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Sponsored: Accessed by private seaplane, the chic tropical hideaway features 84 beachfront and over-water villas and bungalows.
By Elite Traveler | March 2 2020
JA Manafaru is an idyllic, five-star luxury island resort fringed with exquisite powder beaches in pristine, lagoon-ringed Haa Alif Atoll, at the northern tip of the Maldives. Accessed by private seaplane, the chic tropical hideaway features 84 luxurious beachfront and over-water villas and bungalows, each with its own private plunge pool. Seven scenic dining destinations provide a culinary journey with traditional Indian Ocean cuisine, international fare and seafood feasts. China’s most renowned chef, Da Dong, brings his Michelin-starred acclaim to White Orchid, an Asian restaurant with a collaborative menu. World-class recreational facilities include Calm Spa; and fully equipped dive, water sports and excursion center; plus a Marine Research Center to conserve local ecology. Once-in-a-lifetime wedding and honeymoon celebrations are also a specialty at JA Manafaru, which has been recognized as the Indian Ocean’s Leading Honeymoon Resort (2018 World Luxury Hotel Awards). Ranked among the World’s Ten Best Hotels (TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards 2019), JA Manafaru is a tropical paradise where unique experiences can become unforgettable memories.
The Royal Residence
– Size 6,460 sq ft
– Nightly rate from $3,525
This luxurious two-story suite offers three bedrooms, two spectacular pools, a barbecue area and its own spa and treatment facilities, where you can relax in complete privacy. The Residence is perfect for a large group of family or friends, and it’s just a few steps through the lush greenery to a private beach area.
Calm Spa is a haven of pure relaxation and indulgence. Step into a tropical wellness paradise and explore authentic Maldivian traditions infused with the therapeutic wonders of Ayurveda and aromatherapy, complemented by a selection of ELEMIS facials.
An unparalleled experience for gastronomic and wine connoisseurs, The Cellar is located eight feet below sea level. This award-winning ‘wine cave’ offers an extensive selection of prestigious wine labels from across the world, paired perfectly with haute cuisine.
Award-winning Asian fusion cuisine takes your taste buds on a journey across the continent with an exotic mix of Chinese, Japanese, Indian and Thai specialty dishes that blend harmoniously with the surroundings — an overwater bungalow on stilts.
Feeling active? JA Manafaru has a number of thrilling and unique excursions available including kite surfing, parasailing, catamaran sailing, scuba diving and dolphin cruises. If the delicious cuisine has inspired you, take a Maldivian cooking class. If you’re visiting for romance, a special dinner can be arranged on the beach, in the cellar or in the chef’s herb garden.