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Gili Lankanfushi Rises from the Ashes with Gorgeous New Villas

Gili Lankanfushi rises from the ashes and has reopened its shores to guests with new villas. The eco-resort closed in January following a devastating fire incident. With major renovations, the resort has welcomed guests on 1st December 2019, less than an year later.

Honouring its laid-back philosophy, Gili Lankanfushi still remains the intimate and sustainable paradise the barefoot luxury travellers love so much. With the new design concept and wellness programmes, the resort ensures guests have a soulful experience. 

The island now offers accommodation in 10 categories; The Private Reserve, Family Villa with Pool, Family Villa, Gili Lagoon Residence, Crusoe Residence, Residence with Pool, Residence, Gili Lagoon Villa, Villa Suite with Pool and Villa Suite. 

As a new addition to the resort, the Family Villas with Pools feature two en suite bedrooms, a private swimming pool, a rooftop terrace with space to dine, and a living room situated over the lagoon accessible from a safe walkway. 

A large Private Reserve located 500m from the main island features four bedrooms, a private open-air cinema, a spa, a gym as well as an infinity pool and a two-storey waterslide leading directly into the lagoon. 

Inspired by the resort’s surrounding, the new interior consists of a warm and neutral colour palette. As sustainability is the heart of the island’s vision, all the furniture in the new villas and living areas has been made using upcycled materials. The renovated villas feature open-air living spaces, roof terraces and private decks with direct access to the lagoon. 

The resort marks its re-opening with a series of new educational and active wellness programmes; enriching spa sessions at the serene Meera Spa and educational exploration with a team of experts at the Marine Biology Shack. 

Gili Lankanfushi is located in North Male’ Atoll, a 20-minute speedboat journey away from Velana International Airport. The resort initially opened in 2012 and has been a favourite amongst guests seeking to reconnect with nature and experience the barefoot luxury of the island. 

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The first-ever Sea-to-Air Cargo Transshipment Commenced in the Maldives!

Velana Airport has announced the first-ever sea-to-air cargo transshipment along with Turkish Airlines, Maldives Ports Limited and Maldives Customs Service. This major step in cargo transhipment in the Maldives was celebrated on the 17th of May at the airport.

The  MoU for the ‘Sea to Air’ cargo transshipment services were signed earlier this year, on March 30th. With this, Turkish Airlines became the cargo partner to facilitate the service along with the Maldives Ports Limited (MPL).

With the transshipment service, MPL can easily transport goods through both seas as well as air travel. In addition to catering to the needs of businesses and industries in the region, this will also help expedite the carrying of goods from one place to another. According to the Turkish Airlines’ Regional Cargo Manager for Sri Lanka and Maldives Bilal Okur, this will help the airline’s target to develop the Maldives into a sea-to-air transshipment hub.

This innovative logistics solution is expected to significantly boost the efficiency of cargo movement. Additionally, this may also see the enhancement of trade opportunities for the Maldives.

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