We came here for 5 days on our honeymoon (spending another 5 days in another island afterwards) and it was like nowhere else we'd ever been. We felt like we were alone on the island at times, which was total bliss. There were only a dozen or so other couples staying at the same time as us, which made our stay even more relaxing and serene (this may have been because it was down season, it was May and the monsoon season was ongoing). We took a speed boat from Male and we were giving "no shoes, no news" canvas bags for our shoes before we arrived - part of the island's ethos, which was a pretty unique concept. I loved being barefoot for the duration of the stay.
Despite the tropical storms, this didn't dampen our experience. We stayed in an over water villa and were extremely well looked after by Mamdooh - our personal butler, who was always trying to make sure we were having a great stay (in spite of the unpredictable rain).
We would wake up and could snorkel right outside the back of our villa, with the open water ahead of us. We felt totally private. We had a lovely spa experience too, as part of our honeymoon treat, as well as a dolphin cruise where we saw lots of swimmer dolphins. The food was incredible, both at breakfast and dinner at the main restaurant, and also at the special Japanese restaurant.
There may not have been tons of activities (there was pool and tennis and watersports, but the latter weren't operational because of the weather), but the place is so gorgeous that you can spend your days soaking it all in without getting bored - especially what you need on a honeymoon after tiring wedding preparations etc.
If you are after total relaxation, privacy and luxurious bliss, Gili is the place to be!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Gili Lankanfushi Maldives is a short 20 minute boat ride from Male, the capital of the Maldives. It is a tiny coral island in a sparkling lagoon, with jetties threading across the water out to spacious villas. The forty four stilted villas plus the vast Private Reserve are crafted in a traditional style from natural materials and offer rooftop and over-water sundecks, featuring open air bathrooms, sumptuous daybeds and a personal entertainment center. For ultimate privacy, we have seven Crusoe Residences that are only accessible by personal boat. Come ashore for some great dining and equally great wines or perhaps a romantic moonlit dinner delivered right to the villa. The possibilities are endless. The interior decoration has been devised to recreate a natural habitat, using sustainable woods, natural materials and traditional fabrics, whilst still offering all the modern day amenities and creature comforts of true luxury. At Gili Lankanfushi, Maldives we are very sensitive to the environment. The utmost care has been taken in developing the island with respect to its ecological balance. The Maldives is a paradise for snorkeling and diving and the resort has its own fully equipped PADI diving school plus a variety of water sports. This place tops the list of must-do destinations for those seeking the aquatic paradise. ... more less
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