After a visit to Sri Lanka we went to the Maldives for a rest chose Meeru for the stay, on arrival found our room was not available, thought that this was only us but turned out that 10 couples had to use temporary rooms as theirs was not available, according to a rep, this was quite a common occurrence so they did not have to turn down bookings! We had to use other accommodation for that first night, this was described by a fellow traveler as "Tenko" although the room was quite nice the aspect was not. We were moved to our beach villa on the afternoon of the second day, this was obviously a newly refurbished villa which was lovely clean and bright, but not exactly on the beach still not as far off as some of the other beach villas we saw, and the ants loved the outside toilet area(stood on loads when using the loo at night). The all inclusive package was not as good as some I have used but you could use the mini bar for soft drinks which was good and all the bars were available to use but food was only available at one designated restaurant, and the availability of snack's was very limited to one bar by the pool and there was little choice unless you paid extra. There were two pools on the island but one was closed and being updated, and in general the west side of the island was tired and overgrown with weeds, the jacuzzi beach villas on this side would have been a right let down as they were way too far off the beach and even the view was poor due to the unchecked growth. The sea on the east side is in a lagoon and was generally calm but when the tide was coming in the current pushed you down the shore and it was very difficult to swim against, did manage to do some snorkelling and there is some nice sea life to watch, but as I am not a strong swimmer did not feel comfortable in the sea when the tide was causing the water to flow so strongly. Having visited two other islands previously we were disappointed in the variety of food that was on offer, as usual for this type of Holliday it was buffet style but it was all much the same each day, breakfast was the same, but that was okay, it was lunch and dinner the variety was lacking, and for island fair very little sea food available, what food there was was edible and presented okay. We found that some of the staff were a little grumpy especially the chef's however the young man who usually did the soup was very good and very pleasant if they had all been like him the atmosphere would have been so much better, it took a while for the waiter to smile as well but he did seem better after a few days, and a young lady in the bar by the pool was very good and always pleasant.
To be fair to the island they say they are updating and upgrading a lot and there was work being carried out while we were there, but we felt that the only concern was to get money off you, and there was no empathy or sympathy that your room was not ready, although they did give a $35 refund and an excursion trip was offered as compensation, also be wary of what you sign, on arrival they present you with a document to fill in and sign read it before signing and don't feel that you have to sign you don't.
The Holliday was not all unpleasant the weather was good, but it was not as relaxing as I had hoped, would I go to the Maldives again ..yes, would I go to Meeru ..no
- 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