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PostPosted: Wed Feb 19, 2014 3:45 pm Reply with quote
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Did you get my pm back to you ?
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2014 7:17 pm Reply with quote
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Sent it now........been working for Meeru tokens Very Happy

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 25, 2014 6:42 pm Reply with quote
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 25, 2014 7:41 pm Reply with quote
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..and one is on its way back to you Ann

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 4:38 pm Reply with quote
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Just echoing really what everyone is saying, New Year was our ninth visit, and yes the change is very noticeable. We love the music nights and were really sad that there seemed to be hardly anyone there. Tuesday night candle music was the worst...we wouldn't leave even though it was time to get our two children off to bed, as if we had there might have only been four people left.....a few years ago I remember having to sit on a step in the Dhoni Bar as there were NO seats to be had for love or money...then dancing in the sand to band...great memories for us...lets hope things change in the future and the 'good old days' return. We still love it though!!!

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 12:46 pm Reply with quote
rickc
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Cheers debandmark. Would you believe we actually timed our dates and duration on Meeru this time so as to be there for 2 band nights as they have been so good in the past. We remember guests 'jamming' with the band and, as you say, us struggling to find a spare seat. This time around it was a struggle for the band to even get to midnight to finish their set - those of us who were there gave them our encouragement and managed to get one 'extra' number after midnight. In years gone by they would have played on for a while to an enthusiastic audience.

I wonder whether the OVERALL mix of nationalities is behind the changing pattern - different people with different tastes.

Oh well....
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 2014 6:11 pm Reply with quote
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We also noticed the Chinese invasion last year on Vila. Flapping in the sea with rubber rings, arm bands AND life jackets, kicking other swimmers, handling the coral and touching the poor turtles. The most shocking of all though is kettles have been removed from some of the rooms now due to some Chinese guests capturing the reef sharks, taking them back to the room to make shark fin soup. Words literally fail me. Hopefully, the welcome meetings will be adapted for guests from that part of the world so that know they are to respect the environment they are in.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 2014 7:08 pm Reply with quote
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This beggars belief ! I know there were complaints about behaviour from other guests while we were on Meeru.....
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 08, 2014 12:15 pm Reply with quote
Mark and Jane
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Reading these posts has just made me realise that we haven't seen a single small reef shark or ray swimming along the waters edge in the 5 days we have been here. ( just a coincidence I hope)
Also we are staying in the 700's and haven't seen any of the big rays that usually hang out under the villas either.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 08, 2014 12:42 pm Reply with quote
rickc
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Hi Mark and Jane. There must surely be some sharks around the Asian Wok ? They were there every day in February when we dangled mid morning and at sunset - lots of them 'coralling' the shoals of small fish for feeding time.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 08, 2014 2:35 pm Reply with quote
Mark and Jane
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Hi Rickc
On both occasions we walked by the Wok it was a very low tide so we haven't experienced the shoals/sharks yet.
The location of the Wok must be the hottest spot on the island. As soon as you turn the end of the island the breeze just vanishes so to be honest we don't venture down there as often during the day.
Today however has been a complete wash out with heavy rain and thunderstorms for much of the day, so no chance of a sunset drink at the Wok tonight.
We will however check for the Sharks tomorrow.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2014 12:05 pm Reply with quote
Mark and Jane
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Back to the discussions on Chinese. We spoke to a couple of staff on Meeru last night who supported the concerns raised by Leanneclark above and confirmed a number of Chinese guests have been using kettles in their rooms to boil food they had bought with them or catching crabs off the beach to boil. No mention of catching the sharks, thank goodness.

The Chinese are not the best when it comes to swimming/snorkeling and the lengths they go to in terms of matching equipment they wear is somewhat amusing.
The staff also informed us that a couple of Chinese visitors have recently drowned at Meeru and have therfore requested they undertake supervised snorkeling lessons in the swimming pool prior to going in the sea.
With regards to food, Meeru has gone to great lengths to accommodate them, however we hear the Chinese are constantly complaining and demanding more to be done.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2014 1:26 pm Reply with quote
rickc
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That is VERY interesting Mark and Jane. Thanks for the further info.

I wonder if there should be a new thread on here on the 'Chinese topic'. It would be very interesting to hear anybody else's 'take' on this, either based on facts or their personal observations when visiting Meeru.....
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2014 5:07 pm Reply with quote
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leanneclark wrote:
We also noticed the Chinese invasion last year on Vila. Flapping in the sea with rubber rings, arm bands AND life jackets, kicking other swimmers, handling the coral and touching the poor turtles. The most shocking of all though is kettles have been removed from some of the rooms now due to some Chinese guests capturing the reef sharks, taking them back to the room to make shark fin soup. Words literally fail me. Hopefully, the welcome meetings will be adapted for guests from that part of the world so that know they are to respect the environment they are in.

Wow i'm flabbergasted.
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