Located on Muravandhoo island on the Raa Atoll in the northern Maldives, JOALI features 73 private beach and water villas and residences
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Joali, Maldives

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Updated March, 2019

A new landmark for glamor and sophistication in the Maldives, JOALI is an ultra luxury resort located on the island of Muravandhu, Raa atoll. Celebrating the "Joy of Life" with high skill, artistry and sustainability in its very essence, Joali promises a non-standard and exceptional island experience for its guests.

Opened in October 2018, Joali include 73 elegant private luxury beach and water villas and residences, where each room is inspired by individual stories and specially selected artifacts, thoughtful design and art elements. Four fine restaurants will serve the guests with an inventive fusion cuisine with unique recipes from around the world to satisfy the most demanding tastes. Expect a stylish whiskey lounge, a chocolate and ice cream shop, a curatorial library, a luxurious ESPA spa and a variety of water sports, including fitness and yoga. Joali will also engage in specialized guest experience aimed at educating and promoting deeper environmental awareness.

Luxury Sunset Water Villa with Pool

The Island

A holiday of pure relaxation and serenity, it could not get any better than this with the great personal touches from arrival to when you leave. The experience starts from the very beginning when a steward welcomes you at Malé airport. You will be taken care of the second you step out of the airport taken into the very plush Joali car to the private lounge. The relaxation and tranquility starts right here, the lounge is a cool welcome from the humidity, with refreshments and frivolities a plenty. Comfy chairs, nice music and cool drinks as you gaze out onto the seaplanes. It’s very slick. Joali lounge at the seaplane terminal will give you a nice taste of what’s coming next. The 50 min seaplane trip is a great chance to over look the islands and see a bit more of the Maldivian Islands from above. The seaplane journey is an experience itself, try to grab a seat next to a window and admire the view. After landing a speed boat is there to meet you along with a wonderfully friendly butler who was going to take care of you during our stay. The welcome jetty is so beautifully designed and modelled as a Manta ray. A real statement piece. As you step off the boat you are greeted with cold towels and a refreshing drink before being whisked off by buggy to your villa, luggage on route behind. Before leaving you to get settled in, a butler will give you a cell phone with her number programmed in for us to contact her/him whenever you wanted.

The resort is designed inside and outside of each tree to ensure the safety of the fine ecosystem of the tropical island and is located on Muravandhoo Island in Raa atoll, in the north of the Maldives archipelago in one of the largest and deepest atolls in the world. The word atoll means ‘ring-shaped coral reef’ enclosing a lagoon in Maldivian. The construction was designed to build around the trees to save as many as possible. 1000 trees were preserved, and they continue their lives with us. Muravandhoo boasts clear blue waters, untouched coral reefs and beautiful white sand beaches, a lush interior, and an abundance of coconut palms. Imagine the soft breeze making you feel alive, more than you had ever felt. Here, seemingly ordinary moments will transform you, for good. Hidden in the life between the palm trees; sand covered feet and shimmering water, it will all make sense to you. The joy of this island comes from within, it is in its nature and spreads. The sunsets are amazing and being castaway in luxury was just the best.

So much passion, care and thought has gone into the design. We’d describe the whole style as warm and welcoming. Soft edges, beautiful materials and a real sense of place. The overall feel is of a calm glamour, with a lovely palette of pinks, copper, pale blues and greens. The wood is carved on site and the thatched roofs are so pretty. It’s very soothing and has a great sense of tropical place.

Joali does not feel like a pretentious or stuffy resort whatsoever. It’s not a high heels kind of place, or somewhere you feel pressured to dress to impress. It’s just charming and elegant but in a simple, very refined way. Many guests prefer to go barefoot a lot around and that’s perfectly fine. It’s only a small resort, and you can cycle around it in 5 minutes. With 4 restaurants though and plenty to do, you’ll never get bored here!

Also if you want just take a walk around the island, there are lots of great art and sculptures dotted around that are interesting to see, and any of the staff will be able to tell you the meaning behind them. Again, this is another example of the passion on show here. The giant thatched manta rays are worth visiting too, a lovely spot to sit high up and also gives you the opportunity to take some beautiful selfies of the ocean.

The swimming pool overlooking the ocean is bliss, with two sides of beach and a lovely sandbank you can walk out on. The water is amazing, shaded and crystal clear. Snorkelling equipment is all provided complimentary.

