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Gili Lankanfushi Maldives
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Lankanfushi
Certificate of Excellence
Copenhagen
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16 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“fantastic island”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2014

We stayed a Gili for a week in February, 2 adults and 1 child. It was absolutely amazing. Our villa (residence) was spacious, well serviced and absolutely spotless. A fantastic reef just at the end of the terrace. Overall service is high level. During the week I got the best meals I ever got in Asia and with af great variation. I went to yoga class in the mornings, while sun was rising over the ocean. worth trying. The Spa treatments are very good, for men women and children.

I could write a lot more, but my best recommendation is, that I already made a reservation for another week in October.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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Steven-Philips, General Manager at Gili Lankanfushi Maldives, responded to this review, 7 March 2014
Dear Erik

We were so please to read your strong endorsement of our resort and delighted to know that you will be returning in October. Your Mr. Friday is awaiting your arrival and he is already planning your daily Yoga sunrise experiences.

Thank you for recognizing the efforts of all the Hosts that served you including the waiter staff, Meera Spa therapists and the housekeepers who serviced your overwater villa. Your kind words will be most appreciated by our Executive Chef, John Bakker and his team of Culinary Artists who work tirelessly to provide an array of international cuisine each day. John has recently introduced a new seven course Gourmet Thai menu each Thursday which I’m sure you will enjoy.

On behalf of all the Host’s of Gili Lankanfushi we look forward to welcoming you back in October, no doubt you will be counting the sleeps until then.


Kind Regards,

Brad Calder
Resort Manager
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2014

We did extensive research before choosing here - and it certainly paid off.
We have travelled extensively and and stayed in some of the best hotels worldwide - but this place is in a class of it's own. From the minute you arrive it is like being in a surreal paradise.
Villas, food, service and staff all exceed expectations. Staff are genuinely pleased to chat to you, unfortunately not many guests make the effort to do this.
We stayed Sept./Oct. 2013 and have recently booked to return in October this year with our daughter this time, as we have talked about how good the honeymoon was so much she has insisted we prove the point...........
Words do not do justice to this beautiful island.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Steven-Philips, General Manager at Gili Lankanfushi Maldives, responded to this review, 7 March 2014
Dear Ged

Thank you for choosing Gili Lankanfushi, winner of the “Most Romantic Resort In the Maldives”, for your recent honeymoon. We are so please that we exceeded your well researched expectations.

We are delighted that you enjoyed our large overwater villas and the genuine service provided by our team of Hosts. It is their sincere dedication that makes a holiday at Gili Lankanfushi all that one could ever ask for. Thank you for recognizing the efforts of our fine culinary team who work tirelessly each day to provide our guests with an array of memorable dining options. I will be sure to share all your comments with our team.

Thank you for choosing to return to our beautiful island to prove the point and share the “dream” to your daughter. We look forward to welcoming you once again in October whereby you will begin to enjoy our exclusive repeat guest benefits.

Kind Regards,

Brad Calder
Resort Manager
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2014

perfect holiday with gourme food and service in top. wellness and spa area was in a class by itself. Rooms from 24 to 30 is very child-friendly. Lot of fish to see eks. small reefshark close to the rooms . the only thing that could help the family budget on a holiday is all inclusive.

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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Steven-Philips, General Manager at Gili Lankanfushi Maldives, responded to this review, 7 March 2014
Dear Djursgaard

Thank you for taking the time to write of your experience at Gili Lankanfushi for the benefit of Trip Advisor readers.

I am delighted that our team of Hosts succeed in creating a genuine service experience. I will pass on your appreciation to the team who looked after you so well, with a personal mention to our team of Culinary Artists and Spa Therapists.

We are so pleased to hear that you embraced so many of experiences that our island has to offer, especially our beautiful lagoon with an abundance of tropical fish and harmless baby sharks. Thank you for highlighting to other readers that you found the rooms from 24 to 30 child friendly. I wish to advise that we do offer dining packages and have in place reduced rates for children. Please feel free to request this with us when you make your next reservation to stay us again.

From all the Hosts at Gili Lankanfushi we look forward to welcoming you back again to our little piece of paradise soon.

Kind Regards,

Brad Calder
Resort Manager
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2014

we had the best experience possible. staff amazing, rooms amazing, location amazing. it truely couldn't have been better!! The food at the restaurants amazing!! Wine selection was brilliant!! Also activities that are possible was a great surprise! would strongly recommend!!

  • Stayed October 2013
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Steven-Philips, General Manager at Gili Lankanfushi Maldives, responded to this review, 7 March 2014
Dear James

Thank you for writing such a colourful review of our resort.

By all accounts it sounds that your expectations were exceeded to provide you with an “unbelievable” stay

We are so pleased to read that the amazing efforts by our Hosts and Culinary team with a special mention to Rohan our Sommelier gave you the ultimate dining experience. Many travelers are often concerned about staying lengthy periods on remote tropical islands for fear there is just not enough food selection. However many of our guests often comment how they regret not staying longer after discovering many dining options and the quality of our cuisine. Seven days just isn’t enough to experience all there is to eat at Gili Lankanfushi.

The same statement goes for the abundance of activities and excursions we have to offer, even though we advise our guests not to feel guilty about relaxing the day away with no activity at all on their part.

Thank you for strongly recommending us and on behalf of all the Hosts at Gili Lankanfushi we do hope you will visit us again sometime soon.


