As well as the truly breathtaking beauty of the private island resort, a huge part of Gili's magic is the service. The team of guest experience hosts - known as Mr/Ms. Fridays after Robinson Crusoe's loyal assistant - are unchanged, and offered truly seamless service throughout my stay. Nothing was too much trouble and I was always met with a friendly smile!
During my time at Gili Lankanfushi, I was lucky enough to enjoy several exceptional experiences that are on offer here. Perhaps my highlight was the 'Gili Wine and Dine' experience, on which I sampled amazing food (from sushi to ice cream) across all the eateries on the island - paired with exceptional wine, of course! Walking in between stops, it was also a great way to soak up my surroundings a little more.
Of course, the Maldives is renowned for its crystal-clear waters, so it was great to get stuck in with snorkelling. I just stayed on the house reef and still saw plenty of tropical fish in some seriously incredible colours. For keen snorkelers and wildlife lovers, there is also the option to take a guided trip further afield with the resident marine biologists, spotting turtles, manta rays and more!
The Gili Lankanfushi experience is all about taking a breath and doing things at your own pace, leaving behind the hustle and bustle of everyday life. What better way to do this than with a treatment at the magical Meera Spa? I was treated to a signature spa treatment using hot stones and bamboo, and have honestly never felt so rejuvenated and relaxed. I also enjoyed sunrise yoga on a couple of mornings, which set me up wonderfully for the best breakfast ever!