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Gili Lankanfushi Maldives
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“Barefoot paradise”
Reviewed 29 April 2014

Excellent service from the minute we arrived. The resort is beautiful with stunning sunrise and sunset views. There are a lot of activities including a dolphin cruise, morning yoga, jungle cinema to name a few. Highly recommend the palm beach destination dining. The concept of a personalized host is a good one. Our host Gasim made sure we were well taken care of and always looked out for the well being of our little girl and always made sure she was happy and comfortable. We will definitely be back.

  • Stayed April 2014
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Steven-Philips, General Manager at Gili Lankanfushi Maldives, responded to this review, 9 May 2014
Dear Kristiana Lee

Thank you for sharing the highlights of your recent stay at Gili Lankanfushi with fellow Trip Advisor readers and for recommending our Palm Beach destination dining.

We are so pleased that you experienced so many of the wonderful activities that our beautiful island has to offer. Your Mr. Friday Gasim is very pleased that his efforts to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable were appreciated.

I am pleased to read that you will definitely be back to our “Barefoot Paradise” and we do hope that on your return visit you will try one or more of our many other unique destination dining experiences.

Kind Regards
Brad Calder
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 25 April 2014

My husband and I went for our honeymoon and just loved it!! This is 100% the place for someone who wants a luxury yet relaxed vacation in a stunning and private setting. While we met a few interesting people we loved that it felt like we had an island to ourselves. There was a great sense of privacy and simplicity, yet it still managed to be over the top. The food was off the charts!! They grow a lot of their own produce on the island and you can truly taste the difference between the lettuce grown there and what you can buy in a local market. We also loved that they encourage you to go barefoot which we eagerly embraced. We LOVED Gili Lankanfushi and hope to make it back soon - in the meantime we are sending our parents.

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Steven-Philips, General Manager at Gili Lankanfushi Maldives, responded to this review, 3 May 2014
Dear Mika
Thanks ever so much for your great TA review subsequent to spending your Honeymoon with us and again Many Congratulations!

The tranquility and privacy of the the Island is very important to many of our guests and we are very pleased that you recognised this. Saying that, there are guests who also love to be activity based and we are also pleased to be able to offer a wide range of sporting activities.

Our Organic gardens are also an integral part of the Gili Experience and contributes greatly to the high standard of cuisine that you mentioned. Our gardeners work tremendously hard to keep the quality and variety going and do a fantastic job to maintain this.

We look forward to seeing you both back with us soon and in the meantime I hope that the great memories remain until we see you again.

Warmest of regards

Steven
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Reviewed 25 April 2014

We (family of 5, kids 6 yrs, 9 yrs, 10 yrs) discovered this dream-come-true-destination via tripadvisor and having returned yesterday from our 10 day Easter-Vacation can give you a short review while the memory is still fresh. First - here's our verdict summed up in one word only: A M A Z I N G!

Now for the longer version:

A) is for the A grade of service you experience every single moment. Starting from the personal greeting at the airport to a completely hassle-free checking in at your spacious and beautifully decorated villa (we had a Crusoe Residence at the end of the jetty with sunset- and sunrise-view) to every time we were seated at our table for breakfast or dinner. It's top-notch service like you want it to be. Helping you with requests when there are some, yet respecting your privacy when you just want to indulge in your dinner or a conversation. Need special service? My wife had a bruised shin from a kayak paddle and the doctor stopped by, applied bandages and cooling spray so she was up and running again in no time.

M) is for Meals. Whether its the breakfast with its ever changing choice of smoothies, the enticing cheese variety stored in the wine cellar, then some hand made pralines to top it of or the themed dinners like the full moon candle light dinner at the beach or the asian street market with its artistically prepared treats (try the fried coconut ice-cream) – eating at Lankanfushi is an experience beyond words. Did i mention the By the Seas restaurant? We saved this one for last, had a special Sushi platter and some Wagyu beef tenderloin we will never forget.

A) is for accommodation. Our Crusoe Residence was huge! A giant living room with AC and beautiful view over the lagoon. This is were our three kids were sleeping in real beds (not the usual foldaway-extrabeds!) looking at the dancing lights that reflected at the ceiling from the waterview-window on the floor. The parents bedroom has AC and its own writing desk with WLAN access, a beautiful comfortable double bed overlooking the lagoon. The bathroom is also huge, features a small jetty to your shower, a bathtub with lagoon view and your own private ocean pool accessible by a few wooden steps. The top floor has a lounge bed you can use to sleep under the stars or enjoy reading a good book in the golden light of the afternoon sun.

