The Importance of Reconnecting Mind, Body and Soul by Sonu Shivdasani – Maldives

Sonu Shivdasani, the CEO and Founder of luxury resort chain Soneva, shared how his own wellness journey inspired Soneva Soul’s personalised, integrative approach to wellness


This new wellness concept, Soneva Soul, features traditional therapies and remedies, and harnesses innovation and the latest advancements in treatments and diagnostics.


Mr. Shivdasani, a firm believer in the power of natural cures, found temporary respite by consuming copious amounts of garlic tea and ginger infusions with honey and turmeric. He spent much time trying to better understand his disease, speaking to experts and cancer survivors, and reading articles and books on the subject – from conventional medicine to natural therapies and alternative healing. It was in the succeeding diagnosis that he found out that his cancer was a primary mediastinal B-cell lymphoma, a rare and aggressive form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.


It was during his treatment in Istanbul that they developed the plans for the expansion of Soneva Jani, to include a ‘Chapter Two’. Soneva Jani Chapter Two’s new wellness centre (which would become their first Soneva Soul) should impart their guests with a true sense of inner calm, peace and quiet, and the feeling of being at one with nature. He chose a setting on the exceptionally beautiful, eastern side of the island, high above the mangroves.


His own experience with illness and subsequent recovery showed him that being ‘well’ or healthy is never one-dimensional – rather it is finding that delicate balance between the wellbeing of one’s mind, body and soul. Personalised to each individual guest, Soneva Soul’s approach supports guests’ wellness across every part of their life: rest and recovery; self care; exercise and movement; eating well; mindful living; reconnecting with nature; relationships and community; work-life balance; posture and ergonomics.



Author: Deb Davad

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