Best resort hotel I have ever stayed at. Truly magnificent on every level if you are looking for a relaxing holiday, in a very private setting, want to feel like you are the only ones on the island and are happy to have low-key luxury, dont want to get dressed up at night, and don’t need to party all night long. It is unsurprising they just one the award for best resort and spa globally in the World Travel awards. It’s also worthy of note that this hotel is very eco friendly. Really make an effort to cut down on waste and use recycled materials and educate guests on marine life and how to protect the reef.
Very large and private. Expansive seating are both in the sun, by the water, in the shade, on lounger chairs, sun beds and hammock style seating. Makes it very easy to spend the whole day relaxing in your room and then just jump into the sea for a cool off or snorkel. Huge bathroom with lovely bath and shower facilities as well as private ocean swimming area. Nice air conditioned bedroom (only the bedroom) with corner windows and magnificent views of the sea. Four different Jetties to choose from, each with different benefits.
Fantastic food. Great breakfast buffet on the beach with anything you could want include 15 jams, 15 honeys, wonderful cheese, meats and chocolates (yes for breakfast!), crepes, French toast, eggs etc etc. Great lunch choices in over water bar and various dinner options including themed nights (we had Mediterranean and Asian buffet nights) and Over the Sea, Japanese sushi restaurant is good too. Excellent food but very expensive (everything needs to be imported to Maldives) and worth getting the half board package. Only slight disappointment was the speed of service in the restaurants – dont wait until you are hungry to go for dinner – usually takes 30 mins to get your first course. When the food arrives however it is worth the wait as everything is delicious !
300 staff serving 85 guests. They go above and beyond. Same person cleans you room every day, same people serve you at meals, Mr Friday caters to your every need personally as though he is your personal concierge. Just when you think you need him, he is magically there. Big thanks to Waheed who was great and managed to get “Out of Africa”, my wife’s favourite movie to be shown in the Jungle Cinema even though they did not have it and also put it on an ipad for us so we could finish watching it the next night. Management were very attentive and checked in to see everything was going well. Special thanks to Alex (Resort Manager) during our stay and to Iain (General Manager) for getting us onto the Jetty we preferred.
Anything you want to do can be arranged (fishing, scuba, snorkelling, canoeing, wind surfing, water skiing etc). Dolphin cruise was a highlight for us. Lagoon is very large and protected from the winds so ideal for swimming and snorkelling – basically a big, clear swimming pool. Basically go to relax rather than exhaust yourself !
Very convenient from the airport, only 15 mins by speedboat. Makes the most of the time you have in Maldives. Downside is you are nearer to boat traffic into the neighbouring port island and get some flyovers by seaplane and jets as they come in to land or take off from Male aiport. Thankfully there are not that many flights though each day
- 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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