Thursday, March 21, 2019

Joali Maldives



A Leading “Art Immersive Resort” In The Maldives Presents an Art Map Showcasing a Series of Experiential Artistic Pieces


As one of the first art immersive resorts in the Maldives, Joali is surrounded by interactive and experiential artistic pieces that incorporate the island’s surrounding nature. Guests can explore the resort’s art collection with an exclusive Art Map following the journey with an array of original works of art and dynamic designs from 13 different artists delving into the creative world and inspiration of each artist.

Art and concept curators Zeynep Ercan and Asliala Onur of Istanbul-based company No LaB, are behind the Joali’s international roster of guest artists. From sculptures to design and experiential pieces, No LaB selected pieces combining art, experience and human interaction, and more importantly capturing the nature both visually and materially. Some artists have created their works at JOALI working closely with the architects, engineers and also Maldivians on the island in consideration of the island conditions.

Manta Ray Tree House & Grey Heron by Porky Hefer, Cape Town




Inspired by the huge Manta Rays which are found all over the Maldives, Manta Ray Tree House with a wingspan of almost 15 metres is placed 5 metres above the ground between palm trees creating a feeling of floating up in the sky and in the nature between the islands. Vernacular architect and designer Porky Hefer has combined the traditional Maldivian design skills, building techniques, crafts and sustainable materials in his art pieces. Steel structures clad with wood and local palm, the 50 metres tail is a suspended walkway leading guests up to the body of the Manta Ray Tree House which seats up to 10 guests for a memorable dining experience. While watching the sunset, guests may feast on an Omakase menu conceived by the culinary team while taking in the spectacular views of the golden sand and azure waters.

The award winning South African designer also brings his signature whimsical, animal- shaped hanging chairs to Joali – the Grey Heron. “My job is always to try to get people more interested in the nature.” Porky comments on his passions for local wildlife, endangered species and messages behind his creations.

Underwater Coral Sculptures & Club Tropicana Table by Misha Kahn, New York


Renowned for his sculptures using unconventional materials such as recycled materials, bronze, glue and glass, Misha Kahn, the crafter of delusional objects worked at Joali with his team and local craftsman to create the Underwater Coral Sculptures using a combination of vibrant-coloured and pale mosaic tiles to reflect the coral bleaching occurring in the ocean.

Guests can dive to interact with the pieces and swim in between the work to immerse in the ocean and be inspired to conserve the precious oceans. “I have drawn the inspiration from the waters around us. Coral is a delicate symbiotic system, just like art is with colour and form.” Misha shares.

Above land, Misha created the Club Tropicana Table which echoes the shapes of the underwater pieces. Overlooking the beach, it is also the perfect location for sunset drinks and spectacular dining experiences.

Maldivian Heron & Ardmore Drawing by Ardmore, South Africa



Ardmore, the South African art collective integrated the Maldivian national Grey Heron bird into the sculptures and pattern specially designed for Joali. This special design is inspired by the romance of fragrant Frangipangi flowers and the humid mangroves coupled with the flight and elegance of sea birds. Guests can easily spot the art pieces in the airport lounge and arrival jetty and the pattern in special pieces such as the in-room kimonos.

Maldives Vibes by Zemer Peled, Israel


Paying homage to the rich underwater world of the Maldives, sculptor and installation artist Zemer Peled created the Maldives Vibes aiming to show the beauty of the underwater world in an unexpected way. The intricate, delicate coral forms and the beautiful colours of the multitudinous organisms are manifested through the undulating shape of the sculpture and its rich colour palette. Maldives Vibes is primarily white in colour, which symbolises the coral bleaching that has affected the Maldives, with striking colours that embellish the sculpture, that serve as both a memory of the vibrant coral reef and encouragement for its future protection.

Coiled by Doug Johnston, South Canada


New York based artist, Doug Johnston produces functional and sculptural objects made out of coiling and machine-stitching. Doug’s new art piece at Joali named Coiled draws guests into an immersive experience in which they can relax and feel the waves and textures of the island. His collection of works combining design, architecture, spatial and landscape formation, art and craft can also be found in the Design Shop at Joali.

Joali extends its immersive art experience throughout the guests’ entire stay in different ways such as the in-room art decoration, artist workshop and experiential dinners. Whimsical work is also featured at the Art Studio & Gallery which invites international guest artists to exhibit throughout the year. Eye-catching art and true relaxation is also enjoyed in the resort’s Living Room, where guests can decompress in comfort while reading one of the over 1,000 books available.

Looking forward, Joali will continue to offer unconventional luxury through the lens of the resort’s “Joy of Living” philosophy and captivate the immersive art experience by expanding on the art collection with individually commissioned pieces or being originated on the island creating the Artistic Documentation to showcase the effort, time and passion put into the projects by each artist and the Joali team.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

BOTANICA, A Tropical Jungle Oasis in Heart of Seminyak, Bali

The talented team behind VIN+ retail stores and restaurants introduce BOTANICA, their new flagship restaurant and bar in the bustling restaurant district of Seminyak, Bali. 


BOTANICA is the perfect place to step away from the busy streets for long, lazy lunches under the palm trees in their garden oasis, and magical nights in the modern, bright and airy restaurant and bar. BOTANICA lives up to its name, being redolent with hundreds of unique indigenous plants that populate the open courtyard oasis, bar and dining room.

The modern Australian menu has been designed by award-winning Executive Chef Brenton Banner. Hailing from Melbourne, Chef Brenton has extensive experience working in some of that city’s most notable dining establishments, including George Colombaris’ The Press Cluband Circa the Prince, with Chef Matt Wilkinson.



Since 2014 Brenton has been the head chef and owner of acclaimed Warrnambool restaurant Pickled Pig, recipient of a coveted The Age Good Food Guide’s Chef’s Hat.

At BOTANICA, Chef Brenton has created an approachable menu that marries the best ethically sourced Balinese and Indonesian ingredients with modern Australian dishes, with a perfectly paired wine list curated from the Vin+ cellars.



Guests can select wine from the Vin+ retail store, however the restaurant and bar’s complete wine list features Bali’s largest range of wines by the glass, and over 100 wines in total. The cocktail list has been created by Chef Brenton and Jane Lindsay using only natural indigenous Indonesian ingredients with deliciously refreshing results. There is a selection of craft beers from Beervania as well as juices, smoothies and mocktails.

BOTANICA has been designed by by international design team AZB the Creative. They have created a modern dining room filled with lush hanging foliage to perfectly complement the bold edges of the furnishings. The interior seamlessly interacts with the spacious outdoor oasis area, the perfect venue to relax and enjoy the beautiful Bali climate on lounges and dining tables surrounded by tropical palms and a verdant jungle garden. The lush vibe is further brought to life by the artwork of talented local artist BEJO.


As the sun goes down, the scene at BOTANICA comes to life with local and international DJ’s providing the soundtrack to a memorable wining and dining experience.