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Soneva to Open Maldives’ First SCIE:NCE Centre

Aerial view of Soneva Fushi
Soneva recently announced its plans to open a SCIE:NCE (Soneva Centre for Island Ecosystems) Centre in the Maldives.

Soneva recently announced its plans to open a SCIE:NCE Centre in the Maldives. SCIE:NCE is short for Soneva Centre for Island Ecosystems. The centre is set to be located onsite at Soneva Fushi. And Soneva will design it in a similar manner to the Soneva Art and Glass Studio.

Acccording to Soneva, the objective of the new centre is to create great guest experiences. And also aims to provide learning opportunities around the subjects of marine and terrestrial biology and astronomy, as well as Soneva’s conservation efforts.

These topics are usually of great interest to Soneva’s younger guests. Likewise, the centre will provide even more opportunities for learning while at Soneva or through an online learning platform. SCIE:NCE will develop and record short educational videos, which will be shared online. Children and teenagers will also be able to sign up for online courses. Furthermore, Soneva will distribute this through existing educational platforms, such as FutureLearn.

COVID-19 has brought into question the value of what we learn at school and traditional methods of learning. The world has been exposed to, and gotten used to, remote learning. We see a lot of interest from children, to either learn remotely or on-site, about astronomy, marine biology, and conservation. It is our hope that we will develop week-long classes that children can subscribe to when they are at our resorts, and subscribe to digitally if they are unable to physically visit Soneva. I am sure that as we go on, new ideas will come up, and we will look back in a couple of years’ time at the SCIE:NCE Centre as one of those great initiatives that clearly differentiate Soneva from any other resort.

Sonu Shivdasani, Soneva’s CEO and Founder said.

Dr. Bart Knols appointed to oversee terrestrial and marine biology, astronomy, and conservation efforts at Soneva resorts

Soneva has appointed Dr. Bart Knols – who was also instrumental in the implementation of Soneva’s sustainable, insecticide-free mosquito management system – to oversee the set up the Centre. The medical entomologist has a Ph.D. from Wageningen University (Netherlands), where he started as a first-year biology student in 1983.

He became interested in insects and the diseases that transmit to humans and animals, as well as the ongoing search for green alternatives to pest control. So, Bart got a chance to work in a Maasai community on the Kenya-Tanzania border. Which was to develop low-cost, odor-baited traps to control tsetse flies. Thus, what followed 11 years of working and living in east and southern Africa was a Ph.D. on the behavioral ecology of African malaria mosquitoes.

“I feel privileged and proud to join Soneva and its SCIE:NCE centre to lead its scientific research and conservation efforts. Scientific endeavour is most meaningful if it is put to good use in society and addresses key issues reflected in the sustainable development goals. This we hope to accomplish, besides enthusing guests with what we do and developing capacity in the Maldives to address pressing environmental and conservation issues in line with the government’s Strategic Action Plan 2019-2023

Dr. Bart Knols said.

About Soneva

Soneva is a pioneering family of hospitality properties, offering holistic encounters in luxurious and inspiring environments. From world-class resorts to outstanding natural locations; Soneva Fushi, Soneva Jani, and Soneva in Aqua in the Maldives and Soneva Kiri in Thailand rebuke the traditional concept of luxury. Thus, instead promise the luxury of time, purity, and solitude.

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An Invite to the Front Row: SO/ Maldives Grand Opening Party!

SO/Maldives proudly announces the grand opening party of its exquisite runway.

SO/ Maldives is set to host its grand opening on March 23, 2024. This much-anticipated event of the season is titled ‘An Invite to the Front Row’. The event promises a soirée of collaborative elegance for an unforgettable glamorous experience for its guests.

The Grand Opening Party – An Invite to the Front Row

The grand opening party is set to be a feast for your senses. The resort is bringing culinary delights, fashion-forward statements, avant-garde designs and artistic flair. With this, SO/ Maldives invites guests to take a seat in the front row and witness the convergence of global talent and Maldivian charm.

An invite to the Front Row encapsulates the essence of SO/Maldives- a convergence of global excellence set against the unparalleled beauty of our island. We extend an exclusive invitation to our guests to us on this extraordinary journey with incredible collaborations providing them a truly glamorous stay while embracing our DNA, says Jesper Soerensen – General Manager of SO/Maldives.

Experience one of the First-International Fashion Shows in the Maldives with Milin!

SO/ Maldives will unveil its inaugural fashion show, considered to be one of the first international fashion shows in the Maldives. As the island turns into an oceanfront runway, guests can witness the harmonious blend of haute couture and paradisical setting. The fashion show will showcase the swimwear collection debuted by the esteemed Thai fashion house, Milin.

Partnership with Riffath

SO/ Maldives is partnering with local talent Riffath. Riffath is a distinguished Maldivian High Fashion Brand, launching its exclusive SO/Maldives’ Flying Dress Edits. The resort is also teaming up with Timeless Maldives Photo Studio. The resort’s guests are empowered to unleash their inner models for a bespoke once-in-a-lifetime photo and drone shoot, adorned in a gown with an extended hem that gratefully dances in the wind.

Beach Takeover with Veuve Clicquot Champagne House

Veuve Cliquot Champagne House is taking over the beach at SO/ Maldives to bring an exquisite evening. The beach glam-up is done with the Lazuli Beach Club Bar for a memorable night that redefined elegance and indulgence!

Culinary Delights with Chef Dharshan Munidasa

Chef Dharshan Munidasa, a dual Sri Lankan – Japanese heritage chef hailed for his accolades commands the spotlight at SO/ Maldives. Chef Dharshan’s menu is set to redefine conventional boundaries. Guests are invited to enjoy the exquisite flavours at the Ministry of Crab, Nihonashi Blue, and Carne Diem Grill.

To add to this, Jenna Hemsworth, Australia’s most influential and award-winning female bartender also showcases her creativity. Jenna will be taking over the bar to craft expertly curated cocktails.

Musical Bliss with world-class DJs

Guests are welcome to enjoy a series of live performances from world-class musicians and DJs. Groove to the innovative beats of one of the leading Maldivin bands, YJ Hameed Music. The vibes are set to create a rhythm that resonates with the spirit of the island’s spirit. Lydia Sarunrat Deane, a Thai sensation will also be filling the air with enchanting melodies. End the night as DJ Karrouhat from Dubai takes everyone on an electrifying-after party journey.

The Grand Opening Party will be hosted by Matthew Deane, a well-known Thai-Australian singer, model, actor and television presenter.

Exclusive Wellness & Fitness Retreats

Embark on a transformative fitness journey with the introduction of a week-long detox and fun session by Jumping Fitness, an innovative fitness regimen that originated in the Czech Republic. In collaboration with London-based wellness partner salon C. Steller, renowned for its modern approach to wellness, the resort is set to launch new spa experiences that promise ultimate rejuvenation.

Earth Hour

SO/ Maldives invites guests to experience an eco-conscious revelry. Guests are welcome to enjoy the beauty of nature intertwines with the joy of celebration. Witness as the island runway dims, unveiling a beach bonfire beneath the starlit sky. Immense in the rhythmic beats of Maldivian Boduberu and the serene glow.

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