Joali Maldives melds art and gastronomy

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Joali Maldives has introduced a new series of immersive painting events for guests to combine gastronomical experiences with art and education.

Launched in May, the monthly art dinners invite guests to participate in interactive art pieces with guidance from visiting female artists. Whether they are experienced painters or novices, guests can explore their creativity in a fun, interactive environment around a long communal table.

Top female artists from across the globe will lead the interactive events as part of Joali founder Esin Güral Argat’s Women in Arts programme. The initiative reflects Joali’s philosophy of promoting gender equality and supporting the artistic community.

“Joali certainly goes beyond providing guests with picturesque views of the Maldivian landscape,” said General Manager 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.”

The visiting artists and guests will use paints prepared by the resort’s executive chef using herbs and flowers from the island’s Chef Garden. The works of art created through the programme will on display and sold at the Joali Art Studio for guests.

Local art can also be found throughout Joali, which pays homage to its Maldivian roots through art and design. 

Reflecting the diversity of the resort’s culinary offerings with flavours from around the world, the art dinners will take place at each of the resort’s restaurants. Vandhoo encompasses Southeast Asian, Chinese, and Mediterranean cuisines while Saoke, a distinctly Japanese restaurant designed by world-renowned restaurant architect Noriyoshi Muramatsu, serves select sakes, sushi and a choice of teppanyaki or kotatsu seating for iron-griddle enthusiasts.

With a carefully crafted menu by Michelin-star Chef Theodor Falser, Bellinis, famous for the perfect cocktail and homemade Limoncellos, offers a taste of authentic Italy with a Mediterranean fine dining experience. Guests can relish the flavours of the Levant at the al fresco dining restaurant Tuh’u under the night sky.