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Flavours, Family and Fun: Visit Adaaran Select Meedhupparu, Maldives

The Adaaran Select Meedhupparu difference

Never been to the Maldives before and feeling overwhelmed by the choice of resorts available? Wondering which one will best suit your needs? Planning a trip with family or looking for a couples escape?

You’ve come to the right place. Adaaran Select Meedhupparu offers a variety of spaces, accommodation and gastronomy options and activities that are guaranteed to make one day on the island different from the next.

The resort island of Adaaran Select Meedhupparu is part of the Aitken Spence collection of properties in the Maldives. Opened in 2000, the proud mantle of being the very first resort in the Maldives Raa Atoll meant that Adaaran Select Meedhupparu has had time to perfect their hospitality offerings.

This is reflected in the quality and range of their all-inclusive packages designed to target different customer interests and preferences. Their selection of all-inclusive packages includes a brand new ‘Premium All Inclusive’ package that combines some of the island’s best food and drink options.

Accommodation options include a range of over 200 beach villas and 20 Adaaran Prestige Water Villas (both property types share the same island but operate as different resort entities).

The private Adaaran Prestige Water Villas have access to what is arguably the best part of the Meedhupparu house reef. Steps lead from these elegant villas directly into the lagoon with only a few strokes to the reef’s drop-off. These exclusive properties have their own reception, restaurant and bar, swimming pool and beach.

We stayed in a Jacuzzi Beach Villa which was set back from the shoreline behind light vegetation that provided sufficient shade without obstructing views of the lagoon.

Families will find Adaaran Select Meedhupparu a good choice for a family holiday to the Maldives. In addition to beach villas designed with families in mind, you can expect a range of child-friendly facilities including a dedicated (and generously sized) playground, a family-friendly pool and a calendar of childrens’ activities through their Komas Kids Club.

There’s a certain maturity about this island and we are not just referring to their hospitality options. A full-grown rainforest environment teeming with rich biodiversity creates a natural wonderland in one of the most beautiful nations on earth.

Eating at Adaaran Select Meedhupparu

Meedhupparu’s all-inclusive package offers a daily parade of different world cuisines. The main Jaafaiy Restaurant plays host to this buffet selection. Although we did not get the chance to try Sufura, Meedhupparu’s specialised Indian restaurant, the main buffet at Jaafaiy offered a delightful menu of flavourful curries that changed daily.

However, our top choice for dinner during our visit was the Thavaa Restaurant. This was elegant Mediterranean dining made simple. We dined with our feet in the sand whilst enjoying the ocean breeze and soft tunes from the nearby Café Mass.

The open plan kitchen placed us right next to the aromas, sounds and activity from the kitchen which heightened both our expectation and our appetite. The Mediterranean-style dishes we sampled were remarkable.

Away from the main restaurant, options abound for lunch and casual dining throughout the day. For example, the trendy and elegant Café Mass offers beachfront dining and serves a selection of fast food.

We had one of our best lunch meals at the Adaaran Prestige Water Villas restaurant (booking required) – an unforgettable grilled seafood platter with the freshest ingredients possible on such a remote island.

Halaboli Bar is an expansive space with high ceilings and plentiful seating. By day, you can grab a drink and a book from the library and relax.

Albino Bar on the edge of the island is a refuge away from everything. Here, you can experience solitude while browsing through a mind-blowing menu of 101 cocktails (no exaggeration!)

Finally, the Water Villas Bar, Sunset Bar and a swim-up Pool Bar further add to the variety on offer at Meedhupparu.

Things to do at Meedhupparu

If you’re content with doing absolutely nothing, a highlight of this island is the variety of rest and relaxation spaces available including sun loungers for all beach villas and a sea swing reachable at low tide.

If you prefer to take things at a relaxed pace, the mature vegetation on this island makes it perfect for long walks. Be sure to check out their well-maintained and beautifully laid out gardens including the treehouse.

For wellness, a range of treatments are available at the Mandara Spa, an impressive structure in its own right with multiple treatment rooms offering massages, facials and other options.

What is a trip to the Maldives without experiencing the water? Although we visited during monsoon season, there were a host of motorised and non-motorised water activities available at Meedhupparu that were available for booking (some are included in the all-inclusive package).

We spent our nights at Halaboli Bar. At night, the space transforms into a lounge/dance hall with a resident DJ banging out the latest hits. Head to the main bar where you can watch a team of experienced mixologists prepare ghostly looking jellyfish shots (PS: these are not actually made from aquatic animals) guaranteed to hit the spot!

Kids clubs, music and dance, masterful acrobatic performances and talented Sri Lankan Kandyan fire-eating dancers (children are welcome to this show – from a safe distance of course) are just some of the night entertainment options available.

How to get there

A scenic resort-arranged seaplane transfer from Velana International Airport, Malé will get you to Meedhupparu in around 45 minutes. Optionally, you can do a domestic flight and a speedboat transfer to Meedhupparu.

For more information about curating your own experience at Adaaran Select Meedhupparu and to learn more about their all-inclusive packages, visit adaaran.com/selectmeedhupparu/