There are fish feeding sessions, local island tours, dolphin cruises, and fishing trips too. If you want some time away from the kids, you can request for babysitting services and take a romantic cruise at sunset. You would also like little touches such as a kids’ menu with a colouring sheet at each restaurant, a weekly activity schedule in the clubs, bicycles outside every villa, and an updated daily program list every evening. The resort offers an all-inclusive package that includes all meals, beverages, unlimited non-motorised sports, in-villa minibar, a fruit basket and bottle of wine on arrival.
Getting There: No visa is required to enter the Maldives. Mega Maldives Airlines operates a direct four-hour flight from Delhi to Male. On landing, JA Manafaru will arrange for a seaplane transfer to the resort (journey is 80 minutes). Alternatively, you can take a domestic flight to the Hamimaadhoo International Airport and arrive at the resort on a speedboat.
Stay: All villas, suites, and bungalows at the resort have private pools. If you’re travelling with kids, request for the Beach Suite with a sundeck and direct access to the beach. For honeymooners, the Grand Water Two- Bedroom Suite is perfect. Positioned at the tip of the resort, it has sea-facing bedrooms, an outdoor deck, and an infinity pool. Base category bungalows start at US$720 per night.
Eat: The resort has multiple dining options including the main restaurant, Kakuni, which hosts theme dinners; The Cellar is perfect for private dinners and wine tastings; the ocean-front Ocean Grill serves fresh meats and seafood; The White Orchid is an Asian restaurant with a live teppanyaki station; and Andiamo Bistro is perfect for pizzas and salads. The Infinity Bar serves drinks and light snacks all through the day.
Things To Do: At JA Manafaru, you can snorkel in the house reef or take a speedboat to the colourful reef close to the neighboring island, Muladhoo. The resort also offers excursions to this island to understand local culture. Additionally, there are non-water sports such as biking, beach volleyball, tennis, and football, kids’ clubs, a spa, pools, a boutique, and a fitness center.
WOW Club: The trip was organised by the Women on Wanderlust club for the International Women’s Day. More on their travels on wowclub.in