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Maldives’ First Immersive Art Resort Opens its Doors

By Paul Joseph

Hotels have often used artwork to imbue themselves with colour and character and the latest to do just that is the Joali resort in the Maldives.

Located on the idyllic isle of Muravandhoo, the resort has opened with an array of original, experiential works of art, each reflecting the beauty of nature and with sustainability at their core.

Dotted around the resort, adorning villas and hidden beneath the waves are a collection of works by 13 international artists, hand-picked by curators and concept developers.

From sculptures to design and experiential pieces, the pieces were chosen for their ability to capture and conserve nature both visually and materially.

Each artwork is thoughtfully integrated into their natural surroundings, with some created by artists on-site and others adapted for the tropical local climate.

Among the highlights are a hanging 'Heron' chair overlooking the beach, created by vernacular architect Porky Hefer, who recently partnered with the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation at Art Basel. The grey heron is the national bird of the Maldives and Joali's signature spirit animal.

Joali resort will continue to curate interactive art experiences, with new pieces added throughout the year.

An annual art calendar will host a roster of workshops and residencies with visiting artists, designed to inspire, inform and enchant.

By Paul Joseph