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 the two 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, the Ocean Grill which is situated right by the water’s edge, or The Cellar which is located two and a half metres below sea level and offers an extensive selection of fine wines from all over the world. For stunning sunsets, head to the Horizon Lounge, grab a cocktail, sit back and enjoy!


  • 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 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. 2 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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Aug 12, 2020 Agapoulaki

From the moment you are greeted at the airport Ed, to the moment to leave, it’s an unique experience. JA Manafaru sets the standard very high. The amenities are fantastic, the food is great, the staff is super friendly and helpful. It’s a heaven on Earth! It was our first time in JA Manafaru and 4th time in Maldives, will happily return again for… Read more
From the moment you are greeted at the airport Ed, to the moment to leave, it’s an unique experience. JA Manafaru sets the standard very high. The amenities are fantastic, the food is great, the staff is super friendly and helpful. It’s a heaven on Earth! It was our first time in JA Manafaru and 4th time in Maldives, will happily return again for as long as we can. Our family loves the resort! You can’t pick a better one for your Maldives vacation. Read less
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Mar 16, 2020 MartinM1498 Belgrade, Serbia

The team of JA Manafaru is probably the best I have ever seen. Every single person of the team is so committed to make the stay a real unforgettable event. They love their job and they love their guests and you can feel this every single moment. The food is just fantastic and the villas really great!
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Mar 15, 2020 mohammedaE7342CZ Dubai, United Arab Emirates

What a great resort! What a fantastic experience! Never thought I’d enjoy a trip this much The resort is in the most secluded area in maldives, worth the trip because you will get a chance to see dolphins, sea turtles and if you are really lucky orcas The resort is facing a few uninhabitabt islands which makes you intertwined with nature
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Mar 15, 2020 Voyage716088

Very good hotel, excellent service, fantastic team. I really enjoyed the meals in restaurant. Thanks Chef making such an excellent food at the resort. Truly it is a paradise. Stay safe and stay healthy.
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Mar 5, 2020 bansalvivek1972

It was a luxurious stay with delicious food and warm hospitality! Beautiful weather because of great location of Manafaru with vast blue ocean to feast our eyes on! We enjoyed water sports as instructors were very good They were so friendly well as wise n supportive!! We would look forward to come here in future!! It was indeed a great holiday!!