The Arrival

JA Manafaru Launches New Bar Named “Veli”

JA Manafaru has opened the most northern bar in the Maldives just in time for the upcoming festive season. Named “Veli Bar”, which stands for “Sand Bar” in the Dhivehi Language.
Veli bar offers panoramic views over the peaceful Indian Ocean as well as the chance to be serenaded by live music or join in the fun of karaoke during enchanting island nights.

The bar entwines the traditions of fine wines and spirits with wellness forward tonics, tinctures, homemade kombucha and more to create a space designed for social interactions and spirited fun.

The extensive crafted cocktail menu has been designed with the resort’s reinvented sustainability focus using produce from the gardens to create fresh flavors. The menu also works to fulfil JA Manafaru’s Zero food waste goals with creative garnishes and the creation of Tepache, a fermented beverage that uses waste pineapple skins.


Veli Bar is also home to the resort’s Wellness lab creations where the skilled bar team have created an array of tinctures to craft specialised Bitters to suit the individual cocktails. They also make chemical free natural tonic water the old-fashioned way with Cinchona bark. This also allows them to create a sugar free version of this popular mixer.

The JA Manafaru team are also busily fermenting a range of beverages including proper Kombucha, Lacto-Fermented Lemonade and natural Ginger Beer.

Also in keeping with the resorts Sustainability goals, the new bars décor has been devised with the skilled tradesmen on the island upcycling furniture and using items from nature found on the lush natural island such as tree stumps for side tables and beautiful orchids grown on the resort itself.

Experience an idyllic escape in the secluded sanctuary of JA Manafaru. Within the crystal-clear waters of the Indian Ocean lies this tropical castaway island.

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