So we're contemplating returning to the Maldives for our 6th time next year and Ellaidhoo is cropping up as a good possible fit within budget and requirements like amazing snorkelling, nice beach villa, reasonable food and the usual chilled barefoot vibe. Little concerned about the beach erosion - would at least like loungers outside the beach villa and eating buffet 3 times a day.
Our previous trips have been:
2004 Velassaru (when it was Laguna Beach) - obv no house reef but lovely island with great food
2006 Maayafushi - awesome house reef, bit rustic & Italian dominated
2008 Vilamendhoo (pre refurb) - fantastic house reef, lack of beach disappointing
2010 Filitheyo - great house reef, lovely chilled vibe, beautiful pool
2012 Reethi Beach - ok snorkelling but no "big stuff", fabulous food on B&B, beautiful beach
Alternative is to possibly return to Fili or Reethi but keen to keep trying new islands.
DEs, regulars and previous guests please let me know what you think!