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“Very pleasant stay” 5 of 5 stars
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JA Manafaru
5.0 of 5 Resort   |   PO Box 2062   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Manafaru Island
Prague, Czech Republic
1 review
“Very pleasant stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Me and my husband stayed in JA Manafaru at the beginning of November and we were very pleased. After warm welcome we got dropped at our beach villa, though it is a basic category it offers unbelievable amount of space, both indoor and outdoor.

You can find many activities on the island, lot of motorized and unmotorized water sports, 7 restaurants and bars. Plus they offer cooking class with maldivian chef, which is a truly amazing experience. Chief chef is also a sweetheart. You can try a dolphin cruise and diving. You will not get bored, for sure. We did surfing class with Jason, who is fantastic. He did a miracle and though it was a first time for my husband, he managed to teach him the basics on the water, which was really great.

The staff is wonderful, well trained, helpful and caring. They are listening to you and reacting to any impulses you may have.

We stayed only 2 nights on the island and did not want to leave. In fact we stayed on four different islands, as we wanted to experience different places. We travelled with Atoll Hideaway who did a wonderful job and helped us to make our dream happen. They work on very professional level. I definitely recommend to travel with them.

  • Stayed November 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It was my first experience though it was work related but certainly felt like honeymoon experience even with out a man next to me…We caught a sea plane to our resort as it was the furthest island resort from Male port and it was truly an amazing experience of a life time. The welcome was so personal and as we arrived with our working cast, The GM of the group came with his team and it was truly special. They offered 8 different restaurants on the island it the whole resort was just a dream come true. The rooms to my own island was just breath taking and waking up at 5.30am to do a little of meditation with the whole sea to yourself was something I will never forget. I can't thank enough to the group and the resort for such an one a life experience. It's private and just so peaceful...Totally recommendable.

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  • Stayed November 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Maldives
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed our quiet holiday and also the friendliness of staff and management very much. The food in the romantic restaurants is excellent, villas are newly and tastefully furnished. The beach is gorgeous, in spite of this invite the two different pools for swimming and chilling. What else could you want more?

  • Stayed November 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Philippe , General Manager at JA Manafaru, responded to this review, 2 weeks ago
Dear Valued Guest,

Thank you so much for staying with us on this secluded paradise of Maldives and for writing such a wonderful review. I have conveyed your compliments onto our team members. We take great pride of the warmth and friendliness fostered by our people who consistently strive to anticipate our guests’ needs and to deliver the JA Manafaru personalized service.

We are delighted to read that you had such a good time and truly enjoyed all the aspects of the property including our newly refurbished villas, cuisine, service, and our award-winning pool.

JA Manafaru is a very special property and indeed very close to my heart for which we work very hard to keep it up.

Once again, thank you for your feedback. The team and I look forward to welcoming you soon again in our paradise.


Kind regards,

Philippe Lamadieu
General Manager
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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63 reviews 63 reviews
23 hotel reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As the most northern hotel in the Maldives, JA really makes you feel like you are in the middle of paradise, in total seclusion. I have stayed in the Maldives twice before, and each island has something a little different to offer. This hotel has an amazing group of well trained staff, who not only look after your every need, also listen to any suggestions you may have, as well as actively wanting to improve anything they can.
They have 7 different restaurants on the island, which means you should try and stay a min of 7 days... The underground cellar is something really special and I highly recommend it. However, all the restaurants offer something special and a little different from the rest. The staff offer suggested wines to go with the superbly created meals. I believe they also offer a progressive dinner, which would be great to experience.
The day activities are great if you don't want to sunbake anymore, with dolphin cruises (we saw so many dolphins, it was really worth the trip), Jet skis, snorkel trips, scuba, paddle boarding, wind surfing, sailing - it goes on. They also have another island which you can organise to be dropped off at, with food and beverage provided, and left there with your loved one for the afternoon, or all night. You literally have an island with a little hut all to yourself. That was something I am sure no one else offers.
If you travel with kids, there was also a day care, kids room and teens room, full of games and movies and playgrounds for them to be dropped off at, while you go enjoy some alone time. There is a great gym, if you are like me and exercise on holiday, as well as running tracks, which the manager informed would soon have exercise equipment at certain stops along the tracks. Brilliant!
I honestly have nothing negative to review on this resort and I highly recommend it to anyone of any age.

  • Stayed November 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Philippe , General Manager at JA Manafaru, responded to this review, 4 weeks ago
Dear Valued Guest,

Thank you so much for staying with us on this secluded paradise of Maldives and for writing such a lovely review. JA Manafaru is indeed a little jewel of a resort offering generously sized villas that guarantee total privacy. On the other hand, I sincerely appreciate your comments regarding our team, their genuine passion and care, smiles and heart to serve, that makes the difference: they are simply amazing! I will convey your comments onto the team.

