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Year in review: 7 ways that Meeru exceeded expectations in 2017

The New Year is right around the corner, which is the ideal time to look back and review the year at Meeru. From the highlights and achievements, to the moments that made us smile, here are the top 7 ways that Meeru has exceeded expectations in 2017:

 

Number 7: We added more awards to our wall

For Meeru, 2017 was the year to collect a variety of accolades and recognitions, including the HolidayCheck Gold & Recommended Awards; the Hotels.com Top 100 Spa Award, the Agoda Golden circle Award; the Expedia Top Partner – Platinum Award; and the Thomas Cook Sunny Heart Award.

All awards are thanks to you, our most valued guests, who continuous leave excellent reviews, ratings and feedback on the travel platforms. So, thank you!

 

 

Number 6: We remain Environmental Champions

For the 3rd consecutive year in a row, Meeru has been awarded the TUI Environmental Champion Award 2017 for continuous efforts to promote sustainable tourism and a clean environment. To make the 4th consecutive year, Meeru has also been awarded the TUI Environmental Champions for 2018!

 

Number 5: We welcomed a Resident Marine Biologist

The latest addition to the Euro-Divers team is Emma Bolton, Resident Marine Biologist. Emma provides valuable information and education about our beautiful underwater world and marine eco-system to our guests. Besides other tasks, Emma is also a part of Meeru’s Evening Program, where guest join the weekly Marine Presentation.

 

 

Number 4: We added new facilities to the Northern part of the Island

The new Games Room and TV Lounge at adults-only Uthuru Bar is a huge hit with guests staying on the Northern part of the Island. The Games Room features Billiards, Snooker, Foosball Table, Darts and Board Games; and the TV Lounge features an extra-large Ultra HD TV screen complete with a sound bar.

 

Number 3: We launched a brand new, sleek and easy-to-use website

On December 1, 2017, we launched a brand new website with a responsive design that is perfect on all your devices. The website is simple and easy to navigate and includes a new image gallery, virtual reality tours of the Island and all the best features.

 

 

Number 2. We helped restore the coral reefs

Together with Save the Beach Maldives – a Maldivian Non-Government Organization, Meeru launched the Coral Garden Program to restore and enhance our coral reef ecosystems. The aim of the program is to transplant corals from some of the surrounding reefs to dedicated areas in the eastern lagoon. The corals grow lively each day.

 

Number 1: We made friends, shared smiles and celebrated holidays

This year, Meeru welcomed several long-standing repeat guests, first time holidaymakers, influential bloggers and celebrities to the Maldives. The warm, friendly hospitality of our teams and the pure charm of the Island have made the year memorable for guests of all ages.

 

 

From building lasting friendships, sharing smiles with guests and celebrating holidays, like the recent #FestiveChallenge, Meeru has certainly exceeded expectations in 2017.

There is more to come and we look forward to welcoming you in 2018!

Romantic beach dinners for you to enjoy on holiday in the Maldives

In December, the chefs at Meeru Island Resort & Spa have planned several dining events with delectable menus for you to enjoy. The beach dinners will be on the expansive white sandy beaches of Meeru, under the Maldivian stars and with stunning views of the Indian Ocean.

 

The spectacular full moon makes an appearance on Sunday December 3, 2017, for our specially prepared Full Moon Dinner at the Asian Wok Beach from 1930. Treat your senses to brightly lit ocean and swaying palm tree views, and a delectable buffet spread in traditional wood huts for an authentic Maldives dining experience. | Make a reservation.

 

On Saturday December 16, 2017 enjoy a savory seafood platter with the tranquil sounds of the waves by the beach and the refreshing breeze that the Indian Ocean brings, while dining under the stars during our Seafood Lover’s Dinner at the Asian Wok Beach from 1930. | Make a reservation.

 

Have light conversations in the relaxed atmosphere of a paradise Island in the Maldives, over barbecued delights and more specialties, prepared to the finest order. The Beach BBQ Dinner on Saturday December 30, 2017 offers a combination of a fun foodie’s affair with the beautiful ocean views at the Asian Wok Beach from 1930. | Make a reservation.

