Gili Lankanfushi is a tiny coral island in a sparkling lagoon, with jetties threading across the water out to spacious villas. Everywhere you look, marine life abounds - and the gleaming waters beckon.
It is 6 nautical miles or a twenty-minute speedboat ride from Ibrahim Nasir International Airport to Gili Lankanfushi. Or if you prefer, the resort is easily accessible by a scenic seaplane flight.
En route, you will pass a string of pearl islands, each surrounded by a turquoise lagoon. During this short journey, guests are invited to remove their shoes as they prepare to enjoy the island lifestyle of No News - No Shoes. The resort is set on the lush tropical island of Lankanfushi, in Kaafu Atoll, which is one of 19 atolls in the Maldives.
The forty-four stilted accommodations of Gili Lankanfushi reflect a small resort concept that caters to guests' individual desires. Villas are crafted in a traditional style from natural recycled materials. Villas feature rooftop and over-water sundecks, open-air bathrooms, sumptuous daybeds, and a personal entertainment centre. For ultimate privacy, seven Crusoe Residences are surrounded by water and only accessible by personal boat. Come ashore for some indulgent dining and equally great wines or a romantic moonlit dinner delivered right to your villa. Be sure to leave your villa often enough to check out the vibrant activities that are available to you on island and indulge in some personal time at the spa to reward yourself for all your "hard work". It is all possible at Gili Lankanfushi.
Gili Lankanfushi was, up to July 01, 2012, known as Soneva Gili, but has changed its name due to a management transfer to HPL Hotels & Resorts. Gili Lankanfushi marks the 12th property to the portfolio of HPL Hotels & Resorts, other brands and properties including Hard Rock Hotels, Concorde Hotels, The Boutique Collection, as well as Four Seasons at Kuda Huraa and at Landaa Giraavaru in the Maldives.
The management team, service team, villas, and facilities at Gili Lankanfushi remain unchanged, continuing the high quality of accommodation, dining and service standards known and famous from Soneva Gili. Gili Lankanfushi has furthermore maintained its focus on preserving the environment and continues supporting charitable projects in the area.
Dining at Gili Lankanfushi
Come ashore for some wonderful dining and equally great international wines from a list of over 500 bottles. The food is as imaginative as it is fresh, since much of the produce is grown in the resort's own vegetable garden. Gili Lankanfushi prides itself not just on the quality of the food and the excellence of the service, but also on the enjoyment of the dining experience itself. At Gili Lankanfushi, open air dining can be romantic, private and unique. A moonlit dinner on the sun deck of your villa, on the pontoon boat as it cruises in the lagoon under the stars, breakfast in the living room of your residence, or lunch over the water in the al fresco restaurant can be arranged with the help of Atoll Paradise's Travel Consultants. The settings are as memorable as the cuisine. From fine wines to excellent malts - the resort has achieved a reputation of providing guests a unique dining experience. Prepare to be spoiled thoroughly!
The bar is a stunning construction over the shallow lagoon and offers snacks and light meals throughout the day. The lunch buffet at the bar is a very casual experience, where you can create your own menu from the wide selection of fresh salad leaves from the garden, sushi, Mederranean delicacies, daily catch of fish, imported meats and local spices and herbs.
Located on the west side of Lankanfushi offering a superb natural environment to enjoy a relaxing breakfast or romantic dinner. The style of food caters to all requirements and offers a combination of dishes that allows East to meet West in culinary terms.
Wine Cellar & Underground Chocolate Cave
The bar is a stunning construction over the shallow lagoon and offers snacks and light meals throughout the day. The lunch buffet at the bar is a very casual experience, where you can create your own menu from the wide selection of fresh salad leaves from the garden, sushi, Mederranean delicacies, daily catch of fish, imported meats and local spices and herbs. Wine Cellar & Underground Chocolate Cave Situated between the restaurant and the garden is the gourmet cellar, initially visible by the softly undulating wood-shingled roofline. Entering through a doorway sculptured from copper sheeting and deco-like carved wood embellishment, a softly lit glass staircase descends beneath ground level to the cavernous cellar. Lined with a softly dappled satiny-smooth stucco plaster finish, recessed free-form wine racks display more than 300 labels. Running almost the entire length of the cellar is a six meter (twenty foot) driftwood tree trunk, slotted with eight individual glass table tops and personal wine glass shelves. Designed to seat just eight epicure guests, the gourmet cellar hosts regular degustation dinners consisting of seven tasty courses paired with a wine for each course. Menus and wines vary at each dinner and are introduced by Gili Lankanfushi's resident sommelier. Dinners commence at 8pm and linger over two hours. Perfect for the true gourmet. Wine tasting is scheduled from 6pm, and typically includes several wines ranging from Champagne, through whites and reds, and finishing with dessert wine. They are designed to introduce guests to vintages from the old and new worlds. There's also the opportunity to discover handmade chocolates as well as artisanal cheese and cold cuts from the deli room.
