It’s difficult for a new luxury resort in the Maldives to stand out, but Joali has managed it by doing the opposite to others. Where rivals champion rustic-chic, Joali has gone all-out with marble floors, plush rugs and immersive art. It is decidedly different and proud of it.

If you enjoy design and attention to detail, you will love Joali. It is a place where sophistication is valued but not flaunted and where good old-fashioned service is top notch (the team there are made up of the best in the industry). Choose between beach and over-water villas with up to four bedrooms, staggeringly high ceilings and an incredible amount of space whether it’s just the two of you, or with little ones in tow.

It will be difficult to leave your villa but venture out and you’ll find four fusion restaurants as well as lovely touches such as a whiskey lounge, chocolatier and ESPA Spa. Snorkelling trips often result in seeing mantas and whale sharks and given that the Raa Atoll has fewer resorts than others you won’t see many humans!

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Joali is on Muravandhoo Island in the Raa Atoll, one of the worlds largest and deepest atolls. It is a 45 minute seaplane transfer from Male.

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