Best of the Maldives: Art of Seating – Joali

Joali - art seating

  • I wanted to help draw guests into an immersive experience in which they can relax and feel the waves and textures of the island.” – Dough Johston – Coiled

Joali immersive art motif is not merely about immersing yourself amongst an expansive collection of art, but also becoming part of the art itself. Not just the piece of artwork, but the surroundings of paradise that frame it, imbue it and inspire it.

One of my favourite parts of an art museum is the seating. After a few hours of standing and soaking in the works of creativity, weary legs can do battle with energized eyes. I especially appreciate seats situated directly opposite particularly engaging works so I can stop and take the piece in a literally relaxed manner. Joali doesn’t just have seating to enjoy its works…the seating are the works. The best collection of artistic seating I’ve seen since the Copenhagen Design Museum. With the added distinction that you can actually sit in them (and are encouraged to do so as a part of the immersive process.

  • These works at JOALI are vessels that carry my past. They now breath the air of the MALDIVES and their surfaces will absorb the heat of this wonderful island. They will now listen to stories and befriend guests as they live and age.” – Reinaldo Senguino – Ceramic Mini Stools [BELOW]
  • Combining traditional technique with playful fabrication, my work embraces – and at the same time protests – functionalism…” – Chris Wolston – Terra Cotta Furniture [BOTTOM]

Joali - ceremic seat


Joali - seating art 1

Bird Nest Soup

Mia Sabathy (Austria) - Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu

Plovers and their lovers aren’t only things swings on the Maldives isles. Years ago, the first bird nest swing was a novel feature, but now it is pretty popular. But I’m not sure how comfortable they are given the various contortions that the fashionista crowd gets up to in them.  Here’s a dozen eggs-otic nestlings in their natural habitat (in front of a camera lens)…

  1. Mia Sabathy (Austria) – Coco Prive [ABOVE}
  2. Jasminne Majid (Bulgaria) – Anantara Dhigu
    Jasminne Majid (Bulgaria) - Anantara Dhigu
  3. Mari (Austria) – Furaveri
    Mari (Austria) - Furaveri
  4. Est Are (Nigeria) – Maafushivaru
    Est Are (Nigeria) - Maafushivaru
  5. Ekaterina Ilina (Russia) – LUX South Ari Atoll
    Ekaterina Ilina (Russia) - LUX South Ari Atoll
  6. Manuela Mosca (United Kingdom) – LUX South Ari Atoll
    Manuela Mosca (United Kingdom) - LUX South Ari Atoll

  7. Eniko Parrish (USA) – Coco Prive Kuda Hithi
    Eniko Parrish (USA) – Coco Prive Kuda Hithi
  8. Jambition (UAE) – Coco Prive Kuda Hithi
    Jambition (UAE) – Coco Prive Kuda Hithi
  9. Liz Hurley (United Kingdom) – Huvafenfushi
    Liz Hurley (United Kingdom) – Huvafenfushi

  10. Olesya Malinskaya (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Olesya Malinskaya (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
  11. Olga Kurbatova (Russia) – Velaa
    Olga Kurbatova (Russia) – Velaa
  12. Olga Scheglovaov (Bosnia) – Ranveli
    Olga Scheglovaov (Bosnia) – Ranveli

Best of the Maldives: In Pool Loungers – Shangri-La Villingili

Shangri-La Villingili - in pool loungers

A break from the Olympics today. And I mean a real break…sort of the opposite of the Olympics. National Lazy Day today. Like the Tweet below (which does take laziness to gold medal standard).

A great training camp for laziness is Shangri-La Villingili with their villa in-pool loungers. Like the Maldives islands themselves, the loungers are situated at that perfect elevation just above the level of the water. Just low enough to be cooled by the pool water perhaps dangling one feet in, but high enough so that you don’t have to be submerged.

Take your laziness to the next level.

Nationla Lazy Day Olympic tweet

Best of the Maldives: Rocking Chairs – Anantara Kihavah

Anantara Kihavah Villas - rocking chair

Lapping waves, swaying palm trees, ocean breezes. There is something soothingly relaxing about gentle movement. Which is why rocking chairs sort of epitomise lazy summer days. Our family’s most prevalent activity at our beach house is sitting on the back deck in rocking chairs looking over the intercoastal waterway (North Carolina). Increasingly, you will see rockers that are just as popular as the coin-op massage chairs in airport terminal for de-stressing during your travels.

