What to expect
- Sleep Quality
Last 5 reviews
AMAZING SERVICE - AMAZING PLACE
Thank you to the entire crew - from the boat driver to the housekeeping to the servers, everyone was so helpful and friendly. Thank you to the Friday’s Makif and Mifzal for the unparalleled service they out our stay. Thank you to Alif and to Zubba, for the service they always gave with a smile always. Rodrigo, ThNk you for being so easy to work with - you made this a dream come true. Thanks to Chef Hari, was so accommodating to our dietary needs. He and his whole team are spectacular. They and the entire crew are real professionals of Hospitality. They did not miss one request. Just when you thought they couldn’t do better, They do........ Hope to be back real soon.
Our recent family holiday in Gili Lankanfushi was undeniably the best experience we’ve had at any resort we’ve stayed in. My wife and i were last here in our honeymoon in 2009 (soneva gili)and decided to stay here again. The resort has changed ownership and i must admit; the experience this time was far superior! We stayed in the private reserve which was the experience of a lifetime- our Mr. and Mrs Friday (Rasheed and Naf) were exceptionally brilliant in the way they looked after us; we have never experienced better service anywhere- a huge thanks to both of them! It is difficult to find the words to describe staying in the reserve other than to say it was truly an experience of a lifetime!! (having said that i’ll be back again) The food and beverage were a cut above the rest of the resorts we’ve stayed in the maldives. Chef Hari and his team delivered the most personalised service and exceeded our expectations on every request. The food quality at every restaurant was exceptional and we couldn’t have asked for anything more! We are immensely grateful for their hospitality. On the whole the GM David and his entire team is what make Gili so special. The hospitality is second to none and they truly made us feel like family. I would highly recommend the resort to anyone who wants to truly experience perfection! Thanks to the entire Gili team and sorry for taking a while to write this! 😀
Incredible; better than I could have imagined
I've never been to a resort I loved, until this one; it wasn't just better than I had hoped - it was better than I even could have imagined. Everything about it totally blew me away. Every little detail of the villa, the island, the service, and every other aspect of the overall experience was clearly consciously designed and attended to, with a care and craftsmanship that was just breathtaking to discover, detail by detail. Gili is now one of my favorite places in the world; I'll be back regularly.
One of the very best!
Simply the best! Our stay at Gilli Lankanfushi was just one of the nicest experiences from the second we hopped on the boat transfer to Gilli to the very last moment we waved goodbye. What was so enjoyable? To begin with the grounds are immaculate with beautiful foliage ages old yet super clean everywhere. This place has seen many a thousand guest over the decades yet you will be as warmly welcomed as if you were the first. This effortless engagement remains consistent everywhere through the stay- a clear sign of a well managed and solid resort because employees are happy and proud to be working there and you feel this as a guest. Second the facilities are very well managed - beautiful relaxing spa and excellent gym with superbly well maintained machines and the option to play your own music set your own climate - effectively your own private gym. A busy program of activities available from tasting to cooking classes run by pros and lots of sunrise and sunset sailing options as well as the usual water sports. We saw a lot of marine life and at some point even a Napoleon fish which is rare. We had a sunset water Villa which was NW facing and perfect for us as we always had a lovely breeze and slight shade in the hot afternoons. There is some noise on this side from Male traffic so if you prefer quiet then go for one of those facing away from that side. Breakfast was at the beautiful beach every morning a little deeper water there for those who like but we preferred to swim around shallow waters closer and accessible directly from the Villa. Some stand out things which set this resort/ experience apart from others we have been to in the Maldives even if some are small details: - the food in general at this resort is very high quality with best produce and no skimping on premium goods eg. fruit and veg. we ate at the pool and breakfast bar (Kashiveli)/ In room dining/ speciality restaurants and they were all very impressive. In particular we enjoyed the immensely talented Chef Abraham's cooking at the "By The Sea" titled Japanese restaurant- really one of the most beautiful rustic meets chic restaurants we have been- this is an absolute must for couples as the setting is very romantic - dining at the Japanese we made a mistake with ordering a dish which turned out to be less to our liking. Chef Abraham came from the kitchen during service to ask about this. He then cooked the most beautiful specialty Hamachi Kama with delicate vegetables- simply the tastiest Japanese dish I have ever eaten! Thank you so much Chef for sharing your experience and talent in such a generous way- it made our evening even more special. Our lovely so switched on waitress who was very impressive in handling such a busy dinner service with such poise - the overall quality of experience at "By The Sea" was more like the ones we have had at michelins around the world.. be sure not to miss it! - at some point we had a need for some eye drops which were promptly arranged - not easy to do on an island yet quietly provided and they refused to accept payment for this which again stands out for its lack of nickel and dining guests which you sometimes see in the swanky Maldivian resorts - the flexibility of the "can-do" staff eg. asking for "off-menu" items was doen without fuss/ asking for borrowing items etc., nothing seemed too much to ask - the genuine interest in detailed guest feedback is the core of their operation as they do want to know what you enjoyed etc., and also provide forms on departure for this Whilst all staff were amazing and I am sorry I can not recall all the names we are very grateful to Kai for the best massage, the always welcoming Spa Receptionist, Naseem for his warmth and smiles daily, and last but definitely not least Rashid our amazing Man Friday who was very busy helping manage yet never let us feel he was too busy for us- we were lucky to have you as our guide to the island and hope to see you all again in the not too distant future!
Laid back slice of paradise
We adored our stay at Gili and would happily return. A very relaxed atmosphere, but combined with superb service, a magical setting and beautiful views from our villa. What made it so special? Early morning and evening snorkeling trips directly from our villa to spot the Eagle Ray and Reef sharks; the best spa we've ever visited with superb therapists ( Dr. Sohal Shah, the visiting yoga specialist was first rate); breakfast in an idyllic setting on the beach; David (the GM) and his senior management team, always in evidence throughout the day to ensure that everything was running smoothly; an outstanding tennis pro (Rodrigo, thank you). Any concerns? We deliberately wanted to stay somewhere close to Male to avoid a transfer by seaplane, which meant we were at Gili within 30 minutes of emerging from the airport. However, it does mean that you can see Male in the distance from Gili and see and hear the seaplanes at certain times of the day. It didn't bother us remotely, but if you're after total seclusion and silence, it just might. Overall, the quality and variety of the food is very good. However, the buffet lunch was limited and repetitive, but the a la carte option was good; the Japanese restaurant was first class; the evening buffets were very varied. Because of the size of the hotel, the range of options was somewhat limited and an additional restaurant would be a major plus. Oh, and the wine list and sommelier were very impressive. (Rowan was extremely knowledgeable and his wine tasting is highly recommended) The scuba diving was very good but the dive team was rather lacking in warmth and engagement. The watersports facilities were good, but minimal effort had been put into promoting them. Frequently, there was nobody there at all! Izzie was the standout member of the team - full of energy, charm and enthusiasm. The pool table and table tennis were welcome distractions when the weather changed. We had a superb time, and would like to thank David, the GM, and his entire team for making our stay so special.
© TripAdvisor 2021
These reviews are the subjective opinions of individual travellers and not of TripAdvisor LLC nor of its partners.