We are delighted to read that you had such a good time and truly enjoyed all the aspects of the property including our cuisine, service, and the wide range of activities we offer for our guests to fully enjoy their holiday of sun, relaxation and wonderful moments of contact with the pristine and colorful nature of the place. We are now on our way to bring on more activities which I trust that upon your return, you will be delighted to see the many more options.

JA Manafaru is a very special property and indeed very close to my heart for which we work very hard to keep it up.

The whole team and myself are looking forward to welcoming you soon again to our island.


Kind regards,

Philippe Lamadieu
General Manager
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Went to beach house for our honeymoon.

no problem at all with seaplane going there and leaving the island. Staffs are super friendly! our water villa was amazing! only a little disappointed that we didnt see much fish swimming around the villa.
food was nice. we were expecting to pay a lot for food. we usually have breakfast around 9 am, then spent the afternoon doing excursions. dinner usually around 7. me and my hubby dont drink, so dinner will be under 100 per person. we tried the maldivian dinner one night, which was around 130 per person, and it was a really nice dinner.
if you drink, happy hour after 9 or 930 was half price.
we harding see anyone on the island except during supper time...it was pretty fun. definitely will go back in the future!

  • Stayed September 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Philippe , General Manager at JA Manafaru, responded to this review, 4 weeks ago
Dear Becky,

On behalf of the whole team at JA Manafaru, thank you for your generous compliments and kind words, and for choosing this secluded paradise of Maldives to celebrate your honeymoon.
Your choice of accommodation remains the most popular by demand, the Water Villas, are beautifully appointed with either sunrise or sunset facing, with only a few strokes away.

I am glad our team go out of their way to make all of guests have an enjoyable and genuinely relaxing experience.
We are also delighted to read that you had such a good time and truly enjoyed all the aspects of the property including our cuisine and excursions.

The whole team and myself are looking forward to welcoming you and your husband back to our paradise for your anniversary.


Kind regards,

Philippe Lamadieu
General Manager
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Dinan
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

We stayed in a watervilla for 14days. Perfect honeymoon. The island is amazing, the watervilla was marvellous, we had a very good time there.
The manager, Mr Lamadieu, was very welcoming and kind.

We would definetly recommand this hotel.

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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Philippe L, General Manager at JA Manafaru, responded to this review, October 9, 2014
Dear Massali,

On behalf of the whole team at Beach House Iruveli, thank you for your generous compliments and kind words, and for choosing this secluded paradise of Maldives to celebrate your honeymoon.
I do hope that you still have fond memories of Maldives to take back with you to Dinan.

To us all, your comments serve as inspiration, motivation and further encouragement in seeking to continue in delivering exceptional guest experiences.
Your choice of accommodation remains the most popular by demand, the Water Villas, are beautifully appointed with either sunrise or sunset facing, with only a few strokes away.

Again, on behalf of us all, thank you and we look forward to welcoming you back, and if I can assist in making this happen, feel free to liaise with me directly on philippe.lamadieu@jaresorts.com so I can be personally involved in welcoming you back.


With kind regards,

Philippe Lamadieu
General Manager and Island Chief
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Hong Kong, China
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Excellent property, must stay in a water bungalow! Arranged lovely excursions for us each day, dolphin cruise, snorkelling, wind surfing, jet skiing, etc. Our villa host and all the staff were extremely courteous and hospitable. Would definitely recommend a visit!

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about JA Manafaru

Address: PO Box 2062
Location: Maldives > Haa Alif Atoll > Manafaru Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Manafaru Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — JA Manafaru 5*
Number of rooms: 84
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated in the northernmost atoll of the Maldives, Haa Alifu, JA Manafaru recreates the style and charm of traditional Maldivian hospitality, while seamlessly blending Asian traditions of simplicity and elegance to its overall appeal. The resort offers a level of serenity unsurpassed in the Maldives. Sleek and contemporary, it offers unparalleled luxury to the discerning few. Experience luxury in a inimitable style - effortlessly chic while maintaining the charm and tradition that is indigenous to the islands. With two additional private islands to escape to near the resort, you are promised a journey of discovery, and an array of delightful opportunities to experience the virgin beauty of Maldives. Take your pick from the beautifully designed contemporary thatched villas, complete with your own private pool and a Villa Host to attend to your every whim. Each villa is a celebration of sleek, contemporary Maldivian architecture, where floor to ceiling doors opening out onto a spacious deck blur the boundaries between the indoors and outdoors. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Hotel Haa Aliff Atoll
Beach Hotel Alifu Atoll
The Beach Hotel

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