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Gili Lankanfushi, Maldives, Indian Subcontinent
Meet your proverbial paradise isle, leading the way in barefoot luxury with its overwater villas – the first of its kind in the Maldives. Indeed, there’s a ‘no news, no shoes’ philosophy here at Gili Lankanfushi and guests are actively encouraged to leave their footwear on the boat, their laptops at home, and to embrace the stress-free nature of island life. A refurb and reopening in late 2019 also make this concept sound even more appealing!
Gili Lankanfushi re-opened at the end of 2019 and does not disappoint. Located in one of the largest lagoons in the Maldives and boasting spacious overwater villas that provide spectacular ocean views from every room, it's one of the most famous and luxurious hotels in the region.
Here you’ll find 45 villas including some on private islands only accessible by boat. Rooms feature chunky wood furnishings and a sense of colonial style. There’s a sitting room and an open-air deck with a ladder straight into the lagoon. Bathrooms come with a panoramic bathtub. Upstairs, there’s a roof-terrace for dining or sleeping under the stars, and you’re treated to your own Mr (or Ms) Friday.
Kashiveli Restaurant hosts themed cuisine evenings, The Passage to India serves curries, and By the Sea conjures up Japanese fusion dishes.
The resort has its own PADI diving school with watersports activities, swimming pool, and spa with glass floor panels so you can watch the tropical fish bobbing along throughout your treatment.
When you think Gili Lankanfushi can’t get more perfect, plastic is banned, food waste is composted and organic toiletries come in earthenware containers.
Location & Getting There
Gili Lankanfushi is located on Lankanfushi Island, North Male Atoll in the Maldives. It's just a 20 minute boat ride from Male International Airport.
Guests will find 45 overwater villas, including some on private islands only accessible by boat. These offer the utmost in privacy and sophistication.
Sunrise yoga/tai chi, volleyball, tennis, jogging, large selection of board games, library, sandbank picnics, dolphin cruises and watersports.
The weather in the Maldives is good year round.
Children are most welcome at Gili Lankanfushi. Tailor-made itineraries can be made for children focusing on education with a marine biologist.