We stayed on Mirihi for 7 nights, from the 19th of July to the 26th. We went to the Maldives last year and as soon as we returned I knew that we had to go back this year for our first anniversary. Mirihi was top of my list of islands, mainly because of the reputation of the house reef and the consistently great reviews it gets on here. I had very high expectations and I was definitely not at all disappointed.
Stepping off the boat from the sea plane and walking up the jetty was like arriving in paradise. We were greeted by Bastian who was incredibly helpful and friendly throughout our stay – as were all staff. Martin, the manager, also came to meet us for a brief introduction to the island. Throughout our stay all staff were first class – helpful, friendly, informative but without being overbearing. Perfect!
We stayed in a water villa, number 29, which is on the horseshoe shaped set of villas. The villa was great. From looking at photos online I thought it might be a bit small but it was spacious and very well designed. It felt very private and peaceful. We could snorkel straight from our deck, although at low tide we felt it was better to use the snorkelling channel.
The snorkelling was fabulous – so much coral! We were really impressed with the amount of reef life at Vilamendhoo the previous week but the snorkelling at Mirihi was probably better – there was far more coral. We spent a lot more time slowly exploring the reef. The highlight for me was seeing two turtles. I’d been waiting a long time to see them. We also saw an octopus, eels, eagle rays, reef sharks and all the usual fish and some that I hadn’t seen before e.g. batfish.
The highlight of our holiday was the whale shark trip we went on. I can honestly say it was one of the best days of my life. The trips the previous week at Vilamendhoo had been disappointing for me but this one was amazing. For a start the boat was lovely. We were lucky with the weather and the sea was very calm. Perhaps the most important factor was that the boat wasn’t overly full. There were only 9 of us on the trip. The staff on the boat were great. We spotted and swam with 3 whale sharks. The third time was the best experience. The shark was in between 7 and 8 metres and 4 of us managed to swim alongside for about 20 minutes. It was beautiful. We then had a gorgeous lunch on board the boat. After a spot of relaxation we went in search of mantas. There seemed to be a lot of plankton in the water so we were lucky. We swam with in between 20 and 25 mantas. It was quite overwhelming – in a good way! Sometimes there were as many as 7 mantas circling around us. It felt like an absolute privilege to have had the opportunity to see such amazing creatures. The day was rounded off very nicely with a bottle of Prosecco and a birthday cake which had been left in our room the evening before for my husband’s birthday.
We were very happy with the standard of food on the island. We don’t usually like buffet food but it was excellent. I’m quite a fussy eater e.g. the only meat I will eat is chicken and I’m not great with fish either – but there was always plenty of choice for me. Felix, the head chef, was always very attentive and took time to explain different dishes. We ate at the Muraka restaurant on the evening of my husband’s birthday. I was shown a vegetarian menu at lunch time so that the chefs could prepare dishes for me. The food was delicious and it is a beautiful spot to relax and watch the sunset with a drink. It was faultless. We were on half board so at lunchtimes we ate at the bar, which was so peaceful and relaxing. There was a really good choice of snacks and meals available. My husband said it was the best club sandwich and the best burger he’s ever tasted – and believe me he has tasted many! Service at the bar was excellent and I swear the delicious cocktails got stronger as the week went on.
The island was very quiet the week we were there, which was fine for us. The atmosphere was very laid back, relaxed and friendly and we met some great people. The beach was absolutely beautiful – picture perfect. No complaints really.
To sum it up, Mirihi is the first place in 11 years of travelling with my husband that he has said that he would definitely return to – that’s how good it was!
- 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