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JA Manafaru

Haa Alifu Atoll, Upper North Province, Republic of Maldives
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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 05/30/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


Travelers' 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 Center 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 locker 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 / closet
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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Haa Alifu Atoll, Upper North Province, Republic of Maldives
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Male Intl Airport198 miSee all flights
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Mohamed R wrote a review Sep 21
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JAManafaru Maldives is one of the most beautiful places the that I have visited so far. This is my first time to the Maldives. The team here are so friendly and the island is very green and natural The water in the lagoon Is amazing. This is truly heaven on the earth.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Traveled on business
Response from Karen Merrick, General Manager at JA Manafaru
Responded 5 days ago
Dear Guest, you are so very kind and your review is very much appreciated. I agree, Maldives is truly special and I am so very grateful to you for choosing JA Manafaru. There are many resorts in Maldives but very few where literally you are surrounded by mostly uninhabited islands and without any other resorts on the horizon. Our team are a mixture of Maldivians from all over the archipelago as well as foreign team members, but the one true thing is that we are a family doing our best to give our guests an authentic hospitality experience in one of the most beautiful islands on earth. We look forward to welcoming you back to paradise at anytime. Warmly, Karen on behalf of the JA Manafaru Family
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Alessia wrote a review Sep 11
London, United Kingdom33 contributions9 helpful votes
This was our first time in the Maldives. We visited Ja Manafaru just before Covid hit globally (February 2020). We spent there 10 days. Food and service were impeccable. I am afraid I was sick for part of the holiday but the island’s doctor gave me everything to recover (antibiotics and all) and Melania (the executive assistant manager) always checked that I had what I needed and even before I got ill she always made sure that her guests were happy. There were my husband and 2 children (7 and 8 years old) and they all loved the island. My kids’ favourite experience was definitely the sunset fishing trip, that we highly suggest. It was my birthday and we had a breathtaking private dinner on the beach. It was just surreal. If you are in doubt whether to have it or not, go for it. It’s well worth it. All around the island there was a chilled atmosphere, perfect for a relaxing holiday. We were a bit disappointed to not being able to see the sea turtles during our snorkelling trip, but that is far from the hotel responsibility, just be aware that this can happen. The kids club has beautiful facilities but the activities were less exciting than others clubs we visited in other resorts (not Maldives). My husband was hoping to be able to use the hobie cat (which is his favourite thing to do when on holidays) but there seemed always to be ‘problems’ and he was never able to use it. Would I go back to Jamanafaru? Definitely yes! The minor downside were well overshadowed by all the positives.
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Date of stay: February 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
Response from Karen Merrick, General Manager at JA Manafaru
Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear Guest, Thank you so very much for taking the time to write the review on our little paradise... especially since your visit the whole world has changed/adapted to the new normal... it's very kind of you to remember us and we are so very grateful to you for sharing your review with others. We continue to grow and adapt our little island under this new normal and have enhanced and revised most of our offerings, catering to what guests told us they liked and am delighted to tell you that currently we have a minimum of 4 nesting turtle sites on the island... so if this continues you will hopefully also be able to see them (respectfully distanced) a lot closer up. The Hobie's, I believe are all now in working order and the kids space has taken on a new theme with additions around the island to keep the entire family entertained rather than a traditional drop off. I am so very pleased Mel looked after you during your illness and she and our resident Doctor were able to assist and that you made a full recovery. We look forward to welcoming you back to paradise anytime you need to breathe and escape from the outside world for a time. warmly and with gratitude... Karen on behalf of the JA Manafaru Family
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Biju A wrote a review Sep 11
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Thank you very much for the hospitality given to me on my short visit here and this I will never forget. The island is like a paradise and the people are so friendly here. I wish I could stay here longer . Definitely I will come back also ask my friends to visit JA Manafaru.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Traveled on business
Response from Karen Merrick, General Manager at JA Manafaru
Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear Guest, you are so very kind to chare your experience and we are delighted you enjoyed your time with us. We are only a flight away and look forward to welcoming you back to paradise. with gratitude, Karen on behalf of the JA Manafaru Family
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Nektomozg wrote a review Sep 2
Moscow, Russia105 contributions113 helpful votes
We spent 10 days here in August 2021 - and already booked a trip to come back in January! Vacation was next to perfect - we had more than what we hoped for, and paid less than expected. I had been to Conrad and Shangri La before - and Ja M is almost as good as these two at half the price. So a no-brainer pick for me now in Maldives. Service - amazing! Everyone on the island was trying really hard to make us happy. Mangal was our host - and he was there all the time when we might need him - but always in the most polite and unobtrusive way. Miguel the manager was accessible and super-friendly every day. Raj turned out to be one of the best yoga instructors I ever had - even though sessions were free and it was just two us there. Satheesh at the White Orchid bar was the most friendly barkeep you ever meet. Overall the entire staff seems to know how you like your drinks by day two - thanks to all! Make sure to leave good tips to all the staff ;-) Villas - we tried both sunset and sunrise water villas. I personally liked sunrise better as it has less wind (but that might depend on summer vs winter season), and because we loved waking up at 6am to the beaming sun - and run off to do yoga at 7am. Villas have plenty of space, have great bed, have a great plunge pool, and the swings on the patio are perfect for a nap outdoors. I also think its a much better idea to watch the sunset at the bar on the water than in your villa. We saw the beach villas too - will try the delux beach villa in Jan 2022. Food - was great. There were probably 25-30 guests on the entire island - yet all restaurants had the