Le Meridien Maldives Resort & Spa

Maldives, Indian Ocean

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The hotel

A true desert island experience awaits you at Le Meridien Maldives Resort and Spa, and it’s a divers’ paradise! Located in Thilamaafushi, a natural island surrounded by blue lagoons and scenic Indian Ocean views, this hotel boasts six restaurants and bars - including Tabemasu with its impressive teppanyaki counter and omakse menu, and Turqouise, a beachside marketplace with a variety of food options. Adults can also enjoy Riviera, a beachside playground complete with infinity pool and a private beach. This resort is great for families, with the Le Meridien Family and Kids’ Hub and The Greenhouse boasting a range of activities, from folklore storytelling, to sustainable art classes, to family foraging! The hotel also has its own private island, Bodu Finolhu, with a marine conservation hub and a range of marine life, including hawksbill turtles. Unwind at the spa, or in one of two infinity pools, or grab a hand-crafted cocktail at Velaa Bar and Grill. A stay here is sure to be unforgettable.

Amenities

  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving
  • Snorkelling
  • Water Skiing
  • Windsurfing
  • Yoga
  • Babysitting service
  • Kids Club
  • Bar
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Internet Access

Where is it

Located on the island of Thilamaaushi, in Lhaviyani Atoll, one of the Maldives’ smaller and underdeveloped atolls. Transfer time from Malé International Airport: 35 minutes by seaplane (remember to pack light for the seaplane transfer as luggage allowance is 20kg plus 5kg hand luggage, per person).

Hotel information

141 well-appointed guest villas and suites, featuring unparalleled views across the whitewashed beaches, the Indian Ocean or turquoise lagoon. All with air-conditioning, tea/coffee-making facilities, iron and ironing board, mini fridge, safe, bathrobe, separate shower and tub, hair dryer, bathroom amenities, smart TV, and complimentary WiFi access. Beach Villas are 82 sqm featuring direct beach access, indoor and outdoor bathroom, and 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults and 1 child.

Half Board option: includes daily breakfast buffet at Turquoise. Dinner, choice of daily theme dinner buffet or a 3-course set menu served at Turquoise (set menu only when buffet is not available), 3-course set menu at Velaa Bar + Grill or 3-course set menu at Riviera Tapas.

Full Board option: includes daily breakfast buffet at Turquoise. Lunch, choice of Turquoise (only when the restaurant is open), 3-course set menu at Velaa Bar + Grill and 3-course set menu at Riviera Tapas. Dinner, choice of daily theme dinner buffet or a 3-course set menu served at Turquoise (set menu only when buffet is not available), 3-course set menu at Velaa Bar + Grill or 3-course set menu at Riviera Tapas.

Drinks: unlimited consumption of non-alcoholic beverages from the beverage list served in the above-mentioned outlets, only during mealtime (breakfast, lunch or dinner), and to be consumed in the outlets only. Mini-bar - non-alcoholic beverage and snacks replenished once per day.

All-Inclusive option: includes daily breakfast buffet at Turquoise. Lunch, choice of Turquoise (only when the restaurant is open), Waves Café, Velaa Bar + Grill, Riviera Tapas and Riviera Bar. Dinner, choice of daily theme dinner buffet or a 3-course set menu served at Turquoise (set menu only when buffet is not available), 3-course set menu at Velaa Bar + Grill, 3-course set menu at Riviera Tapas & Bar and 3-course set menu at Tabemasu, available once every 4 days (only when the restaurant is open).

Drinks: unlimited consumption of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks from the All-Inclusive beverage list served in the restaurants and bars, available during opening hours of the bars and restaurants. Includes mini-bar alcoholic beverages (excluding Champagne) + all non-alcoholic beverages and snacks. Replenishing of consumed items will be one time per day only. 375 ml spirits and bottles of wine will only be replenished every 4 days.

Premium All-Inclusive option: includes daily breakfast served at Turquoise. Lunch, choice of Turquoise (only when the restaurant is open), Waves Café, Afternoon Tea (available at Latitude with advance reservations), Velaa Bar + Grill, Riviera Tapas and Riviera Bar. Dinner, choice of daily theme dinner buffet or a 3-course set menu served at Turquoise (set menu only when buffet is not available), 3-course set menu including weekly theme nights at Velaa Bar + Grill, 3-course set menu including weekly theme nights at Riviera Tapas & Bar, 3-course set menu at Tabemasu including weekly theme nights (only when the restaurant is open), Teppanyaki dinner at Tabemasu available - once every 4 days (with advance reservations and only when the restaurant is open).

