‘No news, no shoes’ is the motto at this barefoot luxury resort where wearing shoes is optional. Step into relaxation right from the start as you leave your slippers tucked away in your bags and slip into mermaid mode as you finn around coral outcrops and schools of colorful fish. With days spent basking in the sun, playing with dolphins and delving into Asian cuisine it becomes crystal clear why Gili Lankanfushi was declared the best hotel in the world.

Location

How do I get to the Island? When is the best time to visit?

From the moment you step off the plane it’s like stepping into a James Bond movie as you are whisked away on speed boats that glide over pristine lagoons to the hidden sanctuary that is the resort you will call home for the days to come. As you settle into your new home and step out onto your private sun deck it’s hard to ignore the fact that you have found paradise.

Key Facts

  • situated on the lush private island of Lankanfushi in the North Malé Atoll
  • a stone throw away by speedboat from Velana International Airport and Male City
  • enjoy pristinely clear waters perfect for diving from January to April or prime surfing conditions with consistent swells from mid February to November

What is special?

  • there’s no need for luck as spotting the spinner dolphins, green sea turtles and reef sharks that inhabit the azure lagoons around you are a daily treat
  • dive into the deep blue as schools of fish pass you by and head over to a variety of renowned dive sites not far from the resort or enjoy the 50 meter drop off at Lankanfushi’s house reef
  • spend your days strolling and biking over powdery soft and sugar white beaches to hidden lagoons

What do the guests say?

  • highly recommended as the best honeymoon or wedding location in the Maldives
  • guests are speechless at the beautiful views and call this place “Heaven on Earth”
  • the perfect location for snorkeling and diving

Accommodation

What kind of Villas can I choose from? Will I spot marine life from my room?

Finding a place where you can truly switch off in this day and age is an incredibly rare feat that Gili Lankanfushi succeeds with flying colors. Private sundecks, rooftop terraces, outdoor showers and a bath overlooking the sparkling and turquoise lagoons all come together to create the perfect home for your stay.

Key Facts

  • 45 rustic-chic villas hover over transparent lagoon waters as wooden jetties thread out from the tiny island and others stand alone in the sea
  • choose from a variety of 7 villa categories
  • relax in your environmentally friendly villas that each feature sun decks, separate showers linked to the bathroom and semi open-air walkways

What is special?

  • bask in the sun and fall in love with Maldivian sunsets in your very own large over water net seating areas
  • treat yourself to a special kind of luxury and escape to the Private Reserve reached only by boat
  • sight sharks, stingrays and other colorful marine life below, through built-in glass panels in the floor

What do the guests say?

  • rooms are beautifully designed to compliment the blue lagoon surroundings
  • the pictures don’t do the villas justice and exceed expectations
  • guests are mesmerized by the amount of detail and care put into the accommodations

Pools & Spa

What kind of treatments are being offered? What is the relaxation area like?

Slip into comfy robes and watch all the colors of the rainbow unfold below you as you descend into relaxation heaven and let the scented bliss of this serene sanctuary draw you in. The soothing staff, the secluded bay sprawled across languid waters and the ambiance of light, neutral and soft colors all come together to create a nurturing experience you are sure to enjoy.  

Key Facts

  • the spa area consists of six over-water treatment rooms, an Ayurvedic Treatment Champa, steam and sauna rooms and an open-air relaxation area
  • a fusion of several distinct treatments focussing on pressure points, massages, as well as Ayurvedic medicated oils and holistic therapy helps to inspire your senses
  • salute the sun come dawn or dusk in the resort’s seaside yoga and meditation Champa

What is special?

  • take time to rejuvenate and heal from your long travels to the resort with a special Jet Lag treatment offered within the first 24 hours of your stay
  • the spa area sits on stilts above the water and allows you to watch the fish swimming below you as you get a massage
  • wash away your worldly woes with a mineral-rich seaweed foot cleanse, the start to every treatment in Meera Spa

What do the guests say?

  • a clear favorite that visitors love, is looking through the glass floor to the ocean while therapists knead all their stress away
  • many guests return to the spa for further treatments  
  • visiting the spa is an absolute must during your stay

Culinary

How many restaurants can I choose from? What kind of cuisine can I expect?

Each night of the week, embark on a unique Gili Wine and Dine experience at exclusive locations peppered around the island. Gili Lankanfushi takes pride in it’s homegrown menu filled with fresh healthy meals bursting with flavor. Dine as your mood directs as an array of the islands venues lend themselves nicely to a collection of food experiences. 

Key Facts

  • three restaurants spoil you with the finest dishes Asian cuisine has to offer
  • an over water bar built on stilts hovers over the lagoon and offers a casual menu and a wide selection of sushi, Mediterranean delicacies and a fresh daily catch of fish
  • By The Sea presents a Japanese culinary adventure combining breathtaking views of the ocean with intimate dining for just 26 guests

What is special?

  • choose an array of different locations to enjoy an intimate beach side candle-lit dinner under the stars  
  • sample mouth watering fruits, fresh greens and exotic herbs straight from the resorts luscious organic gardens
  • embark on an experiential Gili tasting journey that introduces you to Gili Wine & Dine offerings in 5 different locations around the island

What do the guests say?

  • the outstanding and impeccable service is greatly praised
  • growing fresh foods in the on-site gardens is something guests greatly appreciate as it is not easy to grow produce on a secluded island
  • food is mouthwatering, excellent and as expansive as one would expect

Activities

Where can I go snorkeling? What kind of day trips does the resort offer?

Adventure waits just at the bottom of your stairs that end in the gin-clear turquoise waters below, flaunting a private section of coral garden. As you spend your days discovering the underwater kingdom, spotting small reef sharks and brightly colored schools of fish you will be left feeling like you have spent your day in an aquarium.

Key Facts

  • dive into the Maldives’ dramatic underwater kingdom with the resort’s Ocean Paradise Dive Centre
  • pop on a snorkeling mask and head to the 50 metre drop off zone at the edge of the house reef to find turtles, rays, sharks and maybe even Nemo
  • catch waves on some of best surf breaks in the country right by your doorstep with tropical temperatures, low crowds and consistent swells

What is special?

  • set sail on sunset dolphin cruises and experience these wonderful animals in the pristine waters they call home
  • spend luxurious yet eventful days as you set out to sea for whale shark watching trips on the resorts 14 meter riviera yacht
  • cuddle up with your loved one at a moonlit private cinema experience surrounded by lanterns with on hand-and-foot waiting throughout the movie

What do the guests say?

  • visitors love the variety of trips in store
  • the perfect environment for setting off on adventures of your own
  • dolphin cruises are greatly requested