Soneva Gili Resort and Six Senses Spa | Maldives

LUXURY FIVE STAR SPA RESORT

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  • Location : North Malé Atoll
  • Distance from airport: 35 km
  • Speedboat Transfer: 20 minutes
  • No of rooms : 45

Soneva Gili is located in one of the largest lagoons in the Maldives, with jetties threading across the crystal clear water out to spacious over-sized villas that provide spectacular water views of the ocean from every room. Apart from the sparkling waters, the tiny island provides a very intimate atmosphere fused with luxuries of the highest international standard to create a wonderfully serene and natural experience – continuing the Soneva philosophy of Intelligent Luxury.

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Soneva Gili is relaxed and casual. The all-year-round comfortable, tropical temperature requires only light and natural fabrics so Polo-style shirts, summer dresses and sarongs are ideal. You may want a jacket or wrap in the winter when temperatures can be as low as 23 degrees Celsius, or 73 Fahrenheit. Shoes are not practical on the soft sand, so bring sandals or simply enjoy barefoot sophistication.

Accomodation

Soneva Gili offers just 45 sumptuous over-water villas including 7 Crusoe Residences and The Private Reserve reached only by boat. Each villa has not only been designed and built with the utmost attention to detail, but are also environmentally-friendly and reflect the harmony of life by the water’s edge. Each has its own private water garden and sun decks with bathrooms having a separate shower accessed along an open-air walkway.

Soneva Gili Villa Suites (210 sq.m.)

  • 29 water villas with king size bed and some with two single beds
  • Large open air living room with daybeds and dining area
  • Roof top sun deck with daybed and two different dining facilities
  • Over water sun deck with sun loungers
  • Open-air private bathroom with separate glass walled shower area
  • Bathtub and shower
  • Air-conditioned bedroom

  • Ceiling fan in living room
  • Chess and backgammon tables
  • Espresso Machine
  • Mini bar, personal safe and hairdryer
  • CD, DVD, Hi Fi Stereo system with Bose surround sound
  • Television with satellite channels and DVD/CD player
  • Extensive DVD and CD libra

Soneva Gili Residences (250 sq.m.)

  • 8 water residences secluded for total privacy, with king size bed
  • Large living room with sitting arrangements and day beds
  • Roof top sun deck with daybed and two different dining facilities
  • Over water sun deck with sunloungers
  • Air-conditioned bedroom and living room
  • Ceiling fans in bedroom and living room
  • Chess and backgammon tables

  • Kitchenette
  • Open-air private bathroom with separate glass walled shower area
  • Bathtub and shower
  • Espresso Machine
  • Mini bar, personal safe and hairdryer
  • Television with Video on request
  • CD, DVD, Denon Hi Fi system
  • Television with satellite channels and separate DVD player

Soneva Gili Crusoe Residences (250 sq.m.)

  • 7 Soneva Gili Crusoe Residences stand-alone in the Indian Ocean, secluded for total privacy, with king size bed
  • Private Rowing Boat / Po ntoon Boat Shuttle to main island
  • Sun deck with daybed
  • Floating sun deck
  • Private outside sitting area
  • Large living room with sitting arrangements and day beds (convertible to an additional bedroom)
  • Kitchenette
  • Open-air private bathroom with separate glass walled shower area
  • Large bathtub and shower
  • Air condition plus overhead fan
  • Mini bar, Personal Safe and Hairdryer
  • IDD Telephone
  • CD Hi-Fi stereo system
  • Television with satellite channels and video CD player

Soneva Gili Private Reserve (1,400 sq.m.)

  • 1400 m2 of the epitome of luxury in the midst of the Indian Ocean
  • Situated 500m from Soneva Gili and 300m from the closest villa and accessible only by boat
  • Designed with emphasis on natural materials and harmony with the environment
  • Enabling guests to instantly feel at ease and in tune with the splendid surroundings
  • The villa enjoys an uninterrupted view of both the coral reef fringing the islands and the Indian Ocean
  • 5 separate buildings designed in rustic chic style
  • 2 master suites, each with ceiling to floor windows on 3 sides
  • Private indoor & outdoor relaxation areas and sundecks
  • 1 guest room with ensuite bathroom located on the 2nd floor
  • All bedrooms, spa and master suite indoor relaxation areas are air conditioned
  • Large living room with sitting arrangements and day beds
  • Ceiling fans in bedroom and living room
  • A large central open plan living area with sea garden, natural coral pool, surrounding viewing/sun decks, dining area, writing desk and day beds
  • Unique open-air 100m² private bathroom with separate glass walled shower enclosure
  • Each master suite has a relaxing horizon style 2 person bathtub built over the coral gardens
  • Private Spa facility with sauna, steamroom, indoor and outdoor treatment pavilion and upstairs air conditioned gymnasium

