Set on the private island of Lankanfushi in the North Malé Atoll, Gili Lankanfushi, Maldives is an intimate coral island in a sparkling lagoon, with jetties threading across the water out to spacious villa accommodations, where ultimate privacy can be found. The scenery at Gili Lankanfushi is breathtaking. Powder soft and sugar white beaches, lush tropical vegetation with plenty of palm trees and impossibly turquoise, clear waters in Gili’s Lankanfushi’s stunning lagoon will await you. Everywhere you look, marine life abounds. And the gleaming waters beckon.
Gili Lankanfushi is an upmarket boutique resort that stands at the forefront of the eco-luxury sector and acts as a benchmark for luxury resorts. All of its 45 over-water villas which reflect the harmony of life by the water’s edge. The villas plus the vast Private Reserve uphold the philosophy of Intelligent Luxury. They are crafted in a traditional style from natural materials and offer roof-top and over-water sundecks, featuring open air bathrooms, sumptuous daybeds and a personal entertainment center. For ultimate privacy, they have seven Crusoe Residences that are only accessible by personal boat. 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. All villas at this luxury resort offer a private water garden, open air bathroom, roof-top terrace and over-water sundecks.
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. The main restaurant is outdoors on the sand, and there’s also the intimate restaurant, By The Sea, serving Japanese fusion dishes. For a dining experience quite unlike any other, an underground gourmet cellar is reached by descending a glass staircase, with a cavern showcasing more than 600 wines. After a bespoke tasting menu with wine pairings organised by an excellent sommelier, discover the artisanal cheese room and chocolate cave. At Gili Lankanfushi, there are many other dining options beside having your meals at the restaurants. Whether you choose to indulge in a beachside barbecue at Horizon, a zero-carb experience in Leaf, Gili Lankanfushi’s organic garden, a Bedouin-inspired bonanza at Palm Beach or you choose to dine in the dark with the help of discrete staff, mealtimes here are certain to leave unforgettable memories.
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. Speaking of which, built right over the sea, amidst the best that nature has to offer, Meera Spa provides a nurturing, soothing haven that looks to water as its main elemental reference. Glass floor panels beneath the massage tables offer a peek underwater to heighten the sensual experience. The Spa offers a range of holistic therapies, and the signature bamboo massage with warmed aromatic oils presents yet another new encounter. Other facilities include six overwater treatment rooms, a yoga or Tai Chi champa, steam and sauna rooms, as well as a relaxation area with panoramic views of the sea.
Surrounded by a whole host of renowned dive sites, guests will be able to take advantage of the advice of the Ocean Paradise Dive Centre’s multilingual PADI instructors to ensure the dive of a life time. Further water sports include catamaran and Hobiecat sailing, windsurfing, canoeing and more, whereas for a more relaxing submarine experience, the guided snorkel tours are not to be missed. Over on dry land, visitors will be spoiled for choice as they navigate a fun-filled program which takes in a fitness experience, sunrise yoga, sandbank picnics, excursions to the capital city and even private movie screenings at the Jungle Cinema. If all that seems like too much hard work, you are of course free to simply curl up on the beach with a good book and enjoy the sunshine. Although the island is small, you will get a pair of bicycles to get around. Alternatively, you can make use of an efficient buggy system.
Located on the island of Lankanfushi, this idyllic island rental is hidden away in the Malé Atoll. A breathtaking 20-minute speedboat journey is all separates this 5-star private island from the archipelago’s International Airport. Situated on the equator towards the south of India and stretching over 800 km, the Maldives are the visible coral tips of an oceanic volcanic mountain range whose outer edge at some points plunge to depths of over 3 km. The islands are blessed with some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, crystal clear blue lagoons, incredible underwater wildlife, and unrivalled luxury resorts. And Gili Lankanfushi is no exception to that: it is one of the top resorts in the Maldives, an intimate coral island in a sparkling lagoon, with jetties threading across the water out to spacious villa accommodations.
You arrive in the Villa Suite lost for words. Spoilt for choice on where to relax. Walk through the open-air living room and up to the very private rooftop sundeck. Compose yourself and take it all in. This moment will stay with you forever. Total area 210 sqm, large open-air living room with daybeds and dining area, rooftop terrace with daybed and dining table, overwater sundeck with sun loungers, king size bed, semi open-air private bathroom with separate glass walled shower area and latest audio visual offering and Wi-Fi available if you really need it.
At arm’s length from your spacious villa, sit back and relax on a private water hammock as you bask in the sun, while dipping in the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. Total area 210 sqm, large open-air living room with daybeds and dining area, rooftop terrace with daybed and dining table, over water sundeck with sun loungers, king size bed, semi open-air private bathroom with separate glass walled shower area, private water hammock and latest audio visual offering and Wi-Fi available if you really need it.
