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

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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)
Pool
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Beach
Badminton
Children's playground
Children's television networks
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Infinity pool
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Private pool
Plunge pool
Shallow end in pool
Yoga classes
Yoga room
Fitness / spa locker rooms
Sauna
Bar / lounge
Coffee shop
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Wine / champagne
Poolside bar
Bicycles available
Boating
Canoeing
Diving
Game room
Snorkeling
Tennis court
Water sport equipment rentals
Windsurfing
Billiards
Evening entertainment
Fishing
Patio
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
Strollers
Airport transportation
Spa
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot massage
Full body massage
Head massage
Manicure
Massage
Massage chair
Neck massage
Open-air bath
Pedicure
Steam room
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Chapel / shrine
Concierge
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
Infirmary
Umbrella
24-hour front desk
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
Ironing service
Shoeshine
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Room features
Blackout curtains
Bathrobes
Air conditioning
Private beach
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Extra long beds
Bidet
Desk
Dining area
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Room service
Safe
Seating area
Separate dining area
Sofa
Telephone
Wardrobe / closet
Bottled water
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Minibar
Electric kettle
Flatscreen TV
Radio
iPod docking station
Sofa bed
Walk-in shower
Whirlpool bathtub
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Ocean view
Pool view
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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Modern
Languages Spoken
English, Russian, Spanish, Arabic and 8 more
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Richard S wrote a review 23 May
Sidmouth, United Kingdom26 contributions26 helpful votes
This was our very first vacation too the Maldives so it was a particularly difficult decision in choosing a resort . J A Manafaru was an excellent choice we found. Yes it’s a difficult destination to reach, but just think of it as a few extra hours of travelling!! Not much on a couple of weeks!! We had booked a Sunrise water Villa as far out on the jetty as possible and that’s just what we were given, ( room 539) On arrival we were met by our host concierge Majda a young helpful and most caring young lady who spent the next two weeks checking and arranging for us which we were most grateful. The island was particularly quiet which made the long travel so worth while, with deserted beaches and most attentive staff in all areas. Mentioning staff, all were so friendly and enjoyed interaction giving history, climatic information or talking of life in the Maldives. You never felt rushed which we appreciated. It was mostly extremely hot, just changing seasons, so the plunge pool was most welcome. The Water Villa was the perfect spot for spotting numerous fish large , small and colourful. Also, we daily watched turtles in front of our Villa and most days pods of dolphins or the occasional nurse shark ( harmless as no teeth) All in all a great destination with excellent food, accommodation and attention to detail from the management. There have been a few references about the transfers. I have to say that we were really impressed on our departure how we were escorted and taken care of at both airports particularly at Male, guided all the way too the checkin desk. Yes, we recommend a visit. Thank you Karen, Majda and all the wonderful friendly staff bringing us food and plenty of wine and refreshments.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled
Room Tip: Water Villa if you like watching fish or turtles
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Jeff A wrote a review 22 May
La Mirada, California2 contributions2 helpful votes
We went for our dream honeymoon and couldn't be happier with our experience. Everything exceeded our expectations! If you are scuba diver this is the place for you because the house reef at the resort is off the charts!!! Our dive master Diana was very knowledgeable about the marine life and she and the boat crew helped us have excellent and memorable diving experiences. So much variety to see! The wait staff including Hassan and service staff connected well with us to make our dining and other experiences and excursions amazing. They were professional and kind. The food was incredible and the chefs, including Jeseep and Moosa catered to my wife's dietary restrictions which helped her to feel her best. Our experience concierge, Hasan, was dedicated to the details and communicated well with us. We felt very connected to the staff and are grateful to all for making our honeymoon a fantastic experience. Thank you!
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled
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Vlad S wrote a review 19 May
3 contributions1 helpful vote
Everything was great, probably the best experience in Maldives so far. We enjoyed a ten days stay in a beach villa in May. The staff was very friendly and helpful, trying to satisfy all requests with a smile. The food was very good and the SPA even better. Thank you all at JA Manafaru for our holiday!
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Date of stay: May 2022
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bardia a wrote a review 14 May
Dubai, United Arab Emirates1 contribution
Everything was almost to perfection, the only comment I can make which we were told they are working on is the domestic transportation scheduling. The time slots are very limited and in order for us to make our flight we had to wake up at 2am to take the boat trip and then wait for an hour for the domestic flight to make it to the international airport. Other than that the whole experience was amazing, the activities offered are not very limited and our scuba instructor from Best Dive, Tibo was absolutely amazing and professional, I highly recommend taking the scuba experience with him as he made my wife and I's first scuba diving and unreal experience.
