Sonu Shivdasani and his wife Eva are committed to protecting the eco system, and respecting locals and their culture. Which is why, Soneva Resorts is built around the slow life concept. We got the man himself to decode it.
Slow Life is an anagram for Sustainable Local Organic Wellness, Learning Inspiring Fun Experiences. The rich in olden days were privy to a lot of space, and a lot of privacy. The immersive rich today, however, living in an urban environment, goes from his expensively-designed home box to the German-manufactured car box to the office box and back again. Space has become a bit of an issue.
- Walking barefoot for a week, having fresh fish, sitting in the open air and enjoying a movie, being one with the wildlife and marine life—are the kind of experiences we offer. Soneva Resorts with the SLOW LIFE purpose has found a balance where luxury, sustainability, and wellness go hand in hand.
- The definition of luxury today is what’s rare and new, and what rings a cord in your heart. These can be memorable experiences that leave a low impact on the environment.
- A very important aspect of SLOW LIFE is sustainability—thinking about how to create resorts in remote locations but with minimum impact possible on the environment. Sustainable timbers—bamboo, acacia, sandblasted pine, gum tree, eucalyptus—are efficient for the environment and can be used to create stunning aesthetics.
- Engaging with locals, and creating local experiences is also crucial—in Thailand your Mr Friday should be Thai. In Soneva Kiri, a restaurant in a simple hut has an old lady chef who doesn’t speak English but prepares delicious traditional recipes using fresh local produce.
- And, you can’t miss out on fun and inspiring experiences. For which, we have had the second man on the moon, Buzz Aldrin, to talk to guests about his experience, or a famous wine maker or chef or healer or yoga master to talk about their area of expertise.
- Waste to wealth is another idea dictated by SLOW LIFE. Waste is not a liability it is an asset—glass bottles that hotels throw away and end up on our beaches can be turned into great beauty. A glass factory in a property is where master glass artist Lino Tagliapietra will be coming in December for two weeks to turn waste bottles into artworks and conduct classes for guests.