We have just returned from the most amazing week in Meeru. From our very first arrival on the island until the morning we left, the staff couldn't do enough for us. We were given a special welcome with a fruit cocktail seated outside the reception, with a refreshing wet towel which was bliss after our long flight. We were then offered a free 2 night cruise which I believe is because they are often overbooked but when we turned it down it wasn't a problem and we were given our room we had booked, a beach villa. Our luggage arrived at our room right after we did and we were surprised at the size and cleanliness of the room. Our bed had been decorated with fresh flowers and we were given a basket of fruit. We did laugh at the outside bathroom and felt a little nervous showering at first if I'm completely honest, but we soon settled in. The beach was lovely, absolutely stunning and there was hardly anyone in sight. Despite the people we saw arriving, the island still feels very quiet and there is always somewhere you can hide away with a book and complete silence...bliss when we were escaping our four children for a week! For our first few days we ate in the Farivalhu restaurant. We had the most friendly and helpful waiter, Ahmed who couldn't do enough for us. He quickly learnt how we had our tea and coffee and made it just right every time, despite the fact he was also serving several other tables.
After 3 days we transferred to a jacuzzi water villa (700's) on the north end of the island. This was how we had booked our stay as we were celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary so wanted it to be special, but couldn't afford the JWV for our entire stay. We received a letter the night before our changeover to advise us we could move at 9am which was a big bonus as I hadn't thought we would move until the afternoon. Our luggage was transferred promptly and we were in our new room by 9.30, very efficient! We couldn't believe how lovely the JWV was! The beach villa had been great but this was beyond our expectations. We had uninterrupted sea views from our bed, private steps directly into the sea and everything you could wish for. These villa's are well worth the extra cost! As our room was completely private we could sleep with our curtainis open and wake each morning to the seaview, brilliant! Now we were on the other end of the island we ate at the Maalan restaurant. As before the service and choice of food were excellent. Being a fussy eater there was still always plenty of choice, with several meat and fish choices at every serving. It would have been so easy to eat ourselves silly all week as the food was so good and so different every day. On our final night we returned to our room to another beautifully decorated bed, along with another basket of fruit and a bottle of Moët, together with a card to congratulate us on our anniversary. We couldn't have been made to feel more welcome and I had tears when it was time to leave Meeru. We shall definitely be returning, as do many other guests, as we could not have wished for a more perfect holiday. My husband travels the world with his job and stays at many very expensive and 5+ star hotels, but even he was very impressed and cannot wait to return.