Adaaran Select Meedhupparu Resort

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  • Fantastic holiday!

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    We spent one week in November in this great all-inclusive-5-star-hotel/island that is situated 300 km north of the equator and can be easily reached by a 45-minute-seaplane-ride from Male International Airport. You can enjoy the turquoise waters and beautiful islands below during the flight, but keep in mind that sometimes you could wait several hours before departing from Male to the hotel/island. When you arrive you will agree with me that the place really looks like heaven on earth (it is is great if you like quiet family vacations) and you could walk around the entire island in literally 15-20 minutes. The hotel has around 200 bungalows (beach villas and prestige water villas that are 200-300 USD more expensive per night compared to the beach villas), one main restaurant and one find dining restaurant, 4 bars, a lounge bar, spa, tennis court and a fully equipped gym, diving school and of course - a reception. The main restaurant and two bars are located in the center of island, one bar is near the pool, one on the beach. All of them serve only local alcohol and Lion draught beer (beer brand from Sri Lanka) plus numerous woth trying cocktails, there are Carlsberg cans in the minibars and the bars, but they are paid. The prices of the imported beer and alcohol are quite high (around $10 for the beer and $150 for a bottle of whiskey, vodka, etc.). As we understood the local laws don't allow you to import ANY alcohol to the Maldives, therefore if you want to drink such - get ready with your cash! The hotel staff is offering excellent service, the island and all amenities are kept neat and clear, the food is also quite good (they try to offer different types of cuisine - Italian, Mexican, etc.). You could always get a pizza or beef from one of the bars if you are hungry or don't like the food in the main restaurant. There were tourists from different nationalities - German, Japanese, Italian, English and of course Russians. I would recommend you to prepare 500 USD (the price is for two persons) and organize in 3 separate days diving, lobster dinner and a trip to an unhabited/desert island - all of these attractions are worth trying! I would definitely go back to this hotel/resort and I recommend it to everyone willing to have a relaxing and quiet holiday among such a terrific nature!

    Unique Quality: Terrific nature, fantastic service!

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Meedhupparu island paradise!

by TripAdvisor Member cherigrover

My husband and I have just got back from our first trip to the maldives and we have both been extremely happy with our choice!

The flight from london Gatwick was predictably awful as we had to fly with monarch and there were no extra leg room seats or upgrades to premium class. I would NEVER EVER again fly over 2 hours with monarch. It has to be the worst flights i've ever encountered. Not only are the seats too narrow and small, but the staff weren't much help either.

Got to Male on the 30th august and everything there went like clockwork, from arrivals, to being taken through passport control, and then taking our luggage to our travel rep, who organised this to be sent to our hotel, We in the meantime were taxi'd round to the seaplane airport with our hand luggage. Our cases went by boat to meedhupparu and we would be reunited with them some 10 hours later! its worth taking some clothes in your hand luggage so you can have a shower and change! not everyone was advised this by their travel agents!

the seaplane is an experience on its own. The view of all the islands is breathtaking and the colours of the sea and lagoons were so clear - it makes for the perfect start to any stay in the maldives.
When we got to the resort we were greeted and taken to reception and given welcome drinks. we all checked in and were shown to our rooms. The rooms are fairly basic, and consist of either twin or in our case a huge double bed, bedside tables, a couple of chairs and a coffee table, and a table with tea & coffee facilities. Opposite the bed was the doors which opened onto the deck. Behind the bed was a wall which split the room up in order to hide wardrobes, the safe and the mini-bar. The bathroom consists of WC, two basins, an indoor shower and an outdoor shower - extremely handy with two of us!
there were small things which let the room down such as tape hanging from the ceiling where there had been a repair, but all in all the room was extremely clean which was the most important thing! Our room attendent came twice a day - first in the morning whilst we were out before lunch, and secondly whilst we were having our evening meal. He would give us 2 free bottles of water and top up tea & coffee as well as make our bed and fold the sheets in hundreds of different styles! He did a great job. the only complaint about the room is that the walls are very thin, so we were lucky we had no neighbours as we had heard complaints and some friends asked to be moved as they kept being woken up by their neighbours!

The staff were amazing. I've never been treated so well and so kindly on any resort before and after having read reviews in lonely planet saying they weren't that friendly, i can say they must not have been at the same place! Tips are not expected but given as service was so good.

