Castaway in paradise and lose yourself amongst the stars.
The Maldives is a paradise of hundreds of islands and countless dreamy beaches, while the reefs of the numerous atolls are famous for their colorfulness and biodiversity. Most of the islands are hardly built on and are so spaced out that there's very little light pollution – leading to ideal conditions for some starry sky observation over the Indian Ocean.
There are plenty of glamorous vacation resorts on the Maldives, but there's only one that doubles up as an observatory. Soneva Jani has its own 16” telescope, plus a resident astronomer who can take you through the vastness of space and reveal the secrets of the cosmos.
For an unforgettable g-astronomical adventure, join a stargazing dinner cruise and head out on the Indian Ocean. Watch the stars appear as the sun sets, feel the water beneath the keel and listen to the onboard astronomer as they guide you through the night sky.
A huge bonus to a stay at Soneva Jani is the variety of ways to spend time outdoors. Those looking for more action and adventure can go on a guided snorkel tour with a marine biologist – and plant some new coral as part of the resort's coral restoration program – or race below the surface with a Seabob. There's also surf lessons on offer and the option to explore the island by bike.
If you're looking for something a little more serene, opt for a castaway picnic. The Soneva Jani staff will drop you off with some delicacies and snorkel gear at an isolated beach on the lagoon, so you can while away a few hours in total seclusion. Another chilled out highlight is the over-water cinema, where you can watch international blockbusters while relaxing right on the edge of the ocean.
The luxurious villas above the water leave nothing to be desired, and can cater to all traveler types, whether you're on a romantic getaway or traveling with children. The glamorous water retreats have between one and five bedrooms, private pools, and in most cases a water slide into the lagoon that's definitely not just for kids. A stunning added extra is the retractable roof over the master bedrooms, so you can watch the stars just before you slumber.
There's no chance of going hungry at Soneva Jani. There are several exquisite restaurant choices on the island, each offering unique dining experiences. The plant-based 'Overseas' menu is an ode to organic produce and the sea, while the international 'Guess who's cooking' caters to the curious and offers secret menus in ever-changing locations on the island. Seafood-lovers rave about the 'Crab Shack' too, which was recently voted the world’s most romantic restaurant by CNN.
Talk to one of our travel curators and they'll start planning your perfect Maldivian vacation.
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