Meedhupparu Island, Maldives - Reviewed
Meedhupparu Island is a real pearl.
A sunbronzed barefooted hippie turned out to be the pilot of our 'taxi', a red twin otter seaplane that flew us on a wild and noisy half hour's trip north from Male over azure blue waters to Meedhupparau. We circled from a couple of thosand feet up and then dived down at an alarming angle toward the ocean before pulling up at the last second to land on the water. Welcome to paradise!
Review of Meedhupparu
The sand on the beach is the first thing that strikes you. A blindingly white fine sand surrounds the island interior which is fringed with tropical palms covering the interior.
Next you notice the creatures hanging in the palm trees. Hundreds of beautiful fruitbats live on Meedhupparu, ocassionally and spectacularly swooping down to the infinity pool at sunset to take a sip of fresh water.
Facilities on Meedhupparu
The resort is 4 star which means a good/high level of comfort although the main dining hall, being a cavernous room in dark wood sometimes felt overpoweringly dark. The Fine Dining Restaurant provided buffet-style food of exceptional quality. The Lunchtime Curried fish was almost always exquisite. It is a shame they did not focus more on this local food because it was always going too be a better option than the more western dishes. The house white wine was a great Australian Sauvignon but the red was a Shiraz that had travelled poorly. There were a number of French fine wines for sale but they were not of great value.
We were glad we had chosen the all inclusive option, because there is no other choice about dining and basic spirits, beer and soft-drinks are included. Wine was included with meals but at other times had to be paid for. Other outgoings were mostly sun creakm, film for cameras and small sundries. Prices on Meedhupparu for t-shirts and sarongs were about 10 dollars each.
For sports there is a well equipped gym, table tennis and a swimming pool, but the sea is always going to be a better option for exercise.
For our vacation we were given one of around 200 rooms dotted around the coast. Every room has its own balcony looking out over the sea. Three or four rooms at one end of the island were practically jutting out into the ocean where the sand had eroded, but most had an expanse of perfect beach in front of them.
The staff were all excellent. They were from both Sri Lanka and local Maldive islands. From the ornately folded fresh towels to the cheery 'hello's as you walked past on your wayt to the beach, the staff really did everything in their power to make you feel right at home on Meedhupparu. Everyone from the head of the resort to the cleaning staff seemed equally comitted to customer service. I can honestly say they make the holiday and can teach ANY european in the hospitality trade a thing or two.
Meedhupparu is on the far eastern side of the Raa Atoll and is the only resort island on the atoll.
Swimming was very safe within the reef, but with stonefish and stingrays in the bay I recommend wearing footwear in the water.
In Dhivehi, the language of the Maldives, Meedhupparu means pearl and this is an accurate name for the island. We are sure you will find meedhupparu maldives a wonderful vacation island