We departed from Manchester, Via Doha on Qatar Airways, it took 7 hours from Manchester and 4 hours from Doha - Male. Male airport is small to arrive at, quite humid in the airport whilst waiting to get through passport control. We then has a two hour wait for out boat. Places are available to sit a eat whilst you wait.
The airport was better than I expected from what I saw on the way, it was air conditioned, plenty of shops to look around, and a few places to eat and drink.
The boat takes about 55 minuets, you see some beautiful sights among the way. Staff on board are lovely, you get a cold bottle of water, which is needed in the heat! The boat on the way was quite rickety, but on the way back to Male it was a newer boat, the staff showed you a map of our route to the airport and pointed out other island along the way.
We got given a cool flannel and a drink of punch on arrival. You are required to complete some forms upon arrival whilst in the reception. We were upgraded to two nights in a Jacuzzi Water Villa, supposedly due to it being a special occasion for our honeymoon - possible room overbooking? I'm not sure, but we sure as hell were not complaining!!
JWV 331...WOW! The views, the Jacuzzi, the steps into the sea, the space in the room...the JWV defiantly has it ALL! Pleasure to spend two nights. We made good use of the lighting under the decking on a evening, it was so relaxing spending time watching the fish and the sharks swim about. The room boy was fantastic. But then again the whole island is immaculate and kept to such a high standard.
Beach Villa...411 - Unfortunately our stay in 331 had to come to an end. Our luggage was collected and taken to 411 for us. The BV was lovely, but we were defiantly spoilt in the JWV. The room had plenty of storage and room. The bathrooms were smaller, but how much room do you really need to shower!
The decking out the front had a table and chairs, it was lovely looking through the trees out to the Indian Ocean!
Try to take your own equipment, it is reasonable to buy out in the gift shop, it would work out cheaper to purchase than rent the equipment. The sea life is truly stunning.
We preferred to use the Dhoni bar pool, as you get a breeze around that side of the island and the staff look after you with drinks too! The infinity pool at the hot rocks bar is lovely and adult only.
The over water spa is so relaxing and tranquil. We had the honeymoon indulgence, it was bliss, you feel as if you are floating after your treatments.
I don't believe anyone can fault the food here at Meeru, a wide selection of food for everyone. Very fresh and at some stations food is made to order. Maldivian night on a Friday is NOT to be missed (curry night). The best curry I have ever tasted. The waiters get dressed up in traditional Maldivian wear.
We went to Meeru for 11 nights from May the 14th, we arrived and had the back of a cyclone, so had rain over the first two evenings. (umbrella's are provided in your room) It is very hot during the day, and cools down slightly during the evening. We had a few days at the end of our stay where it rained, but plenty bars are around on the island and a games room with plenty to do too.
Be wary of walking on the decking when it is wet / raining as I had a fall on it, it becomes VERY slippy with no warning.
Your holiday is what you make it, Meeru has everything you need for a fantastic time, take in the beauty of the Maldives.
Oh...Rats & Bats - lots of fruit bats, they don't bother you. We seen two rats, one on our first night and the second on our last night, I took it as a hello and goodbye!
- 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 60 hectares (105 acres). Your speedboat transfer from Velana 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