An immersive wellness concept and a nature-inspired biophilic design will distinguish this future Maldives island resort.
Promising to be the first of its kind in the Maldives, Joali Being will integrate the principles of biophilic design into a striking architectural setting offering transformational wellness programs. The wellness retreat is slated to debut later this year.
The new wellness resort occupies the secluded natural island of Bodufushi in Raa Atoll, close to its art-filled sister island, Joali Maldives, and only a short seaplane flight from the international airport of Male.
In total, the complex will consist of 68 villas on the beach and on the water, each one incorporating a swimming pool and various wellness facilities, as well as the AREKA wellness center, the AKTAR herbalist center and the FLOW open plan and interactive dining space with several signature kitchens. The resort’s four-bedroom overwater villa will have its own wellness and movement rooms.
Each of these structures is built in harmony with nature and the island’s wild forest remains intact. This architectural concept was led by architect Cuneyt Bukulmez and interior design studio Autoban, who also envisioned the distinct design story of Joali Maldives on the island of Muravandhoo.
Within this inspiring framework, results-driven transformative wellness programming will be designed around four key pillars – mind, skin, microbiome and energy – with a focus on areas such as women’s health. , digestive and weight rebalancing, mental clarity and restful sleep, movement and alignment. . The island’s resident wellness experts include herbalists, naturopaths, therapists, movement experts, and nutritionists. Ultimately, the resort aims to leave guests feeling renewed, exhilarated and inspired, thus ensuring a feeling of “weightlessness”.
Joali Being is developing its Four Pillars of Wellness in partnership with Professor Gerry Bodeker of the University of Oxford, who is a Harvard-trained expert in Traditional and Integrative Medicine and Wellness.
After an in-depth consultation with a personal wellness consultant, clients will undertake their personalized program in the 39 treatment rooms and transformation spaces of the wellness center, including a hydrotherapy room with sensory deprivation room, a banya Russian, water therapy, a salt inhalation room and a hammam.
This equipment will be complemented by a separate Pilates studio, a meditation platform on the water and an intelligent movement analysis tool, as well as a sound therapy room and a sound discovery trail created in collaboration with the sound healing consultant Aurelio C. Hammer.
At the island’s Herbalist Center, the resident herbalist will address concerns about the mind, skin, microbiome, and energy. Here, an organized library and interactive workshop calendar will help guests experience the benefits of herbal teas and learn how to make natural body creams, face masks, and massage oils.
In addition to the overall wellness experience, the resort’s culinary offering will take a land-to-table approach, highlighting locally grown and sustainably sourced ingredients in dishes and drinks prepared in collaboration with nutritionists. The open-plan FLOW dining space will offer a range of culinary styles in signature cuisines ranging from Vegetarian Plantae and Ocean-to-Table Su at the B’Well Signature Restaurant. The Mojo Beach Sanctuary will feature drinks for lunch and sunset poolside, and the SAI Tea Room will showcase the finds of a tea sommelier. In addition to this, cooking classes will be held at the retreat’s Culinary Learning Center.
Showing an appreciation for its pristine setting, the resort is embarking on several conservation and sustainability initiatives. The island’s infrastructure includes a desalination water bottling plant, a rainwater recovery and gray water recycling system, a glass crusher and recycler, a 1750 food waste composter, a crusher plant waste and a biological wastewater treatment plant. The resort is working with EarthCheck to introduce impactful long-term sustainability initiatives, and the island will notably be home to one of the only turtle conservation sanctuaries in the Maldives.