In the Maldives, we’re blessed with plenty of options when it comes to luxury island retreats. Across a series of blogs, we’ve handpicked some of our far-flung favourites so you can get a flavour of what each of these beautiful boltholes has to offer in terms of its whereabouts, food, accommodation and unique experiences. It’s the turn of the understated luxury of Gili Lankanfushi…
Location, location, location
Floating in one of the largest lagoons in the Maldives and only a 20-minute speedboat ride from Malé, Gili Lankanfushi lies in the North Malé Atoll surrounded by sprawling underwater worlds teeming with marine life and iridescent coral gardens.
Food for thought
Main restaurant Kashiveli is barefoot dining at its best and its themed evenings, such as Asian street market and Mediterranean spice souk, transport your tastebuds around the world. Fini Foni (meaning ‘cold sweet’ in Maldivian language Dhivehi) is the place for a refreshing ice cream, while Gili’s diverse dining experiences range from a toes-in-the-sand meal under the stars to a treat for all the senses in the island’s organic garden.
A good night’s sleep
All of Gili Lankanfushi’s accommodation are overwater and each villa and residence has direct access to the ocean. Rustic in style and built using sustainable materials, the fact some are named ‘Crusoe Residences’ tells you everything you need to know about the castaway experience you’ll experience.
Gili Lankanfushi has introduced an innovative vegan menu to show off the range of fresh produce growing in its large organic garden.
Our Turquoise tip
If you really want an unforgettable dining experience, take a boat out to deserted One Palm Island. There it’s just you, your loved one and the odd palm tree under a starry night sky.
7 nights at Gili Lankanfushi in a Villa Suite
Includes international flights and transfers
From £3,299 per person