Dive into a luxurious sojourn amid the vast Indian Ocean with Soneva in Aqua—where Soneva’s unique experiences, the water’s many wonders, and the opulence of a yacht entice. By Bayar Jain
The sparkling waters and the powdery white sands of the Maldivian archipelago need no introduction. But when paired with an opulent voyage on Soneva in Aqua, the luxury resort’s yacht charter, the waters feel brand new.
Setting sail from Soneva Fushi and Soneva Jani, the 23-metre yacht has been tailored keeping luxurious travellers in mind. Aboard, two en-suite cabins can comfortably accommodate four adults and two children. On deck, plush daybeds, a dining area, and a deck-top hot tub await. From each space, however, the wonders of the open seas accompany. Take the master suite, for instance. Here, a glass-bottomed spa tub—from where one can gaze at the schools of colourful fish and thriving reef systems—sits. The deck-top hot tub, on the other hand, assures star-studded skies paired with the gentle laps of the waves for an ideal bedtime soak.
The true epitome of luxury on-board, however, is courtesy of the same signature touches and superlative services as available on Soneva’s villas on land. Soneva in Aqua comes inclusive of a Barefoot Butler as a part of the crew; a personal chef who prepares a bespoke menu tailored to individual palates, such as a healthy in-cabin breakfast, barbecue lunch featuring the catch of the day on a deserted island, cocktails and canapés at sundown, and a sumptuous dinner feast under the stars; and a wellness specialist and yoga expert for on-demand treatments, therapies, and sessions. Other crew members, too, can accompany on request. This includes a surf instructor, divemaster, astronomy expert or one of Soneva’s skilled ‘digital storytellers’ to capture every memorable moment of the voyage.
For Soneva, the pampering at sea is no different from the pampering on land. No wonder, then, Soneva in Aqua comes packed with experiences aplenty. Consider gazing at star-studded skies and learning about the secrets of the constellations with an astronomer. Or visit lesser-explored surf breaks, dive spots, and ancient shipwrecks. Learn how to free-dive in a single breath, explore hidden coves and uninhabited islets on a kayak, befriend dolphins on the Dolphin Sled as it glides through the water, swim with manta rays, or even snorkel in the moonlight to meet the ocean’s nocturnal dwellers.
With its own tender, Soneva in Aqua also offers the ideal setting for water-sports aficionados—from skurfing (an adrenaline-fuelled mix between surfing and water-skiing) to wake-skating and fun-tubing.
Customisation is key for Soneva, and Soneva in Aqua is no different. Tailored itineraries allow for the option to choose from half-or full-day voyages or even a stay-aboard adventure among far-flung atolls. Choose from plotting a course with Captain Grant across Baa Atoll, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve dotted with reef systems, visiting the remote Noonu Atoll that comes interspersed with uninhabited islands and sandbanks itching to be explored, snorkelling to the shallow reefs of Raa Atoll, diving to the famed sites of Lhaviyani Atoll, or unravelling the secrets of the 17th-century wreck of the Corbin galleon.
Alternatively, drop anchor in the tranquil water, sink into the bowsprit nets, and keep an eye out for playful dolphins while sipping on chilled bubbles at sunset.
At Sea and On Land
Every Soneva in Aqua voyage can be clubbed with a stay at either Soneva Fushi or Soneva Jani, along with half-or full-day itineraries at sea. If indecisiveness kicks in, consider setting sail between both the resorts and soaking in Soneva’s full Maldivian experience. The Sea, Sand, and Sail package—spread across six days and five nights—includes two nights at each resort, complimentary breakfast, and one-night full board stay onboard Soneva in Aqua, including a spa treatment and daily cruise.
What’s more—Soneva in Aqua can also be chartered for special occasions like anniversaries, birthdays, and intimate wedding ceremonies!