The Over Water Grill serves the freshest seafood and choice cuts of steak, lamb, duck and pork, cooked on a lava stone grill. Simply name your choice, pick your cut and request a precise cooking time. Each cut is served with your preferred sauce â€“ garlic, mint, chilli, butter, peppercorn, truffle, saffron, cognac â€“ as well as side dishes, vegetables and herbs, all freshly picked from the resort's very own organic garden.
Other dining experiences
Dine at the Gili Lankanfushi Maldives Resorts and enjoy the exclusive dining experience, set with that unique personal touch. Simply inform your ever friendly Mr Friday your culinary wish for the day, and he will arrange your unparalled dining adventure. The other dining experiences available in the resort include: â€º Wine dinners with visiting wine makers and celebrity chefs â€º In-villa dining menu designed around the guests' favourite cuisine and dishes â€º Private in-villa gourmet barbeque are also available â€º Eat healthy with lunches or dinners set in the Organic herb and vegetable garden â€º Secluded private dining experiences at One Palm Island, Palm Beach, Leaf, Horizon, Swing By The Sea and Jungle Cinema
By The Sea
By The Sea presents a fusion Peruvian-Japanese culinary adventure combining breath-taking views of the ocean with intimate dining for just 26 guests. Located at the top of a double story facility located on the island, the restaurant features an exclusive dining experience with five tables and daybeds, in addition to the Sushi Bar and bistro seating. The expansive tasting menu fuses traditional Japanese with indigenous European, Asian and Peruvian flavours. Local ingredients are used, which include the daily catch and fresh organic produce picked from the resort's own gardens. The restaurant's signature dishes are well accompanied by a fine selection of Japanese sakes and an extensive list of wines.
At Gili Lankanfushiâ„¢, there are many other dining options beside having your meals at the restaurants. The unique dining experience in Gili Lankanfushiâ„¢ will whet your appetite not only with our Chef's culinary expertise but also the extraordinary settings that will leave an indelible impression. Read more about the Destination Dining available in Gili Lankanfushiâ„¢ Horizon Picture thisâ€¦A table dug into perfect soft sand, huge cushions, a swimming pool along side, a hermit crabs view of the ocean as the sun gently descends over Lankanfushi lagoon, lanterns flickering, the smell of charcoal drifting across the beach, a wonderful sense of the world at your feet, sand between your toes. Then, picture your waiter bringing you a series of beautifully decorated dishes inspired by the Indian Ocean, lit by alifanfenda (fire). Leaf The shaded garden table is discreetly positioned within the Organic Garden, a sensorial feast of amazing aromas from exotic herbs and fruit and lush foliage. This is â€˜Leaf', the new dining experience in which a menu inspired by the garden is served. Choose either a barbecue or zero carbo menu. One Palm Island One Palm Island is the iconic location in this unique overwater resort. The ultimate desert island retreat with only one palm tree, now with its own jetty and cushioned seating. By day it is the perfect place to laze and bathe as you watch the local â€˜dhonis' (boats) go by; by night it becomes the most romantic place to dine in the Maldives, illuminated with candles and lanterns. Sit at the west-facing table and blend into the sunset, before enjoying a bespoke barbecue with premium cuts. Swing by the Sea Enjoy a sensational Japanese tasting menu and world class sake on a quiet, east-facing beach between the overwater spa and â€˜By the Sea' restaurant. Intimate is the word that best describes this experience with just you, a table, a couple of loungers and a swing and the best Japanese food for several hundred miles in any direction. Jungle Cinema 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 â€˜stars' beneath the stars. 360Â° The elevated dining area in the Organic Garden enjoys stunning 360 degree sea and garden views with a menu designed to challenge the senses. The table is carefully positioned to make the most of natural breezes but also to ensure absolute privacy as you watch the dying embers of the sun and toast the unexpected pleasure of the day to come. Palm Beach A Bedouin-inspired dining experience set on the vast Palm Beach. Recline on Arabic style low level seating before enjoying an authentic Arabian menu including lamb cooked in the ground, a style of cooking that is also a traditional Maldivian method. Underground Wine Cellar Wine tasting: For a less formal daytime experience, sheltered from the sun, join the sommelier in the cellar for a wine and chocolate or wine and cheese tasting. Gourmet Wine Dinner: The subterranean Wine Cellar makes for a spectacular dining venue. (It is chilly down there, so fleeces and hot water bottles are provided). To help you explore a small proportion of the 700 World class wines available, mouthwatering dishes with wines personally selected by the sommelier are being served. Dine in the Dark Remove one sense and the others are heightened. That is the intriguing theory behind the blindfolded dining experience. It begins at your villa, where you are picked up by buggy, blindfolded and taken to a secret destination to enjoy a gourmet dinner while blindfolded. Flavors dance across the tongue to dazzle your taste buds. Every mouthful is served by the waiters so you'll never know if your fellow diners are messy eaters!
No News - No Shoes
The island is very casual and wants you to be able to put your bare feet up. The all year round, warm climate and comfortable temperature in the tropical climate require only light and natural clothing and textiles such as cotton, linen or silk. A light jacket might be suitable for the drier evenings of the winter months when temperatures can go as low as 23 - 24 degrees.
