Discovering Joali Maldives is like stepping in a open-air modern tropical Art gallery.
With its immersive Art Lifestyle experience and distinctive design, the resort introduced its own benchmark to a destination where Luxury Resorts and Boutique Hotels have multiplied in every corner in recent years. Follow me for a guided tour of a unique and so chic Boutique Hotel.
Distinguishing yourself as a prestigious establishment in the Maldives is no easy task.
However, this is what the ultra-luxury Joali Resort has been able to accomplish since its opening in 2018 with an Immersive Art Lifestyle experience, a new and exceptional concept first to be seen in Maldives.
Immerse Yourself At the ART of Joali Maldives
Joali Maldives Visit. Summary
- Immerse Yourself At the ART of Joali Maldives
- Joali, the Resort in details…
- The Beach Villas and Suites
- The Beach Residence
- The Overwater villas
- The Overwater Residence
- The Bars and Restaurants
- Bellinis restaurant. The Italian
- Mura, the snack Bar with a view
- Vandhoo. Joali main restaurant
- Saoke. The State-of-the-art Japanese overwater restaurant
- Her Kitchen. The Joy of cooking with chefs
- Joali Spa
- Leisure and Activities
- Joali Kids Club
- Getting to Joali
Joali, The Island
Joali is located on the island of Muravandhoo, in Raa Atoll, north Maldives, at 45 minutes from Male airport by seaplane.
Joali arrival at the entrance Jetty with its Maldivian thatched roof twirling like a wave.
The island is surrounded by waters that are home to reef sharks (you can be reassured that they are harmless) as well as many other marine species.
The resort has invested heavily in protecting this ecosystem, and over a thousand trees have been spared during its construction.
The resort is still basked in a beautiful lush vegetation.
Joali Maldives Aerial Views
Who owns Joali ?
Joali is owned by a turkish group called Gürallar Group. Gürallar Group has several investments in glass tableware and glass packaging manufacturing, roof tile manufacturing and machinery. The group also invested in Tourism with Ali Bey Hotels & Resorts in Turkey.
The $99 million US dollars resort is the wish come true of Esin Güral Argat, Gürallar group Vice President and daughter of its chairman Rıza Güral , who felt in love with Maldives back in 2000 during her first visit.
Inspired by the beauty of the Island nations and the iconic Luxury Resorts she stayed at, she decided to make her own Dream Island.
This fall-in-love-with-the-Maldives story reminds me of Sonu and Eva, owners and founders of the fabulous Soneva Resorts and Jiri Smejc, the Czech billionaire owner of Velaa Private Island.
Joali Maldives exudes feminity in its design and branding. From the interior colors and decorative details, to the exterior round and smooth lines, the “Joy-of-Life” spirit – Joali’s motto, to the illustrations on the resort website, Joali clearly embodies a woman and what she likes.
To make her dream come true, Esin Güral Argat surrounded herself by Autoban, an Istanbul based multidisciplinary design studio and the Japanese interior designers Studio Glitt, who both worked with hundreds of craftmen to make Joali as unique and beautiful as possible.
The Resort design
Joali is A Ultra Luxury Resort designed to engage emotions and curiosity
JOALI is surrounded by interactive and experiential artistic pieces that incorporate the island’s surrounding nature.
Guests can mix relaxation and walking with art contemplation. Some of the pieces in exhibition are truly wonderful and awake curiosity.
Several objects and ornaments are also in display in several villas.
Guests can explore the resort’s art collection with an exclusive Art Map following the journey with an array of original works of art and dynamic designs from 13 different artists coming from many countries around the world.
Porky Hefer is the artist behind the fabulous Manta Ray Tree House and the Heron Head Swing, 2 very distinctive and memorable art pieces at Joali.
The impressive Manta Ray shaped tree house by Porky Hefer
You will Love
Joali defines itself as an “Immersive Art Hotel”.
Guest are invited to experience most of the artist creations.
At arrival they receive a map to find them along the island.
The Heron Head Swing by Porky Hefer
Art pieces were created for the resort with Maldives nature in mind by young artists, including Misha Kahn, Nacho Carbonell, Porky Hefer, London-based Studio Glithero, Zemer Peled, Chris Wolston, Doug Johnston and Ardmore.
