Lily Beach Resort & Spa
Travel Blogs from South Ari Atoll
... long story really short? Paid $20 to have the doctor brought in to check on me have now broken out into a fire breathing itchy rash needing so sort of antihistamine and calamine lotion twice a day.....d'ho - still have no idea what caused it....but it does suck!
Khai on the other had is perfectly fine....except for Mozzy bites while she sleeps! They love tasting her!!
Tonight at 4pm we decided to head out on ...
Today was our last day at the island with dad. In the morning mum, dad and I swum out over the reef for some snorkelling.
I saw even more new fish and for the first time I saw a unicorn fish. I also seen a dory!,
After this we mucked around for the day, shopped in the boutique, made sand castles, seen a BIG crab that had come up on the beach and mucked round with dad.
Soon it was night time and time to go on the speedboat ...
... signal to go faster. It was so much fun and I was screaming.
Then the guys asked if I would like to go on the wave rider board. It is a board that you lie on to start with and as the boat gets going you kneel on it. I decided to let mum go first and I rode in the boat. Mum was good on it. Dad thought then he would go next, he was not so good ...
... Taj resort, the trip took 40 mins and we passed many other atolls, we were provided with refreshments on the boat, we pulled up to our atoll, surrounded by beautiful aqua waters, when we arrived we were greeted and taken to the reception, a floating office at the end of the pier above the water, provided with a lemon drink and had our photo taken, which was left in a beautiful frame in our room later that night. Also left was rose petals on our bed in the shape of a heart ...
... you to the island's 3 main restaurants. One was an indoor/outdoor Thai restaurant. The outdoor area was on sand surrounded by forest and one side open to the sea. The waiter we were served to was a local Maldivian from a nearby island. He has lived part of his life in Sri Lanka and he knew Sinhalese. He was very friendly and provided us with excellent service and a good restaurant experience at the place where we had our romantic outdoor meal on the final night at the island. ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Lily Beach Resort & Spa South Ari Atoll
This was our first trip to the maldives and Lily Beach after always going all inclusive to the Caribean so that is probably what we are comoaring this to.
this was an unforgetable holiday!
the level and friendliness of this resort was superb.
a perfect place for a honeymoon or just somewhere two chill out.
loads of fish two see,not forgeting the turtle feeding,hand feeding of the sea eagle and the fruit bats!
the only down side was i was only there for a week!!!!!!!!!
My husband and i had booked 7 days at the Lily Beach Resort for our honeymoon. When we went to the travel agent, we specifically asked for a water villa. She had a look at her supplier and booked us in the water villa at the Lily Beach Resort.
I don't think this hotel is a 4 star - more like 3 star. The airconditioners don't go under 18 - which isn't particularly good. The food is nice and there were only 2 things I didn't really like about the resort. Firstly there really isn't anything to do so I guess if you don't mind that it's fine - but just be warned it gets very boring unless you want to spend all day on a very small island where all you can do is sunbathe or swim. The thing that really annoyed me was the trip situation - there are numerous payable trips you can go on but they all have a minumum number. Therefore if you are staying for a week and want to go somewhere to snorkel unless there are 8 people going or you're willing to pay for 8 people you can't go. Considering the money that is made on other trips that are constantly full you would think that once or twice a week they would go anyway.
We stayed at Lily Beach for a week and thoroughly enjoyed every moment of our holiday, I would recommend it to anyone.
A piece of paradise
Lily beach is a small portion of paradise, its staff are all polite and nothing is ever too much trouble.
We have been twice and are going back again
We went to Lily Beach in June/July and had a fantastic time. Unfortunately we had some bad monsoon weather hit us from India, but it definitely didn't spoil the holiday!! For all those asking, cash (dollars) useful for tipping the waiters/room staff at the end of the holiday, and also for the guys on the boats after trips etc. Otherwise everything else can be signed for if you need to, although almost everything else is included apart from certain drinks and food at the snack bar. Water Villas are not really over the water but have great views. (The walls (groynes) in front may spoil the view, but they're there to stop sand erosion, so it's a small inconvenience to ensure plenty more holiday makers get to enjoy the island in future). We were in room 302 at the end of the island away from the pool and it was great. Snorkelling equipment is adequate, would take your own snorkel though if you have one ! As for the mosquito's, depends on the season and how damp it is, we had a lot as it was wet, but people who've been in December still recommend taking some spray as they are there most of the time. Dive school is excellent, and the number of different dives to do is ace, and the house reef is brilliant. Will definitely be back soon, if only to try and find those ever so elusive Whale Sharks !!!!! Turtle feeding and the fish feeding each evening are an experience not to be missed, if only to see Lily the house turtle trying to take chunks out of peoples behinds if they get in her way of the food.
We visited the Lily Beach in March 2004. What a fantastic place! I was asstounded by the natural beauty of the island. The water is so clear, the sand is very white and the people are so friendly. The food was good too with fresh fish served every day.
We visited Lily Beach last November and it was superb. The food was fabulous, the staff friendly, the service was wonderful.
The only critisicm was that the room standard was not as good as at other Maldives resorts we have visited, (we upgraded to a water bugalow), and there is a hideous wall of rocks built around the island which ruins the view. Apart from that it was a great holiday. Check out the turtles that have hatched on the island, they even let you hold them! Great photo opportunity.