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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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Updated 07/07/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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2021 Travelers' Choice Best of the Best
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.
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Property amenities
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Beach
Bicycle rental
Babysitting
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Wifi
Hot tub
Pool / beach towels
Infinity pool
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Private pool
Fitness / spa locker rooms
Fitness classes
Sauna
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary instant cofffee
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Poolside bar
Diving
Snorkeling
Tennis court
Entertainment staff
Evening entertainment
Fishing
Table tennis
Spa
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot massage
Full body massage
Head massage
Massage
Rooftop terrace
Baggage storage
Concierge
Currency exchange
Gift shop
Shops
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
Butler service
Private check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Allergy-free room
Bathrobes
Air conditioning
Private beach
Additional bathroom
Housekeeping
Minibar
Flatscreen TV
Private balcony
Room service
Safe
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Refrigerator
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Ocean view
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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Julia Wolf wrote a review Today
Kolbermoor, Germany3 contributions
We have been at Gili Lankanfushi for our Honeymoon and we can definitely say, this was the best place for this occasion and by the way, it has been the best holiday ever. With this special review I want to say thanks to the wonderful people at Meera Spa which is the island’s beauty and relaxation temple. I spent a lot of time of my vacation at Meera spa having the favor of enjoying specially tailored treatments. Each time I approached the big Villa resting quietly over the sea, the employees were ready to welcome me with a warm smile and a cold towel for refreshening. After inhaling the tender smells all around, I directly started to calm down. Patt, the well-organised Spa manager, set the right base of my well-being. After a friendly and intense analysis talk and thanks to her good knowledge of people she could quickly recognise my character and situation of needs. Besides we defined our Arjuvedic constitution types. Considering all this Patt set up a holistic treatment plan exactly fitting my character, professionally and sensitive at the same time. I could enjoy a 5-day treatment composed of diverse Arjuvedic treatment sections of relaxation and healing, massages, face treatments and therapy with singing bowls over floor windows with open view onto extraordinary and cute fishes. The very talented therapist and yoga teacher Kai put in all her knowledge and empathy passionately to solve my personal difficulties of body and bring my mind to relaxation. She exactly found out which parts needed to be focused on and gave me deep relaxation and balance. After every wonderful treatment I was welcomed back again gently in the “real world” with fruit and a special recipe Spa tea, which was served in my favourite teapot. At the end of our holiday we got a honeymoon special bath with a pretty flower decoration and champaign. Besides the therapies we came to talk about this and that every day and in the end we got very close. I can only warmly recommend these professional and friendly people and their passionate treatments. Back at home I must say I really miss them and I would love to visit Gili and the Meera Spa again. I came as a guest and left as a friend. ꕥ ꕥ ꕥ Special thanks to PATT and KAI and of course to whole friendly team. Julia
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Lisa K wrote a review Mar 2021
Dallas, Texas12 contributions5 helpful votes
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Spent a week here for Spring Break and our honeymoon. First let me start by saying that I have stayed at Four Seasons Resorts in BoraBora and Lana'i - not for bragging but letting travelers know I have been blessed to know luxury. Gili Lankanfushi surpassed the aforementioned (and I loved both resorts) with their personal service, food and commitment to your stay being the best it can be. First there's your personal Mr. Friday - ours was Zubba and anything we needed or had questions about - he was literally a phone call away. Everyday he made sure our needs were met and then he surprised us with a beautiful sunset romantic gift (photos attached). Second - we had the same wait staff for breakfast and dinner and they were awesome - Farhi and Thasleem. From day 2 of our stay they had memorized our preferences and because I ate Mashuni everyday - Thasleem got the chef to write out the recipe for me. Not only did Chef Harinath type out the recipes he personally delivered it one evening and added tips to help change the vegetables I could add to it. Then on the same night he prepared a sample of tuna belly specifically for us. But it was not only these members of the team that made our stay great. From the housekeepers to grounds staff, the marine biologist, the employees and services at the Spa - everyone you ran into was friendly and helpful. This trip occurred during the COVID crisis and there was much attention to cleaning high touch surfaces, mask wearing by all employees, and hand sanitizing stations everywhere. We stayed in a sunrise overwater villa with pool but you could see both sunrise and sunset. The lagoon outside our villa was great for snorkeling but also for just watching fish. The accommodations are lovely - there are couches comfortable enough to sleep outside and they also provide a night under the stars - queen size bed made up with sheets and special touches. The bedroom is air-conditioned but it was so nice to sleep in the open air that most nights we curled up on the couches. The bathroom is huge with an outside shower and your own enclosed lagoon area. You have bicycles so that you can walk or bike the resort - great way to burn off calories after overeating. Every night is a different buffet so you never get tired of the food. The beach is crystal clear and also great for snorkeling. House reef is very nice and there is a complimentary snorkeling trip with the marine biologist. It was my husbands first time snorkeling and they made a special effort to make him feel comfortable and he did!. The Gili representatives at the airport have great signage and assist you immediately after you clear customs and on the return flight they wait until you receive your boarding pass and walk you to the entrance for the departure area. Also on departure day - you receive a complimentary framed picture of you and your Friday. Lastly the fitness center is open 24hrs and there are complimentary yoga classes in the mornings. Hands down highly recommend this resort. It is a long trip from the United States but WORTH IT!!
