Travel news: Soneva launches the first floating villa in the Maldives!

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Today (December 11, 2015): Travel news: Soneva launches the first floating villa in the Maldives!

I previously wrote that Soneva is one of my absolute favorite hotel brands in the world.  The owners, Sonu Shivdasani (an Indian-British hotelier) and his wife Eva Malmstrom, currently own two ultra-luxurious, multi-award-winning properties, Soneva Kiri and Soneva Fushi, which rank as my number one resorts in Thailand and the Maldives respectively. You can always contact me to receive a free upgrade at both highly recommended resorts at the time of booking.

This week, Soneva announced that its first floating villa, Soneva in Aqua, is ready to take to the ocean from its base at their flagship resort Soneva Fushi in the Maldives. The pioneering new concept elevates the guest experience by offering the option of a boat villa which combines all the benefits of this iconic resort’s services and amenities with the freedom and exclusivity associated with a private boat charter.


The ultra-luxurious and highly refined yacht measures 19.25 metres in length and 6.40 metres wide with a cruising speed of 8 knots. Whilst supported by engine power, the yacht’s suit of sales relies on nature to provide the majority of its energy. The boat has a maximum occupancy of four adults and two children to provide the ultimate sense of exclusivity and privacy.

The two-cabin boat features a spacious main cabin with a glass bottom spa and shower facilities. The second cabin offers a king-sized bed and en-suite facilities. Other features include an external raised sun and dining deck, a lower level bar and dining area plus daybeds, lounge seating and a jacuzzi. Additional sun deck space is also available on a lower level for wellness treatments and an internal library, main saloon and dining room provide additional areas ideal for entertaining. The design features natural materials such as rich brown leathers, woods and organic cottons. Soneva in Aqua has been built with environmentally zero-emission materials and all equipment including engines and generators are to the highest specification with regards to fuel saving efficiency.

The floating villa can now be booked and you can see the stunning photos on the official Soneva in Aqua website.

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