We traveled halfway around the world to explore paradise. We found it. Le Méridien Maldives Resort and Spa is the ultimate destination away from the crowds. We stayed at this new resort in December 2021 and have already decided to come back.

We found that there isn’t enough information available about the resort. That is why we decided to write this extensive ultimate guide to the private island. It includes all information about the island, booking, prices and the different restaurants. If anything is missing, please let us know, and we will add it to our ultimate guide. We also made a blog about the best time to visit Le Meridien Maldives.

Why should you consider Le Meridien Maldives Resort and Spa?

We believe that the Maldives is the ultimate destination away from the crowds. For most tourists, staying in the Maldives includes staying at a luxurious secluded private island only accessible by speedboat or waterplane. You will find white sandy beaches, palm trees, and the famous overwater beach villas on the island. Underwater you can experience the amazing marine life of the Maldives as you can snorkel and dive at your resort’s house reef, where you are likely to encounter manta rays. 

The Le Méridien Resort and Spa is a new resort on Thilamaafushi island within the Lhaviyani Atoll north of the Maldives capital and central tourist hub, Malé. You can only reach the island by waterplane from Malé’s Velana International Airport.

At the resort, you can expect a quiet beach vacation. You can choose from three different restaurants, or you can stay in your private villa. All villas offer direct access to either the beach or directly to the resort’s water. Some of these villas even feature plunge pools. Water activities are the main attraction, and the only thing to worry about on a day at Le Méridien is what you will do in the afternoon or where you will enjoy the sunset.

Booking with or without points

Booking your stay at Le Méridien Resort & Spa is as easy as booking any other hotel. You can find the resort on all major accommodation booking websites, including Booking.com. Based on our experience, pricing is similar on all websites. 

Marriott Bonvoy

Depending on your preferences, you can also book through the resort’s dedicated website. As part of Marriott, you can earn or use points while staying at the resort. Alternatively, you can benefit from cashback through your booking method, including Booking.com. 

It is good to know that many guests at Le Méridien Maldives are using good Marriott Bonvoy points deals. The hotel is listed as a category five hotel within the, soon to be discarded Marriott loyalty scheme. This makes the resort the lowest category hotel in the country. As a result, Le Méridien is also the ‘cheapest’ resort in the Maldives for those traveling on Marriott Bonvoy points. As a comparison, the JW Marriott Maldives, which opened in late 2019, is a category eight hotel. Marriott Bonvoy members would need up to 100,000 points per night to stay here. Le Méridien is ‘only’ a category five hotel. As ‘just a category five hotel,’ Marriott Bonvoy members only need a maximum of 40,000 points per night. 

For all Marriott Bonvoy members, you will get the fifth night free if you book four nights. A stay at the Maldives resort for four nights will cost a maximum of 160,000 points. For this amount of points, you will get a beach villa. Good to know: if you pay your stay with points, there is no service charge, resort fee, or taxes to pay on top of the standard price. This makes it attractive to buy points to stay at this resort. 

Important to understand is that the favorable system and good deals for Le Méridien Maldives Resort & Spa will disappear! The Marriott Bonvoy system will change to dynamic pricing, meaning that this resort is likely to become much more expensive if you want to pay in points. This new system will be introduced on March 23, so it could be worthwhile booking now!

Location & surroundings

You will find Le Méridien Maldives Resort and Spa on top of a small private island named Thilamaafushi located on the southern part of the Lhaviyani Atoll. The atoll and resort are part of the more northern islands of the Maldives. The area is rapidly developing, but you can still find fewer resorts and inhabited islands than, for example, around the Male atoll.

A seaplane will take you to and from the island. Tourists are exclusively transferred by seaplanes while (some of) the island’s supplies are brought in by boats. The resort lies in a relatively excluded area, meaning that you will not see lots of air or water traffic to and from other resorts. You will benefit from this by having a relatively quiet area and less smell of the seaplane’s kerosine.

The island is a white sanded land with palm trees and vegetation in the middle. The resort uses the island to its fullest as many activities are built on the water, including the spa, diving center, Japanese restaurant, and watervillas. Staff quarters and hotel operations are in the middle part of the island.

House reef and lagoon

The island is surrounded by a house reef a few hundred meters away from the island’s beach. The water is shallow enough to walk in from the beach to the reef. This part of the island’s waters is a lagoon (not sure if you call it so). The house reef sits where the shallow part around the island ends, and the sea’s big drop is the part where Nemo shouldn’t have gone.

You can find lots of seagrass and (some) fish pass through in the lagoon, but it isn’t crowded. The reef is full of sea life, and you can see endless sorts of small, medium, and big fish. We saw rays and lots of small fish within the lagoon during our stay while we saw giant manta rays while snorkeling at the house reef. We also got lucky inside the lagoon. We spotted different rays from the overwater villas, all located within the lagoon. We even spotted a curious but harmless blacktip reef shark from our villa.

You can also find some spots with lots of smaller fish within the lagoon. Some of these spots include artificial bases for reefs to grow. Others are parts of the reef that are home to lots of fish. You can easily swim up to these darker spots in the water. The reef is only accessible from the beach or overwater villas for good swimmers. You can also book a guided excursion from the diving center for those who aren’t too comfortable in the water. A boat will drop you off at the house reef, and a guide, or even the resort’s marine biologist, will accompany you in the water. 

Blacktip Reefshark Meridien Maldives
Manta Rays at Meridien Maldives House Reef

Le Méridien Maldives Resort & Spa Accommodation types

Like any resort in the Maldives, Le Méridien has different accommodation types that all come with pros and cons. The most eye-catching kind of accommodation is the overwater villa. The overwater villa is a large room or suite built on poles directly above the water. These overwater villas are beautiful and help the resorts optimize the use of space. Building rooms over the water increases the number of guests hosted on the island.

While most couples would prefer an overwater villa, unfortunately, it often comes with the most significant price tag. There is high demand for overwater villas in the Maldives, and supply is limited, which leads to even higher prices for the rooms built on poles in the water. Meanwhile, a stay in an overwater villa isn’t even possible for families with young children, as small children can easily fall from the deck into the water.

During our stay at le Méridien, we both stayed in a beach villa and an overwater villa. Changing villas halfway was a great combination as it allows us to share both experiences with you. We didn’t try all kinds of rooms but know where they are located and what kind of perks they come. We are aware that the resort distinguishes between beach villas and beach bungalows. Since all staff calls all rooms villas, we don’t understand the difference between the two, nor do we know if we had a villa or a bungalow. 

