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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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Infinity pool
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Meteortide wrote a review Jun 26
Hong Kong, China24 contributions28 helpful votes
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I’ve booked a solo experience trip with Gili. From the airport pickup to greeting to on the speedboat and greeting at the resort, the whole experience felt very personalised, professional and luxurious. The food there was amazing and the buffet spread choices were great. Gili has a personal butler concept called Mr. Friday. My Mr. Friday, Makif, had been very helpful and took care of all my needs (such as booking activities to do at the resort, order my in Villa meals etc.). I also had a very interesting Dining for the senses experience where I had to guess what I was eating and go through the entire 5 course meals blind folded. In between the waiter, Shifaaz, also entertained me by making me guess what object I was holding in my hand. The whole experience makes me appreciate how important having my sight is. Snorkelling with the marine biologist, Harley, was so much fun! She was knowledgeable about the marine animals there and very attentive. Totally recommend snorkelling with her. All in all, Gili is totally worth going for a luxurious stay. The whole team took really good care of me. Thanks Gili!
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled
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Dear Meteortide, Thank you for choosing Gili for your recent visit to the Maldives, and for taking the time to write and share a review of your experiences. It was so exciting to read in your review, how much you enjoyed your time here at Gili, especially the fun you had during the Dining for the Senses experience. Dining for the Senses is probably the most overlooked or underrated experiences, but it is such a fun way to dine, and really challenges you to appreciate your senses too. We are also so happy to read that you made some wonderful connections with some of our Gili hosts too. Travelling solo can be hard sometimes, and it is always nice to meet fun people like Makif, Shifaaz and Hayley along the way. We hope that you will return to the Maldives to enjoy some more barefoot luxury with us one day soon. Sincerely, Matthew Resort Manager
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Nicole S wrote a review Apr 2022
New York City, New York5 contributions3 helpful votes
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We are so happy we chose Gili! This place is unbelievable. The staff are what make the place so beyond incredible. We stayed for 7 days and could have stayed for longer. The place is beautiful - water is a color you’ve never seen before in reality and the sunsets are amazing. FOOD: The food is great (we did half board and we are happy to discover that there were not too many “add ons” for food upgrades that we felt we absolutely needed to do). The breakfast buffet is so impressive - a million different types of fresh fruit with a chef cutting the fruit for you, avocado station where you can get anything you want mashed in, countless types of honeys and nuts and yogurts, really anything you can think you is there. And if its not there, they will find/make it for you. Dinners are unique and gorgeous. Some nights are themed buffet nights - like Asian Street food market or Indian, and others are a la carte menu with an option for a set menu from a specific country (we did Madagascar one night, which was great). You have the same waiter the whole time, which is just another nice way to get to know the staff more personally. The wine list is very impressive - huge list with variety of options in different price ranges. There is also a Japanese restaurant - By The Sea. Make reservations for this restaura7nt early, as it was difficult to get one. We were there for 7 nights, and were only able to get in one night at 9:15pm. SERVICE: Mr. Friday (ours was Rasheed) is your personal butler and he/she does everything for you during your stay - booking activities, helping you with really anything you want! We arrived to our Mr. Friday picking us up at the dock and letting us know they we were upgraded from a one-bedroom pool villa to a 2-bedroom pool villa! (More on Villa below). Every single staff member was so personal and made us feel like family the minute we arrived. Everyone from the diving and surfing staff to the spa staff (we got 3 massages during our time there, all with the same people) to all the waiters and bartenders and sommeliers (Rohan was great!) to the housekeeping staff to the management staff are INCREDIBLE. The last day, our flight wasn’t until 11pm Male time (midnight Gili time), and they let us stay in our villa all day until we left at 9:30pm that night. This really made the ending of our trip as relaxing and enjoyable as possible. VILLA: As I mentioned above, we were upgraded and the villa was insane. So huge, with 2 bedrooms, and separate living room, and upstairs with another lounge area and tables, a huge infinity pool, and then of course direct access to the ocean. The bedrooms and living room are air conditioned well. The bed is very comfortable and you have 15+ Pillow options. There’s so much marine life swimming around the lagoon, its so fun to see it all. ACTIVITIES: Diving was unreal. The staff were great and super helpful, and the fish and coral were unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. The volume of fish (wow!). Once, we hooked onto to a coral and just chilled among all the sea life. The surf instructors are great too - we did a beginner private class and it was so fun. Tim made it easy and fun and made sure we caught as many waves as possible. The spa was lovely - you get to stare at fish while you’re on the massage bed. They really have all the water sports you can think of… Overall, unbelievable trip. Thank you SO MUCH GILI! We will be back!!
