Maldives

Joali

Rates per night from$1,930.00

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD1,930.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

The art of playtime

Setting

The reef life

Venice… Basel… Maldives? The island nation isn’t a place you’d ordinarily associate with the art world, but Joali's immersive art collection and big-name curators might yet coax the critics into their string bikinis. The resort has a playful spirit and an endless array of activities: follow the Art Map through the palms, find the most colourful reefs with resident marine biologist Sam, or learn to cook Maldivian delicacies in the teaching kitchen. Or, just spend your days floating between your villa’s private pool, the pristine white beach and the colonial-chic beach bar… 

Smith Extra

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A 45-minute couple's massage

Facilities

Photos Joali facilities

Need to know

Rooms

73, all suites.

Check–Out

Noon, but flexible, subject to availability; check-in starts at 2pm.

Rates

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.

More details

Rates usually include à la carte breakfast.

Also

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.

Poolside

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.)

Spa

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.

Packing tips

Bring your most subtly chic 'this old thing?' kaftan to throw casually over your swimwear.

Also

Expect peaceful skies: Joali is a no-drone zone.

Children

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.

Overview

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.

Best for

Babies and up.

Recommended rooms

For ultimate seclusion, the family beach villa has two pools, a private beach garden and a dining area.

Swimming pool

All villas have private infinity pools.

Eco‐friendly

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.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Artist Porky Hefer’s Manta Ray sculpture doubles as a treehouse restaurant for eight.

Dress Code

Go barefoot and sandy at Mura and Vandhoo; don something that makes you feel fruity at Bellinis. Rattle your jewellery at Saoke.

Hotel restaurant

There are four restaurants at Joali and none require a reservation, so let your whims guide you. Belly up to the breezy Mura bar for all-day snacks like lobster rolls, pizzas and roasted pumpkin salads. Open-air beach restaurant Vandhoo serves Asian-fusion and Maldivian dishes. The slightly smarter Bellinis is all-out Italian (opt for the fatta in casa Mozzarella starter). And then, at the end of its own jetty, you’ll find Saoke, serving sushi and teppanyaki on low-lit kotatsu tables. The dessert store will keep kids fuelled for their next Swiss Family Robinson adventure (hopefully no tigers). 

Hotel bar

The colonial interiors of the Whiskey and Cigar Lounge are the stuff of Wes Anderson’s dreams, and their expertly-made negronis will guarantee you don’t remember yours. Mura Bar sometimes hosts live bands for your evening entertaiment.

Last orders

You'll breakfast 7am–10.30am, at Vandhoo. Lunch is served at Mura Beach from noon to 3.30pm, and dinner in each restaurant start at 7pm.

Room service

With Joali’s ‘destination dining’ concept, you’re invited to choose any alluring spot on the island for a moonlit dinner.

Location

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Address
Joali
Muravandhoo Island
Raa Atoll
Maldives
This booking requires a seaplane transfers

You need a transfer to reach this hotel. For approximate costs, see location information

Joali is on its own private island, Muravandhoo, in the Raa Atoll.

Planes

You’ll be greeted by Joali staff at Male International Airport and taken to the private lounge. The seaplane from Male to Joali takes 45 minutes; return transfers are from around USD$800 for guests aged 12 and over, around USD$400 for little Smiths aged 2–11 and free for younger kiddos.

Automobiles

Where you're going, you don't need roads.

Worth getting out of bed for

There’s not much to do beyond Joali’s boundaries… but there’s no need to leave, either. The private beach is probably your first port of call – you'll cross it on arrival by seaplane, for a start, but you'll soon be drawn back by the soft white sands and enticing turquoise sea (the gentle waters are perfect for water babies, too). Between delectable dining at the four excellent restaurants, perhaps the spoiling spa beckons? With its extensive menu of treaments, the outdoor spa pool, steam room and sauna, you can while away plenty of days within its heavenly confines… but if that all sounds like not enough work, hit the well-equipped gym with a personal trainer or sign up for a pilates class. (There are tennis courts at hand, too, if you're feeling competitive.)

There are treasure hunts, etc, laid on for adventurous children at Joali's kids' club, and equally enticing activities for grown ups, too: follow the Art Map, explore the reefs with the in-house marine biologist, or brave the heat in the teaching kitchen. But back to that beauty of a beach… Joali is a watersports wonderland. Grab some snorkeling kit, a jet ski, some paddle boards and off you go. To the sea!

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this design destination in the Maldives and unpacked their handmade beads from Joali’s boutique, a full account of their island break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Joali in the Maldives...

A friendly butler in pink linen hands you a frozen red velvet cupcake. The arrival jetty looks like a giant wave. Is that a manta ray suspended in the palms? For a moment you suspect you’ve ingested hallucinogens, but actually you’ve just arrived at Joali, the resort bringing art-world credentials to the islands. 

Though it has all the requisite Maldivian charms – pristine white sand, crystal waters, overwater villas with private infinity pools – Joali also delights in the unexpected (not many resorts here boast a roster of international artists and a big-name curator). By all means, remain entirely horizontal and indulge your castaway fantasies… but if you’re feeling inspired, tap into Joali’s creative spirit with art classes, flower-arranging, dhoni excursions and swimming after manta rays with Sam, the resident marine biologist. And while playful about most things, Joali is serious about food. There are four restaurants, but our favourite is the fresh-caught fare at Japanese joint, Saoke. 

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