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  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
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2021 Travellers' Choice Best of the Best
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.
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Property amenities
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Hot bath
Pool / beach towels
Infinity pool
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Private pool
Fitness / spa changing rooms
Fitness classes
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Poolside bar
Tennis court
Entertainment staff
Evening entertainment
Table tennis
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot massage
Full body massage
Head massage
Rooftop terrace
Baggage storage
Currency exchange
Gift shop
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
Butler service
Private check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Allergy-free room
Air conditioning
Private beach
Additional bathroom
Flatscreen TV
Private balcony
Room service
Wake-up service / alarm clock
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Room types
Ocean view
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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English, French, Arabic, Chinese and 5 more
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lucyleslie34 wrote a review Yesterday
London, United Kingdom1 contribution
Gili Lankanfushi is up there . We’ve been to 6 other islands but this is the only one we’ve returned to. It has everything . Food quality incredible , service outstanding , cleanliness & overall wow factor
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Date of stay: January 2022
Sleep Quality
M R wrote a review Oct 2021
Munich, Germany19 contributions46 helpful votes
Hotel's Favourite
We stayed a week in a Crusoe sunset villa and it was the best stay we had in the Maldives so far. As soon as we were picked up by a nice boat for the 20 min transfer we were in a whole different world. After a personal greeting on arrival we were directly transferred to the villa. The view is spectacular and the hammock in front gives the entire setting an enormous graciousness. The villa itself is really spectacular. Everything is quite natural with a lot of wood, but all necessary comfort is there. A very effective and silent air condition, a well designed outdoor shower, a large living room, a separate bedroom with a second toilet. The view is truly one-of-a-kind from every room. Technical difficulties were addressed effectively and immediately. We had the privilege of a turtle visiting the water in front of our terrace multiple times a day, but there were lots of additional local fish, sharks and mantas. The food was truly outstanding and the kitchen was always flexible. We had someone with dietary requirements in our party and those were addressed outstandingly (even though we did not announce them in advance). Truly exceptional is the wine selection and the knowledge of the head sommelier who presented to us interesting new choices as well as the classical first-rate-wines. The prices of the wines were reasonable. In general the staff was very attentive to detail and remembered everything. We ate in the main restaurants that have wonderful themed buffets and had lunch in the villa enjoying the privacy of our own terrace. Drinks in the bar can be consumed in loungers under the stars. There is daily excellent housekeeping and turndown service, locally sourced water (both still and sparkling) is available in large quantities at no additional costs. The „Mr. Friday“ is the key interface to everything and everyone on the island. This systems works remarkably well, even though the Mr. Fridays have to juggle a number of villas at any given point in time. One of the best additionally available features for us was the „Jungle Cinema“ experience where we could watch (either privately for a fee or twice a week for all guests) Movies in the most romantic settings possible. There also is a beach cinema, but we did not try it as it was quite windy when we were there. The departure was very well organized as well and the airport service on the ground covered everything up until the point where we had to go to passport control. All in all is was a great stay and this is the first Maldives Resort where we want to come back to in order to enjoy it over and over again. In particular we would like to thank: Our Mr. Friday Mifzal, who was always available for us, very considerate and friendly. It is truly amazing to see the professionalism with which he conducts himself and is able to balance so many interests. He is truly interested in the well-being of his guests while never being intrusive. You contributed significantly to a wonderful experience, thank you for your time and dedication. The Sommelier Gayan. Mr. Gayan was truly one of a kind. We have travelled a lot around the Maledives and Seychelles, and it was abundantly clear that he is the best Sommelier we ever dealt with in South East Asia. Not only is his wine selection second to none, but you can talk to him to wines of Europe and the new world and learn always something new. We did not think of doing a wine tasting, but did it when we got to know him. He arranged for us a very special location for the tasting and was able to surprise us with a grand selection of wines. Thank you for all the insights and the good discussions. As we loved the Jungle Cinema we need to mention Shifaz, who arranged two private screenings for us with such a level of creativity and attentiveness that these evenings will always remain -literally - in our hearts !! - Thank you. This review would not be complete without mentioning our housekeeping team under Bakuru‘s leadership. They were really flexible as we always requested different times for them to come and they very extremely accomodating. Also, we would like to thank and highly recommend the team at the Spa. We tried out different treatments which were all very good. Sudani was a wonderful therapist for my wife’s Auyurvedic and relaxation treatments. Kia introduced me - a Spa Novelist - to deep tissue massage and did everything to mobilize my body. Afterwards I really felt much (!) more flexible than before. I admire her strengths and techniques. For me it was the first, but by no means the last Spa visit. We are already looking forward to come back in June 2022. Thanks to everybody for a remarkable and memorable experience.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from Matthew Senyard, Guest Services / Front Office at Gili Lankanfushi
Responded 18 Oct 2021
Dear 179mr, Thank for taking the time to write such a detailed and thoughtful review of your stay at Gili Lankanfushi! It is truly warming to read just how much you enjoyed every aspect of your stay. From the culinary experiences, to the Crusoe inspired barefoot luxury of our Villa's. To have so many marine visitors frequenting your Villa is truly special and something you can only experience in the Maldives. We're so glad that you were able to enjoy some of the activities on offer. The jungle cinema is certainly different and a lot of fun, and it sounds as though you had a wonderful time indulging in the Meera Spa too. It sounds like the perfect combination for a relaxing time. Thank you also for your special mentions of Mifzal, Gayan, Shifaz, Bakuru, Sudani and Kia. We will surely share your wonderful review with them and the whole team, they will appreciate reading it very much. We are eagerly anticipating your stay in June 2022 and look forward to helping you to pen another chapter in your Gili story. Sincerely, Matthew Senyard - Resort Manager
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Maike S wrote a review 16 Jan
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Gili Lankanfushi is a magical place. No words can fully describe the experience to spend some time on this outstanding resort. Many thanks to the amazing staff. Everyone was so friendly, always open for a chat and really passionate in making your stay as perfect as it can be. Especially these little moments and surprises made a real difference. Our sincere appreciation goes also to our Mr. Friday Alif who was so attentive and organized a very special moment for us. We will always remember the time at Gili Lankanfushi and hope to be back soon.
