Latest
issue
GET SPA BUSINESS
magazine
Yes! Send me the FREE digital editions of Spa Business and Spa Business insider magazines and the FREE weekly Spa Business and Spa Business insider ezines and breaking news alerts!
Not right now, thanksclose this window
Uniting the world of spa & wellness
Get Spa Business and Spa Business insider digital magazines FREE
Sign up here ▸
News   Features   Products   Company profilesProfiles   Magazine   Handbook   Advertise    Subscribe  
NEWS
Soneva’s new hospitality concept Soneva Secret launching January 2024
POSTED 19 Sep 2023 . BY Megan Whitby
Wellness will be an integral part of Soneva Secret where each villa will feature private gyms and spa treatment rooms Credit: Jani ByAksham

Credit: Guardian of the culture/ Soneva
We look forward to welcoming guests to the ultra-bespoke Soneva Secret where every stay will be perfectly personalised
– Sonu Shivadasni
Soneva has unveiled its new concept – Soneva Secret – focused on personalised service and exclusivity
The private resort will feature 14 beach and overwater villas, each of which will be serviced by a dedicated team of three staff
Wellness will be guided by Soneva's signature Soneva Soul wellbeing concept
The US$40 million (£32.1 million, €37.4 million) resort will welcome its first guests in January 2024
Soneva will open a new US$40 million (£32.1 million, €37.4 million) resort in the Maldives’ secluded Haa Dhaalu atoll on 10 January 2024.

The intimate 14-key resort will be the flagship Soneva Secret property – an all-new concept for the barefoot luxury hotel and wellness brand.

Sonu Shivdasani, co-founder, shared: “Thirty years in the making, the Soneva Secret resort concept brings together our legacy of exceptional hospitality with a new standard in intuitive, personalised service.

“The debut location will be an exceptionally private resort featuring only 14 beach and overwater villas, including several accessible only by boat and the Maldives' first floating villa that can be moved to any location based on guest preferences.

“We look forward to welcoming guests to the ultra-bespoke Soneva Secret where every stay will be perfectly personalised, from dining journeys designed by private chefs to one-of-a-kind, rare experiences surrounded by nature.”

Speaking earlier this year, Shivdasani said each villa cost more than US$3 million (£2.4 million, €2.8 million) to build. Visitors will be able to choose from six different types of accommodation – each of which will be serviced by three staff; a chef, a guardian and an assistant.

Villas will also be fitted with private gyms and spa treatment rooms.

Soneva says the wellness offering at Soneva Secret will be steered by the brand’s signature Soneva Soul wellness philosophy – launched in 2022.

Wellness programming will include spa treatments, group or one-to-one yoga sessions and a roster of visiting wellness practitioners and healers from around the globe.

Learn more about Soneva Soul from Spa Business' exclusive interview with Sonu Shivdasani.

Additional experiences will include swimming with turtles and manta rays, yachting expeditions, visits to the overwater observatory and kids’ activities.

The resort will be anchored by a two-storey clubhouse, featuring a restaurant, lounge, library, games room and boutique.

Future growth plans
Earlier this year, Shivdasani revealed there are future aspirations to open a fourth Soneva Maldives property and debut in Japan with a destination in Okinawa. However, these plans have not yet received the green light.

At the time of writing, Soneva's portfolio includes three Maldives outposts – Soneva Fushi, Soneva in Aqua (the company’s chartered yacht) and Soneva Jani – as well as Soneva Kiri in Koh Kood, Thailand.

More about Soneva
Developed by husband and wife duo Sonu and Eva Shivdasani, Soneva’s philosophy is SLOW LIFE – sustainable, local, organic, wellness, learning, inspiring and fun experiences.

In addition to Soneva, the Shivdasanis developed the Six Senses Resorts and Spas brand, which was sold to private equity group Pegasus in 2012 and then subsequently signed over to IHG Hotels & Resorts in 2019 for US$300 million (£241 million, €280.3 million).
RELATED STORIES
  Soneva to open third Maldives retreat by end of 2023


Sonu Shivdasani, co-founder of barefoot luxury hotel and wellness brand Soneva, has confirmed there will be a new Soneva property open by the end of 2023.
  Sonu Shivdasani awarded OBE in King’s 2023 New Year Honours List


Hospitality and wellness industry veteran Sonu Shivdasani has been honoured as an officer of the order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to tourism, sustainability and charity by the King of England.
  FEATURE: Editor's letter: Salus per natura


