Perhaps as close to paradise as you can get, Gili Lankanfushi is set across an island of lush tropical vegetation, surrounded by coral sands and the tantalising turquoise waters of one of the largest lagoons in the Maldives. With a 'no news, no shoes' policy, a stay here is all about laid-back living and getting away from the everyday, encouraging you to swap mobile phones and hectic schedules for barefoot luxury and unforgettable experiences...
Let Love Blossom
Perfect for a first-time couple's trip, extra-special anniversary or utterly unforgettable honeymoon, the spellbinding surroundings of Gili Lankanfushi alone are enough to make love blossom. Combine this with the peaceful, private villas and an array of experiences for two, and it's clear to see why this is often considered one of the most romantic resorts in the world.
Offering a wealth of serenity and space for quality time together, villas flaunt direct ocean access, an overwater sundeck, semi open-air bathroom with infinity tub, and private rooftop terrace with romantic daybeds and dining furniture - perfect for soaking up the sunshine, sipping sundowners, enjoying a candlelit dinner for two, or even sleeping beneath the stars. If you can tear yourselves away from your villa, there is a seemingly endless choice of activities that celebrate romance. Set sail towards the sunset and toast to the two of you aboard a wooden dhoni boat or sip champagne as you search for spinner dolphins from the deck of a luxury yacht, before feasting on incredible island cuisine in equally inspiring locations - from the beach, to the Organic Garden, to a secluded private island.
A Warm Welcome for Families
While better known for its romantic allure, Gili Lankanfushi warmly welcomes guests of all ages and, with the new Family Villas unveiled in the resort's renovation in 2019, it is a wonderful choice for an escape with the entire brood. Designed with families in mind, these luxurious retreats flaunt plenty of space across their two bedrooms, two bathrooms, two living rooms, a sun deck, roof terrace, steam room, gym and pantry - phew! Two Family Villas also boast beautiful L-shaped swimming pools with endless Indian Ocean views.
The whole family can broaden their knowledge and learn more about the marine marvels of the Maldives at the Gili Veshi Marine Biology Shack, a wonderful research facility and the central hub for all sustainability and conservation initiatives on the island - including rehabilitating coral reefs, tracking any reef changes and providing data of various wildlife sightings. The interactive 'Dive Against Debris' programme offers a monthly complimentary scuba and snorkel reef cleaning activity for guests to enjoy, combining an unforgettable experience with helping the environment - win win!
All ages will also love the array of activities that embrace Gili's location close to some of the best surf breaks in the country, offered in partnership with luxury surfing company Tropicsurf and their experienced instructors. The dedicated children's programme offers three days of lessons focused around having fun with surfing, while a lesson in the calm lagoon is great for all the family to enjoy together. All surf programmes and trips are bespoke and tailored to your preferences, whether it is a private or group session.
Gili Veshi Marine Biology Shack
Family Villa with Pool - Living & Dining Area
Surfing Lagoon Lesson
Good food is a key ingredient of any unforgettable luxury holiday and Gili Lankanfushi offers it in abundance. There are three restaurants to choose from - offering everything from vibrant market-style spreads to fine-dining Japanese fare - as well as an ice cream stand and subterranean wine cellar, housing more than 500 labels!
The 'Gili Wine and Dine Experience' invites you to embark on a different dining experience each night of the week, feasting on bespoke Maldivian-inspired menus created for you by a team of chefs. Ingredients are as fresh as you can get them, sourced from local fishermen and the onsite Organic Garden. If you're a fan of a tipple, a variety of tastings are on offer with an expert sommelier - including wine (paired with cheese or chocolate), sake, champagne, gin, brandy, rum and whiskey!
In keeping with the resort's focus on sustainability, it is set to unveil its new 'Powered by Plants' package in 2021. Check-in to your sustainable villa and uncover vegan treats and wool-free bedding, before feasting on colourful, balanced and delicious plant-based menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner, each dish using organic herbs, vegetables and fruits lovingly grown in the garden. The package also incorporates various incredible nature-based experiences - including a private vinyasa flow yoga class, guided snorkelling expedition and private vegan cooking class to prepare delicious Maldivian curries that are completely plant-based.
By The Sea
Service Tailored to You
If spectacular scenery, exhilarating excursions, first-class food and luxuriously rustic accommodation aren't enough, Gili Lankanfushi is also renowned for its unique hospitality. The terrific team of guest experience hosts are known as 'Mr and Mrs Fridays', named after Robinson Crusoe's loyal assistant and dear friend. Available to call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, your trusty host can help with absolutely anything you may need - whether unpacking your luggage while you get your bearings, organising dreamy dining experiences and unforgettable excursions, or keeping little travellers entertained.