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Welcome to Meeru – A Message from our General Manager

Welcome ladies and gentleman to Meeru today. It’s my pleasure to give you some introduction to our wonderful island here in the country of Maldives. And as you know over the recent months Meeru has been going through some changes as everywhere else in the world.

Are you already excited to travel? There are so many nice things that you can explore, Maldives is a true magic, unique location with fantastic cultures, treated by its people, by its marine life. And of course on this tropical island you have so many things to explore.

Thinking about social distancing, Meeru is one of the largest islands in the Maldives. One of the largest islands that you can explore as a tourist. There will be plenty of opportunities for you, so we are really looking forward for you to join us over here.

Don’t be concerned also about your travel. Right after your arrival at the airport, you will be taken straight to our resort. Your distance is safe and it will only be just a short boat ride of 45 minutes and you will step into a sandy beach, and you remove your shoes and your vacation starts.

Have we made you excited already? One of these wonderful water villas could be you home away from home. Please come and join us and be a part of our Meeru family.

Can you imagine yourself sitting in a tropical lush paradise here in Meeru on a wonderful restaurant and enjoying these stunning views right over the Indian ocean with the tranquility and the sound of the waves with your partner, having a glass of wine with a wonderful meal, what can be more exciting than exploring Meeru here together with us.

I think you have been able to see some our great things that we have to offer here in Meeru already. In addition to that we also have our excursions, our activities, and our entertainment. Everything will be in house, we have a fantastic set up over here you will be able to enjoy on this wide lush tropical island in Meeru. And to make it more convenient for you, of course we have also developed some new standards, you will be able to do your check in on our mobile app. You will be able to process your passport, you have your reservation confirmation. Everything can be done nicely, in the comfort of your own home before you even start travelling and coming here to us in Meeru.

Now what remains is for me and our team to give you a nice warm welcome to wish you a safe journey. Stay healthy for the months to come, look after yourself and then we are very happy and will treat you with a wonderful smile and with warm hospitality here in Maldives and in Meeru.

Ladies and gentleman, welcome, we are looking forward to see you here with us.

Thank you.

We are open – A Message from our General Manager

Sunny greetings from your Meeru Family!

Travel culture combined with passion for exploring Maldives will optimistically prevail soon and our committed Meeru team is equally inspired fulfilling your dreams about your future journeys to our lash tropical paradise laid peacefully in the tranquility of the Indian Ocean

The magic of the Maldives is an unfathomable experience, a truly sensational destination with rich and enhanced culture driven by its people who live and work here, combined with the favorable year-round weather, the unique flora and fauna and the unrivalled level of valuable luxury.

Meeru Island Resort and Spa continues to offer an undivided destination getaway with unique opportunities for those looking to unwind and reconnect in an enviable island escape and we were equally excited to welcome all our repeat guests and future holiday makers as Meeru had opened its doors on the 1st of September 2020.

Our dedicated team has been working relentlessly during these recent months to provide you with a safe delivery of our uncompromised services for a unique vacation experience and long lasting memories

Your travel experience will start already in the comfort of your home, with our newly developed mobile app. You may explore everything that will await you in Meeru upon your arrival and once you have your confirmed booking or reservation code you may even already plan and book your spa treatments, or reserve your dinner at your favorite restaurant or just get the latest updates on important travel requirements, everything just at the tip of your finger.

In addition a great pool of advanced information will be provided through our website or through our social media channels as well as our reservation team will be pleased to answer any question you may have related to your visit in Meeru.

Your Meeru team will be looking forward to welcome you on your arrival to your home away from home here in the beautiful destination of Maldives

Thank you for booking your holiday with us.

Meeru Island Resort & Spa Wins The Prestigious TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award 2020

Meeru Island Resort & Spa is proud to receive the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award for the year 2020.

The prestigious Travelers Choice Award is only received by the top 10% hotels of the world, reflecting the quality and excellency service of Meeru Island Resort and Spa. It is your continuous feedback that keeps us motivated to perform consistently. We promise to continue providing service standards beyond your expectations!

As we all move forward and live in the ‘new normal’, it’s our utmost priority to be a safe haven for everyone. To ensure the safety of everyone in association with Crown & Champa Resorts, Meeru has introduced Hygiene Guidelines for a Safe Holiday Experience in Paradise.

We hope to welcome you soon.

Check out our special offers for your next unforgettable experience in paradise.

Meeru offers flexible cancellation on and offers for travel during November-December 2020 and in to 2021.

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Meeru is opening September 1, 2020

A Message from our GM

Dear Guests,

Our hearts and thoughts go out to everyone who have been affected by this unprecedented event on the worldwide pandemic situation.

In this climate, we recognize travel may not be your first thought, however we would like you to know the safety of our guests, team members and associates is our top priority. We want to thank you in advance for putting your trust in our team as you plan for your future journeys.

Together with industry trusted experts, Maldivian Government and in line with global health organizations we have established precise guidelines for your Safe Holiday experience. Please do take a moment to make yourself familiar on our website.

The island nation has reopened its borders and we have been welcoming tourist again in the Maldives since the 15th July. We highly recommend that you do review and get acquainted with all updated travel information’s prior to your journey.

