Need to know
73, all suites.
Noon, but flexible, subject to availability; check-in starts at 2pm.
Double rooms from $1930.00, excluding tax at 23.2 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional resort fee of $6.00 per person per night on check-out.
Rates usually include à la carte breakfast.
Neither rooms nor common areas are wheelchair accessible.
At the hotel
Private beach, tennis courts, gym. In rooms: free WiFi throughout, television, air-conditioning, minibar, free bottled water, kettle, tea and coffee, black-out curtains, beach bag, hair straighteners.
Our favourite rooms
The only thing that's difficult about Joali is choosing a room. They're all delightful… but if pressed, we'd opt for one of the over-water villas, for a true all-at-sea stay.
Take a dip in the family-friendly outdoor swimming pool – it's a glittering infinity-edged jewel perched at the tip of the island, with a few artfully placed palm trees sprouting elegantly from the water. It's right next to the equally alluring turquoise sea… but closer to the bar, so handier for summoning cocktails. Make sure you visit at night, when it's lit up with myriad twinkling lights. (For swimming seclusion, book a villa with a private pool.)
The vast Joali Spa by Espa redefines all island-sanctuary clichés. Check in to one of its eight treatment rooms for a Balinese massage, perhaps, or escape to the hammam. For a couples' treat, head to the private overwater treatment room.
Bring your most subtly chic 'this old thing?' kaftan to throw casually over your swimwear.
Expect peaceful skies: Joali is a no-drone zone.
All ages are welcome, and there's an outdoor playground and plenty of lawn space for young guests to run around (bagsy a spot in the treehouse). Babysitting and activities for little Smiths can be arranged, and there's baby-monitoring kit to borrow.
Joali has dreamed up every kind of island adventure for little Smiths. As well as snorkelling, water-skiing and dhoni rides, there are organised treasure hunts with maps and clues, cooking lessons, story-telling time and children’s spa treatments.
Babies and up.
For ultimate seclusion, the family beach villa has two pools, a private beach garden and a dining area.
All villas have private infinity pools.
No trees were harmed in the making of Joali: the hotel was just built around them (you’ll find palms poking out of unlikely spots, like the deep end of the infinity pool). All the pieces in Joali’s immersive art collection are carefully chosen as comments on the crucial issue of conservation in the Maldives. The villas are constructed from sustainable and eco-friendly materials like local timber and bamboo. Joali also has a resident marine biologist, Sam, who works to protect the marine life and reef ecosystems.