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Response from Karen Merrick, General Manager at JA Manafaru
Responded 1 week ago
Dear Happy Guest, Delighted you enjoyed your stay with us and experienced such amazing moments both on land and underwater... one of the things I love about our location, being the most northerly resort in Maldives is that when you are diving or snorkelling or any off island adventure... you likely have your own private experience... no one to disrupt or bother... just you and miles and miles of peace and tranquility... Thank you for sharing your experience. We always try to help our agents and guests (when asked) to ensure they book the best inbound and outbound international flights to maximize the time on island given the approx scheduled Domestic flight patterns likely available and for departure we would normally recommend an evening flight to maximise time on the island. Apologies if this was not clear in your case, if our team was asked by the agent or your good self as like any country we have to work with the airline carriers schedule timings. Another option for guests who want a more door to door service is to reserve a private charter seaplane, which may (depending on the international timings) have a little more flexibility for a families needs. However check in times remain the same for all flights sadly. Thank you again for sharing your experience and wonderful to know overall you enjoyed your time on our little paradise and hope to welcome you back in the near future. with gratitude, Karen on behalf of Soodh and the entire JAM Family
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Carlo G wrote a review 8 May
Dubai, United Arab Emirates1 contribution1 helpful vote
The booking process was horrible. Many missed and incorrect information, unreturned calls, and a lot of delays in getting confirmation with the booking. I booked 3 weeks in advance and only got the confirmation of booking less than 4 days before the trip, this included the confirmation for the domestic flight. I have fully documented all my correspondence in emails to show as proof. I can provide the names of all the reservation staff that I was communicating with. When we arrived at the resort, the host informed us that it was a bed and breakfast deal we booked, although in my booking (and I HAD TO SHOW proof) we booked an all-inclusive package!. This clearly showed another miscommunication between staff/ booking team of JA Manafaru. The worst mess-up was we were informed that they couldnt get us in a domestic flight to Male on our supposed departure date from the resort. The reason was the flights were full and we should have had provided our domestic flight schedule 7 days before according to the staff. But we were not be able to do that simply because the JA Manafaru team only confirmed our domestic flight less than 4 days before the trip! (again I have full documentation and email to prove this). This resulted in us having to cancel our Emirates flight going Male-Dubai and had to buy a new one with another airline just so we could get home to Dubai on time. We stayed an extra night and spent USD 2k extra on the flights.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Response from Karen Merrick, General Manager at JA Manafaru
Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear Sir, Thank you for sharing your thoughts on your experience... it is always helpful to understand what we can do better as/when an error is made and how we can improve and although distressing for all involved, thankfully is not indicative of the majority of our guests experiences now or over the years. As mentioned separately, my sincere apologies for the delays in the responses from our team, this must have been both stressful and upsetting and the reason once the team were aware of the shortfall in service prior to your arrival an upgrade to one of our bespoke Residences was provided for the duration of your stay with us stay. Unfortunately, as you know despite the various efforts of the Manager looking after you and as we had not physically received your international departure flight information prior to your arrival into Maldives, we were unable to secure domestic flight departure seats. This was in part due to the seven-day lead time requirement by the operator to book flights, which in turn compounded by the Eid holiday volume. We were grateful for your suggestion to change your flex international flights to travel the following day and were happy to offer an additional night’s stay on the resort with our compliments on the all-inclusive meal plan so we could assist with the available departure seats. As you may or may not know the manager managed to secure these seats by holding back two of our associates who were due for outbound travel, but under the circumstances they were happy to help. Once again, my sincere apologies for the challenges experienced and that the efforts and gestures by the team to resolve the original reservation error or assist with your departure did not meet your expectation. Sincerely, Karen Merrick General Manager
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PRICE RANGE
US$576 - US$1,508 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
waldorf astoria maldives hotel haa aliff atoll, beach hotel alifu atoll, the beach hotel
LOCATION
MaldivesHaa Alif AtollManafaru Island
NUMBER OF ROOMS
84
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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 White Orchid Lounge, Andiamo Bistro and Pool, and The Cellar.
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 center?
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.