An All-Inclusive Adult Only Mercure Hotel

When my dear friend Soumitra Pahari, Resort Manager, Mercure Maldives, told me that this was an adult-only hotel, I was surprised. With 750+ Mercure hotels worldwide, this may be the only adult Mercure property that I am aware of. From Pullman, Mercure Maldives Kooddoo Resort is just 20 minutes by motorboat. Located amid lush native vegetation on Kooddoo Island, this 70-villa boutique-style resort is where the natural tropical jungle blends with the crystal-clear lagoon, making it the perfect place to connect with nature as you experience picture-perfect sunset views. “The image of a Mercure hotel in India is totally different. We have always seen Mercure as a building with rooms and restaurants. But here it’s totally different with villas spread across vegetation and ocean,” said Soumitra.

“The best part of Mercure Maldives is that it requires no further speedboat journey or seaplane flight. Though our staff will welcome you at Kooddoo Airport and bring you by buggy, in reality, it’s a walkable distance from the airport,” said Soumitra. And as he said this, we witnessed a flight landing just adjacent to the resort.

Like Pullman, this resort too follows a generous all-inclusive concept, including a wide selection of dining and beverages at no additional charge, and complimentary excursions and discounted spa treatments.

All the villas have direct access to the lagoon – either from the beach villas providing jungle vibes, or the overwater villas with private sun deck, plunge pool, and sun loungers, providing direct dive access into the Ocean. The largest villa is a 490 sqm villa with four bedrooms, each with its own entrance and en suite bathroom, including an outdoor shower and tub.”

On the F&B front, they have 2 restaurants – Alita Restaurant, an all-day dining restaurant with a buffet concept providing an unobstructed view of the lagoon, and Vista Restaurant, an overwater restaurant providing Italian flavors. The Pool Bar is another attraction for the guests. Mercure also offers a Floating Breakfast, giving a start to a romantic day in the intimacy of the turquoise blue waters, or candlelit moments on the beach with a special romantic dinner setup.

Nestled amid palm trees, ferns, and banana plants, the Suvadiva Spa is an oasis of serenity and a perfect place to revitalize and indulge in the pleasure of absolute relaxation. Suvadive, the ancient name of the three southernmost atolls of the Maldives archipelago.

Some of the all-inclusive benefits include unlimited beverages throughout the stay with 40 international wines on offer, minibar replenished every day, unlimited meals in 2 restaurants and the pool bar, complimentary non-motorized water sports like SUP, kayaking, snorkeling, etc.

The longer you stay, the more extra benefits you’ll get with Long Stay Benefits including discounted spa treatments, free excursions, and more. The additional benefits are as follows: for 5 nights, one can select 1 excursion + 1 activity, for 8+ nights, one can select 2 excursions + 2 activities, and for 13 nights, one can select from 3 excursions + 3 activities. Many opt to use the vouchers for spa, jet ski, and the dolphin cruise (We all managed to see dolphins).

After a great stay at Mercure, I left to catch my flight to Male, for the first time witnessing the flight landing as we departed from the resort, just 25 minutes before takeoff. Truly a once-in-a-lifetime romantic getaway for guests.

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