Soneva has partnered with ALEXA Private Cruises to offer guests unrivalled charter holidays in the Maldives, sailing their 38-metre ALEXA J yacht to the Indian Ocean.
ALEXA J is an exclusive experience, with a maximum capacity of two adults and two children and a dedicated crew of six: Captain, Chief Engineer, Star Chef, Spa Therapist, Dive Instructor and Stewardess.
Guests can choose from bespoke itineraries varying in length: 10 nights split between ALEXA J and Soneva in Aqua; 14 nights split between Soneva Fushi and ALEXA J; and 21 nights split between Soneva Fushi, ALEXA J and Soneva Jani. All experiences have been hand-picked by the founders of ALEXA Private Cruises and Soneva. Rates start at US$11,435 per night.
An example of the 14-day itinerary begins in Malé, where guests are greeted at the international airport and escorted to Soneva Fushi.
Day 2 and 3 are spent at Soneva Fushi, relaxing in the spa, enjoying water sports and ending with a Private Sandbank Dinner, with a menu designed to suit the guests’ preferences with the help of the Executive Chef.
On Day 4 guests board ALEXA J, meet their Cruise Director and crew, take a tour of the yacht and enjoy a massage, before heading to Hanifaru Bay, which is often frequented by majestic manta rays between May and December. As the sun sets, refreshing cocktails are served or a wine tasting can be arranged, followed by a five-course dinner.
Cruise to the island of Goidhoo on Day 5 to hike to the island’s freshwater lakes and tropical forest. Here, the unique coral formations in the Rose Garden make for a unique snorkelling trip. In the evening, a lavish barbecue dinner will be set up on the sands of a deserted beach.
An underwater safari at Innafushi is the main event on Day 6, followed by a gourmet dinner on the aft deck terrace. A private cinema can be arranged on the top deck for movies by moonlight.
On Day 7 ALEXA J cruises to Hithadhoo Island, the capital of the Addu Atoll. Here guests can visit the Addu Nature Park or try their hand at sustainable big game fishing for snapper and groupers. In the evening, the chef can arrange a seafood barbecue, picnic or candlelit dinner on the beach.
Day 8 sees ALEXA J moored off the island of Kendoo in the north of the Baa Atoll for snorkelling, diving and exploring the nearby islands.
On Day 9 ALEXA J moors off Soneva Fushi for one more night. Sonu’s Picnic is a ‘must’: snorkelling off a deserted island with lunch prepared by the chef.
Days 10-14 are back on Soneva Fushi’s island of Kunfunadhoo, experiencing more of the resort with private stargazing at the Observatory, dinner in the middle of the jungle or sunbathing on the sandbank.
The 14-day itinerary starts at US$145,000++ for two guests.
ALEXA J is a sailing yacht that combines a sense of old-world charm with all the modern comforts. The super-yacht experience is uniquely configured with just one VIP Master Cabin and the flexibility of an additional multi-use play cabin for small families.
ALEXA J combines stylish interiors and world-class bespoke service with the rare luxury of complete privacy. ALEXA J’s chef, Johan, will take guests on a journey through a myriad of Asian flavours, making each meal a culinary memory worth cherishing.
On the upper deck there is a rooftop lounge, dining area, and yoga and meditation space. The main deck houses the Master Bedroom with en-suite bathroom and walk-in closet, living room, the bridge, and open-air dining and lounge area. On the lower deck is the playroom cabin (where the children can sleep) with en-suite bathroom, galley, engine room and crew quarters.
For more information about Soneva, visit www.soneva.com
All images supplied