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Responded Apr 4, 2022
Dear Nicole S, Thank you for your charming review of your recent visit to Gili Lankanfushi. It is truly humbling to see you highlight so very many components of your visit – from the accommodation, to the activities and food, and finally, and perhaps most importantly, the service you received across the resort. At the very core of our DNA is personalization of offerings and service style, so that every guest is able to maximize their visit. This is of course spearheaded by your dedicated Mr. Friday, but is encompassed by all hosts on the resort – from the housekeeping team, to the Sommelier in the Wine Cellar. I am delighted that you felt the full force of the Gili hospitality, and were able to appreciate the small touches, from the late checkout in your villa, to the familiar faces at in the restaurants and the Spa. I will also be sure to pass on your kind words to your stellar Mr. Friday; Rasheed, Rohan the Sommelier, and the team at-large. They will be delighted to know that they made such a positive and lasting impression on your holiday. We look forward to welcoming you back, for the next chapter in your Gili story. Warm regards, Nicolas
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MARCELA C wrote a review Jun 25
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The resort is amazing as the service just exceptional. All the staff is so nice. you feel at home and You feel in paradise. Food is delicious in every restaurant. The villas are beautiful. Definitively will return
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Responded 3 days ago
Dear R5663TQmarcelac, Thank you for taking the time to write and share your review following your stay at Gili Lankanfushi, we are truly delighted to read how much you loved your stay and found everything to be so exceptional. We hope that we will be able to welcome you back to experience some more Gili magic one day soon. Sincerely, Matthew Resort Manager
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andi wrote a review Jun 22
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Gili Lankanfushi blew our minds away!!! What a way to finish our honeymoon!! They made us feel so special but at the same time treated us like king and queen. Mizfal (our Mr.Friday) was such a beautiful human being! Along with the other such as Irifan were spectacular!! Our experience and memories exceeded our expectations!! We came all the way from Miami, and most would say isn’t the vibe the same?? ABSOLUTELY NOT. Maldives (especially Gili Lankanfushi) was truly a dream come true!! See you next time Gili!!!
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled
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Responded 4 days ago
Dear andreatl5847GS, Thank you for choosing to spend part of your honeymoon here at Gili with us, we are honored that we were able to be a part of your celebrations. Thank you too, for writing and sharing your review of your stay. We are so happy that Gili was such a crescendo for your trip and that Mifzal, Irufan and the entire team treated you as royalty throughout. I hope that we will welcome you back to Gili one day soon, so we can share the Gili magic with you all over again. Sincerely, Matthew Resort Manager
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Victoria R wrote a review Jun 21
Boston, Massachusetts11 contributions4 helpful votes
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There aren’t enough stars to rate Gili high enough for their exceptional levels of over the top service and attention to detail. From the moment we stepped foot onto the speedboat to the resort (barefoot of course- we love the “no news, no shoes concept!) we were greeted with the kindest, most accommodating staff. Every single staff member we encountered from the groundskeeping crew to management made sure we were well taken care of and kept a smile on our faces at all times. Matthew, the resort manager, greeted us from day one and made sure to check in with us daily throughout our stay to ensure all of our expectations were being met. We left truly feeling like a part of the Gili family thanks to the thoughtfulness and compassion of every team member we had the pleasure of interacting with. The grounds and views speak for themselves, yet still managed to exceed all of our expectations! We felt like we were staying in our own private aquarium! Our villa was spacious, pristine, and felt like home by the time of our departure. Our villa attendant Arif made sure our space was immaculate at all times, stocked with everything we could ask for and more, and created the most special surprise honeymoon bed set up on our first night. Definitely recommend booking the sunset villa with pool! Our Mr. Friday, Zubba, went above and beyond for us at all times to ensure our stay was of the utmost pleasure and quality. Always available day and night, Zubba made all of our dreams and requests come true within minutes! Zubba gave us the best recommendations for daily activities, special excursions, and