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Meeru Island Resort & Spa
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Crookham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

My Wife and I have just returned from Meeru where I celebrated my 70th Birthday, we first visited the Island in 2009 and thought that it ticked all the boxes for a quiet relaxing Holiday with good food, caring staff and a wonderful location. We were once again over whelmed by the wonderful staff, the excellant food and the tropical Island setting, it started by being personally met by a member of staff and guided to a table where we were served a drink which was in a coconut and given a cold flannel to help wipe away some of our travel weariness. Our villa was in the 650's a surperb location, in the Villa was a Welcome back to Meeru Message and a wonderful selection of tropical fruits. On my Birthday I received a card from the staff accompanied by another selection of fruit and a small cake wishing me A Happy Birthday, our room boy ( Mohamod) did an exquisete job of decorating our bed, we rounded off the day with a wonderful meal in the Asian Wok which is a resturant over the water with it's own special ambience . Truly a holiday to remember and maybe another visit is on the cards.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

There is no word to describe this holiday. It was simply out of this world. It was our first time to Maldives and we were there from 20th-27th Oct and later regretted that should have come for two weeks! We had booked Jacuzzi beach villa but on arrival were upgraded to the jacuzzi water villa for two nights. What an experience and I know for sure next time will always go for jacuzzi water villas. Also, we were on inclusive package and glad we had it as majority of the drinks (alcoholic & non-alcoholic) drinks were included and also use of kayaking, golf course etc. Snorkelling was amazing and we saw many beautiful corals and fishes just whilst snorkelling in the beach. With $6 price, they took us to the in-house reef point on a boat and what a beautiful marine life it had! Every night they have some entertainment in the bar such as crab racing, Maldivian folk dance, DJ night, live band music etc. There is a tailor also and he stitched two wonderful dresses for me for $29 each. There is a small shop and you can get anything you would ideally need for a beach holiday! The food was absolutely brilliant and waiters were friendly. Nobody expects a tip but I suggest tipping your waiter (you will have the same waiter for the length of your stay) and your room boy. We tipped $20 each. If you are not travelling with children, then I suggest opt for the northern side of the beach as you will then be given the Mallan restuarant which is adult only and is much much nicer than the other one. It is just by the beach ;) Asian Wok is a must to go as the food is amazing and it is a good experience dining in the water restaurant. It is not very pricey either. We went for spa treatment too but weren't impressed by the massage. But again a good experience. We wish we could go back every year!

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

we stayed at meeru island from 28th september-12th october and loved every single minute! when we arrived we were told our water villa wasnt available and were offered a 3 day, 2 night cruise.after much deliberation we decided to go for it.it was the best decision..we met 4 other couples on the boat and had the best time.if you get offered this,do it,you wont regret it.im not keen on boats at all but it truly was amazing .lots of snorkelling(take your own equipment),swam with turtles,stopped off at a couple of islands,enjoyed a romantic night time meal on a beach,entertainment was provided by the boat staff who were GREAT! they couldnt do enough for you and were so friendly,we had plenty of laughs! when the cruise was over we were taken to our water villa,number 515 and it was breath taking..would recommend these without a doubt:-) spent so much time sat on the lower deck watching the rays,eels,sharks swim by.outside bathroom was a novelty which i got use to in the end..having a shower looking up at the stars on a night..wow! room was kept lovely,clean beach towels and bathroom towels every day.we booked full board and was going to upgrade to all inclusive at meeru but because of our villa not being ready we were upgraded for nothing:-) had several walks around the island stopping off for drinks at the bars..the iced coffees are addictive! our allocated restaurant was the maalan,the food here was brilliant..hence me putting on 8lb :-D overall service on the island was very good..spent most of our nights in the uthuru bar watching the sun set with a nice glass of rose wine.we also loved the pavillion bar on an evening,sat in the nice big bucket chairs.the infinity pool was breath taking,couldnt believe how quiet it was around there some days..saw lots of gheckos and friut bats,loved watching them,also saw a few rats,but as soon as they clocked us,they were off into the bushes..DO NOT let this spoil your decision of going to meeru though because you will regret it..kayaked around the island once(hubbys decision).that was enough exercise for me! we ate in the asian wok once,wow,what a place.the service was FIRST CLASS from entering to leaving! the food was good but jeeze,did you get a lot!our meal was $170 for the 2 of us..we then stuck to eating in the maalan because we thought the food there was just as good.it was nice to have that treat though.i am a total sun worshipper but even i struggled some days with the heat..took lots of factor 30 and burnt..my forehaed and nose burnt(never happened before) so please be aware of how HOT it is..the only shoes we took were "beach shoes" because the coral in the sea and on the sand can be rough..next time(we are defo going again) i will maybe take 1 pair of flip flops for the evening because some of the walkways were hard to walk on.think thats just me being a wimp though:-) had to visit the doctor during our stay.he was great.$45 to see him and get some tablets and medicine but it was worth it,felt soo much better the next day. overall,our dream holiday was just that..it was meant to be a once in a lifetime trip..but ive already been pricing up for next year.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

