JOALI BEING - THE BEGINNING OF A TRANSFORMATIVE JOURNEY
Combining sustainable design, exquisite architecture and a paradisiacal setting, the new JOALI BEING retreat in the Maldives has finally opened its doors..
The Maldives is a destination on everybody's bucket list with over 150 resorts. Nestled on the secluded island of Bodufushi in Raa Atoll, amid crystalline lagoons, pristine beaches and lush coconut palms, JOALI BEING is the first dedicated wellbeing (not wellness) retreat of its kind in the Maldives offering a completely personalised and results-driven transformative programmes, centred around four key pillars Mind, Skin, Microbiome and Energy with the ultimate aim for guests to return home feeling renewed, uplifted and inspired, with a new sense of ‘weightlessness’
Featuring 68 private villas broken down into four categories beach; water; family and ocean, the residences have been built according to biophilic design principles, evoking harmony and balance by eliminating negative vibrations and enhancing the energy flow of the landscape.The architectural concept of the retreat was guided by JOALI BEING’s architect Cuneyt Bukulmez and the interior design studio, Autoban who also led the design concept of JOALI Muravandhoo island. Each of the 68 thoughtful living spaces come with private pools and special inclusions, such as customised mini-bar setups, meditative musical instruments and wellbeing games.
To develop the Four Pillars of Wellbeing, the retreat partnered with Professor Gerry Bodeker of Oxford University, a Harvard-trained expert on traditional and integrative medicine and wellness, who chairs the Mental Wellness Initiative of the Global Wellness Institute.
Spread across the island the resort is a collection of transformational spaces with AREKA, the new Wellbeing Centre at its core.
A collection of 39 treatment rooms ‘AREKA’, offers immersive wellbeing experiences, beneficial scientific therapies, diagnostic services, learning programmes, specialised therapeutic, alternative healing treatments and expansive fitness facilities. There is also a separate Pilates studio, an overwater meditation deck called Ocean Sala and an intelligent ‘Movement Analysis’ tool.
AKTAR, JOALI BEING’s Herbal Centre is another centre inspired by the rich heritage and history of the healing powers of herbs. Guests can address their mind, skin, microbiome and energy concerns with the on-site herbal medicine specialist, who specialises in the preparation of natural remedies using herbs, spices and essential oils.
In addition to the overall wellbeing experience, the resort’s culinary offering embrace an Earth-to-Table approach, FLOW, JOALI BEING’s open-plan interactive dining space, lets guests can choose between three signature kitchens, Plantae serving vegetarian and vegan cuisine, Su focusing on ocean-to-table pescatarian fare and B’Well including a selection of Earth-to-Table meals. Mojo is the retreat’s tropical beach sanctuary located on a three-layered sundeck and is great to grab a bite and catch the sunset and also is home to SAI tea lounge, where guests can join tea ceremonies and learning sessions hosted by the resident tea sommelier.
If that wasn’t enough the wellness retreat true to its eco credentials is home to one of few turtle conservation sanctuaries in the Maldives, as well as a Reef Restoration Project and a coral nursery.
Rates for a stay at JOALI BEING begin at $2,035 with a minimum of five nights. For more information and to book a visit to JOLI BEING, visit joalibeing.com.
The article will be published in the next edition of Luxury Living Magazine Winter Edition
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