As part of my role at a publishing house whose publications include a luxury lifestyle magazine, a couple of years ago I had the privilege of staying at Soneva resorts in the Maldives as part of a press trip with a group of journalists.
Our stay was primarily at Soneva Fushi, where recently a job opportunity has been placed for a bookseller to share their love of books and experiences on this stunning island paradise. I have to say, whoever the successful applicant is, this will be an ideal role if you have the experience and the social media savvy to take full advantage of the opportunities it has to offer.
After all, this is the ultimate in Instagrammable resorts. Alongside its sister resort just across the sea, Soneva Jani, which I have never seen fully open, as it was being built at the time I visited, Soneva Fushi is a picture perfect destination ideal for sharing on a blog or social media. With the added bonus that the glorious palm trees and luscious long white beaches make it a great platform for taking exceptional photos of yourself indulging in a little light reading.
The resorts are rather isolated, being in the middle of the sea, and with little civilisation beyond Malé, the region’s capital, which is reachable by seaplane or boat. As such, it would be tough to get new reading material in a hurry, but then I suppose that would be the beauty of working for a bookseller- free books! If needs be, you could always get yourself a Kindle and load it up with your favorites and some new picks to check out on the beach.
The resorts also offer the very best in luxury hospitality, with five star accommodation throughout. After all, the Maldives is renowned for its decedent atmosphere, and many A-list celebrities have been known to frequent Soneva’s resorts, which feature over-water villas with slides directly into the sea, expansive pools and tree-top dining. There are all manner of watersports available, from a diving school to Soneva’s own yacht, which can be hired out for when you fancy showing off.
With all this and more on offer, it is understandable that anyone who has ever even opened a book will be clamoring for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and frankly I don’t blame them. It will be fascinating to hear how the successful application does and I personally will be subscribing to their blog at the earliest possible opportunity to find out more about their adventures and how they enjoy their time reading and reclining in the lap of luxury.