I have been chatting to my family since we returned from Gili yesterday afternoon, and the biggest problem is that there were too many amazing experiences for us to mention about our stay! My review would be 6pages long!
We travelled to gili with our group of eight (5 family members and partners) and from the minute we got on the transfer boart, we knew the experience was going to be magical! We were given our "no news no shoes" bags to put our shoes in, and from then on we didn't put shoes back on the entire trip!
The villa and island decor was absolutely stunning, making us feel as though we were living in a real-life Robinson Crusoe story. Beautiful timber everywhere and perfect attention to detail.
Crystal clear water, amazing white sand and the best snorkelling I have ever experienced. Even just swimming off the front of our villas we saw sharkes and giant rays!
The food and drinks were faultless. We loved the food from the overwater bar and main restaurant, but the icing on the cake was the special meals we spent at the Japanese restaurant, the degustation in the wine and cheese cellar, and a exclusive destination meal set up for us on the beach!
But the one thing we all agreed was the best aspect of our trip, was the service. Our two Mr Fridays (Fiyaz and Aboo) we're fantastic, always happy to help out with anything we needed! We formed great bonds with many of the staff, especially Shofov (?spelling) Shann and Alif. They would often have our coffees and drink orders waiting for us before when we arrived at breakfast. Something small but a lovely touch :)
It was also great to meet and get to know the senior staff members Brad, Craig and John. They were always happy to chat and suggest an activity that we hadn't thought of! We were even lucky enough to spend a few hours touring the Private reserve (heaven on earth!!) on Craig's suggestion.
The most amazing 8days we have ever experienced, and a great way for us to all bond in a rare full-family holiday. Thankyou for everything, we will be back sometime in the future I am sure!
Alisha and the Millers xx
- 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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