We have just returned from our Aniversary and I am delighted with our choice of island . Over the last 20 years we have returned to quite a few of the high end islands Reethi Rah , Kanahuru , Huvefen to name a few so I have a good idea of just how great accommodation etc can be in the Maldives . Gili may have changed name but this island is as great as you would expect from one of the top 5star islands . We stayed in a Residence suite and it was fantastic Robinson Crusoe chic we were amazed at the size and comfort of the villa the photos do not do them justice . I am not sure that I would have liked the villa suites which are most of the room category's for the island as the living room windows are pull down blinds and not full closing doors so am guessing the air con would not really work in these rooms but we did not hear anyone say this so that may not be the case.
The food was also very good and the fact that you can have your breakfast and dinner served in your villa at no extra charge is also another plus when you have such lovely accommodation . We ate at their sushi restaurant twice and I far preferred it to Reethi Rahs one also the chef was charming and promised to take our teenagers with him to buy his fish if we choose to return at Easter which is a consideration as we feel the size of the villas would accomadate us very comfortably( that is just how big they are ).
Spa was fab very good treatments in stunning surroundings .
Staff well this is what has stuck us both the most, everywhere we have been in the Maldives we have nearly always had very good service but without exception this island has the best staff we felt we have ever come across even the Gardener took nearly an hour showing us around the beautiful vegetable garden our Butler was superb and our room Boy went over and above looking after us .
Also as a last thought we felt the value of drinks at this island was very good A glass of champagne at 25 dollars and they do not do the naughty short measures ! And very nice cocktails at 17 dollars again in a decent size glass , little things like this can make a difference as we noticed last Easter at the Banyan Tree Samui short measure's all the way ...
We met the Manager of the island on arrival and on departure and I would say he is running a really great team as not once did we feel the need to speak to him other to thank him as we left.
So would I recommend this island a big yes so do not hesitate to book .
- 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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