All inclusive is not quite what we expected! You can get free drinks from 10am-midnight. After this you have to pay. They provide meals in the buffet restaurant and snacks in the main bar but the fine dining restaurant and the grill bar are charged. Any purchases from the shops, any trips, and cocktails and bottles of wine/champagne are all charged to your room, so you dont' have to carry cash with you. this is handy, and as we had a limited budget we saw the cashier every few days to pay our bills.

the island is blessed with beautiful beaches, and every photo looks like a picture postcard. We had a great time and although the weather was lousy (monsoon rainy season to the extreme) we made some great friends and enjoyed the evenings entertainments of karaoke and the crab racing night was hilarious!

If you want an affordable holiday then this should not be missed!

Fantastic!!

by TripAdvisor Member cregols

We went to Meedhupparu for our honeymoon in June 2005. We had never really ventured any further than Europe so we didn't know what to expect. I trawled these review sites before we went and I have to say to anyone who is going you will LOVE IT! I am going again and wouldn't hesitate to stay on the same island. The rooms, food, pool, beach, water, staff, weather everything is just perfect and I mean that! Anyone who says otherwise obvsiously doesn't know the meaning of paradise! I will admit the monarch flight was horrendous and when we go again I will try and fly with someone else and if not stump up the extra to go premium in monarch. I am only 5 foot 1 and I found it cramped! The seaplane is fantastic and the perfect start and ending to a fabulous holiday.

A few points...

by TripAdvisor Member Lynphd

We went to Meedhupparu for 2 weeks on 16 May 2005 with Thomson, flying Monarch. The AI package does not include cocktails and you can only get free wine with meals in the restaurant (not in the bar); there is a stocked mini bar in your room but it is not included in the AI; most rooms are right on the beach and you get 2 sunloungers with your room; the snorkelling trip goes out by speedboat and is good but they are a bit lax about the timing of it; the room boys change your free beach towels every day; there is a free safety deposit box in your room; also check your bill at the end – although they had the correct items on ours they had totalled it up incorrectly and tried to charge us an extra $100. Although the sea plane flight, beach, sea, snorkelling and food were great, we were not impressed with several things:
1. There was a significant amount of building work going on at Meedhupparu, which we hadn’t been warned about. Work was already well under way when we arrived- they are building around 20 new water bungalows with a restaurant- and work is going on around the clock.
2. When we first arrived in the resort, the receptionist told us (and several other couples) that there was problem with the room we were allocated and that we would have to be housed in a temporary room for 1 night. We were told not to unpack as we would have to move. The room was absolutely fine and we didn’t want to move, but the hotel kept insisting they wanted us in a different room. The 1 night turned into 4 nights living out of a suitcase and after talking to our rep –you have to be persistent to get hold of them- (and getting a free excursion as a goodwill gesture from the hotel) they moved us so we could unpack at last. Big mistake – the new room (like many others) turned out to have a persistent problem with the air con unit. We had workmen in the room nearly everyday trying to fix it (temporarily). It would seem that the air con units in the rooms need to be completely renewed.
3. We were delayed by almost 24 hours going home as Monarch had a problem with the inbound flight so we had to stay in the resort. Although it is nice to get an extra free night in the Maldives, all we had was our “going home” clothes and hand luggage- the suitcases had left the island by boat the night before and were left sitting at Male airport! Luckily the hotel shop gave everyone an emergency supply of a white T shirt and a sarong (men as well!). We’ve flown with Monarch before and know to buy extra legroom seats as it is very squashed, but this delay has put us off completely. We feel sorry for the people who were stuck in the UK and lost a day of their holiday. We knew on the way to Meedhupparu by seaplane that our luggage would probably arrive later by boat (and had provisions in our hand luggage) but never thought about it for the trip back! So if you are transferring by sea plane remember to keep the essentials with you in your hand luggage including toiletries/swimwear/change of clothes as you could be separated from your suitcase for some time in both directions.
We’ve been to Kuramathi before and we thought this was a superior island/AI deal to Meedhupparu; we’re trying Vakarufahli with Thomas Cook and MyTravel Airways in December.

