My friend Michaela has recently returned from Joali. Take a look!
Joali is a brand new resort in the luxury segment. It is located in the middle of Raa Atoll and can be reached by taking a scenic 45-minute seaplane journey from Velana International airport.
There is no other islands close by, which is an important point for anyone looking for a true getaway feeling, on a remote island in The Indian Ocean.
The resort will officially open its doors by the end of November/ December.
There are 73 beach and water villas on the island; and you can choose from 7 room categories. The villas are pretty private as they are surrounded by lush foliage. The area listed is pure interior area. The villas do in addition have private outdoor area:
- Beach Villa with Pool – 108 sqm
- Luxury Beach Villa with Pool – 117 sqm
- Two Bedroom Luxury Beach Villa with 2 pools – 142sqm
- Four Bedroom Beach Residence with Pool – 500sqm
- Water Villa with Pool – 100sqm
- Luxury Water Villa with Pool – 108sqm
- Three Bedroom Ocean Residence with 2 pools – 400sqm
Beach Villa with Pool
Luxury Beach Villa with Pool
Water Villa with Pool
There are 3 restaurants, one bar and one ice cream store at Joali (over 60 flavours of ice cream!) As it is still soft opening, not all outlets are open yet. But the resort promise wonderful culinary experiences; using only the finest ingredients, all fresh..
Judging from the photos, the island seems to be really beautiful and lush, with a stunning beach and amazing lagoon.
The island is also surrounded by a coral reef which is lovely for people who like to spend several hours on snorkelling; watching corals and marine life on the house reef. Personally it is one of the most important aspects of any island, and luckily it seems like Joali’s reef is teeming with life. There also seems to be some really large coral colonies.
Michaela from Reiseagentur Reisser, located in Germany, is one of the greatest experts on The Maldives out there. She is a great friend and contributor on the Tripadvisor forums, and few has visited as many resorts as her. She is also promoting the idea of sustainable tourism; anything from less plastic waste (I agree, all resorts should make their own water on glass bottles) to protecting the marine environment, like no fish feeding or stepping on corals!
Michaela, thank you very much for sending me the photos 😉