  • Entertainment /library suite with the latest in plasma, audiovisual technologies
  • Music and movie selection tailored to guest requirements (Also available in all bedrooms)
  • Books and magazines will be stylized to suit the guests tastes
  • Individually controlled music throughout the villa, including the underwater coral pool
  • Resident Mr and Mrs Friday (Personal Butlers) on call 24 hours
  • Fully equipped Gourmet kitchen available for private dining, snacks or a simple cappuccino
  • Residents will be invited to design their own cellar selection from our list of 300 wines
  • Alternatively, resident sommelier will be pleased to source any preferred wines or beverages
  • A deep water coral pool is situated next to the central living area
  • For the light hearted, a waterslide is installed from the top deck into the coral pool
  • Roof top sun deck with daybed and two outdoor dining pavilions
  • Sea level sundecks with sun lounges offering direct access into the crystal clear coral gardens and amazing marine life
  • Personal easy to use motorized transfer boats, exclusive to the guests
  • Alternatively the Mr Friday will captain and transport the residents
  • A private 400hp 36’ speedboat with crew will be on call at all times
  • Espresso Machine and Minibar
  • Personal safe
  • Hairdryer
  • Chess and backgammon tables
Spa Suite
  • Couples treatment room
  • Air conditioning
  • Two treatment beds
  • CD Hi Fi Stereo system with surround sound speakers
  • Bathroom with Blitz Shower
  • Steam Generator
  • Jacuzzi
  • Relaxation area with daybed for couple
  • Gymnasium
  • Air conditioning
  • 2 Yoga Mats
  • 2 Fit Balls
  • 2 Terabands
  • Multi Gym
  • 2 Exerttubes
  • Dumbbells
  • Elliptical Machine
  • Refrigerator

Resort Facilities

Guest Services at Soneva Gili include:
  • Laundry and valet service (no dry cleaning)
  • Fax facility
  • Internet access (wi-fi and broadband)
  • Airport representative
  • Baby sitting service
  • IDD direct dial telephone system
  • Two shops
  • Pharmacy and Hospital located in Male’ (20 minutes by speedboat)
  • Speedboats
  • Library
  • Meeting room
  • Day use rooms
  • Resident Doctor

Dining

Dining experiences include romantic moonlit dinners on the deck of your villa, a sunset champagne cruise on a traditional dhoni or dinners in the underground Gourmet Cellar – the settings are as memorable as the cuisine. From the fine wines to the excellent malts, the resort has achieved a reputation of providing guests with unique dining experiences.

Dining Facilities include:

  • Main Restaurant
  • Gourmet Cellar
  • Over-Water Bar and Lounge
  • Pool Service
  • Organic Vegetable Garden Lunch

  • Wine Dinners
  • Degustation Dinners
  • In-Villa Dining
  • Private Villa Barbecue
  • Desert Island Picnic

Amenities and Leisure Activities

Complimentary Amenities – [min of 3 nights stay]

  • Arrival Travel Refreshments and Drinks
  • Chilled Bottle of Soneva Cuvée in the Villa on arrival
  • 20 min Six Senses Spa Treatment Experience per person (min stay 3 nights)
  • Sunset Beach or Sandbank Cocktail Party (Tuesdays only)
  • Selection of Teas and Fresh Coffee making amenities in the villa
  • Complimentary Soneva Mineral water in the villa
  • Any non motorized Water sports activities (Windsurfing, Hobicat sailing and Canoeing)
  • Regular Yoga and Tai chi sessions to balance the body and mind
  • Sauna & Steam at the Six Senses Spa

Leisure Activities

  • Swimming Pool (30 metres by 10 metres)
  • Tennis
  • Gym
  • Table Tennis
  • Jogging
  • Volleyball
  • Many board-games such as Chess, Backgammon, Trivial Pursuit
  • Video CD, DVD and music CD compact disk library

Honeymoon Amenities [min of 3 nights stay]In addition to the above amenities, honeymooners will receive the extra benefits

  • 50 min honeymoon treatment per person (instead of 20 min Six Senses Spa Treatment)
  • A Candle lit dinner for the couple
  • A commemorative photo album

Water Sports and Tour Center

  • Diving School, fully equipped with the latest high tech diving equipment
  • Our professional instructors will train you to be PADI certified in less than a week
  • Deep-sea fishing by Dhoni (no sport chair)
  • Over water health spa (beauty and body treatments, steam room, sauna and gym)
  • Snorkeling
  • Speedboats
  • Cultural excursions to nearby islands
  • Water sports centre
  • Windsurfing and hobiecat sailing
  • Game fishing (with spot chair)
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Six Senses Spa

The Six Senses Spa offers everything expected and some things unexpected with glass floor-panels beneath massage tables heightening the sensual experience. An extensive a la carte menu provides a holistic experience with traditional pampering and signature therapies in addition to doctor-assisted Ayurvedic programmes with yoga. Private Spa Suites are also an option with several villas.

