I really don't even know where to begin.
All eight of us had a pained look across our faces as we were pulling away in the boat our last night. NOOOOOOO. we don't want to leave… ever!
This was the trip of a lifetime. We had two villas (14 and 15) and from day one - plopping our bags down and looking out the window (and the glass bottom floor) - it was like being inside the most epic aquarium of all time. We jumped off the dock and snorkeled between rooms and spent so much time in the water we were part fish by the end of the week.
I got open water certified at the dive center with Carolina "Lina" - who was the BEST scuba instructor ever. She is just so strong and capable but also funny and sweet and made the whole experience incredible. Scuba was the highlight of my trip by far, but that's not saying much since EVERY aspect of Gili Lankanfushi was amazing.
We were there over New Years Eve and they really went ALL out - the most amazing buffet I have ever seen with every kind of delicious food you could dream up. Every night the food was spectacular.
We went into the chocolate wine cave and did a wine tasting paired with cheese and chocolate that was to die for.
Yoga in the champa right next to the water where we could see beautiful blue tipped reef sharks swimming by. (they are harmless and beautiful by the way)…
And the spa was AMAZING. Best ginger tea ever - although it might have been because i was so realized from my treatment that everything was just better than average.
The Japanese restaurant was a really great meal and the kids took a sushi making class one day too which they LOVED.
We were there with a married couple, two single 30 year old women (including me), a 14 year old boy, an 11 year old boy, a 9 year old boy and a 5 year old girl.
Every single person had an unreal time and rate it as the best vacation of our lives.
I can't suggest this place enough to honeymooners, families and singles alike.
Our Mr. Friday, Ateef was the greatest. We loved him! He made everything perfect for us.
- 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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