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JA Manafaru

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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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Updated 21/05/30 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 21/05/30 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


Travellers' Choice
JA Manafaru is a soulful sanctuary and lush private island resort at the most northern tip of the Maldives. Positioned at the pinnacle of the Haa Alifu Atoll, JA Manafaru offers privacy and distance from other islands, sitting idyllically where the Arabian Sea meets the vast Indian Ocean. Steeped in deep multicultural history, the resort emanates an intoxicating blend of Eastern spirituality and Arabic hospitality, offering explorative and authentic tropical island experiences that celebrate Maldivian history. Our multi-award-winning resort and chic enclave features 84 spacious and serene Beach villas, Water Villas and Residences, each with their own private pool and in some cases two. The accommodation options range from 135 sqm to 2000 sqm, providing complete serenity, with even entry level options showcasing a larger area than most deluxe categories in the Maldives. The breathtakingly picturesque accommodations provide a unique experience and create unforgettable memories. With exceptional, personalised service complimenting the natural appeal of the island, JA Manafaru is synonymous with modern wellness – a seamless and serene tropical getaway, where guests experience the ultimate true luxury –rejuvenation of body, soul and mind.
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Property amenities
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Children's playground
Children's television networks
Pool / beach towels
Infinity pool
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Private pool
Plunge pool
Shallow end in pool
Yoga classes
Yoga room
Fitness / spa changing rooms
Bar / lounge
Coffee shop
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Wine / champagne
Poolside bar
Bicycles available
Game room
Tennis court
Water sport equipment rentals
Evening entertainment
Table tennis
Board games / puzzles
Video game console
Indoor play area for children
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Kids pool
Kids' outdoor play equipment
Highchairs available
Airport transportation
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot massage
Full body massage
Head massage
Massage chair
Neck massage
Open-air bath
Steam room
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Chapel / shrine
Executive lounge access
Gift shop
Mosquito net
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
Butler service
First aid kit
24-hour front desk
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Blackout curtains
Air conditioning
Private beach
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Extra long beds
Dining area
Private balcony
Room service
Seating area
Separate dining area
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Bottled water
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Electric kettle
Flatscreen TV
iPod docking station
Sofa bed
Walk-in shower
Whirlpool bathtub
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Ocean view
Pool view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Russian, Spanish, Arabic and 8 more
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Salma Gelbana wrote a review 10 Jan
Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany4 contributions
Everything was beyond perfect! The villa was breathtaking, the food was so tasty and everyone was so helpful and welcoming. Special thanks to Mangal, who was with us through every step of our stay. He booked for us everything and gave us tips on how to make the most of our stay. We were celebrating my husband’s birthday and we had the destination dinner. It was a 3 course private dinner by the beach. It was honestly the highlight of our stay. If you ever go, this dinner is a MUST. Thank you JA Manafaru team for the perfect stay and we can’t wait to be back again!
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Destination dinner is a must! But book it in advance.
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Response from Karen Merrick, General Manager at JA Manafaru
Responded 1 week ago
Dear Happy Guest, Mangal and the team are very happy to have made a difference to your vacation and of course your husbands Birthday! The team work tirelessly to try to make everything as special as they can for guests to create beautiful memories that create a smile in a moment of normal. We are very happy you will have many to sustain you. We are humbled that you wish to return to our little barefoot luxury island, where things are simplified, relaxed and hopefully helps expand time.... the true luxury in todays world. Until the moment of return, we wish you health and happiness for the new year ahead! warmly, Karen on behalf of Mangal and the JAM Family
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Joey W wrote a review 05 Jan
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We stayed at JA Manafaru island for 7 nights - but it was cut short due to their shocking transfer arrangements. On arrival to Male airport JA team arranged for a domestic flight and a VERY rough speed boat transfer, which was a unforgettable experience with a 3 month old baby. Our flight back to UK was at midday, so we questioned what time we would need to depart the island. We raised our concerns with JA team on arrival about the return transfer route with our baby whether seaplane was an option or alternative departure arrangements. We had lack of communication from JA team and they never gave us a response until 6 days in. Absolutely dumbfounded that JA team think it is acceptable to arrange check out at 03:00 for a speed boat transfer on open rough waters with a 3 month old baby in pitch darkness. We raised our dissatisfaction of checking out at early hours of the morning and JA team did not seem at all concerned about infants safety. Beautiful views but definitely will not be returning.
