Just got back from Lily Beach, south Ari-Atoll, Maldives.
I did say that I would post a report on my return so here goes.
Lily Beach is one of the best of the Islands that we have visited, so much so that this was our second trip there after a break of seven years, after your flight to the Islands airport, Male, (in fact the airport is on its own Island adjacent to Male) you and your luggage are transported across the runway to the Maldivian air taxi terminal, within 30 minutes we were on our way by seaplane to Lily beach, flight time was 25 minutes followed by a 10 minute transfer from the seaplane to the island.
On arrival you are greeted by members of the staff and shown into the reception area where you are offered a cool refreshing ...
tropical drink and cool fragrant wet towels, this was very welcomed following the long journey.Read More
The island is approx 550m x 100m in size, it has 68 rooms plus 16 over water bungalows and one deluxe room.
So you get the picture... This island is not too small or too large
As for the facilities... Main reception area adjacent to the main bar area which in turn is adjacent to the restaurant, the bar has luxury seating leading through to a decked terrace looking out to sea.
All food is served buffet style with plenty of choice, the menu seems to be on a weekly cycle.
At the Eastern end of the island you will find the pool bar, the pool itself is approx 20m x 5m surrounded by decking, a small childrens pool (yes children do go to the Maldives, but not too many), the pool area also has a large bar area, this becomes a focal point for the evening, a disco takes place once a week.
This island also has a Spa offering various treatments, I can recommend the Swedish massage and reflexoligy, a gym for those who wish work out and a tennis court for those that way inclined.
The dive school is a first class outfit, quality
divemasters, decent equipment and a good variety of dives for all standards of divers.
Most of the island is surrounded by a low wall, this wall is there to protect the island from erosion, its not the best of views but in the circumstances you can understand why its there, in being there it provides two types of snorkeling, inside the reef wall and the other side over the house reef, both snorkeling experiences are superb.
I can not begin to describe the various types and quantity of fish that you will see.
This island also has a turtle preservation program, it has a pen in which turtles are kept until they are old and fit enough to be released into the wild, you come across several other turtles swimming around the island as well.
Only one small criticism, the island has an incinerator to get rid of rubbish, it is possible to hear this, but its not intrusive.
There are 2 sea eagles that have also made this island their home.
Tour Operator: Thomson