Lily Beach Resort & Spa
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... coral gardens, on the atoll’s edge, inside the atoll, next to islands, next to sandbanks, etc. We saw fishes of all shapes and sizes, in a variety of amazing colours, discovering some we had never seen before. We each grew to have our favourites (the long-nose filefish for Jason and the surgeonfish for me), or our least favourites (for both of us it was the titan triggerfish as this one is quite big and can get a bit aggressive in protecting its nest). ...
... 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 ...
Our room is serviced twice a day. In the evening, the blinds get drawn, lamps turned on, bed cushions removed, water bottles are replenished, and slippers are put out. The mini- bar and fresh fruit are replenished during the day.
At day 13, we need some laundry done. At a cost of 80 cents (US) just for a handkerchief, we estimate it would come to about $30. We were surprised that Sri Lanka had similar rates (80c for a pair of undies), which in the end ...
... white ass a sheet and make the first exposure schoolboy error of not keeping an eye on my skin as it goes through all the shades of red in the alphabet! Still, I can't feel a thing yet and after a few hours on 'our' island we return to the boat and heads to another reef for more snorkelling. It's just brilliant again with loads of different fish in fabulous and often ridiculous colours.
Another hour in the water and then we're back on the boar ...
... o'clock, I was handed the key and we walked, very excitedly, toward bungalow number 144, the last bungalow on the left, giving it a secluded air, it was perfect! We dumped our stuff and looked around. It was so big! There was a four poster bed, couches and big glass doors, which open up to the terrace. There was also a small kitchen, closet the size of a room and an even bigger bathroom with a shower and a bath, pure luxury.
At twelve o'clock, we ...
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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.