JOALI BEING x Chef Bettina – Maldives

In the tranquil haven of Bodufushi within the Raa Atoll of the Maldives, JOALI BEING, an innovative well-being island, is set to host a remarkable culinary experience this winter season in collaboration with renowned plant-based and sustainability-focused chef, Bettina Campolucci Bordi of Bettina’s Kitchen.

This exciting partnership is poised to deliver an unparalleled journey of taste and sustainability, where the paradisiacal surroundings of the Maldives serve as a backdrop to a culinary extravaganza unlike any other.

JOALI BEING x Chef Bettina - Maldives Meets Green Gastronomy

Bettina’s Green Gastronomy

Chef Bettina Campolucci Bordi, a distinguished figure in the world of green cuisine, will bring her culinary expertise to the shores of JOALI BEING. Her residency promises a multifaceted experience, including a special community cooking workshop dedicated to the women of Dhuvaafaru Island, in partnership with the local NGO, Dhuvaafaru Zuvaanunge Jamiyyaa.

This workshop is not only about cooking; it’s about empowerment and education. It’s a platform where the women of the Maldives can learn valuable skills and gain awareness of hydroponic systems, enabling them to cultivate their vegetables and generate income, a significant step towards self-sufficiency and economic independence.

JOALI BEING x Chef Bettina - Maldives Meets Green Gastronomy

Additionally, guests at the Maldivian Oasis can look forward to an exclusive dining event and a hands-on cooking workshop, all personally hosted by Chef Bettina herself. These experiences are a testament to her commitment to promoting sustainability and plant-based cuisine, allowing guests to immerse themselves in a world of eco-conscious culinary artistry.

Empowering Women through Farming

On December 30th, an intimate workshop will take place at The Culinary Learning Centre, in line with JOALI BEING’s ‘Joy of Empowering Women through Farming’ initiative. This initiative aims to provide training and raise awareness about installing hydroponic systems within homes, enabling women to cultivate vegetables and generate income. The selection of participants for this empowering workshop will be a collaborative effort between the Dhuvaafaru Women’s Development Committee and the NGO.

This initiative represents a powerful commitment to the local community, and it resonates with the essence of JOALI BEING as a well-being island that seeks not only to provide luxury and comfort but also to make a positive impact on the lives of the people in the region. It’s a testament to the island’s dedication to sustainability, gender equality, and community development, making it not only a destination for relaxation but also a place where meaningful change is fostered through education and empowerment.

A Gastronomic Journey with Chef Bettina

The highlight of this collaboration, the JOALI BEING x Bettina’s Kitchen dining experience, is set to captivate diners on December 29th at FLOW Restaurant. Chef Bettina’s eco-conscious culinary artistry will take centre stage as the menu showcases a strong focus on foraged ingredients, with an emphasis on local sourcing wherever possible. This isn’t just a meal; it’s a culinary adventure that tells a story through every dish.

JOALI BEING x Chef Bettina - Maldives Meets Green Gastronomy

From a delectable three-way pumpkin platter that celebrates the bounty of the Maldivian soil to the Garden of JOALI, a vibrant and creative celebration of vegan delights, and an enchanting adaptogenic dessert featuring cacao nibs, chocolate mousse, and aquafaba meringue, every dish promises to tantalize the taste buds of island residents. Each course is a masterpiece, a blend of art and nature, where Chef Bettina’s culinary vision aligns perfectly with JOALI BEING’s commitment to sustainability and reverence for the local environment.

Chef Bettina’s Vision of Sustainability

In Chef Bettina’s words, “It’s truly an honour to unite with JOALI BEING as we craft a menu that’s a testament to sustainability, harnessing the bounty of local, seasonal produce. Every dish is not just a meal, but a story – influenced by culture, the beauty around us, and the heart of each ingredient. Together, in our workshops, we’ll explore and celebrate the magic of plant-based cuisine, igniting passion and curiosity in every bite.” Her words encapsulate the essence of this collaboration, where food isn’t just sustenance but a conduit for storytelling and connection.

JOALI BEING x Chef Bettina - Maldives Meets Green Gastronomy

Chef Bettina’s commitment to sustainability goes beyond the kitchen; it’s a philosophy that aligns perfectly with JOALI BEING’s ethos. This partnership represents a fusion of minds, a synergy of values, where culinary artistry becomes a vehicle for promoting environmental consciousness and sustainable living. It’s a culinary journey that not only delights the palate but also nourishes the soul with a deeper appreciation for the interconnectedness of food, nature, and culture.

