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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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  • I would like to say a massive thank you for organising our Vietnam trip. The itinerary and execution were superb, as was the attention to detail. I would also like to thank the agent who was on the end of my whats app chat (I have no idea who they were!) – always available, always quick to respond, and kept me updated regarding times etc. Also, the guides Dan (north) and Tien (mid) were just excellent, and we really enjoyed their company. The lady (whose name I have forgotten) who was our additional guide for the DMZ day was exceedingly good and made that day very special.

    Missingfiona g reviewing Complete Vietnam For Families on 15 April 2024

  • Trip was great and all the arrangements were excellent so thank you for all the help!

    Drivers and transfers were all good - on time and very good service on each trip.

    Accommodation was lovely - Douar Samra was amazing (weather could have been better but lovely regardless). Riad in Marrakesh was also great!

    All in all a great trip and we loved the variety of the mountains, Marrakesh and the coast.

    Thanks you once again!

    MissingHardeep S reviewing Boutique Marrakech & Atlas Mountains on 15 April 2024

  • I was also just about to email you to thank you and the team for arranging yet again, another wonderful experience.

    Mount Kenya was spectacular and wild - I think I prefer it to Kili in many ways. The entire support team was professional, friendly and all round fantastic in making sure that we were safe, well fed and well looked after. In particular, we would commend Peter the guide as well as Paul one of the porters who doubled-up as his deputy on summit day. Our route was often shrouded in mist and rain that rapidly gathered in the valleys and moorlands, and we were very impressed at how Peter managed to navigate us safely through all of that notwithstanding. In addition, we loved learning about the history of Mount Kenya from him in the evenings. And ofcourse, I was blown away by the lovely birthday surprise at the end complete with balloons and a delicious cake that had journeyed with us from day 1. One thing we might recommend because of the sudden change in weather (it would sometimes get extremely cold and wet) is for the equipment list to be a little bit more detailed in terms of its recommendations e.g. layers to be moisture-wicking, walking boots be waterproof, doubling up on socks to avoid blisters etc.

    El Karama is a beautiful conservancy and the lodge a true labour of love. Great hospitality in a relaxed environment. Delicious, fresh food. We enjoyed the drives, even if we didn't see much wildlife as the heavens opened on us for the last two outings. However, since it was very much geared towards families, I am not sure if I would stay again without kids. That said, I think it was perfect for a 3d/2n stay post mountain, and a much better choice than flying to the masai mara given the limited time we had.

    Our transits were smooth. Samuel the driver was always on time, drove safely and kept the vehicle clean.

    So it was a brilliant experience and one which I certainly will cherish for some time to come. It was great to work with you for a third time, and I certainly hope it won't be the last

    MissingJuhae C reviewing Mount Kenya Sirimon Naro Moru Trek on 01 March 2024

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