This was our first time in the Maldives, and what a way to spend our honeymoon, from the moment we arrived the staff on the island never let us lift a finger. From the moment our speed boat arrived they took our luggage to our rooms and greeted us with a nice refreshing cocktail. We were then taken by beach buggy to our villa. We were in room 526 on the north side of the island. I loved our villa, the front we had sand and at the back our steps lead straight into the sea. We would watch all the fish and sharks swim past our villa sat out on our sun beds on the decking.

By the time we had unpacked it was lunch time, and our restaurant was in the Maalan. The food here was amazing, no day was every the same and they also did themed menu's like mexican, Italian and indian. You have your own waiter for the whole of your stay, we had Areef, and he was excellent, as soon as we finished our drinks he always made sure we had refills, I would recommend going fully inclusive as the drinks can been expensive. We also dined in the a la carte restaurant Asian Wok, where we paid to have dinner on the beach with romantic candles. This was a five course menu and the staff made you feel so special. With the fully inclusive package you get a different cocktails of the day. These were lovely apart from the whiskey ones, although they were free all day, so I drank them!

I was a bit nervous that we may be bored some days,but there is so much to do as well as excursions that you can go on. As part of the fully inclusive package you get a free sunset cruise punch trip, this was amazing and I would recommend paying for it,if you don't get this in your holiday package, you get to see the sun go down with some punch, but best of all you get to see some dolphins, they are very proud of their dolphins and they like sharing that moment with you. We also kaiaked round the island, this is free everyday if you are fully inclusive, the only thing I would say here is don't do this in high tide, we made a big mistake! We also enjoyed plying a round of golf, but having never played before dodging the very large fish ponds was a bit tricky. My favourite part was the snorkelling and the over water spa. The best place to snorkel is on the north side, around by the spa, although when we were they the fish were in mating season and were a bit nippy towards you. If you don't have an underwater camera would recommend you hire one. Also again try and do this in low tide, the sea is more calm so less sand being washed around. And finally the over water spa, we first of all booked the honeymoon indulgence, WOW what can I say this was pure pleasure, you get a complete head to toe massage and to finish off you go in the jacuzzi with some fresh fruit and tea looking out over the sea. We didn't take our camera but they will take your photo, so remember to take it. We enjoyed this so much we booked 2 more treatments each. Definitely go to the over the water spa, slightly dearer but worth it. In the evening we would watch the sun go down sat at the Uthura bar. Again they wait on you, you never need to go to the bar, we were very well looked after by Yovan. Let's not forget to remember the room boy Ibrahim, who kept our villa tidy and made the beds look nice and romantic each day. They supply you with fresh beach towels everyday so there is no need to take any if you wish.

We went on some of the excursions to Male, the only thing that we didn't like was when you walk around, they all try getting you to come into there shops. We also did the Robinson Crusoe trip, where we had our own sand bank to ourself.