This is definitely a resort focusing on eco credentials, and the team are actively engaged in minimising their footprint on land and sea, with lots of conservation projects ongoing and more planned. It's wonderful to see that.

What really makes this resort stand out from other similar level resorts is the team. Joali is under the impeccable management of GM Steven Philips, who was at Gili Lankanfushi before, which was regularly voted the best hotel in the world, and you can already see that Joali is going to be right up there with the best in the Maldives, if not THE best in years to come. Although the many guests would 100% return to Joali for it's sheer beauty, relaxed vibe and great food to be honest for us the main pull back is all the amazing team at Joali and the lovely butlers who will make you feel so welcome and helped to make Joali feel like home. This really makes the difference and justifies its exclusivity and cost.

Each villa is inspired by individual stories and designed to evoke this sensibility throughout.


These beautiful island resort drifts in the middle of the Indian Ocean next to the Equator, fringed by pristine white-sand beaches and surrounded by brilliant blue waters that boast unspoiled coral reefs and vibrant marine life. The Maldives is the collective name of 1190 tiny islands scattered across the Indian Ocean. Some are inhabited, while others are used largely for tourism and agriculture. The Muravandhoo is home to white beaches, a lush land with plenty of tasty coconut palms and exquisite coral reefs that offer a whole new world to discover.

There are three ways you can reach the island. You can be sure that spectacular views await you whichever way you decide to travel.

You could take a 45-minute seaplane trip from Male directly to the Muravandhoo Island. There will be a private JOALI lounge at the Male Airport where you can relax before your flight and even have a special greeting, offered for pre-arranged transfers.
P.S.: When making travel plans, keep in mind that seaplanes operate daytime only.

You could take a 45-minute domestic flight from Male to Ifuru Airport, and then hop on the speedboat for a 25-minute boat ride to Muravandhoo.

You could take a 35-minute domestic flight from Velana (Male) to Dhravandhoo Airport followed by 1-hour speedboat ride to Muravandhoo.


The collection of accommodation options is also amazing, with a multitude of villas from two to five bedrooms suitable for couples and families, large or small, and of course with butler services. The design of the villas is simply perfect. Each piece of furnitures in the very spacious villa has been specifically designed for the resort. On top of the design, the rooms are fully equipped with the latest technologies (you will find a tablet that controls everything: AC, multimedia, curtains,...)

The villas are all amazing. They are all pretty similar, save for the views and location and slight minor layout changes. All have vast pools which are perfect for morning laps. All have a brilliant 3 room in one style layout with hand carved sliding doors breaking up the space if you wish. All have amazing bathrooms and amenities custom blended (scented with tropical flowers and fruits). The bedrooms are heavenly, with crisp fresh linens, views out onto your pool, and super comfy beds. Bathrooms all have a lovely soaking tub and vast rain shower, with gorgeous green marble. It’s like a cathedral in there and so chic. Also there’s a separate dressing room with his and hers wardrobe areas and vanity. And the most heavenly robes and soft slippers!

There are about 70 rooms, split between water villas with sunset and sunrise views, then beach villas. There are some larger units, a 4 bed beach villa (which is incredible!) and 3 bed water villa right at the far end of the jetty. There are also 2 x 2 bedroom beach villas as well. The beach villas can also be linked via their gardens but the 1 bed units are all separate. If you have kids, go for the Luxury Beach Villas or Water Villas; they have a larger living area which can easily accommodate 1 child, or maybe 2 with a rollaway bed and the daybed made up. The non-luxury villas don’t have that larger lounge area, but seating is at the end of the bed.

water villas in Joali, Maldives

With its own beach, garden and stunning ocean views, this lavish 127,5 sqm (total Area 680 sqm) one room Beach Villa can accommodate up to three people comfortably. The villa features handpicked accents, a private beach garden, a bathroom with spa amenities and coveted toiletries. A butler and valet service is there to care for all your needs. An infinity pool overlooking the ocean awaits all night owls for an exclusive swim under the stars.

