Luxury on the Indian Ocean

Villa in the Maldives


At Gili Lankanfushi, nobody wears shoes. Ever. The sand is soft and swept free of anything sharp or bothersome. The only thing you have to worry about is tripping over cute hermit crabs, and your own jaw, as you ogle at the exorbitant delight of paradise. From the base of the island, wooden jetties stretch out in several directions connected to dozens of individual luxury villas. Each villa, about the size of a townhouse, has several private decks, luxury bathrooms, four-poster beds, wet bars, and satellite TV. Glass bottoms in the villa reveal stingrays, tropical fish, and small, harmless reef sharks swimming beneath your feet. Welcome to the over-water villa dream.

Length of Trip : 1 Week

Cost :
Paradise comes with a price tag, and at Gili Lankanfushi that price tag starts at about $US 1000 per night. Click here for rates and availability.

Best time to go : December to April

Wheelchair friendly : Yes

Family friendly : Yes

Where to eat :
There is no shortage of fresh and delicious seafood at the hotel's diverse set of restaurants. There are theme nights, with some meals served on the beach. Much of the produce is grown organically at the resort.

Official Site :
Gili Lankanfushi

Where to Stay :
There are villas, ocean suites, and private reserves for oligarchs craving privacy. Villas include overwater patios with sun beds, roof-top terraces, and glass-walled bathrooms.

Getting There :
International flights arrive in Male's Hulhule Airport. From there, a resort representative will pick you up for a 25-minute boat ride to the resort. Other resorts in the Maldives require short sea-plane rides.

Note from Robin :
Of the 1200 islands in the Maldives, only 200 are actually inhabited, and word on the Indian Ocean is that rising sea levels will vanquish this tiny nation during this century. One Nation. Under Water. In fact, Maldivians are expected to be the world’s first “environmental refugees” as 200,000 people will one day be forced to swim to higher shores. Note that it is illegal to bring alcohol or religious paraphernalia to the Maldives. These will be confiscated at the airport but will be returned when you leave.