*Please be aware that, due to the high volume of applications, the application window has now closed.


As the first signs of autumn appear, Ultimate Library has the perfect opportunity for sun worshipers to escape the looming winter. We are currently seeking a Barefoot Bookseller to run a bookshop on a desert island, far from the monotony of daily life.


Picture finding yourself on the idyllic shores of a desert island in the Maldives, your profession; bookseller. Your role is to help enliven guests’ holidays with well-chosen books that will entertain, educate and inspire them. Is there a more enviable job opportunity than this? We think not!


Soneva Fushi


Ultimate Library have teamed up with Soneva Fushi, a 5-star luxury resort in the Baa Atoll, and Phaidon Press, a leading global publisher of the creative arts, to open the first pop-up island bookshop in the Maldives. The nucleus of the collection will be stunning illustrated tomes focusing on art, design, style and cookery. The collection will also explore the Indian ocean, its history, marine life and natural environment. With Soneva Resorts best-loved for its Robinson Crusoe-style laidback luxury, the pop-up bookshop has created the ultimate vacancy for a desert island bibliophile: a barefoot bookseller, in one of the most beautiful places in the world.


Philip Blackwell, CEO of Ultimate Library has said “We are delighted to be teaming up with Soneva on this project. Sonu Shivdasani (CEO & Chairman) is the godfather of luxury resort innovation. This is possibly the best job in the world for the right individual. They must like sun, sea, sand and, naturally, books!”.


Shivdasani added: “Part of the reason many of our guests return to Soneva is because of our ‘no news, no shoes’ ethos, as we encourage people to switch off, disconnect and totally relax. Our partnership with the Ultimate Library aims to encourage our guests to rediscover the magic of books and is part of our commitment to inspiring a lifetime of rare experiences at our resorts.”


Soneva Fushi 1


The lucky individuals will have some pre-departure product training with the Ultimate Library team and Phaidon Press, prior to flying to the Maldives to join the Soneva team for 3-month placement roles starting in late November. The ideal candidate will have a passion for books and the ability to engage guests of all ages. They will have excellent written and verbal English skills; a lively tone of voice to write an entertaining blog that captures the exhilarating life of a desert island bookseller, and the skills to host creative writing workshops. They must have the ability to fit in with the distinctive Soneva culture, as well as being an engaging children’s entertainer and storyteller.


The role will evolve, and it is in part up to you to make the most of this unique opportunity. The pay is modest but the fringe benefits unparalleled. If living on an exotic island with a bountiful book supply appeals, we would love to hear from you. All that we need is a copy of your CV and a writing sample, illustrating your ability to enthral with the written word.


Application email: hello@ultimatelibrary.co.uk


*Due to the very high volume of applications we cannot promise an immediate response.