Z) is for zings to do. We went on a dolphin cruise, saw them swimming right next to the boat and doing flips in midair for about 30 Minutes. We were snorkeling at Manta point, saw 4 sea turtles, large Stingrays and some impressive yet completely harmless black tip reef sharks. My ten year old son came with me diving and saw a murray eel and an octopus hiding in their caves. After that he and his younger sister started to learn Windsurfing which was a breeze with the excellent instructors on staff. Even though there are huge Flatscreens TVs in our rooms none were switched on even once ;-) Yet the jungle cinema was a treat we didn't want to miss so we had a private screening on our last day which was - needless to say - again fantastic. The kids had their own activities like pizza baking, cookie decoration and an underwater easter egg hunt, too. Spa Treatments? A pure bliss! Looking through the glass floor at the colorful fish while getting a soothing Balinese massage is something you can not afford to miss!

I) is for our ingenious Mr. Friday (Gasim). When you arrive at the island you are greeted by your own private assistant called Mr. Friday (see "Robinson Crusoe" for reference) that will expertly support you with everything you want to know and do. Want to play football with the staff on their own training ground? Mr. Friday can do. Want your own private yacht for the afternoon? No problem. And then there is the things you don't ask of him, but he might just guess from your questions. Like having a sneak peek into the Private Residence, the 1.200 qm biggest over water villa in the Maldives that is available for 5.000 - 15.000 USD/day? You guessed it. Mr. Friday can do.

N) is for natural. This 5 Start Resort is not only embedded fully in nature, it respects and nourishes it as well. There are straws for cocktails, but from paper not plastic. They grow their own vegetables in the organic garden which you can visit, too. They started a coral line project where you can give money to have your own coral grown and see it online until it is brought out to the reef for future generations to enjoy. Just ask the local marine biologist for details (a great guy you can have with you when snorkeling or diving, too). They don't sell any coral products or shells, only handmade items from plants, coconuts etc.

G) is for greatness. With everything we've seen, everyone we've met - greatness comes to mind. And it comes in many many forms over there. We hope that Lankanfushi remains this true paradise for years to come as we are planning to return next easter. And if we understood our kids right - one day they want bring their own children too. It truly doesn't get any better the this!

Room Tip: We had Villa 39 on Jetty 3 and were completely happy.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Steven-Philips, General Manager at Gili Lankanfushi Maldives, responded to this review, 3 May 2014
Dear Frederik

The team were over the moon to hear your comments when I read them out yesterday. Thank you so much for your kind words.

We have been in communication since your visit and again i am so sorry that FC Bayern lost in the football. Better luck next year.

All at Gili Lankanfushi look forward to seeing you and the family on your next visit and we all wish you all the best and healthy year ahead.

Cheers

Steven
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Madrid, Spain
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Reviewed 24 April 2014

When we arrived in Gili Lankanfushi we were so delighted by the landscape and the exclusive service that after 2 hours we had completely forgotten all the problems and issues from home. We were relaxed and calmed.
The breakfast is one of the most healthiest options We´ve ever tried. Don't forget to try the ayurvedic formulas to relieve your problems.
I suffer from an autoinmune illness, and as I can't have tap water, even filtered, they provided mineral water during our stay, so... what to say but THANK YOU VERY MUCH!
The owerwater villa was amazing, superb, it excedded our expectations!!
The dinner with the special cuisine every night was delicious... We are allergic to spicy things like black, red or white peper, chilli, wasabi... etc. Some times you have to remind the staff, because as the shifts change, they are not very up to date with that, but that is the only thing I consider they should take more seriously.
We will come back for sure next December.
We highly recomend NOT to take the trip to Male, isn't worthy to lose one of your days in Paradise, I will recomend a short excursion the day of your departure before heading to the airport.

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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Steven-Philips, General Manager at Gili Lankanfushi Maldives, responded to this review, 3 May 2014
Good evening

It was wonderful to read your recent TA review after your stay with us at Gili Lankanfushi and we all very much appreciate the time it took for you to complete it.

The Food and Beverage and Kitchen teams were over the moon to read that you had picked out their services as particularly performing well and have asked me to pass on their thanks. They have also taken careful note reference the communication between shifts, when guests have particular requirements. Many thanks indeed for that advise.

We look forward to seeing you in Decemberon our lovely Island and assure you of our firm commitment to on make your next visit an even more memorable one.