Barefoot luxury floating on the Indian Ocean, scanning the endless turquoise. It never ends, not that you want it to. Your new Residence is large enough for each of your family members to find their own hidden slice of solitude within, but cosy enough to share every shred of happiness together. Total area 250 sqm, large air-conditioned living room with two large daybeds and dining table (convertible to additional bedroom), rooftop terrace with daybed and dining table, overwater sundeck with sun loungers, mini wine cellar, king sized bed and some with two single beds, semi open-air private bathroom with separate glass walled shower area and latest audio visual offering and Wi-Fi available if you really need it.
Located at the far end of the jetty extended into deep turquoise waters, the Gili Lagoon Residence offers an endless view of ocean and seclusion to your own water hammock. Total area 250 sqm, large air-conditioned living room with two large daybeds and dining table (convertible to additional bedroom), rooftop terrace with daybed and dining table, overwater sundeck with sun loungers, mini wine cellar, king sized bed and some with two single beds, private water hammock, semi open-air private bathroom with separate glass walled shower area and latest audio visual offering and Wi-Fi available if you really need it.
On your arrival we will escort you on a short boat ride to your Crusoe Residence where luxury, tranquility and a true sense of open space will await you. Total area 250 sqm, Crusoe Residences stand alone in the Indian Ocean, secluded for great privacy, your own private Motorized Boat or Resort Pontoon to the island, private overwater hammock, large air conditioned living room with two large daybeds and dining table (convertible to additional bedroom), rooftop terrace with daybed and dining facilities, overwater sundeck with sun loungers, mini wine cellar, king sized bed, semi open-air private bathroom with separate glass walled shower area and latest audio visual offering and Wi-Fi available if you really need it.
You have never seen anything quite like the rustic über luxury of our Private Reserve, reputed to be the largest over-water villa in the world! A decadent private palace sitting atop a sapphire lagoon, the most vivid dreams unable to conjure its grandeur. A flawless jewel of the Maldives, presented to you. Experience the exquisite. Total area 1.700 sqm, luxuriously appointed living space in the middle of a turquoise blue lagoon, uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean, infinity Pool on upper sun deck, 1 master en-suite bedroom, 1 duplex master suite with 2 bedrooms, 1 guest room with en-suite bathroom, all bedrooms, spa, master suite and indoor relaxation areas are air-conditioned, private indoor and outdoor relaxation areas and sun decks, a large central open plan living area with sea garden, natural coral pool, surrounding viewing/sun decks, dining area, writing desks and daybeds, 2 Unique open-air 100 sqm private bathroom with separate glass shower enclosure, each master suite has a relaxing 2-person bathtub built over coral gardens, private couple’s spa with sauna, steam room, indoor and outdoor treatment pavilion. An air conditioned gym on the second floor, private cinema, Mr. and Ms. Friday (Personal Butlers) on call 24 hours. On request, they can be housed in the Reserve, residents will be invited to design their own wine cellar selection from our list of 400 labels, a water slide installed from the top deck leads into the private lagoon swimming area, 2 Roof top terraces with daybeds and two outdoor dining pavilions, sea level sundecks with sun loungers offering direct access into crystal clear coral gardens and amazing marine life, your own kitchen, personal, easy-to-use motorised transfer boats exclusive to guests. Alternatively Mr. Friday will captain and transport residents, the welcome room doubles up as a business lounge equipped with a laptop and printer for working purposes, latest audio visual offering and Wi-Fi available if you really need it and luxury yacht for arrivals and departures.
Hear the soothing lap of the waves. Smell the invigorating aroma of the native oils. See the ocean beneath, serene and still through the glass floors. Allow yourself to let it all slip away. Any burden disappears. Meera in Sanskrit language means ocean, Meera Spa offers a range of holistic therapies and Meera signature massages. Glass floor panels beneath massage tables are designed to heighten the sensual experience. Facilities include six over-water treatment rooms, Ayurverdic Treatment Champa,Yoga/Meditation Champa, Steam and Sauna Rooms, as well as a relaxation area with panoramic views of the ocean.
The fitness centre located at the water’s edge amidst greenery gives a panoramic and endless view of the ocean seen through glass walls. Natural elements are used in the decoration, with lighting and ambient to complement the surroundings. An iPod dock is also provided to further enhance the regular workout session.
The perfect location to soak up the sun, relax on the loungers and beanbags, cocktail in hand, before stepping into fresh water infinity pool or turquoise waters of Gili Bay.