Now lets talk about the beach, this is white sands and feels lovely on your feet, don't waste luggage weight taking lots of shoes you will not wear them. The sea is so blue and warm, you will spend most of your time in there. We had to buy shoes from the gift shop as the coral can be quite sharpe to walk on.

Overall this was the most amazing honeymoon, and before we left we were already planning when we would go back.

Oh and before I forget, everyone on reviews write about the rats, to be fair in the 2 weeks we were there we saw about 5 at night but as soon as they saw us they were gone, but you do see lots of crabs, lizards, gecko's, fruit bats and if your luckily some storks but these also pay no attention to you.

I would recommend this island to everyone, and both my husband and I can not wait to go back :-))

Room Tip: Go for the water villa's get the best of both worlds, sea and sand. Go for the north side this...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

We travelled from Gatwick, London to Meerufenfushi, Meeru Island Resort on the 31st September and arrived on Monday 1st October for our honeymoon. We flew with British Airways and had a smooth flight. The transfer from the airport was simple and there were plenty of people ready to help and direct us. We waited approx. 10 minutes (a good idea to grab some water) and were called to the harbour, were we boarded straight on to a boat. The crew gave us complimentary water and the 1 hour trip to Meeru began. As our flight was over night this was an ideal time to catch some sleep, unless you were able to look out at the islands as you travelled through the North Male Atoll. Once we had arrived (and got over the fact that the sea really is that clear and it's not a giant swimming pool we grouped in the reception and given a free punch.
Once the small amount of paper work had been completed we were shown to our jacuzzi beach villa (600s) There had been a problem with our booking, this was not Meeru's fault and was the responsibilty of Hayes and Jarvis our tour operator. This was quickly solved by Meeru and the rep, although at a $900 cost to us.
The villa was very clean and spacious, and we were supplied with a fruit basket and card, with a complementary massage at the Duniye Spa (over water).
We generally spent our 12 days enjoying all that Meeru had to offer. We snorkelled many times, although there is an excursion and coaching we went alone (the island maps around the island detail the best places) and this was easy and amazing to see reef sharks and many fish on the coral all while standing at waist height. We recommend you take your own equipment for snorkelling. This is much cheaper then hiring or buying the equipment on the island,
The all-inclusive package includes 1 kayaking trip around the island, the water was super calm and allowed us to watch the fish swim on the coral below - amazing.
We also played mini golf - beware the locals will enjoy watching you so make sure you perfect your swing! I provided many laughs to the teenagers!
We spent most of our time by the infinity pool, mostly quiet and relaxing, with spots in the sun or under the shade of the palms. The waiters will ensure your glass is kept topped up while you cool off in the pool, right on the white sandy beach.
Our most surprising element about from the beauty and warmth was the food. We ate in the Maalan resturant (with gorgeous views) - the location of your villa will determine which of the buffet restuarants you eat in, I am personally glad of our allocated resturant. The same waiter will attend to you, for breakfast, lunch and dinner for the duration of your stay and will be like old friends by the time you leave!
The food was incredible with an impressive selection for every meal, be sure to visit the chefs who will cook their dish right in front of you.
One night we took advantage of the "Hot Rock" resturant, your select the meat, the sides, the sauce and the beverage. You are then presented with a *very* hot rock ready for cooking your meat on, exactly how you like it. This was a lovely evening, beside the pool. This is not part of the all inclusive package and comes at an extra cost. The menus are available before sitting down to eat so you can check before hand.
As part of the all-inclusive package is a sunset cruise (also available seperately), this is a fantastic opportunity to watch the sunset over the Indian Ocean as you watch dolphins paly around your boat. I am not keen on choppy water, so stayed inside the boat, the staff looked after us nervous people and those brave enough outside took wonderful photos.
Along as the waiters are your room boys, we did not meet ours, her was very illusive. However, our villa was spotless and turned down 3 times a day without fail.
Depature was just, if not easier, as arriving, it was very sad to leave and we will most definitely return. If you have not been to the Maldives, imagine those photos you have seen of it - then step inside, it is all you have imagined and more. It is expensive and be prepared to pay more even if you are on an all-inclusive package, but worth it!

