With its coral atolls, glamorous resorts, and pristine beaches, the Maldives is a dream destination for loved-up couples from all over the world, and for good reason.
Private Islands in Paradise
An exotic paradise of postcard-perfect beaches, exotic lagoons and swaying palm trees, the Maldives is an archipelago of 1,192 coral islands that lie south-southwest of India. When it comes to romantic getaways, chances are privacy is top of your list and what could be more secluded than a private island?
One island you'd happily be marooned on is the picture-perfect JA Manafaru. The private island resort encompasses everything that the Maldives are famous for – white sandy beaches, lush greenery, enchanting thatched villas, azure waters, and an infectiously relaxed atmosphere. Home to beach villas and over-water suites with private outdoor pools, decks and a dedicated villa host at your beck and call, JA Manafaru and honeymoons just seem to go together. It's on this 35-acre property you'll find a world of adventure, from underwater discoveries to dolphin cruises, and traditional Maldivian cooking classes to deep sea fishing. Whatever inspires you, it all awaits you here.
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Foodie couples are simply spoilt for choice at the award-winning JA Manafaru. Taking guests on a culinary journey across seven world-class dining destinations, the resort is proud to serve up international flavours and simply the freshest seafood you've ever tried.
If you love Japanese, Chinese and Thai food, White Orchid is a must-visit. Set over the glittering Indian Ocean, the restaurant boasts a teppanyaki table and a passion for artistic presentation. Seafood and quality steaks are at the heart of the resort's Ocean Grill restaurant, while a gourmet breakfast at Kakuni is the perfect way to start the day.
For an unforgettable dining experience, the opulent Cellar is the place to sample haute cuisine and explore the acclaimed 'wine cave'. With an extensive selection of fine wines and an internationally rated Chef at the helm, a Wine Cellar Dinner experience is something you won't want to miss.
Of course, you can't sweep that special someone off their feet by whisking them away to a private island without indulging in a cocktail or two by the pool. A lush poolside oasis, Andiamo Bistro and Pool serve a kaleidoscope of Mediterranean delicacies, while the Infinity Bar and Pool is blessed with uninterrupted views to the horizon. Top it all off when you visit Horizon Lounge. Known for its sunset dining experiences, the lounge is just made for sipping signature cocktails and watching the sun set over the water with your sweetheart.
Whether it's relaxation or adventure you're after, JA Manafaru has you covered. You'll love diving into the crystal-clear waters when you go on a snorkelling safari or diving with the resort’s five-star PADI & SSI certified dive centre. Watersports such as stand-up paddle boarding are popular activities, as are learning to fish in the traditional Maldivian style. Be sure to immerse yourselves in the local culture when you take part in a Local Island Experience. You'll discover the island's heritage and try cuisine freshly prepared by locals on a guided tour that's impossible to forget.
For the ultimate island honeymoon, JA Manafaru's Castaway experiences offer sheer romance. You'll be transported by boat to your own uninhabited island for a day of snorkelling, sunbaking and picnicking. Two words – paradise found.
JA Manafaru's Calm Spa is just that. Nestled amongst the island's mangroves, the spa has partnered with the world renowned Elemis to offer couples aromatherapy massages and treatments that will have you feeling chilled and recharged.
The resort's Romantic Spa Getaway for Couples experience includes an exotic body exfoliation for that super soft skin you've been dreaming of, as well as an indulgent massage with organic coconut oil. To really reinvigorate the senses, the three-day Couples Spa Retreat programme features a nourishing Maldivian massage, two signature massages, cocooning hair treatment and skin booster facial. Well you've got to look good on your honeymoon, right?
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