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Art-to-Table dining at Joali Maldives

23 May, 2022

Plan Joali Maldives getaway this year, to find art and excellent food with JOALI's new event series. Bringing global artists to the island of Muravandhoo in Raa Atoll, this exclusive resort has launched a unique series of immersive art dinners.

Starting from May 2022 monthly art dinners will be held at four dining destinations at the resort, where guests can explore culinary creativity while immersing in artistic exploration. The dinners will see resort’s executive chef preparing paints using herbs and flowers from the island’s own Chef Garden, for an interactive experience led by female artists from around the world.

executive chef preparing paints

Part of the Women in Arts programme, an initiative from JOALI’s founder Esin Güral Argat to give back to the local community, the art dinner series is a continuation of the JOALI philosophy supporting the artistic community and pioneering gender equality. Local art can be found all over the luxurious island retreat, which pays homage to its Maldivian roots through art and design.

“JOALI certainly goes beyond providing guests with picturesque views of the Maldivian landscape,” said Enver Arslan. “We hope that this one-of-a-kind holiday destination will enrich guests’ experience by infusing it with spectacular art installations, immersing visitors in the splendour of art and nature.”

spectacular art installations at Joali Maldives

Among the featured dining outlets are Vandhoo – serving Southeast Asian, Chinese, and Mediterranean cuisines – and Saoke – a distinctly Japanese restaurant designed by world-renowned restaurant architect Noriyoshi Muramatsu.

Bellinis, home to the island’s perfect cocktails and a carefully crafted menu by Michelin star Chef Theodor Falser, will also feature in the events programme along with Tuh’u, al fresco dining under the stars where guests can relish the flavours of the Levant on the sand surrounded by the sparkling palms and the night sky.

Furthermore, artworks created through the programme will be on display and sold at the JOALI Art Studio for guests to purchase, showcasing local talent and generating much-needed revenue for the remote island community.

About resort: Amid the abundant life between the palm trees and sparkling turquoise water sits JOALI Maldives, the very first art-immersive resort in the Maldives. Based in Raa Atoll, one of the largest and deepest atolls in the world, guests can expect brilliant blue waters, a myriad of sea life, and pristine white-sand beaches fringed by gently swaying coconut palms.

Each of the 73 villas is the epitome of sustainable glamour and was inspired by individual stories and designed to take the guests on a rich sensory journey. Boasting a lavish range of culinary options, every dish at JOALI, tells a story and every plate becomes a journey, a journey of savours, fragrance, and joy – an art immersive experiential dining.

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A new landmark for glamor and sophistication in the Maldives, JOALI is an ultra luxury resort that's opened in 2018 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. The 73-villa property offers unconventional luxury in a private setting and a distinct focus on design by internationally-renowned design studio Autoban, architecture and design firm Atolye4n and Tokyo-based Studio Glitt.

Innovative dining concepts include Japanese restaurant Saoke, authentic Asian and Levant restaurant Vandhoo, Tuscan-inspired Bellinis, personalised dining and cooking school Her Kitchen, as well as numerous destination dining experiences. The Spa by ESPA invites guests on a holistic wellness journey along with a world-class fitness centre and expert trainers. JOALI Maldives celebrates its “Joie de Vivre” philosophy through unique programming such as Maldivian excursions and one-of-a-kind on-property offerings, including an Art Studio and Gallery, Flower Garden, Manta Ray Treehouse and more.

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