JA Resorts & Hotels buys Manafaru resort
Maldives.net.mv – JA Resorts & Hotels has entered Maldives after buying an existing island resort for an undisclosed fee.
The Dubai-based international hospitality company, which will own and manage the all-inclusive resort in the Northern Haa Alifu Atoll, takes over the property from March 28 and will relaunch it as JA Manafaru – officially in the third or fourth quarter.
The resort was previously operated as Beach House Iruveli by Sun Siyam.
The property contains 84 keys, comprising beach villas and water villas, along with eight food and beverage outlets, a spa and beauty complex, water sports and PADI dive centre, and extensive children’s entertainment area.
Guests will take 75-minute seaplane transfers to the resort from Ibrahim Nasir International Airport in Male.
David Thomson, COO of JA Resorts & Hotels, said it marks the first in a series of future leisure properties, and complements its Enchanted Island Resort in the Seychelles.
A JA Resorts & Hotels spokeswoman added that moving into the Maldives was a “natural move” given the operator’s experience of running premium hotels in Dubai, and synergies that exist with its client base.
The all-inclusive rates, to be announced at a later stage, will include the seaplane transfer, non-motorised water sports activities and access to the children’s care area.
Established in 1981, JA Resorts & Hotels manages a unique portfolio of luxury Dubai hotels including the 5-star JA Jebel Ali Golf Resort (JA Jebel Ali Beach Hotel and JA Palm Tree Court), Hatta Fort Hotel mountain retreat, JA Oasis Beach Tower apartments, the cruise vessel Bateaux Dubai and Al Sahra Desert Resort. Each of these special entities offer superior and distinctive products and services.