A couple of things disappointed us very hard

by A TripAdvisor Member

We've stayed in Meedhupparu 30.09-11.10 and it was good, over all. But there were several points that disappointed us very hardly, so if you're going to this hotel, please be careful of these things. Here they are:

1) Cashier accuracy. We've lost $50 and would have lost $60 more unless I by a chance have decided to check the bills with a calculator. It's very pity that their personnel is so inaccurate in their calculations. Anyone can make a mistake, but not in every bill and not always in their own favor.

2) Luggage transfer. We travelled back from Meedhuparru on a sea plane early in the morning, so our luggage were taken from us a night before. We were very very disappointed when we have found that locks on our bags were opened when we get them from the boat in male. Fortunately, there were no expensive things in these bags.

3) Jewelly quality. We've bought a hand-made silver ring in the gems&jewellery shop and one of the stones in it had been dropped and lost right in the Male airport on our way home.

Eugene

What more can you say ..........................

by A TripAdvisor Member

We have just returned from our honeymoon at the Meedhupparu Island Resort and we couldn't of asked for anything more, it was absolute paradise!!!!

We flew premium class with Monarch and they were great, sufficient leg room and were very well looked after and had some good films on.

When we arrived at Male airport our luggage was first off, we got straight on a seaplane, which is an excellent experience, and first off at the island, where you are met by staff with cold face cloths and drinks. Our luggage came about 2 hours later by speedboat, and was dropped at our door by a member of staff.

The bungalows have everything you need in them, even a couple of lizards, they don't come near you, they stay on the ceiling!!

The beach is amazing, white sands and turqoise sea, it seems like you are there alone, even though there were quite alot of people there, you never really see anyone.

The food in the restaurant is great, we didnt make it for breakfast very often as its half 7 till half 9, abit early on your honeymoon. Our waiter Hussain was fantastic, the minute our drink was half empty he filled it up and took our plates straight away, the waiters only get to go home once a year so we felt abit sorry for them. Dinner has a different theme each night, Italian, chinese, Maldivian (try their cigars and rolled up cigarettes!!) International, Continental, Chefs Night, but there is always something there for everybody!!!!

All in all it was a perfect honeymoon, the food, the staff and the island were everything we could have dreamed of, it was fantastic and we will definately be going back!!!!

Total Paradise

by TripAdvisor Member Meebleshire

My husband and I departed from Gatwick on Sunday 25th September, bound for 2 weeks in the sun at Meedhupparu. It was our first time to the Maldives and a long-awaited break which we’d looked forward to for months, being utterly exhausted and overworked. The prospect of being marooned on a desert island for a fortnight with not a lot to do other than sunbathe, swim and eat and drink too much looked a great prospect! Meedhupparu was recommended to me by a friend who had holidayed there a couple of years ago, and I’d wanted to go to the Maldives for years.

The flight was with Monarch and I readily admit I wasn’t looking forward to it one bit having read the reviews of how bad they were. It was the first time we had travelled long haul with Monarch, though we’d experienced many long-haul flights to the Caribbean, varying from great standards (Virgin) to utterly appalling (My Travel). We’d pre-booked the privilege of sitting together for £34 with Eclipse and God were we glad we did. We managed by fluke to get the extra-legroom seats behind the bulkhead (behind the toilets) which was great for my 6’ husband. This was brilliant until people started trying to scramble across our feet and bags to get from one side of the plane to the other, despite 2 out of the 3 people on our row being asleep. As an aside, some people who had also paid £34 to sit together did not have this granted.

The food was pretty awful, the toilets were absolutely gross, the choice of entertainment lousy (no seat-back screen, just screens at the front, and why do they ALWAYS show rubbish like ‘Friends’?). But the stewards were friendly enough and we left on time, so the flight wasn’t nearly as bad as I feared. I had been clobbered by an excess baggage charge at check-in so beware.

Passport control at Male airport was fun, although we were the second couple off the plane we chose the wrong queue and it took us well over an hour to get through. You then have to haul your suitcases onto a conveyor belt to be scanned, to make sure you aren’t importing any alcohol.

From there we joined another queue at the Tour Operators’ desks to be told where to go. Our luggage was loaded onto a truck and we hopped on a bus which took us to the sea plane check-in area. And that was our first proper sight of the sea, instantly you started to feel yourself winding down. We waited for about an hour then our flight was called. The sights from the little plane are awesome, islands with an inner circle of green palms, an outer circle of golden sand, then light blue sea surrounding each. Totally amazing. Yes it’s noisy, but you don’t care when the sights from the window are so stunning.