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Date of stay: November 2021
Response from Karen Merrick, General Manager at JA Manafaru
Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear Guest, Thank you for sharing your experience...while I am sad it was not a better one for you, it's always important to understand the challenges of remote locations and routes of the countries scheduled airline carrier when choosing your preferred resort experience. Very happy to answer any questions or explain in more detail with regards to your personal experience and apologies, as I am not sure if you booked directly with us, or through a third party agent... if it was with us directly we try very hard to ensure guests have all details at hand on all areas of the resort including the most suitable villas, meal plan choices and of course options of how to get to us to allow informed decisions to be made. As much as we do our best to assist, most transfers in Maldives remain a little fluid in terms of fixed schedules as they also revolve around the International arrival and departure patterns, with final timings shared by the airline operator the day before guests arrival or departure. Apologies if this was not clearly explained to you by the booker, or understood on island from the team. Current Ministry guidelines request a 2 hour check in window for Tourists boarding Domestic flights and a three hour check in window for Tourists boarding International Flights and it is likely that the flight leaving the Atoll on this day was the only one that would have met these requirements and got you to Male' with enough time to meet these parameters, given the travel time and our location. Once again apologies on behalf of the agent/booker, if this was not apparent from the information shared at enquiry, reservation or confirmation stage and we will continue to try to assist guests make the right choices for them with forums like this, where we (and other guests) try to share key factors of the resort to enable future guests to make well informed decisions about their vacation choice. with gratitude, Karen on behalf of the JAM Family
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Akshay C wrote a review Dec 2021
3 contributions1 helpful vote
Wanted to share some beautiful memories at this resort. The property was superb and the service was excellent. Would like to specially name the GM Karen for being extremely hospitable. Additionally other staff such as Mangal my host, Imran the bartender and Nafees at the Ocean Grill, Satees at the White Orchid, Oscar and Upal at Andiamo , Vipin at Infinity and Mors at Kakuni were amazing. Hope to return soon. Cheers !!
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Karen Merrick, General Manager at JA Manafaru
Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear Happy Guest, Thank you kindly for sharing your thoughts on the property... team effort all around from our junior to our senior team. Our little family works hard to take care of yours in a very natural and caring way. It's wonderful to hear that you will be coming back to us as so many of our guests do... we will be here to take you on another part of your life journey. Our best wishes for the New Year ahead to you and yours! Karen and the entire JAM Family
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Rawaz K wrote a review Dec 2021
1 contribution1 helpful vote
I enjoyed here every day, without exception. It is a beautiful island with very happy employees. It was our second time in the Maldives, but this experience cannot be compared to our resort before. GREETINGS GO OUT to: MAHIL, IMRAN, AIMAN, UPUL (Good Germanspeaking guy) and the entire Kakuni team! You are the best!
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
1 Helpful vote
Response from Karen Merrick, General Manager at JA Manafaru
Responded 4 weeks ago
Dear Guest, Thank you kindly for taking time to share your experience... we are very grateful. Life is about experiences and I am so happy we were able to be part of yours in a positive way. Thank you kindly for naming some of our stars (however they are all stars - as they will remind me and is absolutely true) but happy this primary team went out of their way to assist. Every resort is Maldives is different and great in it's own way, but if i may say to future guests reading your thoughts, it's truly important to do your homework and ensure you pick the best resort that suits your personality, needs, wants and desires. I am of course delighted we ticked all your boxes and hope to welcome you back in the future. with gratitude and best wishes for the future Karen and the JAM Family
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Hussein D wrote a review Dec 2021
1 contribution1 helpful vote
Everything is well organized from the time you step into Male airport. JA team arranged everything for us to make our trip between male airport and Manafaru Island as smooth as possible. From the moment we arrived on the island it was like paradise. We stayed in a sunrise over water bungalow with pool which was heaven on earth, we were able to step into the sea from the steps on the side of the villa deck. Our host Mangal was very attentive and could not have done more for us. Just ask him and he will immediately get things done. The food we ate has been some of the best. All the staff we encountered were very friendly and supportive. My 11 year old daughter enjoyed a lot and it was definitely a dream come true. Thank you JA team for making our holiday such an unforgettable memory.
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Date of stay: December 2021
1 Helpful vote
Response from Karen Merrick, General Manager at JA Manafaru
Responded 4 weeks ago
Dear Happy Guest, It's always relaxing for Mum and Dad when 'young adults' are happy and I am delighted that the island ticked all the boxes for the family holiday... as you would have seen during your stay, we try hard to offer a range of areas that are of interest to Families with Children of all ages, despite the Covid regulations. Delighted you loved your overwater villa... i am always torn between the two options, both are magical so i always say it's best to book the time of day you will use most... lounging by the pool all day or from afternoon to watch the sun dip into the ocean....bliss. We sincerely hope we can welcome you back in the future - our aim is to continue creating magical experiences and enhancement for our guests to offer a more holistic total experience. In the meantime, thank you for allowing us to be part of your families life journey and our best wishes for the festive season. Karen and the JAM Family
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Frequently Asked Questions about JA Manafaru
What are some of the property amenities at JA Manafaru?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at JA Manafaru?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at JA Manafaru?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to JA Manafaru?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Cellar, Andiamo Bistro and Pool, and Infinity Pool & Bar.
Are there opportunities to exercise at JA Manafaru?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness centre, and a sauna during their stay.
Does JA Manafaru have airport transportation?
Yes, JA Manafaru offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is JA Manafaru located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.03 km away from the centre of Manafaru Island.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at JA Manafaru?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Hindi, Arabic, and Indonesian.
Does JA Manafaru have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.