Because our trip to the Maldives was part of a larger holiday and our time there limited, we did careful research to find the best option. On arrival at the airport we had to wait about 45 minutes for the next boat to the island, and the very scenic journey went smoothly and took just under an hour. As we disembarked from the boat, we saw the first of many reef sharks, and we knew we made the choice staying at Meeru.
We were booked into Jacuzzi water villa 339, which was in a spectacular location near the end of the jetty and relatively close to the edge of the atoll. The splurge was worth it. The villa was spacious, comfortable and very conducive to relaxing. To the left of the entrance was a dressing/storage area with shelves, hanging space and drawers. This area also featured a well-stocked though pricey mini-bar/refreshment area with a mini-fridge and a Nespresso maker.
The bathroom was located off the dressing area, which also had an entrance to the Jacuzzi area. The bathroom itself was massive, and featured a large wetroom area with a rain shower. The toiletries included eco-friendly pots of shampoo and shower gel. The bathroom led directly to the Jacuzzi area, so while there was a door from the hallway, there was not one at the end of the bathroom near the shower. This took a bit of getting used to, though the walls of the back deck were high enough to ensure privacy. There was a bad storm during our stay, so we did have to remove the towels and other items so they didn’t get soaked or blow around. The Jacuzzi area had a double sun-lounger and an umbrella for shade. The Jacuzzi was extremely relaxing, particularly at night looking up at the stars above and hearing the waves crashing below.
The bedroom area was to the left of the entrance. It was quite large, featuring a king-sized platform bed, nightstands, desk, tv, coffee table and settee. The bedroom opened onto the front deck and had amazing views of the ocean, particularly as the villa was so close to the edge of the atoll. The deck had a pair of sun-loungers as well as a table and a couple of chairs. From here, you could take the stairs directly into the ocean. There are floodlights on the end of the deck, which attracted a plethora of marine life at night, including rays and sharks as well as smaller species like squid and trigger fish. Being able to snorkel around our villa and watch the marine life below from the stairs and deck was a truly memorable experience.
Meeru has a lot to offer, including a variety of excursions and recreational activities. We opted to do our own thing and explore the island, snorkel and spend some time in the infinity pool – all of which were very enjoyable. The beaches are lovely, and the island really does look like something off a postcard.
We opted for the full board package, and the food at the restaurant we were assigned to was excellent, with a fantastic variety of options. The deserts were particularly inventive. The downside to not taking the all-inclusive package was that drinks do not come cheap, though for us the AI option would have been a bit of a waste.
The only negatives to our stay were a couple of service/staff issues. First, despite providing details of our return flight so we could catch the boat to the airport, we were not on the list of departures, which is posted the day before guests leave. The staff claimed our flight didn’t exist (we were independent travellers and not there on a package), so this resulted in a frantic morning sorting out arrangements and incurring a $10 internet charge for 5 minutes online to prove that our flight [a regularly scheduled Sri Lankan Air flight] was still scheduled. The second issue occurred the night before our departure when two beers that we definitely didn’t drink were charged to our account by the room attendant. We spent 20 minutes waiting around the reception area for the staff to sort things out, though in the end they removed the charge.
Overall though, Meeru is paradise and we had a wonderful time. We would definitely stay here again.
- Also Known As:
- Meeru Island Hotel North Male Atoll
- Meeru Island Hotel
- Meeru Island Resort
- Meeru Island
- Meeru Island Maldives
- Meeru Island Resort Maldives
- Hotel Meeru Island
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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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