A fresh take on paradise: A Maldives holiday for every kind of traveller

18 Jun A fresh take on paradise: A Maldives holiday for every kind of traveller

More than overwater villas, the Maldives offers experiences for travellers of every inclination, from adventure seekers to families to wellness enthusiasts.

For art lovers: JOALI Maldives

This luxe 10ha retreat located on its own private island, Muravandhoo in the Raa Atoll, has distinctly artistic leanings thanks to founder and owner Esin Güral.

“I’m always interested in modern, innovative, authentic and unique works of art and design,” Güral says. “For the art concept,

we worked with a young team [Zeynep Ercan and Ala Onur, the curators of Istanbul-based art collective No LaB] trying to reshape the white wall concept and curate unique experiences.”

Their vision translates to an impressive assemblage of handpicked art pieces showcased throughout the grounds of the property.

A great way to experience these is to tour the resort by bike or on foot using JOALI’s art map, which highlights artists and their works.

These include South African architect and designer Porky Hefer who is responsible for the Manta Ray Tree House – a striking woven creation, elevated five metres above the ground –

as well as New York-based sculptor Misha Kahn who worked with Maldivian craftsmen to create the Underwater Coral Sculptures – an installation made with a mix of mosaic tiles to represent the effects of coral bleaching that guests can dive among.

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