After a hectic trip round Sri Lanka, a week in the Maldives is the perfect combination. Only an hours flight from Colombo to Male and the tiny airport is right by the ferry port. We did not have long to wait before we were escorted to our ferry for our 55-minute trip to Meeru Island in the North Ari Atol.
We chose this island as we felt it was a perfect size. Not too small where we might get bored, and not to big where we could not experience a true Maldivian Island. It has 284 rooms, ranging from the Garden Rooms to the Jacuzzi Water Villas. Even though 284 rooms sound a lot, it was not crowded. We were lucky to see about 6 people in the sea near our villa. We stayed in a Jacuzzi Beach Villa and it was perfect.
The island has two reception areas. The main reception near the jetty and another smaller one at the north end of the island which is for guests over the age of 18. There are also two main restaurants. The Farivalhu in the centre of the island and the Maalan at the North end. Both serving a vast menu catering for all tastes. In addition to them, there is the Asian Wok restaurant at the south end of the island and the Hot Rocks Restaurant at the North end. Neither of these restaurants are included in the board basis, whether you are on HB or AI. We dined at the Asian Wok restaurant one night and it was not expensive. There is also the Meeru Café where you can get snacks and ice cream during the day. Included in the AI option.
If you want more to do then swimming and sunbathing, you can hire a bike to cycle round the island, but it only takes about 45 minutes to walk round. There is a gym, a 9-hole pitch and putt. A tennis court, volley ball, a football pitch where once a week they have a match with staff against guests.
Children are well catered for with a kid’s club and a teens club, where they have pool tables, darts and table tennis. Plus of course there is the snorkelling and you can rent a kayak and paddle round the island.
We opted to go on the 'Sunset Punch Cruise' one evening. We were thrilled when the crew pointed out a pod of dolphins, which ended up swimming alongside our boat. These are Spinner Dolphins and they were only too happy to show us how they were given that name, by leaping into the air and spinning. Thrilling. There are various trips you can go on. one of the most popular was the Manta Ray trip. You can snorkel or dive with these magnificent creatures.
At the end of a busy day you can visit the Duniye Spa. They have two of these on the island also, one of them over the water where you can watch the tropical fish whilst having a massage.
In fact there is so much to do a week is not long enough. We did not want to leave this fabulous island, and I have promised myself 'I will be back'.