Soneva’s Maldives properties—Soneva Fushi and Soneva Jani—truly represent the intersection of wellness and sustainability. The brand’s Soneva Namoona has been named as a legend awards honoree for eco initiatives by Departures Magazine.
Departure Magazine’s Best Eco-Initiates in Hospitality 2020 is selected by assessing the luxury hotels and resorts that are keen to do their part to inspire conservation initiatives in their local communities. These hotels are reported to be working tirelessly to preserve the region’s natural beauty, by finding innovative ways to reduce waste, and reuse and conserve resources. They are not only implementing new eco-initiatives, but educating their staff, travelers, and members of the community on best preservation practices.
The brand launched Soneva Namoona in February 2020 as a major attempt to institute daily sustainability practices like composting into Maldivian life. This initiative was inspired by the Eco-Centro waste recycling program that has long since been in effect at Soneva Fushi. The eco-initiative began on the Maldivian island of Maalhos, and Soneva plans to expand the Namoona program the islands of Dharavandhoo and Kihaadhoo.
Soneva Fushi was the first ‘castaway’ resort in the Maldives, pioneering a trend for back-to-nature luxury holidays. It still tops lists of the top 10 best luxury resorts in the Maldives. In 2009, the Soneva Hotel group built a second, even more spectacular hotel – Soneva Kiri – on the unspoilt Thai island of Koh. The Soneva story continued with the brand’s newest luxury resort: Soneva Jani, a spectacular resort that sets new standards in Maldives that is already known for its world-class hotel standards.