 

Enjoy a candlelight beach dinner with your loved one on any day of the week, from 1900. Make a reservation.

 

Served at Farivalhu and Maalan Buffet Restaurants and with a wide selection of delicious Festive delicacies, our Christmas and New Year’s Day Gala Buffet Dinners are not to be missed!

Tips to start your diving adventure in the Maldives

The colorful and lively underwater world is one of the most popular attractions for the Maldives. In an interview with Oliver Weissensteiner, Euro-Divers’ Dive Center Manager at Meeru Island Resort & Spa, learn more about the exciting marine life and diving adventures to explore at Meeru.

 

Oliver was born and raised in the Italian Alps with a Hotelier Family, and grew up biking and skiing. He has been a Diving Professional since 2003, but fascinated with the underwater world since the first free diving and spearfishing experiences as a teenager. Oliver has traveled to Australia, Egypt, Honduras and Mexico before arriving in the Maldives in 2008, where I started working with Euro-Divers. He first worked in Vilamendhoo, then Eriyadu, and finally Kandooma. After having spend 2 years home skiing, and motorbiking in the Alps, and a few months in Malta to explore the Wrecks, Caves and work on his technical diving certifications and education, Oliver is back on Meeru with the Euro-Divers Family.

 

Would you describe diving as your passion? If yes, why?

I traveled the 7 seas, explored and visited many countries, and lived like a pirate at sea. The thing I love most in my life, is diving and sharing these beautiful experiences with others.

 

Which reef or diving spot is your favorite?

In the North Male Atoll, Helengeli Thila and HP Reef are 2 of my absolute favorites.

 

Describe your normal day at the Euro-Divers Center?

Diving with Mantas in the morning, and going for a scooter dive at the wreck in the afternoon.

 

What are some of the popular species of fish that you would find on a typical diving trip in the North Male’ Atoll?

Mantas, especially during the season. All year around sharks, rays and turtles can be seen basically every day.

 

Tell us about the latest diving equipment that is available for rental.

We have several under water cameras for rental, and 2 different types of underwater propulsion vehicles (scooters).

 

What is the best compliment you have received from a guest as a Dive Instructor?

A student of mine who was afraid of water and panicked just looking at it, has managed to overcome his fears with me, completed the course a few years ago, and is now an eager diver with several hundred logged dives.

 

Do you have any advice for first-time divers?

Take a snorkel and fins, get comfortable snorkeling first, and once you are not afraid of the water, take it to the next step and explore a completely new environment and element.

 

Share one of the ways you and your team ensure that guests safely enjoy diving at Meeru?

We do an orientation dive free of charge with new guests, so to get to know each other underwater in the shallow waters of the lagoon. This also gives the divers a chance to refresh their skills and test their new equipment before coming on our boats.

 

Start your next adventure at Meeru. Book online

The ideal Kids Club in Maldives for a family holiday

Meeru Island Resort, one of the top rated family Resorts in Maldives, not only offers a plan for an affordable holiday, but also fun facilities for Children and Teens to enjoy during their Maldives holiday.

The Komas Kid’s Club, located near the Dhoni Bar Pool, features a multicolored happy space for Children aged 3 – 12 and Teens aged 13 – 17. This indoor playroom enough room for to Children spend their time building towers, making art, playing with soft toy friends and sliding onto soft mats.

Near Farivalhu Buffet Restaurant is a Children’s Game Room that is fully equipped with fun games and activities for Teens. From a Dart Board to Teen-sized snooker tables to keep Kids entertained.

For fun activities and things to do in the Maldives, Meeru offers Bicycles for rent and a complete Excursion Program. Fun nighttime activities include a cultural dance show and a Maldivian culture and marine conservation slide show. Kids can also spend some time snorkeling in the lagoon around the island.

After all the play and fun activities, kids can enjoy delicious ice cream and snacks from Meeru Café.

Apart from a Maldives Kids Club, Babysitting services are available and can be arranged by contacting Reception.

