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Gili Lakanfushi is widely considered to be one of - if not the - top resorts in The Maldives. One of the things which drew me towards this property is its status as one of the most eco-friendly Maldivian resorts, and its focus on luxury wellness. Resorts in the Maldives seem to go one of two ways: eco-luxe or modern and lavish. Gili Lakanfushi sits firmly in the former camp, which was a big pro for me. When I’m in The Maldives, I like to feel as though I’m as far removed from civilization as possible! The rustic glamor of Gili Lankanfushi was exactly what I was craving when I jetted off - it was the perfect antidote to my hectic hometown of Miami. One of the things I loved the most about Gili Lakanfushi was that the higher-end overwater villas were only accessible by boat! Another highlight was the spa and the wellness journey packages that were so thoughtfully put together. Gili Lakanfushi does a lot more than just pay lip service to wellness - it integrates it into every part of the island experience. If you can, I highly recommend opting for the 7-day Meera Rejuvenating Stress package whereby you get to enjoy daily tailored treatments that will leave you feeling like a whole new person at the end of the week. In terms of wining and dining, I highly recommend a visit to the dreamy Overwater Bar. It’s the perfect place to grab a light and healthy lunch or some exquisite cocktails at sunset, which are made all the sweeter by the panoramic ocean views. On Sundays, the Overwater Bar serves Indian food and as a self-confessed spice addict, this was right up my street. Finally, I must mention the stellar service. Each party has a ‘Mr. Friday’ butler to take care of their every need, and trust me when I say nothing is too much trouble for these guys. Gili Lakanfushi really sets a new standard for thoughtful service. Thank you for an unforgettable stay.
Heaven on earth
There is the 5 star resort/hotel service and then there is the Gili-Lankanfushi service. Not to sound arrogant, but my wife and I travel the world and have stayed at many 5 star hotels/resorts around the world and we have never experienced such delightful service as what we have received last week. From our Mr. Friday, Alif, to Rohan the sommelier, to Siyan, Ziyan and all the way to the General manager Nicolas, they have made us feel like royalty while keeping their distance to respect our privacy. They have found the perfect balance. Alif, our Mr Friday was extraordinary. Always on the lookout for us and he seemed to always know what we needed. We have never been pampered that much and I feel guilty to sat that it felt great. We usually are ready to go home after a week long holiday but this is THE vacation and THE destination we did not to leave. I would highly recommend all future visitors to request Alif (not that the other Mr and Mrs Friday are not good). He is just simply the best. Food was also divine. Fresh caught Tuna was served daily among many other local fish. If you are a snorkeling and diving fan, I would highly recommend swimming around the edge of the drop off near 1 palm island. I was very hesitant because of the sharks but they actually did not bother us and we saw a bounty of marine life. I can go on and on about Gili and how wonderful the staff and the resort is but for me and my wife to say that we cannot wait to go back says it all. We rarely go back to the same spots as there are so many places in the world to visit but Gili is that special place that makes you want to come back. I hope this review was helpful to those of you planning your first trip to the Maldives.
Amazing place, paradise
I arrived grumpy from the airport and my mood changed instantly breakfast was a delight and then the enduring thought was “the kindness of strangers” who during my two weeks day became my friends what a wonderful time I had that’s all I need to say The place has really grown on us Normally I would write a comment on the special staff but truly on this occasion they all were a fantastic team, specially Fiyaz,Riyaz ,Azuleem, Nicolas, Amjadh, Rohan, Niang, Ruban, Siyan, Hari, Athfa, Thasleem, Farreh.
Magic Place with the highest hospitalyty standards
I have been traveling to Maldives over the last 30 years, and this hidden and boutique place is one of my favorite resort for love birds looking for magic, attention & privacy. We have been taking care from our arrival to departure, and the team led by our Mister Friday Makif has exceed our expectations all the time. I strongly recommend for the ones that want to live a maldivian dream. The watervillas at the Lagune are stunning and the service and love to Details are impressive. The cherry on top was the creativity, friendliness and support of the executive chef Hari. The whole team is perfectly trained and makes your stay special. We will come back for sure
Well worth a return visit to island paradise!!!
You don’t need to source further for your Maldives vacation – Gili Lankanfushi is the answer! What can I say, this was our 2nd visit to Gili Lankanfushi (first visit in 2017) and the island is still amazing. This was our second week after a previous week in Soneva Fushi. From the airport arrival to the departure, everything was smooth and perfect. As many others stated, the boat ride was a short and nice 20-minute ride. This is a big advantage of this island specially for those who are having a long travel and didn't want to lose any additional time transferring. We were not disappointed with Gili Lankanfushi as the island is even more beautiful after our last visit 4 years ago. It has beautiful flora and fauna and the gardeners work tirelessly to make sure it stays a perfect paradise of wonderful colour and exotic species. The water villas are so amazing. We stayed in Crusoe 4, which I highly recommend. It is extremely spacious and comfortable, with all conveniences which you would expect from a 5* resort. We had Zubba, our Friday, who gave us a very personal and professional service with a smile at all times. He really looked after all our needs during our stay, booking massage in the Spa, water sports, snorkelling, excursions etc. Nothing was too small or too big of an ask and you can see that he was never annoyed by any requests. The restaurants were all great and so was the service. The chefs would come out and talk to you to make sure everything was made to your liking and the servers were great to us. Just a shout out to the superb service of the executive sous chef Ruben. He was always receptive to making dishes with a positive attitude even if they were not on the menu. There’s one night that we were lazy to go out, he recommended that we try the chateaubriand in our Villa, and it didn’t disappoint us. Ruben is such a great asset to your wonderful team. Such a wonderful personality and always coming by to say hi whenever we were in the restaurants. We’ve never encountered a chef like him before. Truly the most genuine staff we’ve encountered. We miss his authentic carbonara with eggs and pecorino cheese that he thought my husband how to cook on a Mediterranean buffet theme. Lastly, thank you for great leadership of the general manager Nicolas. He was everywhere and on top of things with his welcoming smile and presence. Never have we seen a general manager so approachable and visible all throughout our stay. Overall I would highly recommend this resort. It was exactly what we were looking for - very relaxing, lots of sunbathing, snorkeling, great food and drink, with superb service.
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