Soneva has unveiled an Easter programme across its award-winning resorts in Thailand and the Maldives, with a star-studded array of world-renowned experts and Michelin-starred chefs.
Running between April 2 and 16, 2020, guests at Soneva Kiri in Thailand, and Soneva Fushi and Soneva Jani in the Maldives, will have an unprecedented opportunity to meet their sporting heroes, learn from pre-eminent experts in wine and astronomy, and dine with pioneering gastronomes.
A regular seasonal treat at Soneva, each of the three resorts will once again be hosting the World’s Greatest Easter Egg Hunt – open to guests of all ages, wooden eggs are hidden across each resort, to be exchanged for chocolates from the Chocolate Parlour. An egg-stra special prize awaits the guest who collects the most eggs!
Easter at Soneva Kiri starts with an Eggstravaganza Breakfast at the Dining Room, followed by family-fun at the Eco Den, with Easter egg painting and special prizes for the best decorated egg. Setting off from Cinema Paradiso, an Easter Safari will feature incredible food, games, entertainment and live music, ending the evening at the Dining Room.
Acclaimed wine writer and critic Jancis Robinson will be hosting an exclusive wine dinner and tasting session at Soneva Kiri during the Easter period. With Soneva Kiri’s vast wine cellar featuring over 350 vintages from across the world, many of them organic and biodynamic, it is a rare opportunity to learn more about oenology, from terroir to tasting notes, from the expert widely regarded as the world’s most influential wine critic.
Two famed cuisines are set to go head to head over Easter in a Thai and Indonesian Culinary Battle on the sands of Soneva Kiri’s idyllic North Beach. Beginning with romantic sundowners, the menu will feature gastronomic surprises and seafood freshly caught from Koh Kood bay. Live music and awe-inspiring entertainment from a talented magician will also capture the holiday ambiance.
Young Sonevians can show off their own culinary prowess in the Junior Master Chef challenge. Kids will cook up an array of delicious dishes in front of an esteemed panel of judges, with the opportunity to win some incredible prizes.
As one of Thailand’s largest but most unspoiled islands, Koh Kood is home to some of the country’s most magnificent beaches. Soneva Kiri guests are invited to explore the wonders of the island’s pristine coastline through the 7 Days, 7 Beaches tour on board a traditional fishing vessel, stopping off along the way to snorkel the azure waters, and enjoy a sumptuous BBQ with the day’s catch.
Rates start from USD 1,990 per night for a one-bedroom Sunset Ocean View Pool Villa Suite.
Guests are invited to an Easter Safari complete with food, live music, games and unforgettable entertainment. Young Sonevians can expect a fun-packed Easter activities programme, with arts and crafts, Easter basketmaking, a surprise Easter cruise and a special late-night Easter-themed party.
A sparkling constellation of Michelin-starred chefs and acclaimed restaurateurs are set to grace Soneva Fushi’s kitchens over the Easter holidays.
One-Michelin-starred chefs Jonathan K Berntsen and Shaun Rankin will both be hosting intimate dinners at Once Upon a Table, a culinary theatre that sits just eight guests in front of an open kitchen, as well as Cedric Vongerichten, who is recognised by Zagat as one of the top 30 chefs under 30.
Also hosting Visiting Chef Dinners are Kamilla Seidler, crowned Latin America’s top female chef in 2016, and Filip Langhoff, who has one Michelin star for his critically acclaimed restaurant, Ask. The gastronomic line-up is perfectly paired with visiting expert Jancis Robinson, editor of The Oxford Companion to Wine, and long-time wine columnist for the Financial Times.
Sporting legends Graeme Le Saux and Jonas Bjorkman will also be at Soneva Fushi over the Easter break. Former England international footballer Graeme will be hosting a Table Talk at Cinema Paradiso, as well as running a football camp for Young Sonevians, while former world No 4 singles tennis player Jonas will be offering one-to-one private coaching for Soneva guests.
Freediver Ken Kiriyama, holder of Japan’s national freediving record, will be hosting freediving sessions, covering breathing techniques, theory, stretching, and confined and open water practice.
Astronomer Lars Lindberg Christensen, renowned for his work with some of the world’s largest telescopes, including Hubble and the Extremely Large Telescope, will be sharing his knowledge of the night skies. Lars will be hosting an Astronomical Breakfast at Fresh in the Garden, as well as fascinating private astronomy sessions at the Ever Soneva So Celestial observatory.
Rates start from USD 1,795 per night for a one bedroom Soneva Fushi Villa.
Soneva Jani will be hosting an Easter-inspired pop-up on the sands of North Beach. Starting with cocktails, this will feature an Easter dinner accompanied by live entertainment and a DJ. For those in the holiday spirit, there will also be giant egg painting on North Beach, plus the chance for Young Sonevians to try their hand at sailing.
Regarded as a trailblazer on the Scandinavian food scene, one-Michelin-starred chef Jonathan K Berntsen will be in residence at Soneva Jani over the Easter period. The creative force behind the much-vaunted Clou in Copenhagen, he is renowned for pairing classic cooking techniques with an innovative approach to matching food and wine.
With a two-Michelin-star pedigree, Soneva Jani’s Grand Master chef Kiichi will prepare an unforgettable degustation menu at The Gathering. Known for his playful approach, Chef Kiichi blends time-honoured Japanese techniques with a Maldivian twist.
Guests can also experience the new Guess Who’s Cooking dining concept – with a secret menu, the bespoke meal is tailored to their preferences by one of Soneva Jani’s talented chefs then served in a secret location. With a different chef and different location every day, the chef will only reveal their identity after the meal to explain their choice of dishes and their inspiration.
Visiting practitioner Kanlayanee “Jang” Martthuean will be sharing her extensive experience across the wellness industry with Soneva Jani guests. As a passionate advocate for training wellness therapies and yoga, she will be helping guests realign their body and mind.
Rates start from USD 3,139 per night for a one bedroom Water Retreat Villa.