Luxury Beach Villa is a dreamy 1+1 suite that offers the perfect beach backdrop for a nature-inspired rejuvenation. With handpicked items and amenities for the ultimate spa experience, this soothing 132 sqm (total Area 865 sqm) can accommodate up to 4 people. An infinity pool nestled into the lush greenery provides a naturally peaceful spot to reconnect with nature in privacy. The lavish suite comes with a private infinity pool and a cozy library leaving little reason ever to leave.

Joali, Maldives

Luxury Beach Pool Villas are set on a great stretch of white sand beach. With two swimming pools and plenty of greenery for all, this villa caters for small groups and families with ease. Capable of accommodating up to 4 people, Two Pool Luxury Beach Villa is 1+1, 132 sqm (total area 940 sqm) gem has two pools making it perfect for parties with particular needs. Most of the Beach Pool Villas are hidden in the lush vegetation thus provide a good privacy. Also there is a big distance between each villa for full privacy. The outside area is comfortable with a huge swimming pool, private beach garden with backyard pool in addition to the outdoor terrace on the beach with a dining area., thatched lounge area, sun loungers and a swinger. Upon arrival you will treated with nice chocolates, Ruinart and a fruit platter. The villas are state-of-the-art with a tablet to open the door, switch off the lights etc. The high ceilings are very impressive and create a special ambiance. The wooden doors and walls show carefully crafted carvings. All villas come of course with a bicycle. It’s always lovey to ride on the Maldivian sand highways.

Private Dublex Beach Residence with 508,75 sqm. living space (total area 1200 sqm) is the four bedroom grand two-story beach villa understands what big families need to relax. With four bedrooms each with their bathroom, it can accommodate eight people without having to sacrifice space or privacy. Perfect for bookworms, a library with handpicked books offers a dreamy reading experience. A separate butler room allows for round the clock service on premise. For all your potential incursions around the island, a buggy and a driver is at your service.

villa  interior

Water Villa (104,5 sqm) one bedroom beauty can accommodate up to 3 people and offers an enchanting life over the water. The Water Villas are so chic with its cream and dark wood colour scheme, high ceilings and contemporary feel. Large bedroom with luxurious bed and enormous bathroom with a dressing room off it, as well as a walk in shower with floor length window overlooking the sea. They even have hair straighteners in the dressing room for the ladies. Outside you have an infinity pool, an outdoor shower, a cabana and steps down to a deck with two loungers, an umbrella up and direct access to that beautiful blue sea. The whole villa is run off an ipad - curtains, lights, AC, fans, Tv and sound system. The bluetooth linked up to your phones and you could play music through it which is really great and the WIFI is super fast. Although at Joali you'll find that yor phone is more of a camera than a means of communication! You can relax over the crystal-clear lagoon underneath your feet on your spacious sundeck or dive into your infinite pool against the backdrop of the beautiful Maldives. With its state of the art lighting and mood control system, water villas offer magical aquatic experiences day and night.

The over water luxury villas are another level again and demonstrate what high-end luxury travel is all about – comfort, beauty, luxury touches. This lavish overwater cocoons (149 sqm) with breathtaking views from every corner, Luxury Water Villas can lodging up to 3 people. With a living room that overlooks the crystal waters, this villa has a handpicked mini library offering the latest titles. The beds are fantastically comfortable with quality cotton sheets and there is even a menu for the hardness of your pillows. A spacious sun-deck with a private infinity pool offers a warm invite to get sun-kissed every day. In addition to the tropical amenities, a state-of-the-art home and lighting system offers an enchanting experience over water, day and night.

Joali, Maldives water villa

No need to worry about space here if you stay at Private Ocean Residence. In addition to the three bedrooms, two living rooms and two infinity pools, this 478,9 sqm area (total area 990 sqm) boasts three dressing rooms each with two built-in closets. From terraces perfect for gatherings to romantic balconies; an uninterrupted ocean view renews your joy to be alive. A boat or as well call them a Dhoni will be provided whenever you want to head out to the spa or dining outlets.


