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Villa, Private Pool (Beach) | Premium bedding, down comforters, minibar, in-room safe
Private beach, sun loungers, beach umbrellas, beach towels
Private beach, sun loungers, beach umbrellas, beach towels
Private beach, sun loungers, beach umbrellas, beach towels
3 outdoor pools, open 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM, pool umbrellas, sun loungers

Overview of JA Manafaru

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JA Manafaru

5-star property
Upscale beachfront resort with spa, near Medhafushi

9,8/10 Exceptional

92 verified guest reviews

Popular amenities

  • Pool
  • Internet access
  • Free WiFi
  • Airport transfer
  • Gym
  • Air conditioning
Haa Alifu Atoll, Manafaru Island

Room options

About this area

Getting around

  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)

About this property

JA Manafaru

JA Manafaru offers a private beach where you can enjoy beach umbrellas, yoga, and volleyball, plus you'll have access to onsite scuba diving, snorkeling, and parasailing. 3 outdoor pools provide fun for everyone, while guests in the mood for pampering can visit the spa to indulge in massages, body wraps, and aromatherapy. White Orchid Lounge, one of 6 restaurants, serves Asian cuisine and is open for breakfast and dinner. Other highlights at this luxurious resort include a beach bar, a fitness center, and an outdoor tennis court. Fellow travelers say good things about the pool and helpful staff.


All-inclusive room rates at JA Manafaru are available. These rates are higher because they include onsite food and beverages in the room rate (some restrictions may apply).

Water activities


Land activities

Fitness facilities


Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), English, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Russian

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C/140°F or hotter
Follows industry cleaning and disinfection practices of Safe Travels (WTTC - Global)

Social distancing

Cashless transactions are available for all charges at the property
Guest rooms kept vacant for 24 hours between stays

Safety measures

Temperature checks given to staff
Temperature checks available for guests
Masks and gloves available
Hand sanitizer provided
Enhanced food service safety measures are in place
Individually-wrapped food options available for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and through room service
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 84 units


  • Check-in time from 2:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Express check-in/out available
  • Minimum check-in age - 18
  • Check-out time is noon

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • Guests must transfer to the property via Airplane and boat and must arrange the transfers by contacting the property before travel, using the contact information on the booking confirmation
  • Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
  • For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation
  • This property is accessible via domestic flight from Male’ (Velana International Airport) to Haa Alifu Atoll, followed by speedboat transfer (surcharge). Guests must contact the property at least 7 days in advance to arrange transfers (flight details, names as listed on passports, and dates of birth of guests are required). Changes are not permitted within 72 hours before check-in for international arrivals. Failure to contact the property in advance to provide required details and confirm availability of domestic flight and speedboat transfers may result in additional waiting time or an overnight stay in Malé at the guest's expense.
  • Guests may access the airline's lounge facilities at the airport before transferring to the Atoll on the day of arrival (schedule subject to change).
  • Domestic flight baggage allowances are 44 pounds (20 kilograms) per paying customer. Any luggage in excess of the allowance will only be carried if space is available and at the carriers’ discretion. The carrier reserves the right to offload luggage and transfer on the next available transfer as per their schedule.
  • All transfers are provided by third party carriers and may be subject to unexpected delays or changes.
  • Private seaplane charters may be available by prior arrangement with the resort (surcharge).
  • Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival in Male and at the resort.
  • The additional fee (payable at the property) covers mandatory transfer fees for guests ages 12-17.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18
  • If you require a visa to enter the country, your property may be able to help with the supporting documents needed to obtain one*


  • One child (11 years old and younger) stays free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding


  • No pets or service animals allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free dial-up Internet access in rooms


  • Airport shuttle*

Other information

  • Designated smoking areas

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • 6 restaurants
  • Bar/lounge
  • Beach bar
  • Coffee shop
  • Private dining
  • Private picnics
  • 24-hour room service
  • Snack bar/deli

