NewsFebruary 18, 2024

Soneva Secret Welcomes Josje Van Engelen as the Guardian of the Experience

Soneva Secret has welcomed Josje Van Engelen as the Guardian of the Experience.

Originally from the Netherlands, Josje brings over 20 years of hospitality experience to Soneva Secret, having worked across various positions in the Netherlands, Belgium, Costa Rica, Australia, the Maldives, and Turks and Caicos.


Accomplished in five languages, she is inspired by those who live life passionately and from the heart. Josje loves experiencing new cultures, cuisines and views, which she believes help enrich her soul. She strives to become a role model for women in hospitality and continually encourages her team to follow their dreams.

Experience a fresh new wave of personalised hospitality at Soneva Secret, located in the sparkling waters of the Maldives’ Haa Dhaalu Atoll. Thirty years in the making, the barefoot paradise presents the ultimate in privacy and seclusion, where the beauty of nature abounds.

Soneva Secret features just 14 beach and overwater villas, including lagoon Cruse Villas, accessible only by boat, and the Castaway, the Maldives’ first floating villa. Each is designed in perfect harmony with the untouched natural setting, with direct access to the white sand beach or sparkling lagoon. As well as vast master suites, including a roof that slides to reveal star-strewn skies, every villa also features adjoining bedrooms, offering ample space for families or additional guests.

Soneva Secret can be reached via a scenic 75-minute seaplane flight direct from Velana International Airport in Malé, a 40-minute seaplane flight from Soneva Fushi in the Baa Atoll, a 30-minute seaplane flight from Soneva Jani in the Noonu Atoll, or a leisurely full-day cruise from Soneva Fushi onboard Soneva in Aqua. Guests can also fly directly into Kulhudhuffushi Airport in the Haa Dhaalu Atoll and take a one-hour speedboat ride to the resort. Soneva Secret is now open for bookings. For more information visit