Need a dose of joy in your life? Curious to experience the first immersive art resort in the Maldives? Ong Chin Huat checks into the new Joali Maldives and leaves with his senses heightened and a revitalised spring in his step.
With a mantra dedicated specifically to the ‘Joy of Living’, everything about the new Joali Maldives Resort not only lives up to its promise of putting the joie de vivre back into the lives of any world-weary traveller or ‘been-there-done-that’ pleasure seeker but reawakens a revitalized enjoyment of life and adds a renewed sense of appreciation to the beauty of nature and the world as a whole.
The Joali Maldives Resort is located on the postcard-perfect Muravandhoo Island in the northern Maldives in the Raa Atoll which also happens to be the biggest and deepest atoll in the world. The very moment you arrive by a private seaplane to the arrival jetty, an eye-catching structure which is shaped like two kissing fishes or a strand of DNA, whichever perspective you look at it from, greet you and you sense that you are entering a unique and special place of paradisiacal proportions.
My personal butler or Jadugar in Dhivehi (the native tongue of the Maldives) welcomes me with a warm smile and offers a refreshingly cold and freshly squeezed ginger, lime and honey drink called the Lomilomi. I find out his name is Nawaz Mohamed and his pleasant and efficient demeanour gives me the reassurance that for the next few days, my stay will be as smooth as his manner.
I am then whisked off in a buggy to my private beach villa, which happens to be lucky number eight and which faces the expansive and turquoise-hued Indian Ocean and is fringed by swaying coconut palms and pristine powder-white sand. A spa therapist awaits me at the outdoor seating area of my villa and she’s here to give me a much needed Welcome Foot Ritual consisting of an aromatic foot soak and massage.
Needless to say, I felt renewed and revitalised with the very first step I took into my glamorous villa.