Traveling with children

  • Children stay free (see details)
  • Children's pool
  • Playground
  • Baby bath
  • Paddleboard on site

What to do

  • On a private beach
  • Tennis
  • Beach yoga
  • Beach volleyball
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Water skiing
  • Windsurfing
  • Pool table
  • Table tennis
  • Paddleboard on site
  • Water tubing nearby

Working away

  • Meeting room


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Free bicycle rentals
  • Beach sun loungers
  • Beach towels
  • Beach umbrellas
  • Pool loungers
  • Pool umbrellas
  • Water sports equipment
  • Paddleboard on site


  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Garden
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace
  • Fitness center
  • Golf driving range on site
  • 3 outdoor pools
  • Art gallery on site
  • Designer stores on site
  • Arcade/game room
  • Full-service spa
  • Outdoor tennis court
  • Massage/treatment rooms


  • No elevator (single level property)
  • Well-lit path to entrance


  • Arabic
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Hindi
  • Italian
  • Russian

Room amenities

Be entertained

  • 42-inch LED TV
  • Satellite TV channels

Home comfort

  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Minibar
  • Espresso maker
  • Electric kettle
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Children's slippers
  • Iron/ironing board (on request)

Sleep well

  • Pillow menu
  • Down comforter
  • Blackout drapes/curtains
  • Turndown service
  • Premium bedding
  • Free crib/infant bed

What to enjoy

  • Private pool
  • Furnished patio
  • Individually furnished and decorated
  • Separate sitting area

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Deep soaking bathtub
  • Separate bathtub and shower
  • Rainfall showerhead
  • Bidet
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer
  • Towels
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste (on request)

Stay connected

  • Desk
  • Free dial-up internet
  • Free local calls
  • Electrical adapters/chargers

Food and drink

  • Champagne service
  • Free bottled water
  • Cookware, dishes, and utensils
  • Children's dinnerware
  • Highchair


  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe
  • Guidebooks/recommendations
  • Local maps
  • Restaurant dining guide

Special features


All-inclusive room rates at JA Manafaru are available. These rates are higher because they include onsite food and beverages in the room rate (some restrictions may apply).

Water activities


Land activities

Fitness facilities


Calm Spa Sanctuary has 9 treatment rooms including rooms for couples and outdoor treatment areas. Services include facials, body wraps, body scrubs, and detox wraps. The spa is equipped with a sauna and a steam room. A variety of treatment therapies are provided, including aromatherapy, Ayurvedic, and reflexology. The spa is open select days.


White Orchid Lounge - This beachfront fine-dining restaurant specializes in Asian cuisine and serves breakfast and dinner.
Ocean Grill - This beachfront restaurant specializes in seafood and serves dinner only. Open daily.
The Cellar - This wine bar serves dinner only. Reservations are required. Open daily.
Kakuni Restaurant - Overlooking the ocean, this restaurant specializes in international cuisine and serves breakfast and dinner. Open daily.
Andiamo Bistro and Pool - This bistro serves dinner only. Open daily.

Fees & policies

Mandatory fees

You'll be asked to pay the following charges by the property at check-in or check-out:
  • A tax is imposed by the city: USD 6.00 per person, per night
  • Christmas Eve (24 December) Gala Dinner per adult: USD 245
  • Christmas Eve (24 December) Gala Dinner per child: USD 145 (from 6 to 11 years old)
  • New Year's Eve (31 December) Gala Dinner per adult: USD 495.00
  • New Year's Eve (31 December) Gala Dinner per child: USD 250.00 (from 6 to 11 years old)
  • Airplane transfer per adult: USD 753 (roundtrip)
  • Airplane transfer per child: USD 689.04 (roundtrip), from 2 to 11 years old
  • Additional fee for children (from 12 years old to 17 years old): USD 550 per person, per stay
The additional fee covers transfer fees for guests ages 12-17.

