We've just returned from spending a week in Gili Lankanfushi and I really couldn't recommend highly enough. We did a lot of research before choosing a hotel for our week's holiday and given all the fantastic reviews on tripadvisor we went with very high expectations and it really didn't disappoint. Absolutely amazing experience - really can't fault it.
From the moment we arrived at the airport and were promptly met to an awaiting speedboat, the service was outstanding. When we arrived at the island we felt like we'd landed in paradise, it's absolutely stunning. If you look at the virtual tour on their website, it really does look exactly like that! Clear blue sea, amazing beaches and the villas were stunning, huge and every small detail considered. We loved their "no shoes, no news" policy, as while it's utter luxury, it really feels relaxed which is exactly what we were looking for.
Our Mr Friday (Atheef) was fantastic and made sure we were really well looked after during our stay. Nothing was too much trouble!
One of the best things about this hotel is the quality and range of activities. We loved paddleboarding, waterskiing, kayaking, guided reef tours with the resident marine biologist, dolphin cruises, wine and cheese tasting, cocktail hours, speed boat trips to the neighbouring Four Seasons (which in our opinion doesn't compare to Gili), guided snorkelling tours etc....all excellent. You can really do as much or as little as you like during your stay, and you'll never get bored here! The spa is also fantastic - clear glass floors so you can look at the fish while having your massage, and the beaches are stunning.
The other big plus about Gili is the quality of the food. When you're on a small island like this for a week - for us having top class food was a must and it really didn't disappoint. Craig and his team do an amazing job and everything from breakfast through to lunch and dinner was top class. The two sommeliers were also excellent and the selection of wine was great. You also get dedicated waiters for the week which makes it all the more relaxed and you really feel at home here.
Overall, we've travelled the world and Gili is by far the most amazing hotel we've every stayed in. Everything was top class - amazing facilities, atmosphere, food and top class service. We will most definitely be back, outstanding from start to finish.
- 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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