Drinks: unlimited consumption of alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks from the All-Inclusive beverage list served in the restaurants and bars. House Champagne, served by the glass only. Includes mini-bar alcoholic beverages and all non-alcoholic beverages and snacks. Replenishing of consumed items will be one time per day only. 375 ml spirits and bottles of wine will only be replenished every 4 days. USD 50.00 credit applicable per each bottle of premium Champagne.

Room upgrades

Beach Garden Pool Villas feature an open-air bathroom, private pool, and direct beach access from the patio, with 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults.

Beach Pool Villas are the same as above, with a pool located at the front of the villa.

Overwater Villas with pools have either sunrise or sunset views, private pool, and direct lagoon access. The bedroom has 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults.

Two Bedroom Beach Pool Villas feature direct beach access with a private pool, two bedrooms each with 1 king-size bed, and an open-air bathroom, sleeping maximum 6 people.

  • Book by 30 April 2024 to receive up to 25% off stays between 01 May – 31 Oct '24. Terms and conditions apply. Blackout Dates apply. Applies to certain room types. 
  • Book by 30 April 2024 to receive a complimentary upgrade to all inclusive with stays between 01 May – 31 Oct '24. Terms and conditions apply. Blackout Dates apply. Subject to room availability. 

Turquoise (all-day dining, offering a range of International cuisine). Tabemasu (distinct Japanese dining experience). Velaa Bar + Grill (relaxed poolside dining and drinks in the day, transforming to a seafood grill in the evening). Riviera Bar (beachfront bar). Waves Café. Latitude (coffee house and bar).

Family swimming pool. Adults-only pool. 24-hour fitness centre. Explore Spa*. Kids club with scheduled activities (ages 4-12 years. Children under 4 must be accompanied by an adult at all times). Snorkelling. Stand up paddle boarding. Kayaking. Windsurfing*. Banana boat rides*. Tubing*. Water skiing*. Wakeboarding*. Catamaran trips*. Fishing*. Scuba diving*. Creative art space. Bodu Finolhu private island. Marine hub. Nature walks. Beach volleyball. Twilight cinema. Le Meridien Family and Kids' Hub, with programmed activities (including day and night nature trails, folklore storytelling and sustainable art classes). The Greenhouse (immersive family experiences).

Complimentary WiFi access. Laundry service*. Concierge. Babysitting service*. Boutique.

*Denotes local charge.

Please note: to ensure our customer's safety, we are unable to offer over water accommodation to children under the age of 12.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating A wonderful honeymoon. I love Shana!

Apr 22, 2024 RUIJUAN X

This is our first trip to the Maldives. As the first stop of our honeymoon, we were full of expectations. We were flown to the island by water and the staff were very welcoming and wanted to make us feel at home. Luckily, upon check-in, we were met by a very nice receptionist, Shana. She is very humble and patient, asking us what we like and… Read more
This is our first trip to the Maldives. As the first stop of our honeymoon, we were full of expectations. We were flown to the island by water and the staff were very welcoming and wanted to make us feel at home. Luckily, upon check-in, we were met by a very nice receptionist, Shana. She is very humble and patient, asking us what we like and helping us make restaurant reservations. In the four days we stayed, we saw the beautiful sunrise and sunset, experienced the comfortable spa, and went to participate in the dolphin cruise. Everything was so beautiful, and we were grateful to meet with Le Meridien Island. It is worth mentioning that in the course of our chat with Shana, it was mentioned that only two dolphins were seen and there were some regrets. To our surprise, Shana prepared a dolphin souvenir for us to make up for our regret, and the whole trip became more perfect when we saw it. Thanks to Shana, she seems to be an angel in a foreign country, bringing us happiness and touching. We left reluctantly, shaking hands with Shana and looking forward to seeing each other again, and also looking forward to visiting the beautiful island of Marriault. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Holiday in paradise! All said.