even took us out for a private snorkeling tour himself to guide us along the resorts own stunning reef. Zubba was truly the heart and soul of our stay, ensuring that we felt special at every turn and provided us with many unexpected, yet graciously appreciated, surprises and sweet gestures along the way! Zubba also graciously provided us with a complimentary late check out to another villa while we waited for our late evening flight departure, which just goes to show the level of accommodation him and Gili provide for their guests. It is hard to put into words the superb quality and abundance of culinary experiences at Gili. Every single meal got better and better, from the around the world menus, destination dining experiences, and vast cultural presence and diversity in their offerings. A special shout-out to Riaz for keeping us smiling at each meal and ensuring all of our dining experiences were of 5-star quality (and to Matthew for engaging in all of Riaz’ jokes and pranks that kept us laughing endlessly)!! Thank you to Gunay for making us feel so welcomed at both the Over Water Bar and By the Sea, and to Atu for greeting us with such kindness and the sweetest of smiles as we started our day with each breakfast. Thank you to Chef Kalam and Chef Emre for the outstanding quality of food, to our bartenders Nyoman, Stanley, and Shyju for the most delectable cocktails (highly recommend trying the Battle of the Bartenders experience!!), and to the sommelier’s Gayan and Ramen. Our service at each meal was of the highest quality due to the incredible Gili waitstaff, especially to our waiters both poolside and in the restaurants Hadhif, Ridaqq, Mahid, Miflal, Kuchey, Ameen, Irfan, and especially Wabbe who was assigned to us throughout our stay and remembered all of our preferences as soon as we sat down!!! Wabbe made sure our glasses of bubbles were never empty! :) There was no shortage of leisure and entertainment throughout the stay keeping us feeling relaxed at all times! Gili’s musician, Shahudhan, has some of the most impressive talent and singing voices we have ever heard!! We looked forward to hearing him perform every chance we could get! Our spa experiences from the couples massage overlooking the glass bottom floor to the rose petal bubble baths were truly unforgettable… thank you Took and Sara!! We highly recommend a sunset Dhoni ride which made us feel in tune with the Maldivian culture, thanks to our sailing captain, Ahmed! We have traveled to over 35 countries around the world having stayed in over a hundred resorts, and can say with full confidence that our stay at Gili Lankanfushi has been our best one yet!! We will forever recommend Gili Lankanfushi to all of our friends and family, and can’t wait to return for our next stay!! Thank you Gili family for making our Honeymoon the trip of a lifetime!!!
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled
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Responded 2 days ago
Dear VictoriaRodo22, Firstly, may I start by saying once more on behalf of the entire team, a big congratulations to you both on your recent wedding, and a big thank you for choosing to celebrate your honeymoon here with us at Gili! We were elated to read how much you enjoyed your Villa, the amazing natural surrounds, the abundance of marine life that visited you so frequently, the treatments from the girls in the Spa, the activities and of course the food and drinks too. The team are all so passionate about what it is they do, be it keeping your Villa clean and tidy for you, preparing sumptuous meals or keeping your drinks topped up, so I know they will all be proud to read your review. I was truly humbled while reading your review, to know just how special each and every one of our Gili family made you feel throughout your stay, and how many of them you made such genuine connections with. It truly is special to see and feel those connections being made, and to see our team being able to show their own individuality and personality with our guests. It's what keeps things so fun! We have a little goal here at Gili, to welcome all as guests, have you leave as friends, and return each time after as part of our Gili family. I know I speak on behalf of the entire team when I say, that we cannot wait to give you the warmest of welcomes back, one day soon we hope! Stay safe, well and keep smiling! Sincerely, Matthew Resort Manager
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Michele K wrote a review Jun 21
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Upon arrival by boat, we were greeted by the Gili staff with welcoming smiles. For our entire vacation we were treated as if we were their most important guests. It is hard to put into words the feeling you get while visiting Gili or to describe it. Five stars for every aspect of this resort including staff, service, grounds, food, cleanliness, unique experiences, and of course the incredible over water bungalows and views. Definitely experience the sunset Dhoni style and dining through the senses! We loved our Miss Friday Shaany!
