Gili Lankanfushi, Maldives
Offering the ultimate in understated luxury, this acclaimed hideaway has been wooing honeymooners and those with a yearning to discover their inner Robinson Crusoe for years. For sheer romance, Gili Lankanfushi is hard to beat. Picture a perfectly still lagoon dotted with villas, threaded together by weathered jetties in the North Malé Atoll... This is the original ‘no news, no shoes’ concept, where you can spend your days happy and barefoot, as nature intended!
Crafted in a traditional style, each of the 45 villas are exceptionally spacious and all look out to sea. There is plenty of space between each villa ensuring privacy and seclusion. These thatched villas encapsulate life on the water’s edge; your rooftop pavilion is comfortably furnished and your overwater sundeck has direct access into the lagoon. In fact, if the urge takes you, it is entirely possible to just roll from the comfort of your sunbed into the warm waters and kaleidoscope of marine life below! Even though we love all villa categories, the Crusoe Residences stand out as the most romantic spaces we have found in the Maldives. Standing alone in the ocean, these luxurious retreats can only be accessed by boat – absolute solitude is guaranteed (a private rowing boat is provided and a pontoon vessel is also at your beck and call). Inspired by Robinson Crusoe’s right hand man, each villa comes with its very own Mr/Ms Friday whose wish will be your command 24 hours a day!
The dining experiences at Gili are as magical as the location – if that’s possible! Mouth-watering produce appears from the island’s organic garden and in addition to the magical main restaurant, you can dine by moonlight on your deck, under the stars on One Palm Island, or in the elevated dining space in the organic garden with 360° degree views and a menu to challenge the senses – the culinary options here are endless.
If this all sounds a little too laze-inducing, there are a wealth of activities to keep mind and soul occupied. Kayaking, windsurfing and canoeing as well as sunrise yoga can be enjoyed along with snorkelling, dhoni cruises and jungle cinema movie screenings.
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