Start planning your Meeru family holiday today

Meeru Experiences: Top 5 things to do in the Maldives

Experience the magic of Meeru Island Resort & Spa with our top 5 picks for an unforgettable holiday in the Maldives.

5. Beach BBQ Dinner
Dinners on the beach in true Maldives style, with perfectly grilled, flavored and sauced delicacies at Asian Wok Beach from 1930. The Beach BBQ Dinner combines the feel of dining underneath a brightly lit sky, with soft sand and ocean views… a truly romantic experience of the Meeru.
Keep your eye on our blog for dates. Make a reservation »

4. Maldivian Island Paradise at Duniye Spa
Experience deep relaxation, smooth and hydrated skin, as well as shiny, lustrous hair with the tropical scent of coconut. The bespoke top-to-toe Signature Ritual uses the essence of 100% pure organic coconut that is native to the Maldives: freshly ground Coconut-Vanilla Body Polish, Coconut hair mask combined with an Indian head massage. The treatment is US$178.00 for 120 minutes.

Bookings can be made at Reception or by sending an email to Duniye Spa.

3. PADI Courses with Euro-Divers Maldives
From Beginner to Divemaster and a variety of Specialty courses, the Euro-Divers Center is fully equipped to provide for an unforgettable diving in the Maldives. This also includes a fun scuba dive for children in water shallower than 2 meters. Ages: 8+; an introductory dive in shallow depths for people who love being in the water Ages: 10+; and Certification courses.
For more information on Diving Courses contact the Euro- Divers SCUBA Center.

2. Golf in the Maldives
Located in the center of Meeru, next to the Golf Driving Range and Putting Green, is one of the top-rated golf courses in Maldives. You can play 9 holes over 480 yards on this 2000 sqm course (21,000 sq. ft.). There are 9 tee boxes and 6 greens, which allow you to play 18 holes while working on your short game. Each green features 4 or more flag positions of increasing levels of difficulty.

The resident PGA Qualified Professional is available for lessons on the driving range or learning to play the golf course. Fun golf and tournaments are scheduled each week.

1. Kagi Island Excursion to Kagi & Turtle Reef
On Tuesdays and Saturdays from 0900 to 1700, enjoy an exciting Snorkeling Excursion to Turtle Reef and Kagi Maldives, an uninhabited island and have time to discover the variety of tropical fish. A delicious BBQ lunch will also be served on the Island, including 1 soft drink for Full Board guests (water/soft drinks at no charge for All Inclusive Plus guests).

Snorkelling equipment is available for rent from the Dive Center or for purchase from the Gift Shop. The excursion is for swimmers only and a parent must accompany a child under 16. Minimum 12 persons at US$95 per person.
Bookings can be made at Reservations.

Making the Maldives a better place for World Tourism Day 2017

World Tourism Day 2017, globally observed every year on September 27, highlights the social, cultural and economic value of tourism. The most important question, as we celebrate this day, is “How can we contribute to make the Maldives a better place?”

This year, Meeru Island Resort staff will be participating in Blood Donation Day to coincide with World Tourism Day 2017 and the commitment to making the Maldives a better place. By taking the time to donate, our teams will be giving someone else a chance at life.

The Blood Donation Drive will be held at the ‘Ekuveni’ Staff Area, from 0930 and ends at 1600.

Meeru also welcomed students from the local Majeedhiyaa School that is located in Male’ City for an Exposure Trip by the Maldives Ministry of Tourism, in collaboration with schools and universities in the Maldives.

The trip will create awareness and foster career development among the students and enhancing the perspective around the Maldives tourism industry.

Last year, Meeru hosted a variety of tourist-friendly activities, including Coral Planting, Maldivian Cultural Shows and fun outdoor games. These guest favorites were also part of the World Tourism Day 2017 celebrations at Meeru.

Help us continue to make a difference on our Island and the Maldives environment by protecting our precious corals, marine life and vegetation.

Book your next holiday at Meeru Island Resort & Spa.

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