JOALI BEING’s Commitment to Harmony

JOALI BEING was meticulously designed to seamlessly blend with its natural surroundings. Collaborating with architects and design studios Autoban and Atolye 4N, who also led the design concept for sister destination JOALI Maldives, the resort prioritized preserving the local landscape. Their goal was to achieve harmony by eliminating negative vibrations and enhancing the island’s energy flow while ensuring the forest and wildlife remained untouched.

This commitment to environmental harmony is a testament to JOALI BEING’s dedication to sustainability. In an age where the travel industry faces increasing scrutiny for its environmental impact, JOALI BEING stands as a shining example of how luxury and responsible tourism can coexist. It’s a place where guests can revel in the beauty of nature without leaving a detrimental footprint, where the resort’s design and operations are in perfect harmony with the lush surroundings.

A Journey of Self-Discovery

At the core of JOALI BEING lies a blend of modern science and ancient traditions, guiding residents on a journey of self-discovery and transcendence. The resort boasts 33 meticulously designed beach villas, 35 over-water villas nestled amidst crystalline lagoons surrounded by lush tropical nature, and an array of elevated treatment rooms. Notably, JOALI BEING features an on-site herbology centre named AKTAR. Here, the resort’s herbalist crafts natural remedies, spices, and essential oils for guests to enjoy.

JOALI BEING x Chef Bettina - Maldives Meets Green Gastronomy

The presence of AKTAR is a testament to JOALI BEING’s commitment to holistic well-being. It’s not just a place to stay; it’s a sanctuary for rejuvenation and self-improvement. Guests can embark on a journey of wellness that combines modern science with age-old wisdom, where treatments and therapies are customized to enhance physical, mental, and emotional well-being. JOALI BEING offers a haven for those seeking to reconnect with themselves and nature, where the pace of life slows, and the soul finds solace in the embrace of the Maldivian paradise.

Culinary Delights at FLOW

The heart of JOALI BEING’s culinary offerings lies at FLOW, the island’s open-plan interactive dining space. It comprises three signature kitchens: SU, which serves ocean-to-table pescatarian cuisine; Plantae, offering nourishing vegetarian and vegan gastronomy; and B’Well, featuring JOALI BEING’s signature menu with meat and poultry options. Moreover, the resort is home to the SAI tea lounge, inviting guests to explore a wide range of homemade brews and participate in traditional tea ceremonies hosted by JOALI BEING’s resident tea sommelier.

At FLOW, dining transcends mere sustenance; it becomes a sensory journey. Each kitchen tells a unique story through its cuisine, celebrating the abundance of the ocean, the richness of plant-based fare, and the indulgence of well-prepared meat and poultry.

JOALI BEING x Chef Bettina - Maldives Meets Green Gastronomy

The SAI tea lounge adds an extra layer of culture and sophistication to the dining experience, where guests can immerse themselves in the world of tea, savouring exquisite blends and participating in age-old rituals. It’s a place where culinary artistry meets cultural immersion, a space where every meal is a celebration of the senses.

Exquisite Teppanyaki and Views

For those seeking an exclusive dining experience, Teppanyaki awaits. Set against the backdrop of the mesmerizing Gate of Zero, this venue offers a unique dining adventure. Guests can choose to dine at the grill with astonishing views or opt for a secluded sea bank setting or within the bespoke wooden-carved Turtle Treehouse.

Teppanyaki at JOALI BEING is not just a meal; it’s a performance, a culinary spectacle that unfolds before your eyes. The skilled chefs create masterpieces right in front of you, combining artistry and precision to craft delectable dishes. The setting, with its breathtaking views and unique dining locations, adds an extra layer of enchantment to the experience. It’s a place where gastronomy meets theatre, where every bite is a sensory delight, and every moment is a memory to cherish.

JOALI BEING x Chef Bettina - Maldives Meets Green Gastronomy


In the heart of the Maldives, JOALI BEING’s collaboration with Chef Bettina Campolucci Bordi promises an unforgettable eco-friendly culinary journey. With a commitment to sustainability, empowering women through farming, and a deep connection to the natural surroundings, this partnership exemplifies the essence of JOALI BEING’s mission to provide an extraordinary experience for its guests while preserving the beauty of the island and its culture.

This unique collaboration is a testament to the power of sustainable gastronomy and its ability to bring people together in harmony with nature. JOALI BEING and Chef Bettina invite you to embark on a journey of taste, discovery, and well-being, where every moment is a celebration of the senses and a step towards a more sustainable and fulfilling future.

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