The review:

Joali Being

This transformative wellness retreat located in the tropical Raa Atoll is all about results, says our Director of Sales Sarah Parker

Our Sales Director, Sarah Parker recently visited Joali BEING, the first dedicated wellness property in the Maldives and had this to say…

“Pair the exquisite beauty of a Maldives island with a state-of-the-art health retreat and you’re halfway to visualising Joali BEING. Every detail has been extensively considered to give you a transformative experience – from the soul-enhancing architecture down to the reviving herbs in your post-treatment tea. With a holistic focus, those lucky enough to stay at Joali BEING will enjoy a bespoke and immersive holiday, returning a new version of themselves. I noticed a difference after just one day - imagine what a week or two could do?"

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The over-and-above standout of Joali BEING is its extremely high-quality spa and wellness output. It’s the reason spa devotees are attracted to this tropical island and its attention to detail, tech-based diagnostics and results-driven treatment programmes are the resort’s main focus. Covering a raft of wellness-orientated goals, an integrative wellness analysis will allow your needs to fall under Joali’s four wellness pillars Mind, Skin, Microbiome and Energy.

For Sarah, her initial wellness consultation highlighted some existing issues and her day was tailored to incorporate de-stressing under Microbiome and Mind; including a relaxing Ayurvedic lymphatic drainage massage, followed by hydrotherapy pools, sauna, steam, ice, yoga, a swim in the sea followed by an evening guided meditation. Of course, your day will be different – led by a range of therapists, gurus, naturalists and practitioners your program might include breathwork, sacred dance sessions, Chi Gong, herbology workshops or nourishment classes.

Experiences tap into the surrounding natural beauty too – enjoy communal sunset gatherings, sunrise yoga, marine biology talks, and the use of natural island ingredients to create bespoke perfumes or aromatherapy cosmetics. As you’d expect the facilities here are first rate including overwater meditation decks, Russian banyas, sound healing rooms and herbology centres.


Split between overwater villas and beach villas, Joali BEING’S 68 guest rooms continue the theme of healing and immersive experience. Design has been thought through with great detail to create calming spaces that feel spacious yet comfortable and interact positively with nature around it. With use of blond wood, soaring ceilings, stone floors and a pared-back colour palette, the décor is composed, with splashes of colour coming from the encircling nature – bright blue sea, tropical flowers, lush green palm trees and white sand.

Villas come with one, two, three or four bedrooms and with wellness extras such as mediative musical instruments, wellbeing rooms, games and customised mini-bar set ups. With a butler, private pool and sea-view you’ll find it very easy to relax and take in your heart-stoppingly beautiful environment, whether your villa opens out on to baby soft sands or allows easy access to the iridescent blue Indian Ocean.

Food & Drink

Many come to Joali BEING to completely submit to a wellness plan; correspondingly there’s a deep focus on nutrition, healthy eating, ocean-to-table fare and vegan cuisine. Depending on your designated ‘pillar’ after your consultation, you may be advised to stick to this with your cuisine; menus are annotated with for example food that’s suitable for your microbiome. Ultimately though, it’s up to you when, where and what you eat and the open-plan, interactive dining space has three signature kitchens designed to produce fresh, locally harvested food that are sustainably sourced.

Joali BEING also puts on a range of special culinary dining experiences, to assist with specific wellbeing journeys or simply introduce you to a new gastronomic concept. You might have a plant-based dinner curated by Joali’s expert nutritionist, a truffle menu complemented by artisan teas, chosen by the Tea Sommelier or an organic-wine tasting. We love the sound of the castaway plant-based picnic on a nearby deserted island.

Sarah Says

“Joali BEING is a truly transformative experience, where all your needs are met with one aim – to rejuvenate body and mind. Whatever reason brings you to Joali, the likelihood is there will be an expert on-hand to uniquely treat you. For me, just one day was enough to see results, with a fantastic night’s sleep backed up by my personal HRV (heart rate variability) showing improved health. With more time, I would like to have undergone the Intelligent Movement Analysis, a unique tech-based tool that highlights how you move and where you’re out of sync.”


Best For

If you love the tropical serenity of the Maldives, plus you’re a true spa aficionado, then Joali BEING is for you. With a deep, professional focus on mental and physical enhancement, Joali BEING will change how you view life. It’s also worth noting that you could come to Joali for a rejuvenating week before you return home – consider visiting nearby Sri Lanka beforehand for a cultural trip around its tea plantations, national parks, temples and beaches.


The Verdict

The first dedicated wellness resort in the Maldives is set to shake up the scene – the alluring combination of enchanting natural beauty, state-of-the-art facilities and on-site experts merged with considered architecture and nourishing cuisine is a winning formula.


Have questions? Our knowledgeable team of experts are on-hand to take your call or if you prefer by Zoom. Talk to us about your holiday dreams or challenge us with your travel conundrums.

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