We travelled to the Maldives via Dubai on the 17th September and stayed at this beautiful haven for 10 days after having 3 days in Dubai. Having been to the Maldives several times I am always excited to return to what I believe to be the most beautiful place in the world. I had never visited in September previously as I'd been told (and read) that high rainfall can be disruptive. I was not disappointed and can honestly say we had some of the best weather I've experienced, even when I've stayed in the Maldives in February.
That said, on our arrival the weather was shocking, the rain was blowing horizontal and the swells of the sea meant our speedboat had to dock carefully. However we were met by Alec (Resort Manager and our Man Friday (Gasim). A short ride on our Golf Buggy took us to our room, our Pier was situated in the perfect spot in my opinion. The rear of our Villa was a sun trap and not overlooked at all. Perfect. Gasim took us to our room and showed us around, the first thing that struck us was the size and quality of the room and its furniture. As a welcome gift the hotel had a gorgeous platter of seafood, some fizz, deserts and delicious entrées.
The bedroom was vast with a hidden flatscreen TV and Bose Surround Sound and ipod dock which played in every single room. There was even an ipod dock which had pre loaded films for us to watch too. The bedroom had amazing views and upon our arrival we even were lucky to see a Turtle swimming past our room as we pulled up. The rooms are split level, there is a lounge area which opens out to the sun deck, the bathroom then flows of the lounge with twin sinks and then a little walk way to the open air shower. Beautiful natural soaps and packaging make this resort feel like a real eco friendly hideaway. Above the lounge, up a spiral staircase is a dining area, day bed and hidden shaded table too.
This island is stunning, the bikes that every guest gets provided with are a godsend, as there is a decent amount of walking to be had. The bikes make it fun, but be careful - some guests clearly have forgotten, or never even sat on one!
We ate in all of the restaurants, and was impressed with all of them. The 360 Degrees experience is beautiful, the Japanese Restaurant is stunning and the main restaurant and bar are also excellent in quality, choice and service. The Maldivian Curry was a favourite and they even made it especially one night when we had a craving for it and it wasn't on the menu.
The hotel also puts on Buffett nights too, but don't be fooled. Our expectation was surpassed, this was like no other buffet. The Street Market was out standing, every Chef demonstrated their talents and their national dish, be it Indian, Vietnamese, Japanese, Maldivian or European. It felt rude to walk by so obviously we sampled every stall. ;)
We also sampled the spa too and encourage anyone to give it a try, some of the best therapist in the Maldives have worked and trained here - and the views from the top deck are gorgeous.
Give some the excursions a try too, we went on a Dolphin Sunset Cruise and a Private Snorkelling Trip to some of the best reefs we've seen. The Marine Biologist on the island is probably of the most enthusiastic guys on the island too - and so experienced.
The Island even has an open air cinema which you can hire for a private showing, my other half arranged it as a surprise. Give it a try too - its super romantic. You are literally in the middle of the jungle watching your favourite films on the big screen.
Above all else you will not be disappointed, and your Man/Lady Friday will not let you down. If you are lucky to have Gasim you will have the most magical stay ever. Such a gentleman and understand guests and hospitality inside out.
We also wanted to extend our thanks and appreciation to Gasim, obviously, Alec, Our Room Master Farhaam and the Food and Beverage Manager Prasanna. Thank you for making our holiday the most fabulous we've ever experienced.
My only fault, not staying long enough.
- 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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