JA Manafaru

Maldives, Indian Ocean

The hotel

Fancy a trip to paradise? JA Manafaru, set in the Haa Alif Atoll on a private island, more than delivers. Offering luxurious beach and over-water villas, all with private outdoor pools and dedicated villa host, it’s nothing less than heavenly. Days can be as active or as lazy as you like — soaking up the sun by one of delightful swimming pools or visiting the Calm Spa, a hidden oasis of pure relaxation. Choose between Shirodhara or Ayurvedic treatments or experience a traditional Maldivian massage or healing ritual – bliss! A haven for couples, it’s also perfect for families too. There are water sports galore to get stuck into, including diving in the depths of the house reef if you’re a novice, or heading out to more challenging sites further afield. The kids also have their own Cool Zone — a place to play to their heart’s content! When it comes to dining, you’ve several options to choose from, including the award-winning White Orchid for special occasions and the Ocean Grill, situated right by the water’s edge, with its laid-back atmosphere. For stunning sunsets, head to the Horizon Lounge, grab a cocktail, sit back and enjoy!

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Kids Club
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Laundry Service
  • Internet Access
  • Beachfront location
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Restaurant
  • Sailing

Where is it

On a 35-acre tropical island situation on the northern tip of the stunning Haa Alif Atoll in the Maldives. On arrival, you will be met and escorted to the resort's guest lounge or directly to the seaplane dock. Transfer from Malé International Airport: 1 hour 15 minutes by chartered seaplane. Please note: Seaplane transfers to/from your resort will only operate in daylight hours. Please ensure your international flights into and out of Malé allow for this schedule.

Hotel information

84 bungalows, villas and suites. All with air-conditioning, private wooden deck with outdoor seating, flat-screen TV, telephone, complimentary WiFi Internet access, complimentary daily fruit and water, mini fridge, coffee maker, tea-making facilities, safe, hairdryer, iron and board, bathrobes and slippers. Beach Bungalows with plunge pool, open-air bathroom, and 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults and 1 child.

All Inclusive option: includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, beach bar and snacks, all on a dine-around basis in six food & beverage outlets (Kakuni Restaurant, Andiamo Bistro & Pool, Infinity Bar & Pool, Ocean Grill Restaurant, White Orchid Restaurant and Horizon Lounge. A wide selection of drinks in the 6 outlets, including soft drinks, hot drinks, mineral water, milkshakes, chilled and selected fresh juices, mocktails, cocktails, a selection of wines (red, white, rosé and sparkling, beer and spirits. Fruit basket and bottle of Moët & Chandon champagne on arrival. In-villa mini-bar including soft drinks, selected spirits, beers and snacks, such as crisps and chocolate (all replenished once per day). Unlimited non-motorised water sports (windsurfing, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, catamaran sailing, canoeing). Use of fitness centre, tennis, badminton and other land sports, table tennis, games room. Scheduled yoga and wellness classes. Indoor & outdoor cinema. Daily fish feeding. Kids’ clubs. Scheduled snorkelling trip (once per person during stay)

Please note: Guests are entitled to choose up to a 3-course meal in all à la carte restaurants (reservations are recommended, seating is subject to availability). A 50% discount applies to Chef’s specialities on à la carte menus. Guests may dine at The Cellar or the Teppanyaki experience for a supplement (a minimum order of one bottle of wine is required per couple at The Cellar). At certain speciality restaurants a special menu may be applicable. The All Inclusive option excludes in-villa dining, premium brand beverages, champagne, energy drinks, fresh juices (except for orange, watermelon and pineapple juices), room service, selected special events, and excursions. Alcohol will be served as per the hotel’s license, to guests aged 18 years and above.

Half Board option: includes buffet breakfast and either 3-course lunch or dinner, either à la carte or buffet, on a dine around basis in all restaurants (excluding The Cellar, in-villa dining, private dinners/excursions and chef specials). Drinks will be charged separately.

Sunrise Water Villas allow views of the colourful dawn breaking and views of the marine life through the glass floor panel, with private infinity pool, partially open-air bathroom and 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults.

Sunset Water Villas with private pool and views to the west and the sun setting into the sea, with glass floor panel, private infinity pool, partially open-air bathroom and 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults.

One Bedroom Beach Suites with private infinity pool, large living room with DVD player, and separate en-suite bedroom, open-air bathroom, private sundeck and beach cabana with 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 4 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Two Bedroom Grand Water Suite with private infinity pool, master en-suite bedroom with 1 king-size bed, and additional twin bedroom, sleeping maximum 5 adults.

