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Soneva Floating Castaway Villa Maldives

Maldives’ First-Ever Floating Villa is a Must-Add to the Bucket List


Nothing screams ‘broke’ louder than opting for a holiday on land. That’s precisely why the elite flock to overwater getaways synonymous with the Maldives. Yet, Soneva has elevated the experience to new heights by unveiling the first resort in the Haa Dhaalu Atoll. And at the heart of its stunning island offering lies the Castaway Villa – the first and only floating villa in the country. Thirty years in the making, ocean enthusiasts can finally indulge in ultimate private luxury come March when it opens its doors to the public.

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Soneva Floating Castaway Villa Maldives
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Amidst the luxurious setting of the Soneva Secret 2024 Resort, the Castaway Villa truly steals the show. Priced at USD$5,200 (AUD$8,000) per night, it’s like living in a fancy houseboat on the water – anchored down but with the freedom to move. But don’t let the name scare you; there’s no need to worry about a Tom Hanks-style isolation situation. Plus, this place offers way more than just a volleyball for company. WILSON!

Accessible only by sea, the Castaway Villa is a two-story abode that can be relocated within the lagoon. While the specifics of its mobility remain a mystery, assurances are given that the structure remains unaffected by the waves. Boasting a generous living space of 461 square meters (4,962 square feet), it accommodates two adults and two children in its two main bedrooms, each complete with an ensuite bathroom.

Soneva Floating Castaway Villa Maldives
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Castaway offers the ultimate open-plan layout, featuring a spacious living room, outdoor dining area, and a retractable roof over the master bedroom, perfect for romantic stargazing nights. Additionally, a dedicated children’s playroom, a state-of-the-art gym, and netted loungers are positioned over the waters. Then, for the quintessential Soneva touch – there’s a signature saltwater pool and a curved slide that plunges straight into lagoon waters.

Throughout the stay, a dedicated team awaits to cater to your every need, comprising a 24/7 butler, a Barefoot Assistant, and a skilled chef ready to craft personalised culinary experiences. They’ll tailor your stay with wellness services, dolphin cruises, and beach picnics. Furthermore, the island offers access to various non-motorised water sports, such as windsurfing, kayaking, and paddleboarding, for those seeking aquatic thrills.

Soneva Floating Castaway Villa Maldives
Image: Soneva
Soneva Floating Castaway Villa Maldives
Image: Soneva
Soneva Floating Castaway Villa Maldives
Image: Soneva