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  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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2021 Travellers' Choice Best of the Best
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.
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Room & Suite (1,290)1,290
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Property amenities
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Hot bath
Pool / beach towels
Infinity pool
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Fitness / spa changing rooms
Fitness classes
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary instant cofffee
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Poolside bar
Tennis court
Entertainment staff
Evening entertainment
Table tennis
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot massage
Full body massage
Head massage
Rooftop terrace
Baggage storage
Currency exchange
Gift shop
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
Butler service
Private check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Allergy-free room
Air conditioning
Private beach
Additional bathroom
Flatscreen TV
Private balcony
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Ocean view
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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English, French, Arabic, Chinese and 5 more
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Gerald C. wrote a review Yesterday
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You have to see this place to actually believe it. Before my fiancée and I visited this magical place, we did our online research and were amazed by each photo on their website and video on YouTube - but nothing prepares you for what’s in store. THE BEST ISLAND GETAWAY imaginable begins with you being met immediately at the airport (don’t bother exchanging USD, it’s accepted everywhere on the island). You’re then led to a speed boat where you’re given a scented cold towel and refreshing beverages made with organic fruits without added sugar (a natural experience offered and portrayed throughout your entire stay)! Once you arrive you will meet Nicolas and your Mr. Friday, but who’s a Mr. Friday? Mr. Friday is a loyal assistant and dearest friend during your stay! My fiancée and I were blessed to have none other than, Zubba, and we HIGHLY RECOMMEND you request him - here’s why! After giving us the tour of the island and leading us to our BEAUTIFUL sunset facing villa I asked him in private, “Where can I find a breathable linen outfit to wear so I can propose to her on the island!” He called their tailor onsite who Zubba personally escorted to my villa to have my measurements taken and dropped off the outfit the next day! We messaged each other back and forth to set up the surprise proposal and let me tell you, the set up was STUNNING! Covered candles, sand engravings with LED lights, sand carvings in the shape of a heart with a dinner table set with champagne and a personal dinner for two! He even arranged a pre-meeting on the beach overlooking the sunset with drinks before we blindfolding my fiancée (hehe)! With one of the most romantic and extravagant proposals, and ring in hand, she said yes! Sharrif, the private waiter, even climbed the palm tree to get the most BEAUTIFUL aerial shot of our proposal - thank you so much! Zubba, shocked us at first because he NEVER wrote anything down - then would approach us at the breakfast/dinner table (how did he know we were there) and prepared us for our schedule that day and the next! He knew our schedule better than we did and often preventing us from double booking! One time, while my fiancée was at the spay, he knew I wanted to learn how to wind surf, so he organized the equipment and began to teach me on his own! He also knew my fiancée wanted more photos on the island and personally arranged a photo shoot all over the island’s most scenic and isolated locations. Zubba arranged EVERYTHING from snorkeling, to kayaking, tennis (Nina was the most enthusiastic and patient instructor ever), private dinners led by the most wonderful chef’s Hari, Ruben and Abraham who are out of this world! Strong work to the Food and Beverage Manager, Rodrigo! There was a blinded dinner or “dine in the dark” experience (highly recommended by the wonderful host Mohammad), movie showings (they have a cinema in the jungle, shout out to Brian for the drinks!), massages, daily yoga and more intimate in-villa yoga sessions (the yoga instructors Jane and Davendra are also massage therapist and tailor their sessions to your ailments)! This island is more than a resort, it’s a concept and an organic way of living life each day! How can they create the most thrilling and rejuvenating get away, why do hundred of comments and travel articles/newspapers say, they will be back (myself and fiancée included)! You have to visit Gili Lankanfushi and you will see for yourself, this resort is like no other! P.S. Zubba is definitely getting a wedding invitation!
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Lisa K wrote a review Mar 2021
Dallas, Texas11 contributions4 helpful votes
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Spent a week here for Spring Break and our honeymoon. First let me start by saying that I have stayed at Four Seasons Resorts in BoraBora and Lana'i - not for bragging but letting travelers know I have been blessed to know luxury. Gili Lankanfushi surpassed the aforementioned (and I loved both resorts) with their personal service, food and commitment to your stay being the best it can be. First there's your personal Mr. Friday - ours was Zubba and anything we needed or had questions about - he was literally a phone call away. Everyday he made sure our needs were met and then he surprised us with a beautiful sunset romantic gift (photos attached). Second - we had the same wait staff for breakfast and dinner and they were awesome - Farhi and Thasleem. From day 2 of our stay they had memorized our preferences and because I ate Mashuni everyday - Thasleem got the chef to write out the recipe for me. Not only did Chef Harinath type out the recipes he personally delivered it one evening and added tips to help change the vegetables I could add to it. Then on the same night he prepared a sample of tuna belly specifically for us. But it was not only these members of the team that made our stay great. From the housekeepers to grounds staff, the marine biologist, the employees and services at the Spa - everyone you ran into was friendly and helpful. This trip occurred during the COVID crisis and there was much attention to cleaning high touch surfaces, mask wearing by all employees, and hand sanitizing stations everywhere. We stayed in a sunrise overwater villa with pool but you could see both sunrise and sunset. The lagoon outside our villa was great for snorkeling but also for just watching fish. The accommodations are lovely - there are couches comfortable enough to sleep outside and they also provide a night under the stars - queen size bed made up with sheets and special touches. The bedroom is air-conditioned but it was so nice to sleep in the open air that most nights we curled up on the couches. The bathroom is huge with an outside shower and your own enclosed lagoon area. You have bicycles so that you can walk or bike the resort - great way to burn off calories after overeating. Every night is a different buffet so you never get tired of the food. The beach is crystal clear and also great for snorkeling. House reef is very nice and there is a complimentary snorkeling trip with the marine biologist. It was my husbands first time snorkeling and they made a special effort to make him feel comfortable and he did!. The Gili representatives at the airport have great signage and assist you immediately after you clear customs and on the return flight they wait until you receive your boarding pass and walk you to the entrance for the departure area. Also on departure day - you receive a complimentary framed picture of you and your Friday. Lastly the fitness center is open 24hrs and there are complimentary yoga classes in the mornings. Hands down highly recommend this resort. It is a long trip from the United States but WORTH IT!!