Optional extras

  • Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge

Children & extra beds

  • Rollaway beds are available for USD 300 per night

Pool, spa, & gym (if applicable)

  • Pool access available from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
  • Reservations are required for massage services and spa treatments and can be made by contacting the property before arrival at the number on the booking confirmation

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Personal protective equipment, including masks and gloves, will be available to guests.

Periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitizer; cashless payment methods are available for all transactions.

Enhanced food service safety measures are in place.

Individually-wrapped food options are available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and also through room service.

Each guestroom is kept vacant for a minimum of 24 hours between bookings.

This property affirms that it adheres to the cleaning and disinfection practices of Safe Travels (WTTC - Global).


Some rooms at this property are not suitable for children. Please add child ages in the search parameters to display available rooms.

If you require a visa to enter the country, your property may be able to help with the supporting documents needed to obtain one. To learn more, you can reach out to the property via the contact details included on your booking confirmation. The property may charge for this assistance, even if you end up cancelling your reservation. All arrangements are solely between the property and yourself.

Noise-free guestrooms cannot be guaranteed.

This property does not have elevators.

Guests can rest easy knowing there's a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, a security system, and a first aid kit on site.

Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.

The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation.

This property accepts credit cards, debit cards and cash.

Also known as

JA Manafaru
JA Manafaru Baarah
JA Manafaru Hotel
JA Manafaru Hotel Baarah
JA Manafaru Resort
JA Resort
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Hotel Haa Aliff Atoll
JA Manafaru Resort
JA Manafaru Manafaru Island
JA Manafaru Resort Manafaru Island

Frequently asked questions

Does JA Manafaru offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, JA Manafaru does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
How much does it cost to stay at JA Manafaru?
As of 30 January 2023, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at JA Manafaru on 02 March 2023 start from R15 357, including taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at JA Manafaru?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property and guests are provided with hand sanitizer. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Is there a pool at JA Manafaru?
Yes, there are 3 outdoor pools and a children's pool. Guests have pool access from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
Are pets allowed at JA Manafaru?
Sorry, pets and service animals aren't allowed.
Is airport shuttle service offered by JA Manafaru?
Yes, an airport shuttle is available.
What are the check-in and check-out times at JA Manafaru?
You can check in from 2:00 PM - 9:00 PM. Check-out time is noon. Express check-in and check-out are available.
What is there to do at JA Manafaru and nearby?
Have fun with onsite activities like kayaking, parasailing, and sailing and improve your game at the onsite tennis courts. Additional recreation onsite includes volleyball and yoga. Indulge in a treatment at the spa and enjoy a swim in one of the 3 outdoor swimming pools. JA Manafaru also has a private beach, private pools, and a fitness center, as well as spa services, an arcade, and a picnic area.
Are there restaurants at or near JA Manafaru?
Yes, there are 6 onsite restaurants, featuring beachfront dining, Asian cuisine, and ocean views.
Does JA Manafaru have rooms with private spa tubs?
Yes, each room has a deep soaking bathtub.
Does JA Manafaru have any outdoor private spaces?
Yes, every room features a private pool and a furnished patio.
What's the area around JA Manafaru like?
JA Manafaru is located on the waterfront.







Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities




10/10 Exceptional

What is not to like. Even in the monsoon season it was paradise. The staff was so attentive without being overbearing. The food was delicious and the accommodations were superb. Thanks to Mangal, Umar, Nizam, Rosa, Paveen, Isse, Shaad and of course Coco for taking care of our every need.
Terrell, 6-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

This is a stunning property and is set up brilliantly for a relaxing stay, with gorgeous settings and lovely staff. Our host Rafu was exceptional - both polite, helpful and great with our toddler. The one area to improve is to be more proactive with arranging guest transfers. The island is located at the edge of the Maldives so transfers are less frequent and can be unsociable hours; we would have appreciated better upfront planning or at least notification of potential timing challenges. All in all, do pick this hotel as it is fabulous but ensure you know your plans in detail for transfers to avoid a bumpy set of discussions
Rehana, 9-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

