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Meet Josje Van Engelen, General Manager of Soneva Secret

Josje Van Engelen
One of the most renowned resort brands in the Maldives, Soneva announced its upcoming new property Soneva Secret which is set to open in 2024. Although the resort has let travellers have a glimpse through the resort's website, here is a look at one of the important faces set to lead the property.

As Soneva prepares to open up its new property Soneva Secret this year, the resort introduces the General Manager – Josje Van Engelen.

Bringing over 20 years of hospitality experience to Soneva Secret, Guardian of the Experience Josje is originally from the Netherlands. Before this, Josje worked in various positions in the Netherlands, Belgium, Costa Rica, Australia, the Maldives, as well as Turks and Caicos. In addition to having garnered experience working in countries across the globe, Josje is also accomplished in five different languages.

Josje passionately lives life, experiencing new cultures, cuisines, and views, which she believes enrich her soul. She strives to become a role model for women in hospitality and continually encourages her team to follow their dreams.

Josje’s next venture is set to be as the General Manager of the highly anticipated property of Soneva Secret. Leading an incredible team of over 25 nationalities, Jojse is bringing a new rave of rare, personalised hospitality!

About the new Property Soneva Secret!

This barefoot luxury resort, featuring 14 overwater and island villas is going to be the fourth property by the Soneva brand. Taking the Soneva hospitality up a notch, Soneva Secret villas are going to feature a dedicated team of three. This includes a Barefoot Guardian, Barefoot Assistant and a dedicated chef, to ensure every stay is personalised.

The property will also introduce the first floating villa in the Maldives – the Castaway Villa. Read more about Soneva Secret and its villas here!

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Experience the Thrill of Summer with the Family Fun Summer Package at Sheraton Maldives!

Summer is almost here and Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa is inviting families to experience the breathtaking paradise of the Maldives. Travellers can now explore the thrill of summer and more at Sheraton Maldives with the ‘Family Fun Summer’ Package. If you were thinking about booking a family trip this one is perfect for you. With this amazing package children under 12 dine and stay for free! Families can also immerse themselves in a host of specially curated experiences. This includes educational kids club programs, coral propagation activities, as well as culinary and wellness journeys, all-embracing sustainable travel and catering to eco-conscious travellers.

Families planning a tropical getaway this summer can look forward to exciting adventures at Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa. The five-star resort welcomes families to explore the natural splendour of North Male Atoll on the private island of Furanafushi. Guests can choose from a range of premium villas and overwater bungalows that feature breathtaking views of the lush gardens, pristine white-sand beaches, shimmering blue lagoon, or the Indian Ocean.

Explore the Signature Side by Side Family Program this Summer

Guests can delve into the resort’s signature ‘Side by Side’ Family Program, designed to create memorable moments that bring families together. From cooking classes, mom and daughter face mask making, and Maldivian palm weaving to engaging fun games, ‘Side By Side’ promises cherished memories for families. The resort boasts seven restaurants and bars, each offering a variety of delectable menus sourced with fresh organic produce from Chef Garden and Furana Organic Garden, perfect for families.

A Touch of Sustainability with the Adopt a Coral Activity!

Guests are also invited to participate in the ‘Adopt A Coral’ – coral planting activity led by the resident Marine Biologist and learn about coral propagation to help grow new colonies in the resort’s lagoon. This program, part of Good Travel with Marriott Bonvoy, allows guests to create meaningful travel experiences. Families can enjoy a guided snorkelling tour or join a dolphin cruise on a traditional Maldivian Cruise Dhoni.

Enjoy More with the Family Fun Summer Package

With the ‘Family Fun Summer’ package, guests can savour daily breakfasts and buffet dinners. This includes Feast Restaurant or you can enjoy three-course à la carte meals at select restaurants. Kids will receive a special welcome amenity, and children under 12 can stay and dine for free. Additionally, complimentary access to the Kid’s Club is provided for children ages 4 to 12. The resort is conveniently accessible by a complimentary 15-minute speedboat ride, ensuring a stress-free journey for families.

Guests can reserve their extraordinary summer retreat before May 31, 2024. This is valid for stays until September 30, 2024. With this, guests can enjoy other benefits such as daily breakfasts and dinners, and complimentary access to the gym and kids’ club. Moreover, guests can also enjoy non-motorized water sports activities. For more information, visit the website at or book the Family Fun Summer package here. Marriott Bonvoy members can seamlessly earn and redeem their points on stays and experiences at the resorts. 

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