We were at Hudhunranfushi last year and found it to be a lovely island and trying to identify the pros and cons of each island, we met a lady last year that said no one island is better than the others, as some have weak points and some have very strong points, we found this to be so true.
Meeru is a lovely island 1.2km long by 0.5km wide. We found that the fabric (condition of buildings and various common areas) is far better on Meeru than Hudhunranfushi, but Hudhunranfushi is more intimate and are you are made to feel special especially if you stayed in the water villas.
Hudhunranfushi - Special check in for Jacuzzi Water Villa Guests, then taken by buggy to door of your villa and shown round by your host for the week.
Meeru - No special treatment dropped off close to the villa and told, you will find it through that archway there???
We felt that although Meeru was friendly Hudhunranfushi was really very friendly with special detail from the waiters who meeting you once instantly, remembered your room number and what you liked to drink etc.
Meeru - the common toilets were exceptionally clean. Great sports facilties that is included for All Inclusive Plus Guests(great Football pitch, Golf Driving Range, Pitch and putt Course and Tennis Courts.
We stayed in Jacuzzi Water Villa in 717 and wrote to Meeru prior to arrival to request a room in the 700 area where we liked to sunbathe and boy did the Meeru team come up trumps. We found that rooms with odd numbers like ours got sun from 06:30 till about 15:00 on our sundeck, but very little breeze.
Rooms with even numbers get the sun from about 10:30am till sundown, and there is a very welcome breeze at these sundecks.
We found that Meeru really lacks small beach bars that we found very good if you like lying on the beach in Hudhunranfushi, there were small bars where you could get a drink and take back to your sunbed on the beach, we did not find this on Meeru. We think that this would be a big bonus especially down at the south of the island where you will only find the Asian Wok.
Snorkling is best at slack tide times(2hours when at either high water or low water, at this time there is no current to worrry about, when the tide was coming in the tide was very strong and we noticed that mid afternoon when the tide was coming in then nobody was snorkling due to very strong currents.
We found the food to be very good in the Malaan and we had a very nice quiet waiter called Areef, who was very polite and helpful. At our JCV we had Ali who provided a great service as the room boy.
Only saw one rat all holiday and it was obviously more scared of us than we were of it.
As in many previous reports the North side of the island is far quieter, but it is no more than a 10 minute walk from the Main Reception on the west side area or the east side of the island. We used to lie in the sun in the morning and then walk about the island in the afternoon dropping off at different bars for a little refreshement.
- 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