Restaurants and Bars

The food is to die for! Steven and his team have spared no expense with the quality of chefs and culinary offering. The restaurants are diverse, the vibe for all is relaxed but fantastic and everything is fresh and delicious. The outlets each have their own touches each delivering a taste sensation with all the meals and the chef Ashley Goddard chat with the guests about their tastes and then would put together special menus to try and this is always something a little bit different but beautifully presented and delicious. The choice for diets like vegan and veggie and gluten free is all excellent, and never a problem for the chefs. A tour with the executive chef through the kitchen shows the way they prepare the food and how it is presented. Fish is fresh from the ocean ..amazing. Ashley manages an exceptional team of chefs with the insistence of the specialist chefs being native to their cuisine; Lorenzo is an exceptionally talented Italian chef (Bellini restaurant) and Taylor welcomes challenge from the guests to tailor their meal requests. The food they produce is simply amazing. Sommelier, Fabrice is always on hand to recommend a wine to compliment the food. There are three other wine sommeliers including the first Maldivian sommelier who is also a cheese expert. Great, tasty, healthy options that you counteracte with some gorgeous desserts. The restaurants' staff are the happiest and friendliest.

Dining experience at Joali was carefully thought out to satisfy the tastes of the most demanding gourmets in unique settings, and will include:

Vandhoo Restaurant offers a specially designed dining experience encompassing South East Asian, Chinese, Mediterranean, Levant cuisines. Special theme dinners, unmatched breakfast spreads, and art immersive experiential dining choices are just a few of the selections available at Vandhoo. Ashley, the Executive Chef is lovely and very hands on. A lavish range of hand-picked wines from across the world awaits wine enthusiasts in the wine cellar. The best tables for the breakfast area gazing out to see and the beach. Seriously chic!

Japanese/Peruvian Restaurant at Joali, Maldives

Her Kitchen is a personalized culinary experience for you to learn and enjoy delicious meals. With Her Kitchen, you can cook local recipes with experienced chefs and experience the joy of cooking without the failed recipe attempts right the luxurious surroundings of a professional restaurant kitchen. If you have been secretly vying to become a master of the grills and stoves, here's your chance! If you want something different, even if not on the menu, ask and they will do what they can to accommodate you. That being said, the standard menus have an amazing range that all taste fantastic. Everything is prepared fresh and from scratch with quality ingredients and it really shows.

Japanese/Peruvian Restaurant: World-renowned restaurant architect Noriyoshi Muramatsu designed this distinctly Japanese restaurant. Its lounge offers the most incredible views making it perfect for private brunches and weddings. This floating haven of delectable food serves select sakes, sushi, and teppanyaki/Katatsu seating options for the iron-griddle enthusiasts. Multiple stations for sushi and different styles, and a sake list like nowhere else. Try their a signature 5-course-menu with corresponding sake and some special stories! The restaurant is particularly exquisite and the over water location and authentic decor puts it at the top of your list.

The Italian Restaurant: Those who seek the pearl from the Mediterranean shall find an Italian fine dining experience that offers a piece of Italy right here in the Maldives. From a bar dedicated to making those perfect peachy Bellinis to homemade limoncellos, from “nonna approved” ravioli to a wide range of grappas (with a great Italian chef, who makes his own mozzarella and pasta!), all the jewels of Italy are here for your enjoyment.

Hanging out by their main pool overlooking the water every day can't get bored because Mura Bar and pool шы just so charming. It's right next to a sandbar where the waves crash on you from both directions creating infinite sparkling shades of blue. The service there is, unsurprisingly, also perfect. They pass around little smoothies or popsicles or fruit every half hour and this is also where you can have lunch nearly every day. The cabanas and infinity pods offer enough space for everyone to relax and its menu offers scrumptious snacks such as street food that hit the spot. The Mura Bar also hosts surprise event nights such as sunset rituals and live performances. If you are there when this is offered, definitely go. The variety of food and displays is incredible.

For sweet tooth there is an artisanal chocolate and ice-cream store on the island. It's a perfect dessert spots for you and the kids to satiate all your sweet cravings. Whether you prefer the refreshing taste of fruits, the savory taste of bitter chocolate or the sweet taste of vanilla the Joali Chocolate and Ice Cream Store offers the perfect dessert spot for your island experience.

Imagine being able to have the amenities and cuisine of a restaurant in the comfort of your room. Destination dining offers the option to have delectable, professionally made dishes on the nights you would rather stay in. With a barbeque and dinner catering can have a memorable culinary experience with your friends or your special someone without lifting a finger.