full menu available. We had probably tried everything on the menu - and it was all to a very high standard and very fresh. Most greens are grown on the island - so as fresh as it comes. My advice - ask for sashimi made from fresh caught tuna - its not in the menu, but chefs will make it for you - it will be best sashimi you ever tried as fish was caught that morning. All-inclusive - if you drink alcohol its a no-brainer. Pretty much everything on a food menu is included into it - and whats not (like fresh lobster) will be 50% off. Alcohol selection is kinda limited - basically 4 white, 4 reds, two roses and one prosecco. Yet you will def find smth you will like. And there are always great cocktails to be had at the bars. Dive center - I did my first Padi course here - and loved it! Mathis made the course very comfortable and we did all of it in the ocean - none of those stupid pool lessons. Plenty of fish and turtles to see around the hotel. Activities - we did the big game fish trip - and I got lucky and caught a 20 kilo tuna. Great experience if you like to fish. And then you can ask for steaks to be made out of it for your right away for lunch - lots of fun! What I would improve upon: 1) better internet in the villas - all of us need to do some long video calls - and its frustrating when wifi connection keeps dropping every 10-15 minutes even if you sit right next to wifi router. Think easy to fix by upgrading to new better routers. Or at least do a super-fast stable wifi at the dedicated office area above the reception if need to make a few important video calls during the trip. 2) TVs - reception was just terrible. I think a cheap Apple TV would fix that and give guests opportunity to watch their Netflix etc. Or new Smart TVs with built in Netflix. But obviously would need fast and reliable internet for that. 3) offer more sushi and sashimi style dishes. After all you have all that fresh fish caught daily - guests will love it! 4) Bicycles - each villa has fat-tyre bikes which are a great idea - but the seats on them are those tiny sporty ones which hurt your butt after 2 minutes. Replacing them with leasure seats would be a great improvement 5) transfer - last but not least I would suggest hotel makes it very clear that seaplane transfer is NOT guaranteed. There is a very real chance you would have to take a 40 minute domestic flight ( which is OK except the wait), and than you would take a 45 minute boat ride in possibly very choppy waters. We had that on way in and way out. If you get sea-sick - maybe not your hotel then. I heard that a new airport will be opened 15 minutes away from the hotel soon - that would be a game changer - so ask about that when booking!
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Transfer - read in my review!
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Response from Karen Merrick, General Manager at JA Manafaru
Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear Guests, Thank you so very, very much for the wonderfully helpful review....delighted you enjoyed our little island and thought we were on par with two of the world best international brands... high accolades indeed! I am so very glad you touched on the All Inclusive Meal Plan.... we have gone over and above to ensure that we have provided an exceptional offering that is perfectly in tune with the needs of our guests and more, even down to a full bottle of branded Champagne as a welcome gift from us (some guests also told me recently they were in a very exclusive other barefoot luxury property before coming to us and got a half bottle non-branded label that was available in their local supermarket back home) so I am very pleased you felt the offering excellent value for money - especially as alcohol is so expensive for resorts to bring into Maldives. Thank you for the constructive criticism... all things we have in play and are/will be rectified before the end of the year... as you may know we are closing for a few weeks to address some of these primary issues and the transfer... yes, after 15 years and 7 of them as JA Manafaru we will finally be able to resolve some of the transportation issue with a small new airport closer to the island. As with the rest of the world Maldives businesses have also had to downsize and adapt due to the limited tourists coming into Maldives... less than 2/3rds of the normal inflow and our airline partners are no exception. However, we have also made a decision to keep our guest numbers more private and to offer a more bespoke and personal private island experience until more of our inbound travelers are vaccinated and the pandemic situation reduces. We thank you kindly for the incredibly helpful review and look forward to welcoming you "Home" in January.... only a few months away. with gratitude, Karen on behalf of the JA Manafaru family
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FAIZU28 wrote a review Aug 2021
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Staying at JA manafaru was an excellent experience,i stayed at a beach villa, which is a private villa, Room was spacious, beautifully decorated,comfortable bed with lux linens,having my own mini bar,personal pool , jacuzzi and a scenic personal white sanded beach The services provided was upto the mark ,had an amazing food at KaKUni and OCEAN GRILL restaurant with a wide variety of selections one can barely resist food at ANDIAMO BISTRO one of the finest place to chill at with an indoor pool, can't forget a beautiful sunset at infinity pool... All the staff was attentive,effecient, professional,respectful and friendly, hats off to house keeping for their exceptional work in keeping the villa so presentable and luxurious,... In a very short time Experienced my life upto full with such an astonishing and scenic viewe, A memorable stay thanks alot JA MANAFARU RESORT
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Traveled solo
Response from Karen Merrick, General Manager at JA Manafaru
Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear Guest, You are so very welcome and we are truly delighted you felt at home and looked after on our little island paradise. We have tried to think of everything we would like or need in a villa to ensure you relax and and everything is at hand, so very glad our vision is working and also a huge thank you for your nice comments about the Housekeeping team... it is not easy to work in this heat and ensure all Covid Guidelines are adopted to keep both the guests and associates safer and I agree they do a fantastic job and truly care about the outcome. Food and different offerings is something we have worked hard on to suit everyone's palate and wishes (as much as we can) with the different flavours and hope in the near future to be able to add to this with our ongoing organic garden food concept to tie in with the Dosha menus Miguel, Chef and our Ayurvedic team are putting together. We look forward to welcoming you back to paradise in the near future and being of assistance. We are only a few hours away. with gratitude on behalf of the entire team, Karen
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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, Ocean Grill, and Infinity Pool & Bar.
Are there opportunities to exercise at JA Manafaru?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness center, and a sauna during their stay.
Does JA Manafaru have an airport shuttle?
Yes, JA Manafaru offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is JA Manafaru located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.02 miles away from the center 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.