The Maldives is one of the leading travel hotspots. While it has always attracted adventurous globetrotters, resorts offering wellness retreats have quickly placed the coveted multi-island leisure destination at the top of the list for healthy vacation. The Maldives latest private island retreat, JOALI BEING is designed as a nature immersive wellbeing resort that offers its guests completely personalized and results-driven transformative programs.
Located on the secluded natural island of Bodufushi in Raa Atoll, JOALI BEING has been developed using Biophilic design principles. This scientific system of combining architecture and design with nature eliminates negative vibrations and boosts the energy flow of the island. The architectural concept of the retreat was guided by an architect Cuneyt Bukulmez from Atolye4N Architectural Design Studio and an interior design studio Autoban.
JOALI BEING features 68 private beach and water villas. With eleven categories to choose from, guests can opt for one-, two-, three- or four-bedroom accommodations. Each home-away-from-home features a private pool, customized wellbeing setups, tuned meditative balancing musical instruments, wellbeing games and more. The resort’s unique four-bedroom fully equipped over-water villa boasts magnificent ocean views, a private wellbeing room, and a movement room. To wow the guests each villa has its very own personal butler or “Jadugar”, meaning ‘skilled magician’ in Dhivehi.
JOALI BEING’s wellbeing experience is built around four key programming pillars: Mind, Skin, Microbiome, and Energy, that were created in partnership with Professor Gerry Bodeker of Oxford, a Harvard-trained expert on traditional and integrative medicine and wellness who leads the Mental Wellness Initiative of the Global Wellness Institute. Upon arrival, guests will have an in-depth consultation with a personal wellbeing consultant who offers a fully personalized flexible programs that can be tailored to areas such as strength and vitality, mental clarity and wellbeing, hormonal balance, women’s health, digestive and weight rebalance, restorative sleeping, as well as movement and alignment for health and immunity. The resort has its own in-house team of naturopaths, therapists, movement specialists and nutritionists.
The resort features unique transformational spaces that allow guests to immerse in elemental therapies and healing experiences. AREKA, with its 39 thoughtfully designed treatment rooms and transformational spaces, offers fully immersive wellbeing experiences, beneficial scientific therapies and diagnostic services, learning programs, specialized therapeutic and alternative healing treatments, and expansive fitness facilities and an over-water meditation deck. There is Kaashi – a hydrotherapy hall with a Sensory Deprivation Room, a Russian Banya, water therapies, salt inhalation room, and hammam; Core – movement & fitness spaces featuring a Pilates studio, Ocean Sala, and an Intelligent Movement Analysis tool; Seda – the sound therapy hall.
At AKTAR, the local herbology centre, the resident herbalist prepares natural remedies using herbs, spices and essential oils to help guests dealing with Mind, Microbiome, Skin, and Energy health issues. With a curated library and a calendar of interactive workshops, they can discover the benefits of herbal teas and learn to make natural body creams, face masks and massage oils.
All culinary options at JOALI BEING have been expertly curated with the help of the retreat’s nutritionists, offering a selection of healthy dining options. Guests may opt for personalized nutrition sessions and co-created menu sessions are available. FLOW is a large, open-plan and interactive dining space that features three signature kitchens: Plantae, offering vegetarian cuisine; Su, serving ocean-to-table pescatarian fare; and B’Well, featuring a signature JOALI BEING menu, including a selection of Earth-to- Table meals.
Positioned on a three-layered sundeck, Mojo is the island’s tropical beach sanctuary. It is home to SAI, the tea lounge, where guests can explore an incredible range of brews and join tea ceremonies and learning sessions hosted by the resident tea sommelier.
The wellness retreat will be home to one of few turtle conservation sanctuaries in the Maldives, as well as a Reef Restoration Project and a coral nursery. JOALI teamed up with EarthCheck on impactful long-term sustainability initiatives. The sustainability infrastructure of the island includes a desalinating water bottling plant, a rainwater harvesting, and greywater recycling system, a glass crusher and recycler, a 1750 food waste composter, and plant waste shredder for fertilizing, and a biological wastewater treatment plant for safe discharge.