In a land where overwater bungalows, tropical indulgence and sandy seclusion aren't in short supply, it's a tricky task to really stand out as something different. With its uber-cool artsy vibe and playful spirit, Joali Maldives has done just that. The aquamarine waters, pillow-soft sands and lush palm-covered core that you'd expect in the Maldives are all here and looking their sun-soaked best, but they're joined by a number of interactive art pieces sprinkled throughout the island.
In truth, everything at Joali looks so much like a work of art that it's like staying in an exotic open-air gallery – artist Porky Hefer, sculptor Seckin Pirim and glassmaker Feleksan Onar are just a few of the celebrated names whose works you'll find in your villa, in among the palms or on the beach. They're not just great to look at, they're a whole lot of fun, too: you can relax in a bird's nest swinging chair, dine within a huge thatched manta ray floating within the treetops or snorkel among an underwater garden made from reclaimed materials such as bronze, glass and rubbish.
Joali Maldives isn't just an ingenious concept – its level of service will have you wanting for nothing, from the moment you step off the seaplane to the moment you wash the sand off your toes for the last time. Everything here is to the highest standards, from the food to the spa treatments and the huge villas. It's almost as if Joali Maldives was a work of art.
Joali's 73 stunning pool villas are located both over the water and on the beach. All of them feature artisanal amenities and in-villa luxuries such as bathrobes and kimonos, reusable water bottles and a luxury coffee maker. The design of the rooms is also striking, boasting high ceilings, elegant bathrooms and spectacular views of the Indian Ocean, making them some of the best and most spacious villas in the Maldives. Each comes with its own jadugar (butler or, more literally, magician), so you will want for nothing as everything has been thought of.
The Luxury Beach and Water Villas with Pool are the ultimate when it comes to luxurious Maldivian accommodation. Their separate living room and bedroom give plenty of space for a family of three to stay comfortably. We recommend their Two Bedroom Villas for larger families, as they come with an additional bedroom.
There are lots of dining options to choose from, each offering a unique culinary experience and inventive cuisines from around the world. Vandhoo is open for breakfast and dinner, offering Southeast Asian, Chinese and Mediterranean dishes. Bellinis restaurant is its sumptuous Italian restaurant and Saoke – perched over the water – showcases delicious Japanese cuisine with stunning views over the ocean. Fancy having a go at cooking yourself? Her Kitchen is your chance to do just that, where you'll team up with the resort's experienced chefs to whip up local dishes. The new TUH’U restaurant is based around a modern take on one of the world’s oldest recipes dating back to 3000bc from western Asia such as Iran, Syria and Turkey.
Mura Bar overlooks Joali's dreamy beach and main pool and its collection of cabanas and infinity pods means you'll have your own cocoon which to enjoy the evening, while live music and sunset rituals form part of the entertainment on some nights.
Big and little guests can indulge in over 60 flavours of ice cream at Lajoie and culinary experiences such as barbecues, wine tasting and the chef’s garden are also available.
This immersive art resort showcases experiential and interactive art pieces for guests to enjoy. From manta-shaped treehouses for private dining and a manta-inspired nest for private cinema shows to handcrafted features, there’s plenty here to marvel at.
The shimmering waters aren't just pretty to look at, they offer a bounty of activities to do. From yachting to excursions where you'll meet manta rays and whales to a plethora of water sports like snorkelling, water-skiing and hiring your own speedboat for the morning, the Indian Ocean is your playground. If you want to explore further, you can hop on a dhoni and meet friendly locals on a neighbouring island.
Tennis courts are on the island for guests to enjoy, as well as indulging in its ESPA-designed Joali Spa – we recommend having a go at yoga. We’d also advise interacting with the onsite marine biologist so you can learn more about the marine life here. Those that are confident, diving is a must, too!
Renowned spa brand ESPA is the brains (and healing hands) behind Joali's spa offering, whose eight treatment rooms boast either wonderful garden or ocean vistas. In true Joali style, every treatment, from its Balinese massages to holistic therapies, has some sort of artful element to it.
If you really want to get away from it all, Joali's Spa Sanctuary is a private island a 20-minute boat ride from the main resort. Here, you can have wellness programmes tailored just for you, kick back in the Relaxation Lounge among emerald gardens and pick rejuvenating herbs for personalised remedies in the spa's healing garden.
Joali Maldives FAQ
No, we're afraid not. Only bed and breakfast is available at Joali.
Joali Maldives is situated on the island of Muravandhoo in the northern Raa Atoll.
The easiest way to get to Joali Maldives is via a 40-minute seaplane flight from Malé. If you want to arrive in style, you can charter your own private seaplane!
Yes, Joali Maldives has its own house reef, which is best accessed from the sunrise side of the island.
Joali Maldives is based on the 24-acre Muravandhoo island and has 73 villas, either found on the beach or on stilts overwater, and each one is blessed with a gorgeous sense of privacy.
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