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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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  • Yes everything went incredibly smoothly , excellent guide and set up u have . I might need a new pair of calves though !!! Thanks for sorting ALL the changes out. Regards Charlie

    Missingcharles b reviewing 6 Day Toubkal Circuit on 03 May 2023

  • Hi Lisa, We had a fabulous time thank you. The accommodation and other ideation were all terrific - that’s so much for your help. The apartment in Cape Town was particularly good - we would never have found that: Boschendal was great as well and game lodge was superb. Thanks again, Alistair

    MissingAlistair A reviewing Cape Town, Garden Route and Kruger on 28 April 2023

  • Dear Lisa
    Well, we are back and still buzzing. We have had a marvellous time. The weather helped. We left Manchester in the snow and arrived in Marrakesh at 30 degrees. We were well looked after in the Riad. I'm glad we booked a meal for the first evening - ate it on the roof terrace. We can recommend that. It was delicious. We ate at the Foundouk, as per your recommendation and on the following night we ate at Le Jardin - got lost on the way to it!. We can really recommend Le Jardin.
    The following day we went to Majorelle gardens. Fortunately we had looked it up before we travelled because you have to book in advance online only from Jan 2023. We found our own way to the Medera Ben Yousef and Latifa took us to Bahia Palace - both were stunning.
    The following morning our lovely taxi driver Mohammond collected us to go to the EcoLodge. Yet another Mohammond made us very welcome. Again we ate well! You were right, the pool was freezing, but I can't sit next to water and not get in. Once you're in you forget how cold it is! I wasn't the only person to try the pool.
    Rashid, our guide for our walk collected us. He was brilliant. It was hard work, but worth it. I was determined I would make it. Kevin is fitter than me! The Berber family were lovely. We stopped when we were nearly there to see how rag rugs were made. When we got back Rashid and Mohammond confessed that Mohammond had said to Rashid that he should get us to a road if we got too tired and they would send a taxi (or a mule!) to collect us - or me, but Rashid was sure that I'd be OK. He was right. I think they wondered about these 2 70+ year olds. We can't praise Rashid enough. He had walked over from Imlil in the morning and was going to walk back after he left us.
    Thank you so much for putting our holiday together. We never thought it would be 3 years before we went. We are so glad we persevered. We did wonder what we had let ourselves in for as 2 oldies!
    Fiona and Kevin

    MissingFiona B reviewing Boutique Marrakech & Atlas Mountains on 21 April 2023

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