Gili Lankanfushi Maldives Resort

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 in 10 different room categories. 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. Some of the overwater villas feature a pool, while others don't, so you'll want to keep this in mind when choosing your room. In addition, there are land based rooms here as well.

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

  • Beds: King size bed
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Entertainment system: Bose sound system, DVD player, TV with satellite channels and on-demand movie listing
  • Room service: Yes

Special room features

  • Custom wood rocking chairs
  • Recycled teak wood bed frames
  • Handwoven lamp shades
  • Wood coffee tables
  • Mini bar
  • Nespresso machine
  • Mini wine chiller
  • Rooftop terrace
  • Rooftop daybed and dining
  • Air conditioning
  • Chess table
  • iPod with docking station
  • Bamboo bicycle for every guest
  • Dining table
  • Glass walled shower area
  • Secluded ocean access
  • Bathtub
  • Semi open-air bathroom

Rates

  • Low season online specials from US$1,262 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,956 per night


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

Restaurants and bars

  • Kashiveli
  • By the Sea
  • Overwater Bar
  • Fini Foni (Popsicle and Ice Cream Bar)

Resort features

  • Seaside yoga
  • Meditation champa
  • Scuba diving
  • Ocean Paradise Dive Centre
  • Night scuba diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Windsurfing lessons
  • Catamaran sailing lessons
  • Waterski
  • Wake boarding
  • Surfing lessons for kids
  • Surfing lessons for adults
  • Tennis lessons
  • Sunset dolphin cruise
  • Sunset fishing trip
  • Sunrise fishing trip
  • Big game fishing
  • Cooking class
  • Jewelry and gift shop
  • Marine biology shack
  • Jungle cinema
  • Wedding pavilion
  • Library
  • Organic garden
  • Pool table
  • The fitness centre
  • Surf Shack by Tropicsurf
  • Romantic experiences

Spa

The Meera Spa houses 6 overwater treatment rooms, a steam room, sauna rooms, an open air relaxation area, and an Ayurvedic Treatment Champa.

Nearby activities

  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Fishing

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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