Gili Lankanfushi Maldives Resort

Soneva Gili Maldives aerial

If you are looking for the finest overwater resort in the world, you’ve arguably just found it. The Gili Lankanfushi Maldives (formerly known as Soneva Gili by Six Senses) features a total of 45 water villas exclusively, eight of which are only accessible by boat. The resort isn’t particularly luxurious in the sense that a Dubai resort might be, but the layout and privacy of the water villas are major reasons why this is where many of the rich and famous like to holiday in the Maldives.

Each water villa is huge, although much of each one is open-air, and only certain areas are air-conditioned. There is a “No News No Shoes” policy which encourages guests to relax and even go barefoot around the clock, but that doesn’t mean this isn’t an exclusive hotel. Probably no more than a novelty for most of us, the resort features what it calls a “Private Reserve” villa, which is the largest overwater villa in the world, by far, located even further out into the lagoon than the already-secluded Crusoe Residences. There are also two villas that have a Spa Suite attached, meant for private spa treatments without having to leave your villa. View the video at the bottom of the page for a better idea of what the villas at Gili Lankanfushi Maldives are like.

Location

The Gili Lankanfushi Maldives is located on Lankanfushi Island – its own private island, which is 12 kilometers north of the Malé International Airport in the Maldives.

Rooms/villas/suites

29 Villa Suites

  • Area: 2,260 sq ft (210 m²)
  • King-sized bed and some with two single beds
  • Large open-air living room with daybeds and dining area
  • Roof-top 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 Spa Suite

8 Residences

  • Area: 2,691 sq ft (250 m²)
  • Secluded for total privacy
  • 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
  • Roof-top sundeck with daybed and dining facilities
  • Over-water sundeck with sun loungers
  • Mini wine cellar
  • Open-air private bathroom with separate glass walled shower area
  • One villa in this category includes Spa Suite

7 Crusoe Residences

  • Area: 2,691 sq ft (250 m²)
  • Crusoe Residences stand alone in the Indian Ocean, secluded for total privacy
  • 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
  • Roof-top 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

1 Private Reserve

  • Area: 15,069 sq ft (1,400 m²)
  • Luxuriously appointed living space in the middle of a turquoise blue lagoon
  • Situated 500 metres from Soneva Gili and 300 metres from the closest villa, accessible only by boat
  • Uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean
  • 5 separate buildings designed in rustic chic style
  • 2 master suites, each with ceiling to floor windows on 3 sides
  • Private indoor and outdoor relaxation areas and sundecks
  • 1 guest room with en-suite bathroom located on the 2nd floor
  • All bedrooms, spa, master suite and indoor relaxation areas are air-conditioned
  • Large living room with sitting arrangements and daybeds
  • Ceiling fans in bedroom and living room
  • 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 horizon style plus a 2 person bathtub built over coral gardens
  • Private spa facility with sauna, steam room, indoor and outdoor treatment pavilion and upstairs air-conditioned gymnasium
  • Entertainment/library suite with the latest in plasma and audiovisual technology
  • Music and movie selection tailored to guest requirements
  • Individually controlled music throughout the villa, including the underwater coral pool
  • Resident Mr & Mrs Friday (Personal Butlers) on call 24 hours
  • Fully equipped gourmet kitchen available for private dining, snacks, healthy drinks or coffee and tea
  • Residents will be invited to design their own cellar selection from our list of 300 wines
  • A deep water coral pool is situated next to the central living area
  • For the light hearted, a water slide is installed from the top deck into the coral pool
  • Roof-top sun deck with daybed and two outdoor dining pavilions
  • Sea level sundecks with sun lounges offering direct access into the crystal clear coral gardens and amazing marine life
  • Personal, easy to use motorized transfer boats exclusive to guests
  • Alternatively Mr Friday will captain and transport residents
  • A private 400hp, 36 foot speedboat with crew on call at all times

Special amenities

  • Arrival Travel Refreshments & Drinks
  • Chilled Bottle of Soneva Cuvée in the Villa on arrival
  • 20-min Six Senses Spa Treatment Experience per person (min stay 3 nights)
  • Sunset Beach or Sandbank Cocktail Party (Tuesdays only)
  • Selection of Teas & Fresh Coffee making amenities in the villa
  • Complimentary Soneva Mineral water in the villa
  • Any non motorized Water sports activities (Windsurfing, Hobicat sailing and Canoeing)
  • Regular Yoga & Tai chi sessions to balance the body and mind
  • Sauna & Steam at the Meera Spa

Rates

  • Low season online specials from US$1,519 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,836 per night


*Speedboat return transfer from Malé Airport: US$93 per adult

Restaurants and bars

  • Main restaurant
  • By the Sea restaurant
  • Main bar
  • Wine Cellar and Underground Chocolate Cave
  • In-Villa dining

Resort features

  • Diving School, fully equipped with the latest high tech diving equipment
  • Deep-sea fishing by Dhoni
  • Snorkeling
  • Speedboats
  • Cultural excursions to nearby islands
  • Water sports centre
  • Windsurfing and hobiecat sailing
  • Game fishing (with spot chair)Swimming Pool (30 metres by 10 metres)
  • Tennis
  • Gym
  • Table tennis
  • Jogging
  • Volleyball
  • Board games
  • Video CD, DVD and music CD compact disk library
  • Over water health spa (beauty and body treatments, steam room, sauna and gym)

Spa

The Meera Spa provides holistic, beauty, body treatments and ayurvedic procedures in full-service luxury.

Nearby activities

  • Sunrise and sunset cruises
  • Big game fishing
  • Dolphin cruises
  • Excursions to the capital city and local islands

What the reviews say

Most systems don’t recognize anything over 5 stars, but if they did the Gili Lankanfushi Maldives would easily qualify. Reviews are exceptional and nearly 100% raving about every aspect of the resort. The rooms are enormous, the service is fantastic, the food is exceptional, and the setting is beautiful.

Honestly, you’ll have to look for a long time to find any less-than-wonderful reviews of this place, making it an ideal resort for a honeymoon or any other kind of secluded holiday. This is as good as overwater resorts get anywhere in the world.

Getting there

To reach the Gili Lankanfushi Maldives you’ll need to fly to the main Malé International Airport in the Maldives. From there you’ll be met by resort staff and put on a private boat for the 20-minute speedboat ride to the hotel’s island, at an additional charge.

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Video tour of a Villa Suite

The first two minutes are a walk from the island to the suite.

Photo Gallery of the Gili Lankanfushi Maldives Resort