Upon reaching JOALI BEING, visitors are welcomed by a striking arrival jetty, a work of art that evokes the wings of celestial beings known as The Gate of Zero. This piece of artistry is a tribute to the birthplace of the esteemed Turkish business magnate and proprietor, Esin Güral Argat, drawing inspiration from the mesmerizing movements of the whirling dervishes native to the region.
The Gate of Zero serves as a symbolic representation of JOALI BEING’s ultimate goal for its esteemed guests – a state of weightlessness and liberation from the burdens and complexities that typify contemporary existence. The commencement of the expedition towards the emancipation of the spirit, unbound by the constraints of the self, is initiated at the Gate of Zero. As discernible to any astute wellness enthusiast, the expedition towards optimal health and vitality is characterized by a multitude of commencing points, yet remains an ongoing and perpetual pursuit.
In November 2021, JOALI BEING, the sister property of the acclaimed and art-centric JOALI Maldives, made its debut to much acclaim. The establishment centers its therapeutic regimens and patron encounter on four fundamental tenets of well-being: dermal health, cognitive acuity, microbial balance, and vital force.
Upon commencement of their sojourn, lodgers convene with their appointed wellness advisor who employs an astute Movement Analysis and an all-encompassing Health Assessment to facilitate the creation of a bespoke itinerary. It is possible to customize every program comprehensively, encompassing various aspects such as robustness and vigor, cognitive acuity and welfare, endocrine equilibrium, women’s healthcare, digestive and weight equilibrium, revitalizing slumber, and physical alignment to promote sound health and immunity. This approach guarantees the attainment of each person’s unique objectives.
The architectural blueprint of the resort is imbued with biophilic elements, drawing inspiration from the undulating patterns of waves, the intricate curves of shells, and the organic beauty of nature. The ultimate aim of this design is to transcend the ego and foster a sense of harmony and interconnectedness with the natural world and the environment. The principles of biophilic design aim to amalgamate the fields of architecture and design with the natural world, in order to harness the serene and harmonious qualities of the universe.
In accordance with the biophilic ethos, the villas are designed to elicit a sensation of being immersed in the natural world, taking cues from the soothing, muted tones of the beach, sand and stones, as well as the gentle contours of coastlines, oceanic waves, and the vivacious, life-affirming hues of the Indian Ocean and palm trees.
As a means of fostering a sense of disconnection from extraneous stimuli during one’s stay at JOALI BEING, it is noteworthy that the guest villas are bereft of any televisual apparatus. The provision of Wi-Fi is restricted solely to the villas, and is not ubiquitously accessible across the premises. An aspect that I observed and found commendable was the strategic placement of electrical receptacles solely outside the primary suite, thereby fostering superior sleep quality for lodgers by mitigating the disruptive effects of blue light emitted from bedside phone charging.
The Watsu treatment offered by JOALI BEING is a fusion of the Japanese techniques of shiatsu and water massage, resulting in a unique aquatic therapy experience. I found myself fully immersed in a balmy aquatic environment, under the expert guidance of a knowledgeable sherpa, who led me through a sequence of fluid movements. The watsu pool’s ceiling is adorned with luminous lights resembling diamonds, meticulously arranged to evoke the serene ambiance of a starry night sky. The sensation of gazing upon the likeness of a sky while submerged in water elicits a profound impression of weightlessness, evoking a sense of both levitation and soaring.
The establishment’s distinguished Four Pillars Massage endeavors to invigorate and foster equilibrium in the dermis, psyche, microbiota, and vitality. Additional noteworthy modalities for enhancing one’s overall state of wellness encompass Craniosacral Therapy, Vibrational Alignment Therapy, Sound Healing Remedies, and various others.
During interludes between therapeutic sessions, guests are cordially invited to partake in the AKTAR, a refined establishment featuring a selection of herbal teas and natural oils. The aforementioned establishment, which is dedicated to the study and practice of Turkish herbology, boasts a resident herbalist who possesses a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the preparation of various natural remedies.
These remedies, which include but are not limited to scrubs, oils, perfumes, teas, shampoos, creams, and face masks, are meticulously crafted using a variety of herbs, spices, and essential oils. The proficient herbal practitioners also curate poultices and medleys utilizing the botanical components cultivated in JOALI BEING’s premises.
ATKAR is among the numerous metamorphic domains situated on the premises, which are stimulated by the natural world. Additional facilities comprise of Kaashi, a hydrotherapy chamber, SEDA, a sound therapy chamber, and Discovery Sound Path. Furthermore, there is an elevated meditation platform situated over the water.
The esteemed establishment offers its esteemed guests the option to adorn themselves with designated “uniforms,” thereby alleviating the burden of sartorial selection and minimizing undue mental exertion. Patrons may opt to wear a “silent tag,” which, when affixed, precludes any interaction with personnel.
The Maldives has garnered a reputation as a coveted honeymoon locale, characterized by its boundless idyllic ivory coastlines and glistening foliage. JOALI BEING extends an invitation to the Maldives to broaden its allure to the niche of wellness enthusiasts.