I am trying to decide between Reethi beach and Lily beach resorts for my honeymoon in Feb 06. Both packages I have looked at are AI and I am intereseted in a water bungalow (I think!). Can anyone shed any light on which they feel would be the better resort of the two? One of the main things that I am interested in is snorkelling. I am aware that Reethi beach water bungalows are semi-detached - is anyone aware of whether the same is true for Lily beach?
Also, I have heard that the main food on offer in the maldives is fish, being vegetarian I was wondering whether anyone had an experience of other foods on offer at either resort.
Many thanks, Charlotte
I could be wrong but i though the water bungalows on the Island were detatched. I however would not call them 'true' water bungalows as they are actually built on the edge of the beach and only the sun deck is over water.
The standard rooms were lovely - I though the locaation of the water bungalows was not great - they are fairly near the incinerator. I'm not sure they are worth the extra cost.
We loved Lily Beach - it is vary casual (i hardly wore shoes the whole tome i was there as even the restaurant and main bar have a sand flooe so heeled shoes are a waste of time. We loved it so much we have book to go back next December.
(I am assuming some of these could be well out of our budget!). Since Lily beach seems such a popular choice on this forum I will do some shopping around with other companies to see what they can offer. Having booked holidays last minute in the past I thought that I was well ahead of things by looking around now for Feb 06, but I am fast realising that this is by no means too early!
Just had a read of your post, I have been to both Islands and would say that they are both great in there own way, Reethi is much bigger than Lily and Reethi has half board residents staying so you would have to pay extra for the use of the other restaurants and bars, I would also say that the snorkeling is easier at Lily Beach, Don't get me wrong both Islands are wonderful I just prefer Lily Beach, it has this laid back approach, nothing is a bother, you do as little or as much as you like.
Just got back from our third visit to Lily Beach and will post a full report soon.
Glad to here you're back safely and hope you had another great holiday at lily beach.
we have amended our flights when we return in December - the emirates flight back from Dubai to london that we wanted had actually sold out of discounted tickets so instead we are flying both ways direct with Srilankan airlines. It also cost us £250 less which is a bit of a result !
looking forward to reading your report.
When we were there last Christmas we found out that the room rate was $260 per day (that all inclusive for 2 people).
To be honest, when you have to add in the cost of the seaplane transfer as well you may as well book a packeage. If you want it to be more flexible, book a package with a scheduled airline, as mostly they fly to Male every day so you can tailor how many days you want to be on the island for.
Thanks again for the advice.
(might be worth checking out to see if Eclipse offer it in their Tropical brochure as they are the same group as H&J - First Choice- and a good 10% cheaper - sorry haven't got their brochure and the website is down at the mo so I can't check for you!)
Operators that go to Lily beach include
Hayes and Jarvis
Last year we went with Mytravel and for exactly the same two weeks this year we are actually paying less and going with a scheduled airline (sri-lankan) rather than on a cramped charter plane - we booked with Thompsons Worldwide.
Good Luck in your search
assuming you have got the time, try contacting Lily beach direct by e-mail and get a quote for your stay or try Crown tours based in Male, they specialize in maldivian stay's, all available on the internet, if it's too much trouble I suggest H&J or Thompson worlwide.
englandfan & joe3400 for your replies. I will hopefully get a good deal now when I book. I will post here with my findings.Thank you
Thanks again to all responders.
Thanks again to all responders.
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