Escape to the real Maldives

For those who have only dreamed of desert island honeymoons, far from civilisation is the jewel in the Maldives crown offering the most romantic of celebratory escapes.

Located in the northernmost atoll of the breath-taking archipelago, JA Manafaru is the most remote understated destination in the Maldives, and one that honeymooners wishing to mark the moment, renew vows or simply honour each other with an island Elder’s blessing – have enjoyed for years.

Perfect soft sand beaches and crystal-clear waters surround this idyllic private island that benefits from remoteness more than any other Maldives barefoot luxury resort. JA Manafaru offers an unrivalled level of privacy presenting a pristine natural island to quietly explore.

With an extensive list of ceremony and blessing set-ups, every small detail can be taken care of for your special occasion. From bouquets to button-hole flowers and from cakes to cameras, the island team are on hand to ensure your big moment goes as silky smooth as the Egyptian cotton bedsheets you’ll later drift away in.

Aside from the big day, JA Manafaru offers an endless choice of romantic experiences you and your partner will never forget, the hardest decision is what to do first. Imagine how it feels to be Robinson Crusoe and enjoy an intimate castaway picnic on an uninhabited island. For those with sea legs – sail away on your own catamaran or take in a sunset dolphin cruise.

On request, candlelit beach dinners under the stars are arranged and why not adventure out with a night-snorkel amidst the most diverse tropical Sealife you will ever encounter.

With a secret wine cellar buried below the sealine into the coral island, ‘The Cellar’ is the dining experience to complete this ultimate romantic escape. As the oldest and deepest wine cellar in the Maldives, this tiny stone labyrinth is made from volcanic Indonesian rock to ensure the perfect atmosphere and temperature for preserving some of the world’s finest wines. By prior reservation only, the Executive Chef will prepare a tailored menu over several courses to suit all tastes. For wine connoisseurs with extravagant palettes, why not select from classics including Rothschild and Margaux, finishing with a glass of Louis XIII, the most celebrated of French cognacs.

The multi-award-winning resort which is honoured with ‘Trip Advisor Traveller’s Choice Award’ in 2023 plus the triple accolade of ‘Maldives, Indian Ocean, & World’s Leading Honeymoon Resort’ in 2022 by World Travel Awards, appeals to those with discerning taste for interior design. Unintrusive traditional villa architecture is met with a modern brush of restrained neutrality, inviting the positive energy flowing from the spa and throughout the island into your home from home.

Whether you wish to listen to nature’s calling from the tropical forest canopy at dusk, or the lapping of the ocean as you sleep, the selection of spacious beach villas, breath-taking over-water villas and palatial two and three-bedroom residences, each with their secluded private pool (or pools), presents a choice for everyone – and for every occasion.

Source: JA Resorts & Hotels


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