Gili Lankanfushi

North Male Atoll, Maldives

At a Glance

  • Gili Lankanfushi has extremely high levels of service, with every villa having a Mr Friday to attend to guests' every need

  • The outdoor cinema shows films twice a week (Monday and Thursday) and is available for private viewings for the rest of the week

  • The Meera Spa is set over the water so guests can look into the sea below during their treatments

  • Gili Lankanfushi has a strong environmental conscience and awareness

  • There is a Japanese - Peruvian restaurant open for dinner five nights a week with sushi-making classes available at lunchtime, by reservation

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The Maldives has a tropical climate distinguished by two seasons, or monsoons: the dry northeast monsoon from December to March, and the wet southwestern monsoon from May to November, with more strong winds and rain. April is a transitional period noted for clear water and heat. The temperature remains remarkably consistent at around 30°C.

February to April is the hottest period and resorts are almost all operating at capacity during this period. Mid-December to early January comes at even more of a premium due to Christmas and New Year and prices are even higher. Easter and the Italian vacation week in August also attract peak prices at most resorts.

Storms are more likely from May to November, though it’s still warm, skies can be cloudy and the humidity is higher. This is the low season, with fewer people and lower prices, with the exception of August.

Diving is good year-round, although a basic rule is that life on the reef is more varied and visibility better on the western side of any atoll from May to November and from the eastern side of any atoll December to April.

The surfing season runs from March to October, which is when resorts are cheapest.

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Insider's View

Book a Crusoe Residence for the ultimate seclusion and privacy, separated from the main island you need a boat to reach your villa!

Why not have a private viewing and barbecue under the stars at the Jungle Cinema or location of your choice!

For those wine connoisseurs, enjoy an evening in the wine cellar where you will be spoiled with the 600 labels of wine. To keep you warm, guests are given fleeces and hot water bottles!

Take a sushi master class in their Japanese restaurant, By the Sea

Hand over your shoes on arrival to immerse yourself in their 'no news, no shoes' ethos

Ask your Mr Friday to set your bed up on your roof terrace and sleep under the stars

Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to Gili Lankanfushi

Description

Gili Lankanfushi is an over-water resort which combines barefoot luxury with sophistication. It is a small island with an intimate feel to it, diverse and experiential dining options and extremely high levels of service.

Gili Lankanfushi (formerly Soneva Gili) was the first all over-water villa resort in the Maldives and continues to lead the way with its palatial villas-on-stilts. There is a total of 44 villas plus the vast Private Reserve. All are crafted in a traditional style from natural materials and offer roof-top and over-water sundecks, featuring open air bathrooms, luxurious daybeds and a personal entertainment center. Some of the villas at Gili Lankanfushi are accessed by walkways and for the ultimate privacy others can only be accessed by personal boat. Gili Lankanfushi has a casual atmosphere, the food is superb and nothing is too much trouble for your personal Man Friday.

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 the utmost care has been taken in developing the island with respect to its ecological balance.

Dining experiences include a romantic, moonlit dinner on the deck of your villa, a sunset champagne cruise on a traditional dhoni, or dinners in the underground Gourmet Cellar - the settings are as memorable as the cuisine. From the fine wines to the excellent malts, Gili Lankanfushi has achieved a reputation for providing guests with unique dining experiences.

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Accommodation

Gili Lankanfushi offers just 45 sumptuous over water villas, including Crusoe Residences and The Private Reserve reached only by boat. Each villa has not only been designed and built with the utmost attention to detail, but are also environmentally friendly and reflect the harmony of life by the water’s edge. Each has its own private water garden and sun decks, and the bathrooms have a separate shower accessed along an open-air walkway.

Villa Suite

Located over-water either side of a jetty, the villa suite has a large over water sundeck, a hidden rooftop sundeck with a day bed and dining area and a large open-air living room also with daybeds and a dining area. The room is 210 sq m in total and is equipped with an open-air private bathroom with separate glass walled shower area as well as indoor facilities.

Available with an upgrade to a spa suite

Crusoe Residence

Secluded for total privacy, Crusoe Residences stand alone in the water and are only accessible by private rowing boat or by pontoon boat shuttle. Crusoe Residences have a private water garden, open-air bathroom. They have large sundecks, and a large air-conditioned living room with two large day beds and a dining table this room can be converted to an additional bedroom. The residence has a total area 250 sqm

Residence

Secluded Residences are located at the end of the jetties with panoramic views. Residences have a private water garden, open-air bathroom and some have Jacuzzis. They have large sundecks, and the addition of a large air-conditioned living room with two large day beds and a dining table this room can be converted to an additional bedroom. The suite has a total area 250 sq m.

It is also available with an upgrade to a spa suite.

