Review: Gili Lankanfushi In The Maldives


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The Maldives is one of the world’s most beautiful and peaceful travel destinations. 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.

Wherever you decide to stay, book via our luxury travel concierge. We offer free upgrades, free breakfasts, and free perks at hotels, including Four Seasons, Aman, Belmond, Hyatt, Ritz-Carlton, Marriott, InterContinental, and more. You also get your usual Marriott Bonvoy, Hyatt, Hilton, and other loyalty points and status benefits when you book with our concierge.

Style & Character

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 help you make the most of every minute of your holiday, including organizing excursions or activities or 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 complement 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 private gym. All villas have king-size beds (or sometimes two single beds), semi-open air private bathrooms with separate glass-walled shower areas, 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 a daybed and dining area. Larger residences include air-conditioned living rooms, private overwater hammocks, a private couple’s Spa including a sauna and steam room, and even a private cinema. All villas are guaranteed spectacular sea views, impeccable service from housekeeping and your personal Mr. Friday, and luxurious finishes. Villa Tips – Take a look at the island map to pick your ideal location. Jetty 3 is generally considered one of the most peaceful areas, though the island is quiet and boasts the best sunset views. Jetty 1 is great if you like snorkeling right by your villa.

Service & Facilities

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, colorful fish, little sharks, and rays, even just wading in the shallows is an adventure. Snorkeling and diving are very popular for those who want to explore sea life further, and there are multilingual PADI-certified instructors to guide you, no matter 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. There’s a pamper session to suit everyone, from massages and facials to saunas and steam rooms.

Food & Drink

When it comes to dining, there’s a lot of choice at Gili Lankanfushi, not to mention some truly exceptional culinary experiences. Every meal here is special, from the vast and varied breakfast buffet to the sustainably sourced and traditionally fished seafood. 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 with world-class sake. Or, for something unexpected, try the underground wine cellar for a memorable and atmospheric wine and cheese or wine and chocolate tasting.

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 collect data for organizations 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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