DeLuxe Travel Awards 2020

Romantic Dreams in a Tropical Island Paradise Experience an idyllic island escape in the secluded sanctuary of JA Manafaru, Maldives. In the crystal-clear waters of the Indian Ocean lies a tropical Maldives resort, blending the serenity of the Maldives with seven world-class restaurants, extensive leisure activities, and exotic spa and wellness facilities. Set against a backdrop of exquisite vistas, magical moments are captured and romance comes alive. Our journey, which led to us becoming an international hospitality company known for its unique collection of properties, started in 1981 with the formation of Dutco Hotels. Named after our parent company which was established in 1947, the new company owned and operated the Arabian Gulf’s first two resort properties in Dubai: Jebel Ali Hotel and Hatta Fort Hotel. Chairman of JA Resorts & Hotels, Ahmed Baker tells the story of a successful homegrown hospitality company from its inception in the late 1970’s. Now a legacy UAE brand with a 38-year reputation for excellence, Chairman Baker reflects upon the invaluable vision, guidance and support he received from the nation’s leaders and his gratitude and appreciation for the JA Resorts & Hotels staff – whom he is proud to call family. Situated on a private island in the north of the Maldives, JA Manafaru provides luxurious beach bungalows, suites and over-water villas with private outdoor pools. An on-site PADI dive centre, 3 additional outdoor pools and pampering spa treatments are available. The property is spread over 35 acres of peaceful white sandy beach, and is accessible by either sea plane or domestic flight transfers from Male. Spacious and air-conditioned, all accommodations are equipped with a private pool, flat-screen TV, Nespresso coffeemaker, free WiFi and complimentary daily fruit. The over-water villas enjoy panoramic views of the Indian Ocean and either sunrise or sunset views. En suite bathrooms come with a relaxing rainshower, and some have a spa bathtub. The villa host is available round-the-clock and can arrange day trips to nearby islands and snorkelling spots. JAManafaru is a 30-minute boat ride from beautiful snorkelling sites. It takes 70 minutes via sea plane to get to the resort from Male International Airport, which is about 198.8 miles away. The beachfront Ocean Grill offers sizzling grilled meats and lobster buffets. Premium wine and cheese are available at The Cellar, located underground. Other dining options include international dishes and Maldivian cuisine at Kakuni Restaurant, home-made pizzas at the pool-side Andiamo Bistro, tapas at Horizon Lounge and Asian food at the Infinity pool bar. White Orchid teams incomparable views over the Indian Ocean with sumptuous cuisine CON TA C T 2062, Haa Alifu Atoll, Republic of Maldives Tel: +960 650 045 6 A B O U T J A MA N A FA R U MA L D I V E S | 95

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