Kind Regards,
Brad Calder
Resort Manager
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 2014

We chose Gili Lankanfushi for the last part of our honeymoon and it was the best selection we could have made. We initially stayed in one of the overwater villas that are accessible by the wooden bridge. The rooms were marvellous and as the wife call it "rough luxury". As it is an ex-Six Senses hotel they kept all the perks of such a hotel chain. The sea is obviously amazing. The only downside is that in certain areas it's not at all deep. I understand that this is down to personal preference, but as we are both swimmers we asked if we could move to another location with deeper water. To be honest, they didn't handle the request very well, as they kept saying to us each day that we are going to be moving the next. Eventually, they understood that their mishandling of the situation was not acceptable and they upgraded us to one of the Crusoe villas which was fantastic and accessible only by sea.
All the staff working at the hotel were very friendly and always there to satisfy even the most weird request. What amazed me was a couple of the staff had memorised our habits. So what is better going for breakfast and have the coffee waiting for you in your favourite table.
The Mr. Friday experience is also something unique. You have an allocated member of staff which you can call and request anything at any time of the day. Always there to serve your needs. Abu we will not forget you.
Food and activities were amazing. We went for a dolphin cruise, outside cinema, snorkelling and also tried the private dinning experience in the one palm tree island. Fantastic destination for couples in their honeymoon or a trip to remember for a lifetime. We will definitely go again.
The only downside (and that's coming from the wife) was the spa, which apparently was overpriced and not to the standard that she was used to (we were in Thailand before going to Maldives).

Room Tip: There are 3 Jetty areas were the water villas are located. Jetty 1 is located in a very isolated are...
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Steven-Philips, General Manager at Gili Lankanfushi Maldives, responded to this review, 6 March 2014
Dear KouMpi

Thank you for choosing Gili Lankanfushi, winner of the “Most Romantic Resort In The Maldives”, for your honeymoon.

It was truly our pleasure to make every moment of your honeymoon a memory that you will always treasure.

Please accept our sincere apologies for not being able to accommodate your villa move request sooner. Unfortunately at the time of your stay the majority of our overwater villas were occupied. However as soon as an overwater villa that met your requests was available your Mr. Friday was very insistent to reserve the Crusoe Residence just for you even though it was a higher category than original overwater villa your reserved.

It is this commitment to our guests that makes the Mr. Friday experience “something unique” to Gili Lankanfushi, where all your needs are met, sometime before you even have time to think of what your needs are.

I am very please to read that you enjoyed so many of the experiences that our small island paradise has to offer from the Dolphin cruise to Jungle Cinema and of course our fabulous snorkeling. I understand your wife received a manicure at our Meera Spa using her own nail polish and we do apologise if this experience did not meet your expectations. Gili Lankanfushi was awarded the 2013 World Travel Award for Indian Ocean’s Leading Spa Resort in the Maldives and we take great pride in the quality of our Spa services to our guests.

I am happy to hear that you will be definitely visit us again and I do hope we will see you for your first wedding anniversary, if not sooner.

With kind regards,

Steven
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 2014

Fantastic water villas and resort, integrated well with nature, relatively close to a marine protected area and to the Male airport. Excellent restoration (great selection, ecological and gourmet dinning) and service, with friendly and resourceful staff. Great for both relaxation for couples and families. If you look for a quality vacation in paradise, you will get it in Gili Lankanfushi.

Room Tip: The residence villa in the East side are quieter and snorkeling there is quite good for beginners.
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Steven-Philips, General Manager at Gili Lankanfushi Maldives, responded to this review, 6 March 2014
Dear Joanster

Thank you very much for writing such a wonderful recommendation for our Resort, Gili Lankanfushi to couples and families.

We are so delighted that you enjoyed our blend of luxury, nature and world class cuisine.
It is our team of dedicated Hosts who have a genuine motivation to create the perfect holiday experience for each and every guest. They have great satisfaction and enjoyment in achieving this and I will personally share your comments with them so that they know their efforts were recognized.

Thank you for providing travelers tips for other readers on the wonderful snorkeling to be had. Just this morning as our guests watched the lagoon from breakfast we had a beautiful hawks beak turtle and an eagle ray swim though our lagoon.

On behalf of all the Hosts at Gili Lankanfushi we all look forward to having the privilege of welcoming you both back once again.

Kind regards,

Steven
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2014

Reading all the fab reviews and watching all the pictures, we were afraid to be disappointed, but we weren't. The place is as amazing as all the other reviewers wrote, and much more beautiful in reality than in the photos. If you have the money, don't hesitate.
The hotel guests come from all parts of the world and the age ranged from honeymooners to couples in their 60s.
And now for the packing tips: the place is for total relaxation: no shoes, no fancy dresses for dinner, etc. So what you basically need is swimsuits and something absolutely casual for dinner (shorts and t-shirts or a day dress). That's it! The hotel has all the amenities (the sunbeds are even equipped with sunscreen lotion) and it's all about relaxing and enjoying the unbelievable views, amazing food, etc.
Can't imagine anything could have been better!

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Steven-Philips, General Manager at Gili Lankanfushi Maldives, responded to this review, 27 February 2014
Dear Mirch

It was with great pleasure that I was able to read out at this mornings team briefing, the great comments that you made on your TA Review. the team here were very proud to hear them and have immediately left the meeting to inform their teams at their daily briefs.

You are so correct when you say that at Gili Lankanfushi, we enjoy a guest demographic that spreads right through the age spectrum and this really does help the overall atmosphere around the resort. Our casual policy on attire when dining also helps guests relax to relax and also avoids " excess baggage payments" :)

We look forward to seeing you again on our fantastic Island and in the meantime assure you of our very best of intentions at all times.

Warmest of regards

Steven
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Property: Gili Lankanfushi Maldives
Address: 08290
Region: Maldives > Kaafu Atoll > North Male Atoll > Lankanfushi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Lankanfushi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — Gili Lankanfushi Maldives 5*
Number of rooms: 45
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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