Sand floor bars and thatched open restaurants give a real ‘no news, no shoes’ feel to this popular large island.
Despite its size and abundant facilities, Meeru retains a tranquil atmosphere. As with most of the larger islands, you’ll be allocated a main buffet restaurant for meals, depending on your room type and location. The resort has clearly considered its guests and how best to accommodate them; there are specific adults-only facilities including one of the main restaurants, a bar, and one of the two pools.
The weekly excursion programme here includes island hopping trips, submarine sightseeing and sunset cruises. On Friday evenings there’s a traditional Maldivian menu, and Sunday breakfasts are accompanied by sparkling wine. Sundowners at the overwater Asian Wok restaurant are a highlight – sit on colourful cushions on the edge of the decking and watch the reef sharks playing below. The Hot Rock restaurant is also recommended for the experience of having seafood and exotic meats cooked at your table on volcanic hot rocks.
There are two spas; one on the island and the other overwater, and if you’re a golf enthusiast you can get a fix at the 9-hole pitch and putt golf course. The Euro Divers dive centre offers a range of courses and trips for snorkellers and divers, and the house reef is reached by boat. Accommodation is dotted around the island. Garden Rooms are simply furnished in single-storey terraces on the island’s interior. For views of the beach and lagoon opt for one of the Beach Villas. The Waterfront Villas here are unique, situated on the beach but straddling the water’s edge.
In the North Malé Atoll
Good to know
Minimum age 18 in Jacuzzi Beach Villas, Water Villas and Jacuzzi Water Villas. Minimum stay: 3 nights.
• Venture on a nature walk with one of the knowledgeable guides • Snorkel on the house reef.
2 buffet restaurants, 2 à la carte restaurants, coffee shop, 6 bars
Full Board • Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner at designated buffet restaurant.
Meal upgrade options (per person per night)
All Inclusive Plus • Breakfast, lunch and dinner at designated buffet restaurant • Selected unlimited drinks • Minibar refilled once daily (selected items) • 1 half-bottle of Champagne per room per stay • Snack menu from 11am • 1 lunch or dinner at Asian Wok or Hot Rock per 5-night stay • 20% discount on selected spa treatments • 1 scheduled sunset cruise • 1 x 30-minute group snorkelling, windsurfing and golf driving range lesson • Use of selected sports facilities/equipment.
*Denotes local charge