Feeling on cloud nine after my treatment, I walk past a red and white porcelain sculpture located in the centre of the Spa made by artist Zemer Peled which resembles a huge half-bleached coral and where I am led to a relaxation room and served warm organic ginger and lemongrass tea and dried fruits and nuts after my treatment.
Our final night at the Joali was one of the most memorable as it was held at Saoke, the stunning Japanese restaurant located on the water. Designed by acclaimed architect Noriyoshi Muramatsu, this temple of culinary delights is an architectural marvel on its own with its dramatic entrance flanked by columns of sake and spirits and its effective use of timber. A comfy lounge overlooking a breath-taking vista would be reason alone to visit this glamorous eatery, not mentioning the freshest seafood used in their dishes caught just a few hours prior to dinner by fishermen plying the ocean. General Manager Enver Arslan was the consummate host and also an ideal dinner companion.
A seven-course Experiential Dinner consisting of Chilled Saoke Chawanmushi, Matsutake Mushroom Clear Soup, Tuna Tataki with Sesame Ponzu, Spicy Steamed Reef Fish, Green Tea Ice Cream and the pièce de résistance, the Robata Grilled Full Blood Sher Tenderloin with Wafu Sauce, all accompanied by a selection of seven different sakes, was a symphony for the taste buds. To reinforce our sense of smell, each course was accompanied by an offering of a fragrance and being more aware of this fifth sense of ours after the Scent Tour, Sissel Tolaas also gave each one of us a little bottle which contained the smell of the Indian Ocean as a reminder of our stay at the Joali and as a parting gift.
And there, beneath a clear moonlit sky with the cool sea breeze blowing, and while feasting on the most delectable Japanese cuisine and sipping delicious sake, it dawned on me that if a stay at the Joali Maldives doesn’t make your heart sing with joy or leave you with a renewed spring to your step, then nothing ever will.
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