Offers an extensive selection of easy reading and reference books. Feel free to use the desktop computer with complimentary internet access, as well as the attached printer.
Celebrations are turned into memorable milestones at Gili Lankanfushi. Hold the wedding of a lifetime at their standalone over-water chapel. Pop a bottle of champagne while watching the sunset from a Dhoni cruise and ignite the romance at nightfall with a private dinner on One Palm Island. Whether it’s a wedding, honeymoon or a special occasion you are looking at, they are able to assist in customising a package just for you.
Ocean Paradise Dive Center
The Ocean Paradise Dive Centre’s multi-lingual PADI instructors as well as the small dive group sizes ensure that guests of all experience levels get the best service at all times. This PADI dive centre is equipped with the latest equipment, while many renowned dive sites including world famous Manta Point are within a 10-minute boat ride from the resort.
Tended by their garden team, the organic garden provides many of the fresh fruits, salads and herbs for their kitchens.
Named after Robinson Crusoe’s loyal friend, Mr Friday makes your stay as pleasant as possible. Day or night, your butler swiftly answers any requests on your mind. Excursions. Cruises. Even keeping the little ones entertained with storytelling whilst you enjoy a sunset cruise for two.
What is your favourite film? How about watching it in the open air, surrounded by dense tropical foliage while dining on a Hollywood or Bollywood themed dinner? This must be the ultimate movie/dining experience, watching the ‘stars’ beneath the stars.
“Winner TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice 2016” – awarded by TripAdvisor
“Conde Nast Johansens Spa Award for Excellence 2016” – awarded by Conde Nast Johansens
“Winner TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice 2015” – awarded by TripAdvisor
“Winner TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice 2014” – awarded by TripAdvisor
“Best Freestanding Overwater Villa 2014” – for The Private Reserve, awarded by Linara Travel Maldives Awards
“Best Multi-Bedroom Overwater Villa 2014” – for The Private Reserve, awarded by Linara Travel Maldives Awards
“Best Spot to Watch a Movie 2014” – for Jungle Cinema, awarded by Linara Travel Maldives Awards
“Best Organic Vegetable Garden 2014” – awarded by Linara Travel Maldives Awards
“Indian Ocean Leading Luxury Resort 2013” – awarded by World Travel Awards
“Indian Ocean Leading Spa Resort 2013” – awarded by World Travel Awards
“Maldive’s Leading Luxury Resort 2013” – awarded by World Travel Awards
The Responsabile Actions of Gili Lankanfushi:
At Gili Lankanfushi they work on strategies to reduce their environmental impacts. Everything from purchasing, through operations and all the way to waste management is looked after. Through building awareness, they do their best to ensure that everyone on Gili Lankanfushi (regardless if a guest or host), appreciate and respects the beauty of the Maldives. Unforgettable learning experiences with marine biologists. Whether it’s an island eco-tour, a presentation, a dolphin cruise, coral planting, extraordinary blue light night snorkelling or shark snorkelling trip, be prepared to be captured by facts of the deep blue. Diving with Green Fins eco-certified 5star dive center. They strive to keep on improving and building on their environmental conscious initiatives.
Supporting Local Schools
Young generations determine the future. That’s why they invite local school children on field trips to the resort and guide them through their environmental initiatives. This includes energy saving, waste management and eco design.
Wasting Less and Using Smart
They make everything count. Organic waste is composted and used in the two gardens on the island.
Eco Design and Concept
Strict energy conservation measures are central to the island retreat. The restaurants and bar have been designed with this in mind. For instance, cross ventilation reduces the need for air conditioning.
Energy Efficiency in the Resort
In recent times, they have drastically lowered the carbon footprint. Since 2006, they have decreased their fuel consumption by 30% and are on track to improving this.
Building Materials from Renewable Sources
At Gili Lankanfushi, they try to carefully pick materials that do not have a negative impact on the world. Every effort is made to ensure that their over water jetties and villas are crafted from responsibly harvested wood.
They believe in the three R’s: reduce, reuse, recycle. In order to keep their island the natural haven it is, they pride themselves on obeying these rules, keeping waste to a minimum.
