If booking a stay at the Gili Lankanfushi Resort, get ready for something truly special. The setting speaks for itself: iconic chalk-white sands, cyan seas lapping the bay and palm trees punctuating the island. This is the ultimate Maldives environment, one which allows complete relaxation, unashamed pampering and simple admiration for such stunning natural beauty. It is all best explored first on foot, then by boat or snorkel to marvel at the array of corals and tropical fish which lie beneath the waves. Water skiing, wakeboarding, sea kayaks and surfing are also popular pastimes here too, and there are even sailing lessons for anyone keen to return home with a new skill under their belt.
When you’re not exploring the Indian Ocean however, the team at Gili Lankanfushi will ensure that everything runs like clockwork, proudly boasting a philosophy to exceed expectations while also taking a hands-off approach if you’d prefer to be left alone. The result is that the type of service you personally prefer will be provided, which makes life even easier than it already is in this desert island paradise. Gili Lankanfushi has eco-credentials too, having built their five-star overwater villas from reclaimed bamboo, thatch and, believe it or not, discarded telegraph poles. All toiletries are organic and there’s not a plastic bottle in sight, good to know when in such a pristine landscape.
Then there’s the overwater villas and suites themselves, unquestionably some of the best accommodation options in the Maldives, stretching hundreds of metres out to sea and away from the hub of the main buildings, meaning privacy is guaranteed. So whether you are lounging in a hammock sipping cocktails, soaking in the outdoor Jacuzzi or dining on the terrace with your loved ones, there’s only the crystalline sea and a connecting wooden walkway for company. Within each of these heavenly abodes, the all-natural theme continues, with driftwood and drapes working in harmony with the ocean views. While outside, you have the option of a rooftop infinity pool, waterslide, terrace furnished with daybeds, sofas and a dining space, even an elevated platform for the best panoramas, depending on which you choose. Every single residence, villa or suite is Indian Ocean perfection personified, though differences do exist if travelling as a family, wanting extra privacy, or perhaps a little more outdoor space; there will be an overwater casita that’s just for you.
Nothing is too much trouble at Gili Lankanfushi, as relaxation is a way of life here. This can be seen first from the extent of fine dining cuisine that greets you throughout the day, encompassing Japanese specialities, fresh seafood, Mediterranean dishes, refined Indian classics and much more besides, all served in either one of the tranquil restaurants, on the beach or in your villa. The floating lounge bar with its deluxe sofas and candlelit lanterns is another stroke of Gili Lankanfushi genius; the sunsets from this vantage point are utterly poetic, a peaceful way to end each Lankanfushi day.
Gili Lankanfushi Facilities
45 sumptuous over-water villas, including 7 Crusoe Residences and The Private Reserve.
North Male Atoll, 20 minutes speedboat transfer from Velana International Airport.