At Gili Lankanfushi, every villa is built overwater and glass floor panels emphasize the connection between land and sea. Roof top terraces come with a soaking tub and daybeds for sleeping under the stars and every villas overwater hammock makes a dreamy location for an afternoon nap. On the island, seven standalone Crusoe Residences offer total privacy. In order to reach this secluded area of the lagoon, guests are provided a pontoon or motor boat which can be operated by themselves or their Friday.
In homage to Robinson Crusoe’s only human companion (so named for the day of the week in which they met) each guests is assigned a dedicated Mr/s Friday butler to cater to their every wish. The resort is also home to the largest overwater villa in the world. Like an immense floating cabin, it is five buildings and 1700 square metres of walkways that connect a gym, spa, outdoor cinema, infinity pool and two storey water slide into a pristine lagoon. Meera spa is the ideal place for newly arrived guests to recover from jet lag. Glass floored treatment rooms provide a relaxing show of meandering reef fish and eagle rays to contemplate while undergoing an array of restorative therapies.
The islands gastronomic vision is lead by John Bakker, veteran executive chef of the Ritz London. His influence is felt from the extensive sake collection at the Japanese eatery ‘ By the Sea’ to the European-Maldivian fusion served at the main restaurant. Throughout the week, the beach and overwater bar becomes a food bazaar in the form of an Asian Street Market, Mediterranean Spice Souk, Indian Passage and Maldivian seafood grill. Be it at the marine lab, during private surf lessons, or on a big game fishing trip, Gili Lankanfushi guests are always surrounded by sea breezes and endless possibilities.