When to go:
Although most Europeans choose to vacation in the Maldives during Europe’s winter months, the scenic Maldive islands are a year-round destination. Any time of the year is basically ideal for visiting these picturesque islands. The best time to visit Maldives often depends on your plans. Surfing and diving, for example, are better during certain months. The Maldives has a tropical climate and experiences dry and wet seasons during the year. The dry season lasts from approximately mid-December to mid-April, while the wet season takes place generally between May to November. April is usually a transition period with hot temperatures and the clearest waters. The dry season features little rain and less humidity, offering travellers from colder climates a tantalising escape. With gentler seas and the best visibility, these months also make for perfect conditions when snorkelling or diving. Although diving is possible throughout the year, aim to reach dive spots on western sides of any atoll from May to November or between December and April on eastern sides. Storms and rain are more likely between May and November. Although still warm, the period is characterized with cloudier skies and much higher humidity. With rougher seas, the wet season is also the best time to visit for surfing enthusiasts. March to October is a great time for surfing in the Maldives.
Located on the west side beach of Gili Lankanfushi, offering a superb natural environment, the Main Restaurant is the place to enjoy relaxing breakfast or a romantic dinner. The variety of food offers a combination of dishes from East to West, catering to individual preferences. To ensure that you have the opportunity of a deliciously varied dining experience, they present a daily changing gourmet experience at the Main Restaurant, on top of an Asian Street Market on Tuesdays and a Mediterranean Spice Souk on Fridays.
By the Sea
By the Sea presents a Japanese culinary adventure combining breathtaking views of the ocean with intimate dining for just 26 guests. Located above the beachside forest, the restaurant features an exclusive dining and Sake experience utilizing the freshest of local produce.
Over Water Bar
Built on stiles over the Gili Lagoon, the Over Water Bar offers a 360-degree views of the Indian Ocean, making it an excellent place to wine and dine. A perfect location to enjoy the beautiful sunset while sipping on signature cocktails or mocktails on a sun-deck that is extended into the lagoon of turquoise waters. 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. Enjoy Live Station Dinners in the Over Water Bar with a Fisherman’s Grill on a Wednesdays and Passage Through India Tandoor on Sundays.
The Underground Wine Cellar and Chocolate Cave
Enter a doorway and descend down a flight of glass stairs to a chilled, cavernous cellar underground and explore more than 400 varieties of wine from more than 30 regions around the world. Wine tasting and dinners are hosted by their sommelier who will educate and surprise you with the opportunity to discover handmade chocolates as well as artisanal cheese and cold cuts from the deli room.
In-Villa Dining Experience
In the comforts of your villa, sun deck and rooftop terrace, we offer the opportunity for you to enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner, a gourmet BBQ and everything in between. The in-villa dining menu is designed around the guests’ favourite cuisine and dishes, focus on the freshest ingredients.
At Gili Lankanfushi, boredom is not an option. Whether diving Manta Point, windsurfing crystal lagoons, or unwinding with yoga to a perfect sunrise, there’s something for everyone. Made up of 1.192 coral islands that are grouped into 26 atolls, the Maldives stretches over 800 km across the Indian Ocean. Only about 200 of these islands are inhabited. Gili Lankanfushi is set on the private islands of Lankanfushi in the North Malé Atoll. 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. Rich marine life awaits in coral garden at every turn, in the surrounding turquoise lagoons.
Diving at Manta Point – Dive deep into the waters, at times even 50 m in depth, to discover the beautiful Manta Rays at Manta Point. Don the diving gear, grab your GoPro and gear up for a thrilling adventure. Meander through reefs, caves, and around the reef to spot hawksbill turtles, sweetlips and Napoleanfish. White-tip reef sharks too can be found on the sea bed as well as barracudas and schools of jacks, octopus, and moray eels. Swimming underwater with dozens of Manta Rays will be an unforgettable experience!
Private Yatch Cruise – Explore the uninhabited islands, the untouched coral reefs, a rich and thriving marine life, and breathtaking sunsets on a cruise at North Male Atoll. Charter a private yacht and cruise along the calm waters enjoying the vistas in absolute luxury with your loved one. Enjoy a delicious meal, your favourite spirit from a selected range and book a relaxing spa therapy on-board along with your partner. You can even indulge in a tailored surfing activity while on the cruise.
Kayaking – Explore the lovely clear waters of North Male Atoll in a kayak. Hire one and skim over the mirror-like waters, enjoy the sun and the tranquillity around you. Simply revel in the soft sounds of the sea waters in a clear bottom kayak, where you can watch the wonderful underwater world. Or, choose to traverse the waters in a transparent kayak and explore the exotic marine life here. Along with the beautiful visuals of the underwater life and awe-inspiring sunsets, this is a good way to tone those forearms.
Diving with Whale Sharks – Your water adventure is incomplete without a whale shark spotting expedition, where you simply dive in the waters and swim alongside the gigantic fish at North Male Atoll. Watch the whale sharks swim about in their natural habitat. They may even interact with you, swimming and circling around you. Though these creatures are huge and may look intimidating, they are harmless. Yet, we suggest you maintain a decent distance from them. Do capture these precious moments in the lens of your camera.
