My husband and I stayed at Gili for 6 nights over New Years and what an amazing holiday it was.
Absolute 5 star food/dining, some of the best food we have ever had. Compliments to Chef John!
I miss having my mango and strawberry smoothies for breakfast.
My husband and I took a cooking class with Chef John which was just amazing. The chef cooked up a feast whilst the rest of us watched and drank wine.
The sunset Dolphin cruise was just amazing too, we were lucky enough to see a number of baby Dolphin pods put on a spectaculr show for us. Gasim sang and danced on the boat which entertained us as well. What a great guy.
Our Mr Friday (Gasim) was excellent, as well as Prasana who worked in the beach resturant. They were both always happy to help with anything and always did it with a smile.
The beds were sooo comfortable, I've never slept so well in a resort/hotel before. It was like sleeping on clouds. The room cleaners were fabulous too. They would literally wait at the end of the jetty on their bikes every morning, waiting for us to leave our room and they'd be in there straight away whilst we had breakfast, so by the time we finished breakfast our room was already clean when we got back to it. The service was incredible. 5 star.
A special thanks to Iian, Chef John, Gasim and Prasana for fulfilling our special requests and making our stay so wonderful.
We cannot wait to come back in the near future.
Only thing I would recommend is paying for meals/expenses on a daily basis (at the end of each day) so you don't forget what you ordered. A number of items popped up on our bill when we went to pay our final bill upon checking out. Items which we didn't order or had already been paid for in the package deal with the travel agent. I'm sure they were simple mistakes which were deducted off the bill when I questioned them.
Otherwise complete luxury, I can't wait to go back.
- 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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