I can't rave enough about the hospitality and beauty of Gili Lankanfushi. Something tells me I've been spoilt so badly that there is only 1 place that I'm ever going back to for a luxurious beach holiday. Where shall I start ...?
Greetings : Speedboat transfer to Gili on Gili Goes Quickly (I love these little word play) was the prelude to the amazing hospitality I was to expect during my short stay. Cold water, lemongrass soaked cold towels and coconuts were offered in that short 15 min transfer.
Reaching Gili : We were welcomed by resort staff and our Mr Friday and had a great time with the resort orientation.
Villa : as close to the ocean as you can get and its totally non-intrusive.
staff : never without a smile, even the staff who were repairing the villa next to ours always found time to smile and say hello when we cycle past (yes! we get our very own bicycles to travel around the resort). Special mention of our Mr Friday Aboo, main restaurant staff Siyam and sommelier Gayan whose hospitality have been out of this world ! They made our every meal enjoyable and delightful, esp indulging us when we asked questions about everything under the sun (or moon). We are not naturally tidy people but even housekeeping magically transformed everything tidy and even have the uncanny ability to know when we were out of the villa (we moved around very randomly) and tidied up the place in the sometimes short span of time that we were out (x2 a day)
Villa - no spoilers here , words will do no justice to describe this place.
While I feel like I can go on and on about this wonderful wonderful place, I shall stop here because for a first time guest, it will be more fun experiencing Gili Lankanfushi. If I had only one place to choose for a paradise on earth experience - Say "Gili".
Must Do : Snorkelling , Meera Spa, Dolphin Cruise & Choco/Wine Tasting
- 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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