes the resort’s strong dedication to offering high-quality services tailored to the needs of a diverse luxury traveler base.

Jawakara offers an adventurous escape where multigenerational travellers can come together to collaborate, indulge, and rejuvenate. Boasting 290 villas, this five-star retreat is conveniently located just 35 minutes away by seaplane from Malé International Airport. The resort comprises two distinct islands – Mabin and Dheru – interconnected by an oversea walkway, providing guests with a seamless and enchanting journey between the two.

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Jumeirah Olhahali Island hosts heartwarming celebration for local community on Children’s Day

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In recognition of Children’s Day, Jumeirah Olhahali Island has hosted a group of 20 special guests from Southern Community Empowerment Association of Maldives (SCEAM) for a day of exploration and inspiring experiences on 11 May 2024.

SCEAM, an umbrella NGO dedicated to the empowerment and engagement of local communities, works across the Southernmost atolls of the Maldives to support in building resilience and fostering collective growth.

“We are delighted to collaborate with SCEAM and welcome these wonderful children to our blissful island,” said Mohamed Ashraf, General Manager of Jumeirah Olhahali Island. “With over 57% of members hailing from the Maldives, we believe in the importance of supporting neighbouring institutions and organisations while prioritising the well-being of our future successors. This event was a fantastic opportunity to create lasting memories and spread smiles on Children’s Day.”

The day commenced with a warm welcome ritual from the resort’s management team and the friendly members of its Kids Club. The children then participated in a hands-on cake decoration activity with the resort’s talented chefs, crafting delicious treats to share with their families. Following a delightful lunch at the poolside all-day dining restaurant, GLOW, the little guests engaged in a creative crafting session guided by artists from the island’s MURACA Art Studio. As the day unfolded, the children had the opportunity to explore the resort’s contemporary beachside villas and indulge in some splash fun in the private infinity pools. Concluding the visit, each child received a special gift and a certificate of participation to cherish as part of their Olhahali Island memory.

“We extend our heartfelt gratitude to Jumeirah Olhahali Island for organising this delightful event in celebration of Children’s Day,” said Shimla Ahmed, Co-Founder & President of SCEAM. “The experience brought immense joy and happiness to the children, and we are excited for future collaborations to continue spreading positivity and building a brighter future for our younger generation.”

With consistent educational programmes and regular outreach to nearby islands, Jumeirah Olhahali Island remains committed to supporting local initiatives and fostering meaningful connections with the community. The all-villa resort strives to make a positive impact and create timeless experiences for guests and residents alike.

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Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa to celebrate Egg-Citing Easter this April

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Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa, renowned for its unparalleled luxury and breathtaking natural beauty, invites guests to immerse themselves in an extraordinary Easter experience from March 28th to April 1st this year. Promising an array of activities and events designed to delight guests of all ages, ensuring a memorable holiday escape.

At the heart of this Easter celebration is the renowned French pastry chef, Thomas Alphonsine, who will grace the island with his culinary expertise. Chef Alphonsine will tantalise taste buds with his delectable pastries, offering guests the opportunity to savour the finest in French pastry artistry. Additionally, guests can participate in immersive pastry-making lessons led by Chef Alphonsine himself, providing a unique opportunity to learn from a master of the craft. Chef Alphonsine also serves as a consultant for Barry Callebaut, the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products. Additionally, he is an expert judge for the prestigious international competition, the World Chocolate Masters, which crowns the finest chocolate chef worldwide.

But the festivities don’t end with gourmet delights. Guests can groove to the rhythm of live music performances set against the backdrop of the resort’s pristine beaches, adding a touch of enchantment to every moment. Moreover, families can join in the excitement of Easter Egg hunts and a plethora of activities with the beloved Easter Bunny, promising joy, and laughter for all.

The Easter celebration at Hideaway is a truly inclusive experience, with activities tailored for both children and adults. From March 28th to April 1st, children can revel in specially curated activities designed to spark imagination and create lasting memories. Activities such as Egg Painting, Face Painting, a Chocolate Masterclass with Chef Alphonsine, and a Fun Fair, to name a few. Meanwhile, adults can indulge in their own array of Easter-themed activities from March 29th to April 1st, ensuring there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Nestled amidst the serene beauty of the island, the Spa offers the perfect setting for a rejuvenating Easter retreat. Whether guests seek relaxation, adventure, or simply a moment of tranquillity, this exquisite large island resort promises an unparalleled escape from the ordinary.

For more information about the programme, please visit here. Contact the resort’s reservations team here.

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