Maldives – Imagine a place where time really does stand still. A peaceful haven of outstanding natural beauty, far from the stresses of the fast paced modern world. A sanctuary with space to truly reconnect to body and soul. Somewhere you are free to just be you.
Welcome to Gili Lankanfushi. A tiny private coral island resort lapped by the glistening, azure Indian Ocean. Sitting in its own crystal clear lagoon, an unbelievable luxury barefoot experience awaits. Feel the wind in your hair as the speedboat or our opulent yacht whisks you from Male’ international airport to our enchanting retreat, just 20 minutes away. Step ashore and leave your shoes aside, as the soft, white sand sinks between your toes and Mr. (or Ms.) Friday, a butler and friend during the length of your stay, greets you with a cooling spritz of peppermint spray. Time to exhale and leave everything else behind. You have arrived.
Here your idyllic personal hideaway is one of our 45 spacious, rustic overwater villas crafted from natural wood and glass. A palette of sparkling blues paints the horizon, the ocean stretching to infinity wherever you gaze. The open design, with indoor and outdoor living space, allows you the freedom to be yourself, the sound of the sea and warm breeze soothing all senses. No noise, no distraction and a private, exclusive home that has to be seen to be believed. Here, multi coloured fish dart in turquoise waters beneath the deck or glass bottomed bath, a curious heron perches on the rooftop, a gentle eagle ray glides by, the bounty of nature all around.
Our Crusoe Residences are accessed only by boat, drive one yourself or call a floating pontoon any time and more unparalleled magic awaits at our phenomenal four bedroom Private Reserve. 500 metres from the resort, the largest overwater villa in the world offers privacy, space and luxury beyond comparison. Each bedroom is as large as most villas elsewhere, with a new freshwater infinity swimming pool, cinema room, spa, gym, library, bar and huge dining areas at the water’s edge among countless incredible features. Wherever you stay, your own genuinely caring Mr. (or Ms.) Friday is available 24/7, discreetly second guessing every need or desire, ensuring a completely stress free stay.
Dining becomes an international adventure at Gili Lankanfushi, with our talented multi national and local chefs creating simple and fresh taste sensations on every plate. We believe your culinary experience can be the difference between a good holiday and an exceptional one.
Gili Maldivian Fusion dishes brim with herbs and vegetables straight from our organic gardens, while our pole and line caught seafood comes fresh from the Indian Ocean. A crisp Chablis or rich Malbec from our extensive selection of fine wines, tastes even better under our starlit skies.
Feast on an endless choice of cuisine at our exciting dining venues. Feel the sand beneath your feet at the Main Restaurant as you have breakfast like a king on a banquet of international delights, be it a freshly squeezed tropical smoothie from the healthy detox menu, dim sum or sweet French toast. Lunch from the organic salad bar or from the three course à la minute menus. By night, candles twinkle as you dine on Michelin star worthy fare, from delicately spicy Thai coconut soup to black truffle capellini. Allow our luxury street food markets to pique your senses, held four nights a week. Brimming offerings such as the Mediterranean Spice Souk, Asian Street Market, Fisherman’s Grill or Passage Through Indian Tandoor evening. Succulent sushi and sashimi are among tantalising options on the menu at By the Sea, our signature Japanese Fusion restaurant, which also boasts a fun, interactive teppanyaki grill table. Choose from over 24 martinis on the cocktail list of our Overwater Bar, built on stilts over the lagoon, or opt for a lunch of Mediterranean delicacies there as you soak up the dreamy ocean views.
For a wine tasting with a difference, follow a glass stairway down to our chilled underground cellar, slip a hot water bottle under your feet and let our expert sommeliers guide you with surprising yet complementary food and wine pairings with wines from our 400 varieties from 30 regions around the world. The culinary wonderland continues in our subterranean Chocolate and Cheese Rooms where exotic flavoured handmade chocolates will melt in your mouth and delicate artisanal cheeses set taste buds tingling. Or why not just let the finest foods come to you and dine in the privacy of your own villa? Life doesn’t get much better.
At Gili Lankanfushi nature becomes your playground with an array of activities to make the most of the incredible surrounds. Delve into the mystery of the underwater world on a diving trip: our multilingual expert instructors run night and day dives to some of the most spectacular sites in the Maldives. Snorkel with black tipped sharks and turtles, led by our marine biologists, learn to surf that perfect wave, the biggest break in the Maldives is just 15 minutes from the resort or windsurf across sparkling lagoons. Luxuriate on our incredible 14 metres Riviera yacht as you cruise through remote atolls, or visit local islands for a real insight into authentic Maldivian life. Wake up to a sunrise yoga class overlooking the ocean and after dark follow candle lit paths through the dense, exotic foliage to our jungle cinema for a movie experience like no other.
Gili Lankanfushi is a place made for romance, where incredible, life long memories are created. Watch the evening sun turn the sky crimson red as you sip champagne on a traditional Maldivian dolphin cruise for two, enjoy a sumptuous picnic just for you and your love on our very own private One Palm island, or even hold the ultimate wedding or renew your vows in our secluded Lagoon Champa – Wedding Pavilion. Our team is able to customise special events beyond your wildest dreams, from a seaplane flight to spy a secret message written on Palm Beach, to a ‘Love Treasure Hunt’ with clues leading couples to breath-taking romantic treat after treat.
Luxury lives in harmony with nature at Gili Lankanfushi and protecting our beautiful environment is at the heart of everything we do. Join in our ambitious Coral Line Project, the first of its kind in the Maldives, working to preserve and procreate colourful marine treasures. Or perhaps sign up for a science dive and help collect data with our team for the likes of Turtles with the Olive Ridley Project and the Manta Rays ID Project with the Manta Trust.
Our sanctuary is where you can nourish body, mind and soul making it a place where inner peace comes naturally. Step inside the serene, overwater Meera Spa and feel all tension disappear as you choose from a multitude of blissful treatments. Allow some of the world’s best trained therapists to pamper you with delicious products from luxury brands Voya and Sodashi, featuring only the finest natural ingredients, designed to rejuvenate and restore. Seaweed body wraps draw on nature’s healing powers, tailored facials leave skin aglow, while our special four handed massages encourage relaxation like never before. Visiting masters in residence add to our expert team, offering enticing, unusual options like Tibetan singing bowl sessions to enliven the spirit and focus the mind. Simply the most authentic holistic journey you could ever wish for. A journey back to you.
This is Gili Lankanfushi. A place like no other. A private haven to reconnect to self. To fall in love again with the wonder of life. To be and simply breathe.
Based on 2 people sharing, the opening category of Villa Suites’ rates start at $1,385 USD / night (excluding taxes.) For enquiries and reservations, please contact Gili Lankanfushi, Maldives at tel: +960 664 0304 or email: [email protected] For more information, please visit www.gili-lankanfushi.com.
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