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“Wonderful beyond imagination”
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Gili Lankanfushi
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Lankanfushi
Tokyo, Japan
1 review
“Wonderful beyond imagination”
Reviewed 7 March 2014

Everything we experienced here, starting from warm welcome on the boat from the airport, pure beauty of the resort surroundings, all the dining experience, friendliness and consideration of staff, quality of spa staff, experience and knowledge of diving staff, everything was beyond imagination. We will definitely come back. Thank you very much for making our stay such an remarkable experience.

Room Tip: I would recommend the Crusoe Residence, which offers such a unique experience - you need the boat se...
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Steven-Philips, General Manager at Gili Lankanfushi, responded to this review, 11 March 2014
Dear Atsushi M

Thank you for sharing the highlights of your stay with your room tip with fellow Trip Advisor readers. Our Crusoe Residences set out in the lagoon are most popular as guests often have the opportunity to see turtles, sting rays and an array of fish swim pass their overwater balcony.

I am so pleased to read that you enjoyed such a complete experience which was “wonderful beyond imagination”. We are very lucky to have such a beautiful resort however it is the team of Hosts that are dedicated to making every guest stay “remarkable” that truly makes us unique. Rest assured I have shared your review with our team who were most pleased to hear that their efforts were appreciated.

On behalf of all the Hosts of Gili Lankanfushi we look forward to welcoming you once again for some more amazing diving and a relaxing stay.

Kind Regards,
Brad Calder
Resort Manager
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Reviewed 6 March 2014

Gili Lankanfushi is paradise. We have travelled all over the world and have never had a more perfect vacation in our life.

The resort's, "no shoes, no news" policy absolutely forces you to slow down, and live in the moment -- something we often forget to do in our busy lives. And when you slow down, you notice the absolutely divine beauty of the nature that surrounds you. It is zen-like and so incredibly peaceful.

And the resort staff are stellar -- they constantly go above and beyond to ensure that all guests are having the best possible vacation experience possible. The staff thinks of everything: from the bikes allocated to each room, to the needs of families, to potential weather challenges, to placing fresh water in your room each morning and evening, to cleaning the paths each morning. It is unbelievably well-run.

Not only that, every member of the staff is incredibly friendly and gracious. We had some of our most pleasant times simply sharing stories with staff members.

There are a few particular staff members I wish to I personally recognize:

Sam (in the dive center). I had been diving before but my partner had not and he was extremely hesitant to dive despite being a very strong swimmer. While in the Maldives, he reluctantly agreed to take the resort dive class with me. Sam was our instructor and she was amazing! I cannot say enough nice things about her. She is incredible. She made two hesitant divers very calm with humor, confidence and grace. I cannot thank her enough for providing us with a truly unforgettable under water experience. Thank you, Sam!

Abdullah (server in overwater bar). From the moment, we first walked in to the bar, we immediately liked Abdullah who greeted us with a warm and welcoming smile. He took the time to get to know our names and to find out about our lives. And over the course of our stay, we got to learn more about him. He was incredibly friendly and a wonderful server. Every time we saw him, we couldn't help but smile. And we thank him for adding joy to our stay.

Akalanka (bartender in the overwater bar). On our first day, Akalanka came out to greet us and inquire as to whether our drinks were to our liking. He then took the time to find out about each of our respective taste preferences and made recommendations to us each day. Tom and I have very different tastes, and Akalanka absolutely catered to that diversity. And he created incredibly delicious drinks for us. He was also very friendly and kind.

Achmed (By the Sea waiter) By the Sea is not to be missed. The food is spectacular. It is some of the best sushi I have ever eaten. And the chefs and waitstaff are exceptional. We loved getting to know Achmed who entertained us all evening wit witty puns and riddles, as well as with tales of his family. He was wonderful.

Sam (private beach waiter). On our last night, we chose to have a private dinner on the beach and we are thrilled that we did this. The lights in the shape of hearts surrounding our table, the delicious food and the outstanding service all worked together to create a perfectly romantic and memorable experience. Sam was so kind to us. He went above and beyond to insure that we were comfortable, having a nice time, and enjoying the food. We enjoyed talking with him. And we thank him for all of the personal attention and devotion he had to us and to making sure we had a lovely night.

Finally, the Meera Spa is not to be missed. The spa is idyllic and the services offered are wonderful. I chose to do five days of different treatments: Thermal infusion face lift, Shiro Dhara, Detox Massage, Organic seaweed Leaf Wrap, etc. while Tom chose massages. We both had spectacular service and treatments from all involved. And the experience is unlike other spas because you lie on the table looking down at a reef on the ocean floor below. Its transcendent. And it feels as if the entire resort is a giant aquarium.

We also participated in yoga -- which was a wonderful way to start the day.

Some of our favorite moments from the trip, include:
*finding a really nice beach at one end of the island that no one seemed to visit, except us,
*scuba diving, which was breathtaking and simple once we dove in and "went with it,"
*some of the best sushi we had ever eaten,
*absolutely beautiful, gracious, and welcoming Maldivian people, and
*renewed love and connection!

Thank you again for an amazing vacation!

Room Tip: all of the rooms are spectacular -- I would simply suggest bringing water shoes. Because depending...
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Steven-Philips, General Manager at Gili Lankanfushi, responded to this review, 8 March 2014
Dear Sheryl

We sincerely thank you for taking the time to write such a detailed review on your recent holiday at Gili Lankanfushi. Maldvies. I was so pleased to hear that you embraced our “No News, No Shoes” policy, for totally relaxing experience.

