Craving Ice Cream? Soneva offers cool new flavours, plant-based treats

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09 July, 2021

To celebrate International Ice Cream Day on July 18, Soneva has launched a mouth-watering array of limited-edition flavours at its famed ice cream parlours.

Each of Soneva’s award-winning resorts in the Maldives and Thailand features a 24/7, complimentary ice cream room, where guests can sample a cool selection of home-made ice creams, plant-based nice creams and refreshing sorbets.

Much-loved classic scoops, such as vanilla, chocolate and salted caramel, are served alongside unique and unusual flavour combinations. All crafted in-house, many use local ingredients that are native to the island resorts, including cold-pressed organic coconut oil, banana blossom or fragrant screwpine fruit.

After extensive taste tests by the culinary team, all ice creams and sorbets at Soneva Jani are now completely dairy-, sugar- and gluten-free, and many are free from nuts, too.

With no compromise on flavour or texture (in fact, some testers found they were richer yet lighter than traditional dairy-based ice creams), this means that all guests can indulge in these delicious, chilled treats, no matter what their dietary requirements.

There is also a multitude of delectable plant-based, sugar-free alternatives at Soneva Fushi and Soneva Kiri, in keeping with Soneva’s SLOWLIFE philosophy that champions holistic wellbeing through a healthier, more sustainable way of living.

At Soneva Fushi’s So Cool ice cream parlour, the new limited-edition flavours include: the sugar-free and plant-based almond milk and rosemary, a blissful treat infused with fresh herbs; the adventurous bacon and mascarpone, studded with pieces of crispy bacon that marries sweet with savoury; and bonito pie, indulgently creamy with banana, cocoa nibs and a luscious toffee sauce.

At So Cool at Soneva Jani, the new, 100 per cent dairy-, sugar- and gluten-free varieties are: nice cream, a creamy taste sensation that combines coconut and cashew ice cream with turmeric and tamarind; peanut butter and dark chocolate, which features 72 per cent dark chocolate, chunky peanut butter and coconut cream; and coconut and kiwi sorbet, which blends fresh Maldivian coconut water with pureed kiwi and maple syrup.

Each Soneva ice cream parlour features a choice of 60 tempting artisan flavours – with a seasonal menu that evolves throughout the year.

Current favourites include a plant-based banana blossom stracciatella nice cream, a healthy screwpine, turmeric and coconut ice cream, packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatories, and a tangy pineapple and seaweed sorbet, inspired by tropical island flavours.

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Soneva resorts in The Maldives

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World-leading luxury resort operator Soneva runs two resorts in the Maldives, Soneva Fushi and Soneva Jani.

In 1995, the award-winning luxury resort Soneva Fushi set the standard for all desert island barefoot luxury hideaways in the Maldives. Located in the Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Soneva Fushi pairs Robinson Crusoe fantasy with intelligent luxury. If the experiences are magical, the philosophy is simple: No news, no shoes. No pretensions either.

Sixty-two private villas with their own stretch of beach are hidden among dense foliage within touching distance of a pristine coral reef. Intuitive service is provided by Mr./Ms. Friday butlers.

Highlights include the open-air Cinema Paradiso, counting Saturn’s rings in the high-tech Observatory, the home-made chocolate and ice cream rooms, five hundred wines to choose from, six different restaurants and countless destination dining options. In November 2015, Soneva launched a floating villa concept, Soneva in Aqua, a treasure trove children’s Den and a multi-purpose facility encompasses a glass gallery, boutique and studio where guests can learn the art of glass blowing. READ FULL REVIEW

The perfect combination of luxury and nature, Soneva Jani offers guests an unparalleled experience in idyllic surroundings. Opened in December 2016, Soneva Jani is Soneva’s newest property and the world-leading luxury hotel group’s second resort in the Maldives. This resort doesn't just have character, it has charisma. Soneva Jani is like someone with personal magnetism, someone who knows themself, knows the world and greets it with a big, welcoming smile.

Meaning ‘wisdom’ in Sanskrit, Soneva Jani currently comprises 24 overwater villas and one island villa. Each of the 24 water villas is superbly designed and has a private pool that looks out onto its own lagoon site, and some villas are equipped with water slides from the sun deck down to the lagoon. Feature of the villas is a retractable roof in the main bedroom, which is retracted at the touch of a button so guests can lie in bed and count the stars. Five islands encircle the lagoon, each one with soft white sands and covered in rich tropical vegetation. Four of the five islands will remain untouched, making Soneva Jani the lowest density development in the Maldives. The overwater villas are spaced across the expansive lagoon, offering privacy and extensive views over the Maldives’ turquoise waters. The island villas will be tucked into the lush greenery, providing the ultimate privacy, and all within steps of the beach.

Soneva Jani’s main guest facilities are located at The Gathering, the heart of the overwater villas. This dramatic three story structure is home to the main dining outlets, in addition to the Soneva Spa, library, retail area and wine cellar. It is located next to the Maldives’ first overwater Observatory.

The luxury resort is located on the island of Medhufaru within a 5.6 kilometre lagoon in the Noonu atoll, and has uninterrupted ocean views in all directions. The lagoon is 35 minutes by seaplane from Malé International Airport and one hour by speedboat from Soneva Fushi. Facilities on the island include the overwater Cinema Paradiso, the Eco Centro Waste-to-Wealth centre, organic gardens, tennis courts, water sports champa and Zuhair’s Beach on a desert island in the lagoon. READ FULL REVIEW

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