Soneva Jani, Manadhoo, Maldives
Gather the birthday babes, because this is one spot where you’ll want all your besties in tow for a celebration that’s absolutely bucket list worthy!
Whether you’re turning 30 or 40 or 65, this vacation getaway resort on the northern province of the Maldives is the perfect place to celebrate. Surrounded by white sands, turquoise lagoons and lush tropical greenery, Soneva Jani is a beacon on all our travel inspo boards.
Photography by Flying the Nest
Soneva Jani’s 25 spacious, sustainable over-water villas take modern luxe to a whole new level with their retractable rooftops and private plunge pools. Gaze away at the stars as you snooze above the calm waters below. Some rooms even have water slides that drop you right on into the tropical lagoon. How’s that for a way to wake up on your 51st birthday? Follow it up with a Balinese Massage and a Marine body wrap treatment at the spa and you’re already living your best year on record.
Gourmet Traveler Approved
What, pray tell, would a birthday host have to look forward to in the gourmet department at Soneva Jani? Sip on breakfast at the juice bar, take lunch in the organic gardens or labyrinth and spend the evening with a charcuterie platter and wine pairings in the wine cellar. Or, if you’re about that sushi or tapas life, those menus are also great options. Catching the freshest fish that’s baked in the sand or tossed on the grill is one of the chef’s greatest feats. Chef even offers cooking classes, dinner labs and Chef’s table dinners for real gourmet connoisseurs.
Soneva Jani is located in the Medhufaru Lagoon in the Noonu Atoll, a grouping of five islands in crystal clear waters. Sunning, swimming and snorkeling by day and stargazing on the observatory deck or taking in a film at the outdoor cinema by night are just a sampling of the options at this gorgeous resort in the Maldives. And if you want to just lounge around all day and all night and pretend like you’re not another year older, your secret’s safe with us. Just don’t forget to send us a postcard when you get there!
Venue: Soneva Jani | Photography: Flying the Nest