Our Meeru team will be guiding you through all processes and extend the latest information’s on your holiday inquiries. We do offer great flexibility on any of our reservations as we recognize this being a very important aspect for any of your future travels.

Arriving in Meeru will be comfortable, after a short speed boat drive directly from the airport, you will enter a haven of tranquility, on a wide spread lash tropical island in the middle of the Indian Ocean, far away from all heart-rending moments that we all observe around our world

Our Maldivian heritage will set the right ambience for a great holiday experience. Due to its unique size with its endless white beaches, Meeru Island Resort and Spa is able extending to you this exclusive spacious experiences that has become so important for all of us

Our spirit evokes the freedom, movement and harmony that forms the ethos of our Resort. Whether you are planning to travel now or in the future, you can expect to receive the excellent service and attention to detail that our guests have come to value. We are looking forward welcoming you again soon in Meeru.

See you soon in paradise.

Bert Goebel
General Manager

Meeru is re-certified for the seventh year in HACCP

For the seventh year, Meeru Island Resort & Spa had achieved the highly regarded accreditation in HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point), principles and practice based on the World Health Organization Codex to ensure Food Safety, Hygiene and Cleanliness for the Resort. HACCP is a prevention-based recommended control system for the hygiene of food hygiene and safety with strict adherence and implementation of food safety procedures in hotels and food establishments.

As a property who complies with HACCP protocols, Meeru offers the continuous wellbeing of the guests by;

  • Allowing guests to enjoy our services with full confidence in the quality of our food supplies and its preparation.
  • Maintaining the highest skills and knowledge of all food handlers, not only in the kitchen.
  • Practising proper and approved hygiene and cleanliness systems is adhered to within all levels of operations.
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  • Providing and sourcing the highest quality in food produced which are safe for resort guests and team members.

Tales from the Meeru Museum – The Toddy Tapper (Raaveriya)

While visiting the Meeru museum, you will come across the equipment of the toddy tapper.  This is his story, and the history and culture surrounding Maldives coconut toddy and it’s tapper.

 

Lingo:
Raaveriya – The man who collects toddy.
Raa Valhi – The knife Used for cutting the flower bud by the palm sap collector.
Raa Bandhi – Traditional Maldivian toddy collecting pot which is used to put the produced “Raa”
Raa – Toddy

Who is this man in the image?
He is a Raaveriya (Toddy Tapper) on his way to a coconut tree. Carrying a ‘bandi’ made up of coconut shells which is tied up together with rope. Toddy tapping or ‘rukah erun’ is a skilled work passed down from generations to generations. It is also a symbol of Maldivian custom and tradition. It was the backbone of livelihood and has proven to be a staple part of Maldivian diet and an essential for electrolyte balance.

 

What is toddy tapper wearing?
A sarong which is tied up around the waist measuring the length of one’s entire leg up to the ankles when let loose. Clothing on the head serves as a protection against the heat and prevents debris from tangling onto ones hair.

How does he collect the sap?
A Raaveriya (Toddy Tapper) climbs the coconut tree to prepare the flower bud (‘ei’) for collecting sap. The tip of the flower bud is cut off using a knife (Raa Valhi) before it blossoms and toddy collecting pot is hung to collect the sap. When the coconut flower bud (‘Ei’) is set the coconut tree is referred to as a ‘raa ruh’. It is believed that the sap collected in the evening is sweeter and tastes better owing to the heat which makes the water evaporate leaving the sweet residue behind in its purest form. The collected toddy can be subjected to a complex process of heating and a form molding to produce ‘Dhiyaa Hakuru’ a golden honey-like-liquid referred to as Coconut Nectar in the western countries that all most all Maldivians enjoy eating with rice, and also used as a dessert and to make sweet snacks. The ‘Dhiyaa Hakuru’ is also further cooked, with the addition of Akiri (Coral), to produce a creamy fine White paste known as Karu Hakuru, a popular ingredient in baking cake. This Raiveriya and his ‘honey’ produce a couple of litres of toddy a day, most of which is converted to sugar and stored.

A Translation Of A Raivaru
“To watch thee sleep peaceful in mine arms,
Having drunk on loves’ cunning charms.
From pleasures most beautiful I myself woke
So I might again these desires in thee evoke”

The lifestyle was as such, that Maldivian men adored and enjoyed the work. The toddy toppers will go for toddy tapping and sing ‘Raivaru’, thus the name Raaveriya (toddy topper). The ‘Raivaru’ is a (short verse) is one of the forms of poetry which is very unique and it is found in the earliest Maldivian literature. This form of poetry used since ancient times to express desires, thoughts and emotions”.  The Raivaru poems was used by toddy toppers to complement or even sung as a declaration of love to the Maldivian woman who goes to the beach to wash pans or to the jungle to collect firewood. It is said that the woman who responds to the Raivaru sung by Maldivian men will the one who accepts the proposal.

As it was, the true Maldivian island lifestyle, the families lived a wonderfully simple and happy life. There is a saying in Maldives, that all Maldivian communities in the old times were entirely dependent on the coconut palm.

