Soneva Jani earns its place on The Best Hotels and Resorts in the World: The 2020 Gold List by Condé Nast Traveller

PUBLISHED December 16, 2019

Soneva Jani has earned its place on Condé Nast Travellers The Best Hotels and Resorts in the World: The 2020 Gold List, on 12th December 2019. The list consists of editors' favourite hotels and resorts of all time. Soneva Jani was the only Maldivian resort to make it on the 2020 Gold List.

This year's Gold List of Condé Nast Traveller editors' favourite hotels, resorts, and cruise ships in the world was created by teams in New York and London. It spans six continents and 49 countries.

As stated by Condé Nast Traveller, "They're gold as in exceptional. Gold as in classic. Gold as in brilliant. Gold as in you'd do it all tomorrow."

Soneva founders Sonu and Eva Shivdasani pioneered the kind of barefoot, souped-up Robinson Crusoe luxury the Maldives are now known for when they opened Soneva Fushi in these waters back in 1995. This latest update, spread across five islets in the northern Noonu Atoll, raised the bar again in 2016: a surreal collection of 25 enormous shingled neo-Victorian villas, some with wraparound slides plunging into a lagoon thats so impossibly lucid you can see colorful parrotfish, rays, and mottled nudibranchs from shore. Sonevas dedication to sustainability is so much more than the green varnish you get elsewhere, and here that manifests in its own recycling centre, seawater pools, organic gardens, and an open-air cinema equipped with wireless headphones so as not to disturb the nesting turtles nearby. Theres even a powerful over-water observatory with tabletop screens linked to the telescopes view, but a better bet is the in-villa retractable moon-roof opening to let you sleep under the Southern Cross—no devices needed. 

According to Condé Nast Traveller, "Of all the recent openings in the Maldives, this is the one with the best villas, best service, best green credentials, and best vision."


The Best Hotels and Resorts in the World: The 2020 Gold List

Edited by: Erin Florio, Rebecca Misner, Fiona Kerr, and Rick Jordan.

Contributors: Jesse Ashlock, Rodney Bolt, Lauren DeCarlo, Paulie Dibner, Mark Ellwood, Erin Florio, Lanie Goodman, Adam H. Graham, Annie Hanley, Rachel Howard, David Jefferys, Jenny Johnson, Rick Jordan, Tabitha Joyce, Fiona Kerr, Sarah Khan, Steve King, Jane Knight, Mike Maceacheran, Lee Marshall, Rebecca Misner, Jen Murphy, Aoife O'Riordain, Ed Peters, Alex Postman, Corina Quinn, Candice Rainey, Susannah Rigg, Cynthia Rosenfeld, Lindsey Tramuta, Maggie Shipstead, Charlotte Sinclair, Toby Skinner, Melinda Stevens, Nicky Swallow, Janice Wald Henderson, Stephen Whitlock, Stephanie Wu.


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