The award-winning hospitality group, JA Resorts & Hotels’, Maldives property, JA Manafaru, won two prestigious regional awards along with a country title at the 2018 World Travel Awards. They received the Indian Ocean's Leading Honeymoon Resort 2018 award, while the Royal Island Suite at the resort won Indian Ocean's Leading Hotel Suite 2018 as well as the Maldives’ Leading Hotel Suite 2018.
A 75-minute seaplane flight away from the main Velana International Airport or a 45-minute domestic flight to Hanimaadhoo Airport followed by a 35-minute luxury speedboat transfer, JA Manafaru is a peaceful island situated in the northernmost atoll of Haa Alif. Here, world-class service is delivered amidst dazzling turquoise waters, white beaches, distinct Maldivian architecture and exuberant vegetation.
The resort holds 83 villas and suites dotted around, each with their own private plunge pool.
Two exquisite Royal Island Suites await travellers and spa aficionados. Perfect for a large group, whether its family or friends, this exclusive two-storey beach residence has its very own private spa facilities and treatment room. Passing through a private courtyard decorated with ornamental ponds, the airy living and dining area opens to reveal a spectacular private pool bordered by a massive sundeck, while rich greenery surrounds the secluded pristine beachfront with a beach cabana.
At JA Manafaru, guests can also find island bliss with over eight spa treatment rooms at the award-winning Calm Spa, gourmet-galore at one of seven restaurants and create lasting memories with water sports promising to get your blood pumping like jet skiing, kayaking as well as scuba diving
The Africa and Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony of the World Travel Awards was held in the world-class Durban International Convention Centre, Durban, South Africa, on October 6, 2018.
Established in 1993, World Travel Awards acknowledges, rewards and celebrates excellence across all key sectors of the travel, tourism and hospitality industries. Celebrating its 25th anniversary year in 2017, its annual program is renowned as the most prestigious and comprehensive in the global industry and is recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of industry excellence. Each year, World Travel Awards covers the globe with a series of regional gala ceremonies staged to recognise and celebrate individual and collective success within each key geographical region. World Travel Awards Gala Ceremonies are widely regarded as the best networking opportunities in the travel industry, attended by government and industry leaders, luminaries and international print and broadcast media.
The 2018 African and Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony marked the sixth leg of the WTA Grand Tour 2018 – a series of regional events to acknowledge the world’s outstanding travel brands. Events on the tour include Ras al Khaimah (United Arab Emirates), Athens (Greece), Hong Kong, Guayaquil (Ecuador) and Montego Bay (Jamaica).
The regional winners will progress to the Grand Final 2018, which is being hosted in Lisbon (Portugal) on December 1.