Meeru Island Resort: "Magical Meeru" Maldives Hotel Tip by segan
Maldives Hotels: 251 reviews and 394 photos
I went here on honeymoon with my wife in May '07 and loved every minute of it. The staff are excellent although some of the waiters can be a little forthright when trying to get you to sign off for all inclusive drinks even if you are going to be back later in the evening - you will get tired of signing your name if you are on an all inclusive package. The facilities are very good although if you want to play football, you might need a pair of wellingtons rather than football boots if its the rainy season. I think they will be installing an all weather pitch in early '08 which might solve the problem though. If you are thinking of hitting some balls on the driving range, bring a glove as the clubs are very worn and there are no gloves available to use. The spa is amazing. There are actually two spas - the land spa and the spa over the water. Its a little extra to go to the spa over the water but its worth it for massages as you can just stare down at the fish below and drift away. You can book spa treatments for the water spa at the land spa and vice versa as they are a 10 minute walk from each other. The food in the restaurant was very good. I would recommend this resort for a honeymoon or holiday, although it might be best to go in the dry season - we went at the beginning of the rainy season but were lucky that only one day was a washout. Other Dos and donts ... Do the night fishing trip - its very basic but well worth it if you catch something to eat for dinner or lunch the next day. The sunset cruise is also really good if you get a lot of dolphins swimming by the boat. The sea plane trip is slightly expensive and you can be left waiting around in reception for quite a while to be taken out to the plane. It is cheaper in the airport for souvenirs than on Diffushi (the local island next to Meeru), although the guys on Diffushi are a bit more dependent on the trade, so maybe its better to put a little extra money their way. Don't forget some dollars for tips etc.
Unique Qualities: The driving range is something that not all the islands have. Apart from this its pretty similar to other resorts although slightly bigger so less claustrophobic (the island was fully booked while we were there, but it didn't appear crowded at all).
Price Comparison: more expensive than average
Directions: Middle of the Indian Ocean - north of Male :)
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