Beach Villas & Beach Bungalows

Beach Villas and Beach Bungalows appear to be the same. They are, however, located on different sides of the island. While the beach villas are adjacent to the large beach on the busier part of the island, which is home to water sports and restaurants, the beach bungalows look out over the quieter area on the spa side of the island. Both buildings, however, have direct beach access and are the same.

Each beach villa is your own spacious vacation home that comes with a large and comfortable king-size bed. The villas have sliding doors that open into your semi-private, beachside garden. Large plans shield you off people passing by on the beach. You can find comfortable seats in this private garden and a small table. If you keep the curtains open, you have a direct view of the ocean from your bed. The television, which you might not need since you are in the Maldives, is not so smartly placed and is hanging from a wall that you cannot see from the bed. However, you can see it from a small and comfortable coach in the room.

Meridien Maldives Beach Villas Outside

All villas are spacious and fully equipped. Similar to other Le Méridien resorts, the style boasts a Polynesian vibe. All colors are light and bright, with lots of ocean blue used throughout the resort and villas. The villas have lots of room to store luggage, with a spacious walk-in closet. The closet features a standard hotel safe, a few dressers, and space to hang dresses and shirts. In addition, there is also room to store your luggage, and you’ll find two differently sized life vests in there. Although there isn’t that much space in the closet, there is additional storage space in the room.

The most remarkable thing about the beach villas is the spacious back garden and bathroom. This bathroom features a covered area where you can find two sinks with standard hotel amenities like clean white towels, soaps, and other amenities. You can also find one of the two showers there. This first shower is closed off by glass doors and is a relatively standard shower with a regular and rain showerhead. We found this shower perfect to wash off the salty water after spending some time in the sea.

However, the other shower is in the middle of your closed-off private garden, right in the open air. This rain shower is surrounded by plants and makes you feel like showering in the jungle. Some friendly and harmless lizards might even accompany you while showering. The rooms are brand new, well maintained, and spotless. We also appreciated the evening turn-down service with their fluffy bath mats a lot!

Beach villas or bungalows are a good choice for families with young children. While they might not fit the romantic picture of a vacation in the Maldives, they come with some advantages. There is quite some distance to the water and no risk of falling into the deep, unlike overwater villas. The beach with two beach chairs and an umbrella per villa will keep kids entertained for hours, right where you can see them. The distance to the water makes the beach villas better equipped for families with young children than overwater villas. It is good to know that these villas are usually lower priced than their overwater brothers and sisters for budget-conscious travelers. 

Beach villa with pool

In addition to the standard beach villas and bungalows, several villas come with their private plunge pool. This pool is either located within the outdoor bathroom area, replacing the outside shower, or integrated into the patio on the villa’s beachside. What is essential to know is that a plunge pool is small. It is not made for swimming, but rather to enjoy the comfort of being in the water. The villas themselves seemed very similar to the one we stayed in.

There are different beach villas and bungalows options, such as a family option with two adjacent villas, the plunge pool in a slightly different setup, and multiple bedroom beach villas. While we haven’t stayed at one of these pool villas, we did see pictures and sneak a peek at one of the beachfront pools.

Overwater villas & overwater villas with pool

When they think of the Maldives, most people picture sandy white beaches and crystal blue oceans filled with exotic fish and corals. The first type of accommodation that comes to mind will be luxurious, small villas on poles right above the water. These villas usually come with direct access to the water via stairs or a slide and beautiful views right from your bed or bath. At Le Méridien Maldives Resort & Spa, that typical Maldives luxury stay is what you should expect if you are staying in an overwater villa. However, we didn’t see any slides (yet).

Standard overwater villas are closer to the island than those with a pool located at the end of the pier. Each villa is situated directly above the water and has a little ladder allowing you to swim or snorkel right from your accommodation. The resort has two piers full of overwater villas. As the resort is relatively new, one of the two wings hadn’t opened yet during our stay (December 2021). 

About half of the duration of our stay, we stayed at one of the sunrise overwater villas. The experience was terrific and completely fits the romanticized picture of a vacation in the Maldives. When you enter the room for the first time, you directly look out over the water. With opened curtains, it’s all ocean and blue skies that you see, and don’t worry, the glass is tinted, so it’s not possible to look in from the outside. 

You can open sliding doors from the bedroom that give access to a wooden overwater terrace. You can find a seating area on the deck with a small table and two comfortable chairs. There is also a large net from which you can take in the fantastic views and make those wonderful influencer-style pictures. There are also two comfortable lounge chairs to lie down on.

Meridien Maldives Overwater Villa Bathroom
Overwater villas Le Meridien Maldives

One of the highlights of the overwater villas is the bathroom. There is a shower and a bathtub from which you can directly take in the beautiful panoramic views. Although some snorkelers or swimmers might look at your private overwater terrace, it will be challenging to look into the bathroom because of the tinted windows.

Like the beach villas, the overwater villas have enough space to store your belongings. Again, there is a spacious walk-in closet where you can keep your bags and whatever you bring inside of them. In addition, there are lots of cabinets and drawers all over the villa and a make-up table. The make-up table’s lighting isn’t the best for putting on make-up, though.

Sunrise versus sunset villas at Le Méridien Maldives

If you are looking at staying at Le Méridien, you might have noticed that some overwater villas are marketed as sunset while others are sold as sunset. Selling sunset is standard practice in the Maldives. Sunset is mainly seen as more premium as you can enjoy the famous and beautiful sunset in the evening. Meanwhile, sunrise can be equally beautiful.

Sunset over water villas at Le Méridien Maldives is considerably more expensive than sunrise villas. And despite the price difference, these villas don’t come with additional perks. Like the popular American reality TV show, the hotel owners sell sunset. Whether that evening view is worth it is up to you.

Sunset at Le Meridien Maldives

What is good to know is that the southern part of Maldives is located directly on top of the equator. The equator is only about 289 miles (465km) to the south from Male. Due to its close distance to the sun, daylight is highly predictable. 

The time for sunrise and sunset are the same year around. The sun rises around 6 AM and sets around 6 PM. If you are an early riser, sunrises are beautiful. It’s good to know that you can also enjoy the beautiful sunset at Riviera bar, with an adults-only pool, as well as directly on the beach. This doesn’t cost you extra, and you might be able to enjoy the sunset with your favorite drink in your hand.

Overwater villa with pool

Overwater villas with a pool are the same as standard overwater villas. But instead of a net over the water, the villa is equipped with a lovely plunge pool overlooking the water. These villas are located at the end of the pier, and there aren’t too many of these. It appears there is an option to book adjacent villas here or choose one with extra bedrooms. We haven’t stayed at an overwater villa with a pool.

If you are looking at staying at Le Méridien, you might have noticed that some overwater villas are marketed as sunset while others are sold as sunset. Selling sunset is standard practice in the Maldives. Sunset is mainly seen as more premium as you can enjoy the famous and beautiful sunset in the evening. Meanwhile, sunrise can be equally beautiful.

Sunset over water villas at Le Méridien Maldives is considerably more expensive than sunrise villas. And despite the price difference, these villas don’t come with additional perks. Like the popular American reality TV show, the hotel owners sell sunset. Whether that evening view is worth it is up to you.

Lagoon villas

Lagoon Villas are like standard overwater villas. But instead of being connected to a large bridge, you can access them from the beach. There are not many lagoon villas at Le Méridien, but all of them are strategically located near reception and the main restaurants and pool.

Thilamaafushi Villa

The most luxurious accommodation at Le Méridien Maldives Resort & Spa is the Thilamaafushi villa. To be clear, we haven’t been guests of this ultra-luxurious villa and only saw it from the outside. It is situated in a quieter island area and comes with a hot tub that directly overlooks the sea and lagoon. It has a large living room and outside area allowing for dining parties both inside and out. The villa also has three bedrooms, all with a giant king bed. Each room has a private bathroom and probably comes with many hidden perks. If you wonder if the Thilamaafushi is either a sunrise or sunset villa, it is situated at the sunrise part of the island.

Getting to Le Méridien Maldives

Getting to the Maldives requires hopping on a plane to Malé international airport named Velena airport. This airport is built on a small stretch of land next to the country’s capital. Most larger international airlines operate flights to and from Malé, and arrivals are usually in the morning.

International arrival

The entire COVID-19 process is extremely smooth if you are visiting a resort. We don’t know the procedure for travelers going to inhabited islands. All resort travelers must have a PCR test and fill in the IMUGA Health Declaration. Proof of the PCR test is uploaded to the health declaration, and if all is correctly filled out, the immigration officer will have all information in their systems before you stand in front of their desk. A quick scan of the passport will be enough for the officer. 

For those who had forgotten to fill out the form, a computer in the immigration hall seemed to be there for those travelers not having completed IMUGA. However, we would not recommend taking that risk as your airline might refuse you from boarding a plane to Male.

After you have cleared immigration, you can pick up your luggage and start the next phase of your journey to the Maldives: hopping on the unique Maldives seaplanes.

Seaplane to Le Méridien the Maldives + waiting lounge

Le Méridien Maldives is located approximately 120 km / 75 miles north of Velena International Airport. The resort is located too far from the international airport to transfer tourists in a speed boat transfer. All passengers are therefore transferred by seaplane.

The resort sets the seaplane costs in cooperation with Trans Maldivian Airways. As a tourist, you have no other choice than to accept the charges. You have to pay these costs at check out, and at the moment (January 2021), the transfer costs 420 USD per person. For 420, you get a return flight tailored to your arrival and departure time at Velena airport in Malé. 

You will also get access to a shared lounge at the airport where you wait for your seaplane. This lounge is nothing special; couches, soft drinks, and small bites. Some hotels have dedicated private lounges, such as the W hotel, St. Regis. Or the Fairmont, but not all of them have windows. 

Male Maldives Seaplane terminal

All facilities are clean. The lounge does get crowded from time to time as many travelers arrive in the morning, and all need to be transferred to resorts across the country. As a new TMA seaplane terminal is about to open, no investments in these lounges have done. What is good to know is that you can walk out of the lounge and see the seaplane operations from very close.

Waiting for the seaplane can be long. It can be short. Once again, we have heard stories from fellow tourists who waited for fifteen to thirteen minutes. Unfortunately, we weren’t lucky once again. From landing at Velena International Airport to arriving at Le Méridien took about five and half hours. This time included two and half hours of waiting time for the seaplane. 

Please be aware that water planes can only fly during daylight. If your scheduled arrival time is after 4 PM or your flight is delayed, you could be forced to spend the night in one of the hotels near the airport before you can check-in at Le Méridien. 

Restaurants and bars

The resort has around six different bars and restaurants. We’ll describe most of them in detail here. We don’t mind playing favorites, so here it is: Riviera is most definitely our favorite bar. It is an adult-only bar with a small pool surrounding the bar. From Riviera, you have an unobstructed view of the ocean and a beautiful sunset at night. From time to time, a DJ adds a relaxed young vibe into the mix during the day and evening, and on Fridays, they offer a barbecue. The staff seemed to be a bit more experienced here, and the small bites on the menu are perfect for a light lunch or snack during the day.

Tabemasu (Japanese)

Tabemasu is Le Méridien’s Japanese restaurant, situated at the corner of the island, almost next to Riviera. Built on top of the water, the restaurant has beautiful views during lunch and a unique, relaxed vibe during dinner. 

During our stay, we ate at Tabemasu multiple times. We enjoyed both lunch and dinner at the Japanese restaurant and were impressed by the lovely staff and outstanding food quality.

Tabemasu also offers the opportunity to enjoy a unique Teppanyaki experience. This experience can compete, and we admit that this is hear-say, with the outstanding Nobu teppanyaki. One station seats up to 12 people and can be reserved for lunch and dinner. Walk-ins are not possible here. 

Be aware that Tabemasu is probably the most popular restaurant on the island. Reservations are part of the dinner experience at Le Méridien Maldives. We therefore highly recommend booking your table early by contacting the hotel staff or reception.

Opening hours

Lunch: 12:00 – 14:00 (not completely sure)
Dinner: 18:00 – 22:00

Waves Café

The Waves Café is the one café that we didn’t visit during our stay. It is next to the Riviera Bar, in the same building as the art gallery and fitness, and is close to the marine center. According to the resort’s website, ‘this space [is] for mindfully conscious dining and drinking. Feed and nourish the soul with wholesome ingredients presented in simple, light, uncomplicated fashion. Celebrate the power of produce with organic and sustainably sourced ingredients.

Opening hours

08:00 – 17:00


Our favourite bar at Le Méridien Maldives was Riviera. This bar is built around the adults only bar and serves amazing drinks and small bites. You will have bar service directly at the pool, which is nicely designed around the Turquoise bar. Some days, a DJ makes the experience even better with relaxed electronic summer tunes. The pool itself is relatively shallow, and you can stand in it.

The best thing to do at Riviera is enjoying the sunset. The views are incredible. 

Opening hours

Unknown. Basically afternoon to just after sunset.

Riviera Meridien Maldives

Latitude - Coffee corner at the Hub

Located within Le Méridien Hub, the hotel and resort’s interpretation of the traditional hotel lobby, Latitude offers coffee, tea, and small bites to arriving and departing guests. Although it is open beyond the transfer window, it isn’t heavily used, and we have only visited Latitude to enjoy a small breakfast just before our departure.

According to the resort’s website, Latitude is ‘the social hub of our Maldives resort, this restaurant transitions from a relaxed café serving refreshing eye-openers, Illy coffee, and deli bites to a sparkling evening spot featuring a modern apéritif hour serving artistic liqueurs and petite plates.’

Opening hours

10:00 – 18:00

Velaa Bar & Grill

Velaa Bar & Grill is one of our favorite restaurants at Le Méridien. The restaurant has a relaxed vibe, and you can sit both outside and inside. You have a nice view of what is happening inside the sea from the restaurant. All those trying stand-up paddleboarding or canoeing for the first time offer some fun entertainment.

Velaa’s kitchen offers international dishes such as steaks, pizzas, burgers, and fish. Lots of the dishes come with a local Maldivian twist. For example, there is a Maldivian pizza and a Maldivian crab burger. For those not so into fish, there are lots of alternatives. The food quality is also good, and we believe it can compete with steak restaurants in Europe or the United States.

You can visit Velaa for lunch and dinner. You can also stop by Velaa for an excellent fresh coffee or get a scoop of ice cream. Velaa also serves as the pool bar. Waiters from Velaa will directly help you with your pool lounge chair.

The vibe at Velaa is casual and relaxed. It nicely fits into Le Méridien’s overall relaxed French Polynesian design. What is also good to know is that it can rain in the Maldives. If it does, Velaa is the dry place to be. Not only is Velaa covered, but staff can also close off the sides of the otherwise open restaurant so rain cannot come in from the side.  

One of the best things about Velaa is its opening hours. You can walk in at almost any moment of the day. The restaurants open in the morning and close at midnight as it is a trendy restaurant we recommend making reservations for lunch and dinner. 

Opening hours

Lunch: 10:00 – 17:00


Turquoise is Le Méridien’s main restaurant. If you are on a half-board package, this is where you will be eating. The restaurant serves three meals per day: breakfast, lunch, and dinner. All are buffet-style while drinks are served to your table. At Turquoise, an extensive buffet is offered with daily changing special dishes. These dishes will be based on a theme. We, for example, saw a Dim Sum evening, a lobster evening, and much more.

Maldives Meridien Turquoise

In addition to the themed meals, many Western and Asian dishes to choose from. There are multiple live cooking stations, and there is enough diversity to cater to everyone’s tastes. Furthermore, Turquoise has an extensive dessert station and dishes for children. The buffet is set in a closed part of the restaurant, and covid rules, such as face masks, are strictly maintained to ensure safety.

Turquoise is built as a vast veranda. You can decide to sit under the porch or outside. The setting feels very comfortable. Tables are set at some distance from each other, and from all tables, you can directly see the beach and ocean.

Opening hours

Breakfast: 07:00 – 11:00
Lunch: 12:00 – 14:30
Dinner: 18:30 – 22:00

Meridien Maldives Meal Plan All Inclusive

Meal/drinks prices

Before deciding on the meal package, we wanted to know how much food and beverages would cost us. That information is hard to come by. Except for some menu screenshots on Tripadvisor, menus including food and beverage prices are not easy to come by. Having that in mind, we wrote the prices of some of the most common drinks and meals down for you. 

Soft drinks cost about 6 USD, tea or coffee start at 6 USD, while fresh juices cost 10 USD. A beer at Le Méridien Maldives Resort & Spa will cost you 11 USD for a Heineken and 12 USD for a Corona. Wine by the glass starts at 13 USD, and the cheapest bottle at Riviera goes for 55 USD. A classic Margarita costs 18 USD and a mojito for 17 USD.

Some food and price examples are: a spider roll (crab sushi) at Tabamasu costs 30 USD. At the same restaurant, sashimi starts at 15 USD and shrimp tempura 30 USD. At the next door Riveeira adult-only bar, a salad costs 20 USD. Truffle Fries at Riviera cost 15 USD, and Wagyu beef sliders (3 small burgers) cost 30 USD. Ice cream costs a whopping 6 USD per scoop. You can find the full menus here: RivieraTabemasu.

All listed costs are subject to a service charge of 10% and applicable taxes (another 10%-14%). That means that all listed prices come with an additional 24% of costs added to your invoice. 

Meal plans at Le Méridien Maldives

Food and beverages are expensive anywhere in the Maldives. Unfortunately, Le Méridien Maldives is no exception. A single dish in one of the restaurants can quickly go for 20 to 40 USD, and on top of that comes a service charge and taxes, which adds a significant extra amount to your hotel bill. Drinks are arguably even more expensive, especially those containing alcohol. What is good to know is that drinking water on the island is free and comes in large, chilled bottles.

Fortunately, Le Méridien, like many Maldivian resorts, offers different meal and drink plans. The basic package is a bed and breakfast beverage that includes a breakfast each morning in the Turquoise buffet restaurant. On the other end, an all-inclusive dining and drinking package allows you to select meals and drinks from special all-inclusive menus within each restaurant. We took the all-inclusive package and shared our experiences further down this guide. 

You can book the different meal plans during the booking or arrival process. All plans include all taxes and service charges. This is very good to know if you calculate whether a specific meal plan is worth it. None of the meal plans have specials like destination dining or room service. 

Good to know: many Marriott Bonvoy elite members (platinum and above) can choose breakfast as their welcome choice gift. 

Package B&B

The B&B package only includes a buffet breakfast at Turquoise. Breakfast at Turquoise is of high standards, and there is plenty to choose. Beverages are not included except those part of the breakfast buffet. Breakfast drinks include juices, tea, coffee, and water.

Costs: 30 USD per person, per day (15 USD for children)

Half Board

Half Board is the first serious meal plan at Le Méridien. It includes breakfast at Turquois and a buffet dinner at the same buffet restaurant. What is fun about Turquoise is that they organized themed evenings such as Dim Sum or Lobster night. These special meals are included in the plan and always come on top of the extensive regular offering of the buffet restaurant. 

On top of that, guests can also choose to eat a 3-course dinner at the Velaa Bar + Grill, situated right next door to Turquoise. This a la carte restaurant offers steaks, grilled fish, burgers, and more. It is a bit more upscale compared to Turquoise. 

If you are dining based on the half board package at Velaa Bar + Grill will be able to choose from a selection of the more extensive menu. The half-board package doesn’t include any beverages. 

Costs: 95 USD per person, per day (47.50 USD for children)

Full Board Plus

Full board simply means that you will be served three meals per day: breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The most significant advantage of this package is that it also includes drinks during your meals, including a selection of alcoholic beverages. There are also some rules. For example, you can only get these beverages during your meals, and you cannot take a drink away from the restaurant. If you are interested in this, we recommend reading the fine print.

The Full Board Plus plan allows you to have lunch and a 3-course dinner at both Velaa Bar + Grill. Turquoise. It doesn’t include the minibar, other restaurants, or drinks consumed while not eating. It also consists of a limited number of beverages such as draft beer, a few wines, some spirits, and only a few cocktails.

Costs: 155 USD per person, per day (77.50 USD for children)

All Inclusive at Le Méridien

The package that allows you to make the most of your stay at Le Méridien is the all-inclusive package. The package goes way beyond eating and drinking at Turquoise and Velaa Bar + Grill. It also includes the Japanese restaurant Tabemasu, Riviera (adults only), Waves Café, Latitude as well as your villa’s minibar.

The All-Inclusive package includes considerably more (alcoholic) beverages than the full board plus package. It also allows you to have lunch or dinner at Tabemasu, probably the resort’s best restaurant. With the all-inclusive package, you can also enjoy the sunset from Riviera, from where you have unobstructed views directly from the bar and surrounding pool. The package also includes the weekly barbeque at Riviera.

The minibar in your villa comes fully stocked, and everything, except for the champagne, is included in your all-inclusive package. The smaller bottles are replenished every day, while the larger wine and liquor bottles are replaced every four days. We noticed that if you drink one bottle but don’t go all in and drink everything, it gets immediately replenished. We, for example, drank half a bottle of white wine on day one and finished the rest on the second day. The empty bottle was immediately replaced. All the snacks and premium chocolates in your minibar are also included.

Costs: 230 USD per person, per day (115 USD for children)

Is all-inclusive at Le Méridien Maldives Resort & Spa worth it?

Eating and drinking at a resort in the Maldives is expensive. The all-inclusive package at Le Méridien is also costly but worth it for many travelers. It all depends on how much you are expecting to eat and drink. Based on the prices above, you can make the calculations yourself. We noticed the following.

The breakfast package costs 30 USD. Going to breakfast without the package costs about 37 UDS (including taxes and gratuity). Suppose you are a Marriott Bonvoy Platinum member or above. In that case, you can get complimentary breakfast as your welcome gift, so for many travelers, breakfast should be left out in this calculation. 

So for most travelers, it would be all about lunch, dinner, and occasional drinks.

If you don’t want to spend too much on lunch, you can get a single dish at Velaa Bar + Grill for about 30 USD. One soft drink will add 6 USD to the bill. If you add an appetizer or dessert, you will be looking at an additional 15 USD. An extra soft drink, remember it’s hot, will add another 6 USD to the invoice. Without doing anything crazy, lunch will cost you 50 USD. On top of that will come tax and gratuity, which will bring your total invoice to 62 USD.

Dinner in the evening is more expensive. A small dinner in the Maldives will cost 20 USD for the appetizer, 40 USD for the main meal, and 15 USD for the dessert. Two accompanying glasses of wine will add 30 USD to the bill. A relatively low-cost dinner will cost you 105 USD. Taxes and gratuity will bring your total to 130 USD.

Without doing anything crazy, you will spend 229 USD on three meals per day (192 USD for Marriott Bonvoy Platinum and up). By not doing anything crazy, I meant ‘keeping things conservative.’ If you like a few beers at sunset and maybe take a few things from the minibar, which is included with the all-inclusive package, your total expenses quickly go up to 300-400 USD per day without a meal plan. 


Full disclosure first: we aren’t frequent spa visitors and don’t visit too often. But we did speak with other guests about the spa, and every single one of them recommended the beautiful overwater spa located on the southern part of the island.

The spa is built like an overwater villa situated within the lagoon right over the water. You have a beautiful view of what is happening on and under the water from the spa. Some of the guests even said they spotted an impressive octopus while spending time in the resort’s spa.  

The spa is open daily from 9 AM to 9 PM and offers many different treatments. The treatment menu includes Ayurvedic treatments, body scrub, body wrap, eye treatments, facials, and couple’s massage. For those interested in taking a bit of the spa experience home, the spa also offers massage lessons and fitness counseling. 

Beach and pool areas

The Meridien resort is home to a fantastic coastline and several white-sanded exotic beaches. Here is an overview of what to expect.


Le Méridien Maldives is built on top of a beautiful exotic island in the middle of the Indian Ocean. The island is surrounded by a house reef about 100m or 110 yards away from the resort’s white sandy beaches. Except for the seaplane station, you can enter the water anywhere around the island.

The water is mostly shallow and doesn’t reach the waste of most adults until you are pretty far from the island’s beach. The shallow water surrounding the island makes the ocean ideal for most swimmers. Inexperienced swimmers can pick up a free life vest from the water sports station. 

The water itself is comfortably warm. There isn’t a noticeable current inside the lagoon, but you are in the open sea as soon as you pass the house reef. You can see some ocean life within the lagoon, such as seagrass, corals, and an occasional large fish. More about this is below in the section about sea life. Life vests are recommended for those swimming or snorkeling further away from shore, and guests are urged not to go out alone.

Maldives Meridien Beach Area


Le Meridien Resort & Spa has two pools. One pool, located at the Velaa Bar + Grill restaurant, is the resort’s main pool. It is a medium-sized pool that all resort guests can access. Unlike the other pool, it is also accessible for kids. From the pool, you have a nice view of the ocean and all the action at the water sports center. There is also a small shallow pool for younger children. We haven’t seen whether an active lifeguard is present. 

Next to the pool, you can find a beach volleyball court. Every few days, the staff hosts a game just before sunset. When we were at the resort, we joined volleyball one evening. The staff was both friendly, inclusive, and enjoyably competitive. We played both guests versus staff as well as mixed teams. 

In addition to the main pool at Velaa, there is an adults-only pool at Riviera. This pool is much smaller, but you will have a beautiful view over the sunset part of the ocean. You will have bar service directly at the pool, which is nicely designed around the Riviera bar. Some days, a DJ makes the experience even better with relaxed electronic summer tunes. The pool itself is relatively shallow, and you can stand in it.

The best thing to do at Riveira is enjoying the sunset. The views are incredible. 

Pool Vellaa Bar and Restaurant Maldives Meridien

Water activities & dive center

Situated on an island, Le Méridien Maldives Resort & Spa offers many water activities. Some water activities are paid for, while others need to be paid. In general, all non-motorized water sports are free, and those that require an engine to be started come at a start. 

Watersports Le Meridien Maldives

Water sports center

The water sports center is located in the island’s northern part, right next door to Velaa Bar + Grill. There is lots of brand-new equipment that you can borrow for free. You do need to sign a waiver, but except for that, the use of the equipment is unlimited.

We tried a few different non-motorized sports. The first thing we jumped on was a stand-up paddleboard. You can choose between the standard inflatable boards or unique speed boards. If you are new to Supping, we would recommend the traditional boards.

The area where you can play around with the SUP is right in front of the water sports area. You are asked not to go beyond the house reef. Going over it is also not recommended as it can be very shallow, and you could hurt yourself if you happen to fall. While supping your biggest challenge will be the wind, you could be lucky and spot some fish while standing over the water.

We also tried the canoes. You can pick one or two-person canoes, and we tried the second. Being completely inexperienced canoers, it was as fun as challenging. We did enjoy it a lot but didn’t stay out of the water too long. 

You are asked to stay away from the overwater villas during all water activities. This is to prevent guests of the villas from being disturbed while enjoying their privacy. 

Next to the non-motorized water sports, there is a full menu of motorized water sports to choose from. For example, you can hop on a water ski, try jet skiing or hop on an inflatable banana tied behind a water sports powerboat. All activities can be booked at the water sports center. 

Dive center

The dive center is the island’s heart for all those interested in exploring what is underneath the Maldives’ blue waters. At the dive center, you can book evening trips, day trips, a few hours of snorkeling, and complete PADI diving courses. 

We believe the activities at the dive center can be divided into three buckets: snorkeling, diving, and other activities.


First and foremost, you don’t need to necessarily pay anything at the dive center to be able to snorkel at Le Méridien. The house reef is accessible from the beach for experienced swimmers (life jackets recommended!), and you can pick up free snorkel gear at the dive center. However, the wind and current can be strong, requiring some effort to get back. Going snorkeling through the dive center is the safer choice.

However, we recommend going on an organized snorkel trip from the dive center. There are multiple excursions possible, and we did two. We joined the marine biologist at the house reef and saw endless species of fish and coral. The highlight of that snorkel trip was when two beautiful Manta Rays gracefully glided through the water near us. We found this excursion typically good because a boat brought us to the starting point and picked us back up. We were guided throughout the snorkel excursion, and there was an inflatable bow available in case you got tired.

Snorkeling Meridien Maldives
Le Meridien Snorkel Turtle

Next to the house reef excursions, you can also join a snorkel excursion to a nearby reef. You will join a group of fellow tourists staying at the resort for this excursion. The boat trip takes about 15 minutes, and the reef is entirely different. Here we saw even more fish, turtles, and even a (harmless) blacktip reef shark. Also, here, we felt safe as we could get back on the boat at any time.

There is also a snorkeling excursion for beginners. The basics of staying afloat and breathing through the snorkel are explained here. As we are OK swimmers, with a tiny bit of snorkeling experience, we were recommended to skip this beginner’s course.


Before we start writing about the diving center’s diving facilities and experience, we must disclose that we never dived before going to the Maldives. It isn’t easy to compare the center to any other diving center. Nevertheless, here are our two cents as we did try a supervised introduction dive.

The diving center at Le Méridien looks very clean and well organized. The staff is amicable, and there are lots of different possibilities to take beginner and advanced courses. Other guests, who we spoke about taking the PADI Open Water Diver course, were extremely glad for the course and staff.

Le Meridien Maldives Diving Center

My experience during one tank ‘introduction to diving’ dive in the house reef was the same. Having never spent any time underwater, I decided to try it. That is why I booked the excursion to find out what divers are enthusiastic about. 

After a good and clear explanation, I joined one of the experienced divers underwater. The boat brought us to the house reef, and I experienced the underwater world. I always felt safe and saw beautiful reefs and species of fish from up close. I would recommend joining this introduction to the diving excursion to any guest of Le Méridien, except maybe for certified divers who can choose from endless more advanced experiences.

Le Meridien Dolhpin Sunset Cruise

Other activities

While diving and snorkeling might be the most obvious things to do at the dive center, there are even more activities to choose from. We believe the best activity, which would be foolish to skip, is the sunset dolphin cruise.

The sunset dolphin cruise is almost a guarantee to see not just one pod of dolphins but maybe even a hundred dolphins at the same time. The cruise leaves around 4 PM and sets sail to what is referred to as ‘the canal’: an opening between the outer atoll islands. In the evening, this is where the dolphins feast on food coming to the surface of the water.

We saw hundreds of dolphins during our cruise while we enjoyed complimentary drinks such as beer, sparkling wine, and soft drinks. Meanwhile, you can enjoy the beautiful sunset while you create memories that will last for a lifetime.

Socializing and other guests

The atmosphere at Le Méridien Maldives is very laid back. Everything on the island just moves a bit slower while the days are full of activities. We believe you can make the experience however you like it.

If you want to socialize or not is up to you. Unlike Club Med, mixing is not actively encouraged, and you can do whatever you prefer. If you choose to mingle with other guests, we recommend going to the Turquoise bar at sunset. 

We liked Le Méridien Maldives because the guests were a nice international mix. There was not a clear majority of guests coming from a single country or region. Nevertheless, because the island is part of Marriott and currently offers attractive point deals, many (Northern) American and European guests were.

We did experience some inconveniences because of other guests’ behavior. We saw drones flying on multiple occasions, even above other guests in the water. Also, our neighbors in the overwater villa liked to play loud lounge music. Luckily, we enjoyed their taste in music, but we can imagine this can be not very enjoyable to others. 

Socializing at Riviera Meridien Maldives


We visited the island only four months after it opened, and we were expecting some start-up issues. Although these were very limited, we did experience some problems. The biggest issue that we had was the organization was somewhat chaotic from time to time. This chaos was mainly related to the activities being organized. Not all program items were happening, or it wasn’t clear what the exact times were. Some even contradicted each other. The best place to keep up-to-date about what is going on is the activities program on your villa TV.

Although we didn’t experience this ourselves, we did hear a negative story about the cocktail course. The course was below expectations for our fellow guests. While they were expecting to be taught how to make delicious tropical cocktails, it turned out to be nothing like that. Without too much explanation, they were simply served a few cocktails. 


While we visited the Méridien Maldives resort, we didn’t experience it as busy. Although the occupancy was explained as high and not all staff had arrived yet, we found it relatively quiet. The only problem was the restaurants where you must make a reservation to avoid disappointment.

I am a bit worried about the future crowdedness at the resort. While we were there, an entire wing of overwater villas wasn’t operational yet. When this opens, many extra tourists will come to the island, making the restaurant problem worse and potentially leading to some overcrowding. 

Resolving issues

We often believe that the difference between an outstanding hotel or a bad and a horrible hotel is shown in the way issues are resolved. Earlier this year, we wrote about a bad experience deteriorating due to hotel staff completely mishandling a problem we had with Avila Beach in Curaçao

Issues cannot always be avoided, but how the staff deals with such situations can make guests with a sub-par experience into loyal customers for life. We experienced a severe problem during our stay, but it was handled professionally and in a friendly manner.

Electricity issue

The first few nights of our stay, we stayed in a beach villa. We noticed that the electricity wasn’t normally working during the third day. Some lights didn’t work, and an emergency light had come on. We immediately called reception, who sent maintenance. After dinner, we were informed the issue had been resolved, and we decided to go to bed early.

At 11 PM, we were rudely woken up by the bright emergency lights, right on top of the bed, coming on again and all other electricity failing again. We called reception once again, and a mechanic immediately fixed the problem. We went to sleep once again.

Unfortunately, at 3 AM, the issue came back. The emergency lights came on again, reception sent a mechanic, and seemingly resolved the problem. At 7 AM, the entire cycle repeated, and this time the mechanic decided to cut all power to the villa completely. 

The following day, without too much sleep, I went to reception to make sure we would change to a properly functioning villa and get reimbursed for the night. Although the staff member at reception needed to consult his superiors, a good solution was immediately offered. We would get an upgrade to the overwater villas and a full refund for the lost night. Later that day, we fell asleep in our beautiful overwater villa and were only woken up by sunlight coming through the windows.

Receiving Marriott Bonvoy points

Marriott Bonvoy caused a second issue points not correctly sent to my account after my stay. It first took longer than expected, and second, the wrong number of points were added to my account.

At first, I received 0 points, and I feared that the hotel would claim that taking the all-inclusive package would lead to getting 0 points for food and beverage. This was a fear I had after reading the Marriott Bonvoy T&Cs. Food and beverage costs at all-inclusive resorts are not eligible for points. Luckily this is only the case for entirely all-inclusive resorts, which Le Meridien isn’t.

After sending an e-mail to Le Méridien, I received a friendly e-mail to investigate the issue. After a few days, points were added to my account, but only about 1/10 of what I expected. I sent yet another e-mail, and after all that follow-up, I received the number of points I was expecting.

While the issue was ultimately resolved, it did leave me with a not-so-great impression. It took two rounds of following up. What would have happened if I hadn’t followed up? What happens to the points of guests who aren’t tracking their points? It all felt a bit strange.

Marriott Bonvoy Elite Benefits

As a Platinum Elite member of Marriott Bonvoy, you never know what to expect upon check-in. Sometimes you receive an upgrade, and occasionally there is a complimentary drinks evening. Sometimes the welcome gift is excellent, often it is entirely forgotten by staff, and sometimes hotels are very reluctant to give you any benefits. There are lots of Marriott Bonvoy members at the Meridien Maldives due to the favorable points rate. This means lots of guests will be demanding lots of upgrades.


Most Marriott Bonvoy Elite Members should see their room upgraded based on availability. Full of hope did, we step out of the airplane and entered the hotel lobby, the Hub, and were very eager to find out if we would get upgraded from our standard beach villa.

Upon check-in, we didn’t receive an upgrade; no explanation was offered about why an upgrade wasn’t provided. However, upon asking whether an upgrade was possible, staff started investigating it. They wondered if it would be OK for us to move villas halfway through our stay. That way we could get lucky for the last days of our visit. Staff would contact us shortly if such an opportunity existed.

After not hearing back for over a day, I regularly checked in on the upgrade. After a few friendly check-ins, the reception staff informed me that we would be able to receive an upgrade for the last three nights of our seven nights stay. We moved from our beach villa to an overwater villa. Grateful for this beautiful upgrade, we happily accepted.

The upgrade process did leave us with a bitter taste in our mouths. While we were happy and thankful for the upgrade, we wondered if we would have received it without pushing for it. 

Welcome gift

The welcome gift is a traditional but affordable sari, and the complimentary breakfast is only a good alternative if you don’t take one of the meal plans. For most Marriott Bonvoy Elite Members, the 1,000 points would be the best choice for a welcome gift as long as they also take a meal plan. Otherwise, breakfast is the recommended choice.

While we indicated we wanted the sari as the welcome gift, we didn’t receive it. Like the upgrade, I had to remind staff on multiple occasions that while we chose the amenity, we hadn’t received it. Only after another reminder at check-out did we finally receive the sari.

Other perks

If you are wondering whether the Meridien Maldives has a lounge, it doesn’t. Like most resorts, no lounge is offered, and no lounge access is provided to Marriott Bonvoy Elite members.

During our stay in December 2021, no other Marriott Bonvoy perks were offered. Later, we learned that new perks have started up like other Marriott properties in Asia. These improved perks include Marriott Bonvoy Elite Members drinks organized at the resort’s Marine Center.

Maintenance & Cleanliness

Le Méridien Maldives Resort & Spa opened its doors in September 2021. During our visit, in December of that same year, the resort was still brand new. All facilities, rooms, furniture, and other things you could see or touch just came out of its packaging or were newly installed.

While you might expect many teething issues for something so new, this isn’t the case. Most critical parts of the resorts are operational without any problems. All the resort’s facilities are working and clean. What is, however, good to know is that one pier full of overwater villas hasn’t yet opened.

