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Le Méridien Maldives Resort, Thilamaafushi, Maldives [Master Thread]

Old May 7, 21, 11:45 am
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Hotel email:
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Resort Shared Seaplane Transfer:
Prices are inclusive of tax and fees and to be paid upon check-out.
420 USD per adult (12 years and above)
210 USD per child (ages between 2 and 11.99 years)
Baggage
Complimentary for infants (below 2 years)
Standard baggage is 30 25kg including hand luggage. Excess weight will be charged at 5.60 USD per kg (per round trip).
Max dimensions are 158 cm and 32 kg. Infants do not have baggage allowance.
Hours
Operate between 06:00 to 16:00.
For check-in, last international flight must arrive at or before 15:30.
For check-out, first international flight must depart at or after 09:00.
Complete Details can be found here.

COVID Related Topics
Testing
Testing available at 120++ USD pp and reservations should be made no later than 72 hours prior to departure.
Quarantine/Isolation Policy
What happens if I test positive for COVID? Current policy can be found here.
Contact Tracing
Where can I find the list of properties under contract tracing? Here.
What happens if a resort is listed under contract tracing?
Guests must travel directly between MLE airport and the property post arrival and pre departure via international flight ONLY.
Inter-island transfers will be ceased and guests will not be able to arrive from, depart to, another island in the Maldives.

Water Sports & Diving Menu

Spa, Beauty, & Fitness Menu

F&B Menu

Latitude Menu
Riviera Menu
Tabemasu Menu
Turquoise Menu
Velaa Lunch Menu
Velaa Dinner Menu
Waves Menu
Wine Master List
Mini Bar Menu

Meal Plans
Prices are inclusive of tax and fees
Bed and Breakfast per night

30 USD per adult (12 years and above)
15 USD per child (ages between 3 and 11.99 years)
Half Board per night
95 USD per adult (12 years and above)
47.50 USD per child (ages between 3 and 11.99 years)
Complimentary for infants (below 3 years)
Full Board Plus per night
155 USD per adult (12 years and above)
77.50 USD per child (ages between 3 and 11.99 years)
Complimentary for infants (below 3 years)
All-Inclusive per night
230 USD per adult (12 years and above)
115 USD per child (ages 3 and 11.99 years)
Complimentary for infants (below 3 years)
Details can be found here.

F&B Bonvoy Discounts
General Members & Silver Elite 10%
Gold Elite 15%
Platinum, Titanium, & Ambassador Elite 20%
Full Details can be found here.

Resort Map
Can be found here.
Room total can be found here.
Beach Bungalow and Beach Villa are categorized by location. See the resort map for more information.

Paid/confirmed upgrades
Rates per night as of 08-May-2021
From Sunrise OWV to Sunset OWV 50++ USD
From Sunrise OWV to Sunset OWV w/ pool 250++ USD
Terms
Must be for entire duration of reservation
Requires non-refundable payment at time of confirming
Availability and rates subject to change
Can you apply SNAs at this property? No.

Late Checkout Policy (subject to availability)
General Members: None
Silver Elite: "Priority"
Gold Elite: 2pm
Platinum & Titanium Elite: 4pm
Ambassador Elite: 4pm or "Your24"

Welcome Gift
General Members & Silver Elite: None
Gold Elite: 500 points per stay
Platinum, Titanium, and Ambassador Elite: Welcome Gift: 1000 points per stay OR amenity per stay OR breakfast at Turquoise Restaurant per day for 2 persons (member + 1)

Drone Restrictions
"We strictly prohibit the operation of any type of UAV or drones for any purpose within and above the premises of the resort as our guests' privacy is of our utmost concern. This prohibition extends to devices launched from the resort or from outside the boundaries of the resort. If you wish to take photographs or videos, you may do so at the common areas of our resort."
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Le Méridien Maldives Resort, Thilamaafushi, Maldives [Master Thread]

Old Nov 26, 19, 1:46 pm
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Le Méridien Maldives Resort, Thilamaafushi, Maldives [Master Thread]

Found several job postings on Marriott's careers website for an upcoming Le Méridien resort in the Maldives. No information I've managed to find online other than this blurb from some of the job ads:

Le Méridien Maldives Resort encompasses the island of Thilamaafushi in the Lhaviyani Atoll. The Atoll is north of Male and can be accessed via a 35-minute sea plane journey. The 150 rooms Resort is surrounded by a beautiful lagoon and coral reef featuring a significant number of over water villas. The Resort offers six restaurants and bar, spa, fitness centre, swimming pool, kid’s club, dive centre, watersports centre among other activities.

Since they're hiring, it's safe to assume that an opening is most likely happening within the next six months. Nice to see more options in the Maldives, and as always, more Le Méridien hotels!

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Old Nov 26, 19, 4:11 pm
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Originally Posted by khabah View Post
Found several job postings on Marriott's careers website for an upcoming Le Méridien resort in the Maldives. No information I've managed to find online other than this blurb from some of the job ads:

Le Méridien Maldives Resort encompasses the island of Thilamaafushi in the Lhaviyani Atoll. The Atoll is north of Male and can be accessed via a 35-minute sea plane journey. The 150 rooms Resort is surrounded by a beautiful lagoon and coral reef featuring a significant number of over water villas. The Resort offers six restaurants and bar, spa, fitness centre, swimming pool, kid’s club, dive centre, watersports centre among other activities.

