There are many luxurious hotels in the world which offer all the mod-cons: exquisite food, extravagant decor and immaculate service. But there is one little place tucked away in the Maldives which is so much more than that. Gili Lankanfushi isn’t just a resort, it’s a sanctuary on water – a place where you can escape the all the pressures of day-to-day life!
Gili Lankanfushi Maldives: Heaven on Earth
You may be hard pushed to believe such a place exists, but after looking at these stunning pictures you’ll soon see what I mean! Following the mantra of ‘no news, no shoes’ this is the place to be when you want to just sit back, relax and soak up the positive energy. It has a legendary reputation too: this 5* resort was voted the best luxury hotel on TripAdvisor in 2015 and is Traveller’s Choice Winner 2016!
Gili Lankanfushiis located on the Maldives on the tiny island of Lankanfushi, about 20 minutes away by boat from the capital Male. It really has to be seen to be believed, so let yourself be transported as I show you a glimpse of this little haven. Booking a room here is also easier than you think, and I’ll show you just how at the end of this article.
Gili Lankanfushi Maldives: The building in front is one of the private lodges, accessible only by boat! As you can see the entire resort is perched above crystal clear waters and diverse coral reefs.
Gili Lankanfushi Maldives: The view from the private lodge’s lounge. Not a bad view at all!
Gili Lankanfushi Maldives: The beach restaurant is the perfect place for a little romance with the ambient lighting and amazing skies.
Gili Lankanfushi Maldives: On the main island of Lankanfushi you’ll find all sorts of amenities, as well as the boats which take guests to their private lodges across the water.
Gili Lankanfushi Maldives: The main island is home to all sorts of amenities – restaurant, water sports centre, jungle cinema, tennis court and more!
Gili Lankanfushi Maldives: The resort also has a well equipped fitness centre if relaxing 24/7 isn’t your thing!
Gili Lankanfushi Maldives wedding suite: A dedicated wedding pavillion to the south-west of the resort makes for the most stunning and memorable weddings in the whole world.
Gili Lankanfushi Maldives: Thanks to the walkways between the villas you can borrow one of the cute bikes from the main building and cycle to where ever you want to go.
Gili Lankanfushi Maldives: The hotel is environmentally conscious and take the time to care for their coral reefs, which means that it’s an excellent destination for snorkelling.
Gili Lankanfushi Maldives: The resort has sourced as much responsibly harvested wood when building their villas and jetties….and yes, that is a water slide!
Gili Lankanfushi Maldives: In addition to the restaurant there is also a mini ‘street market’ which offers cuisine from all over Asia.
Gili Lankanfushi Maldives: Whether you’re staying in the villas or a private lodge you’ll be greeted with wide open spaces that offer stunning views over the lagoon.
Gili Lankanfushi Maldives: The bar is classy and sophisticated with a view of the gorgeous waters below!
Gili Lankanfushi Maldives: ….and to top it all off, Gili Lankanfushi has some of the best sunsets in the world!
Gili Lankanfushi may look like a resort reserved exlusively for the mega-rich, but by looking for deals and booking in good time you too can experience heaven on Earth. In fact the company has exclusive offers and events on their website, so start looking now to avoid disappointment!
Booking with Gili Lankanfushi
Trivago is perhaps your best bet for booking as they compare various websites for the best prices. In addition the company also has various offers on their own website as mentioned above, so there’s a chance you could find an even better deal there.
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Still not convinced? This stunning video produced by the hotel will definitely do the trick.
You can fly to the Maldives from either London or Manchester, but there will be one stopover when flying from the UK. However once you land at Male it is just a 20 minute boat right to the Gili Lankanfushi resort. UK residents with a valid passport can obtain a 30-day visa at arrival to the Maldives upon showing valid onward or return tickets and that you have enough funds to cover your trip. The Foreign & Commonwealth Office can provide more information if you have any questions.
Getting to Gili Lankanfushi
The resort is 20 minutes away by a speed boat transfer, which is arranged by the hotel to suit your arrival time to the Maldives. It costs $185 for the round trip per person. When you arrive at the resort the staff will cater to your every needs, with butlers on hand to serve you at any time of day – they can even arrange excursions for you!
There’s no denying that Gili Lankanfushi is one beautiful hotel, and it’s probably the best place in the world if you’re looking for a bit of privacy on a romantic getaway! If you’ve ever been to Gili Lankanfushi in the past, tell us about your experiences and it may even end up on our blog!