Spa Menu

*The spa opening hours are 9am to 9pm every day.
  • Six Senses Signature
  • Journeys
  • Ayurvedic Treatments
  • Classes and Workshops
  • The Touch of Body
  • The Touch of Beauty
  • The Touch of Well-being

The Soneva Gili and the Environment

The core purpose of Six Senses Resorts & Spas is ‘to create innovative and enriching experiences in a sustainable environment’. The theme behind Soneva Gili is ‘Intelligent Luxury’, with the resort displaying a high level of care and attention to the environment whilst providing all the modern day luxuries you would expect at the most exclusive resorts.

The resort has certainly left no stone unturned in their pursuit to provide an uncompromised level of service and standards afforded to guests. However they seem conscious that the fragile environment that they live in is one of their main attractions. Thus the resort has tried to minimize the impact made by development and have deliberately left some stones as they are. The choice of building materials and interiors was dictated by a desire towards sustainable development; hence the absence of rainforest teak, coral, or turtle shell. Materials such as pine, telegraph poles, palm wood, bamboo and plantation teaks are used instead. Interior items such as water hyacinth (the reeds that clog rivers), and papier-mâché (old newspapers covered by rice paper) demonstrate a good use of waste products.

As a hotel operation the management also understand that growth and prime existence should make a difference in the local community. Each year the resort carefully invests 0.5% of annual revenue in projects that produce socio-economic returns to the communities and create differences in the livelihoods of the local people.

Awards

2008

  • Condé Nast Traveller – UK Readers Spa Awards
    Runner Up of Favourite Overseas Hotel Spa for Africa, Middle East and Indian Ocean – Six Senses Spa, Soneva Gili by Six Senses, Maldives
  • Condé Nast Traveller – UK Readers Spa Awards
    4th Place The World’s Top 26 – Six Senses Spa, Soneva Gili by Six Senses, Maldives

2007

  • World Travel Awards
    Maldives’ Leading Spa Resort – Soneva Gili & Six Senses Spa, Maldives
  • Condé Nast Traveller – UK The Gold List 2007
    Best for Facilities – Soneva Gili by Six Senses, Maldives
  • SmartTravel Best in Travel Poll 2007
    10th Place Best Leisure Hotels & Resorts, Asia: Soneva Gili & Six Senses Spa, Maldives

2006

  • Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Spa Awards
    10th Place Hotel Spas – Africa, Middle East & Indian Ocean
    ? Six Senses Spa at Soneva Gili, Maldives
  • “Luxury Travel & Style Magazine, Australia”
    100 Most Exotic Beach Resorts:Soneva Gili and Six Senses Spa, Maldives
  • Smart Travel Asia
    10th Place Best Spa Hotels, Asia – Soneva Gili and Six Senses Spa, Maldives
  • Smart Travel Asia
    19th Place Best Leisure Hotels and Resorts, Asia – Soneva Gili and Six Senses Spa, Maldives
  • Luxury Travel – Australia 2006 gold list
    20 Best Overseas Spas, includes Six Senses Spas in: Soneva Gili Resort & Spa, Maldives
  • Tatler’s 2006 Travel Guide
    101 Best Hotels – ‘Robinson Crusoe’ Hotels – Soneva Gili Resort and Spa, Maldives

2005

  • Tatler’s 2005 Travel Guide
    101 Best Hotels – ‘Island’ hotels – Soneva Gili Resort and Spa, Maldives
  • Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Spa Awards
    5th Place Overseas Hotel Spas: Africa, Indian Ocean & Middle East – Soneva Gili Resort and Spa, Maldives
  • Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Spa Awards
    22nd Place World’s Top 25 – Six Senses Spa at Soneva Gili Resort and Spa, Maldives

2004

  • Hideaways Magazine
    Hideaway of the Year 2004 – Soneva Gili Resort and Spa, Maldives
  • Spa Asia Crystal Awards
    Best Spa Ambience – Soneva Gili Resort & Spa, Maldives
  • Holidays for Couples Readers’ Choice Awards
    2004 Silver Award ‘Most popular hotel/resort Indian Ocean’ and ‘Most popular resort spa’ – Soneva Gili Resort and Spa, Maldives
  • February-March Edition of DestinAsian Magazine
    One of the Twenty Most Romantic Hideaways in the Asian Region – Soneva Gili Resort and Spa, Maldives

2003

  • Gallivanters’ Guide
    “Editor’s Choice” in the 2003 Gallivanter’s Awards for Excellence – Soneva Gili Resort and Spa, Maldives
  • VIP INTERNATIONAL Traveller
    “Most beautiful wellness resort of the world” – Soneva Gili Resort and Spa, Maldives
  • Tatler Travel Guide – UK
    Hotel of the Year – “Hotels” – Soneva Gili Resort and Spa, Maldives

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2 comments on “Soneva Gili Resort and Six Senses Spa | Maldives
  1. Joshua Brown says:

    This looks like the place to go on a dive holiday – Hopefully this winter ~;:

  2. Emily Jones says:

    wow, what a resort. i never thought of Maldives as a holiday destination before, but now i really want to go.;: