We were there for our honeymoon for 5 days between Nov 19 - Nov 24. We were thinking about cancelling because the forecasts were saying rain everyday (for Male though, you won't find any weather forecast for the island of the resort you are thinking about booking), but went on anyways. We had two 20-30 minute showers and that's it.
They picked us up from the airport and we took a very comfortable ~20 minute boat trip to the resort, there we met our Mr. Friday Shifaz (kind of a personal assistant resort assigns to you) and took a golf car to our room directly. I very much liked to skip the boring check-in procedure.
The staff is very friendly and helpful, never seen the like of it. We stayed at a Villa Suite, the room was perfect. It is twice the size of our apt in NYC. You are in a small island with only 40+ villas. So pretty much where ever you are, you feel like you own the island. The water by the villas are shallow so not very ideal for swimming or snorkeling but the beach by the restaurant is amazing, the best I have ever seen. They have a large house reef (at a reasonable distance from the beach, but you can kayak to a small island by it and park over there) and occasional snorkeling tours. They don't charge anything for kayaks or snorkeling equipment - our very helpful mr. friday Shifaz sent us them and we held onto them during our entire stay -. And the best part for me personally was being able to smoke anywhere I want, the beach, pool, porch of our room, restaurants etc.. Staff was bringing an ashtray the moment they saw me. Since its a very small resort, everyone gets to know you very quickly. They organized a dinner at the beach one night as a honeymoon gift, it was a bit dark :) but very beautiful. You travel around the island with bikes they give to you. Biking around the island was also very fun, you're riding on paths covered by trees all the time. All in all, we had a honeymoon we will never forget. It is an expensive resort but was totally worth it.
The cons exist If you are there with a budget (we were).
Food is pricey, we usually skipped breakfast and had the lunch buffet (which was amazing) for around $40 per person and in room dining. There are no grocery stores on the island so make sure you buy a lot of snacks at a duty free or something before you arrive Male. You won't find anything after you land.
Departure: Similar to arrival, they dropped us a the airport and someone helped us with the luggage and escorted us until the passport control.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Gili Lankanfushi Maldives is a short 20 minute boat ride from Male, the capital of the Maldives. It is a tiny coral island in a sparkling lagoon, with jetties threading across the water out to spacious villas. The forty four stilted villas plus the vast Private Reserve are crafted in a traditional style from natural materials and offer rooftop and over-water sundecks, featuring open air bathrooms, sumptuous daybeds and a personal entertainment center. For ultimate privacy, we have seven Crusoe Residences that are only accessible by personal boat. Come ashore for some great dining and equally great wines or perhaps a romantic moonlit dinner delivered right to the villa. The possibilities are endless.The interior decoration has been devised to recreate a natural habitat, using sustainable woods, natural materials and traditional fabrics, whilst still offering all the modern day amenities and creature comforts of true luxury. At Gili Lankanfushi, Maldives we are very sensitive to the environment. The utmost care has been taken in developing the island with respect to its ecological balance. The Maldives is a paradise for snorkeling and diving and the resort has its own fully equipped PADI diving school plus a variety of water sports. This place tops the list of must-do destinations for those seeking the aquatic paradise. ... more less
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