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Joali BEING is the Maldives’ best wellness resort in the Maldives

With 60 dedicated wellbeing specialists, menus curated by nutritionists, ice fountains, hydrotherapy pools, cryotherapy chambers, a huge salt room and a new experiential multi-generational zone, every member of the family will leave Joali BEING feeling lighter.

You know you’re close to Joali BEING, the best luxury wellness villa resort in the Maldives, when you catch a glimpse of the wave-like, white-winged sculpture cutting a dramatic form over the jetty. But while the design here is otherworldly, the vibe is all about being in the present.

While some wellness resorts rush you from treatment to treatment, that’s not the case at this Maldivian wellness retreat. Your time is to be savoured so you can leave with a sense of ‘weightlessness’, whether that’s physical or metaphorical – or both.

Joali BEING is the first wellbeing island of its kind in the Maldives. The resort is located on Bodufushi Island in the Raa Atoll. The dedication to holistic health is evident in every aspect of this stunning property, from the arrival surrounded by ethereal lagoons to the groves of lush coconut palms, the dreamy spa, architecturally stunning villas and the gourmet cuisine. Joali BEING is also one of the first wellness retreats to integrate a childhood offering into its services, the new B’Kidult sensory playground.

As your seaplane touches down at JOALI BEING, your heart will skip a beat.
As your seaplane touches down at Joali BEING, your heart will skip a beat.
JOALI BEING Maldives has a Watsu Pool for for deep relaxation and passive aquatic therapy
Joali BEING Maldives has a Watsu Pool for for deep relaxation and passive aquatic therapy

Wellbeing on Joali BEING, Maldives

Wellness at Joali BEING is entrenched in the very DNA of what this resort is about. The focus is on four pillars: mind, skin, microbiome and energy, and wellbeing programs are custom-created for each guest.

Crafted by more than 60 dedicated wellbeing experts and specialists, sessions are curated to achieve your personal goals while improving overall health and happiness. Along with luxe treatment rooms, there’s a hydrotherapy hall; sound therapy chamber; discovery sound path amid nature, where you can unite the healing benefits of the great outdoors with chimes and gongs to soothe your soul; and an overwater deck for anti-gravity yoga and meditation. We don’t think there is a better sound to calm your nerves than the ocean. Treatments can be booked individually or as part of a long-stay program. Joali BEING also has the only cryotherapy chamber in the Maldives.

Whether you want a gut reset, to destress, look younger or develop healthy eating habits, your days will be filled with inspiring wellbeing workshops, active adventures, cooking classes, consultations and the most decadent of transformational treatments.

Treatments at JOALI BEING Maldives
Treatments at Joali BEING
JOALI BEING's overwater deck for anti-gravity yoga and meditation
Joali BEING's overwater deck for anti-gravity yoga and meditation

A revolutionary family offering

To ensure every guest – no matter how small – enjoys their time at Joali BEING, the property has introduced a multi-generational playground experience design to facilitate learning through play. B’Kidult allows parents and guardians to explore various thoughtful experiences alongside their children, such as sensory playgrounds, mud kitchens, contemporary rooms, and a well-equipped professional kitchen for little chefs.

Developed to reflect the four pillars of mind, skin, microbiome and energy that Joali BEING is built upon, multi-generational play has shown to be physically and mentally beneficial for both children and adults. At the B’Kidult playground, guests of all ages can participate in wellbeing workshops and learning sessions, from making natural self-care products with resident herbalists to exploring the power of sound healing guided by experienced sound practitioners.

Through B’Kidult, Joali BEING aims to bring different generations together through purposeful and enjoyable activities, an ethos reflected in the initiative’s tagline, ‘Be a kid again at B’Kidult’. The play zone is suitable for even the youngest children and their parents and includes access to a private beach and forest, and a nanny service.

Maldives water villas

Joali BEING calls its accommodation its Well Living Spaces and each of the villas has been designed using biophilic principles. This means the villas’ architecture and design are integrated with nature. It equates to no corners – instead, there are curvy spaces, sand floors and floor-to-ceiling windows that capture the turquoise lagoon beyond the beach.

