Six Senses plans Maldives extras

Six Senses Resorts & Spas has revealed plans to build an additional top-end ‘Soneva’ property in the Maldives and to introduce new services and facilities at one of its two existing Soneva resorts located there.

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By  Gemma Greenwood Published  October 18, 2006

Six Senses Resorts & Spas has revealed plans to build an additional top-end ‘Soneva’ property in the Maldives and to introduce new services and facilities at one of its two existing Soneva resorts located there. Soneva Secret is being built on a small remote island and will open “some time next year”, revealed Peter Nilsson, general manager of Soneva Gili Resort, located on Lankanfushi Island in the North Male’ atoll, just 20 minutes by private speedboat from Male’ Airport. “It will be very exclusive, with just a few villas. It’s located in a beautiful atoll, north of Gili and when you are standing on the island you cannot see any other land at all,” he told ATN exclusively. “I won’t reveal too much, but there will also be a fleet of marine craft incorporated into the concept,” he added. It is envisaged that guests staying at Soneva Secret will combine their trip with stays at both Soneva Gili and Six Senses’ other Maldives property, Soneva Fushi Resort & Spa, located in the North Baa atoll, a 30-minute sea plane ride from Male’. Nilsson also revealed that Six Senses was looking to secure a private yacht for Soneva Gili later this year, primarily for day use to transport guests to the airport, private picnic locations and other luxury activities and excursions. Soneva Gili, which comprises 45 villa suites and residences, all located over the Lankanfushi lagoon surrounding the island, is increasingly attracting a larger Arab crowd due to the total privacy and personalised services it offers, according to Nilsson. The 1400m² Private Reserve, situated 500m offshore, only accessible by boat, and comprising five separate buildings, including two private suites, a guest room, spa, gym and residence for Mr and Mrs Friday (personal butlers), has therefore proved particularly popular with this market, he added. For that reason, the resort plans to convert one of the two spa suites, villa 38, into a residence called The Retreat. This will involve joining the initial property by a hanging over-the-water bridge to the nearby Three Palm Island where an additional building will be constructed. Features of the two-bedroom retreat will include a spa with steam room and sauna, an infinity plunge pool, lounge, dining salon and a gym. There are also plans to convert existing villas into spa residences. “We don’t want to build more villas, because that would compromise the exclusive environment we have created,” explained Nilsson.

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