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A Maldivian paradise with a waterslideNoonu Atoll, Maldives

Remember being a kid and wishing the stairs in your house could be swapped with a slide? Live the dream at the new Soneva Jani, where you can select a deluxe overwater bungalow with a chute that takes you from bed to lagoon in an instant. From Malé airport in the Maldives, a private seaplane will whisk you over some of the nation’s 1190 coral islands to your own wooden castle perched out over crystal-clear water. Here the hardest decision you’ll have is deciding between an afternoon in your private pool or joining the fish in the ocean.

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Soneva Jani is situated on Medhufaru Island, on the Noonu Atoll of the Maldives, and is only a 40-minute flight on your private seaplane from Malé International Airport.

  • Butler service
  • TV and sound system
  • Open-air bathroom with bath tub and shower
  • Lounge area
  • Roof deck
  • Walk-in mini bar
  • Air-conditioning
  • In-room safe
  • Wi-fi
  • Outdoor shower
  • Private pool
  • Waterslide

The one-bedroom Water Retreat starts from US$3025 a night.

Soneva Jani
soneva.com

There are a number of complimentary services available to guests, including yoga, water sports and even a weekly sunset cocktail party, just to name a few, so be sure to check them out on their website.

Images: Richard Waite.

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Tags: bungalow, diving, island escape, luxury, maldives, snorkelling, sun, sea and sand, swimming, unique hotel

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