Experience barefoot luxury at Gili Lankanfushi, a resort nestled in a glistening lagoon above a coral island. Each of the 45 villas at Gili Lankanfushi are built overlooking the waters of the lagoon, and connected together by wooden jetties. All villas come standard with king-sized beds, sun decks and patios, wide-screen televisions, and bathrooms with separate shower areas. Dining options include an overwater dining area, where guests can savor fresh seafood and local produce over the lagoon’s waters; By-The-Sea, a fusion eatery which combines Peruvian and Japanese cuisines with a beautiful view of the surrounding ocean; as well as in-villa and beachside dining. Guests may also indulge themselves at the full-service Meera Spa, which offers a number of facials, massages, and organic treatments derived from ocean ingredients. In addition, Gili Lankanfushi is also home to a fully-equipped PADI center, where guests can dive on the corals and abundant marine life in the area. Gili Lankanfushi is a 20-minute speedboat ride from the international airport at Male.
Why We Love This Hotel
A Unique Approach to Sustainability: The Gili Lankanfushi approach to luxury hospitality is innovative in its attention to staying true to the cultural and ecological surroundings of the Maldives' archipelago. From using sustainably-sourced building materials to sourcing locally-bottled still and sparkling water for guests, the Gili Lankanfushi is truly an “Eco Resort.”
Facilities with Local Flavor: The resort offers many unique facilities for Gili Lankanfushi guests to explore. The Organic Garden, Surf Shack, Jungle Cinema, and Popsicle and Ice Cream Bar are just a few outside-the-box examples.
Overwater Luxury: All Gili Lankanfushi accommodations are set above the ocean waters on jetties away from the main island, and the seven private Crusoe Residences that stand alone on stilts can only be reached by private boat
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- Fitness Center
- Outdoor Pool
- Poolside Bar
- Private Beach
- Steam Room
- Tennis Court
- Water Sports
These 18 one-bedroom rooms are spread across two floors and all have an open-air living room, spacious bathroom and private rooftop terrace. They also have a sundeck with direct ocean access, as well as signature Gili Lankanfushi design touches like teak wood and bamboo accents, plus plush bedroom furnishings with a king bed and daybed.
Villa Suite with Pool
These six luxurious overwater villas feature a private pool and living spaces, which are otherwise similar to those of the Villa Suite, including a spacious master bedroom with a king bed and daybed. Additional amenities guests can enjoy include a complimentary bamboo bicycle, an overwater sundeck, a rooftop terrace, a state-of-the-art Bose sound system and more.
Gili Lagoon Villa
These five overwater villas face west and offer expansive sunset views, with open-air living spaces spread across two floors. Spacious master bedrooms come with one king-size bed and a daybed, and other features include a semi-open-air private bathroom with an infinity tub, overwater sundeck and rooftop terrace.
Gili Lagoon Residence
The one-of-a-kind Gili Lagoon Residence is located at the very end of the resort’s west-facing jetty. Spanning two floors, the space comes with a master bedroom, living room, spacious semi-open-air bathroom and a rooftop terrace, along with all five-star Gili Lankanfushi amenities.
The six ocean-facing Residence Villas are situated at the secluded ends of two jetties. Each comes with a master bedroom, air-conditioned living room with a king-size bed and daybed, a spacious semi open-air bathroom, as well as a rooftop terrace.
Residence with Pool
These accommodations are similar in layout to the Residence Villas and come with a sizeable infinity pool complete with a catamaran net overlooking the lagoon. Expansive living and dining areas afford unobstructed views of the Indian Ocean, and signature Gili Lankanfushi amenities, such as personal assistants and a complimentary iPod with a docking station apply.
These seven standalone accommodations are accessible only by private boat and spread across two floors with a master bedroom, air-conditioned living room (convertible to a second bedroom), spacious semi open-air bathroom, and a private rooftop terrace. Choose between views of either the island or the sunset to the west.
