What We Love
- The property’s own art map for exploring its ever-growing collection
- A bedside iPad that controls in-room lighting, music, and temperature
- Printed kimonos in all guest bathrooms
- Japanese-Peruvian fusion at Saoke, the first restaurant in the Maldives to be designed by award-winning architect Noriyoshi Muramatsu
What To Know
- Guests are paired with their very own jadugar, or personal concierge
- Children up to age six stay free
- The property’s manta ray sculpture, designed by South African artist Porky Hefer, also functions as a cozy eight-person restaurant
- Most villas are furnished with outdoor baths and showers
- Room Service
The Maldives’ premier immersive art hotel is an atelier on an atoll with opulent overwater bungalows
The Raa Atoll, a scuba diver’s utopia in the Maldives home to reef sharks, manta rays, and soft coral gardens, earned a spot on the tourist map in the mid-90s when seaplanes first started shuttling visitors beyond the densely populated capital city of Male. But none of the area’s glamorous resorts quite stack up to Joali, an imaginative 24-acre hideaway designed to mirror ocean waves with exquisite interiors are cocooned in timber, bamboo, and terrazzo. Each of the 73 thatched-roof villas is palatial (even the smallest options are a sprawling 2,500 square feet) and come with private infinity pools and original artwork. However, it’s the detail-driven distractions that make this island escape peerless: take in an Indian Ocean sunrise from the outdoor yoga studio, learn to cook local cuisine at Her Kitchen, cool off at the liquid nitrogen ice cream counter, sip whisky at the beachfront lounge, or indulge in a botanical crash course at the Flower Garden. Afterwards, float away on a dhoni—we recommend stopping at the turtle-feeding station, about a 20-minute ride away—for a truly private slice of paradise.
In the Area
Situated on the Maldivian island of Muravandhoo, Joali is a 45-minute seaplane ride from Male; guests also have the option of taking a scheduled domestic flight to Ifuru, the nearest airport. The property can organize aquatic excursions which range from snorkeling with manta rays to dives with marine biologists, who will guide you through the locale’s vibrant sea beds—though its coral reefs were ravaged by El Nino in 2016, the tropical fish population here still thrives. Since you won’t be leaving the property to dine, take full advantage of its seven eateries, which include a hopping teppanyaki joint and an artisanal confectionary churning out over 60 ice cream flavors and house-made macarons.
How to Get There
I wish there is a better term other than perfect to describe this resort.
Our unbelievable experience started the day before we arrived at Joali. We were staying at another resort in the speedboat area, and received a surprising call from our Jadugar (=magician=butler) asking if we needed any preparation in advance. Once we arrived at the speedboat deck our luggage was already taken by Joali crew before we even left the speedboat. All we had to do was to hop in a Joali SUV, briefly enjoy exclusive Joali seaplane lounge and fly around 40min to reach this beautiful resort.
We stayed in the water villa for 7 days and it was even short for my swim loving daughter. This fascinating villa is enormous in space and design as well as architecture is state of the art. It is stuffed with at very comfortable bed and Loccitane amenities. Private pool is among the largest you can find in the Maldives. It is also managed extremely well and you cannot find any kind of particles inside it. House reef is located close to the water villa area and filled with diverse marine life. Also No worries on privacy as distance between villas is quite apart.
Main pool located at Mura bar is also very cool. You can chill out with a variety of beverages and snacks. Also a breathtaking sand bank is located very close to the main pool.
Restaurants serve quality foods. Be it Vandhoo, Bellinis or Saoke. Choose one and enjoy. Best food I had in Maldives so far. Also there seems to be some customization, so don’t be disappointed if you don’t see what you want to eat in the menu. Just name it and the superb chefs will make it for you.
However what separates this resort from others is the unique friendly atmosphere surrounding Joali. All staffs from GM Steven to maintenance crews are the most friendly I have ever encountered anywhere else. You will get a feeling all staffs are just eager to make you happy. This was the greatest experience I had here.
