The Maldives is one of the most beautiful and peaceful travel destinations in the world. Whether you’re after a relaxing family break or a romantic getaway for two, the white sands, palm trees and endless sparkling ocean should hit the spot perfectly. And while there are dozens of luxury resorts to choose from, picking Gili Lankanfushi should be a fairly safe bet. Awarded the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Award of Best Hotel in the World for 2015 and featuring in our 10 best luxury hotels in the Maldives for a honeymoon, this stunning island resort is just a short boat ride from Male Airport and boasts everything you could ever wish for on a paradise holiday, including picture perfect beaches, fabulous accommodation, amazing restaurants, a spa and activities to suit every taste.
With its philosophy of “no news, no shoes”, it’s clear that Gili Lankanfushi prides itself on being a place where you can leave all day to day cares behind and relax in total comfort for the duration of your stay. Your personal butler (or “Mr Friday”) will be there to help you make the most of every minute of your holiday, including organising excursions or activities or even babysitting if you fancy a night off from the kids. With a strong environmental commitment, the place is kept spotlessly clean, while the natural wood finishes of the buildings compliment the backdrop of sand and sea to perfection.
Choose from luxurious water villas, spacious residences with their own mini wine cellars or impressive complexes that can house all the family or even have their own private gym. All villas have king size beds (or sometimes two single beds), semi open air private bathrooms with separate glass walled shower area and satellite TV, DVD, Hi-Fi and free Wi-Fi. Water villas enjoy their own overwater sundecks with sun loungers as well as a large open air living and dining area with daybeds and a rooftop terrace with daybed and dining area. Larger residences include air conditioned living rooms, private overwater hammocks, private couple’s spa including sauna and steam room and even a private cinema. All villas are guaranteed spectacular sea views, impeccable service from both housekeeping and your personal Mr Friday and luxurious finishes throughout. Villa Tips – Take a look at the island map to pick your ideal location. Jetty 3 is generally considered to be one of the most peaceful areas, though the whole island is quiet, and boasts the best sunset views. Jetty 1 is a great choice if you like the idea of snorkelling right by your villa.
When it comes to dining, there’s a lot of choice at Gili Lankanfushi, not to mention some truly exceptional culinary experiences. From the vast and varied breakfast buffet to the sustainably sourced and traditionally fished seafood, every meal here is something special. Dine on the beach surrounded by lanterns or in the garden where much of the produce is grown, with the fragrance of herbs all around you. Japanese restaurant By The Sea is an amazing private dining experience where you can sample a tasting menu accompanied by world class sake. Or, for something totally unexpected, try the underground wine cellar for a memorable and atmospheric wine and cheese or wine and chocolate tasting.
Pool and Activities
The stunning pool with its luxurious loungers almost melts into the ocean, and it’s there that you’ll find a lot of the best activities to partake in at this resort. With the clear waters and abundance of coral, colourful fish, little sharks and rays, even just wading in the shallows is an adventure. For those who want to explore the sea life further, snorkelling and diving are very popular and there are multilingual PADI certified instructors to guide you, no matter what your level of ability. You can also enjoy windsurfing or boat trips to view dolphins in their natural habitat, or, if you prefer to stay on dry land, try a yoga class or treatment at the Meera Spa. From massages and facials to saunas and steam rooms, there’s a pamper session to suit everyone.
If you’re interested in conservation, you can get involved at Gili Lankanfushi. The resort takes its responsibility to the environment very seriously, and guests who dive can take the opportunity to help out in the collection of data for organisations such as SharkWatch and the Manta Trust. You can also take an eco tour or get involved with coral planting.
Gili Lankanfushi is the perfect resort for anyone wanting to discover the breathtaking beauty and total relaxation of the Maldives.
Gili Lankanfushi features in my pick of the top 5 best luxury resorts in the Maldives.
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