Apr 22, 2024 Loschu Hamburg, Germany

This resort has truly set a standard for our family that will be hard to beat by any other place in the future! The staff and food were fantastic, the natural beauty above and below the water was breathtaking, and the entire resort, beach, and landscape were impeccably maintained. It was an incredibly amazing and memorable stay, and we felt… Read more
This resort has truly set a standard for our family that will be hard to beat by any other place in the future! The staff and food were fantastic, the natural beauty above and below the water was breathtaking, and the entire resort, beach, and landscape were impeccably maintained. It was an incredibly amazing and memorable stay, and we felt relaxed from the moment we arrived! Now, diving : ) into more detail... We spent 8 days over New Year at Le Meridien Maldives, and unfortunately, we were a bit unlucky with the weather, experiencing quite a bit of rain. However, this was obviously no one's fault and the only 'negative' aspect we have to report. The entire team was absolutely lovely, attentive, friendly, and fun! This was truly remarkable and undoubtedly contributed to the entire family loving the resort. We could mention the entire team, from cleaners and receptionists to chefs and management, but we must highlight Sam, the diving instructor, as exemplary. Not only did he give our 7-year-old daughter a super fun and attentive mermaid lesson in the hotel pool, which the whole family joined in on with mermaid fins, but he also gave her the confidence and trust to go on a guided snorkeling trip to the reef with him, something we had struggled to convince her to do! Sam, you're a star! Much has been said about the reef and how to access it. I won't repeat everything, but I'll share our highlights, which hopefully will be helpful to others. Accessing the reef was much easier and quicker than we anticipated based on some reviews. There's actually a small island accessible via a bridge between the main island and the reef. A short 5-minute walk there and entering the reef from the small beach makes for a maximum 5-minute swim to the reef. From there, we used the current and floated along the reef to the exit point on the mentioned pier with over-water villas. The journey from the reef's exit point to the pier takes a maximum of 15 minutes, depending on the tides. The reef itself is truly amazing! We saw up to 5 turtles every day, families of eagle rays, adolescent blacktip reef sharks, a manta ray, gigantic lobster and octopus once, and millions (!) of fish. While the corals might not be the most colorful and beautiful we've seen, the abundance of fish and turtles is breathtaking! We spent 3 to 5 hours snorkeling every day (the water is warm, and you'll never get cold, just hungry :)) and were amazed every second. We spoke to other, more experienced Maldives travelers, and they told us that easy access to such an amazing reef is quite unique. What else to mention? We had a sunset overwater villa with a pool, which was amazing. Clean, with a great ambiance and luxurious. Every morning, the first thing we did was jump into the sea and look for fish and other sea creatures around our villa. The food, both in range and quality, was exceptional and prepared with love and passion. Our kids loved the pizza for lunch from the original pizza oven. Our daughter attended the kids' club regularly and absolutely loved the activities and the staff there. We also went on a dolphin cruise and saw plenty of dolphins, and as a lucky surprise, six manta rays circling around the boat. Even the boat staff were amazed and took out their mobile phones to take photos. We highly recommend that trip! Read less
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Apr 10, 2024 Alien W

We had a family trip here. The experience was generally great. The on-water villa is nice. The island is quiet and can see the milky way by naked eyes. The food is nice but a bit expensive. There are a lot of free facilities to use, like for childcare and snorkeling.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Fourth visit to paradise

