My wife and I have been visiting the Maldives for over 20 years now, and we have just returned from Lily beach.
It would be fair to say that someone who has never been to the maldives would be impressed with the location, but the resorts do vary, Lily beach is reached by a 25 minute flight by sea plane, an adventure in its own right.
We only had to wait for around 30 minutes before our flight, but the aircraft could not take the passengers and luggage, we were told it would follow as soon as possible, this was the first time we had flown without our luggage, but true to their word the luggage arrived after about another hour.
Lily Beach has its own lounge at the sea plane terminal, it was clean, cool and the staff were excellent.
The flight was as amazing as it always is.
we arroved at the island to be greeted by staff and shown to reception where the formalities were concluded and we then were shown to our room, room 201 a lagoon villa.
It was situated almost at the tip of the island near to the Vibes bar ( more on that later)
the room was clean, spacious and well appointed, and led onto a small lagoon, which in turn led onto the reef. the room was excellent, with a four poster bed, jacuzzi bath satellitetv, and tea coffe making facilities.A good start.
The island has three main dining areas, The aqua bar, vibes bar and the main dining area Lily mai, all three offer excellent food and drinks, aqua bar is quieter as children are not allowed, I can recommend all three.
Lily mai is a buffet resturant, but the food was excellent, the breakfasts are pretty much the same every day but is good quality, the evening meal is themed but again excellent quality.
the staff in general are very good, helpful and very enthusiastic, and that includes the gardeners, waiters etc.
I dont know if it was just our room but we had 4 different roomboys over 10 days, which i have never experienced before, you normally have the same person all your stay, room boys 1 and 2 didnt bother coming the first day and on the second day came and left within 5 minutes.
room boy 3 was more up to the work he came at set times and took over 30 minutes to clean and tidy the room, but he changed and we ended up with another room boy who again was hit and miss.
The above may be the reason for my title almost perfect, my wife and I awoke on day three of our holiday to find several large ants in our bed, and a cockroach on our clothes, we reported this to reception who got the room boy to spray the room, all was well until day 5 when I awake at 4 am to find several large ants walking up my legs in bed, the reception staff sent the head of housekeeping who arranged for a more thorough deep clean to be done.
Day 7 seven saw a return of ants and another cockroach to the room, but staff had tried so hard, we didnt bother to mention it again, but these episodes did tarnish the perfection of Lily Beach.
But I must say again that the staff did everything possible for us.
The only other niggle for us, was Vibes bar, on every Wednesday it has a live band from 8pm until 12pm, now I am not old and grumpy but if i wanted to listen to a live band I would have gone to a gig, we go to the Maldives for rest and quiet, we were very close to the bar so it may not be a problem for other rooms but it kept us awake until midnight.
The reef is one of the best I have seen, it was in very good health, snorkelling was brilliant with plenty of variety of marine life.
The island is a perfect getaway, the majority of the staff are fantastic, would I go again, yes I would without hesitation.
Would I recommend it, yes again without hesitation, its on par or slightly better than our favourite island of Athuruga.
Go and enjoy one of the best maldivian islands I have been to.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- ---UNDERGOING UPGRADES--- In the deep blue sea of the Indian Ocean, among the scattered small Islands known as the Garland of Flowers (Maldive Islands) of indescribable nature, Lily Beach Resort is the island - Huvahendhoo at the South East Ari-Atoll. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lily Beach Hotel South Ari Atoll
- Lily Beach Resort And Spa
- Lily Beach Resort All Inclusive
- Lily Beach Maldives