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Gili Lankanfushi

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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)
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Tennis court
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Free internet
Hot tub
Infinity pool
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Poolside bar
Free airport transportation
Rooftop terrace
Butler service
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
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Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Air conditioning
Flatscreen TV
Private balcony
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I stayed at Gili Lankanfushi for 3 days to celebrate my 40th birthday. After a short speedboat ride from Male, I arrived at Gili and was welcomed by Nicolas, the resort manager and Serene, my Miss Friday. After a tour of the island, I was taken to my room to complete the check-in process. I stayed in a Villa Suite, which was even better than I had imagined it to be. Split over two floors, you have the option of sleeping under the stars or in the bedroom downstairs. I loved just sitting out on the deck, watching the sunrise and listening to the ocean. No other hotel room will ever compare to this! The staff at Gili treat you like royalty. Nashid, Roberto, Shayan, Samu and Nakul enhanced my dining experiences with their warm and welcoming manner and attention to detail. Serene, my Miss Friday, was amazing. As I was travelling on my own, she happily obliged my numerous requests for photo shoots (Sorry, Serene!) She arranged a trip for me to see the Private Reserve and also managed to source some deodorant from Male for me, when i realised that i had left mine on the plane! But the one thing I will remember the most is the beach decoration for my birthday and the dinner that followed. I had seen pictures on Instagram of decorations on the beach and asked Serene if i could have something similar but with a star. When i arrived to dinner on the beach, i was speechless! Serene, Samu and the team had gone above and beyond to create something special for me. During my dinner some of the team came to sing happy birthday to me, including the resort manager, which made me feel special again! Then when i returned to my villa, Serene had decorated it for my birthday and i had a cake waiting for me, wishing me a happy 20, 20th birthday which made me laugh! This was a joke that i had shared with a few staff members about not wanting to be 40, but 20 20 instead. It was incredible that the staff had remembered this joke, especially when they are interacting with many guests, and used it to enhance my Gili experience. When the time came to leave, i was holding back the tears. Just before i got on the speedboat, i had my photo taken with Serene. All guests have a photo taken with their Friday and this is framed - a lovely momento! Then i bid Gili farewell. I'd like to thank everyone at Gili who made my Gili story so memorable. I will definitely return when the resort re-opens and hopefully throw my passport into the ocean this time, so i wont have to leave!
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Response from Nicolas K, Resort Manager at Gili Lankanfushi
Responded Jan 28, 2019
Dear traceysensei, Thank you for taking the time to review your recent stay at Gili Lankanfushi, We are humbled that you chose to celebrate such an important occasion with us. One of the delights of the villas on the resort is the direct access to the surrounding crystal clear turquoise waters. We are glad to hear that you found this to be a true highlight of your stay. A stay at Gili Lankanfushi would not be complete without the care and attention of your personal Mr. Friday; there to assist you with any request you may have. We are elated that you were so well received and taken care of by Serene! The private dinner set up on the beach, is usually a point of awe for our guests, and it’s wonderful to hear that the team did not fail to surprise you. Each dining experience is one of a kind, which is reflected by your unique and special beach set up. I will pass on your comments to Nashid, Rodrigo, Shiyan, Samu and Nakul, as well as the rest of the Gili Lankanfushi hosts. We hope to welcome you back in the near future for more exploring and more Gili stories. Warm regards, Nicolas
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Our visit to Gili Lankanfushi had to be cancelled due to a fire the hotel suffered in January 2019. Despite the extremely difficult circumstances the hotel staff must have found themselves in, they truly excelled themselves by finding us alternative accommodation of a comparable standard. Not only that but the hotel funded on our behalf a room upgrade and transfer flights. I cannot praise the hotel and staff too highly, they have made every effort to ensure our holiday was not affected. This is service above and beyond what I would expect and if they are this good when we have never actually attended the hotel, I can only imagine what the service must be like at the hotel. We will be sure to book when they re-open.
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Response from Nicolas K, Resort Manager at Gili Lankanfushi
Responded Feb 1, 2019
Dear Great1X, Thank you for taking the time to share this complimentary review, While it is regretful that you were not able to spend your holiday at Gili Lankanfushi, I am delighted that you were able to enjoy your trip at the alternate resort. We pride ourselves on providing personalized and memorable experiences; and while you did not stay at the resort, we wanted to ensure that your holiday was not adversely effected by our temporary closure. Our whole team is taking this time to prepare for the reopening. We all look forward to welcoming you back to the Maldives, and to the natural and secluded setting that is Gili Lankanfushi. Warm regards, Nicolas
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My husband and I spent Christmas week here and we are now forever ruined for any other resort in the world! We have been to several 5 star resorts and have never received such personalized service as at Gili Lankanfushi. It was attention to every tiny detail from the very beginning. From the moment we arrived at the airport to the very last moment of departure at the airport we were treated like royalty. They went as far as taking all of our luggage until the very last minute by going through the check in process with us at the airport for our departing flight and did not leave us until our bags were taken by the airlines and we had our tickets in hand. Scuba diving was another thing that has spoiled us of diving with anyone else. From the moment we got on the boat, we didn’t have to do a thing. They took care of preparing all of our gear. They lead us to the top deck of the boat to relax, giving us drinks and fruit. When it was time to get in the water, our gear was ready and they helped us put it on and assisted us until we were in the water. In the water, our guide didn’t stop the top notch service. I was so amazed with the coral and sea life that I was consumed with taking pictures. Our guide was so helpful with this that he went as far as pulling me along the reef so that I could get the best pictures. Talk about service! Ha when we got out of the water the staff immediately removed and cleaned off all of our gear. We were lead back up to the top deck to relax with more drinks and fruit. Both days we went diving the staff even made sure to take us to see dolphins on our way back to the resort. Rishma, our “Ms Friday” went above and beyond to make sure our vacation was perfect. Everyone at the resort somehow knew our names and room number before we had even been introduced. It was so personalized it felt like family. We will definitely be returning soon!
