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I have booked three rooms for my family for May 2020. I booked and paid directly through the hotel's website, a total deposit of more than US$27,000. The rate also included a guaranteed late checkout at 7pm. After I informed the hotel about our flight connection, we were "kindly" offered to wait somewhere in the lobby until our evening departure. I then pointed out that we had booked a guaranteed late check out. I was then offered that we may keep one room based on availability. On my further insistence that we were guaranteed a late checkout for each room, I was apologized and then informed that this was of course the case but that they reserved the right to move us to another room from noon on. But this is not a late check out. I then gave up on that. Due to Corona we decided in the middle of March to cancel the booking. Fortunately our rooms were fully refundable. So we did not need a "Corona" as a reason, because we are allowed to cancel without any reason. At first we were “kindly” offered that we can change our booking for free. Thus, for the fourth time I have to discuss with the hotel their own booking conditions. They accepted this with a further excuse and offered a refund within 40 (1) days, a thing that meanwhile was extended up to 100 days. A refund after 3 months? The character comes out in times of crisis. You better go to another hotel. By the way, one is especially unfriendly to single travellers: they have to pay the same amount for the food package as a couple.
The perfect paradise
Wow! This place is tropical goals! The Maldives is a beautiful place to visit, but our time at Gili Lankanfushi was INCREDIBLE! The food is phenomenal, the overwater villas are stunning (with sharks, fish and rays passing beneath your feet), the island is amazing and the staff are so warm and welcoming. Nothing is too hard for the staff to assist with, including our wonderful host Ismail. And the crystal clear water, empty palm-laced, white sand beaches were a stand out. We got engaged here too! We hope to return for our wedding and honeymoon! Highly recommend.
Fantastic as always
A huge thank you to the team at Gili Lankanfushi for making our holiday so special despite there being very few guests due to the current situation. We were the last guests to leave. Special thanks to our Mr Friday Ismail, to Nazeef for the one dive that we were permitted to do before the ban, to Harri the executive chef who made our stay extra special with superb food and some outstanding destination dining including breakfast in the sea! Also thanks to Chef Michi who we’ve known for many years as we used to dive with her. Our Mr Friday Ismail was outstanding as always, so kind and always there for anything we needed and truly made our holiday an amazing experience. Gili is our favourite place to stay in the world and we can’t wait to come back next year for our 7th visit when things hopefully have returned to normal. We wish you and your families well during these difficult times and look forward to seeing you reopen soon.
This is a very special place!
We’ve just had the great fortune to be "trapped" on Gili Lankanfushi for 10 days instead of 5 (due to the Covid-19 travel restrictions) and can’t praise the whole staff highly enough. Everyone went over and above to ensure we had the most amazing and special time. The service was superb, as was the choice and quality of food. Much as we would have liked to be trapped there longer, our waistlines wouldn’t have appreciated it! A big shout out goes to our Mr Friday, Visam; the wonderful sommelier Rohan, and the talented, very patient resort marine biologist, Tiana, who took us out snorkelling on the house reef many times. We were supposed to stay at the resort this time last year but couldn’t due to the fire. We are so glad we re-booked. The whole holiday was a complete barefoot, eco-friendly delight!
Next-level barefoot luxury
Having read countless positive reviews about Gili Lankanfushi, we decided to celebrate our wedding anniversary there. It was also our 4th visit to Maldives and I must say, Gili lived up to its expectations! As soon as you step foot into the island (barefoot), you get the back-to-basics vibe. Sustainability is engrained everywhere. Everything about our experience was nothing short of excellent. We had the most amazing Mr Friday, Makif who made our stay much more memorable - very attentive, friendly, and always accommodating to our requests. An anniversary cake was prepared prior to our arrival, followed by a romantic bubble bath. We stayed at the lagoon villa which had perfect sunset views and the gorgeous overwater hammocks in front of the villa. There are fantastic spots for snorkelling just after the lagoon with abundant marine life. We saw sea turtles, and even just from our villa, we spotted stingrays, eagle rays, and black-tip sharks. You’ll never be short of food options at Gili - extensive breakfast spread with an option to order from a la carte menu, themed dinner nights. We were very impressed with the selection of food they had for in-villa dining. Never thought we would have in-villa hotpot in the Maldives. It was somewhat unfortunate that our stay occurred when lockdown measures for COVID-19 started as well as disrupted flight schedules. We were pretty much stranded (stay was extended) but I can assure you that there’s no better place to be stranded, but this beautiful island. Amidst the Covid/flight chaos, the team at Gili Lankanfushi handled the situation exceptionally well. Our return travel arrangements were fully handled but the team (especially Nicholas) leaving us stress free! Everyone staff we encountered at Gili made us feel at home. Special mention of Rohan (sommelier), Soda, Angeline, Rizwan, and Shifaz for their hospitality. Not forgetting to mention the housekeeping team as well, who kept our villa spotless. Thank you Gili for the wonderful experience. We hope to be back soon!
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