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Lily Beach Resort & Spa
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Stroud, United Kingdom
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“As close to perfection as it gets”
Reviewed 8 January 2012

We stayed in a deluxe over-water villa for 10 days in December 2011. The villa was large, with a big comfortable bed and everything worked perfectly. The deck was totally private, so no worries about being seen by the neighbours. The spa pool on the deck is bigger than it looks in the web site photographs, and has powerful jets. The lagoon is about 4 feet deep, with direct access from the deck; the steps even have a hot shower. The house reef is only 15 yards away, but the lagoon has sharp bits of coral so take swim shoes if you’re not wearing fins.

The bathroom was huge; the inside/outside arrangement cleverly allows you to watch the fish whilst in the shower or toilet! The room was properly serviced twice daily and the minibar refilled, including wine, each morning. We watched fish, including rays, from the deck and through the amazing glass floor in the entrance hall.

The main restaurant Lily Maa had wide choices to a high standard and every night was themed. We thought the French and Indian Ocean nights particularly good. Every meal had chefs cooking different dishes from scratch as we watched, including desserts. This resort has a surprisingly good range of European cheeses, properly kept by the French Executive chef - who was always on hand to explain each dish. Service was just right - subtle but attentive. The all inclusive includes a choice of some 90 bottles of wines (not just white/red carafes) and they had every one we asked for.

Many of the other guests were young Chinese or Japanese on honeymoon, so the bars were quiet in the evenings and service very attentive, with waiters remembering drink orders from the previous night. There was a wide range of cocktails, although some were better mixed than others.

The water sports centre was helpful and had plenty of snorkelling gear. The coral is in excellent condition and of course there are endless types of fish including different types of rays and reef sharks. We saw turtles, including from a pedalo. Start snorkelling from the eastern end of the island and drift west with the current, snorkel at high tide to swim over the coral - water sports people were very good at explaining the tides and currents.

A highlight was the “coral garden” snorkelling trip where we were taken to pristine coral away from the islands, again to drift with the current with the boat drifting with us. Two trips are included in the package: we also went to the atoll’s capital island and saw dolphins and flying fish on the way there and back.

It does rain in the Maldives, but this resort has an endless supply of umbrellas and the restaurant tables move in and out of doors at speed as the weather changes. But bad weather leads to boat trip cancellations, so worth getting trips booked early.

We flew London to Male direct with BA on near empty (in economy, but packed in premium and club) planes. No point in paying to select seats - everyone laid out across three seats each, both ways.

Lily Beach is as close to perfection as it gets. We would not hesitate to recommend this island.

Room Tip: Over-water villas are very special, those furthest away from the island are most private.
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 January 2012

As a family we did spent 9 very relaxing days at the Lily Beach Hotel. The logistics to the Island were very well organized, check-in and getting to know your rooms was smooth and did give you a good overview about activities and the resort lay-out. We did stay in two Beach Villas, just next to the daytime restaurant and pool. The overall experience was fantastic, one felt relaxed from the very first moment and never looked back on anything from the time of arrival. Lily Beach did come along with a couple of highlights:

All inclusive:
Surely, almost everybody does have mixed feelings about it, but Lily Beach Resort did prove that 'all inclusive' can meet the highest standards. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner all were of exceptional quality, the all la carte snacks/meals were tasteful and of a size not making you regret every bite. The wines and cocktails were of very good quality as well - one never had to worry about culinary enjoyment. In addition, many activities were offered for free, whether snorcheling (equipment), pool billiard, tennis, gym, table tennis or a set of excursions, one could chose and enjoy. Although the hotel was pretty busy ahead of Christmas, one never felt as such and everything was easily accessible/available

Location:
Clearly a unique location, one can step out of the door and the snorcheling adventure starts - beaches are clean and are "repaired" on a daily base in case the tide has washed some sand away. Although not longer than 600 meters the island provides opportunities for jogging/walking and not at all makes you feel tight

PADI/Ocean Pro School:
Great experience, Thomas Mehli and team are very approachable and give you an insightful overview about the programs. Beginner classes enjoy some teaching next to the school, not in a pool, but already in the Indian Ocean. Initial open water dives can be made along the house reef, very interesting, with no logistical worries at all. One must highlight the very friendly atmosphere and the easy going related to learning scuba diving - one can hardly think about a better team or a better location to get introduced to it

Overall:
Strongly recommended, we will go for it again, a real pleasure and a fantastic holiday experience

