In the Maldives, a destination renowned for sublime hotels, JA Manafaru stands out. Privacy, personalized service, and attention to detail are paramount here, and each of the 84 generously sized bungalows, villas, and suites have their own private swimming pools and mesmerizing ocean views. Add seven restaurants that cater to the most discriminating tastes and a state-of-the-art spa facility, and you will never want to leave — unless it is for a stroll down the perfect white-sand beach at sunset.
- Dine in an underground wine cellar, set in a volcanic cave
- Snorkel or dive through coral reefs teeming with tropical fish
- Relax with a spa treatment using traditional Maldivian healing rituals
- Sunbathe on the deck of your over-water villa, listening to the lagoon lapping below
- Bring the family; with a playground and babysitting available, children are VIPs here
- Discover the beauty and grace of dolphins and whales on a luxury cruise
- Share the ultimate castaway experience on one of the hotel’s uninhabited private islands
Step into a world of sophistication and anticipatory service, where your stay is tailored to your needs. Early risers can choose a villa that faces sunrise; romantics one orientated to the sunset. On a honeymoon? Escape to an private castaway island. Traveling with children? They will love the dedicated kids' club. And with activities from stand-up paddle boarding to snorkeling, no one will ever be bored.
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All 84 refined villas have swimming pools and ample living and sleeping areas. Opt for a beach bungalow with a lush private garden steps away from the sand, or a signature over-water villa with either sunrise or sunset views, glass floor panels to watch the ocean below, and an infinity pool. Suites are even larger with one and two bedrooms, and the vast Royal Residence even has its own private spa. Every detail has been considered, from Nespresso coffeemakers and minibars stocked with premium brands and wines selected by a sommelier to Elemis products in the indoor/outdoor bathrooms.
A dedicated “experience host” is on hand to assist with any arrangements, from sight-seeing trips around the islands to babysitting. Children aged 3–16 will have a blast at the kids' clubs, which include a playground and a dedicated pool. All rooms accommodate families and buggies, baby monitors, and highchairs are provided. Set out on a bicycle if you want to explore the island or take advantage of the business center and boardroom if you need to work.
Get the very best features of a luxury hotel within the comforts of a residential setting.
Seven restaurants ensure plenty of variety, from lunches and snacks around the resort’s two pools to gourmet dinners on the beach. Private dining is available in the resort’s underground wine cellar or through 24-hour room service.
White Orchid – Set on a stilted bungalow over the water, this restaurant offers romantic dining under the stars. The Asian-fusion dishes include Japanese, Chinese, Indian, and Thai, and there is also a teppanyaki table.
Ocean Grill – Locally-caught seafood and meat is freshly grilled to order and served at tables set directly on the beach. You can even choose your own live lobster or crab.
Kakuni – This breezy open-air restaurant with a lush tropical backdrop serves breakfast and evening buffets, plus themed dinners showcasing Maldivian cuisine.
The Cellar – For the ultimate in exclusivity, dine on haute cuisine at the only table in this underground volcanic stone cave, surrounded by floor-to-ceiling displays of the finest wines from around the world.
Infinity Bar and Pool – Salads and sandwiches are served for lunch and cocktails and snacks in the evening. Tables are set next to the resort’s exquisite infinity pool.
Andiamo Bistro and Pool – This relaxed Mediterranean restaurant next to the main pool serves pizza, pasta, burgers, and salads for lunch or dinner.
Horizon Lounge – Set on an elevated platform next to the gym and overlooking the sea, this all-day lounge serves smoothies, coffee, and ice-cream by day and tapas and cocktails in the evening. There is live entertainment twice a week.
The Maldives is as famous for marine life as much as it is for perfect beaches, and the resort's watersports include stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking and jet-skiing, and a PADI dive center. There is also a tennis court and a 24-hour gym where you can arrange your own customized fitness program with a private instructor. The spa is set in its own tranquil gardens; 10 lavish treatment rooms offer massages, facials, and anti-aging treatments. Follow up your session with time in the sauna, steam room, or hot tub.
Island-hopping options include two nearby uninhabited islands. If you’re interested in learning more about Maldivian culture, visit a nearby village or take a cruise on a traditional dhoni boat. Other activities include dolphin and whale watching excursions — over 23 different species have been recorded here — a luxury lucky dolphin cruise at sunset with bubbly provided, and night fishing trips.
JA Manafaru is the only resort on Manafaru island in the Maldive’s northernmost Haa Alif Atoll. The resort is only accessible by seaplane from Malé International Airport or by boat from Hanimaadhoo International Airport, ensuring an authentic remote island getaway.
Guests must send arrival and departure details directly to the resort at least 72 hours prior to arrival. Please contact the resort for baggage restriction details.
From Malé International Airport, fly a 75-minute seaplane transfer to JA Manafaru. A resort representative will greet you when you arrive at Malé to escort you to your seaplane flight (these flights are only available during daylight hours).
The domestic flight from Malé International Airport to Hanimaadhoo International Airport is about 50 minutes, followed by a 45-minute speedboat ride to JA Manafaru.
Sea navigators can locate Manafaru island at 6 degrees 59’50.35” North, 72 degrees 56’24.86” East.