Maldives – Meeru Island Resort
February 2010: the school was closed for a week, so we decided to run away to a warm and sunny place… and what’s better than a week at the Maldives?
Choosing the right resort was not so easy: there are a lot of wonderful islands, with luxury resorts, wonderful beaches and crystal-clear water. In the end we chose the Meeru Island Resort, which is not so popular among Italian tourists, but we had read very good feedbacks on foreign forums.
We left from Milan with two friends, Pietro and Patrizia. We were on the same plane, but we had booked two different resorts. The company that took us to destination was Emirates. We had heard a lot about it, as one of the best in the world, but reality was much better than what we had imagined. The aircraft was new, the seats were very comfortable, each passenger had his own TV and you could watch a film, play games and also connect to a camera that showed the taking off and the landing. And the service on board was wonderful: the hostesses wore a very elegant uniform, and they served you your meal with a smile, they are incredibly kind. A standing ovation for them!
At about 3 o’clock (6 am local time) we got to Dubai: we had a long stopover, about 5 hours, but we did not get bored. There are a lot of windows to look out, there are so many shops for every taste and budget. We entered an Irish pub ( which is the only one thing you would never expect in such a place), I ate a slice of cheesecake and the others had a beer. As there was free wifi, we stayed there for long, then we went to the gate to board our plane. We were rather tired, so we fell asleep very soon!
Gianni woke me up some minutes before landing to show me the Maldives from the height: what a wonder to see all these small islands surrounded by a blue sea!
We were in Male, it was very hot, Pietro and Patrizia reached the sea plane that would take them to their resort, while we had a little rest at the bar while waiting for our speed boat. Half an hour later we got to our destination. We made check in, they gave us a bracelet for the all inclusive formula and we were taken to our overwater bungalow by a golf cart. Our luggage was already there, but we took our time to look around! Our room was very large, luxury, there was any kind of comfort but what we mostly appreciated was a coffee machine! There were two terraces, one was on the front, with two deck chairs, a table and a little ladder to enter the sea. The other one, on the back, was surrounded by a high fence and there was a large whirlpool tub! It was amazing!
It was about 5 in the afternoon, and even if we were tired we couldn’t resist that wonderful inviting water. We wore our swimsuite and enter the water. We didn’t stay for long, because it was getting dark. While using the ladder to go back to our room we saw a lot of crabs, most of them escaped but one which stayed there for all our staying and we called it “the guardian”.
It was dinner time: on the island there were three restaurants. For one of them you had to reserve a table and pay for your dinner, while the others were included in the price, the guests were divided according to the position of their room. We got to ours and our waiter took us to our table.
The structure that hosted the restaurant was round and imposing. In the middle there was a big fountain and all around the tables. Each waiter took care of some guests, so we were introduced to ours and then went to explore the buffet. There was so much food and a wide choice of dishes! We filled out plates but then we were not able to find our table until the waiter came to our help. We realized we were not the only ones who had got lost; around us we heard people talking and we were aware that we were the only Italians, but it was not a problem!
After dinner we went to our room crossing half dark paths… the real holiday was going to start the day after!
The next day we enjoyed the sea, the sun and a lot of relax! The water was really crystal-clear, the most beatiful we had ever seen. The island is considered large, but you can visit it in no more than half an hour, but taking it easy, stopping to watch fish and sting rays which swim near the shore, having a drink at the bar, taking a bath to fight the hot weather. What we liked a lot is that all around the island there are deck chairs where to stop, have a little rest and sunbathe!
One day we had a trip to a fishermen’s village, on a very close island. Here we could see very well the traces left by the tsunami. We passed in front of a school, where there were children of every age, who wore a very tidy uniform; we saw young ladies who made straw baskets, we bought some souvenirs from an old lady who did not understand a word of English and that had put all his goods on a table in the street. Then there were some shops for tourists, there you could buy beach towels, pareos, lighters and so on… we didn’t like them!
Another day we went on a boat trip: we could see a lot of dolphins very closely, a very bigh turtle, but the best thing was snorkeling! According to Gianni, it was the best snorkeling we had ever done… and I agree with him!
on 14the february, in the evening, to celebrate Saint Valentine’s Day, Gianni took me to the “Asian Wok Restaurant”. Besides the food, that was very good, the location was really very romantic! Our table was on the beach, very close to the shore and of course we ate with a candle light: you really have to try it!
The weather was very beautiful during our holiday, but not the day we went for a sunset cruise. The sky was very cloudy, we got on board of the boat, we were offered a drink and soon after it started pouring!
Of course we came back in a hurry, and we entered a bar to find a shelter and wait the rain to stop.
There we had a talk with one of the waiters who was really nice: he spoke only few Italian words, but his English was very good. He told us that all waiters were Maldivian, but the most important roles were taken by Sri Lankan people, for example cooks and receptionists.
He seemed a very young boy, but he already had a lot of children (I think he said 5) and he explained that the average salary for Maldivian people is not so high!
And I think he had told us the truth, because when we gave him a tip before leaving he was moved and he was almost crying!
The evening entertainment was not so interesting: one evening there was the crabs race, one night the disco, but there were really very few people and it was not so funny! But to tell you the truth it was not a problem! We were happy to go back to our room and stay on our terrace looking at the sea and the fish swinmming under our bungalow!
The moment of leaving arrived too soon, we wanted to stay more, but instead we took our boat and all of a sudden we were again at the airport with our friends. We were all so tanned but also sad… but who knows? Maybe one day we are going back there!