New Overwater Bungalows Open in the Maldives

Luxury hotel Soneva Jani debuts new overwater bungalows in the Maldives islands.

May 15, 2017
Overwater Bungalows Maldives Islands: Soneva Jani
Soneva Jani overwater bungalow Courtesy Soneva Jani

Soneva Jani, a luxury Maldives hotel and sister property to Soneva Fushi, is the latest property to open overwater bungalows in the region. Opened in November 2016 in the Maldives Noonu atoll, the resort is comprised of five islands and a 3½-mile private lagoon. Here are five reasons to visit.

Overwater Bungalows Maldives Islands: Soneva Jani's water slide
Overwater bungalow water slide Courtesy Soneva Jani

Overwater Bungalows

Soneva Jani features 24 overwater bungalows, starting from one-bedroom villas to four-bedroom, designed in a modern style. Each has a private pool, a catamaran net for lounging, an open-air bathroom and a personal butler, dubbed Mr. or Ms. Friday. Many bungalows also come with something we haven’t seen before: a water slide.

Overwater Bungalows Maldives Islands: Cinema Paradiso
Cinema Paradiso Lori Barbely

Cinema Paradiso

Twice weekly the resort shows a movie in its overwater cinema — the first of its kind in the Maldives. Recline on catamaran nets above the water or settle in to a cushioned lounger while you snack on complimentary popcorn. Guests are given Bluetooth headphones to use while enjoying the movie so as not to disturb nearby wildlife.

Overwater Bungalows Maldives Islands: hammock
The perfect hammock Lori Barbely

The Perfect Hammock

We love a good hammock and this one is no exception. Swim (or wade at low tide) out to this hammock to catch some rays and a glimpse of the marine life swimming by. The sun is quite strong this close to the equator, so be sure to slather on plenty of sunscreen. If you overdo it, head to the spa for the Sodashi Sun Soother treatment, which uses plants like lavender and geranium to calm redness and irritation.

Overwater Bungalows Maldives Islands: The Observatory
So Starstruck Courtesy Soneva Jani

The Observatory

The Maldives islands are great for stargazing since low light pollution allows for clearer views of the night sky. Don’t know a shooting star from a black hole? Book a table for dinner at So Starstruck. You’ll dine atop the resort’s observatory with the staff astronomer, Mike Dalley. Listen to discussions and cultural stories about constellations, which can be viewed through the 16-inch telescope, Eleos.

Overwater Bungalows Maldives Islands: Retractable roof
Retractable roof Courtesy Soneva Jani

Retractable Roofs

If you can’t get enough of the night sky, head back to your overwater bungalow and, with the touch of a button, the roof retracts and frames the stars in all their glory. Snuggle up on your bed and watch for shooting stars — according to the resort’s astronomer, one happens approximately every 15 minutes.


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