Private Reserve

The Reserve enjoys uninterrupted 360 views of the Indian Ocean and is a 5 unit building designed in a rustic-chic style and sits 500 meters from the island, 300 meters from the closest villa and is accessible only by boat. The Reserve has a total area 1,400 sq m and includes 2 master suites, indoor and outdoor relaxation areas and sundecks,as well as an addition en-suite guest room. It has a large central, open plan living area, a private spa facility with sauna, steam room, indoor and outdoor treatment pavilions and an upstairs air-conditioned gymnasium. Mr and Mrs Friday (Personal Butlers) are on call 24 hours, and in addition there is a fully equipped gourmet kitchen. A waterslide is installed from the top deck into the coral pool. The Reserve has personal, easy-to-use motorized transfer boats so you can transfer to the island when you wish.

Childcare

Due to the fact that the majority of the villas are over water, children are accepted, but not encouraged to stay at Gili Lankanfushi for safety reasons.

Facilities

Gili Lankanfushi has a fully equipped fitness center, table tennis, badminton, tennis, beach volleyball and various water sports on offer. All villas have a Mr & Mrs Friday/Butler service.

Activities

The Ocean Paradise Dive Center is PADI certified and is equipped with the latest equipments with many renowned dive sites including world famous Manta Point are within 10 minutes boat ride. Guests can tailor their activities from a selection of water sports like waterskiing or wake-boarding around Gili Lankanfushi, snorkeling, dolphin cruises, sunset cruises, diving, fishing trips or any of the island based activities which seem endless.

Reviews

5

Gemma Dobson (Staff)

It is impossible not to feel relaxed within the first hour of reaching this incredible resort. The laid back 'no shoes, no news' motto is fantastic, there is something quite liberating about giving up your shoes on the boat and walking barefoot for your entire stay - it somehow makes you feel more grounded.

The villas here are all over water and have a fabulous bathroom with glass floor and separate outdoor shower. Replacing the traditional plunge pool there's a more eco-friendly version in what they call the water garden. Accessed via steps down into the ocean from your outdoor bathroom, here you can swim in your own walled water garden with visiting fish!

The food is great here and with much of it produced on island it is incredibly fresh. 80% of the vegetables are grown in the resort's impressive vegetable and herb garden. The main restaurant serves a varied menu and has a fresh salad bar. We dined here during their Maldivian themed night and enjoyed an array of different curries and grills accompanied by a 2 piece band playing traditional Maldivian songs.

They also have a Japanese restaurant serving fresh sushi and teppanyaki in yet another glorious location overlooking the water.

I certainly recommend a visit to the spa, we enjoyed a special mother and daughter spa experience where we made a body scrub with natural ingredients then applied it before having a wonderful full body massage whilst watching the fish swim underneath through the treatment room's glass floor!

5

Hannah Fullagar (Staff)

Gili Lankanfushi is a little piece of paradise! There is nothing better than having your shoes taken away and feeling the sand between your toes all week. All of the villas at Gili are over water, offering a really generous amount of space and privacy, and the rustic design really adds to the desert island feel. One thing that really will make your vacation special is your having your very own Mr Friday; on hand to do whatever it takes to make your vacation that little bit better - it's far too easy to get used to having him around!

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(Press)

Built using sustainable materials and furnished with natural fabrics, Soneva Gili is eco-conscious but also very chic. There are 45 contemporary over-water villas, two restaurants, a bar, a subterranean wine cellar, a swimming pool, a tennis court and a dive center. The Six Senses spa is in its own tranquil, over-water domain. While all the rooms are gorgeous (each with a sun deck and open-air bathroom), the Private Reserve is spectacular. Reached by boat, it has three bedrooms, its own spa, a waterslide and resident staff.

X-factor Each luxury water villa has been designed to provide 360-degree ocean views; the open-air bathrooms ensure guests don't have to miss a single moment of sea-scanning.

5

Alice Moseley (Staff)

The over water villas at Soneva Gili are definitely something to write home about. With plenty of space and numerous sunbathing spots, you won't want or need to leave your villa. You really do not need to lift a finger as each villa is assigned a Friday to be at your beck and call to ensure you have a vacation of a lifetime!

5

Susie Reynolds (Staff)

This property never fails to blow me away. Every time I return I fall in love with the rustic nature of the design, which does not compromise on luxury while maintaining the eco ethos of the resort. The staff are always so charming and really believe in what Six Senses aim to offer. The food, even buffets (which I’m not always so keen on) are second to none and along with Soneva Fushi I think offers some of the best cuisine The Maldives have to offer. The villas here are vast with huge living space including a roof top deck - perfect for dining and sleeping under the stars.

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Location & directions

North Male Atoll, Maldives

Gili Lankanfushi 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.

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