This property was AMAZING!! The staff was as friendly as can be. I stayed in one of the water bungalows, which was a top-notch accommodation. All the non-motorized water sports were included, the food was terrific, and the water and beaches were gorgeous. My only issue was they did not have the breakfast buffet, but you are able to order whatever you want for breakfast, and it's all included. Also, it is quite far from the Male airport. It takes an additional 3-4 hours to get from there to the island through a domestic flight (not the nicest transportation) and an hour long boat ride. However, it was all worth it!
Molly, 5-night trip
Verified Orbitz guest review

8/10 Very good

Great Place
Overall was an amazing time & great employees! That is besides the GM Karen who was unprofessional and did not fix 1 or 2 problems we had.
4-night trip with friends
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2/10 Poor

not going to that resort again
it should not be under five star, maybe four. The water villa was nice but the pool water was super smelly and the ladder/stairs going into the water was not safe- the screws were out and could fall off any minute. We asked for coconut water and were told we have to wait a day for them to provide it. Usually it is available at all times at other resorts and for free. At JA we they charge you for that. The food not so great, especially the presentation. They did not have so many options on the SPA menu too. Not worth going to that resort and it is 1.5 hrs on seaplane.
alyaa, 4-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

9-night trip
Verified Expedia guest review

10/10 Exceptional

This resort is really awesome, in terms of the friendly atmosphere and staff. The restaurants there served a very delicious food, since am vegan I found the restaurant vegan friendly. The cleaning services also was very good.
4-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

This review is long overdue. My wife and I spent a week of our honeymoon at JA Manufaru back in 2016. We could not have had a more wonderful time in a more wonderful place. Manufaru will always hold a special place in our heart. The island is completely magical and the resort staff did an amazing job of being ever available yet allowing us to experience the island for our selves. Both my wife and I are very well traveled and Manufaru remains our favorite destination. When we left, we were looking forward to going back on a future anniversary. I would personally vouch for this place. It was that good.
5-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Extremely well maintained given that this has been around for many years. Pros 1. Bathroom amenities are all by Elemis. Love the conditioner, because it's not diluted. 2. Housekeeping comes in a few times a day, room is very clean. They draw the curtain when it's sunset, cools down the room so you can rest right away after dinner. They even put extra bottles for us knowing we finished up the water on the first day. Very observant and thoughtful 3. Water around is clear. No rubbish. 4. Water villas are not joined together which means you have all the privacy you need. 5. Water pressure in shower is awesome 6. Breakfast was full of options. Good for 3 days stay. 7. In villa dining is 24 hours 8. Free snorkel equipment rental in half board. 9. Dinner options are just enough. 10. Very polite and efficient staffs all around the resort. 11. Lobster dinner was delicious. Fresh and tasty. 12. Seaplane transfer was the cheapest I see, comparing to other resorts. 13. Smoked trout, smoked mackeral, omelette, pancakes and waffles were our favourites every morning. 14. Fresh juices and very delicious passionfruit daiquiri 15. Last but not least, minimum to zero mosquitoes. It really helped a lot to not have any mosquitoes especially when dining along the beach. 2 thumbs up. Cons 1. Overpriced Spa. It's comfortable and quality massage, just really overpriced. We are talking about 550usd for couple. 80min massage with 40min scrub. Which definitely wasn't that
3-night romance trip
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10/10 Exceptional

The resort was paradise. The room, the gorgeous beach and ocean, impeccable service and friendly smiles everywhere you go made the stay an unforgettable experience. The only thing that i wasn’t a fan of was having your experience host calling or knocking on your door to remind you of restaurant reservations. Us personally do not like to be bothered on vacations and are fully capable of setting up reservations on our own. Nonetheless place still gets 5 stars as everything else makes up for it.
Drone view . However no drones are allowed for use on property. Was informed after the fact.
Path to bungalow
Scuba diving by the jetty
Antoine, 7-night trip
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