Joali Various Objects / permanent exhibition
Joali Maldives Immersive Art
Discover more Object and Installations
Joali Resort Map.
A piece of Art.
The Resort Art Exhibition
The Art permanent exhibition is everywhere in and out. Several pieces decorate the villas and the restaurants.
Joali, the Villas
Joali Maldives boasts 73 villas, many of which are overwater. The villas are proposed in 1 up to 4 bedrooms spread throughout the island and its lagoon. Each Villa has its own private infinity pool overlooking the blue lagoon or the deep ocean.
Stays are under the discreet care of a butler and valet service.
You will Love
Joali offers tropical chic bathroom with beautiful views over the resort huge lagoon. Decorated with marble, bamboo and refined accessories, the bathroom features a single bathtub at its edge with windows that open onto the villa deck. You can soak in this tub if you stay in the Three-Bedroom Ocean Villa.
Several villas offer stunning views to sunrise. The rooms with even numbers offer the best view of the sunset.
Each villa interior system is controlled by iPad.
This includes the synchronized opening of curtains to allow you to admire the ocean while waking up.
With stunning views at Sunrise or Sunset, Joali Villas offer dreamy vistas from every decks.
Each Villa is fitted with bicycles to explore the island.
The residences on the beach are a more accessible and safer option than the water villas for those traveling with their families (kids will love the kids club !)
Joali, the Resort in details…
The Beach Villas and Suites
1 Bedroom Villas and 1+1 Suite are located on the beach, completely hidden from the rest of the island in a lush vegetation.
Beach Villa with Pool
108 sqm /
Total living area 680 sqm
The first category of Joali Beach Villas is a lavish 108 sqm one room villa, called Beach Villa With Pool, that can accommodate up to three people comfortably. The villa features handpicked accents, a private beach garden, a bathroom with spa amenities and coveted toiletries and an infinity pool overlooking the lagoon.
Luxury Beach Villa with Pool
117 sqm /
Total living area 865 sqm
Joali Luxury Beach Villa with Pool offers more space with 117 sqm and can easily accommodate up to 4 people comfortably. This dreamy beach suite boasts high ceilings, handpicked items and wellness amenities, elegant tropical chic furnitures and a private pool with lagoon views.
Family Beach Villa with Two Pools
142 sqm /
Total living area 940 sqm
This tropical family Villa, ideal for 4 persons, has 2 big bedrooms each with en-suite bathroom and two pools making it perfect for families. With plenty of green space for all, this villa caters for small groups and families with ease. The suite offers an infinity pool on the bach and one at the back of the villa, a private beach garden and a beach outdoor terrace with dining area.
Two Bedroom family Beach Villa with Pool
157 sqm /
Total living area 865 sqm
The 2 bedroom Family Beach Villa offers a separate living room and two bedrooms that can accommodate up to 5 people comfortably. Designed with families in mind, this beach villa is ideal to stay together under one roof with utmost privacy.
The Beach Residence
Joali Four Bedroom Beach Residence is the largest beach villa. This 500 sqm four bedroom grand two-story tropical mansion is ideal for big families and group of friends.
Four Bedroom Beach Residence with Pool
500 sqm /
Total living area 1200 sqm
With four bedrooms each with their bathroom, it can accommodate eight people without having to sacrifice space or privacy. A separate butler room allows for round the clock service on premise. For all your potential excursions around the island, a buggy and a driver is at your service.
The Overwater villas
1 Bedroom Water Villas with Pool and a 3-Bedroom overwater Residence are located along a long jetty and face the Sunrise or the Sunset.
Water Villa with Pool
100 sqm /
Total living area 240 sqm
This one bedroom Water Villa With Pool can accommodate up to 3 people and offers a spacious sundeck with infinity pool.
Luxury Water Villa with Pool
100 sqm /
Total living area 240 sqm
Accommodating up to 3 people this 108 sqm Luxury Water Villa With Pool offers breathtaking views from every corner. In addition to the tropical amenities, a state-of-the-art home and lighting system offers an enchanting experience over water, day and night.