As if the ocean isn’t enough, every Maldives villa has a private pool. Some of these private pools are the size of other resorts’ main pools. Your mini-bar is customised to your preferences, and butlers drop off meditative musical instruments and wellbeing games; there is also a bike outside your door for exploring the palm-fringed island on two wheels.

Choose from an ocean (overwater villas), beach villa or the overwater four-bedroom private-ocean residence. Each of the 68 villas comes with its own butler or Jadugar. Joali BEING also caters to parents travelling with up to two children in the Grand Ocean, Sunset Grand and Grand Beach Pool Villas, plus the two, three and four-bedroom villas.

The overwater four-bedroom private-ocean residence at JOALI BEING Maldives wellness resort
The overwater four-bedroom private-ocean residence
JOALI BEING Maldives wellness resort
Relax on the sundeck of your Two Bedroom Ocean Pool Villa at JOALI BEING Maldives
Relax on the sundeck of your Two Bedroom Ocean Pool Villa at Joali BEING Maldives
JOALI BEING Maldives

Dining at Joali BEING

Joali BEING has three signature restaurants and customised dining options. An earth-to-table initiative promises ingredient traceability and fresh, locally harvested and sustainably sourced foods from Maldivian farms. All meals are created with the help of the island’s nutritionists and carefully curated on the plate by expert chefs.

Then there’s the customised dining options – think a picnic on a private sandbank or perhaps in a treehouse. Cooking classes also ensure you go home with valuable culinary skills and nutritional lessons, to ensure you can make positive changes long after you leave this picture-perfect destination.

Plantae offers vegetarian and vegan cuisine, Su serves ocean-to-table pescatarian fare, and B’Well features a signature Joali BEING menu, including a selection of Earth-to-Table meals. Most meals are created using ingredients foraged, sourced and grown on the island – responsible dining becomes effortless. At the same time, every mouthful promotes and enforces gut health to ensure a long and happy life.

For parents and guardians travelling with children, opt for the Multi-Generational Wellbeing Journey package of four night or more to enjoy perks such as children stay and eat free from the kids’ menu, 25% off family villas, a complimentary three-course family-style dinner at FLOW and a one-time family cooking class at the Culinary Learning Centre.

JOALI BEING Maldives
Breakfast at Joali BEING Maldives
JOALI BEING Maldives

Maldives’ best wellness resort

When you stay at the best wellness resort in the Maldives you will align your chakras with an Ayurvedic doctor in the morning, followed by alfresco yoga in the Ocean Sala. The resort’s Discovery Sound Path has a series of gongs, tubular bells and lithophones tucked among pandanus trees. Guests are encouraged to strike them to create their own healing vibrations in the warm, jasmine-scented air.

The resort has saunas, steam rooms, ice fountains, hydrotherapy pools, cryotherapy chambers and a huge salt room with illuminated pink Himalayan salt bricks; the mineral-rich air here improves mental clarity. AKTAR is the Herbology Centre for stress-reducing infusions and herbology classes.

Turkish Hammam at JOALI BEING Maldives
Transformational treatments at Joali BEING's Turkish Hammam
The deck of MOJO at JOALI BEING Maldives
The deck of MOJO at Joali BEING Maldives

Where is Joali BEING?

Nestled on the secluded island of Bodufushi in Raa Atoll, amid crystalline lagoons, pristine beaches and lush coconut palms.

How to get to Joali BEING

Joali BEING is a 40-minute seaplane journey from Malé International Airport. As your seaplane touches down at Joali BEING, your heart will skip a beat. This drop of land in the Raa Atoll is everything the Maldives promises on postcards. With bone-white beaches, a coco-palm buzz cut and a lagoon the colour of a Tiffany box – only in this case, the gems are coral fans, bobbing turtles and giant clams with iridescent lips.

Is Joali BEING family-friendly?

The resort has recently become kid-friendly – opt for the four-bedroom private-ocean residence: a thatched-roof ‘house’ perched over the turquoise ocean with an infinity pool, lounge, private sauna and a spa suite. Little explorers can head off with marine biologists to plant coral, learn about the green and hawksbill turtles that nest in the sand, join healthful cooking classes to learn how to make ice cream sans sugar, or attend workshops on how to deal with stress. Because it happens at all ages.

JOALI BEING Maldives wellness resort has dedicated quiet zones
The resort has dedicated quiet zones

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