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Date of stay: December 2021
Sleep Quality
Room Tip: Pool-Villa in Jetty 1 with view to Sand Bank
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Beatrice wrote a review 15 Jan
Kirchzarten, Germany2 contributions
We stayed for the second time at the Gili Lankanfushi and loved it again from the first moment. Everything was perfectly organized - pickup, warm welcome, check-in… until departure - so that is was pure relaxation. We were especially happy to see again our wonderful Mr. Friday Mifzal who remembered everything from the last time. His service was remarkable and he exceeded our expectations every day. In the restaurant team especially at breakfast we enjoyed the perfect hospitality of Abdullah. In addition Athus welcoming smile was always the perfect welcome every day when we arrived for breakfast. The team at the over water bar and the sommelier were also very knowledgeable and attentive. Thanks also to Shazu who was so kind to lend us her go pro camera for a snorkeling excursion. We can highly recommend the Gili and really hope to come back soon again!
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from Matthew Senyard, Guest Services / Front Office at Gili Lankanfushi
Responded yesterday
Dear Beatrice79199, Thank you for returning to stay at Gili once again, and for writing and sharing your review! It was a delight to read that once again, you had a wonderful time with us; from the welcome at the airport, to the fond 'see you soon' on the evening you departed. I am glad to read too, that the wonderful Mifzal, Abdullah and Athu all took such wonderful care of you during your stay. I hope that we will have the chance to welcome you back soon, perhaps next time with your children so that we can help you to create some magical Gili moments together. Until then. please stay safe, well and keep smiling. Sincerely, Matthew Senyard - Resort Manager
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Myf B wrote a review 15 Jan
5 contributions3 helpful votes
This was our 3rd visit to Gili Lankanfushi and we have already booked our next visit! It is really difficult to know where to start as everything is just perfect. From the wonderful welcome at Male airport to the boat ride with a lovely crew to the arrival at Gili, you feel like you are in a dream. It had been 3 years since our last visit (due to the fire and then Covid) but to say that Gili has improved would be an understatement. The work done on the villa's is just beautiful (we were in a Crusoe sunset villa) and the staff are as amazing as always, under the incredible leadership of Nicolas as General Manager and now Matthew as Resort Manager. Where to start..........the staff are fabulous. Rasheed was an amazing Mr Friday. He was so wonderfully calm yet had everything so totally under control. Nothing was ever a problem and he was always there to check that we had everything that we needed. The F&B team also absolute joys - under Rodrigo's leadership the staff were quite incredible and a particular thanks to Athu and Ibrahim at breakfast, Gayan, Rohan and Rahman as sommeliers were also amazing and we had such a fun wine and cheese tasting in the organic garden with Rohan - highly recommended! The rest of the bar team are also a real credit and a particular call out to Shyju and Bo Bo who have been there on our previous visits and it was wonderful to see them again. They make a fabulous Apple and Lemongrass mojito which I am already looking forward to having again on our return visit. My husband and I had some wonderful spa treatments from Sara and Siska and it was so lovely to see the incredible Pat continue to manage the spa which was as amazing as always. The food!!! Chef Hari is a gem! The quality and variety is amazing and particularly the market nights which are such fun and impossible to pick our favourite. But the a la carte menu and breakfast menu's are also incredible and you will never go hungry! The passion, enthusiasm and love with which the food is prepared and served is a joy to behold. A particular thanks to Nicolas, the General Manager and Matthew the new Resort Manager who continue to lead the amazing team at Gili and maintain the Gili promise of 'barefoot luxury'. Gili Lankanfushi is the best hotel and destination my husband and I have ever experienced. We are already looking forward to our next visit!
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Date of stay: January 2022
Room Tip: Crusoe Residences are amazing
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Response from Matthew Senyard, Guest Services / Front Office at Gili Lankanfushi
Responded yesterday
Dear myfb12, Thank you for returning to stay at Gili, and for taking the time to write and share such a delightful recount of the third chapter in your Gili Story. It was indeed a pleasure to meet you both during your most recent stay, and I am humbled to read just how much our wonderful team made you feel like part of the Gili in your home away from home. I will surely share your review with the entire team, and I am sure that they will be as proud to read it as I have been. We are all looking forward to welcoming you back for another round of barefoot luxury (it will come around quicker than an English innings I'm sure), and in the meantime, please stay safe, well and keep smiling. Sincerely, Matthew Senyard - Resort Manager
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Frequently Asked Questions about Gili Lankanfushi
Which popular attractions are close to Gili Lankanfushi?
Nearby attractions include Jafana Park (2.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Gili Lankanfushi?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Gili Lankanfushi?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Gili Lankanfushi?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Gili Lankanfushi?
Conveniently located restaurants include Sea Salt, Sunset Lounge, and Sea Breeze Cafe.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Gili Lankanfushi?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness centre, and a sauna during their stay.
Is Gili Lankanfushi located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.02 km away from the centre of Lankanfushi.
Are any cleaning services offered at Gili Lankanfushi?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Gili Lankanfushi?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Arabic, and Indonesian.
Are there any historical sites close to Gili Lankanfushi?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Mulee Aage (13.9 km).
Does Gili Lankanfushi have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.