Review by: Mrs JD

Countries Visited:
Maldives & United Arab Emirates
Holiday Type:
Honeymoon
5 21/06/2012

Overall Impressions

We had the most wonderful honeymoon in the Maldives with a little stop over in Dubai on the way home. The Lily beach resort in the Maldives was beautiful, completely met out expectations and more! It's really was a little piece of heaven. I can't believe the amount of sea life I saw on the shoreline. It was phenomenal. The staff were amazing, the food was amazing, the beach was divine and they completely catered for you food requirements. We adored the Indian/Thai restaurant. I've got to say the kids club completely exceeded our expectations and was very very happy with the service they provided for our daughter & also the babysitting service. Our daughter didn't want to leave the kids club Just for that I would recommend this resort, but everything else was just as great. Would love to go back in a few years. Dubai was great too and loved it much more than we though we would. We got a honeymoon upgrade and stayed in the Hilton residence so had a huge 150m2 apartment so made the stay much more comfortable. We only stayed 2 nights but really would have liked to have stayed for a few more so we could have relaxed by the beach and pool too. The Atlantis waterpark was fab! As the the Dubai Mall :) I would have loved to have see more but there wasn't enough time. I've got to say we were SO impressed by the services organised by Mahlatini. The transfers in the Maldives from the airport to seaplane were efficient quick and there was no sitting around. It couldn't have been any better! The transfers in Dubai were equally as excellent. The service was prompt and the man from the transfer company even met us before we got to passport control. Very impressed. It really ran like clockwork! Nikki from Mahlatini another highlight was probably one of the most helpful people we have even dealt with. She spent a long long time helping us choose our honeymoon destination looking at all our requirements, until we got the resort we really wanted. She really looked after us answering every question very quickly, and really couldn't have done any more for us. She was very reassuring and we felt very well looked after! Nikki is brilliant!

Countries Visited

Accommodation Visited

Lily Beach Resort & Spa 5

Lily beach was amazing. We stayed in a beach villa which had direct access to the beach. It was very modern and clean and got cleaned 3x per day. The aircon was extremely efficient. The outside bathroom was very nice and modern. We filled up the Jacuzzi bath once but was way too hot to sit in it in the Maldivian heat! Nice though! The beach was quite long with white sand. Each villa had it's own sunbeds on the beach which was great and there were drinks chests dotted along the beach so you could have a cold drink or beer when you wanted. A REALLY nice touch! The sealife was as I quoted before 'phenomenal'. At the shore line there were rays and, amazingly colorful fish and baby reef sharks. We were truly amazed. The 2 pools and pool bars were lovely. One had a more family environment and a baby pool which our daughter loved. The other had a more adult environment but we still went there for a swim every day with our daughter as it was an infinity pool. We preferred the food is this bar but infact both produced tasty food. What i loved was being served cocktails by the tap on our sun beds:) heaven!! There were always enough sun beds to lye on and always great friendly service. Towels were handed out as you sat down. Just perfect. We ate a the buffet restaurant each night. It was a 5* buffet so really beautifully presented tasty food. There were themed nights so you always got a bit of everything you liked. There was a kids buffet too which was a great touch. There was always a live chef cooking fresh meat or fish too, or a specialty depending on the night's theme. The waiters and chefs were very friendly and would cater you requirements if you had any food allergies. Brilliant! The buffet lunch was great too and the breakfast was just a good. Far too much food for breakfast lunch and dinner though!!!!!!! The whole resort was modern and fresh and sophisticated, and most was a sand covered floor so we didn't wear any shoes. We liked this. The resort was the perfect size, I think there were quite a lot of people there but it never felt like it. The pest control in the morning and night was an unexpected surprise and just genius. They fog the island so there were no mosquitos and no bugs for that matter! Kids club was 5*. I don't know what else can I say. Everything was just great, the scenery the views the staff, the spa. The list goes on! We would love to stay here again and would totally recommend this! I've also got to add, it didn't feel like a honeymooners resort but at the same time it didn't feel like a family resort. It was just laid back with a variety of people wanting a special holiday.

Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Resort 5

We stayed in a 150m2 apartment in the Hilton residence as a honeymoon upgrade. It was fabulous. Room service was great. Breakfast was also good and a wide variety of food. I wish we would get this service all the time :) Would def stay at the Hilton again!! Really enjoyed Dubai!

Staff Review 5


As previously written, Nikki was probably one of the most helpful people we have even dealt with. She spent a long long time helping us choose our honeymoon destination looking at all our requirements, until we got the resort we really wanted. She really looked after us answering every question very quickly, and really couldn't have done any more for us. She was very reassuring and we felt very well looked after! Nikki is brilliant! Totally recommend dealing with her :)