The number of people with this particular skill set started deteriorating over the years and the tradition was on the brink of collapsing when tourism came to the Maldives opening up a doorway for locals to showcase their formidable skills and local products which became a souring sensation among the tourists visiting Maldives and opening up opportunities for trade and sources of income.

How to enjoy coconut water in Meeru

Kurumba is the Maldivian name for a young coconut. Coconut water is a cure for dehydration and also given as a ceremonial gift. While it may not be a miracle cure, it does have many health benefits.
Meeru Coconut

How to Enjoy Coconut Water

  1. Drink it early morning on an empty stomach: Coconut water contains lauric acid, which helps in boosting your immunity, kick-starting your metabolism.
  2. Before or after a workout: coconut water is a great natural sports drink that helps in hydrating your body, replenishing the lost electrolytes, helps in fighting fatigue and exhaustion and is one of the best energy boosting drinks.
  3. Pre and post meals: It is low in calories and easy on the stomach. Drinking coconut water helps in quick digestion and prevents bloating after meals.

It has also traditionally been used to treat dehydration and given as ceremonial gifts. While it may not be a miracle cure, it does have many health benefits.

At Meeru Island Resort & Spa, you can enjoy coconut drinks at the Dhoni Bar beach on Sunday and Hot Rock beach on Wednesdays, freshly plucked from Meeru’s coconut trees.

 

Indulge In An Experience Like No Other With Meeru’s Luxury Yacht

At Meeru Island Resort & Spa, you can enjoy all that the Maldives offers, luxuriating in the beautiful island setting, swimming in the crystal-clear sea, basking in the glorious sun and the list goes on. With our excursions, you have the chance to embark on various adventures across the sea. Now, with our new private hire options for the luxury yacht Norah, you can experience the sea aboard an elegant ship with unparalleled luxury and unmatched service.

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The new private hire options avail a world of opportunities for you. If you are looking to arrive or depart from Meeru in style and comfort, you can arrange a private airport transfer with refreshments and WiFi onboard. On the Daylong Cruise, you can explore North Male’ Atoll, snorkelling through reefs experiencing marine life and luxuriating on a sandbank to watch the stunning sunset. With lunch along with other alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks provided on-board, you can focus on enjoying the awe-inspiring views of the azure ocean. If you would like to spend a shorter time at sea, Half Day Cruise will be a perfect choice, allowing you to spend either morning or afternoon at sea. For couples, the Spectacular Sundowner Voyage with Candlelight Dinner is ideal. Glide across the sea enjoying the sunset views before settling in for an indulgent dinner. Alternatively, you can enjoy the luxurious setting aboard the yacht paired with a fantastic dining experience while the yacht is anchored near Meeru.

With such amazing options, your stay in Meeru is sure to be elevated with a touch of luxury!

An Eggciting Easter Awaits This April In Meeru

The entire month of April will be full of delightful dining experiences offering delicious dishes and stunning views. To begin the month with a toast at the Sunset Lagoon Wine Tasting: an opportunity to sample fine wines in an idyllic setting. From Seafood Buffet at Asian Wok Beach to Easter Brunch at the buffet restaurants, its a treat not to be forgotten for all the guests who have planned their holiday during Easter on Meeru Island Resort & Spa.

It will be an even more exciting time for the kids as our Kid’s and Teen’s Club has prepared a full programme of fun and games. A kid’s day out at the sandbank sets the tone for a month of adventure. There is no room for boredom with an array of activities planned including an Easter Egg Hunt, Sand Castle Competition, Water Polo, Cookies Decoration, Egg and Coconut Painting, Kids Fitness Session and more.

At our guests’ disposal anytime during their stay will be the range of experiences that Meeru offers, from sunset cruises to indulgent treatments at Duniye Spa. Kids Stay for Free on offer gives you the perfect reason to book your April adventure and experience the #meerumagic.

View the full programme here.

Meeru Meet The Team, Rasheed

Mohamed Rasheed is a staff housing area attendant, who has been with Meeru for over a year. We caught up with him to find out what he loves most about his job and his insights on being a good team player.

 

What do you like most about your job?

I like working with my manager and the rest of my team. I am confident with my job as Staff Housing Area Attendant because of the training I have attended that help me in doing my best at work.

 

What are your hobbies?

I love playing football. I am also fascinated by Egypt and watch documentary films about it. I would love to see the pyramids one day.

 

What do you like most about the resort? 

Meeru provides good accommodation and food for its employees. There are also different staff facilities to cater to the employees’ needs.

 

What advice or motivational words you can give to your colleague?

My advice to my colleagues is to always be professional at work. In doing so, you have to be always punctual, follow your supervisor’s instructions and have a good attitude towards work. If you love your job, everything comes easy.

 

 

What is the secret to being a team member?

Punctuality is one important factor in being a good team player. If you come to work on time, you can complete your tasks every day. Sharing your knowledge is another essential factor. I find time to teach my colleagues some ways to do things faster, sharing tips that I have learned from previous experience. Lastly, I think it is important to be cooperative to work well with each other.

 

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