Christmas in the Maldives

We decided to spend Christmas 2017 in the Maldives. It wasn’t my idea, it was my husbands and I have to say its probably one of his best yet. As it was a ‘once in a lifetime’ holiday, we decided to go the whole hog and book a jacuzzi water villa at the Meeru Island Resort in the North Male Atoll which was recommended by the lovely Sarah at Fit Travels. This trip was not cheap; it’s the Maldives and it was Christmas…but it was incredible.Meeru Island Sign.JPG

We flew directly from Bangkok to Male with Air Asia for just £150 each return, the flight is around four hours. The Maldives is made up of 1200 islands in 26 atolls, which one of the 200 inhabited islands you choose can greatly affect the cost of your holiday. We did a lot of research and had lots of advice from friends who have visited. One of the reasons we chose Meeru was because it required a speedboat transfer rather than a seaplane transfer which saved us anywhere between $500-$1400 dollars. Our boat transfer was $150 each return and took about 45 minutes.

The white sand and turquoise seas of the Maldives make it one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. The tiny islands we passed on the way to our resort were totally mesmerising! Meeru Island Resort and Spa is one of the larger resorts in the Maldives and is the only resort on Meerufenfushi island in the North Male’ Atoll. It takes around 40 minutes to walk all the way around the 32-hectare island and has nearly 300 rooms, from garden villas to overwater villas. Despite having so many rooms, the island never felt busy.

 

Our jacuzzi water villa was lovely, the view was amazing and was so peaceful. We had direct access into the lagoon from the steps of our terrace and we were fortunate enough to see such a huge range of sea life including sharks and huge stingrays. At night the water under us was illuminated by a huge light so we could see everything, it was amazing!

 

The Maldives is a Muslim country and is dry in terms of alcohol unless you are in a resort. On the recommendation of friends, we opted for an all-inclusive with alcohol package and despite the increase in price when booking, it was totally the right thing to do. It included extensive breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus snacks 24 hours and a number of bars where they served really good quality alcohol. As we were there for Christmas there was a gala dinner on Christmas Eve which was incredible and included turkey and all the trimmings, there was even champagne at breakfast.

 

The most wonderful thing about being on an island in the Maldives is that you have to relax! We spent time reading under the gently swaying palms, snorkelling in the crystal clear water and sunbathing on our terrace or hanging out in the jacuzzi. We treated ourselves to a Himalayan Salt Stone massage on Christmas day, the floor of the treatment room had a glass floor so you could watch the tropical fish swim by! Included in your room rate is a snorkel trip to the resort reef as well as a sunset dolphin spotting trip, where we did indeed have an up-close encounter with wild dolphins!

 

Anyway, I could go on and on about what an insanely amazing time we had but I will just let the pictures speak for themselves and trust me when I say, these don’t even do it justice!


Meeru Island Resort & Spa
North Male’ Atoll
Republic Of Maldives
Telephone +960 664 3157
Email reservations@meeru.com

31 Comments Add yours

    1. The most beautiful place 😊 x

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  1. This looks like an absolute dream! Lovely article, very insightful.

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  2. Looks so beautiful and serene!

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  3. Indeed! I just love the view 😍 It’s soothing to my eyes 😍

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  4. Mel & Suan says:

    It was certainly a white Christmas – except its sand beach white!

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    1. It really was!! A whole new meaning to white christmas!

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  5. Oh my, this looks absolutely amazing! I can’t wait to visit the Maldives one day X

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    1. It really was – I’m itching to go back already! 😊

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  6. mollyriley28 says:

    Would you say this is the cheapest way to fly from the UK? To Bangkok then to Male? It looks so amazing I’m feeling like I need to book soon!

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    1. Afraid I really have no idea in terms of coming from the UK, it was super cheap for me as I live in Bangkok 😊 Definitely visit if you can, it really is incredible!! x

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  7. Maldives always a beautiful place to explore and guess what you were their on your Christmas celebration. I can imagine with these beautiful pictures that how you enjoyed there.

    Keep Doing!

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  8. marieadelyn says:

    This is beautiful!!

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    1. It’s an amazing place 😊 x

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  9. Oh my goodness! That seriously looks like paradise! Great post 😍😍😍

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    1. Thank you! It absolutely was! 🌴☀️

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    1. I’m jealous of myself looking back at the pictures 😊

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  10. Oh my! Glorious pictures! Definitely a destination to behold and embrace! 🙂

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  11. Looks absolutely amazing, love the pictures!

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    1. Thank you! It really was a dream holiday! 💙

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  12. JetsettingBees says:

    Stunning! A bucket list location for me.

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