We travelled to Meeru for our honeymoon September 23rd through to October 6th 2013.
So much to cover in one review so I will attempt to be concise.
When booking a holiday in the Maldives it is almost impossible to discern between resorts/islands and it becomes a guess, based on the fact that wherever you go the natural surroundings are bound to be exceptional.
Firstly the island it itself does not disappoint in any way, it is paradise. The beaches are amazing and the water is perfect. It is actually fairly large (you can walk round in 30 minutes) but is not ruined in any way by the resort and it's facilities. In the centre of the island there are various buildings all hidden under a tropical canopy so as too not feel out of place. The fruitbats, giant hermit crabs and stingrays are amazing. In fact the marine life is so interesting (especially when watching at night from the water jacuzzi villa terrace).
We stayed for 6 nights in a Beach jacuzzi villa and 7 nights in Water Jacuzzi villa.
Beach jacuzzi villa: Great size with a very nice rear patio garden area with hot tub. Completely enclosed and with outdoor bathhroom/loo, love that. Fittings are to a high standard, expecially the bathroom. Rooms are cleaned twice a day.
Water Jacuzzi villa: We were so excited about our first room we didn't think we could be shocked by this but truly YOU HAVE TO STAY IN ONE OF THESE. This is the experience that you will be picturing. Almost total seclusion if you want it, uninterrupted views of the ocean to the horizon, gorgeous terrace and a hot tub thrown in! The room is spacious and again to a very high standard. Stunning.
One of the best things about being here is that you do not want for anything. All the simple things are taken care of. UK plugs work, wifi is free, TV has loads of English channels, etc etc, everything is easy, exactly as it should be. But then they go further, extravagant bed decorations (petals and patterns in the sheets) as a bonus one day!
We booked to the North of the island where it is only over 18's and it did feel that much nicer, the bar at the North was always nice and quiet and exactly what we wanted. If you want to you can go down to one of the others but the main bar did have the trappings of your typical holiday, plenty of guests but most in a catatonic state staring at the entertainment which was fine but not why we came. Nice to be able to go but we stayed away most of the time. As well as the main bar and the northern most over 18 bar there were 2 others, both great and on a Tuesday they had a great acoustic 3 piece local band who were great. (Meeru keep them!).
Snorkeling is great and we only realised on our second week how a trip to the reef would open up a whole marine world. This is included in the all inclusive, free once a day, a 90 minute trip, do it, several times. Last time we finally found a turtle and swam with it for 20 minutes.
We didn't do too many trips, we were quite happy, but they do go daily if you want them.
Food is of the highest order, my (now) wife manges a restaurant in London and has high standards. We were not diappointed.
Plenty to do as well, somehow a small golf course, driving range, foorball pitch, tennis courts etc etc is all here but it never feels crowded.
Transfer is fine if a bit mental. 1 hour on a very fast boat.
Staff are exceptional.
Rooms are exceptional.
Island is exceptional.
To conclude our honeymoon was perfect. I can recommend this island wholeheartedly without reservation.
Tips - Split the visit between rooms like we did if there for over a week. Beach Jacuzzi villa is very nice, but Water Jacuzzi Villa is what you imagine staying in and does live up to your imagination.
All inclusive is essential, so amazing not too worry about cost. We definately got our moneys worth. All basic drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) plus a few cocktails etc, great food, including snacks.
If you are struggling to decide between Islnds I can say that Meeru will not disappoint. It is exceptional. Like us you can keep to yourself but when you want to you can take advantage of the excellent facilities. A perfect honeymoon.
- 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