We ground to a halt at our island and clambered off the plane, hot, sweaty but the sight of the beach, the palm trees swaying and the welcoming beach bar took over. This looked like paradise and we weren’t going to be disappointed!

The rooms at Meedhupparu are great, the air-con is very effective! I was a little surprised to see that the outside shower doesn’t actually have a dividing wall between it and the main bathroom so one side of your bathroom is open. But it’s private and you get used to it soon enough. Our room was near to the pool and bar area, a short stagger back at night. You share your room with little geckoes who are pleased to remove all moths and gnats for free! The mini bar in the room is expensive and we didn’t use it at all, why bother when the bar drinks are included? We were really happy with the location of the room.

So what did we do all day? Chill out, sunbathe and snorkel, which was the absolute highlight of the holiday. The North Jetty was the best place on the island to snorkel from, with brightly coloured fish of all shapes and sizes in water waist-deep. Some in shoals, some on their own, from tiny iridescent ones to huge fat aquamarine and pink ones eating the coral off the rocks, 2 feet long. Some would swim around looking at you, some would hide in the rocks and wait til you’d gone! An underwater camera is an absolute necessity. It was truly awesome. We took our own equipment but it can be hired. It’s worth taking snorkel shoes in case you have to stop on the area near to the coral, which is hard on the feet. My husband spotted a ray one day near the jetty. And a couple of mornings we saw dolphins swimming from the end of the North jetty which was a real treat.

Weather: 2 rubbishy days of rain and overcast skies. Otherwise boiling hot, with the occasional cloud to take the burning sun off you (but be careful as it is so easy to burn). Some days a breeze, other days none at all.

Food: Breakfast: I’ve never been anywhere with such a choice. Fruit, pastries, fry-ups, omelettes, wonderful. Lunch: The food was very heavy when you’re used to grabbing a sandwich and the likes of beef stew, rice, curry etc didn’t really appeal. Chips were rare at lunchtime and the likes of a burger weren’t available, you had to buy them from the Grill Bar. Not my ideal choice of a lunchtime snack but then, we ate so much at breakfast that you were probably eating for the sake of it. Evening meal: pasta was always available, as was grilled fish and Indian food. Some nights were average, some were fantastic. Fish was always a meaty, tuna-type and there was not the variety we had hoped for, being very keen on fish. Some things were bizarre, like pork sausages being available at dinner but not at breakfast! Don’t get me wrong, the food was great, but in some ways a little limited, every night there were boiled potatoes?? I never want to see another boiled potato! Everyone went crazy for the jacket potatoes when they were available once a week! There were even Brussels sprouts available one evening!

Drinks: The beer was good, the spirit measures are VERY large. Cocktails were reasonably priced and very good indeed, though really I think they should’ve been included.

Service: Fantastic, from your waiter to your room boy, to the barmen. Everyone has a ‘Good morning Madam’ for you and are extremely polite and efficient.

Wildlife: We did get bitten but didn’t actually see any mossies, I think it was gnats or sand flies. HUGE fruit bats flapping around in the evening. Cute geckoes and little lizards. White moorhens that strut out of the bushes. We also fed the one with a ring around his foot, he is keen on Pringles and we nicknamed him Makelele Moorhen. I did spy the odd mouse running out of the bushes. We only saw one huge spindly spider thankfully, which was on the decking one night near the bar and I assume had come out of the greenery (I refused to sit on that side again). I was totally paranoid there would be spiders in the room and was relieved that we didn’t see any.

Excursions: We paid extra to go to the Fine Dining restaurant which was so good we went back again. Lobster/prawn/octopus/fish sizzler for just $29, that’s insanely good value! Exemplary service and quality of food.

We went Night Fishing which was very disappointing, not to say upsetting as we were told the fish would be thrown back after being caught. This was not the case and it was very disturbing indeed to see a 3 foot fish thrashing around in a plastic box half an hour after being caught, clearly suffering. Yes I am a hypocrite as I love seafood but I was not expecting such a nasty experience which was pretty inhumane to see. I was deeply upset by this and could not wait to get off the boat 3 hours later. I admittedly paid to see fish being caught but I thought it would be the thrill of catching them. I certainly didn’t want to pay to go on a trip, see fish suffer, then line the pockets of the fishermen who then take the fish to market.

