Put your wallet away, a stay at JA Manafaru Maldives is Indian Ocean indulgence without the hefty bill
Picture this. You’re lying on a sun lounger in the Maldives. The white sand and warm sun are reflecting off the turquoise ocean to create mystical sparkles in your sunglasses. Just as you stand up from your horizontal position – that has seen you finish a novel this morning – your belly begins to rumble. Floating over to a seafood restaurant named Ocean Grill, you sit down to friendly waiting staff advising you on the catch of the day. Soon after choosing, the smell of fresh fish on the grill wafts over as you’re handed a cold glass of Long Island iced tea.
Sound ideal? This dream-like scenario is very much a waking life possibility at JA Manafaru Maldives, and it gets better. What could possibly improve this fantasy-like reality you ask? The fact that it’s available all-inclusive, so you don’t have to worry about picking up the bill throughout your trip.
Situated at the Northern tip of Maldives, in the Haa Alifu Atoll, JA Manafaru Maldives sits right where the Arabian Sea convenes with the deep blue Indian Ocean. Nestled in its own enclave, the lagoon-shaped island is safely tucked away from the busy main island and other resorts. Comprising of 84 lavish beachfront and over-water villas, with each Villa and Residence properties boasting a private swimming pool (or two).
Each of the large villa and residence options here have been designed with space in mind, with even the entry level choices boasting more square footage than most deluxe rooms in the Maldives. For large families the beachside residences – comprising of Two- or Three-Bedroom Villas with private pools – are a lavish answer to tropical living. For those who wish to be – in typical Maldivian fashion – on the ocean, the Two-bedroom Ocean Residence and Sunset or
Sunrise Water Villas mean you’ll be waking up immersed in the vast blues of the Indian Ocean.
Serving up an array of flavours from around the world, including traditional Maldivian cuisine, variety is something JA Manafaru Maldives does very well. The flavours of street food restaurant, White Orchid Lounge are captivatingly served above the ocean – making it the perfect place to sip on sundowners while snacking on nibbles, or for late-night drinks amid the calming ocean waves. On sand, Ocean Grill cooks up a deliciously fresh set of fare, including decadent lobster. Meanwhile, thatched topped Kakuni boasts international all-day dining with themed nights and all-day-dining Mediterranean restaurant Andiamo Bistro and Pool is renowned for its chef’s kiss-worthy pizza and pasta dishes. But for those who wanting to elevate their taste buds and experience to the next level, it’s The Cellar that beckons. Serving a fine-dining menu crafted from the world’s finest ingredients, a meal here yearns to be paired with vintage grape – of which this subterranean wine cave boasts a hefty selection.
Whether you’ve got family time or romantic pursuit on your atoll agenda, you’ll find it here and more. Maldivian cooking classes are a good place to start, with dolphin watching and scenic boat trips providing an equally fun way to unwind. But for those who want to place a particular focus on rejuvenation, it’s the award-winning Calm Spa Sanctuary that beacons with its Ayurvedic and authentic Maldivian treatments. Of course, it goes without saying that the Indian Ocean resort invites you to enjoy its crystal-clear waters with a host of water sports including diving, catamaran sailing, and jet-skiing – of which the un-motorised activities are included in the package.
Get an all-inclusive holiday here and you needn’t reach for your wallet throughout. The dining plan includes meals at selected restaurants and bars along with complimentary experiences and premium drinks from 11am- 11pm.
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