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Maldives Travel Diary: Gili Lankanfushi

written by ChristingC November 1, 2018


From the minute you are greeted at Male airport to that last wave farewell, you will feel like you are staying with family and friends. This is the true impression Gili Lankanfushi has left on us. Only a twenty minute speedboat ride away, this idyllic island is one of the easier to reach from Maldives’ Velana International Airport. Our family sprawled on a comfortable day bed on the resort’s speedboat and soaked up the fresh air while the staff treated us to refreshing ice cool towels and ginger welcome drinks. Before we knew it, our friendly Mr. Friday was greeting us at the jetty and whisking us away to our picturesque villa. Set over the crisp, clear turquoise sea , Gili Lankanfushi‘s villas are all over water and a perfect mix of laid back rustic vibes alongside all you would expect in five star luxury. Romantic four poster beds, glass encased outdoor showers, cushion adorned nets on the terrace, and wraparound windows which presented ocean views from every corner, were just a few aspects I couldn’t resist. There was air and space throughout, and you could even sleep under the star filled sky on the open top floor. A few easy, shallow steps led to the pristine ocean where even River, our two year old, swam comfortably. We spotted stingrays, reef sharks, and too many fish to count on our front step.When we actually felt the need to venture out of our villa the island had plenty to offer for us and our children. Tricycles were given to Dan and I which included a cushioned basket at the back for the kids. We loved this form of transport as did they, and as the island is small you can easily navigate by bike or foot in less than 20 mins. As you all know, we are major foodies so were excited that the resort’s dining experiences were plentiful with fresh vegetables and seafood at every corner. We loved wine tasting with their knowledgeable and likeable sommelier and the Japanese fare at By The Sea was a mouthwatering and fun way to enjoy the evening. Overwater Bar served up the best sunsets and cocktails and we were blown away by the quality of their delicious themed dinners.Our lovely Mr. Friday, Visam, won the hearts of our family and our usually timid children. He was there each breakfast ensuring our days were perfectly scheduled and even helped our children pick out their breakfasts while we explored the buffet. While we partook in wine tasting or cooking classes, Visam planned crafts or child friendly activities to keep Ever and River occupied so Dan and I could enjoy a quiet hour. The children were always excited to see their Mr. Friday and still talked about him a few weeks after we departed. I can’t praise the service enough at Gili Lankanfushi. Every single member of staff is not only willing to go above and beyond, but are genuinely friendly and want to ensure you have the best stay possible. They are helpful and informative when necessary, but also give plenty of privacy when you crave. Their dedication in getting to know their guests and anticipating their needs is what makes them so popular in the hospitality business.We were truly sad to say goodbye at the end of our stay. This resort is a treasure in the Maldives and I’m sure just one visit won’t be enough. Your family will enjoy the beauty and fun, and couples will find all the romance and tranquility they require. You won’t regret booking a few nights and experiencing the ultimate in barefoot luxury.


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