Like many others, we had very high expectations. We'd spent ages reading up, long lists of Pros & Cons for each resort, but once we came across the fantastic reviews of Mirihi (and comments on the forum), felt we'd found the one! Months of reading reviews only heightened this and we had even higher expectations. We actually travelled in June 2010, so apologies for the delay in writing the review!
We flew BA (great service, on time ,half empty plane - both ways) and we greeted by the handlers at Male airport. A quick bus ride to the sea plane and we were immediately greeted by a Mirihi representative and whisked off to our private lounge - no waiting in queues for us. The lounge was a great example of what was to come -very laid back, brilliant service.
Landing in Mirihi, I don't think we stopped saying 'wow' for 24hours (or 2 weeks actually). Shoes taken, drinks provided, tour around the island, seeing our room...all perfect and brilliantly done! We stayed in Room 20 (last in the line before the horse-shoe). Room 20 was absolutely brilliant - yes there are a couple of places on the walkway where people can see your balcony (which some may not like). But- you never ever see anyone, and no-one is hardly going to stay there watching you! Plus no one ever goes by the room itself. The benefits of Room 20....less worn than other rooms, but the main benefit - absolutely amazing sunrise's every morning, and lovely uninteruppted views. We'd wake up early, make a nesspresso and sit on the balcony watching the sunrise...bliss. Plus sunshine until late, late afternoon!
We went on a Whale Shark Seeker cruise – great value for money (the price decreases with more people) and had an absolutely brilliant day – snorkelled with 2 Whale Sharks and went to a lovely reef as well. Drinks and lunch were lovely. It was also a great opportunity to meet others, which was lovely for a couple of late night drinks at the bar.
The reef was amazing - snorkling and diving on it was great. I never knew I’d find baby shark so cute! The variety of fish, corals and condition of the reef was amazing. We saw 8 Eagle Ray’s one afternoon on the reef – amazing.
The Dive centre were brilliant. My OH did his Advanced while we were there, and we both did our Nitrox. The dive centre staff were brilliant - very professional, great fun and lots of laugh's. We dived every day and had some of the best dives I’ve ever had (I’ve been fortunate to dive in quite a few countries). The colours as well as the variety of fish life was brilliant. The dive centre were so flexible and ensured we got to see everything we wanted to. We were fortunate to dive with 2 Whale Sharks and a couple of manta’s – along with so many other types/sizes of fish.
The spa was really great as well – with His & Hers massage being great value (includes a bottle of lovely champers). We had several treatments and loved them. Not sure we noticed the difference between the different types of massages – but it really didn’t matter, they were so good.
We had one small issue, but once realising they’d made a mistake, the GM and his team couldn’t do enough to make it up for us – which was really nice (and it was a really minor issue).
As others have said – food was brilliant (the buffet and the bar food – we never quite made it to the restaurant despite meaning to).
All in all – an absolutely fantastic place – completely chilled pace of life and the staff work very hard to make it so (and take pride in doing so). We loved it and will be going back for our honeymoon (very unusual for us to return somewhere – but it’s that special!).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mirihi Island Resort is located on a secluded tropical island in the South Ari Atoll, approximately 85 kilometres south of the capital Male'. A picturesque and breathtaking 30 minute seaplane ride from Male will bring you here. This emerald gem is just 350 meters long and 50 meters wide with a sparkling palm-fringed beach of fine white sand. Walk barefoot if you choose, this is as close to nature as you can get Blessed with white talc beaches, turquoise blue waters and one of the most amazing house-reefs, it is truly a vision of paradise on earth. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mirihi Island Hotel South Ari Atoll
- Hotel Mirihi Island