Best of regards

Steven
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 23 April 2014

My partner and I recently stayed at Gili Lankanfushi in one of the Villa's and from the moment we arrived we were blown away by this incredible resort! Gili offers not only private luxury in its picturesque over the water villa's but it has an earthy and natural and warm feel!
We were treated to the highest quality of spa treatments and our Mr Friday - Shivas helped us with whatever we needed. The service from staff, Mr Friday and the resort manager was warm, friendly and faultless!
Every day offered different cuisine that was mouth watering! Great variety and 5* quality!
For those who love diving, this is the perfect place to go, with friendly and experienced Padi registered instructors. Loads of dive sights available and the snorkelling around the island is just as exciting, with coral reefs preserved and protected and lots of marine life!
The photo's don't do this exquisite paradise justice!!
A peaceful, natural, yet luxurious retreat that is both breathtakingly romantic and full of great experiences and opportunities!
We highly recommend this place and will be back for our honey moon!!!

Room Tip: All rooms seemed amazing!
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Steven-Philips, General Manager at Gili Lankanfushi Maldives, responded to this review, 3 May 2014
Good evening from the fantastic Maldives

It was with the greatest of pleasure that we welcomed you to Gili Lankanfushi this year and it was great to read that you had again had a fantastic time with us.

Gastronomy at Gili is an integral part of our guests experience so it was wonderful to read that you felt that your dining experiences were great. We have a plethora of offering when combining our restaurants with our destination dining, and it is very much appreciated by the vast majority of those visiting us.

It was also great to see that you enjoyed the diving herea dn the dive team were so pleased to read this also.

Shivaz was very pleased to read that you felt that he had looked after you so well and has asked me to pass on his thanks.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Gili Lankanfushi and in the meantime wish you an amazing year ahead.

Warmest of regards

Steven
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 22 April 2014 via mobile

Spent 5 days over Easter at Gilli and it went by in a flash. We were totally surprised by the high quality of the food and choice available which is comparable to high end establishments we visit in Singapore. The cave dining experience with wine pairing is a must along with a visit to the Japanese by the sea restaurant but book early to avoid disappointment. Over water villas are fabulous and we enjoyed one on the sunset side which is a short swim to snorkel over the coral reef. Service is first class and friendly and the management here are doing a first class job.

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Steven-Philips, General Manager at Gili Lankanfushi Maldives, responded to this review, 29 April 2014
Dear Heccy
Many thanks for such a great review subsequent to your stay with us and in particular your comments about the culinary offering we have at Gili Lankanfushi.

We take great pride in both our Restaurants and the many different Destination Dining experiences we have. The Wine Cellar as you say is of great pride to us and is particularly popular to all who vivit us.

We very much hope to have the opportunity to be of service to you again in the future and in the meantime, the whole team at the Resort wish you a great year ahead.

Cheers

Steven
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed 21 April 2014

If there was one word to describe paradise then this is the place to come. As i arrived by boat which is only 20 mins from male i was greeted by the Duty Manager of the resort Mr Steven Phillips who was very warm and welcoming making me feel right at home.

The villas were out of this world. Have you ever imagined your own private get away where there was just your self and no one else yet you felt free and relaxed?? Own private stairs directly into the water with your own hammock, Well this place has it all. I was there for 3 days and it was the best feeling not to have to wear any shoes at all. The crystal clear white sand and water is something that can not be described. It is that clear i could see the fish swimming and also a sting ray while having lunch on the water.

The spa facilities were amazing and the pampering sessions had everything to offer. The ambiance was so relaxing as soon as i lay on the bed for a massage i was fast asleep. The fragrance and aromas did there job very well.

The villas were consistency beyond anything i have ever dreamt of. As i travel around the world for work this island of dreams is a great place to get away and recharge the batteries.
The one thing i like about the resort is that it is very nature friendly there are plenty of water sports that don't require engines eg: paddle boarding and snorkeling to scuba diving. There is even an organic vegetable garden which uses its own produce which the meals are out of this world and very fresh.

The Friday concept is amazing as the staff are always willing to please and help out with any arrangements.
The hospitality of this resort is exceptional and very warming. I like the fact that the General Manager Steven is a fantastic host and always around the resorts speaking to guests making sure they have everything they need.

Everything was perfect :-)

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled solo
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Steven-Philips, General Manager at Gili Lankanfushi Maldives, responded to this review, 29 April 2014
Dear Stephanie
It was with the greatest of pleasure that I read out your recent trip advisor review subsequent to you short break with us.

We have already spoken about your next visit which we are thoroughly looking forward to, but I thought that I would formally thank you for your very kind words and plaudits. Until we meet again. Cheers 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
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Hotel Class:5 star — Gili Lankanfushi Maldives 5*
Number of rooms: 45
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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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