STEVEN PHILLIPS has a rich experience in working with some of the fast growing, multi-cultural, and international luxury brands in the world including business hotels, golf resorts and private island resorts. He has worked in London, Japan, Malta, Mauritius, Sri Lanka and Abu Dhabi and most recently served as General Manager at Gili Lankanfushi, an ultra- Luxury Maldivian Resort of 45 villas, including the world’s largest over water villa complex. Gili Lankanfushi, in 2015, was voted Readers Choice, No.1 Hotel in The World.
5 star Ultra Luxury
History & Story
Designed as a sophisticated globalista’s luxurious island retreat, JOALI with 73 private beach and water villas and residences are the epitome of sustainable glamour, whilst four restaurants provide inventive cuisine from several corners of the globe and a liquid nitrogen ice cream corner surprises even the most discerning of foodies. JOALI’s imaginative offerings, including exquisite architecture and interiors by Autoban and Tokyo-based Studio Glitt and works of immersive art by celebrated young designers including Misha Khan – many using recycled materials – as well as dedicated Art Studio and Gallery, wellbeing programme in collaboration with ESPA and impeccably-curated in-room libraries, provide a showcase for a new form of unconventional luxury that celebrates craftsmanship and artistry.
Main Strengths, Special Touch
First Luxurious art immersive island retreat in Maldives with sustainable glamour and sumptuous comforts. (1)working with artists all around the world and creating interactive art piecesESPA are creating their first ever unique Retreat programme exclusively for Joali. Created with globally renowned ESPA and delivered by our talented team, Joali Spa Journey charts a holistic path, caring for your entire wellbeing Most diverse Japanese restaurant in Maldives ;Saoke Restaurant designed by world-renowned Japanese restaurant architect NoriyoshiMuramatsu and replete with Kotatsu seating, elegant lounge and Nikkei cuisine.
Located in Raa Atoll, the deepest atoll in Maldives.
Around 40 minutes by seaplane from the International Airport in Male’.
Key sites/activities in the area
One island one resort concept. Watersports, Diving, Spa and Tennis are available.
Mura Mas children’s club is available on the island. For children from 4 – 12 from 10am to 6pm daily. Mura mas has a kids pool, indoor and outdoor play areas and activities. Babysitter service is chargeable and available upon request.
Number of rooms, (keys) in all:
73 Villas, ranging from 1 to 4 Bedrooms, all with private Pool and butler service.
24 Villas are located on the Beach, 49 Villas are located over water.
Restaurants & Bars
Vandhoo, Main Restaurant with a la Carte specialities
Bellini’s, authentic Italian food
Saoke, stunning overwater Restaurant with Japanese cuisine
Mura Bar, Main Bar with light lunch options during the day