While there are no significant issues, there are some things the resort still must fix. The electricity in our villa wasn’t working correctly on some days, and the sewage system in our bathroom wasn’t properly functioning due to it being filled with sand. 


Overall, the beaches and the island’s inland are exceptionally well maintained. The beaches, paths, and common areas are continuously raked to keep them clean. You can always see staff keeping the island clean and preventing any kind of trash from making it into the sea or plants. 

You can find occasional plastic in the water and on the beach, mostly around rock formations or under some of the piers. Some of that trash has been there longer than a few days and hasn’t been cleaned.  

I think that most of this pollution isn’t coming from the island itself. Staff and guests can quickly help the environment a bit by cleaning. We, for example, fished out a kitchen sponge while canoeing.


Are you wondering whether there are mosquitoes in the Maldives? The answer is yes. Despite the lack of still standing sweet water, the bugs still survive. We have been bitten on multiple occasions while staying at the Meridien Maldives.

While mosquitoes are present, we believe the situation is much better than most other tropical tourist destinations. Using mosquito repellent in the evenings was enough for us to go through the night without red mosquito bites.

The resort also said that they are using large-scale mosquito repellent. We have seen this in other resorts outside the Maldives. This is best described as using smoke and chemicals to kill mosquitos. We haven’t seen that in action.


The weather in the Maldives is perfect. You can expect sun on every single day. However, you should also expect occasional overcast and occasional rain. There are two distinct rainy seasons in the Maldives. The Northeast Monsoon season primarily affects the northern atoll where the Meridien is located. The Northern Monsoon occurs between November and March. The second rain season usually takes place in July and August but mainly affects the southern part of the Maldives (away from Le Méridien). 

What to do when it rains in the Maldives

The most important thing to realize is that it never rains for an extensive amount of time. We traveled in December, at the end of the rain season. Although it rained on a few days, it always stopped raining after one- or two-hours max. Significant rain also fell in the evening rather than during the day. I am trying to say that you shouldn’t change your plans for the Maldives if you are afraid of rain.

If it does affect your day, you can chill and rewind in one of the restaurants where you will be dry. Otherwise, you can shelter at your villa.

Meridien Maldives Rain

What is #destinationunlocked all about?

Around the island, you will find signs saying #destinationunlocked, for example, on the picture-perfect swings located on several islands’ viewpoints. Like us, you might be wondering what that hashtag is all about.

So, what is #destinationunlocked all about? The hashtag refers to the old days of Le Méridien. In the 19th century, tourism hardly existed. To help the national airline of France, Air France, expand, more tourist facilities needed to be created to make sure destinations could deal with the increased number of tourists. That is how Le Méridien hotel chain was founded back in 1972.

When a Le Meridien hotel or resort was opened, the destination would be open (or unlocked) to tourists. Opening new hotels and resorts were crucial for Air France’s expansion strategy in the 1970s. Now, over 50 years later, Le Méridien uses that rich history to give a unique dynamic to its new hotel openings. Although destinations aren’t ‘unlocked’ necessarily, it does provide an excellent historical background to new hotel openings. 

Sealife at Le Méridien Maldives

Next to the sandy white beaches, most tourists in the Maldives will also want to spot some of the beautiful sea life and birds on and around the island. These are some of the fish we spotted in and around the house reef.

Endless sorts of small and medium fish

New resorts usually see most sea life moving away from the island due to the sounds and vibrations of the construction work. Most fish will only return when things have calmed down. At Le Méridien Maldives, being a new resort, you can expect more and more sea life as time progresses. Nevertheless, the Méridien Maldives Maldives is already home to many different kinds of mesmerizing sea life! 

Within the lagoon, you can find more minor kinds of fish. These smaller fish can be found in the seagrass, on and around the overwater villas, or at some of the scattered coral in the lagoon. You can expect needlefish, Picasso triggerfish, as well as tens of other species. At the house reef can, you can find even more!

The most beautiful fish can be found at the house reef. The island lagoon ends, and the deep(er) sea starts. Here you can find endless amounts of smaller and medium fish. You can expect the funny and colorful parrotfish, lots of Moorish Idol, some trumpet fish, and endless amounts of blue surgeonfish. During a dive trip at the house reef, I spotted a very chilled and safe lionfish. 

Smaller Fish Maldives 1
Smaller Fish Maldives Meridien

Some of the bigger fish that we spotted in or around the house reef include two manta rays a curious (but harmless) blacktip reef shark. Different species of rays include beautiful eagle rays and stingrays. During a snorkel excursion just outside our resort, we also spotted sea turtles. If you are interested in everything underwater around the resort, we recommend looking at the Dive Center’s Instagram account: @subocean.lemeridien.

On the island, you can also expect to see tropical animals. There are lots of small and medium-sized crabs on the beach that will hurry to safety as you approach them. In the air and the trees, you can expect giant fruit bats to come out as the sun sets, while some birds will hunt for food on the beaches. 


The least favorite thing to talk about at Le Méridien Maldives is your departure. But like any vacation, the end of your time in paradise is unavoidable. Although the departure process is very straightforward, it isn’t very well communicated. This is partially due to the resort heavily relying on its seaplane partner TMA announcing schedules just the evening before you leave the island. This is what we experienced and believe to be the standard experience. 

We hadn’t heard anything about our departure or what we were supposed to do halfway through our last day. Our flight would depart from Male at 10:25, and around 3 PM, I went to the front desk in the Hub to ask what was going on.

At the Hub, I found out that the hotel will not get flight itineraries from TMA until at least 18:00. That would mean we wouldn’t know what time we would fly away from the island until in the evening. However, we were informed that it was likely to be very early, at around 7 AM. You should expect to board the seaplane about 3,5 hours before your flight in Male.

Although the departure process wasn’t very clearly communicated, it was seamless. We were picked up from the villa about an hour before departure and brought to The Hub. Here we got a small breakfast and drinks while we checked out. The invoice was sent to our e-mail the night before, and the only thing to still do was settle the account. 

The available snacks were a limited choice of small breakfast bites. If you leave later in the morning or early afternoon, you will enjoy your regular breakfast at Turquoise, which would be much better than the small bites. 

The bags are entirely taken care of by hotel staff. Your bags will be picked up at your villa, tagged, and carried into the airplane. 

Full Island Tour video

Just before sunset, I decided to walk around the island with my GoPro camera. Below is the result of that walk. You view the full island tour on YouTube.