Joali, Maldives


Children of all ages are more than welcome at Joali. For little ones, there’s a Kids Club - this is complimentary for 4-12 year olds. It’s open 10am to 6pm. There’s also a babysitter which is $35 an hour. You can even see the kids on camera in your villas for peace of mind! Also they use proximity / water wristbands where an alarm goes off, so you’ll feel very secure. For older kids there’s a PlayStation and they do things with water sports and other activities. There’ll be Cooking classes and spa also for little ones in time.

As a kid on an island, one cannot help but wonder about treasures. So, here at Joali, there are Treasure Hunts for kids to indulge their imagination and discover nature in a fantastical storyline. They are given a map and clues to find the treasure which sends them on a fun journey. Kids can search together as a group or as different teams racing against each other to find the rich treasure before the other does.

Everyone loves a good story, and this activity offers plenty to both grown-ups and children. On our native storytelling days, local storytellers share their own stories as well as others in an interactive manner providing a delightful experience to people of all ages.

It is important for children to learn self-love and the spa's personal care space offers a place where they can comfortably enjoy a variety of ways to express their personality and style. Kids can choose from a range of services such as natural masks, hand and foot care for kids, hair styling and even costumes to help manifest how they want to look and feel.

Cooking requires creativity and energy. Since nobody has these more than kids, this Kid-Friendly Kitchen and a little guidance is perfect for visiting young cooks to create art in the kitchen.

overwater fine dining

Spa by ESPA

The spa is run by ESPA and it is excellent. The globally experienced offers tailor-made to treatments for the ultimate spa experience that leaves you feeling refreshed and beautiful. Great watsu pools and separate spa areas for men and women, each with sauna and steam. The rooms are heavenly, facing vegetation. With a stunning design the best two rooms are the ocean water rooms (well worth booking!) which each look straight out to see and have their own sauna. Its a must visit if you are staying on the island and the list of treatments available is vast so there really is something for everyone. An oasis of calm and tranquility and the warmest, kind hearted staff who also just happen to be a 10 out of 10 for treatments. Expect a some of the best massages you've ever had and a hammam treatment for the first timers is highly recommended!

At Joali, fitness is a mindset and working out is much more enjoyable in the Maldives. With its breathtaking views overlooking the crystal ocean and lush green foliage, the fitness center on the second floor offers an indoor workout experience at the heart of nature. Why not drop in, meet a brilliant trainers and enjoy the views while taking care of your body. With all new top of the range Technogym equipment and a fabulous personal trainer called Ronny, the great gym will get you looking your best. There is a overwater yoga pavilion on the island.

Joali, Maldives - the spa treatments


Theres lots to do and see at Joali, and in your villa you will get a no obligation itinerary of the activities available during your stay, these include yoga, running, diving, snorkelling, fishing... and the list goes on so if you fancy any of it then you just join in! From yachting to meeting the enigmatic manta rays and majestic whales every excursion is an adventure that is waiting to be yours. Ever wonder how the locals live? You can visit the local islands or take a dhoni excursion to discover everything your stay at Joali has to offer.

From water skiing to hiring a speedboat, speed on water is an option for those who want to add a little excitement to their island life. Enjoy the lush, unending colors of emerald and turquoise while parasailing or wakeboarding.

Well-lit courts are ready to host the most relaxed as well as the most challenging tennis games along with a host of surprising sports await all who want to sweat.

Dive and snorkel to discover the vibrant corals of the island and the world under the sea with a marine biologist. The house reef is not as impressive but is good for a new resort, and we’d recommend the sunrise side for easy access onto the reef just there. Sunset side has reef too but it’s a little further away. That said, however, you can see sharks, rays and turtles and thousands of fish. There’s great reef around the resorts private island a short boat ride away. The turtle quest adventure is really fantastic experience. Definitely take a go pro with you and if your a little unsure about going too far down don't sweat it, the instructors will take your camera down for you and get you some great footage!

The night of May 5th marks the arrival of Spring which is rejoiced on the island with a bonfire to celebrate the rebirth of nature and cleanse the residue of the winter. The second day of the ceremony is spent enjoying all the island has to offer. The ceremony ends with everyone writing their wishes down and hanging it on the Wish Tree so that they would manifest before the next spring.

Meet one of the island's favorite spots to chill. The Treehouse offers unending views of green and blue while being the perfect place to make childhood memories. Whether it has little pirates or adults aboard this natural sweet spot offers an enchanting experience to all with tailor-made music and food services.