Anantara Kihavah embraces the rocking vibe with a number of especially comfortable models set out at its Sea, Salt, Sky over-water restaurant collection. The chairs have nice deep seat, especially plush cushions and 2 pillows so you can rest your head against the tall back of the chair.

Pass the iced tea!

Best of the Maldives: Support Bean Bags – Coco Palm Bodu Hithi

Coco Bodu Hithi - support bean bags

Bean bag chairs or other various styles of comfy poofs are now quite popular lounge-ware at the resorts. I too love plopping down into them. But, frankly, most of my Maldives chilling involves reading. And on these giant bean bags, I just can’t get the head support to comfortably read. I either have to hold my head up and relax my hands, or relax my head and hold my head up. But Coco Bodu Hithi solves the problem with their special support poofs. Heads up thinking.

First Class Loungers

LUX South Ari Atoll - Jessica Van Der Steen lounger

On a more down to earth level, the Maldives are loaded with luxurious loungers for languid luminaries to linger in the limelight. No need to get your towel down at these resorts as there are plenty for everyone. A chance to just lie back and enjoy the beauty of the Maldives…

1. Jessica Van Der Steen (Belgium) – LUX South Ari Atoll [ABOVE]
2. Maja Krag (Denmark) – NIYAMA
NIYAMA - Maja Krag lounger
3. Yulia Obraztsova (Russia) – Cheval Blanc Randheli
Cheval Blanc Randheli - Yulia Obraztsova lounger
4. Didi Mihaylov (Bulgaria) – Kurumba
Kurumba - Didi Mihaylov lounger

5. Phoebe Burgess (Australia) – Baros
Baros - Phoebe Burgess lounger
6. Pixie Lott (United Kingdom) – LUX South Ari Atoll
LUX Maldives - Pixie Lott lounger
7. Lorena Rae (Germany) – Palm Beach
Palm Beach - Lorena Rae lounger
8. Janie Tienphosuwan (Thailand) – Anantara Dhigu
Anantara Dhigu - Janie Tienphosuwan lounger
9. Marcela Scaldaferri (Brazil) – Jumeirah Dhevanafushi
Jumeirah Dhevanafushi - Marcela Scaldeferri
10. Malaika Arora Khan (India) – Jumeirah Vittaveli
Jumeirah Vittaveli - Malaika Arora Khan lounger
11. Alina Sandi (Norway) – LUX South Ari Atoll
LUX Maldives - Alina Sandi lounger
12. Erica Rhone (USA) – W Retreat
W Retreat - Erica Rhone lounger
13. Arissa Chen (Singapore) – Constance Moofushi
Constance Moofushi - Arissa Chen lounger
14. Tatiana Pajkovic (Denmark) – NIYAMA
NIYAMA - Tatiana Paikovic lounger
15. Nataly Parafieva (Russia) – Gili Lankanfushi
Gili Lankanfushi - Nataly Parafieva lounger
16. Amanda Lynn (USA) – Six Senses Laamu
Six Senses Laamu - Amanda Lynn lounger
17. Jenna Gong (Malaysia) – Anantara Veli
Anantara Veli - Jenna Gong lounger
18. Adriana Rios (Spain) – Six Senses Laamu
Six Sense Laamu - Adriana Rios lounger

Best of the Maldives: Maldivian Kids Swing – Dusit Thani

Dusit Thani - Maldivian kids swing

Here’s a little bit of Maldivian culture for the little ones. I love checking out the resort kids clubs whether they have all manner of items shrunk down to tyke size. You will find these Maldivian classic seats throughout the Maldives, but Dusit Thani’s “Baan Sanook” kids club was the only place I’ve seen a tiny tyke version adapted for the little ones.


Best of the Maldives: Boat Swing – Centara Ras Fushi

Centara Ras Fushi - boat swing



Another land-lubbing dhoni is featured at Centara Ras Fushi for those looking for the gentle tropical breezes to rock their boat.

I couldn’t resist a long overdue post for Bad Pun Monday – A final chant to England’s knocked out rugby team…”Swing boat, sweet chair, (it’s hot!) Smile