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Gili Lankanfushi Maldives
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Lankanfushi
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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21 reviews
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“Anniversary Bliss!”
Reviewed October 12, 2013

I booked this special treat for our anniversary months in advance, as you can imagine the excitement of finally getting there and realising that all the reviews on here are justified. Everyday was a champagne breakfast filled extravaganza to kick the day off, followed by a romantic fairytale every night.

Literally as you leave Male Airport there's a speedboat waiting to take you to Gili, 15 minutes and your there. My wife suffers from sea sickness so the choppy return journey wasn't very pleasant for her. I would recommend sea sickness pills to anyone that isn't keen on a bit of swell. However the boats are superb and safety standards are high.

I can't pick fault in any aspect of our truly romantic week of indulgence the only slightly off putting aspect was our Mr Friday. On the first day we'd settled in and that evening came up with a list of activities we'd like to take part it, long and short of it they never happened. I have a sneaky feeling it was because these facilities such as the parasailing were laid on through another neighbouring hotel/island. If I had to sum him up I'd say Mr Creepy but luckily for future quests he's been promoted, the old adage... This however was a very minor thing and the only thing myself and my wife picked up on.

Can't recommend the Japanese restaurant enough, well it's not just the location, source out the ex scuba diving instructor / Japanese chef, she is a wizard in that kitchen and a true gem.

Big thank you to Craig the food and beverage manager for the laughs and exceptional service. In fact all the staff there are unique and make you feel special every minute of interaction bar my previous comments on our particular 'Friday'.

Only cosmetic fault to the whole island paradise theme is the dredging currently ongoing, little bit unsightly to stroll along the pristine white sandy beach to see a small barge, generator dredging pump and hoses floated ashore... I guess a necessity.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Shanghai, China
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Reviewed October 11, 2013

Don think it twice. If you like luxury with an adventurous twist go to Gili. Amazing staff and amazing mr Friday. No complains. Its expensive , but worth it. Dinners can sum up til 200USDpp but you can order from your villa or have a la carte dinner which makes it better. And you dont end up massively full. Everything about the Resort is outstanding, from the size of the villa's, to the staff, to the food, to the detail put into everything to make your holiday extraordinary. A total credit to staff and Management. In my opinion this is the best Resort in The Maldives, look no further!!!!!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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IainMccormack, General Manager at Gili Lankanfushi Maldives, responded to this review, October 16, 2013
Dear Yanglaoshi,

Thank you so much for sharing your experience on our magical island with other Trip Advisor readers. It is indeed a true pleasure to receive such wonderful feedback from our highly valued guests. I will personally ensure that your words are shared with all of our team members.

Once again, thank you for the strong recommendation on Gili and on behalf of the entire team, we look forward to welcoming you back very soon.

With kind regards, Iain
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed October 10, 2013

Everything about the Resort is outstanding, from the size of the villa's, to the staff, to the food, to the detail put into everything to make your holiday extraordinary. A total credit to staff and Management. In my opinion this is the best Resort in The Maldives, look no further!!!!! Our 10 & 12 yo girls had the holiday of a lifetime

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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IainMccormack, General Manager at Gili Lankanfushi Maldives, responded to this review, October 12, 2013
Dear Melissa R,

Thank you so much for being a great supporter and Ambassador for Gili and recommending us to other Tripadvisor readers.

I will pass on your nice comments to the team and management who looked after you and your family so well.

We all look forward to welcoming you back again in our little paradise and thank you once again for posting your holiday experience as this really does mean a lot for the team.

With kind regards, Iain
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Sunnyvale, California
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Reviewed October 8, 2013

What a fantastic honeymoon at Gili Lankanfushi! The level of service and attention to detail were second to none.

Pros:
Huge villas
Impeccable service (not in your face, but always attentive when needed!)
Eco-friendly (NOT gimmicky at all; true eco-consciousness at its best)
Great excursions available
Great food at every meal

Cons:
Not a lot of planned activities, so not for those who are seeking a social environment
Poor house reefs
A little too close to Male airport (can see planes going in and out, as well as shipping vessels...) but this also is a pro in the sense that Gili is but a short boat ride away

Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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IainMccormack, General Manager at Gili Lankanfushi Maldives, responded to this review, October 12, 2013
Dear Andrew K,

Thank you for posting your holiday experience at Gili Lankanfushi, Maldives. I am happy to read that we managed to create a wonderful honeymoon experience during your stay and my team has succeeded in providing impeccable” service that Gili is renowned for.

