We spent two nights prior to our come back at Soneva Fushi. Gili is total opposite of Fushi. Water villas, spa and one bar/restaurant are all you get. Honeymooners’ paradise. Quite, scenic, water so blue that all photos taken there look like Photoshop work and sand smooth like feather. On our arrival we were told to keep shoes, it was so hot during our stay that it was impossible to walk without them on jetties. We tried once; I do not recommend this adventure to anyone.
We were given Crusoe villa which was isolated from land and reachable only by boat. Actually you are given one which you can use during the day or you can call service to pick you up if you wish to go to the spa or bar. Villa is huge and water isolation works perfectly. On upper open deck with additional bed you have both sunrise and sunset view. We slept one night on this open bed, it sounds more romantic then it is, it was windy and full of mosquitoes, to me it seems that it works better for in villa barbecue which we didn’t have.
As we stayed during full moon morning tide was so low that you could not swim in the sea around villa. I thought it was low until I saw low tide around jetties 2 and 3, no more then 5-10 cm of sea level. Advice - do not go during full moon, although I doubt that in the morning sea level can be much higher. Probably this is the reason why you have pool area and proper beach here.
Service anf food were impeccable. One of the best I encountered around the world. Spa was great as in Fushi. Gili is much smaller resort then Fushi and if you looking for complete relaxation with person you love you are at the right place. If you wish just a little bit more action then this is not place for you.
Snorkeling is much better in Fushi. Here you can snorkel between two small islands in front of resort - One Palm island and Three palms island.
One more note, as resort is close to Male you can hear boats and sea planes coming and going around all day and night. Gili is also very close to two other resorts, you can easily see what is going on there from Gili. I wasn’t bothered with that.
- 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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