Fellow guests: Mostly Brits but a fair amount of Italians. Also Germans and Eastern Europeans. All couples.

Evening entertainment: Pretty funny, the Italian entertainments team did cabaret-type sketches in the amphitheatre with audience participation. Most of it was in Italian but they did translate, and after a few rum and cokes it was all a bit of a laugh. Also Karaoke in the main bar, crab racing etc.

High points of the holiday: Snorkelling, general relaxed atmosphere, great service and the location and vibe at the grill bar. Great staff, nice accommodation. And the people watching was fun, I have never seen such a fabulous variety of speedoe trunks on display from the Italians and Russians, which was really really funny.

Low points: Smoking is allowed in the entire restaurant, not just one particular area. It’s not pleasant when you’ve just started your food and someone lights up on the adjacent table. Unfortunately, during our 2nd week a family with a screaming child moved into the room next door, which killed our relaxed state-of-mind. A 5.30am morning call from a 2 year old?!! Not what you want on a supposedly chilled-out holiday. (I have no idea why people take children to the Maldives - the island had no facilities for children, it’s just not set up for them). I would have preferred a dress code in the evenings, some people looked like they turned up for dinner in the same scruffy T shirt they had worn all day, which was a shame for the people who had made an effort and looked smart, without being overdressed. And lastly I really didn’t click with the Chicken Sausages at breakfast, not sure what they were all about!

We left the island at 7am on the Monday morning, with a flight back at 10.30am. (note that Meedhupparu island has its own time system, being one hour ahead of Male time). We had to give up our luggage the night before, so rushed back before 11.30pm to pack the clothes we had worn in the evening. Going back via Manchester was a pain and the flight back was unbearably long, as it always is on the way home.

I would definitely go back to the Maldives having had such a great time, probably not to Meedhupparu as I would like to try some of the other islands, though I can’t recommend the island highly enough. I would also look to avoid Monarch due to the ancient planes they use. Don’t take beach towels as they’re changed each day, you don’t need adapters as they use 3 pin plugs, and lastly, have a great time. 5pm sitting at the Grill Bar, chilling with a beer and overlooking the Indian Ocean really can’t be beaten.

Beautiful Island, but rooms a let down

by TripAdvisor Member jolo2006

Firstly the flights with Monarch are hell. I will never ever travel with Monarch again. But I guess it's just something you have to endure to go somewhere so beautiful. The airport in Male is very well organised when you arrive. We only had a short wait for the seaplane - just enough time to enjoy a cool drink. The seaplane is fantastic!! The view as you fly over the islands is stunning. Makes you forget the Monarch flight immediately!

We were checked in to the hotel very quickly (they give you a card to complete as you wait for the seaplane). We headed straight for our room and dropped our bags, changed into our swimming gear and jumped straight into the sea. The beach, the water & the varieties of fish you can see when snorkelling are amazing!! Although the island holds quite a few guests the beach never seems busy - in fact at times you can be the only person out there. Perfect peace and quiet!!!

The water bungalows that are being built look great. We rarely heard any noise from the work and we were located pretty close. I would definately like to return and stay in one of the water bungalows - from what I heard they are going to be stunning.

The standard rooms are a bit disappointing. The room boys do a brilliant job of keeping them clean and tidy but unfortunately we had a big problem with bugs. I can handle bugs being in the room but large red ants, woodlice and a cockroach though nothing of tramping over our bed. Lets just say I didn't sleep too great. We had a couple of problems with the air conditioning, but reception made sure it was fixed quickly. The open air bathroom was a bit strange at first but I ended up really liking it and I really loved the outdoor shower!!

The restaurant is fantastic!! The food is excellent - there is always something that you will like, and the service is always very fast and friendly. (Make sure you tip your waiter regularly as they work so hard and very rarely get to go home to see their families - once a year!)
One evening we had our dinner on the beach followed by coffee and chocolates served during an evening dhoni boat ride. We then retunred and were served a cocktail of our choice. When we got back to our room the bed was decorated beautifully with flower petals. It was a very romantic night and well worth the price.