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Date of stay: March 2021
3 Helpful votes
Response from Nicolas K, General Manager at Gili Lankanfushi
Responded 14 Apr 2021
Dear Lisa K, Thank you for taking the time to review your recent stay at Gili Lankanfushi. I am overjoyed to read your positive comments, particularly knowing how well traveled you are. At our hidden sanctuary we aim to offer our guests the chance to disconnect from the daily hustle and bustle of their busy lives, be it for a honeymoon, a short trip, or a birthday celebration, and achieving that gives a great sense of satisfaction. I am equally delighted to see that you found the recently renovated villas to your liking. Given their location over-water, they give direct access to the crystal clear waters of the lagoon, are a great place to spend the afternoon, as you watch an array of sea life swim by. Alternatively you can enjoy the upstairs decking for a romantic outdoor meal, or a sleeping under the stars experience, where you can fall asleep to a sky full of stars. The most integral component of any stay at Gili is the warmth and passion of our hosts who strive to offer unique memorable moments. These efforts are of course spearheaded by your dedicated Mr. Friday, Zuba, who appears to have made a profoundly positive impact on your stay. Similarly the personalized waiters in the restaurant, Fahri and Thasleem, have demonstrated the full extent of our hospitality. I will be sure to pass on your comments to them, as well as Chef Hari, and the rest of the Gili team. We of course look forward to welcome you back for a new chapter in your Gili story, Warm regards, Nicolas
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Kristina V wrote a review Yesterday
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My birthday celebration will be hard to beat after my stay at the Gili. Aside from the beautiful fully sustainable accommodations, the staff and service is what really stole my heart. A special thank you to Ismail for being so thoughtful and generous with his time ensuring an amazing stay. Another thank you to Johnson, Atfah, Taz, Abdullah, and the entire staff at Gili Lankanfushi. I hope to return soon and reunite with you all again. I feel so grateful to have experienced this for my 26th birthday and I recommend it to anyone who wants to feel special/make someone feel special!
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Date of stay: June 2021
footprintsss wrote a review Yesterday
17 contributions7 helpful votes
I visited with my husband and two young kids and upon arrival my four year old said “wow, it’s beautiful”. And beautiful it was - not just in scenery, architecture, interiors, amenities and facilities but most of all, in the level of service. Personable and friendly, every single person we encountered, from Adam from the housekeeping team, to Roderigo from the fnb team, to Zubba our Mr Friday, went out of their way to make their piece of heaven ours too, with amazing attention to detail and treating not just us but our kids like we were family. We were gutted to leave and cannot wait to return. Maldives is a magical place, but Gili takes it several notches higher because of their amazing staff. It’s no wonder they say we arrive as guests, leave as friends and return as family.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
Damon S wrote a review Yesterday
1 contribution3 helpful votes
We really had a great time defenetly coming back here I really enjoyed it and Mrs friday(nouf) helped us a lot with everything since we arrived till departure she's really great and friendly gonna miss her for sure
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
USD 1,399 - USD 3,293 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Gili Lankanfushi
Which popular attractions are close to Gili Lankanfushi?
Nearby attractions include Jafana Park (2.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Gili Lankanfushi?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Gili Lankanfushi?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Gili Lankanfushi?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Gili Lankanfushi?
Conveniently located restaurants include Sea Salt, Sunset Lounge, and Baraabaru.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Gili Lankanfushi?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness centre, and fitness classes during their stay.
Is Gili Lankanfushi located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.02 km away from the centre of Lankanfushi.
Are any cleaning services offered at Gili Lankanfushi?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Gili Lankanfushi?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Arabic, and Indonesian.
Are there any historical sites close to Gili Lankanfushi?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Mulee Aage (13.9 km).
Does Gili Lankanfushi have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.