Two Bedroom Royal Island Suites are on two storeys, with private pool, sauna, steam room and spa pavilion and treatment area, dining and living area, master en-suite bedroom with one king-size bed, and additional twin bedroom, sleeping maximum 6 adults or 4 adults and 2 children.

7 restaurants and bars: Kakuni (buffet restaurant, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner), White Orchid (award-winning Asian fusion cuisine), Ocean Grill (meat and seafood, open for dinner), The Cellar (haute cuisine and award-winning 'wine cave', open for dinner), Andiamo Bistro (pizzas, pasta and salads by the main pool, open for lunch and dinner), Infinity Pool Bar (drinks and light snacks by the infinity pool), Horizon Lounge. 3 swimming pools. Calm Spa* and Wellness Pavilion, with indoor and outdoor relaxation areas, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam rooms. Fitness centre (open 24 hours). PADI Dive Centre*. Water sports* including windsurfing, kayaking, catamaran sailing, wake-boarding and water-skiing. Tennis court, volleyball, table tennis, pool table and beach games. Cool Zone Kids Club (3-12 years) with pool and mini-daybeds, games room, mini-climbing wall, herb garden and bungee trampoline. Chill Zone for teens (simulators, XBOX, library, board games, open 24 hours). Babysitting service* (on request). Complimentary WiFi. Laundry/dry cleaning service*. 24-hour room service*. Excursions* and experiences*, including cooking classes, dolphin watching, fishing trips, boat cruises and speed boat rides to a private island for sundowners or picnic lunch. Boutique store.

5 nights between 27 Dec–2 Jan. 

No checkouts permitted 31 Dec or 1 Jan. 

*Denotes local charge. 

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Sep 16, 2019 wwmcb84039

We recently returned from an eight night stay at JA Manafaru. We've been fortunate to have had many wonderful vacations but we both agree that this trip was the best. The service and food was exceptional. We stayed in an over water bungalow and it was beautiful. Mahir took care of our room and he did so may little things to make it special. We… Read more
We recently returned from an eight night stay at JA Manafaru. We've been fortunate to have had many wonderful vacations but we both agree that this trip was the best. The service and food was exceptional. We stayed in an over water bungalow and it was beautiful. Mahir took care of our room and he did so may little things to make it special. We still smile when we look at pictures of the little menagerie he created. Yasim was our waiter the first night. After that he seemed to show up everywhere we ate. We had a special private beach dinner booked for a birthday celebration and he prepped the beach, cooked the unbelievable meal, and served it as well. He did little things everyday to make us smile. Our "Experienced Host" was Sunny. She was truly amazing. She was there to greet us when we got off the plane and she was always available to plan our activities, make our dinner reservations, and answer any questions we had. A truly exceptional experience . We are already planning our next trip. Read less
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Sep 14, 2019 HMakhlouf1990

We have been in JA Manafaru for 5 days and today is our last day. Words cannot describe this place. It is heaven on earth. It was our honeymoon and we had great time staying at JA Manafaru. The staff are amazing especially Mr. Ali Shafeeq who insured our stay was as perfect as it should be. The room was spectacular very clean and the view is… Read more
We have been in JA Manafaru for 5 days and today is our last day. Words cannot describe this place. It is heaven on earth. It was our honeymoon and we had great time staying at JA Manafaru. The staff are amazing especially Mr. Ali Shafeeq who insured our stay was as perfect as it should be. The room was spectacular very clean and the view is breathtaking. The food was great we tried all the restaurants at the resort and all of them were delicious. Our favorite was the ocean grill witch has the best steak ever. The staff were remarkable they did everything to make us feel comfortable. Thank you all for making our honeymoon memorable and I am looking forward to come again. Read less
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Sep 13, 2019 azeem606

Resort is just heaven as there website suggests. Had a great stay at the resort in a water villa with pool. Loved every bit and the same touches they had at the resort were just perfect. Would definitely recommend.
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Sep 13, 2019 Minnie Z Houston, Texas

We celebrated our anniversary at JA Manafaru, because LUX North was booked, but we are so glad we ended up at JA. It was amazing, staff made us feel very special, every day and everyone that works there seemed so happy to help!
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Sep 12, 2019 riadandsadia London, United Kingdom

One of the best experiences I have ever had in my whole life. Amazing resort, the hospitality of the staff was so amazing, loved every moment. Shafeeq (guest host) took care of us from beginning to end, will definitely be going back there.