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Date of stay: March 2021
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Response from Nicolas K, General Manager at Gili Lankanfushi
Responded Apr 14, 2021
Dear Lisa K, Thank you for taking the time to review your recent stay at Gili Lankanfushi. I am overjoyed to read your positive comments, particularly knowing how well traveled you are. At our hidden sanctuary we aim to offer our guests the chance to disconnect from the daily hustle and bustle of their busy lives, be it for a honeymoon, a short trip, or a birthday celebration, and achieving that gives a great sense of satisfaction. I am equally delighted to see that you found the recently renovated villas to your liking. Given their location over-water, they give direct access to the crystal clear waters of the lagoon, are a great place to spend the afternoon, as you watch an array of sea life swim by. Alternatively you can enjoy the upstairs decking for a romantic outdoor meal, or a sleeping under the stars experience, where you can fall asleep to a sky full of stars. The most integral component of any stay at Gili is the warmth and passion of our hosts who strive to offer unique memorable moments. These efforts are of course spearheaded by your dedicated Mr. Friday, Zuba, who appears to have made a profoundly positive impact on your stay. Similarly the personalized waiters in the restaurant, Fahri and Thasleem, have demonstrated the full extent of our hospitality. I will be sure to pass on your comments to them, as well as Chef Hari, and the rest of the Gili team. We of course look forward to welcome you back for a new chapter in your Gili story, Warm regards, Nicolas
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Anonymous A wrote a review Jul 2021
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Everything was more than amazing and exceeded our expectations by all means , the room, the facilities, the food and Mr. Friday Ismail Abdulla made it even more memorable and didn’t save an effort to do so . We were worried to get bored but actually at the end of our stay we didn’t feel that we want to leave.. I felt like leaving my family behind specially when they were waving goodbye to us in our way to the airport. It was like being in a paradise. We enjoyed every single moment from the moment they picked us from the airport and during our stay along.. we had so much fun . In a nutshell it was an out of this world experience that we are looking forward to repeat and enjoy again can’t wait to do so
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Arya M wrote a review Jul 2021
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Me and 3 of my friends stayed at Gili Lankanfushi for a total of 5 nights from July 25th- July 30th. From the moment we arrived in the airport till the time of departure, every staff made sure they’d catered to every single of our needs. Each night, the resort had a different food theme so you’d get to try different foods from all around the world. The breakfast buffet was also great. The resort itself was very beautiful with tons of activities both on land and water available. Our Mr Friday was Mifzal which he made our stay experience go from great to phenomenal and unforgettable! Mifzal went above and beyond in treating us like a part of his family. It wouldn’t matter what time of the day it was or what we needed. He was only one call away and he’d cater to our needs within few minutes. Whether we wanted to arrange food plans, water activities, needed something for the room, etc.. he would arrange them very quickly and efficiently. Again a very special thank you to Mifzal (our mr Friday) for making our stay truly remarkable! I’m a little sad that this trip ended so soon but I’m sure I’ll be back again.
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Camilla M wrote a review Jul 2021
Oslo, Norway2 contributions
We had a wonderful stay at this barefoot paradise. All was well thought through, from the way we were welcomed, how Adam cleaned our room, the amazing snorkling and diving experiences, the healthy and delicious food, the friendly Staff. We loved every second!
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Date of stay: July 2021
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PRICE RANGE
$1,399 - $3,293 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
MaldivesKaafu AtollNorth Male AtollLankanfushi
NUMBER OF ROOMS
45
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Frequently Asked Questions about Gili Lankanfushi
Which popular attractions are close to Gili Lankanfushi?
Nearby attractions include Jafana Park (1.5 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Gili Lankanfushi?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Gili Lankanfushi?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Gili Lankanfushi?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Gili Lankanfushi?
Conveniently located restaurants include Sea Salt, Sunset Lounge, and Baraabaru.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Gili Lankanfushi?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness center, and a sauna during their stay.
Is Gili Lankanfushi located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.01 miles away from the center of Lankanfushi.
Are any cleaning services offered at Gili Lankanfushi?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Gili Lankanfushi?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Arabic, and Indonesian.
Are there any historical sites close to Gili Lankanfushi?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Mulee Aage (8.7 miles).
Does Gili Lankanfushi have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.