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Male’, Maldives, 19th February 2024 – Hailing from the Netherlands, Josje Van Engelen brings over two decades of hospitality expertise to Soneva Secret, having held diverse roles in the Netherlands, Belgium, Costa Rica, Australia, the Maldives, and Turks and Caicos.

Proficient in five languages, she draws inspiration from individuals who lead life with passion and authenticity. Josje thrives on immersing herself in new cultures, cuisines, and landscapes, believing they nourish the soul. She aspires to serve as a role model for women in the hospitality industry and continuously motivates her team to pursue their aspirations.

Experience unparalleled personalized hospitality at Soneva Secret, nestled in the pristine waters of the Maldives’ Haa Dhaalu Atoll. Three decades in the making, this barefoot sanctuary offers the epitome of seclusion and tranquility amidst nature’s splendor.

Soneva Secret comprises just 14 beach and overwater villas, including the exclusive Lagoon Cruise Villas accessible only by boat, and the Castaway, the Maldives’ inaugural floating villa. Each villa seamlessly integrates with the untouched natural surroundings, providing direct access to ivory sands or crystalline lagoons. Featuring expansive master suites with retractable roofs for stargazing, alongside connecting bedrooms for families or additional guests, every aspect is meticulously designed for comfort and luxury.

Access to Soneva Secret is facilitated by a picturesque 75-minute seaplane journey from Velana International Airport in Malé, a 40-minute flight from Soneva Fushi in the Baa Atoll, or a 30-minute flight from Soneva Jani in the Noonu Atoll. Alternatively, guests can embark on a leisurely full-day cruise from Soneva Fushi aboard Soneva in Aqua. Direct flights into Kulhudhuffushi Airport in the Haa Dhaalu Atoll followed by a one-hour speedboat transfer to the resort are also available. Soneva Secret is now accepting reservations. For further details, visit

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