Although great buildings lie at the heart of the spa and wellness experience, operators are turning to nature to deliver healing journeys, says Liz Terry
MORE NEWS
Light Centre secures £1.6 million to launch 10 new wellbeing centres across London
Middleton Enterprises, a UK-based family investment office, has committed £1.6 million (US$2.1 million, €1.9 million) in funding to the Light Centre – a network of medical, therapeutic and wellbeing centres with four locations in London.
Rianna Riego joins Seed to Skin as director of global business development
Rianna Riego, a seasoned professional in the wellness and spa industry, has been appointed director of global business development at Seed to Skin Tuscany, a premier Italian botanical skincare and spa brand.
Rugby legend Jonny Wilkinson joins the speaker lineup at the HCM Summit to share insights into his journey to health and wellbeing
Rugby legend, Jonny Wilkinson has been announced as a keynote speaker for the HCM Summit on 24 October in London.
Woodland Spa to double footprint with £16m revamp, set to complete in August
The Woodland Spa, a premier UK day spa located in Burnley, Lancashire, is set to unveil the results of its £16 million (US$20.5 million, €18.9 million) transformation this August.
+ More news   

FEATURED SUPPLIERS

IDEA® Health & Fitness Association partners with CoverMe Fitness to deliver real-world solutions for fitness professionals across the globe
IDEA® Health & Fitness Association and CoverMe Fitness are proud to announce a strategic partnership to address some of the biggest challenges facing fitness professionals and the industry at large, which will launch at IDEA® World Convention in the US this week. [more...]

Prepare your spa for peak season with SpaSoft
The busy season is here, and it's time to shine! Prepare your spa to deliver an exceptional experience to guests who walk through your doors. [more...]
+ More featured suppliers  
COMPANY PROFILES
Clinique La Prairie

Founded in 1931 by Professor Niehans, a pioneer in the development of cell therapy, Clinique La Prai [more...]
SpaSoft by Jonas Hospitality

SpaSoft has been a leader in spa technology for over 20 years and is part of Jonas Hospitality; a fa [more...]
+ More profiles  
CATALOGUE GALLERY
 

+ More catalogues  

DIRECTORY
+ More directory  
DIARY

 

28-29 Jul 2024

Les Nouvelles Esthetiques Spa Conference 2024

Southern Sun Rosebank, Johannesburg, South Africa
03-05 Sep 2024

ASEAN Patio Pool Spa Expo

IMPACT Exhibition Center, Bangkok, Thailand
+ More diary  
 
ABOUT LEISURE MEDIA
LEISURE MEDIA MAGAZINES
LEISURE MEDIA HANDBOOKS
LEISURE MEDIA WEBSITES
LEISURE MEDIA PRODUCT SEARCH
 
SPA BUSINESS
SPA OPPORTUNITIES
SPA BUSINESS HANDBOOK
PRINT SUBSCRIPTIONS
FREE DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTIONS
ADVERTISE . CONTACT US

Leisure Media
Tel: +44 (0)1462 431385

©Cybertrek 2024
Uniting the world of spa & wellness
Get Spa Business and Spa Business insider digital magazines FREE
Sign up here ▸
News   Products   Magazine   Subscribe
NEWS
Soneva’s new hospitality concept Soneva Secret launching January 2024
POSTED 19 Sep 2023 . BY Megan Whitby
Wellness will be an integral part of Soneva Secret where each villa will feature private gyms and spa treatment rooms Credit: Jani ByAksham
Credit: Guardian of the culture/ Soneva
We look forward to welcoming guests to the ultra-bespoke Soneva Secret where every stay will be perfectly personalised
– Sonu Shivadasni
Soneva has unveiled its new concept – Soneva Secret – focused on personalised service and exclusivity
The private resort will feature 14 beach and overwater villas, each of which will be serviced by a dedicated team of three staff
Wellness will be guided by Soneva's signature Soneva Soul wellbeing concept
The US$40 million (£32.1 million, €37.4 million) resort will welcome its first guests in January 2024
Soneva will open a new US$40 million (£32.1 million, €37.4 million) resort in the Maldives’ secluded Haa Dhaalu atoll on 10 January 2024.

The intimate 14-key resort will be the flagship Soneva Secret property – an all-new concept for the barefoot luxury hotel and wellness brand.

Sonu Shivdasani, co-founder, shared: “Thirty years in the making, the Soneva Secret resort concept brings together our legacy of exceptional hospitality with a new standard in intuitive, personalised service.

“The debut location will be an exceptionally private resort featuring only 14 beach and overwater villas, including several accessible only by boat and the Maldives' first floating villa that can be moved to any location based on guest preferences.

“We look forward to welcoming guests to the ultra-bespoke Soneva Secret where every stay will be perfectly personalised, from dining journeys designed by private chefs to one-of-a-kind, rare experiences surrounded by nature.”

Speaking earlier this year, Shivdasani said each villa cost more than US$3 million (£2.4 million, €2.8 million) to build. Visitors will be able to choose from six different types of accommodation – each of which will be serviced by three staff; a chef, a guardian and an assistant.

Villas will also be fitted with private gyms and spa treatment rooms.

Soneva says the wellness offering at Soneva Secret will be steered by the brand’s signature Soneva Soul wellness philosophy – launched in 2022.

Wellness programming will include spa treatments, group or one-to-one yoga sessions and a roster of visiting wellness practitioners and healers from around the globe.

Learn more about Soneva Soul from Spa Business' exclusive interview with Sonu Shivdasani.

