JA Manafaru, Haa Alifu Atoll The Maldives, Central Islands
It doesn’t get much more remote than JA Manafaru inthe northern Haa Aliff Atoll, but the Robinson Crusoe experience of arriving by seaplane and stepping out onto the island amidst lush tropical jungle is magical and more than worth the effort. It feels like you’ve reached the ends of the earth here: it’s not easy to go anywhere else, but why would you want to? Come to JA Manafaru for absolute seclusion.
Since you’re so far away from anything or anyone, you’ll be thrilled to learn that everything you could possibly need or want is just a phone call away. The butler service and the general standards adhered to and exceeded by the warm and friendly staff here are remarkable.
There are 84 rooms and villas at the resort and six different room types, ranging from beach bungalows nestled in the jungle through to overwater villas and family villas. All of them feature private pools and are bright, spacious and open. You can expect luxurious king-sized beds, open-air bathrooms and wonderful decks with terrific views. If you’re travelling with a larger party, consider a one or two-bedroom suite either on the beach or over the water: they are incredibly generous with space and feature a large and comfortable living area and a private bar.
Seven on-site dining destinations provide a wide range of award-winning cuisine: Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Italian and Maldivian specialties, a bar and grill, wonderful seafood, international buffet style breakfasts and plenty more. Guests can choose half or full-board as part of certain promotional packages: talk to Experience Travel Group to find out more.
Even on a tiny, remote island at the northern end of the Maldives, right in the middle of the Indian Ocean, there are plenty of activities and tours available to children and adults, including a healthy selection of wellness treatments. The resort welcomes lots of repeat guests, simply because a stay at Ja Manafaru is more often than not a seamless, secluded, rejuvenating and unforgettable experience.
Luxury - Luxury hotels would have a superb level of service, very comfortable and usually spacious bedrooms, excellent food, great design and character. For us, when we visited, these places all had the 'wow factor'. A luxury hotel should satisfy the criteria of the most discerning clients.
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The Cinammon Lodge is amazing and our resort in the Maldives was lovely. We definitely stayed at the right end of the island.