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Responded 4 days ago
Dear MicheleK1062, Thank you for choosing to stay at Gili Lankanfushi Maldives, and for writing to share your review. It has been such a delight to read your review and to learn just how special each and every one of our fabulous Gili hosts made you feel during your stay. Everything that we do at Gili is derived from serviced from the heart, so it is incredibly warming to see this shining through, especially from your Miss Friday - Shaany! We cannot wait for the opportunity to welcome you back and share our barefoot luxury lifestyle with you once again. Sincerely, Matthew Resort Manager
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Jin wrote a review Jun 20
Toronto, Canada32 contributions5 helpful votes
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My husband and I spent four fabulous days here for our honeymoon after spending the first few days at the W Maldives. We expected Gili to be a higher level of luxury, but they managed to completely blow us away. It was truly outstanding. We stayed in Gili Lagoon Villa #41. The beauty of it literally left us speechless. I didn’t know if I would love the open concept but it was breathtaking seeing it in person. Ali, our room attendant kept it very clean and comfortable. The hammock and deck were perfect for lounging and spotting sea life. One morning we saw about 10 black tip reef sharks, and a beautiful guitar shark (we are told we are quite lucky to have spotted this) in the span of 30 minutes. The villa was so comfortable it was hard to leave it but we did spend time exploring the island. The jungle interior was so well maintained and really enjoyed riding the bikes they give us around. The service and attention to detail is what set this place apart. Our Mr. Friday Zubba was so kind and took great care of us during our stay. He arranged so many thoughtful and complimentary treats to make our honeymoon perfect. We were even given complimentary late checkout with access to a villa the entire last day as we had an 11pm flight. The surprises continued into that evening until 9pm when the speedboat took as back to male. Ibrahim, the head waiter at Kashiveli, was also phenomenal. He took time chatting to us during meals and remembered our preferences and previous orders. He seemed to know exactly what I wanted before I had time to flip through the pages to find the names of items. And then there’s the food! If you are a foodie then Gili is the place for you. Everything we ate was delicious and well presented. Breakfast had great a la carte options, and was probably my favourite meal of each day. The tandoori night at the Overwater Bar was sooo good. I also highly recommend eating at the Japanese restaurant, By The Sea. It’s a beautiful setting and cocktails were especially good there. You really can’t go wrong with anything you eat here. Portions are plentiful and reasonably priced for the Maldives. We went to the Maldives thinking it would be a once in a lifetime trip and left talking about planning a wedding anniversary return trip. This was all because of Gili. This place has an intangible, magical touch that can’t be explained. We would highly recommend it for honeymooners but also would be great for families. Seriously we cannot fault our stay or think of anything that could have been done better. Just fabulous and 10/10 across the board!
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled
Room Tip: For best views we would pick Gili lagoon villas on jetty 3 or Jetty 1 villas 18-24.