Additional experiences will include swimming with turtles and manta rays, yachting expeditions, visits to the overwater observatory and kids’ activities.

The resort will be anchored by a two-storey clubhouse, featuring a restaurant, lounge, library, games room and boutique.

Future growth plans
Earlier this year, Shivdasani revealed there are future aspirations to open a fourth Soneva Maldives property and debut in Japan with a destination in Okinawa. However, these plans have not yet received the green light.

At the time of writing, Soneva's portfolio includes three Maldives outposts – Soneva Fushi, Soneva in Aqua (the company’s chartered yacht) and Soneva Jani – as well as Soneva Kiri in Koh Kood, Thailand.

More about Soneva
Developed by husband and wife duo Sonu and Eva Shivdasani, Soneva’s philosophy is SLOW LIFE – sustainable, local, organic, wellness, learning, inspiring and fun experiences.

In addition to Soneva, the Shivdasanis developed the Six Senses Resorts and Spas brand, which was sold to private equity group Pegasus in 2012 and then subsequently signed over to IHG Hotels & Resorts in 2019 for US$300 million (£241 million, €280.3 million).
RELATED STORIES
Soneva to open third Maldives retreat by end of 2023


Sonu Shivdasani, co-founder of barefoot luxury hotel and wellness brand Soneva, has confirmed there will be a new Soneva property open by the end of 2023.
Sonu Shivdasani awarded OBE in King’s 2023 New Year Honours List


Hospitality and wellness industry veteran Sonu Shivdasani has been honoured as an officer of the order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to tourism, sustainability and charity by the King of England.
FEATURE: Editor's letter: Salus per natura


Although great buildings lie at the heart of the spa and wellness experience, operators are turning to nature to deliver healing journeys, says Liz Terry
MORE NEWS
Light Centre secures £1.6 million to launch 10 new wellbeing centres across London
Middleton Enterprises, a UK-based family investment office, has committed £1.6 million (US$2.1 million, €1.9 million) in funding to the Light Centre – a network of medical, therapeutic and wellbeing centres with four locations in London.
Rianna Riego joins Seed to Skin as director of global business development
Rianna Riego, a seasoned professional in the wellness and spa industry, has been appointed director of global business development at Seed to Skin Tuscany, a premier Italian botanical skincare and spa brand.
Rugby legend Jonny Wilkinson joins the speaker lineup at the HCM Summit to share insights into his journey to health and wellbeing
Rugby legend, Jonny Wilkinson has been announced as a keynote speaker for the HCM Summit on 24 October in London.
Woodland Spa to double footprint with £16m revamp, set to complete in August
The Woodland Spa, a premier UK day spa located in Burnley, Lancashire, is set to unveil the results of its £16 million (US$20.5 million, €18.9 million) transformation this August.
Therme creating ‘natural-healing urban oasis’ in South Korea, eyes further locations in Asia and US
Global wellbeing organisation Therme Group is on a mission to make wellness accessible to all and is expanding globally, bringing its social spas to the US, Canada, the UK and now South Korea.
Prime IV Hydration & Wellness unveils Nashville location amid plans for 97 new franchise spas this year
Nutrient vitamin IV therapy franchise, Prime IV Hydration & Wellness, is accelerating its expansion across the US, having recently launched its third location in Nashville's Green Hills area.
+ More news   
 
FEATURED SUPPLIERS

IDEA® Health & Fitness Association partners with CoverMe Fitness to deliver real-world solutions for fitness professionals across the globe
IDEA® Health & Fitness Association and CoverMe Fitness are proud to announce a strategic partnership to address some of the biggest challenges facing fitness professionals and the industry at large, which will launch at IDEA® World Convention in the US this week. [more...]

Prepare your spa for peak season with SpaSoft
The busy season is here, and it's time to shine! Prepare your spa to deliver an exceptional experience to guests who walk through your doors. [more...]
+ More featured suppliers  
COMPANY PROFILES
Clinique La Prairie

Founded in 1931 by Professor Niehans, a pioneer in the development of cell therapy, Clinique La Prai [more...]
+ More profiles  
CATALOGUE GALLERY
+ More catalogues  

DIRECTORY
+ More directory  
DIARY

 

28-29 Jul 2024

Les Nouvelles Esthetiques Spa Conference 2024

Southern Sun Rosebank, Johannesburg, South Africa
03-05 Sep 2024

ASEAN Patio Pool Spa Expo

IMPACT Exhibition Center, Bangkok, Thailand
+ More diary  
 


ADVERTISE . CONTACT US

Leisure Media
Tel: +44 (0)1462 431385

©Cybertrek 2024

ABOUT LEISURE MEDIA
LEISURE MEDIA MAGAZINES
LEISURE MEDIA HANDBOOKS
LEISURE MEDIA WEBSITES
LEISURE MEDIA PRODUCT SEARCH
PRINT SUBSCRIPTIONS
FREE DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTIONS