27 August 2021
The Soneva in Aqua Maldives yacht has elevated the definition of an ocean charter, offering Soneva’s signature luxury and impeccable service at sea. Guests can come face-to-face with curious dolphins on the new Dolphin Sled experience, which glides through the ocean depths or encounter nocturnal sea creatures on a moonlit snorkelling expedition.
They can swim with gentle manta rays, paddle to deserted sandbanks in a kayak, or stargaze on deck with an expert astronomer.
Those looking for an adrenaline rush can swing from the boom mast or try out a range of new and exciting water sports from the yacht’s tender, including wake-skating, skurfing or fun tubing. Or, for something more relaxing, there are picnics on deserted islands or dolphin-spotting from the bowsprit nets.
Sailing from both Soneva Fushi in the Baa Atoll, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, and Soneva Jani in the tranquil and remote Noonu Atoll, Soneva in Aqua offers an unparalleled level of privacy and indulgence.
The 23-metre vessel was custom-built and made its maiden voyage in 2017. There are two spacious ensuite berths that accommodate four adults and two children.
From the expansive sun decks with plush daybeds and open-air jacuzzi, to the glass-bottomed spa tub in the master suite, every detail of the yacht is designed to maximise a sense of luxury and space.
Alongside the highly experienced captain and mechanic, the permanent crew includes a dedicated Barefoot Butler, personal chef and wellness therapist. The skilled chef will prepare a personalised menu for every guest, from beach-side barbecues to deck-top dinners under the stars.
The wellness therapist is also a yoga and meditation expert, offering guests a choice of indulgent massages and wellbeing rituals from sunrise yoga to meditation under the stars.
Upon request, guests can be joined by an expert divemaster, surf instructor, astronomer or a digital storyteller.
Every Soneva in Aqua itinerary is entirely bespoke. Voyages range from a half-day cruise to five-day stay-aboard adventures, including an option to combine stays at both Soneva Fushi and Soneva Jani, enabling guests to immerse themselves in Soneva’s luxurious Maldives experience.
Each voyage is fully tailored to guests’ desires, whether they prefer to explore remote islands and atolls, discover hidden surf breaks and secret dive sites or simply relax with an on-deck massage under the stars.
The yacht’s itineraries take in some of the Maldives’ most spectacular locations, from the unique Rose Garden reef and Corbin wreck site in the Goidhoo Atoll, to the unspoiled ecosystems of the Baa Atoll, rich in marine biodiversity.