Eva and Sonu Shivdasani have built Soneva Resorts around the Slow Life concept (anagram for Sustainable Local Organic Wellness, Learning Inspiring Fun Experiences). Soneva Fushi in the Maldives, Soneva Kiri on the Thai island of Koh Kood, and Soneva in Aqua, a yachting experience, have adopted the slow life concept, and that’s one of the reasons why the brand has been so successful.
The concept of Slow Life at Soneva Resorts has found a balance where luxury, sustainability, and wellness go hand in hand. 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.
- Engaging with locals, and creating local experiences is also crucial. Take for example a restaurant in a simple hut in Soneva Kiri, where the old lady chef doesn’t speak English but prepares delicious traditional recipes using fresh local produce.
- And, you can’t miss out on fun and inspiring experiences. They have the second man on the moon, Buzz Aldrin, 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 is not a liability; it is an asset. Glass bottles that hotels throw away and end up on 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.
- A very important aspect of SLOW LIFE is sustainability. There are ways to limit the impact 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.