Apr 8, 2024 FTL-ZRH Zurich, Switzerland

It was our forth visit to Le Meridien Maldives and we are already planning to return in 2025. I have reviewed this hotel in 2022 and 2023, so will only share the main highlights. I will start with something that I have tried for the first time - yoga. I did some private classes with Tia and felt very well afterwards. I was a bit afraid that it… Read more
It was our forth visit to Le Meridien Maldives and we are already planning to return in 2025. I have reviewed this hotel in 2022 and 2023, so will only share the main highlights. I will start with something that I have tried for the first time - yoga. I did some private classes with Tia and felt very well afterwards. I was a bit afraid that it might be painful for the first days given I didn’t do any stretching earlier, but actually all turned out very well. Tia is a great teacher / instructor and classes with her were great fun. The only area for improvement would be some proper place / room for yoga sessions in the middle of the day. Early in the morning or around sunset it is very nice to do sessions outside, but during the day it is too hot for that. As always, we have spent considerable amount of time at the restaurants. I love the breakfasts here, as the setting at the beach is so beautiful. Food is great and in reality I would say it is more a brunch than a breakfast and we loved it. Staff always took great care of us: Mauch, Aapa, Isha, Naanu as well as Ali. Special thanks to Chef Devin for making our favorite avocado toast happen when ripe fruits were available. Apart of the egg dishes, we got some great pancakes from Dilina and a daily Indian special from Rajesh and Suraj. Iced lattes from Sanal were as always a must-do every morning. I also appreciated that Zu Zu and his team reserved for us our favorite table on the last days of our stay – that was a very nice touch. I also enjoyed that various managers were passing by during breakfast (and often at other meals as well), among others we had some great time catching up with chef Asaf, we hope to do some fishing trip with him next year :) During one of the breakfast we jokingly told Choris that it would be nice if they would offer a Souffle master class (similar to Barista or Sushi Master Classes) and next day we were invited to the Pastry Kitchen and did Souffles with Chef Sanchit – it was an incredible experience and something that we will remember for years. A nice change compared to our stay last year was that it is now possible to enjoy dinners at Riviera as part of Half Board package. We had some very nice Spanish food there accompanied by great service provided by Madhuri and Rishab. The only complain from my wife was that it would be nice to have more vegetarian options to choose from. Tabemasu remained our favorite place for dinners. Choris and her team – Puspa, Isha, Ali, Sara took great care of us. Apart of our dinners at Tabemasu, Choris helped us with some of our special asks and I was very grateful for her help. Not to mention organizing us the Mandarin Souffle master class with Chef Sanchit :) Waves was great place for pre-dinner snack / ice cream or healthy drink – many thanks for Sanal, Ari and Neng for looking after us. As we were celebrating an anniversary during this stay, we tried one of the destination dining options – we had dinner at the beach in front of the Turquoise restaurant, which was a very memorable experience. We asked for Nikki to be our chef for this special night and she prepared a super delicious meal for us. Shiraz who made sure that everything was smoothly organized, made a great suggestion to start our dinner 30 minutes before opening of the restaurant and it was a great idea as we had additional half an hour to enjoy the views of the sunset while sitting at the beach. Some additional special mentions and thanks: - Sobe – the new Resort Manager, for approving / making our special requests happen - Raj and his team for taking great care of us at the SPA, I hope that next year we will be able to relax again with the Balinese massage done by Tashi - Angelika, Sandy and Torsa from the Kids Club for taking care of our little ones and all the time together (not to mention the surprise in our villa on our arrival) - Nafiu for helping us with room allocation – thanks to him now we have a new favorite villa for our stays - Ammu for help with all pre-arrival requests, requests during our stay and driving our little ones in buggy and singing songs with them :) - Jaya for catching up and nice discussions whenever we were around the front desk - Yossi our housekeeper for always being positive and doing amazing job keeping our villa in pristine condition - Maria – last but not least – for all the sweets for our little ones, nice conversations and for sending us Christmas wishes in December! We hope to stay in touch and see you next year. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Getaway in Paradise

Mar 31, 2024 Departure04591728941 Germany

Our stay at Le Méridien Hotel in the Maldives was nothing short of delightful. Surrounded by beautiful blue waters and sandy beaches, it was a perfect getaway of working life. One of the highlights of our stay was undoubtedly the culinary experience, with our personal highlight being the teppanyaki and experience (albeit somewhat expensive). The… Read more
Our stay at Le Méridien Hotel in the Maldives was nothing short of delightful. Surrounded by beautiful blue waters and sandy beaches, it was a perfect getaway of working life. One of the highlights of our stay was undoubtedly the culinary experience, with our personal highlight being the teppanyaki and experience (albeit somewhat expensive). The spa facilities were equally impressive, providing relaxing massages in a wonderful ambiance. However, while the food and spa exceeded our expectations, we found the service at the pool and reception staff to be somewhat lacking. While friendly, they could have been more attentive to our needs, and at times, we felt a bit neglected, next to the reception messing up our departure schedule. On a brighter note, the music and DJ at the hotel were fantastic. Their selection of tunes perfectly complemented the island setting, and we found ourselves Shazaming quite a few songs to add to our own vacation playlist. Overall, our stay at Le Méridien Hotel was memorable, thanks to its excellent food, luxurious spa, and captivating music. Despite some shortcomings in service, we would gladly return for another retreat in paradise. Read less