The Overwater Residence
Three Bedrooms Ocean Residence with Two Pools
400 sqm /
Total living area 990 sqm
Joali also boasts a superb overwater Residence, located at the end of a long jetty and offering 3 bedrooms for big families and group of friends. This Residence spreads on 400 sqm and offers two living rooms and two swimming pools. Proposed with a private boat service and its very own butler, the Three Bedrooms Ocean Residence with 2 pools is a perfect Luxury Hideout to be isolated from all.
The Bars and Restaurants
Joali Restaurants are made for Epicurean and all palates.
The resort has enough to satisfy any taste with its four restaurants providing fine world cuisine a wide selection of healthy dishes, including a a liquid nitrogen ice cream corner, Joali will definitely satisfy the most exigent Epicurean traveler.
Guests with special dietary needs can inform the resort’s managers of their requirements beforehand.
Bellinis restaurant. The Italian
The Italian restaurant Bellinis also offers classic à la carte cuisine with vegetables grown in the resort vegetable garden.
Mura, the snack Bar with a view
For those who like non-alcoholic cocktails and healthy snacks, the Mura bar is the perfect place for them.
Vandhoo. Joali main restaurant
Those who want to have breakfast and dinner can go to the Vandhoo restaurant located behind the swimming pool.
Saoke. The State-of-the-art Japanese overwater restaurant
Designed by the Japanese Design Studio GRIFF, Saoke carries a strong Nippon heritage with its illuminated sake bottles decorating the entrance.
Saoke pays tribute to Japanese fine cuisine and architecture. The overwater restaurant boasts wooden ceiling created by the Japanese architect Noriyoshi Muramatsu and a big Teppanyaki table with open views onto the lagoon. Saoke is exclusively open for dinner.
Her Kitchen. The Joy of cooking with chefs
Her Kitchen is a personalized culinary experience for guests to learn and taste delicious meals. At Her Kitchen, you can also cook local recipes with experienced chefs in a professional restaurant kitchen.
Joali’s guests are offered personalized wellness experiences. These are based on relaxing and rejuvenating treatments and wellness programs. Each stay includes two fitness sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.
The spa offers 8 treatment rooms hidden in the island jungle or with lagoon views.
The Joali Spa stands out with a splendid marble hammam and a sauna located overwater with lagoon vistas.
The overwater Sauna
Exclusive therapies signed Espa can be provided by a therapist depending on your wellness needs.
Among the treatments offered are sound healing, chakra work and the use of healing crystals. The atmosphere and design of the stilted rooms and yoga pavilion increase the overall well-being effect…
Leisure and Activities
Wellness is at the heart of Joali with a with an excellent program of Yoga and fitness available ini group or individually.
Joali also offers an exciting program of activities. This includes parasailing, night diving to discover underwater life, swimming with dolphins and a Pro Tennis academy.
Joali Kids Club
Mura Mas Kids club welcomes children from 4 – 12 years old from 10am to 6pm daily.
Joali kids club has a kids pool with water slide, indoor and outdoor play areas and activities. Kids will also enjoy treasure hunts, cooking classes, a children’s spa and several other weekly activities.
The kids club also offers a baby corner with a beautiful sleeping bedroom for the small ones. Babysitter service is chargeable and available upon request.
Getting to Joali
To reach the resort, you must either take a private charter or share a seaplane with other guests… The seaplane allows you to travel between Muravandhoo and Malé airport in 40 minutes. Not so bad.
You can reach Joali in 3 ways.
Option 1 – Fly on board of a shared Seaplane
A 40-minute seaplane flight takes you from Male directly to the Muravandhoo Island. You will be greeted by a private JOALI lounge at the Male Airport where you can relax before your flight – and even enjoy a special greeting, offered for pre-arranged transfers.
Option 2– Fly on board a shared Domestic Flight + speedboat
A 35-minute flight takes you from Male International airport to Ifuru domestic Airport. Then, you hop on the speedboat for a 15-minute speedboat ride to Muravandhoo.
Option 3 – Fly on board your own Private Seaplane.
…by the way, a Joali is a typical relaxing hammock chair in Maldives.