We offer you an exclusive first look at Joali, a resort with 73 villas that opens this month …
Exclusive bungalows above water, crystal clear sea, magnificent sunsets – the attraction of the Maldives does not require much explanation. All these elements that are part of the list of desires of every luxurious holiday lovers make this destination an ideal, and therefore full of private island resorts, where everyone is more luxurious than the previous one. Although this archipelago really did not have to get another five-star resort, the extravagant new Joali resort is far from being a regular one.
Situated on a beautiful island of 24 hectares in Raa Atol, this resort is a 45-minute drive from the hydro-engine from Male. Once opened, it will become the first artistic hotel of this destination. With a large number of works of art, Joali has works that go from underwater coral gardens, to a sculpture of Raze, located 4 meters above the ground, representing a piece that at the same time performs the function of a tree-shaped restaurant with enough space for eight people.
These artworks, together with the design of the resort, are just a detail that distinguishes it from all others. Hand-made wooden panels, abacus-shaped partitions, door bronze doors that are 3D printed and intriguing bamboo separators can be seen throughout the property.
Elegantly furnished villas have a palace style, with a minimum size of 250 m2, all with private pools overlooking the Indian Ocean, open and closed living areas, as well as luxurious bathrooms decorated with green Norwegian marble. For larger groups traveling together, Joali offers a two-bed, four-room villa on the beach and a three-room residence above water. Both villas have spa rooms and saunas, while the last one has an additional swimming pool and duty dhoni, that is, a traditional Asian boat that leads to incredible maritime adventures.
And while the sculpture turned into a restaurant definitely puts a high level of luxury, the rest of the restaurants in this resort will not disappoint you either. Her Kitchen gives guests a chance to get acquainted with local recipes, while Vandhoo restaurant offers a mixture of Asian, Chinese, Mediterranean and Levantine cuisine. Saoke is particularly accentuated by Japanese fare complete with teppanyaki stations, while sophisticated experience of dining can be experienced at a Italian restaurant.
In order to satisfy your desire for sweets, you can visit a candy shop serving craft chocolate, over 60 flavors of ice cream and a mixture of homemade cakes. In the end, there is Mura Bar, an idyllic place that looks towards the glittering pool and beach, and is completed with a lodge for whiskey and cigar aficionados.
When you do not absorb the beauty of the Maldives from your private oasis, you can relax in the Espa Spa Center, diving with flies or walking in the flower garden. Also, tennis, fitness, diving, water skiing, sunrise or sunset dhoni cruises, as well as interactive workshops with the resident artist of this resort are at your disposal.