Exploring the Fascinating Cultural Side of Maldivian Resorts - Lets Go Maldives

Exploring the Fascinating Cultural Side of Maldivian Resorts

April 6, 2023

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Welcome to our blog about the Maldives, a breathtakingly beautiful island nation located in the Indian Ocean!

While the Maldives is known for its stunning beaches and crystal-clear waters, there is much more to this paradise than meets the eye.

In this article, we will be exploring the unique resorts with museums and art galleries. These resorts are a true treasure trove for art enthusiasts

and history buffs, as they offer a unique opportunity to explore the rich cultural heritage of the Maldives. 


Thus, if you’re looking to add some cultural flair to your Maldives vacation, keep reading to discover some of the best resorts with museums

and art galleries in the Maldives.



Cora Cora Maldives


Spend some time exploring the museum gallery in the lobby when you get there to settle in. You can find impressive cowrie shells,

which were used as currency in the 17th century, as well as 17th-century porcelain from China’s Qing dynasty, an oil lamp from the

Early Byzantine period estimated to be 1,500 years old, and porcelain from the Qing dynasty. 

Furthermore, explore the outdoor site in the island’s center to see 500-year-old memorials, and perhaps the most amazing discovery

on the island: two temple tanks that are believed to be about 900 years old. 

Last but not least, feel free to visit Cora Cora’s 120-year-old traditional Maldivian home to see exhibits of island life in the 1900s,

and get a sense of what it might be like to live on Maamigili year-round, which is probably something you’ll be thinking about after

spending a few days on the sunny beaches.



JA Manafaru


JA Manafaru is the exact place where Magey Hiyaa (meaning “Our Home” in local language of Dhivehi), cultural awareness center,

and Utheemu Gallery are located, allowing to learn more about Maldivian culture. Make your way to Magey Hiyaa little museum to

see some of the local treasures, and learn more about the amazing people and their islands. In addition, JA Manafaru is currently

working on their traditional Maldivian House complex “Goathi” made from Palm Leaf.

In the meantime, Utheemu Gallery Maldives has some amazing architecture dating back hundreds of years, examples of which can be

found in the Republic’s capital city, Male’ and right on the resort’s doorstep in Haa Alifu. If you go to the Guest Experience Pavillion

and up the spiral staircase, you will be able to see the photography installation showcasing historical carvings and limestone sculptures

from some of the country’s most impressive historical buildings. 

And how about combining the vacation with learning some local words and phrases, and becoming a genuine island habitat?

Here, you can browse historical books and scrapbooks, or access the copy of a little island Phrase Book.



Fairmont Maldives


An underwater art installation by renowned artist Jason deCaires Taylor sets the Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi apart from its neighboring islands. 

The Coralarium is the first and only underwater art installation-based initiative for coral regeneration in the Maldives.

The renowned British environmentalist and eco-artist who created this exhibit drew inspiration from the coral reef’s natural beauty

to create works of art that promote awareness of the threatened ecosystem, inform resort visitors about the marine habitat, and restore the reef.

This structure and submerged artwork is intended to serve as an artificial reef that, over time, will provide a habitat for the marine life in the vast lagoon.

Sculptures up to five meters high with ceramic “starfish” structures that have cubby holes attract fish and crustaceans.



Joali Maldives


The first and only art-immersive resort in the archipelago, Joali Maldives, provides visitors with the chance to discover one-of-a-kind

installations that engage in a creative conversation between contemporary international art and local influences, craftsmanship, as well as materials.

Explore each place on the Joali Maldives’ art map as you set out on a quest. Discover regional buildings while admiring Bushra and KARA.

Be astounded by the textures of Maldives Vibes and The Table as well as the fun material adaptations of Terra Cotta Furniture, Ceramic Mini Stools,

Maldivian Heron, Evolution Chair, etc. 

Last but not least, Imagi-Nature Art Festival offers a chance to completely appreciate art in all its glory through a collaboration with renowned curator

Tatiana Gecmen-Waldek.

Visitors of all ages, including kids, are welcome to engage with eco-friendly exhibits located all over the lovely island.



Nika Island Resort & SPA


One of the first islands in Ari Atoll to establish itself as a distinctive travel destination, Nika Island is a piece of Maldivian heritage.

This is a place where the typical concepts of Maldivian tradition and beauty blend with Italian culture. The ancient Furnace that was used to cast

and forge metals on the island has been transformed into the Nika Museum.

Visitors are guided through a maze of tunnels and galleries, halls, coral-made vaults, and arches to an unexpected area that contains a special

collection of artifacts, works of art, and works by regional artists. Unfortunately, the heritage of a country is slowly fading away. Nevertheless,

there is a wide selection of items that gives the team of Nika an opportunity to share with the community of travelers a mesmerizing story. 

Furthermore, the stunning majesty of the Maldives will be captured in various paintings that will be on display in the exhibition called

“The Island Nation” by Zuleyha Ali. In addition to emphasizing the culture and marine life in the crystal waters of Maldives, the paintings also

illustrate the burning topic, such as the threats the country is facing because of climate change and global warming.



From traditional Maldivian handicrafts to contemporary art, these museums and galleries showcase a diverse range of art forms.

Don’t miss your chance and book your vacation in advance diving into the island’s heritage and traditions!



Cora Cora Maldives
Fairmont Maldives Siru Fen Fushi
JA Manafaru
Joali Maldives
Nika Island Resort & Spa


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