Sharing is caring as well as a Joali tradition. You are invited to the Table of Joy to share your experiences over an exclusively prepared a scrumptious meal that is to delight your taste buds.

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Reading is a personal experience but sharing thoughts on it is so much more satisfying because it allows each book to be lived through a different perspective. With the Book Exchange, you can experience a new way of reading and share each book with readers from all across the globe, right here in the Maldives.

Let us handle everything so you could step into your new life with peace of mind. To start planning your special day, discover Joali's packages created by a variety of expert wedding designers.

Here at JOALI, a tradition is to be as unconventional as the happy couple wants us to be. Share what's on your mind and see your imagination come to life.

Calling all bachelors and bachelorettes for a memorable one last hurrah. When you celebrate the Joali way, you will be surprised at the number of memories you could make over a weekend. Fear not, there's room for all your bachelor and bachelorette party on the island.

Set out on romantic moments on the water with a custom design sailboats, called Dhonis. Imagine, setting out at sunrise with a picnic basket filled with a breakfast feast or a romantic sunset trip over amazing tapas and breathtaking views.

If you are a newlywed, make sure to take advantage of the First Dinner assistance to ensure your first dinner together is nothing short of dreamy. You will have the full support of the resort's expert team by your side the whole time to make sure the food is scrumptious, and all goes as you planned.

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Flower Garden

Nature has a magical way of working that awes anyone who pays attention. The Flower Garden is here to share the beauty of the local plants and flowers through workshops on events to further your botanical skills.

Art Studio & Gallery

Inspiration like joy is contagious. Joali's exclusive art studio nurtures local arts as well as art-lovers through interactive events with guest artists and workshops. The Art Studio & Gallery hosts guest artists who create interactive art projects and nature-inspired collections for you to experience art as a participant and nourish your creative side through your stay.

Whiskey & Sigar Lounge

A private area within Mura Bar where whiskey and cigar aficionados can enjoy select products against a marvelous scenery in peace. Excellent space for bachelor parties, the lounge offers the utmost privacy and exclusivity for your entertainment.

The store

Enjoying life starts with enjoying the little things. Like your morning tea or the painting you see every day. The resort's store offers select teas from all over the world, distinct textile products, decorative objects created by local and global artists, and one-of-a-kind works created at the Joali Art Studio.

Art & Beyond

You will be delighted when you realize that Joali is one of the first and only art immersive hotel in the Maldives. The island is surrounded by interactive and experiential artistic pieces for you to interact and experience, which you have never encountered before. The Art Map of the hotel pinpoints all the art and sculptural pieces to hunt down. Some of these pieces are created in collaboration with artists and local artisans in order to support the local community and to revive the local artisanal works being made in Maldives.

If you are a collector, some of these unique pieces will be available to purchase as well.

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The first word that comes to describe Joali experience is WOW ! This is the new born resort which is clearly positioning itself in the supra luxury segment! And we can tell that they succeeded in this challenge. We hardly see what Joali could do better and we can highly recommend that place if you are looking for a truly exclusive experience in the Maldivian paradise. We think very quickly Joali is going to become one of the best resort in the Maldives. The island, villas, restaurants, staff, spa, everything is brand new and absolutely top notch yet there is a spirit to the island already. It's not a barefoot kind of place, but it's not pretentious or uptight. It's a place that values a relaxed kind of beauty that really speak to you. Joali is made for a truly unforgettable honeymoon.

Why stay here? What Guests Love

  • Joali lounge at seaplane terminal
  • Beautiful island
  • Gorious beaches
  • Luxury at its best
  • Luxury Villas built to the highest standards and with amazing craftsmanship
  • The staff is very friendly and dedicated
  • Spa treatment is very qualitative
  • Great dining experience
  • The lighting of the villa and the resort offers a great experience at night too.
  • The view on the infinite pool and the sea is breathtaking.

What You Need to Know

  • Joali Maldivesi is located in Raa Atoll in 45-minutes seaplane trip from Male International Airport (VIA);
  • Check-in from 2:00 PM - 12:00 AM, Check-out from 6:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • All children are welcome
  • "Asian Street Food" dinner at Mura is must try
  • Don’t miss anything with the lovely resident Marine Biologist Sam
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