The all inclusive drinks are ok but you have to pay for cocktails, wine and branded spirits/beer. But there is always something you can drink, and we were in the bar until around midnight most nights. There is usually a lovely cool breeze at night time too which is great. Entertainment mainly consists of a couple of guys singing (they were pretty good)or karaoke. The Italian animation team put on a show most nights and bless them they do try to include/invite everyone.

All in all we had a fantastic holiday at Meedhupparu. I would love to go back and try the water bungalows once they are ready. Perhaps we just got a bad room as I didn't hear anyone else mention problems with bugs. I would only have given this hotel 3 stars because of the room, but have given it 4 beacause the beautiful beach, food and friendly service were all excellent.

A little bit of heaven

by TripAdvisor Member Albinia

3 of us went in August 2005.

Myself, husband and 12 year old daughter. We were blown away by the views from the sea plane on the short trip over from Male - looking down at the torquoise sea from the plane looking at all the atolls was just like it is in the brochures.

If you want a chill out and relaxing holiday this is the place to go.
When we arrived on the island we were given wonderful drinks of mango (with a dash of brandy in I found out later...yum yum). We were also given some lovely cool face clothes to use which were very welcome.
Everyone was really friendly and the staff couldn't do enough.

The bungalows were very clean and, although not luxurious, they are of a high standard with high airy ceilings and nice clean comfortable beds.

Tea making facilities were available in the bungalows and the bottled water was constantly being replaced.

2 showers per bungalow - one inside and one outside. Plenty of wardrobe space and hangers. A safe is provided and so are beach towels.

They are currently building 12 sea bungalows (you know the ones that are on stilts in the water) that have to be ready for November this year - they are already booked apparently.

If you come here you must experience the diving. My daughter and I did the PADI openwater course and completed a number of dives. Oliver taught us and got us through the course - he is a lovely bloke with a wicked laugh! Sascha took us out on one dive and video'd us. He is really talented and has produced some marvelous underwater footage that is played on the big screen in the open air bar each Thursday and Sunday.

Although it was the rainy season it was 32 degrees in the shade and 29 degrees in the water. It rained once during the day and a couple of times at night.

TTFN Julia & Lucy

heavanly honeymoon

by TripAdvisor Member brucey

just come back from our honeymoon, was excellant, had 6 days of rain as it is monsoon season, but we still had fab time, staff friendly, helpful and up for a laugh, went night fishing & saw the sun set, very recommendable, rooms cleaned through out the day, bar pool was well good as you can watch the ocean while your havin a beer, the sea plane was amazing but bit noisy, good expierance, flew with monarch airlines though and not in a hurry to fly with them again but i do recommend extra legroom, the food at the hotel was very very mmmmmm, wide choice of food with chinese night on saturdays, lots of different currys, had lobster meal and was very nice, however be careful of the vodka, did make me "poorly" on afew acassions ha ha. lots of lizards around the island and only saw 1 small spider but met someone who had 2 large ones in there room, yuk. water bungalows was in the process of being built while we was there and looked really nice with jacuzzi's in them, We are already looking to go back but in the dry season. Overall rating . . . . . . two very happy honeymooners.

Fantastic hotel, beaches & snorkelling

by TripAdvisor Member Nequila

We went for a romantic two week break in April 2005. Having booked before the tsunami we were a little unsure what we would find, but at this hotel there was no damage at all. The rooms were nice, bungalows that lead straight from the balcony down to the beach with bowls of water to rinse your feet when you return, and having an outside bathroom with open air shower was a novelty, although very hot! They were building water bungalows while we were there which they thought would be ready by Christmas this year. You did see the boats delivering supplies, but never during the day really and we certainly weren't disturbed by the building.
The food was good and the staff were all very friendly, including the management who often came to the karaoke evening and joined in!
The best thing by far was the house reef. I don't dive but I love snorkelling, and I have never been anywhere that's kept me in the water so much. Just a couple of metres from shore and you were over rays and beautiful tropical fish, carry on to the reef and you don't know where to look, it's like swimming in a fish tank! There are turtles that swim very close to shore, and over the reef, and you will meet the occasional reef shark, which after scaring me stupid I discovered to be harmless.
Ladies you don't need shoes! I was told this but still took them and honestly all you need are flip flops because the ground gets too hot to walk on! All the pathways are sand, so leave the heels at home.
The spa was great and offers all sorts of treatments in a very tranquil setting.
I read reviews before we went (but after we booked!) and was initially worried about the erosion of the beaches that everyone mentioned, but it really wasn't a problem. There are measures in place to keep the sand where it is, and yes it's not the prettiest in places, but don't let it put you off as the majority of the island is just fantastic.
I would definitely recommend this hotel, and hope to save up and return to a water bungalow in the next couple of years.

