Gili Lankanfushi, North Malé Atoll, Maldives
Gili Lankanfushi, Maldives is an intimate coral island in a sparkling lagoon, with jetties threading across the water out to spacious villa accommodations. Everywhere you look, marine life abounds. And the gleaming waters beckon.
This 5-star resort is set on the private tropical island of Lankanfushi in the Malé Atoll, one of the 19 atolls that stretch over 800 kilometres through the Indian Ocean. It is one of the 1190 islands that make up the Maldives.
Luxury dining comes in the form of a private dinner on this secluded island. The cuisine will whet your appetite with fresh offerings and local produce, while the extraordinary settings will leave an indelible impression.
The surroundings are teeming with marine life 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 in the know.
At Gili Lankanfushi, they are very sensitive to the environment. The utmost care has been taken in developing the island with respect to its ecological balance.
Location and Transfers
Gili Lankanfushi is set on the private tropical island of Lankanfushi in the Male’ Atoll, just a 20-minute speedboat ride from the International Airport at Male’, the capital of the Republic of Maldives.
Ultimate privacy can be found at Gili Lankanfushi™. With just 45 sumptuous overwater villas, including Crusoe Residences and The Private Reserve reached only by boat, you’ll have a piece of paradise all to yourself. Each villa is designed with the utmost attention to detail, and built to be environmentally friendly. Your own private water garden and sun deck, as well as a separate shower linked to your bathroom by an open-air walkway allow you to live right by the water’s edge.
Villa Suite – total area 210 sqm, King-sized bed, fetaures a large open-air living room with daybeds and dining area, rooftop sun deck with daybed and dining facilities, over-water sun deck with sun loungers, open-air private bathroom with separate glass walled shower area. One villa in this category includes a Spa Suite
Residence – total area 250 sqm. Secluded for total privacy. Features a King-sized bed and some with two single beds, large air-conditioned living room with two large daybeds and a dining table (convertible to an additional bedroom), additional television with satellite channels and DVD player in living room, kitchenette, rooftop sun deck with daybed and dining facilities, over-water sun deck with sun loungers, mini wine cellar, open-air private bathroom with separate glass walled shower area. One villa in this category includes a Spa Suite
Crusoe Residence – total area 250 sqm. Crusoe Residences stand alone in the Indian Ocean, secluded for total privacy. Feature a King-sized bed, private rowing boat/pontoon boat shuttle to main island, large air-conditioned living room with two large daybeds and a dining table (convertible to an additional bedroom), additional television with satellite channels and DVD player in living room, kitchenette, rooftop sun deck with daybed and dining facilities, over-water sun deck with sun loungers, mini wine cellar, open-air private bathroom with separate glass walled shower area
The Private Residence – total area 1,400 sqm. Luxuriously appointed living space in the middle of a turquoise blue lagoon. Situated 500 metres from Gili Lankanfushi and 300 metres from the closest villa, accessible only by boat with uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean. The Private Residences are 5-unit buildings designed in rustic chic style, they feature 2 master suites, each with ceiling to floor windows on 3 sides, private indoor and outdoor relaxation areas and sundecks, 1 guest room with ensuite bathroom located on the 2nd floor. All bedrooms, spa, master suite and indoor relaxation areas are air-conditioned. They also offer a large central open plan living area with sea garden, natural coral pool, surrounding viewing/ sun decks, dining area, writing desk and daybeds, unique open-air 100sqm private bathroom with separate glass walled shower enclosure. Each master suite has a relaxing 2-person bathtub built over coral gardens. Private spa facility with sauna, steam room, indoor and outdoor treatment
Spa Suite – available with one Villa and one Residence. Offer a couples treatment room with air-conditioning, two treatment beds and CD Hi-Fi stereo system with surround sound speakers, bathroom with blitz shower, steam room, gymnasium with air-conditioning, equipment and refrigerator, wooden jet bath on the upstairs terrace overlooking the lagoon, relaxation area with daybed for couples
Savour grilled seafood over the water, sip champagne in a traditional dhoni as the sun sets, or venture into the underground cellar for a unique dining experience. Luxury comes in the form of a private dinner on a secluded island. The cuisine will whet your appetite with fresh offerings and local produce, while the extraordinary settings will leave an indelible impression
Main Restaurant – located on the west side of Lankanfushi offering a superb natural environment, this is the place to enjoy a relaxing breakfast or romantic dinner. The style of food caters to all requirements and offers a combination of dishes that allows East to meet West in culinary terms
Overwater Bar – the bar, which also houses the Over Water Grill, has been built on stilts over the shallow turquoise blue lagoon, with 360-degree views of the Indian Ocean stretching into the far horizon. Cooled by balmy sea breezes and serenaded by the gentle lapping of the lagoon, it is a magical spot to wine and dine. By day, the bar offers a casual menu featuring a wide selection of fresh salad leaves from the garden, sushi, Mediterranean delicacies, daily catch of fish, imported meats as well as local spices and herbs
Overwater Grill – serves the freshest seafood and choice cuts of steak, lamb, duck and pork, cooked on a lava stone grill. Simply name your choice, pick your cut and request a precise cooking time. Each cut is served with your preferred sauce – garlic, mint, chilli, butter, peppercorn, truffle, saffron, cognac – as well as side dishes, vegetables and herbs, all freshly picked from the resort’s very own organic garden
By The Sea – presents a fusion Peruvian-Japanese culinary adventure combining breath-taking views of the ocean with intimate dining for just 26 guests. Located at the top of a double storey facility located on the island, the restaurant features an exclusive dining experience with five tables and daybeds, in addition to the Sushi Bar and bistro seating. The expansive tasting menu fuses traditional Japanese with indigenous European, Asian and Peruvian flavours. Local ingredients are used, which include the daily catch and fresh organic produce picked from the resort’s own gardens. Signature dishes are well accompanied by a fine selection of Japanese sakes and an extensive list of wines
Wine Cellar & Underground Chocolate Cave – enter through a doorway and descend down a flight of glass stairs to a chilled, cavernous cellar underground. Slip on a winter fleece and put on a hot water bottle under your feet as you explore more than 600 varieties of wine from more than 30 regions around the world. Wine tasting and wine dinners are hosted by the sommelier who will educate and surprise you, stimulating your palate with unexpected food pairings. There’s also the opportunity to discover handmade chocolates as well as artisanal cheese and cold cuts from the deli room
Other Dining Experiences – options include wine dinners with visiting wine makers and celebrity chefs, In-villa dining menu designed around guests’ favourite cuisine and dishes, private in-villa dining options and gourmet barbeque are also available, organic herb and vegetable garden lunches and dinners, secluded private dining experiences at One Palm Island, Palm Beach, Leaf, Horizon, Swing By The Sea and Jungle Cinema
Facilities and Activities
Yoga and Tai Chi is available
Ocean Paradise Dive Centre
Gallery (gift shop) and Sifani (jewellery shop)
Watersports – catamaran, kayak, windsurfing, canoeing and Hobiecat sailing
Guided snorkelling, speed boats/water skiing
Volleyball, table tennis and jogging
Sunrise and sunset cruises
Excursions to the capital city and local islands
Private movie screenings at Jungle Cinema or location of choice