Designed in an authentic style, built using eco-friendly materials and blended seamlessly into the remarkable landscape of a natural environment, Gili’s over water villas creates a sophisticated and intimate ambiance where guests are able to feel truly at home.
Luxury today is seen to be related to the quality of life, but its definition is deeply personal to the individual. Luxury can be defined as time spent with loved ones, a sense of belonging, a moment of absolute privacy, a perfect cup of coffee, a wonderful book, or simply an opportunity to escape from reality. Ultimately, luxury is the freedom to make your own choice.
At Gili Lankanfushi, they offer guests the freedom to make that choice, providing an opportunity to redefine what luxury means, and ensuring that whatever their definition, we continuously strive to meet and exceed our clients expectations when designing our luxury journeys.
Our selected accommodations:
These 24 one-bedroom hideaways are spread across two floors and each boasts an open-air living room, spacious bathroom and private rooftop terrace.
With direct ocean access, spend your days swimming and snorkeling around the coral gardens surrounding your sundeck. At night, lounge on catamaran nets while searching the sky for shooting stars.
Gili Lagoon Residence
Step into the blue when staying at this unique lagoon Residence set at the end of our western-facing jetty. Spread across two floors, it comes with a master bedroom, air-conditioned living room (convertible to a second bedroom), spacious semi open-air bathroom and rooftop terrace. Snooze away the afternoon as you relax on your own hammock in the sea; we guarantee this will become your preferred hideaway spot.
Find solitude and seclusion at one of our seven stand-alone Crusoe Residences set a short boat ride away from our island. Spread across two floors, each comes with a master bedroom, air-conditioned living room (convertible to a second bedroom), spacious semi open-air bathroom and private rooftop terrace. Luxury, tranquility and a true sense of open space awaits.
Activities at the hotel:
Be amazed by the richness and variety that exists in the surrounding shimmering waters of our resort. Just standing on the edge of our timber boardwalks, you can easily spot small sharks and schools of brightly coloured fish.
Pop on a snorkelling mask and pair of fins and head to the 15-metre drop-off zone at the edge of our house reef. Exploring its dazzling coral walls is like swimming in an aquarium and there is a good chance you will see turtles and rays.
Their resident marine biologists run a variety of day and night exploratory guided trips. In the right season, they can take you to see giant manta rays up close and personal.
Learn to make a traditional Maldivian fish curry, or try your hand at tempura and sushi making with one of our specialist chefs. While the basic preparations will have already been done, lessons will be given about the ingredients and preparation methods. Enjoy learning about new cuisines and cultures as you cook under direction. Once finished, your sumptuous meal awaits.
A sanctuary of scented bliss, our Meera Spa sits in a secluded bay and is sprawled across languid waters.
This holistic haven includes six over-water treatment rooms, an Ayurvedic Treatment Champa, steam and sauna rooms and an open-air relaxation area offering breathtaking views. A seaside yoga and meditation champa, where you can salute the sun come dawn or dusk, lies not too far away.
Kashivelli: Set close to the shoreline, our open-air Kashiveli is the place to enjoy a bountiful breakfast or an enchanting candlelit dinner. Tables spill onto the beach, letting you dine al fresco under towering palms, while listening to the gentle sounds of the sea.
Start each day with our sumptuous daily breakfast spread. On certain nights, savour our chefs’ multi-course gourmet menus that put their true skills to the test.
Twice weekly themed evenings see this restaurant come alive with an Exotic Asian Street Market on Tuesdays or Mediterranean Spice Souk on Fridays.
By the sea:
Engulfed by the tropical jungle and offering sweeping ocean views, this intimate restaurant presents a Japanese fine-dining feast that is an affair to remember.
Enjoy exquisite sushi, sashimi and specialties from our seasonal tasting menus and interact with our highly skilled teppanyaki chef as he puts on a show. By The Sea’s extensive sake list is sure to impress, and if you need any guidance our knowledgeable sommeliers know what to suggest.
Be entertained by their skillful Teppanyaki Chef with culinary acrobatics, whilst you enjoy a gourmet dinner freshly prepared just for you.
Standing on stilts in the lagoon, the Overwater Bar floats in a dreamy landscape and offers breathtaking, uninterrupted sea views.
At lunchtime, find salads fresh from our organic garden, Mediterranean dishes and the catch of the day. Come sunset, it’s where you’ll want to be with a coconut martini in hand, relishing the balmy evening breeze.
Once a week on Wednesdays, a Seafood Grill evening showcases produce straight from local fishermen’s nets. For a dinner experience at the outer deck of the Over Water Bar, indulge in a Seafood Basket for two with a bottle of Champagne under the stars. On Sundays, our Passage through India Tandoor night sees sizzling meats, spicy specialties and homemade chapatis, rotis, poppadums, and the ever so delicious naans being whipped up by our chefs, using the tandoori oven.
On each night of the week, embark on a different Gili Wine and Dine experience at unique locations around the island. Sit back and allow our team of chefs to surprise you with mouthwatering dishes from a bespoke menu just for you.
Gili Lankanfushi’s gastronomic vision sees our Executive Chef combining locally sourced seafood and a daily harvest from our expansive Organic Garden with seasonal, specially selected produce to creative unique, European-Maldivian fusion fare.
An assortment of settings on the island lend themselves to a collection of food experiences that allow you to dine as your mood directs.
Vegetarians and individuals with special dietary requirements are also in for a treat, since no requirement is impossible as personalisation is key. Allow our culinary team to delight and surprise you with creative dishes that is out of the menus, as it is what they do best.
And the best part…
Gili is aimed to become aware of one’s natural and cultural surroundings, as well as to be responsible in taking care of them. At Gili Lankanfushi, they introduce to their guests the natural beauty of the island and encourage them to live a more responsible lifestyle while moving towards a zero-waste existence.
They not only encourage guests to practice being sustainable during their stay with us, but to also bring home these responsible initiatives to practice and to adopt this way of living in their daily lives, to help make this world a beautiful one to live in.
“Be the change you wish to see in this world.”-Gandhi