After 7 days, and at Male airport, Joali crews are there for you. They even escort you beyond security check point carrying your luggage to the airline counter. Again, before the beginning and till departure, I can assure a true Joali way you will not find easily anywhere else.
Special thanks to Ms Hannah at the kids club with all the loving and kindness to my daughter. And our Jadugar Melih, you are truly a magician who made it happen anytime, anywhere. Our stay was much more special because of you.
Joali Maldives is a luxury resort located on Muravandhoo Island in Raa Atoll.
Once you arrived at the airport you will be assisted by the Joali Airport rep. take your baggage and check you in. After which you will be riding Joali’s private car to the CIP Lounge. There, you will wait for your departure whilst enjoying choice of drinks and snacks. They provide Wi-Fi from the car to the Lounge.
It will be a 45 minutes scenic seaplane ride from the Airport to the resort. After which you will be greeted by the Resort Staff and the butlers who will assist you your entire stay. The island is average sized, not too big and not too small either. Perfect if you want to walk around and enjoy the view or if not then you can always call your butler and they will pick you up anywhere. The island has a soul and you can feel the laidback and relax atmosphere wherever you go. Villas are enormous and articulately designed. Every details and every piece of item you can find on the room are well chosen to complement each other. Everything in the room could be adjusted by the Ipad, from the curtains to the air-conditioning and lights.There are no wave breakers unlike other resort so you can ensure that you can see the entire view of the island whether you are on the beach or water villas. We we’re able to experience E-Spa during our stay and spent more than 3 hours there! The therapy will make you forget about all your stress and the therapists are very well trained. All their restaurants are ala – carte although there is also a small buffet area during breakfast. The best food I experienced in the Maldives so far. Superb presentation, texture and taste. Whatever you order will really defy your expectations. There is a sandback that is visible when it is low tide in the afternoon in front of the Mura bar. There are a lot of insta – perfect spots as well to take your best vacation photos. Staffs are very polite and happy to serve. They will make you feel at home and they just know what you need right away without you even speaking it out loud yet. Their butlers are most polite and will be there for you 24/7 whenever you need them as fast as they can. As far as I am concerned it is a luxury resort that you won’t regret spending money on because It will be an experience like no other. That’s all for me.
this was one of the most beautiful resorts we have ever been fortunate enough to visit! it's our 4th visit to the maldives and our 7th hotel we have been to. what a magical place! we felt like we were in a dream. the villas are to die for and leave you wanting for nothing.
we started in a beach villa, which was the nicest we have ever seen. then, we moved to a water villa for two nights and we enjoyed it even more. there is just something truly special about water villas and one of the reasons to travel half way around the world to this beautiful country. we saw several manta rays the first day and the view of the aquamarine colored water from every room is simply surreal. the attention to detail is unbelievable and even just riding the bikes on the jetty to dinner is an incredible experience.
i'm not sure what i can say that everyone else hasn't already but one of our favorite things about this gorgeous destination is the incredible people. our butler (aka magician) sameen was flawless!! we went for my husband's 60th birthday and he pulled out all the stops to make the trip perfect and memorable. we have never experienced such extraordinary customer service!!! sameen thank you from the bottom of our hearts for everything to did to make our vacation ridiculously amazing!
soake restaurant was honestly one of the most spectacularly stunning restaurants we have ever seen. the food was incredible and the wagyu beef was insanely good!
we had a private dinner in the manta ray tree house, some wonderful yoga sessions with anna in the over water yoga pavilion, snorkelled with turtles with christian and his awesome team, to die for massages at the spa, and yummy lunches at maru where we were treated like royalty by prasad bartender extraordinaire, the amazing zadan, and reema & sushmitha too! thank you!
a few others we would be remiss to not mention are chef ashley, (bruno) umars, Ismail (who actually holds his breath underwater diving for over 5 minutes!) shiraz & gandip!! i hope we didn't miss anyone as virtually every staff member there were the most incredible at their craft. GM steven was wonderful and has amassed the best team.
so grateful!!! trish & angelo