Gili Lankanfushi Maldives

Top choice resort in North Male Atoll

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9.7 out of 10

Astonishingly impressive Gili Lankanfushi is the original pioneer of barefoot luxury in Maldives, where the 'no shoes, no news' philosophy reigns supreme and few visitors come away anything but amazed. Each of the palatial two-floor villas is built over water: they're extraordinary rustic-meets-sophisticated timber creations that are as open to the elements as possible.

The 45 villas range from the ‘standard’ Villa Suite, which has two rooms as well as a sea garden, a sun deck and a bed on the enormous roof terrace for stargazing, to the vast Private Reserve, a free-standing lagoon complex sleeping nine people in the lap of luxury, a short boat ride from the main island. All the buildings are made from natural materials – most woods are imported from sustainable forests elsewhere in Asia – and the attention to detail is incredible, with luxurious treats hidden away under natural fibres in what is one of Maldives’ most environmentally conscious resorts. The resort has not changed massively since it was built almost 20 years ago, but the concept has proven strong enough to remain competitive in the age of mega-luxurious six-star resorts, and it retains many repeat visitors.

The island itself is small but very pretty and is criss-crossed with sand paths, along which guests can cycle to the main communal areas: the infinity pool overlooking the beach, the charming overwater bar and the beachside restaurant, where elaborate buffets and à la carte menus are equally impressive. Foodies will appreciate the wine cellar, a sumptuous subterranean space for private degustation dinners and wine tasting around a huge driftwood table, although By The Sea, an evenings-only Japanese restaurant is hands down the top table on the island. Every room comes with a 'Man Friday' – a butler whose job it is to bring you anything you need. This is certainly not a good place for those who don’t like to be fussed over: with a staff-to-guests ratio of 3:1 – one of the highest in Maldives – staff glide out of nowhere and appear magically to know your name. As well as a dive school, a gym and a water-sports centre (where all non-motorised equipment is free to borrow) there's a brand new marine biology centre with information and lectures for guests on the creatures of the reef.

The island is very convenient for the airport, with the journey taking just 10 minutes by speedboat, and yet you will still feel wonderfully remote at this intelligently luxurious place. If you can afford it, this is a wonderful choice for a truly luxurious yet thoroughly rustic and unpretentious holiday.

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Perched over the Indian Ocean, Gili Lankanfushi offers closeness to sun and sea with its luxurious accommodation. Aside from free Wi-Fi, it also has an ocean-view outdoor pool and relaxing spa. Located on the private island of Lankanfushi in Male Atoll, Gili Lankanfushi Maldives is a 20-minute speedboat ride from Male International Airport. Featuring private sun decks and a water garden, each eco-friendly residence is equipped with a cable/satellite TV, DVD player and BOSE surround-sound system. An espresso machine and minibar are also included. With glass-panelled floors, the elegant spa provides traditional Ayurvedic treatments and yoga programmes. Other recreational activities include tennis, island day trips and scuba diving. Enjoy premium wine and gourmet chocolate at The Wine Cellar and Underground Chocolate Cave. By the Sea Restaurant serves fusion and Japanese cuisine. The Main Restaurant and Bar offers international buffet spreads.

Important information

Guests are required to show a photo identification and credit card upon check-in. Please note that all Special Requests are subject to availability and additional charges may apply.
Please inform Gili Lankanfushi Maldives in advance of your expected arrival time. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly with the contact details provided in your confirmation.
Payment before arrival via bank transfer is required. The property will contact you after you book to provide instructions.
Please note that guests must advise arrival and departure flight details at the time of booking, at least 48 hours prior to arrival.

The resort will arrange for a round trip speedboat transfer to Lankanfushi Island from Malé International Airport. All additional costs are to be paid directly to the hotel.

Charges for the round trip Speedboat Transfer:
USD 93.00 per child (below 12 years)
Children below 2 years old enjoy a free speedboat transfer.

The above rates are subject to a 10% service charge and 12% Goods and Services Tax (GST).

Please note that in case of cancellation, refund will be done after deducting the bank charges. This is applicable only for bookings released before cancellation period.

Please note that the property has a mandatory New Year Gala Dinner at USD 550 per adult and USD 275 per child

Features of Gili Lankanfushi Maldives

Food and drink

  • Restaurant
  • Bar


  • Room service
  • Meeting/banquet facilities
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Laundry
  • Vip room facilities
  • Ironing service
  • Express check-in/check-out
  • Fax/photocopying


  • Tennis court
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Fishing
  • Babysitting/child services
  • Breakfast in the room
  • Internet services
  • Table tennis
  • Gift shop
  • Windsurfing
  • Bicycle rental (additional charge)
  • Library
  • Bbq facilities
  • Packed lunches
  • Cycling
  • Tour desk
  • Diving
  • Snorkelling
  • Shops (on site)
  • Wifi
  • Private beach area
  • Sun terrace
  • Outdoor pool (all year)
  • Beachfront


  • Sauna
  • Fitness centre
  • Spa and wellness centre
  • Massage


  • Newspapers
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Safety deposit box
  • Air conditioning


  • Free WiFi available