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Dear jin_guice, Thank you for choosing to celebrate part of your honeymoon here at Gili Lankanfushi, we are so proud that we were able to play a small part in helping you both celebrate your love and recent wedding. We are extremely happy to read that you enjoyed your stay with us so much, particularly after having stayed at another great Resort here in the Maldives. We love that you loved the spacious, open plan, rustic chic of our Robinson Crusoe inspired villas, and that you were frequently visited by many of our resident marine species too. It is always mesmerizing to watch the marine life swim by - it never gets old! It is also so pleasing to read too, that Zubba and so many of the team around the Resort helped to make you feel so special and at home during your stay. We believe that our people and the genuine, authentic service that they provide is what sets us apart from other resorts here, so we are elated that you feel the same way. We truly hope that your Maldives experience and indeed your Gili experience won't be once in a lifetime, and we cannot wait to welcome you back to enjoy our style of barefoot luxury once more. Sincerely, Matthew Resort Manager
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Smidahar wrote a review Jun 19
London, United Kingdom102 contributions46 helpful votes
From the moment we arrived we were blown away by how beautiful the island is and the the way we was welcomed to the island. Villa - The villas are amazing, very rustic and spacious. It has absolutely everything you need and we loved the fact it was eco-conscious too (no plastics). We stayed in Villa 11 and it felt very private and peaceful. Food - Me and my partner are vegan and the staff made a huge effort to cater for us. The dinners each night are themed and if we wanted more options we had a plant based menu that we could order from. We also both have a nut allergy which all the staff were aware of. During our stay Chef Emre looked after us and walked us round the themed buffet nights showing us what was vegan and nut free. He is a very passionate chef and seemed very excited that we were vegan, on several occasions cooking us off menu items to try. Island - The island itself is stunning. Turquoise water and sandy beaches, it really felt like paradise. There are lots of different areas of the island including the pool area, tennis courts, spa and yoga area. Spa - My partner visited the spa twice and said it was the best she has ever been too. From the quality of the treatments to the beautiful location and amazing staff, it was outstanding. Engagement - With the help of our amazing Mr Friday Bobbo me and my partner got engaged. We had a private dining experience on the beach followed by a private jungle cinema experience, it was perfect in every way and an evening we will never forget. Staff - The first member of staff we have to mention was Bobbo, our Mr Friday. Bobbo was a real pleasure to be around with his positive nature and nothing ever being too much trouble for him. We were sad to say goodbye to him as he was a big part of our experience. There are countless staff we would like to thank, apologies if we miss anyone out. Wabbe, Athu, Hasbi, Abraham, Emre, Riyaz, Hassan, Gane, Ismail, Matthew and Nicolas, thank you so much. We always thought this would be a once in a lifetime holiday for us, now we cannot wait to return for a second time.
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Dear Smidahar, First and foremost, may I say on behalf of the entire team once again, CONGRATULATIONS on your recent engagement! We are so delighted that we had the opportunity to help bring such a special and memorable occasion to fruition. We are thrilled too, to read just how much you enjoyed the entire stay. From the Robinson Crusoe inspired, rustic chic of the Villa's, to the natural beauty of the island and lagoon, we really do believe this is paradise and are so happy that you felt that way too. Similarly, we are so glad that you enjoyed the culinary experiences on offer from Chef Emre and the team. At Gili we are passionate about food, and more specifically passionate about everyone being able to enjoy food, so we are delighted that you found our vegan and plant based menu and options so fulfilling. Thank you too, for making mention of so many of our hosts who played a part in making your stay such an unforgettable one. I will be sure to share your review not just with those mentioned, but with the entire team, and I know I speak for all here at Gili when I say that we cannot wait to welcome you back to our sandy shores for some more barefoot luxury one day soon. Congratulations! Sincerely, Matthew Resort Manager
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David R wrote a review Jun 19
Madrid, Spain2 contributions
The exquisite care of every detail and a great team of professionals, together with a dream setting and spectacular villas, are the ideal combination for you to feel that you really are in paradise. If, in addition, you have the personalized attention of your Mr. Friday, thanks Makif, the experience can only be perfect!