Wakeboarding – A haven for those who love water sports, North Male Atoll offers the best scenery and waters to indulge yourself in. Wake up bright and early and hit the waters while you wakeboard and feel a rush first thing in the morning. You can enjoy this activity all by yourself or in a group as well. Balance over the surface of the water as the speed boat starts to pull you along.
Sunrise/Sunset Fishing – Indulge in some fun fishing activity in the middle of the sea. We recommend tuna-fishing; do it the traditional way in the ‘Dhoni’ (a handcrafted multipurpose sailboat). Book a half-day charter for a big game fishing experience. However, for a unique experience, head out in the waters just as the sun is setting and the sky is getting dark and cast your line in the sea to catch some exotic fish. In fact, you can eat what you catch! So be sure to get a good one while enjoying the activity. Watch the fish jump and gambol out in the waters and catch a tuna, red snapper, and more.
Diving at Banana Reef – Explore one of the most popular reefs, Banana Reef, by diving into the cool blue waters. Experience a high diving adventure at the first dive sites of Maldives, which is also a protected marine region. A very popular spot among tourists and photographers, this reef (shaped like a banana) is a kaleidoscope of astounding caves, rocks, canyons, and steep overhangs along with breathtaking scenery all around. Spot sharks, jackfish, barracudas, moray eels, trevally, black snappers, and many others here. Enjoy the excellent coral reef as well as the abundant fish life here.
Historical Male’ – A 20 minutes boat ride to the world’s smallest city. Brimming with life and buzzing with liveliness, where our guide will take you to the most unforgettable sights. From the 400 year old mosque to the relaxing Sultan Park, not forgetting the very captivating fish & fruit market and many more. A memorable day that will stay with you long after you are gone.
Hanifaru Bay is a marine protected uninhabited island located in the Baa Atoll of the Maldives. Its size is no greater than that of a football field and yet it has become the hottest spots on the planet for underwater photographers and videographers. The reason for this modern day phenomenon of underwater diversity is because plankton is trapped in the funnel like lagoon during the West monsoon from May until November. If the plankton stays at the surface, it would wash over the bay’s coral walls and out to the safety of the open sea. But instinct forces them to dive away from daylight. When they do, they get trapped in the lagoon. In just a few hours a massive concentration of plankton builds up attracting manta rays by the hundreds. At any one time there can be up to 200 manta rays feeding off the coral reefs as well as plenty of whale sharks which do the same. Hanifaru Bay has become the world’s largest Manta Ray feeding destination. Here are our 5 Ws!
Manta rays are cartilaginous elasmobranch fishes. This means they are a close relative of all sharks and rays. The fact that they are fish means they don’t breathe air, but instead they use their gills to respire underwater. Mantas must keep moving in order to keep water flowing over their gills, which means they can never stop to sleep or rest on the seabed. The word “Manta” comes from the Spanish for cloak or shawl and in the Maldivian language mantas are known as En Madi, which in English means “small fish eating ray”.
Growing up to 9 mt wide, these elegant but harmless plankton feeders are a spellbinding sight for the diver. Hanifaru Bay, a huge lagoon on the Baa Atoll Hanifaru in the Maldives, has become renowned as a global manta ray hotspot. Mantas gather here in their hundreds, along with whale sharks and other big pelagics, to engage in a feeding frenzy on the unusually-rich plankton blooms that appear here each year from June to October. Diving is prohibited in Hanifaru Bay, but if ever wanted to snorkel with mantas, this is just about as good as it gets.
If you can afford it, stay at the nearby Gili Lankanfushi. Set on the private island of Lankanfushi in the North Malé Atoll, Gili Lankanfushi, Maldives is an intimate coral island in a sparkling lagoon, with jetties threading across the water out to spacious villa accommodations, where ultimate privacy can be found. The scenery at Gili Lankanfushi is breathtaking. It is an upmarket boutique resort that stands at the forefront of the eco-luxury sector and acts as a benchmark for luxury resorts. All of its 45 over-water villas which reflect the harmony of life by the water’s edge. 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.
Mantas are seen here between June and October, but the best time, with the highest congregations, is in July and August. Large aggregations of mantas are difficult to predict, but the greatest number of manta rays are seen in July and August. When ocean conditions are perfect, divers can swim alongside the greatest gathering of mantas ever seen in the wild. When ocean currents are fickle, the bay can be nothing but sand. However good timing and luck are essential!
Here are the video of Under Exposure by Backscatter which offer us a perfect view about this amazing experience. Say hello to Mantas!