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“Brilliant stay, even with the Meeru "Squirrels"” 4 of 5 stars
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“Brilliant stay, even with the Meeru "Squirrels"”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

Third trip to the Maldives and the best yet.

Smooth transfer to the island by boat, and thankfully for my wife who hates boats, a bit more substantial than some of the boats used for transfers. If you are not good on boats take something for travel sickness about an hour before you catch your transfer. It can get quite "lumpy" at times when in the channels. We had some dolphins for a bit and flying fish to distract my wife during the transfer.

Being a combined 50th Birthday and 25th wedding anniversary trip I stumped up for a Water Villa, and if you can afford it, it is well worth the money. Not only do you get what I think is the best overall accommodation on the Island, you get the use of the Maalan Restaurant, which is a kid free zone. So if you are on your own, you can relax without kids running around. The food and drinks do differ from the restaurant down nearer reception, and service is that bit better.
The Asian Wok on the south of the island is well worth a visit, the food is excellent and reasonably priced.

Snorkelling is not brilliant on Meeru and does not have a house reef you can get to from the beach. With Meeru being on the outside of the Atoll currents can get quite strong, even close to shore, so fins/ flippers are really a must.

The Dive Centre is well run and offers dives on all the popular sites in the North Male Atoll. The boats used on Meeru are not the standard wooden dhoni’s as used on some neighbouring islands. They still don’t have fin ladders and out and in from the side, and can be a bit interesting is the sea is rough, as I experienced on one day with 4 foot swells. I found it a challenge to get people to sign up to two dive trips. Most seemed to prefer a dive in the morning and then out in the afternoon. So double boat fees, and that can add up. However did manage to get some Austrians and Germans to get into doing 2 dive trips.

Being diabetic I was overjoyed to be able to get proper porridge for breakfast, to help keep the blood sugar levels balanced when out diving. All thanks to the Head of Food & Beverage being a fellow Scot.

The one down side to the island is the Rats, the management are trying to deal with the problem by cutting down the vegetation on the inside of the island. However with no cats on the island they have no predators, and have an abundant supply of coconuts which they feed on.
The island is spotless and well maintained, and even with the rats would not hesitate going back

Room Tip: The water villas for me is the best overall accomodation on the island, 503 to 529, we had 518 and i...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

My wife and I have just returned from 14 night holiday on Meeru Island and can't praise the Island and staff enough.We booked a Water Room on the beach and from the moment we arrived on Meeru we knew we'd have a fantastic stay.
We arrived by boat from Male and the journey to Meeru took about an hour. On arrival we were given a warm welcome and cold drink by reception staff before being shown our accomodation.
Although cloudy on some days it was hot enough to snorkel and relax.We loved the fact that we could just find a place on the beach and hardly see anyone during the day.We went AI and the choice,quality,variety and presentation of the food in the Malaan Restaurant was top class.
Plenty of activities to enjoy and we loved just our 40 minute stroll around Meeru each day.
Don't miss out on the sunset cruise and a chance to watch dolphins !!
I unfortunately picked up an ear infection but the resort has a doctor on site and I was impressed with the speedy treatment given.I was even contacted the next day to check on my progress.
We'd like to thank Ali Mohamed (our room boy),Mashood (our waiter) and Chloe (our holiday rep) for all they did to ensure we had a fantastic time.
We are already booking for next year.

Room Tip: The water rooms are fantastic....located on the beach at the waters edge and to the North East side...
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  • 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

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.

Room Tip: The jacuzzi water villas in the 300s are great.
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  • Stayed September 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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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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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 :-))

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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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Location: Maldives > Kaafu Atoll > North Male Atoll > Meerufenfushi
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Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Meerufenfushi
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Hotel Class:4 star — Meeru Island Resort & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 286
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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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