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Response from Nicolas K, Resort Manager at Gili Lankanfushi
Responded Feb 1, 2019
Dear LaurensQ4206SK, Thank you for leaving this feedback of your recent stay at Gili Lankanfushi. Firstly let me thank you for choosing to spend the festive period with us. I am delighted to hear that your experience was personalized, and reminiscent of being surrounded by family. A key portion of your Gili experience, is dictated by your Mr Friday, who acts as both a guide and a friend. There are of course various hosts who take great pleasure in creating a great experience, from the moment you step on the speedboat, to the moment you return to the airport, and everything in between. It is delightful to hear that your diving trips were a highlight of your stay. The crystal clear turquoise waters that surround the resort are ideal for exploring all the aquatic life; and of course having knowledgeable and dedicated guides only add to that magical experience. I will certainly pass on your comments to Rishma, the dive center team, and the rest of the Gili hosts. We look forward to welcoming you back to the resort, to create more Gili stories. Warm regards, Nicolas
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Stayed here on our honeymoon and was blown away. The hotel rooms are incredible, the food is delicious, the staff is top notch, great spa, and scenery is awe inspiring. Definitely do the whiskey tasting paired with dinner if it’s offered in the room downstairs, was so much fun! I hope one day we will make it back.
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Response from Nicolas K, Resort Manager at Gili Lankanfushi
Responded Jan 28, 2019
Dear NYCworldtravelergirl, Thank you for choosing to spend your honeymoon at Gili Lankanfushi. It is wonderful that you enjoyed the different facets of your experience; from the spacious villas, to the sumptuous Gili cuisine, the mesmerizing lagoon and most importantly the passion and dedication of our team of hosts. We look forward to welcome you back for more Gili stories at our Indian Ocean sanctuary. Warm regards, Nicolas
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From the moment you arrive, the shoulders relax, the mind de-clutters, and a smile never leaves your face. Their motto "No Shoes, No News" is for real. My family did not wear shoes (except in the gym) for our entire stay. We rode bikes through the lush forest to make our way to meals, to workout, or to get spa treatments, we swam every morning in crystalline seas by stepping down the ladder off of our own deck, we played tennis, pool, snorkeled, water skied, swam with sharks, manta rays, and turtles, ate like royalty. All this, yet we felt at ease, un-rushed. The pool area had plenty of shade under palms or umbrellas, or sun if you so desired. The food was excellent and varied. We took advantage of a private beach barbecue dinner for Christmas and it exceeded our expectations - from the Champagne and appetizers at sunset, to the lantern lit beach around our table, to the fresh and expertly prepared food, every detail was perfect. This is just one example out of many of how personal the service is, how special they make you feel. I would be hard-pressed to come up with a nicer room from our travels (and we've traveled extensively). Designed to blend in with the landscape, the space is comfortable, spacious, and frames nature like the masterpiece it is. Very clean and well maintained, as well. Comfortable beds, air conditioned bedrooms. We ordered two meals in our room - highly recommend! Every single staff person, from our Ms. Friday, to the GM, to the people running excursions, was professional, knowledgeable, and friendly. At meals, they remembered what you liked to drink, what the kids liked to eat for breakfast, and so on. We felt like family. I had 5 massages - the spa is exceptionally well run. We had a nice time talking with other guests, yet we never felt like we were crowded. Many of the people we spoke to were on their second or third trip to the resort. We will be back as well!
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Response from Nicolas K, Resort Manager at Gili Lankanfushi
Responded Jan 29, 2019
Dear macywatson, Thank you for taking the time to share this complimentary review of your recent Gili Lankanfushi stay. It is wonderful to learn that you took advantage of the "No Shoes No News" concept of the resort and you used this opportunity to connect with the natural surroundings of the island. We appreciate your kind feedback regarding the size and design of the villas that blends seamlessly with the easy going and rustic feel of the resort. Our team of hosts always strives to offer personalized experiences that represent the Gili spirit and aim to leave a lasting memorable impression; we are thrilled to know that they succeeded and that you are planning to come back in the future. We look forward to welcome you back for a new Gili story, please do not hesitate to contact us directly for any assistance that we may provide in planning your next visit. Warm regards, Nicolas
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$1,480 - $3,854 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
MaldivesKaafu AtollNorth Male AtollLankanfushi
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