The Maldives’ much-loved Gili Lankanfushi will reopen its doors to a secluded and sustainable paradise on Tuesday, 1st September 2020. With just 45 spacious villas spread over three jetties, the resort offers guests the utmost privacy in awe-inspiring natural surroundings.

Gili Lankanfushi, Maldives fuses ethical design, unparalleled service, and vast open-air spaces. The resort has spent its unexpected closure developing its operation with new health and safety protocol and refined guest experiences to ensure a safe and stress-free island escape for guests.

New Health & Safety Protocols

Gili Lankanfushi is a spacious, low-density resort in an isolated location, where guests can distance from one another at ease. Respectively, the resort has developed extensive Covid-19 health and safety guidelines to ensure the safety of guests and hosts.

Following a short and private 20-minute speedboat ride from Male, guests’ temperatures will be taken on arrival to the resort, and a health declaration will be required. The resort’s dining destinations and Meera Spa are naturally built to allow for social distancing, and there will be the availability of hand sanitizer and face masks in all public areas.

Guest rooms will be cleaned using new high-tech disinfecting equipment and the housekeeping hosts will be provided with protective equipment to ensure the safety of themselves and guests. The pool and beach seating and loungers will be spread out and sanitized after use, as well as the equipment at the gym and spa.

Total Seclusion – Privacy on a Scale Unequalled in the Maldives

Gili Lankanfushi is an ideal destination for guests seeking a post-lockdown retreat in total seclusion with options for ultra-private accommodation. The Private Reserve, at 1,700m2, is the largest overwater villa in the world. The reserve is located 500m from the island and 300m from the nearest residence.

Comprising five vast buildings, linked by open-air walkways, the private reserve offers four bedrooms with spectacular lagoon views. Likewise, the reserve compromises extensive private living space, and open-air bathrooms, as well as a well-equipped gym, pampering private spa with sauna and steam room, an open-air private cinema with cosy seating and large open-sided dining area – perfect for extravagant feasts by a private chef.

Outdoor space includes a sparkling infinity pool and waterslide directly into the lagoon. This is where guests will find corals, reef fish, and eagle rays drifting through the shallows. Guests can also take out the resort’s boats for tranquil days at sea. Alternatively, seven Crusoe Residences also offer complete solitude, with a private location in the lagoon, accessible only by boat.

The Meera Spa – Emotional Wellbeing and Physical Immunity

Wellbeing and balance in body and soul is central to Gili Lankanfushi’s ethos and the Meera Spa offers holistic healing in a spectacular overwater setting: open-air walkways link the treatment rooms, steam room, and sauna with the vast relaxation areas. The range of global therapies, draw on age-old cultures and knowledge, and therapeutic treatments use Meera products created on the island from the finest oceanic and plant extracts.

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All programs are tailored to guest needs with a choice of experiences ranging from lymphatic drainage to encourage cell regeneration. Programs include point therapy such as ‘Chi New Tsang’ for abdominal relief, crystal healing to balance the inner chakra and a purifying ‘four hands, one heart’ massage to relieve stress and anxiety.

Dining – Fresh, Seasonal and New Plant-based Menus

From ocean to plate, Gili Lankanfushi’s gastronomic vision embraces the bounty of the surrounding waters alongside carefully sourced seasonal ingredients, which feature across the island’s three restaurants; Kashiveli, By the Sea and Overwater Bar. 

Executive Chef Hari Govindaraj oversees the culinary vision on the island, with a penchant for nourishing plant-based dishes that celebrate local ingredients sourced from the resort’s very own organic garden. Chef Hari’s signature dishes include Pan Seared ‘Scallops’ made from homegrown daikon; Aloe Vera Coconut Ceviche; and indulgent ginger dairy-free ice cream.

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For those in no rush to leave the comfort and privacy of their villa, Gili Lankanfushi offers a full in-villa dining service throughout the day with specially-designed menus of delicious dishes, and remote destination dining experiences, ranging from secluded, lantern-lit feasts amongst the towering palms of Palm Beach to private sunset cruises with locally-sourced spreads.

Gili Lankanfushi is an easy 20-minute speedboat transfer from Velana international airport. Set in the middle of its own lagoon, guests enjoy a barefoot existence with 360-degree views of the Indian Ocean. Gili Lankanfushi’s 45 overwater villas, including the vast and secluded Private Reserve, offer unrivaled privacy.

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