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“Paradise does exist...” 5 of 5 stars
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Meeru Island Resort & Spa
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   North Male' Atoll, Repulic of Maldives   |  
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“Paradise does exist...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

It was a good few years ago (in the month of January) that I stayed at Meeru for 2 weeks (BEFORE I had my kids), and they were the best 2 weeks of my life! It is EXACTLY how it looks in the brochures and peoples photos. After arriving at Male airport we took a boat ride to Meeru and when the boat pulled in, we couldn't believe our eyes. Absolutely beautiful! Soft white sand & crystal clear (extremely warm) sea in every different shade of blue.

If you're looking for paradise this is it! It's no good for people who want lots to do, this is a completely relaxing and unwinding holiday for beach lovers. The wildlife is beautiful too, plenty of fish to keep you company while snorkelling and the most adorable fruit bats (which look like foxes with wings).

The food was delicious, service was amazing, drinks scrummy.

We went on a couple of trips to see some other islands and we went on a sea plane which was just amazing.

I so want to go back one day..............................

  • Stayed January 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 8, 2012

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.

Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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!

Room Tip: rooms on the north side will give you access to the adult only restaurant. The restaurant is better...
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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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Address: North Male' Atoll, Repulic of Maldives
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Location: Maldives > Kaafu Atoll > North Male Atoll > Meerufenfushi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Meerufenfushi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
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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