Luxury Maldives Holidays,
Soneva Gili Resort & Spa
Maldives Holidays on Soneva Gili Resort & Spa are refreshingly chilled out. Soneva Gili Resort & Spa is on Lankanfushi Island and managed by Six Senses, a world leader in refined luxury from Thailand to Oman and back. They have a track record of excellence and numerous awards to weigh down any mantelpiece!
Their luxury resort maldives is the magnificent Soneva Gili lying a swift 20 minutes by speedboat North East of Male International Airport on the North Male Atoll. This the eastern most of the central atolls of the Maldive islands.
Soneva Gili is relaxed and casual when it comes to Maldive islands. Think Ralph Lauren meets Levi Strauss. There’s a Swiss family feel about the place. No shoes is the welcoming cry, and considering all the villas are over the water this makes sense.Soneva Gili is great for couples, honeymooners and family too!
Overview of Soneva Gili Resort & Spa Luxury Maldives Holidays
The island is about 600 metres by 150 metres. All the villas are over the water. The island is the central hub with all the facilities and like spokes on a wheel the water villas branch out from the island.
You can have bikes for pottering about on. This makes tripping about the jetties and island a real breeze. Don’t get distracted on the jetties with ocean gazing as you my truly cycle off into the sunset!
Accommodation on Soneva Gili Resort & Spa Luxury Maldives Holidays
Soneva Gili has 45 water villas, including Seven Crusoe Residences and One Private Reserve. Like tiny Maldive islands these rustic eco styled residences settle on the warm Indian Ocean waters like black swans (well… more like pale grey brown swans really but you get the idea). They almost seem to drift on the tide….
All the Soneva Gili Villas come with the same facilities as standard for the Villa Suites.
Each villa is designed to reflect local craft and design mixed with a contemporary feel. Sustainable natural materials and traditional fabrics are used extensively in the villas’ construction and interior design.
You’ll have your own private water garden and sun decks. Open-air living areas and bedroom span out from the decks and then up stairs to an open-air deck for sunbathing and dining. Yes there’s a day bed so you can sleep on top of your villa under the stars! How fantastic is that!
The bathroom is open-air though with a roof and sides and the bath looks over the sea (bliss for Charley and her long soaks with a good book), plus there’s a shower at the end of a wooden walkway. Air-conditioning in the bedroom, a ceiling fan in the living room, chess and backgammon tables, espresso machine, mini bar, personal safe and hairdryer. Cd, dvd (and a pretty extensive dvd and cd library) hi fi stereo system with bose surround sound, satellite television….
Eight of these wonderful palaces! All the benefits of the Villa Suites plus you have a Kitchenette. Always check villa details with your agent, or give one of ours a
They are the tops for Luxury Maldives Holidays!
There are seven of these mini island homes. The Crusoe’s are only reached by your own private rowing boat or the islands own shuttle. With all the luxury of the other villas and the added benefit of a floating sun deck, potential for extra bedroom with fold out day beds plus your own kitchenette too of course!
The Private Reserve
One of a kind: This floating kingdom is hundreds of meters from any other villa. You have uninterrupted views of both the coral reef fringing the islands and the awe inspiring Indian Ocean. Maldives Holidays will never be the same….In no particular order of opulence or facility you have the following to pad about in…
5 separate buildings with their own inimitable rustic Maldivian look. 2 master suites each with ceiling to floor windows for perfect evening sundowners. Relaxation areas and sundecks, a guest room with ensuite bathroom located on the 2nd floor. Yes, you have floors!
In your open plan living area you have a sea garden and a natural coral pool to keep you company. There’s the private spa facility with sauna, steam room, indoor & outdoor treatment pavilion & upstairs air conditioned gymnasium.
All the entertainment in music and movies you could want, tailored to your requirements and available in all bedrooms… phew! Books and magazines will be stylized to suit your tastes too... You’ve even got music underwater in the coral pool!
Also there’s the all important and indispensible resident Mr & Mrs Friday on call 24 hours. Let’s not forget the fully equipped kitchen.
Your own motorized transfer boats for chuffing about the seas on! For something faster there’s a 400 horsepower speedboat on call just for you if you fancy creating a wake and shouting with glee into the rushing sea air!
Vacation Package options for Soneva Gili Resort & Spa Luxury Maldives Holidays
Half board or full board are the available options.There’s not a lot of point going anything more than half board though (breakfast and dinner). The food is excellent and at breakfast you have so much to choose from Charley and I always make it to the evening meal without feeling we missed lunch. (Too busy snorkelling Charley tells me!)
You can have your choice of evening meals, a romantic honeymoon beach-side dinner by candlelight.
Facilities on Soneva Gili Resort & Spa Luxury Maldives Holidays
Located on the west side of Lankanfushi you can’t go wrong with the culinary options available here. East meets West and something for everyone.
The Main Bar
as it’s called is more than a bar… sitting over the shallow lagoon it provides snacks and light meals throughout the day. The lunch buffet at the bar is pretty casual and you can create your own menu from all the wonderful fresh produce from the islands garden to the sea surrounding it!
Senses by the Sea...
is a seafood restaurant well worth a visit. Only sits about 2 dozen people and serves really great seafood. Has to be experienced! Celebrity Chefs attend and I can vouch for the Australians and New Zealand chefs that cook because for me they are the finest modern fish and shellfish cooks in the world. That as Charley says is of course my opinion and not to be inflicted on everyone else!
The Wine Cellar
The curiously named gourmet cellar is just that… a cellar, with wine abounding. The bright Maldivian sun gives way to a chic and rustic coolness as you walk down the stairs and find yourself staring at a six-meter driftwood tree trunk with glass table tops set in it.
Take advantage of some secluded dining experiences on One Palm, Three Palm Island, and Palm Beach. There’s bar-be-ques and of course simply dine in your villa. What could be simpler.
Activities on Soneva Gili Resort & Spa Luxury Maldives Holidays
The Soneva Gili Spa offers a wide range therapies and massages with excellent trained therapists, wellness instructors and even a resident Ayurvedic Doctor. There are also treatment rooms and beds with Jacuzzi, blitz shower and steam generator.
In addition there’s a sweet mini gym as Phil always refers to anywhere he can cross train and pick up weights without moving around too much!
The Ocean Paradise Dive Centre is PADI recognised. You can go out as a group or just with an instructor. The sites as for all Maldives dive sites are fabulous. It’s worth checking out the world famous Manta Point only a ten minute boat ride from the resort.
You have all the regular water sports on offer from sailing to kayaking. In fact the kayaking is fun as you can use one palm and three pal island as stop off points.
Specialities on Soneva Gili Resort & Spa Luxury Maldives Holidays
Without doubt the food and service along with the extensive wine selection is a speciality of this unique island.The snorkelling deserves special mention too. The lagoon provides great facilities for the beginner swimmer cum snorkeler. There are plenty of excursions to choose from. Since you’re close by the day trip to Male with a guide is recommend if you are interested in the culture and history of the Maldives People. Time to shop too so don’t worry!
Anything else to keep your eye on?
Your Villa supplies of complementary toiletries, from insect repellent to bath salts, are topped up regularly. Maldives holidays have never seemed so pampered!
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