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JA Manafaru

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- Every villa or suite has a private pool
- Stand-up paddling, windsurfing, kayaking
- 3 swimming pools, spa, 24/7 fitness centre
- Day trips to nearby deserted islands

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JA Manafaru is a secluded getaway situated in an idyllic spot in the Maldives’ Haa Alifu Atoll. There’s a great deal to do at the resort from simply lounging about to enjoying a wide range of activities, experiences and excursions. JA Manafaru is one of several properties in the JA chain, whose resorts promote casual luxury and heartfelt hospitality, and are set in particularly scenic locations.

One particularly appealing aspect of JA Manafaru is that every one of its 84 villas and suites comes with its own private pool. There are six accommodation options in total, including the cosy Beach Bungalows, the stilted Sunset Villas and the luxurious Grand Water Two-Bedroom Suite. Common to all types of accommodation are amenities such as complimentary water replenished daily, a minibar stocked with guests’ preferences, complimentary snorkelling equipment, a flat-screen satellite TV with DVD player and tea and coffee making facilities. Bathrooms are open-air, though fully enclosed to ensure guest privacy, and feature a charming outdoor rain shower.

The resort has a wealth of activities available. All guests have complimentary use of a selection of non-motorised water-based activities such as windsurfing, kayaking and stand-up paddling. There are also three swimming pools and a fully-equipped fitness centre, which is open round-the-clock. Nearby are two completely deserted islands that make for wonderful day trip destinations thanks to their undisturbed serenity and picture-perfect beaches. After a day discovering the island’s plentiful activities and experiences, a trip to the Calm Spa is highly recommended - it’s a peaceful haven with some great treatments on offer. There are also over half a dozen dining venues serving delicious cuisine from around the world, as well as a few bars with impressively varied drinks menus.

JA Manafaru is highly family friendly. Younger family members are very well looked after at the resort as there’s a playground for them to use, a children’s menu in the restaurants and a babysitting service, though this costs extra and booking 24 hours in advance is recommended. The resort has not one, but two kids clubs. CoolZone is an indoor/outdoor play area aimed at children aged 3-12, while ChillZone offers electronics, video games and board games for those aged 8 and above; adults are also welcome. Parents are reminded to make sure that children are supervised at all times.

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  • Dear Lisa. On behalf of the three generations of the Rowland family. Thank you, so much, for organising our wonderful holiday to Botswana and the Victoria Falls. The trip of a lifetime. The week mobile camping in the bush, with our guide Nandos and his crew was a fantastic adventure. How they manage to cook such wonderful food on an open fire is amazing. The sites were constantly visited by monkeys and once by elephants. We were even lucky enough to see two packs of wild dogs, once with a kill. Waterberry Lodge on the Zambezi River is a wonderfully tranquil place. Ideal to relax after the adventures of our safari and visiting Victoria Falls. Very many thanks once again

    MissingGodfrey R reviewing Private Mobile Family Safari in Botswana on 25 September 2023

  • We had a great time - even with the flight between Governors and the coast being two flights and a car! We also experienced a power cut At Nairobi airport on the way home so 2+ hours late taking off. Governors. Wonderful people and dealt with the flight delay very well - taking us back and letting us know that we could stay there if the flight was delayed overnight. The game drives were excellent and our guide (Erick) obviously very experienced and managed to find all the key animals - no rhino in that part of the Masai Mara but everything else in abundance - never seen so many herbivores (many many elephants as well as all the others) as well as two prides of lions. Could not have asked for more. The ‘tent’ was excellent and comfortable and well serviced. The only ‘complaint’ would be that the food - especially dinner - could be improved (I think we got a bit bored of soup as a starter for every meal bar one) and the main courses were not at the same level as Kinondo Kwetu and while all were explained there was no choice offered. The breakfasts were just what was needed after an early game drive. Kinondo Kwetu. What a great location and the welcome when we arrived at just gone 11.00pm was better than you could have ever thought possible - they we’re disappointed that we did not at that time want the full dinner experience! The rooms we’re comfortable. The food was excellent but again no choice was offered - other than for allergy reasons (which we do not have). May be some choice would be nice. Having said that the food we did have was excellent as were the wines (albeit a short list!) and other drinks. There were (as you know) lots of facilities/sports options - but we spent our time relaxing which was exactly what we needed and there were lots of places to do that. Overall. We would go back to both places - perhaps a few more nights at Kinondo Kwetu next time but 3 nights at Governors was perfect for us. Thank you for organising and recommending both places. That you and your colleague for trying to find out about the plane (flat tyre) but communication by the flight company left a lot to be desired (Governors were furious that they were not told and had taken us to the airstrip). Phil

    MissingPhilip R reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Kenya Beach on 01 September 2023

  • It was certainly a holiday of a lifetime for us and we loved every minute!! The standard and location of each accommodation was excellent, as was the variety of each different accommodation type. Our schedule was perfect and we managed to achieve everything on our to-do task list. Your documents were also really helpful, as were the driving directions. We all thank you for making this such a wonderful holiday. Happy to leave a review publicly if you point me the right way. Best Steve

    MissingStephen H reviewing Classic Garden Route & Eastern Cape Safari on 01 September 2023

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