Since they're hiring, it's safe to assume that an opening is most likely happening within the next six months. Nice to see more options in the Maldives, and as always, more Le Méridien hotels!

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Interesting, I know there is a RC on the way but hadnt heard anythign about a LeMerdien! Seems the Marriott presence in the Maldives keeps growing and probably in the management contracts cant have any more than 1 property per brand so it makes sense they are using the various options!
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Old Nov 27, 19, 11:09 pm
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Originally Posted by UKTraveller4Fun View Post
Interesting, I know there is a RC on the way but hadnt heard anythign about a LeMerdien! Seems the Marriott presence in the Maldives keeps growing and probably in the management contracts cant have any more than 1 property per brand so it makes sense they are using the various options!
There also have been discussions that Marriott is contracting some in house sea planes so there will be dedicated transfers for members between the Bonvoy resorts in the Maldives.
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Old Nov 28, 19, 12:21 am
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Originally Posted by bluestrudels View Post
There also have been discussions that Marriott is contracting some in house sea planes so there will be dedicated transfers for members between the Bonvoy resorts in the Maldives.
That would certainly be an interesting development. I believe the RC will be a speedboat rather than seaplane transfer which will be a very welcome option over the Sheraton!
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Old Apr 28, 20, 5:28 am
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Pulled the following blurb from this ITB Berlin page:

Opening Q3, 2020. Le Méridien Maldives Resort & Spa is a hub for creatively minded travellers who seek enlightening experiences, set against an idyllic island paradise. Nestled on the island of Thilamaafushi, in a picturesque corner of Lhaviyani Atoll, the resort is a scenic 35-minute seaplane journey north of Malé. Teeming with an abundance of flora and fauna, the resort is enveloped by an extraordinary lagoon, infinite horizon and coral reef bursting with marine life. The resort features 140 villas and suites set amongst the tropical greenery and dotted over the Indian Ocean, six restaurants and bars, an integrated lifestyle hub, Explore SpaSM by Le Méridien, two pools, Le Méridien Family program, dive and watersports centre, a private island, and a curated menu of experiences, designed to showcase the beauty of the Maldives, above and below the waves. Inspired by the essence of the Maldives, combined with a passion for culture, cuisine and design, the resort is an imaginative sanctuary for families and couples alike, who seek to encounter the unexpected in a sought after destination.

Good stuff, and all the typical Maldives resort accoutrements. The final name will be Le Méridien Maldives Resort & Spa, so perhaps the mods could make that small adjustment to the thread title? I also reached out to the hotel's GM, who let me know that there'll be a delay to early 2021 with an as-yet-undetermined date due to the current situation with COVID-19. Since they have key positions filled and are procuring staff, we should hopefully be on the downward slope to opening. I'd expect this one to be a category 7, especially with it being a larger property relative to the other Marriott options and having child-friendly offerings.

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Excited to some pictures of this and the Ritz.
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The hotel's website is now live, but a total shell with no photos or descriptions aside from very sparse details on the "Hotel Details page."

Link here. Opening December 2020, but subject to change.

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Old Sep 16, 20, 9:02 am
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Listed as opening in September 2021 now, and showing as a category 5 (????)
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Old Oct 18, 20, 5:49 pm
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No way this is a cat 5 -- I'd jump at it even at cat 7! I always preferred Le Meridien over Westin in terms of interior design and decor.
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Yeah probably gonna be a cat 7, or lowest cat 6
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Old Oct 19, 20, 6:43 am
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If this is a CAT 5- even just for the opening couple of months, it would be a very compelling option IF they do proper PLT/Titanium breakfasts, etc. Wonder what their seaplane rate will be also in comparison to the STR, etc.
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Could it be due to the fact that rooms at this resort are significantly smaller than other Bonboy ones? The one-bedroom villas range from only 54sqm/581sqft to 88sqm/947sqft.
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Originally Posted by frank.lan.yufan View Post
Could it be due to the fact that rooms at this resort are significantly smaller than other Bonboy ones? The one-bedroom villas range from only 54sqm/581sqft to 88sqm/947sqft.
Thanks for pointing that out. That's extremely small for the Maldives. Looks like the pool would be a mere 5sqm . I'm still sticking to the St. Regis for now. Until their service goes down, I'll switch. Just booked my 3rd reservation there.
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Old Jan 10, 21, 7:09 am
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Originally Posted by LovetoTravel83 View Post
Thanks for pointing that out. That's extremely small for the Maldives. Looks like the pool would be a mere 5sqm . I'm still sticking to the St. Regis for now. Until their service goes down, I'll switch. Just booked my 3rd reservation there.
Even if the service were to go down at the STR, there is no way that this Le Meridien is going to be considered an equivalent alternative- these 2 brands of hotels are on a different caliber for starters. Add to that the substantially smaller room and pool size as well as probably many other aspects and were talking about 2 different breeds.
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Even if the service were to go down at the STR, there is no way that this Le Meridien is going to be considered an equivalent alternative- these 2 brands of hotels are on a different caliber for starters. Add to that the substantially smaller room and pool size as well as probably many other aspects and were talking about 2 different breeds.
Even still, how can a new Le Meridien be a category lower than the existing Sheraton, which is consistently reviewed poorly? The villas do look a bit small from the pictures here, and quite crammed together...that said, if it's truly a category 5 I'll likely try it since I have some category 5 certs to burn!

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