The resort and climate encourage casual wear and comfortable clothing. Return guests often spend the week in polo shirts and shorts or a light summer dress or sarong. The Island also offers laundry service. However, no dry cleaning facility is available so we would recommend that you bring washable items.
The resort has a 'no shoes' philosophy, (No News - No Shoes) so you will not need to wear shoes at any time during your visit except to workout in the gym or play tennis. Elegant or heeled shoes are not required and rather unpractical for strolling on the beach.
Renowned dive sites are within 10 minutes of the resort including the world famous Manta point. The Maldives is well known as a paradise for snorkelling and diving 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.
~ Diving School, fully equipped with the latest high tech diving equipment
~ Professional PADI instructors offer you a wide variety of programs and private tuition
~ Dolphin Encounter cruises
~ Water Activities & Tour Centre
~ Game fishing (with spot chair)
~ Fully equipped over- water gymnasium
~ Library and Internet Access
~ Water sports including catamaran, kayaking, wakeboarding and waterskiing
~ Many board-games such as Chess, Backgammon, Trivial Pursuit
~ Cultural excursions to nearby village islands and Male'
~ Video CD and music CD compact disk library
~ Swimming Pool (30 metres by 10 metres)
~ Table Tennis
~ Windsurfing and Hobiecat sailing
~ Picnics to secluded islands
Meaning â€œthe oceanâ€ in the Sanskrit language, Meera Spa offers a range of holistic therapies. Glass floor panels beneath massage tables heighten the sensual experience, whilst the signature bamboo with warmed aromatic oils massage presents yet another new encounter.
• Five overwater treatment rooms
• Yoga/Tai-Chi champa
• Steam rooms
• Chill rooms
Sports and Activity Seeker
The resort provides such a long list of activities for the energetic holidayer, that you would have to stay a while in order to try them all. Challenge yourself with a fully certified PADI course or just stick your face below the surface with a snorkel, for an amazing underwater adventure. You won't have time to be bored, unless of course, you want to be! Don't hesitate to ask Blu Maldives Travel Consultants any questions about possibilities for fun and excitement during your stay at the resort.
Spa lovers can awaken their senses with excellent spa services at the Meera Spa. Professionals provide fitness activities, lifestyle programs, ayurvedic medicine and various therapeutic spa and body treatments to help you look and feel your personal best.
Spa connoisseurs will appreciate having a private spa suite attached to your villa with all the amenities of a personal spa such as a private treatment room, jacuzzi and steam room. If this is a must for you, please book well in advance with Blu Maldives as there are only two villas that can accommodate this request.
Couples will enjoy the soothing melody of waves lapping as their surround sound system in their over water villa. With one resort on one island, you can rest assured that peace and romance can be found here. For the ultimate in privacy for you and your honey, reserve a Crusoe Residence for a stand alone water bungalow that is accessible only by boat. The only neighbours you will greet in the morning are of the underwater variety. A special place to rekindle your love for one another.
Although there is no child centre on the resort, babysitting services can be arranged. During the festive seasons, daily activities are arranged to accommodate families on vacation. Special activities are organised such as treasure hunts at this busy time. A kids' menu is available on request. If you would like suggestions for resorts that may better suit your family, please speak to an Blu Maldives Travel Consultant for suggestions on child friendly resorts.
Rooms & Suites
Enjoy the unparalleled Maldives' spa experience at the comfort of your own space. Exclusively available in only one of the Villa Suite and one of the Residence, these Spa Suites is an added luxurious amenity you don't want to miss. Complete with an air-conditioned Gym and Steam room, the Spa Suites is a haven for even the most discerning travelers. ~
This gigantic and utterly lavish living space in the middle of our turquoise blue lagoon enjoys totally uninterrupted 360 views of the Indian Ocean. The 5 unit building is designed in rustic chic style and sits 500 meters from Gili Lankanfushi and 300 meters from the closest villa, accessible only by boat. Relish the aquatic beauty of Maldives
Secluded for total privacy, Crusoe Residences stand alone in the pristine waters of the Indian Ocean. The only way these amazing villas can be accessed is by private rowing boat or by pontoon boat shuttle. Now you can feel the luxurious peace, accompanied only by the beautiful Indian Ocean. Facilities: ~ Private Rowing Boat / Pontoon Boat
The secluded Residences perch high above the transparent turquoise water, at the end of the jetties with panoramic views. In these particularly spacious Residences, life at the water's edge is best experienced with its private water garden, open-air bathroom and some with Jacuzzis. The sun deck is an equally inviting location just centimeters
Located over-water either side of a jetty, the Villa Suites reflects a harmonious life on the water's edge. Sit back and relax while looking out to the sea, basking in the sun on your own 'over water' sundeck or enjoy your luxurious private oasis on the hidden rooftop sundeck with daybeds as well as dining facilities Facilities: ~ Large