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Meet The Meeru Team: Shaji, Luggage Coordinator

Neelakanta Pillai Shaji Kumar is a Luggage Coordinator in the Front Office Department who has been with Meeru for 21 years. Shaji had a chat with us regarding his job and interests. Read on.

What do you like most about your job?

I like being able to serve the guests, bringing in luggage that contains important holiday essentials for their most awaited vacation.

What are your hobbies?

I enjoy playing games at Ekuveni (staff recreational facility) such as carom and billiards. I also love watching cricket matches, but most of the time, you will find me watching Hindi movies.

What do you like most about the resort?  

I love that the resort has provided great staff facilities and modern amenities such as the coffee machine to make us comfortable. I also love our guests who make it possible for us to be here.

What do you love to do during your free time?  

Meeru is just a speedboat transfer away from Male’ so I love travelling to the city to meet friends for dinner or coffee once in a while.

What is the secret to being a good luggage coordinator?

I believe the secret to working well is hard work, honesty and dedication to the job.

Have The Destination Wedding Of Your Dreams

In Meeru Island Resort & Spa, we give couples the once in a lifetime chance to exchange or renew vows in the most beautiful place on earth. In a symbolic and emotional ceremony, full of traditional Maldivian touches, you can affirm your love and undying commitment to each other, against the backdrop of the stunning sea. The powder-soft sandy beach, overlooking the ocean, under palm fronds and surrounded by hibiscus flowers is the perfect place to celebrate your love.

The wedding or vow renewal ceremony begins with elaborate preparations at Duniye Land Spa for the bride. Here the bride’s makeup and hair are done. Once ready, the groom is picked up by local girls and escorted to Duniye Spa Land Spa in song and dance to pick his bride. You will then be accompanied by the local bridal team, singing and beating their Bodu Beru drums, to the Asian Wok Restaurant Beach, where the location has been set up. The wedding ceremony is performed in English and Dhivehi, and afterwards, a Dhoni (traditional boat) will transport you to the beach by your guest room to begin a lifetime of adventure together.

Wedding or vow renewal ceremonies are only $540 per couple and can be booked through Reception*.

If you are planning your visit to Meeru, kindly have a look at our special offer for Winter 2019/2020.

#MeetTheMeeruTeam: Michael

Ibrahim Ahmed Waseem fondly referred to as Michael, is an ever-smiling waiter who brings a cheerful presence wherever he goes. We met up with him on the job and asked him a few questions. Read on.

What do you like most about your job?

Serving the guests and making them happy makes me love my job more. In fact, Meeru guests’ happiness is the best part of my job!

What are your hobbies?

My hobbies include dancing, playing futsal and mixing dance music. My favourite dance styles are Robot and Lyrical Dance.

What do you like most about the resort?

Meeru’s working environment and staff recreational facilities are the highlights for me.

Meeru is a great place to work as it is just a speedboat away from Male’, the main city.

What is your favorite restaurant/bar in Meeru?

Kakuni bar is the best for me as this is the bar where we mostly entertain the guests.

What does it takes to be a good waiter?

To be a good waiter you should be able to provide great customer service that will make each guest inspired to keep coming back to Meeru.

We hope you learnt a little more about Michael, and will be coming to say hello to him in person. Follow our #MeetTheMeeruTeam series to get to know more about our wonderful staff.

A Few Things You Should Know About The Maldives

Many of you have made the Maldives, and Meeru Island Resort & Spa, your second home, returning year after year to enjoy this beautiful tropical paradise. You know and have experienced first-hand the beauty of the Maldives: the warm weather, powder-soft, white beaches and startlingly clear turquoise waters. Now, we wish to share a little more about the Maldivian culture and heritage.

Let’s start with the language! Maldivians speak Dhivehi, which has Sanskrit, Sinhalese and Arabic influences. Here are some common phrases that you can add to your vocabulary:

Hello: “assalaamu alaikum” is a more formal greeting while “maruhabaa” is informal.

Thank you: “shukuriyyaa.”

You’re welcome: “maruhabaa.”

The Meeru Museum

The Maldives islands are believed to have been inhabited for the last 3,000 years. The first settlers were from southern India and Sri Lanka as well as from Arab and African countries. Tourism began in 1970 and slowly started developing. Our Meeru Museum exhibits several Maldivian artefacts, from traditional wooden boxes which were used as travel storage (lakudi foshi) to wooden Maldivian sandals which were worn until the early 1980s (ujjehi maravalhhi). Drop by the Museum anytime for a glimpse into the fascinating history of the Maldives.

Maldivian food can best be described as spicy and from the sea. The food is heavily reliant on naturally available food sources such as coconuts, tuna and reef fish. The initial settlers passed on their usage of curries and spices, and to this day, Maldivian food is heavily influenced by that. Every Friday is Maldivian night in Meeru. In our buffet restaurants, you can enjoy various delicacies from Garudhiya (fish soup) and Huni Roshi (coconut-based flatbread).

Maldivian Cultural Show: Bodu Beru Performance.

Music and dance is an integral part of Maldivian Culture. Bodu Beru refers to the traditional drums and the cultural dance that is performed to the sound of these drums. The dance performance is a form of storytelling and entertainment and varies depending on the occasion. After a sumptuous Maldivian Night dinner on Fridays, we have a Maldivian Culture & History Presentation, followed by a Bodu Beru Performance at Kakuni Bar. Join us and be sure to bring your dancing shoes.

Maldivian Cultural Show: Bodu Beru Performance.

We look forward to welcoming you to experience the wonder of Meeru and the Maldives!

Video: Sunset Trip On A Yacht

A vacation in Meeru Island Resort & Spa has endless opportunities for adventure. We have curated extra-ordinary experiences to help you take in the magical beauty of the Maldives unhindered. One such activity is the Sunset Trip On A Yacht excursion.

Organised every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday from 1600 to 1830hrs, this excursion affords you the opportunity to take to the sea, enjoy the breathtaking views of the ocean and sunset, with the possibility of sighting a pod of dolphins. Watch the video below for a taste of this unforgettable trip.

Interested in this wonderful activity, view our excursions price list here.

Check out our current special offers as well, for discounts on your next visit!

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