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Melbourne
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Reviewed 7 January 2012

Exquisitely Beautiful Resort with everything you would ever want and exceptional service

  • Stayed January 2012
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reigate
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Reviewed 7 January 2012

We booked this holiday to celebrate our joint 50th birthdays with our 2 children (18 & 25). I was a bit worried that it wouldn't live up to the hype and we would get a bit stir crazy being stuck on one island over Christmas & the New Year. How wrong could I have been it is everything the reviews say it is and a bit more. I won't go on about how good the service, rooms, food etc etc were because it has all been said before and it is TRUE!
Don't over pack as the dress code is casual smart and we found that once we arrived apart from wearing our flip flops if the sand was too hot, shoes were not needed as even the restaurant floor is covered with sand.
The only moan I would have was the transfer from the airport to the resort could have been a bit better. We didn't pay for private transfer so just had the charter seaplane flight over and had to wait 2 hours as it had been delayed - advice ask your travel agent to check on the times of these flights in relation to your incoming flight to Male.

Room Tip: We had a beach family villa 107 & 108 and they were perfect.
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 January 2012

Lily Beach is the most wonderful place on earth!
From the moment you arrive you know you have found somewhere very special. It is hard to put into words how idylic Lily Beach is. The views, the snorkelling, the food, the service are the best you will ever experience. I do not want to return to the Maldives, simply because I do not believe that anything could ever live up to this experience! And to top it off we got engaged here! Simply fantastic!

Room Tip: The deluxe water villas are incredible!
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Copenhagen
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Reviewed 4 January 2012

Very often the marketing pictures you see when you choose your vacation destination do not correspond with reality - but Lily Beach Resort turned out to be the exception!

Everything from the suite to the service to the natural wonders and the serenity of the island is as promised. There is a very laid-back atmosphere on the island, often I wouldn't even bother to wear shoes as even the floor in the main restaurant is covered with the finest white sand.

The snorkeling sites are amazing, and conveniently near just down the staris of the private terrasse. We saw sooo many colorful fish, glowing reefs, baby sharks and a HUGE stingray just outside our villa.

My husband and I could not have wished for a better destination for our honeymoon and once we have children we will be sure to return, though choosing a Beach Villa which seemed perfect for the families we saw instead of the Deluxe Water Villa we stayed in this time. But I have to admit it was nice seeing the family-appropriate-villas placed on the opposite end of the island of the Water Villas which most honeymooners inhabited, in the sense that it was pleasant having some private space being there as a couple.

The platinum plan was a huge relief since we did not have to worry about bringing wallets with us or stressing over what the total expense of the vacation would be. However, despite tips not being mandatory or expected, it is difficult to refrain from tipping. Most guests did not tip, but in some cases we saw it fitting to do so because of the top service and attention paid by waiters and bartenders. Point being that compared to other 5-star Maldivian destinations, I am glad we chose an all-inclusive option.

We had a perfect honeymoon and will reccomend this destination in a heartbeat for those who want exclusivity, stunning nature and warm service.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 January 2012

We stayed at the resort first week in December 2011 and we experienced the perfect holiday. Initially we stayed in one of the very comfortable beach bungalows, but after a couple of walks around the island, we really wanted the experience of staying in one of the water villas. This being the peak season with very little availability, we were surpised and delighted to be offered the use of one of the four fabulous and luxurious sunset water suites (404). This provided an uninterrupted and panoramic view of the sunset from our own private sundeck and infinity pool. From here we saw dolphins swimming metres away and were able to view the plentiful marine life on the house reef with our morning coffee. Platinum all inclusive, really does mean this!. The choice of drinks and cuisine on offer in the restaurant and bars is of very high quality and does cater for every taste. We were particularly impressed with the Indian, French and seafood themed evenings where we felt the restaurant staff truly excelled themselves. Cocktail connoisseurs will not be disappointed by the excellent choice and service at the main hotel bar. A special thanks to Chris the resort manager and Teo-dora the sales and marketing manager for making our stay a truly memorable and wonderful holiday. Needless to say, we are planning our next trip back to Lily Beach.

Room Tip: Request sunset side of the island
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Lily Beach Resort & Spa
Address: Huvahandhoo Island
Region: Maldives > Alifu Atoll > Southern Ari Atoll > Huvahandhoo Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Huvahandhoo Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — Lily Beach Resort & Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 125
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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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