Ideal for larger groups and those looking for next-level luxury, this room type features a spacious master bedroom with ensuite bathroom, plus an outdoor tub and shower area. There are also two large air-conditioned living rooms and a private gym, steam room and rooftop jacuzzi.
Family Villa with Pool
These two villa types featuring scenic sunrise views have a lavishly appointed ensuite master bedroom, an ensuite guest room, an L-shaped swimming pool, a private rooftop terrace and a family room at the far end of the villa, which offers far-reaching views of the Indian Ocean. These accommodations also include a large living space, a dining area, a pantry and powder room, and more.
The Private Reserve
Gili Lankanfushi’s Private Reserve accommodation is the ultimate in secluded luxury and includes a private luxury yacht for arrivals and departures. The “largest overwater villa in the world” also features an infinity swimming pool, spacious sundecks, a couples spa pavilion with sauna and steam room, an air-conditioned gymnasium, a cinema, a bar and even a water slide that runs from the Private Reserve’s top deck into the sea. There are two en-suite master bedrooms, as well as open-air living spaces that can accommodate additional guests.
For guests who have not chosen to stay in a room type with a private gymnasium, the Gili Lankanfushi’s in-house fitness center provides a perfect solution. It is equipped with all the modern workout equipment needed for guests to keep up with their personal fitness goals.
Gili Veshi – Marine Biology Shack
The island’s primary marine research facility is also the central hub for all sustainability and conservation issues. Many guest experiences are offered, so you can learn about how Gili Lankanfushi is preserving the marine environment and help with coral planting and other activities yourself.
The resort’s facilities form an ideal jumping-off point for guided activities, which include diving, snorkeling, water sports, a cooking class and dolphin-watching excursions.
The resort’s in-house cinema experience hosts movie nights that are a perfect option for families and any guests looking to take in a feature film.
The library features a well-supplied selection of genres and an impressive collection of literature in its sophisticated, relaxed environment.
The resort’s in-house spa sits in a secluded bay and offers everything from holistic, personally-tailored healing appointments to seaside yoga and meditation sessions. Highly-trained spa professionals begin each session with a mineral-rich sea salt foot scrub.
The resort’s treasured garden lies at the heart of the island and is home to abundant fruit trees, fresh greens and exotic herbs; many of the fresh ingredients used in the resort’s dining options are sustainably sourced from here.
Some of the most prized waves in the Maldives are right on the doorstep of Gili Lankanfushi, and the resort has teamed up with luxury surfing company Tropicsurf to offer guided lessons. Kids, beginners and even experienced surfers will find something suited to them among the many available surfing experiences.
For guests looking to swim laps or simply bask in a freshwater pool rather than the nearby saltwater lagoon and surrounding ocean waters, the spacious pool area features plenty of areas to lounge under shady umbrellas or bask in the sun while enjoying a refreshing cocktail.
Guests can stay fit with a bespoke tennis session, tailored to your level - beginners and experienced players alike. Advanced lessons, sparring partner sessions and complimentary 45-minute beginner lessons are available.
By the Sea
This intimate restaurant features a Japanese fine-dining theme. Guests should expect an ample sake list and acrobatics from a skilled teppanyaki chef. Sushi, sashimi, and other Japanese specialties are on the menu.
Fini Foni – Popsicle and Ice Cream Bar
“Fini Foni” means “Cold Sweet” in local in Dhivehi; guests may indulge in homemade popsicles and ice cream treats, as well as mouthwatering snacks and delicious cocktails.
Located beachside and open for both breakfast and dinner, Kashiveli translates as “coral sands” and embodies locally sourced, nutritious ingredients and vibrant flavors. Typical offerings range from traditional handmade Sardinian pasta and fresh Antalyan salads to spicy Indonesian Rendang curry and Tamil lamb.
The Overwater Bar stands on stilts in the lagoon and has light bites and fine champagnes, cocktails, and wines from the in-house cellar. Guests may pair Mediterranean-inspired dishes and catches of the day with a chilled coconut martini or a bottle of champagne for two.
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