With regard to our house reef, our One Palm Island reef (western inner side of atoll) is full of corals as the lagoon there is naturally shallow and home to abundance of fishes. We are delighted to inform you also that within the next few months we are due to start a reef project to encourage more coral growth.

Once again, thank you for choosing us for your honeymoon and we look forward to welcoming you back again on your anniversary next year!

With kind regards, Iain
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Panama City, Panama
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Reviewed October 7, 2013

Don think it twice.

If you like luxury with an adventurous twist go to Gili. Amazing staff and amazing mr Friday. No complains.

Its expensive , but worth it. Dinners can sum up til 200USDpp but you can order from your villa or have a la carte dinner which makes it better. And you dont end up massively full.

All of the food is amazing. But beware, a lot of spicy plates too!



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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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IainMccormack, General Manager at Gili Lankanfushi Maldives, responded to this review, October 12, 2013
Dear SimonZebede,

It is so nice to hear from you and thank you so much for taking the time to write to share your wonderful remarks about Gili Lankanfushi. I am delighted that our Gili team managed to succeed in creating a wonderful holiday experience during your stay.

Simon, we at Gili look forward to welcoming you back again on your next visit to our little paradise soon.

With kind regards, Iain
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Shanghai, China
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Reviewed October 7, 2013

To celebrate our 10th anniversary, we decided to have a luxious trip to Maldives this summer. After a long time hesitation for choosing resorts, we made up our minds to select Gili Lankanfushi as our destination because of many people's strong recommendations. Now we are so happy that it was a bright choice!
After a boring long flight from Shanghai to Male via Kuala Lumpur and over-night stay in Male, we felt quite exhausted, especially our 8 year old kid, However, once we got on the speed boat of Gili, all the bad feeling was completely driven away, Staffs are not only friendly but also warm-hearted, When we arrived in Gili, we were warmly welcomed by many staffs including the manager and our Miss Friday, Chiara, a beautiful girl from Taiwan with a sweet smile. She showed us around the island and gave us a breif introduction. The island is not big but quiete and peaceful. The villa is very well organized, charming, comfortable with a perct sea-view! Although we had seen many photos from web before, it was still amazing when you saw it with your own eyes! Every villa ws equipped with 2 bikes by which you could explore the island by yourself easily. It was such a wonderful feeling when you drive along the jetty, with all the blue and green water beside you. It was just amazing!
As for the food, it was the best ever. So many alternatives for breakfast and various events for dinner! The over-water bar served different buffets in different days for dinner and you could have a full-sew-view during the meal. Everthing is perfect!
As for snorkelling, we did not find too many fishes but some guests did see turtles in Jetty 3. I would say this is not a perfect island for snorkeller.
After 4 day stay in Gili, we absolutely fell in love with this beautiful resort. Strongly recomeend!

Room Tip: Jetty 3 has best sea-view but mroe windy. Jettty 1 is better for snorkeling
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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IainMccormack, General Manager at Gili Lankanfushi Maldives, responded to this review, October 7, 2013
Dear KelvinZhang,

Thank you for posting an excellent review about Gili Lankanfushi on Tripadvisor. I am happy to read that you made a bright choice on choosing our resort to celebrate your 10th year anniversary.

We are delighted to know that Gili Team managed to exceed your expectations and creates a wonderful memories during your stay with us. We are grateful to all the comments you had mentioned with regard to service, room set up and the tranquility that you felt when you arrived at Gili.

KelvinZhang, thank you once again for the strong recommendation and we all look forward to receiving you again in the future.

Kind regards, Iain
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Hamburg, Germany
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Reviewed October 3, 2013

We have been to this hotel in May/June 2013 for 7 days and this was one of our best times in our lives. Perfect villa, perfect dining, perfect staff all over the hole island, perfect island, perfect managment.

No News No Shoes...fanatastic.

We will visit Gili again as soon as possbile. This is really sure.

One of the best Hotels in the world.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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IainMccormack, General Manager at Gili Lankanfushi Maldives, responded to this review, October 7, 2013
Dear R_Sode,

Thank you for posting your holiday experience at Gili Lankanfushi highlighting each and every aspect of our resort. This will definitely give an insight to our future guests as to what they can expect from us.

As you mentioned, you will come and visit us again thus we at Gili look forward to welcoming you back to the island soon.

With kind regards, Iain
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Property: Gili Lankanfushi Maldives
Address: 08290
Location: Maldives > Kaafu Atoll > North Male Atoll > Lankanfushi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Lankanfushi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Gili Lankanfushi Maldives 5*
Number of rooms: 45
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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