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
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Meeru Island Hotel North Male Atoll
- Meeru Island Maldives
- Meeru Island Resort Maldives
- Hotel Meeru Island