My wife and I have been to many countries and stayed at many wonderful hotels. Lily Beach is the first hotel that we have ever revisited. The fact that we have is absolute testament to the level of service and outstanding quality of the resort.
A couple of years ago, we had two weeks at Constance Moofushi and and after I completed my review I was besieged with people asking me to compare the two resorts. It was very hard at first to pick between them, of course Moofushi was newer but in hindsight, that was maybe its undoing.
Lily Beach has staff there that have been there for over 20 years since the days when it was a 3 star resort. These staff have a wealth of experience in the hospitality industry and really know how to make you feel special.
A few things have changed since I was at Lily last and for the better in my opinion. The new manager Pascal was a very approachable guy very friendly and always eager to hear about your opinion of the resort. The spa now has a new crew of Balinese girls who are all excellent masseurs with so many treatments to offer and strong "like bull" too...very deceiving for such small girls.
In the past, when eating at the main restaurant Lily Maa during the evening, you had to order off a menu but now they have a beautiful buffet selection that changes every day with different themes. Don't be afraid to approach the chefs if you fancy something a little different one night, they were more than happy to make us something different and seemed to love the challenge.
The food during the day times is just super and just so much choice, we really enjoyed eating at Vibes, Aqva and Lily Maa. We couldn't pick a favourite!
One thing that did change and not in a good way for me was the menu at Tamarind. Where as once this was an asian/indian fusion now its more or less purely asian. There are only 2 curries on the menu and both of them are suitable for a very mild pallet. I personally love indian food and would have loved the option of a spicy curry on the menu as well as the mild ones. Saying that though, for our second visit on week 2 I asked the chef to make me a spicy curry off the menu and it was absolutely sublime!! Hats off to the chef!!
The absolute beauty of staying on this resort are the quality of the rooms. We stayed at the beach villa this time but have stayed at the Lagoon Villa and Water Villa in the past. Each room has its pros and cons but they are definitely better than the ones at Moofushi, particularly the Water Villas...they are just unbelievable and have to be seen to be believed.
A big thanks to the following staff who made our trip/s so memorable and so good that we have booked again for March next year. Joseph and Rajan at the Aqva bar. Senarth and the boys at the Spirit bar, our very patient waiter Mohammed (King). The ever attentive Ismail, the Rooms manager, the chefs at every restaurant and anyone i've missed.
If you visit the resort, these people will make your stay a memorable one.
Please feel free to message me any questions!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Lily Beach Resort And Spa
- Lily Beach Hotel South Ari Atoll
- Lily Beach Resort All Inclusive
- Lily Beach Maldives