Gili Lankanfushi

Gili Lankanfushi, Maldives is an intimate coral island in a sparkling lagoon. Jetties thread across the water out to spacious villa accommodations and everywhere you look, marine life abounds and gleaming waters beckon.

The resort is just a 20-minute speedboat ride from the international airport at Malé, the capital of the Maldives. It is set on the private island of Lankanfushi in the North Malé Atoll, one of the 19 atolls that stretch over 800 kilometres through the Indian Ocean and one of the 1190 islands that make up the Maldives.

Stay

Asia_Maldives_Gili-Lankanfushi-3Ultimate privacy and seclusion can be discovered at Gili Lankanfushi. With just 45 luxurious over-water villas, including Crusoe Residences and The Private Reserve reached only by boat, you’ll have a piece of paradise all to yourself. Each villa is designed with the utmost attention to detail and built to be environmentally friendly. Your own private water garden and sun deck, as well as a separate shower linked to your bathroom by an open-air walkway allow you to experience living right by the water’s edge.

Gili Lankanfushi Resort MaldivesLocated over the water on either side of the jetty, the Villa Suites reflect a harmonious life on the water’s edge. Sit back and relax while looking out to the sea, basking in the sun on your own over-water sun deck or enjoy your luxurious private oasis on the hidden rooftop sun deck with daybeds as well as dining facilities. With a total area 210 square metres, they boast a king size bed and large open-air living room with daybeds as well as a dining area. The over-water sun deck has sun loungers while the open-air private bathroom has a separate glass walled shower area.

The seven Crusoe Residences stand alone in the Indian Ocean for the utmost privacy and seclusion and a private rowing boat/pontoon boat shuttle provides access to the main island while the The Private Reserve covers 1400 square metres of luxurious living in the middle of the turquoise lagoon. With private butlers (proudly referred to as Mr. Friday) on call 24-hours, this is state-of-the-art living at its best with the most sumptuous views imaginable.

Taste

The dining options at the resort are endless. The Main Restaurant is situated in a superb natural environment and perfect for a relaxing breakfast or romantic dinner. With an East-meets-West focus, there is something to delight every palate. The Overwater Bar offers a casual menu enhanced with a wide selection of salad (prepared with ingredients from the resort’s organic garden) as well as sushi, Mediterranean delicacies and the daily catch of fish.

Local herbs and spices enhance the dishes. For Japanese fusion, By the Sea, with breathtaking views, is the perfect choice. Descend a flight of stairs to an underground chilled, cavernous cellar where wine tastings and dinners are hosted. Prepared to be surprised and delighted with the unexpected food pairings or you can choose to dine in the comfort of your villa, sun deck or rooftop terrace for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Activities

Enjoy an unparalleled Maldives’ spa experience in the comfort of your own space. You can enjoy an unparalleled spa experience in the comfort of your own suite at the resort. Available exclusively in only one of the Villa Suites and one of the Residences, spa suites are an added luxury with your own gym and steam room.

Meera means ocean in the Sanskirt language and glass floor panels beneath the massage tables at Meera Spa, a member of Healing Hotels of the World, offer a peek underwater to heighten your spa experience. It offers a range of holistic therapies and the signature bamboo massage with warmed aromatic oils is yet another new encounter. Facilities include six over-water treatment rooms, a yoga area, steam and sauna rooms as well as a relaxation area with panoramic views of the sea. Listen to the relaxing sound of the waves on the shore and the gentle sea breeze whispering across the beach while a professional therapist soothes away the stress and strain of modern living.

There are many renowned dive sites within a short boat ride of the resort and the Manta Point is just one you can dive in a small group with the highly trained Ocean Paradise Dive Centre’s PADI instructors. The resort’s fitness centre is located right at the water’s edge with panoramic ocean views through glass walls. An iPod dock is available to enhance your workout. Other on-site activities include sunrise yoga, an endless number of watersports, tennis and volleyball to name just a few. Excursions including a dolphin cruise, visits to the capital city and local islands, sunrise and sunset dhoni cruises can all be easily arranged for your leisure.

A visit to Gili Lankanfushi is an experience that you will never forget. There is no other destination in the world that will touch all your senses quite like the Gili Lankanfushi Maldives.