I stayed from 25th ~ 30th, 5 nights in GILI Lankanfushi, total 7 days round trip.
We were four people, 2 adults and 2 children stayed in Cruso Residence #5. I selected GILI Lankanfushi, based on the few definite guidelines. 1.Good Beach, clear shallow sea for my family and my photos !! 2. Enough isolation from neighbored villa for privacy 3.Speed Boat Resort : Don't want to waiste too much to wait for seaplane roundtrip or further domestic connection. 4.Quality of Foods and Services. 5.Many things to do, not to be bored so much. It was not an easy decision, as you can understand and you are doing now! I was also worried about a few things as well. 1.Underwater Condition (Beautiful Lagoon means no fishes?) 2.Friday Service (Buttler service is somtimes stupid and only interuppting) 3.Fear of Deep Sea Snorkeling (Can I really do with my kids ?) 4. Pricy Foods & Activities (It is Maldives...) However, my stay in GILI LANKANFUSHI was definately much much better than I expected, and I cannot think any better choice than this experience I had with GILI Lankanfushi this summer. The initial benefits and selection criteria were quite correct that we were directly transfered by Boat and arrived only after 30 minutes after Male airport arrival, and the resort has wonderful surroundings. Each spacious vila of GILI Lankanfushi was well located away from other vilas. Furthermore, we really enjoyed the daily breakfast buffets and the mediterranean dinner buffets, while the dinner was a bit pricy. And there, my family enjoyed much to do water sports, pocket pool ball, wind-surf, rowing boat ride, and catching the small crabs under my residence. And for the things I was worrying a lot, GILI Lankanfushi provided real value to surprised us much. For the underwater conditions, we witnessed a few small and midium fish daily through the floor window, and many sharks big fishes near the over water bar and spa area. It is true that GILI Lankanfushi's house reef area is not a easy location for beginners. But we found very good solution, so - called "package" from the GILI's diving center, to offer snorkel + fun tube + water sports lessons for 2 people. The schedule can be arranged based on the needs, so we took a water skiing lesson for 2 kids while parents were on the boat, and took a wind-surfing lesson the other day for 2 kids. I succeeded to capture the wonderful moment of my kids standing up and moving with the the wind for the first time in thier lives!!! And my children really loved the fun-tube, a tube ride driven by motor boat. Then for the most important and worried event, the deep sea snorkeling, I also took another "package", since I also could choose snorkeling tour by charter boat up to 4 people with the same cost (Activity1 60 min + Fun Tube + Activity2 60 Min).
We went to a house reef of 15 minute speedboat ride distance, and did a guided "snorkelling of life" with 2 GILI staffs there. One staff was standing by on the boat, and the other went for the snorkelling together with us, guiding my kids not to miss the sharks and thousands of fishes there. It was really a wonderful moment!!!! And for the last, not the least, GILI Lankanfushi resort designates an excusive staff called "Friday", which I didn't believe to worth that much. But the actual experience was really wonderful that I've never been experienced such a personalized service ever in my lifetime. MeHye was the Ms.Friday of ours, and we did make every arrangements, reservation, activities booking and even for DVD rental, in vila dining, she showed really a service a way beyond our imagination. It was pretty different from the "well trained staffs" or the normal buttler services of others, while a designated one person takes care of everything from beginning up to the end. The only shortage we felt during the stay was a bit expensive pricing of restaurants and fishing trips, or chartered trips, but in-villa dining is quite fair. And the Japanese reastaurant, called "by the sea" was a bit too fusion style, that I would not recommend so much to the Japanese food lovers. I would suggest GILI Lankanfushi to return a bit to the origin of Japanese food, especially some basic items such as UDon (noodle soup), and Tepan Yaki should remain the origin. Hope this comments help anyone who are struggling to plan a wonderful holidays in Maldives. I also attahced a few picutres, just taken from my SamSung Mobile Phone. You can refer to those. You'll never know until you go and experience !!!!
- 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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