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Meedhupparu

by KG1848

Has anyone been to the Meedhupparu resort? I am taking my first trip to the Maldives in June this year and would love to hear of peoples’ experiences at this resort… thanks

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RE: Meedhupparu

by Mazzie

Hi, we went to Meedhupparu in December last year and loved it. It's a beautiful island, the service is very good and the staff are really friendly. The food was lovely, there was a lot of variety and they have different themes each evening, we really looked forward to our meals each day.
The rooms are really nice and as they are spread around the outside of the island they all go straight on to the beach and have sea views - what a lovely sight to wake upto in the morning! Although some rooms may have a bit of vegitation in front of them.
The beaches were beautiful white sandy beaches and the sea was beautiful clear blue/turquiouse - wow!
Try to avoid booking into rooms 179-206 as these rooms do have a bit of erosion to them and the foundations are showing which doesn't look very pretty for the photographs!
Another tip is to pack an extra bag with beachwear, sunlotion and evening wear as your luggage goes by boat and you go by seaplane and can arrive at the island quite a bit later than you. We arrived at the island at 3pmish and our luggage got there at 8pm.
You will have a lovely holiday! If you want to know anything else just ask me.

Meedhupparu

by Tillytut

Hello everyone!!

Does anyone who has stayed at Meed have any holiday snaps I could look at? Pictures on the net are very limited and I would be very interested to see more!

Thanks

Tanya

Re: Meedhupparu

by Heyzy

I cud help you may be ..... pls tomorrow i am going to this resort for a survey.

Re: Meedhupparu

by frickib

I have stayed 2 weeks in Meedhupparu and I'm going back on the 6th March 2005, all being well after recent events.

It is a great Island, they cater mainly for the Italian, with the evening entertainment in Italian. English is not a problem though and due to the Italian influence the food is wonderful and the choice huge, varying from pastas, Maldivian food, English food, fish, served via a hot and cold buffet. I qualified for my PADI Open Water there and had several dives afterwards including diving with sharks, I was also fortunate enough to see a Manta Ray. I would HIGHLY recommend the island for it's quality of food, it's people, whether they by Italian, Maldivian, Sri Lankan or English, for the diving or snorkling, if your looking for complete R&R then this is the place, with the sea plane flight as a great opening start to an exceptional holiday. I have digital pictures I can compress and e-mail if you wish.

But hey, tis only my opinion and if I rave about it too much the world and his wife will want to go, soooo, nah............ it's a really horrible place, you wouldn't like it ;)

meedhupparu

by nabbschool

Off to this island on 7th August. Is weather too unpredicatable to plan for? Anything worth doing like trips etc. to nearby islands. What is the seaplane journey like and how long does luggage take to arrive
Emma

RE: meedhupparu

by cgf

I've been to Meedhupparu early 2002, my luggage was taken to resort from airport and viceversa by boat, on air-taxi I remember 5 kg of hand baggage but I might not remember well. You've made the right choise asking for seaplane, by boat it takes hours... One advise, have a swim clothes with your hand baggage so to take a swim as soon you'll arrive. Actually there is not much to do there! In 2002 was not request any dess code, as you won't wear shoes, don't forget to try to wear them at least five/ten minutes since 2 days before you'll leave.
Check and confirm seaplane for way back, many people will insist to go back to Male's airport by seaplane.

RE: meedhupparu

by jdt1

Hi Emma,

Big ask I am one of the dive staff on the island and need some blank DVDs brining out. Just cant get them here at the moment! If you would be prepared I would be so great full. Weather is hot and sunny not to much rain, sea plane brings U and returns u. my email is tuttlejames@hotmail.com

Regards a desperate

James

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