Room Tip: - Take a hat, it is very very hot, sunburnt head hurts! - Drink lots and lots of water, being on t...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012 via mobile

The place is amazing. The island is well equipped and well layed out.there are two parts to gte island,tthe middle and end. We found the middle to be a bit more lively will the end was perfectly peaceful.
Food was great with at least 5 choices for each course at every meal. The bars are very quiet and relaxed however here's where the only problem occurs. We went all inclusive and I would advise you do the same. I like to tip at the end of my holiday so when I didn't tip at every service the waiters stopped serving us. I found some of the staff to be quite rude. This was a real shame as others could be very helpful. That said I would go back again in a heartbeat. Oh do get in the water the shareware small and stay away.

  • Stayed June 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012 via mobile

First visit to the Maldives and after much research decided to book Meeru having seen the reviews. Arrived to find our chosen room type water villa not available a little disappointed as this was our silver wedding anniversary trip. Was giveb a jacuzzi beach villa 108 instead for 1 night and negotiated a few extras for the inconvenience. Next day moved to water villa 505 not as plush inside as 108 but on the east side sane as infinity pool and lovely and quiet. We then saw a flyer about giving up your room for two days to go on a cruise having not yet unpacked properly and seen previous reviews thought why not! Turned out to be fantastic ok cabin a bit small but you only sleep in it and two shower/toilets shared between the 8 cabins again not a problem did not have to queue once. Food on boat was exceptional as was the crew although be warned Ahmed plays a wicked game of Uno! Fantastic snorkelling saw turtles, sharks, lobsters and the cast of finding nemo! Can't remember the guys name but he knew where to go to find all those when snorkelling and gave you a bit more confidence. Met some great people on the boat, hi to Sharon &Chris and Jessica &James hope the rest of your holiday went well. Back to Meeru after the two days on the boat to a jacuzzi water villa 731 WOW! You also get a complimentary Asian Wok meal and AIP for going on the boat. Waking up every morning to a view of the Indian Ocean as the sun rises is priceless the beach area at the north near our villa was very quiet and almost felt like we were the only ones on the island some days. Our neighbours Sabine and Rolf turned out to be great company although havibg taught them the rules of snooker they then thrashed us! The food in both the self service restaurants is superb great choice and caters for all it is also piping hot which is not always the case in other hotels. The staff are very friendly and a special hi to Fasheen our room boy and Ali our waiter also to Ronan Keating! (sorry cant remember your real name but you know who you are). Snorkelling was fantastic on the island and especially near the 700's and over water spa never seen so many fish so close to the shore! Now for the bad points.........sorry there are none in my opinion ok so you may see the odd rat but quite harmless and nothing you don't get in any town or city in the UK. There is a little noise from the generator but the rooms we were in meant we did not hear a thing. The disturbance from the current buolding works is minimal it may be more so if your villa is closerbut we did notget impacted by it. Would I recommend Meeru you bet I would great place great staff and good value and will most definitely be going back. Having spoken to others who had been to a few of the Maldive islsnds I get the impressionMeeru is as good if not better than the rest and has a lot to offer for those who want to do more than sit and sunbathe.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Also Known As:
Meeru Island Hotel North Male Atoll
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Meeru Island Resort
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Location: Maldives > Kaafu Atoll > North Male Atoll > Meerufenfushi
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Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Hotel Class:4 star — Meeru Island Resort & Spa 4*
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Meeru Island Resort, surrounded by a beautiful lagoon and long stretches of white, sandy beach, is the only Resort on the island of Meerufenfushi, North Male’ Atoll. It is 1200 meters long by 350 meters wide, about 90 acres. Your speedboat transfer from Ibrahim Nasir International Airport is a scenic, 55 minute ride ... more   less 
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