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Dear David R, Thank you for choosing to stay at Gili Lankanfushi, and for writing to share a review of your time here with us. We are truly delighted to read that you enjoyed your stay here in our little slice of paradise so much. Sitting in the spacious villa's and watching a world of wildlife swim by is truly an amazing feeling, and we are glad you felt it too. We are also so happy to read that Makif, your charming Mr. Friday took such great care of you during your stay. We cannot wait to welcome you back to Gili to experience some more barefoot luxury the next time you are in the Maldives. Sincerely, Matthew Resort Manager
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M R wrote a review Jun 19
Munich, Germany20 contributions47 helpful votes
As we have become enthusiastic fans of Gili Lankanfushi in our first two stays we were glad to be back again for a third time as a couple. Even though it is hard to believe, the Gili Team outperformed our expectations again. The surroundings and the atmosphere are very special. For us, a couple in the mid fifty‘s, it is very important that we have privacy as well as attention to detail by all the staff. Also, the natural elements, in the way the villas are built, the resort is run, the food is cooked, become more important over time. Along all these dimensions, Gili is clearly a 10 out of 10, to say the least. The staff at Gili is remarkable friendly, open and attentive. They really make one feel welcome. The food is wonderful - very healthy, natural, well portioned. The service is second to none. A couple of examples: Mifzal, is a „Mr. Friday“ (the Gili phrase for personal butler) that „goes the extra mile“, is truly caring, observant and available 24/7, without being intrusive. He also remembered everything from our last stay. From the internet dongle, the type of pillows, the drinks in the Minibar - everything was there from day one as if we had never left. Also the personal preferences regarding where to sit in the restaurant are known to him. The flexibility of the entire team is remarkable. Housekeeping and other services are working with him directly. That is why the villa is in perfect shape after we return from lunch without us ever saying a word about it. The wines are well selected and sommelier Gayan is outstandingly competent. Gayan would be a perfect sommelier all around the world. He knows all the established wineries of Europe, but also introduces you to remarkable new choices. This time, we had great new wines from New Zealand and Argentina. The background stories he can tell do not only show his knowledge and experience, but also make you relate to the wine. The „Jungle Cinema“ which we booked again privately two times, is one of the most romantic places and it is catered for by Shifaz in a very personal way. One can order a wonderful menu and great drinks, which are served by him is a most professional way. What makes it even more special are the personal touches - lanterns that light the way, a heart around the table or our initials in the sand - like I said: I could not be more romantic. The housekeeping team, in our case Anaan and Simah, keeps the villa in perfect order and surprises one with the greatest of artistic creations, such as turtles made of towels or kind messages of appreciation with natural leaves on the bed. Bar and Lunch/Dinner services being provided by Rifaaq are both personal as well as professional - and this goes for the entire staff both from the bar as well as from the restaurant. Everybody wants us to be happy and apply a personal touch to everything - without intruding the privacy we prefer. We also got to know Hadhif, wo catered to us very well, too!! Having a water villa (Crusoe Residence) puts us right into the middle of the sea live. We had reef sharks, mantas, stingrays and a turtle as regular “guests” right in front of our villa, just to name a few. The hammock circa 15 meters in front of the villa provides a truly unique spot of natural relaxation right in the middle of the sea life. I also recommend the roof terrace for a private sundowner. The terrace provides an outstanding 360 degree view as well as a lounge that is shielded from the sun and provides a wonderful perspective of the seas. In summary, there could not be a better vacation spot for us. The rating is again 5 stars, but it could also have been six stars, had this been possible.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled
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Response from Matthew Senyard, Guest Services / Front Office at Gili Lankanfushi
Responded 4 days ago
Dear 179mr, Thank you for once again choosing to stay at Gili Lankanfushi, and for writing to share a review of your most recent visit. We are absolutely delighted to read that you enjoyed your stay and too, that we surpassed the already high bar set on your prior stays. It is evident through reading your comments, that while Gili offers all of the natural beauty and marine life that you would expect when envisioning a Maldivian resort, that it is many of our genuine, authentic and friendly hosts that have truly made your stays so exceptional. It was also truly humbling to read your recounts of the interactions you had with Shifaz and Hadhif during your private Jungle Cinema experiences, the incredibly knowledgeable Gayan during your wine tastings, Rifaag at lunch in the bar, and of course Anaan and Simah who took such superb care of your villa during your stay. Not to go without mention, Mifzal of course. He is a true gentleman, and we are so happy that you love his style, the service he delivers and the extra mile he goes to in order to ensure every final detail is remembered and to your liking. I know that I speak on behalf of the entire team when I say that we are all truly looking forward to the next opportunity to welcome you back, so we can all share in the magic of Gili with you once more. Regards, Matthew Resort Manager
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PRICE RANGE
$1,241 - $2,115 (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 Sea Breeze Cafe.
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, Spanish, French, Chinese, Portuguese, Hindi, and Japanese.
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.