A Look Inside Joali Being: The New Holistic Wellness Retreat in the Maldives

Joali Being will be the first of it's kind holistic wellness retreat in the Maldives, set to debut in late 2021
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Joali has announced that ‘Joali Being’ will make it’s highly anticipated debut in late 2021, offering an inside look at the brand new concept to grace the waters of Maldives.

The hotly awaited island retreat is set on the island of Bodufushi in Raa Atoll and marks the first of its kind retreat designed as a nature immersive wellness retreat island.

Upon its debut, Joali Being will offer completely personalized and results-based transformative programs, with the goal of letting guests return home with new energy, feeling inspired and ‘weightless’. The retreat is expected to offer unique transformational spaces, including hydrotherapy, movement, and sound healing experiences.

Built using biophilic design principles, the island integrates nature into the core of it’s design allowing future guests to connect with the surrounding nature even more. With the renderings showcasing amazing style, it is undeniable that the architectural team has once again designed a marvel, after having worked on Joali Muravandhoo as well.

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The island hosts 68 private beach and water villas, which comes with it’s own private pool and a personal ‘Jadhugar’ butler. The villas are distributed among one, two, three and four bedroom villas with the four bedroom villas being the most luxurious among them. The four bedroom villa offers an infinite ocean vista, a wellbeing room as well as a movement room.

Created with Oxford University professor Gerry Bodeker, a Harvard-trained expert on traditional and integrative medicine and wellness, the main attraction of ‘Joali Being’ are its wellness offerings.

Nature Immersive Wellness Offerings

With wellbeing at the heart of the retreat, ‘Joali Being’ is a collection of transformational spaces which are spread across the island. AREKA, the new Wellbeing Centre, opens its doors to fully immersive wellbeing experiences, scientific therapies and diagnostic services, educational programmes, specialised therapeutic and alternative healing treatments.

Facilities include experiential thermal circuits, over 30 high-spec treatment rooms, premium treatment suites, specialized therapeutic and alternative healing spaces, and a well-equipped fitness facility and flexible studio spaces. All of the services are tailored to an individual’s level of well-being. 

AKTAR is ‘Joali Being’s’ Herbology Centre, inspired by the rich heritage and history of the healing powers of herbs. Guests can address concerns around Mind, Skin, Microbiome, and Energy with the resident herbalist, who specializes in preparing natural remedies using herbs, spices, and essential oils.

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Earth-To-Table Dining

Culinary arts at ‘Joali Being’ focus on an Earth-to-Table initiative, promising ingredient traceability and offering fresh, locally harvested foods that support small farmers and are sustainably sourced. All food and drink options have been expertly curated with the help of the retreat’s nutritionists, offering a selection of flavors and cuisines, with healthy yet indulgent dining options. If desired by guests, personalized nutrition sessions and co-created menu recommendations are available.

Guests at ‘Joali Being’ can also enjoy interactive nutritional cooking classes at the retreat’s Culinary Learning Centre, which will offer fully equipped kitchen spaces for each participant.

Conservation & Sustainability

‘Joali Being’ will be home to one of the only turtle conservation sanctuaries in the Maldives, as well as a Reef Restoration Project and coral nursery. The retreat is also collaborating with EarthCheck to introduce 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, a plant waste shredder for fertilizing and a biological wastewater treatment plant for safe discharge.

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