Thank you so much for your amazing review of Gili Lankanfushi and for sharing the highlights of your stay such as the beauty of our island, your appreciation of our cuisine, our award winning spa and your incredible experience with our Dive team.

I am so pleased to read that our team of Hosts gave you so many fond memories with their commitment to sincere personalised service. Our team finds great satisfaction from enjoying their interaction with our guests and many friendships are made.

I have personally shared your comments with Sam, Abdullah, Akalanka, Achmed, Sammy and Dev, the Yoga instructor and they have all asked me to remind you to come visit us once again as they enjoyed so much the fun times that you had.

We look forward to you returning for the next “Best Vacation Of Your Life”


Kind Regards
Brad Calder
Resort Manager
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Rungsted, Denmark
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Reviewed 5 March 2014

This is where you go for absolute total relaxation and luxury in a non fancy pansy way.
Food is fantastic, service great, very spacious accommodation, weather is perfect and privacy is superb.
Staff are professional but relaxed and very sweet. We were there with an infant and they were so great with her..

  • Stayed May 2013
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Steven-Philips, General Manager at Gili Lankanfushi, responded to this review, 8 March 2014
Dear Nassar

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience at Gili Lankanfushi with fellow Trip Advisor readers.

It is our understated luxury that makes us unique. Our spacious overwater villas are set at a comfortable distance to allow for privacy and total relaxation in our beautiful turquoise lagoon.

Thank you for commending the food and the professional and sincere service that you experienced. Our team of Hosts will be most pleased to hear that their efforts were appreciated.

We do hope that you will return again to our island paradise sometime soon.


Kind Regards
Brad Calder
Resort Manager
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Athens, Greece
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Reviewed 5 March 2014

Me and my husband stayed at gili in February 2010. Since you arrive everything is dreamy. The staff, the villas above the sea, the corals and the wildlife in the reef, the food - wide variety, best japanese ever, wonderful breakfast-, the spa, the bikes we used to go around, the tennis court, the amazing tropical temperature- never feeling cold, never feeling too hot-, walking around barefoot. So many wonderful details and still so simple, so close to nature. If it wasn' t so expensive (though totally worth it) we would go there every year, forever!

Room Tip: every villa is great, feels like you are all alone on the island
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Steven-Philips, General Manager at Gili Lankanfushi, responded to this review, 7 March 2014
Dear Mariana

Thank you for taking the time to write such a blissful review of your stay at Gili Lankanfushi. We are so pleased to hear that your stay was “like a dream”.

We are delighted to read that you enjoyed so many aspects of our small island paradise including our wonderful turquoise lagoon with the abundance of wildlife to explore. Thank you for praising our Japanese restaurant, By The Sea as the best Japanese ever and for recognizing the efforts of our culinary team to provide you with a sumptuous breakfast feast each day. I’m sure you miss our indulgent chocolate room !

We would love to have the opportunity to host you once again, so please check our website where we currently have special offers in March and April.

Our team of Hosts eagerly await your return and rest assured we have many more unforgettable moments to create for you both.

Kind Regards,

Brad Calder
Resort Manager
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Kuwait City, Kuwait
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Reviewed 5 March 2014

stayed for 5 nights in February with my three children, the only down side was that thy dont have a kids club, but that is the hotel philosophy, what impressed me the most was that i suggested that the dive center provide guests with carry on cases for the fins snorkel etc... instead of guests having to carry them around with them, management notified me that thy placed an order for the cases a few hours after my suggestion which was very very impressive, the food was the best i had in Maldives, breakfast was disappointing for me as not a lot of variety was on display and you almost always had to order from the menu lunch buffet was great ,Japanese restaurant was divine, all the staff know everyone by name, rooms the most impressive in Maldives , and this is my 5th hotel in Maldives, great dive center and special thanks to Ahmed our Mr Friday for making our stay as easy and enjoyable as can be.

Room Tip: stayed in room 17 on jetty 1
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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Steven-Philips, General Manager at Gili Lankanfushi, responded to this review, 7 March 2014
Dear Abdullah

We truly thank you for taking the time to share your experience with fellow Trip Advisor readers, and for giving Gili Lankanfushi such a glowing review.

I was very appreciative to receive your wonderful suggestion to provide our guests with a carry case for their snorkeling equipment and it is because of our continuous commitment to continually improve our guest experience that we embraced your idea so enthusiastically.

Thank you for the wonderful review of our restaurant cuisine and your divine experience at our Japanese restaurant, By The Sea. Our food philosophy means that we do not display large parts of the breakfast menu as we prefer to cook our delicious dishes A’la minute to ensure the utmost quality for our guests. You may have noticed that even on our sumptuous evening feasts the majority of items are prepared live, by chefs at the buffet.

On behalf of your Mr. Friday Ahmed and all the Hosts who remember you so fondly, we do hope we will have the pleasure of hosting your 6th stay to the Maldives.

Kind Regards,

Brad Calder
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Copenhagen
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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, 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
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Preston, United Kingdom
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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, 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
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Property: Gili Lankanfushi
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
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Lankanfushi
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Hotel Class:5 star — Gili Lankanfushi 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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