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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Jul 19, 2019 Adam H

Went here for a week in June to celebrate getting engaged. Everything that can be done to make your stay better has been thought of. From the staff at the airport to the resort manager Vlad, we felt incredibly welcome and cared for. We stayed in a sunset villa and it was perfect, the cleaners kept the place looking immaculate all week. Our host… Read more
Went here for a week in June to celebrate getting engaged. Everything that can be done to make your stay better has been thought of. From the staff at the airport to the resort manager Vlad, we felt incredibly welcome and cared for. We stayed in a sunset villa and it was perfect, the cleaners kept the place looking immaculate all week. Our host was Murad, to get an idea of how attentive he was, I asked him if there was a proper football for the 5 a side pitch, he ended up arranging a match with me and the staff which was class, thanks Murad. Couldn't recommend the wine cellar enough, it was our best meal of the week and was empty which made it even better for us, not sure why it was empty but we took advantage! It's just paradise, loved every minute! Read less
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Jul 17, 2019 Amreenali27

Thank-you for making such a special and memorable holiday for me and my family. We really had a great time at JA ManaFaru,such a lovely place it is! The staff at this resort are above and beyond. The best thing about this place is "food". It's delicious!! And all thanks goes to CHEF PREETAM who cooked wonderful vegetarian and Indian meals for us.… Read more
Thank-you for making such a special and memorable holiday for me and my family. We really had a great time at JA ManaFaru,such a lovely place it is! The staff at this resort are above and beyond. The best thing about this place is "food". It's delicious!! And all thanks goes to CHEF PREETAM who cooked wonderful vegetarian and Indian meals for us. Keep up the good work👍 It was a perfect vacation. Thank you so much JA ManaFaru for making it special for us. would love to visit again!! Read less
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Jul 16, 2019 Sharon F

Thank you to the team at JA Manafaru for making this such a memorable special holiday for myself and my family on our 10 year wedding anniversary. Our daughter Avneet has especially been missing the Maldives and we are so grateful to have made magical memories as a family here in this beautiful island. We were greeted by our host, Murad and the… Read more
Thank you to the team at JA Manafaru for making this such a memorable special holiday for myself and my family on our 10 year wedding anniversary. Our daughter Avneet has especially been missing the Maldives and we are so grateful to have made magical memories as a family here in this beautiful island. We were greeted by our host, Murad and the team on arrival. Our water villa was breathtaking with sunrise and sunset views. Murad ensured and catered to all our needs with the children and couldn’t do enough for us. He was the perfect host and really gave a personalised service throughout the duration of our stay from organising our dinner reservations to trips and even accommodating us with our villas many times. He always had a warm manner and didn’t force anything upon us. It was safe to say even our young children were comfortable with Murad and the team as it really felt like a big family on the island. A special thanks to Elaine and Nicholas at the kids club, as the children really enjoyed the fun activities that were planned. Satish, the bartender at the infinity pool was always ready to make us our refreshing cocktails and drinks everyday with a smile and a chat. It was unfortunate during our stay, the other restaurant was closed for refurbishment so we felt the dining options were getting repetitive after 7 nights. The spa was also closed due to refurbishment which was a little disappointing too. However, would definitely return back to JA Manafaru in season, when the above is resolved. It truly is the personalised service and staff and stunning island that is amazing about this resort. Thank you and missing the Read less
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Jul 16, 2019 HEMAL_AMIN

The staff at this resort are just above and beyond. Pritam - cooked wonderful vegetarian and Indian meals for my parents and went out of his way to prepare everything. Thank you so much! The same is also true for the other Indian chefs - Anil and Pradip. Ahmed - always had a smile on his face and so incredibly helpful. Pooja - again so… Read more
The staff at this resort are just above and beyond. Pritam - cooked wonderful vegetarian and Indian meals for my parents and went out of his way to prepare everything. Thank you so much! The same is also true for the other Indian chefs - Anil and Pradip. Ahmed - always had a smile on his face and so incredibly helpful. Pooja - again so smiley, helpful and cheerful. Had all our breakfast favourites ready for us in the morning! So thoughtful! Naushad - our experience host was also incredibly helpful, planning ahead for us and making sure we made the most of everything. This resort is beautiful but the people working here are what made our trip so memorable. Thank you to each and every one of you, even those whose names I cannot remember (sorry!)! Read less
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Jul 15, 2019 Departure317650

I will recommended your resort to all my friend and family it was very nice and great experience with your resort many thanks to all staff and administrative in JA Manafaru you made my vaacation greate and not forgettable