Joali Maldives to open in October as ‘art immersive' luxury hotel

Joali Maldives is scheduled to open in early October.  Located on its own private island in the Raa Atoll, the property will have overwater and beach villas (including two-, three- and four-bedroom residences) and four restaurant concepts.

Design studio Autoban, architecture and design studio Atolye4n, and Tokyo-based Studio Glitt led the overall design of the 24-acre resort.

Accommodations include 73 private beach and water villas and residences ranging from one- to four-bedrooms. Each villa has a private infinity pool, butler service, artisanal amenities, curated in-villa libraries and handpicked art. Standout accommodations include the three-bedroom ocean residence and four-bedroom beach residence.


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The three-bedroom ocean residence has over 4,000 square feet of living space, including three bedrooms, three dressing rooms with two walk-in closets each and two living rooms. Two infinity pools, a spa room and sauna, butler and valet service and an on-call Dhoni (a Maldivian sailboat) are also included for guests staying in this residence.

The four-bedroom beach residence measures over 5,000 square feet, and includes four bedrooms nestled in a private beach enclave, offering guests sunrise and sunset views. The accommodations include indoor and outdoor living space, private infinity pool, spa cabana and sauna, library and guest quarters.

As one of the first “art resorts” in the Maldives, the property has interactive and experiential artistic pieces that incorporate the surrounding nature. Designers include Misha Khan, Nacho Carbonell, Porky Hefer, London-based Studio Glithero, Zemer Peled, Chris Wolston, Doug Johnston and Ardmore. Artworks are also featured at the Art Studio & Gallery, as well as in the resort’s Living Room.

Dining options include Saoke, the first restaurant in the Maldives to be designed by Japanese restaurant architect Noriyoshi Muramatsu; Vandhoo, featuring Asian- and Levant-inspired dishes; Bellinis, featuring handmade pastas and authentic Tuscan; Her Kitchen, which offers cooking classes; Mura Bar, which has a lounge and pods; and the Whisky Lounge and Wine Cellar.

The property also has Joali Spa by Espa and a fitness center with ocean and jungle views.

Steven Phillips is the GM of Joali Maldives.

Photo credit: Joali Maldives

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