This is longer than my average review, bear with it, I hope it will help you when you make decisions to visit. I recommend this resort for a chilled out week perhaps with a two centre holiday and I guess a lot of people go here to get away from hustle bustle or for romantic honeymoons, if that's what you want, this resort is perfect for it. Meeru is an island resort of around 260 rooms but these are spread around the coast of an island which takes perhaps 1 hour to stroll round and so there is plenty of space and private beach for everyone. We stayed in one of the Jacuzzi Water Villas, on a pier of perhaps 40 Villas and due to the angle they are set at you have a lot of privacy and everyone has their own view of the ocean and steps from the back deck straight down to the sea. This is the height of luxury with a private screened jacuzzi deck where you can watch the stars at night sipping a drink whilst bubbling away. It probably ranks in our top three 'styles' of rooms we have ever stayed in for 'wow' factor. The villa itself has a large high ceiling bedorrom area, all the mod cons, good air con (you will be grateful!), a dressing area with tea/coffee facilities and mini bar (charged for), the bed was very firm, I don't mind this. The bathroom is large and pretty unigue in that it does not have a back wall at all, opening on to the jacuzzi deck! Lovely rain shower and it feels open air. I was worried about mosquitos as we went in very humid conditions but I only got a few bites and considering we sat on the deck for an hour each night watching tha waves and the stars I don't think they are a problem. We were about the 6th villa on the pier, be aware that the furthest ones out are quite some walk, you wouldn't want to get to the end and realise you had left your sunglasses! The room was in first class condition, nothing tatty at all.The other villas along the shoreline had their own frontage, some set back into the trees so if you want a proper sea view directly from the room better to check with the hotel before arrival. More practical stuff - there are two main buffet restaurants, to split guests at different ends of the island, think they are identical, the food was varied and excellent, we were on full board, you can also be fully inclusive. There are also two a la cartes, chargeable for us, may be allowed on the inclusive plus option? The drinks were pricey but not out of reach, french wine $22 (US), beer $6, cocktails £10 and 30% off these at happy hour 6pm-7pm where we bought a bottle of wine and took this to dinner with us and bought a spare for the fridge in the room for star gazing.... You pay for bottled water on the island but there was 1.5l per guest per day in the room and lots of people took this to lunch/dinner - in the restaurant this was $4.50. Getting to the island is by their own fast motor cruisers and takes 1 hour from Mali airport island (45km). There is wifi on the island but this is expensive at $10 for 1 hour, $15 for two seperate hours or $20 per day and just one device at a time per voucher - we did not bother and had a facebook free stay! The staff were friendly and attentive although a few of the restaurant staff could have smiled more. There is not much to do on the island itself but the resort have several trips to their 'house' reef each day and you can book one every day for free - take snorkels with you as you can snorkel from the shore also and they are $9 per day to hire. The snorkelling here is as good as we experienced on the barrier reef - lots of variety of fish, octopus, urchins, sting rays etc and we saw dolphins on the way to the reef. On the shore of the island there are baby black tipped reef sharks that swim in the shallows and fascinate tourists, we met their 1.5m mum or dad one day snorkeling off the back of our villa, probably harmless but we still got out pretty quick :) Remember that the Maldives are in the monsoon area and check the season you are travelling in, we had a mix of glorious sunshine and overcast humid moments and occasional heavy rain to clear the air. Peak monsoon is end June and July. Hope you enjoy your stay there as much as we did ours.
Ask for a Villa up to half way along the pier unless you want a long walk or to feel you are really...
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July 12, 2013
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Wow, thank you for taking the time out to write such an in-depth review on Meeru Island Resort and Spa. I am sure all travellers searching for the perfect Island getaway will appreciate it as much as we do.
We agree the Jacuzzi Water Villas are perfect for all holidaymakers, but to make your top 3 for best style is quite an honor. The benefit of having an outdoor Jacuzzi and Shower definitely adds to the experience especially for star lovers and those who love being by the ocean. The easy access into the water is a treat for all snorkelers and swimmers.
So glad to hear you made use of our complimentary snorkeling excursions to our house reef and got to experience an octopus and stingray.
We hope to welcome you back soon.
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