5 reasons to honeymoon at Gili Lankanfushi
The barefoot chic paradise, Gili Lankanfushi, has recently been reopened again after a devastated fire and it is looking even better than before introducing new additions. Once voted the best hotel in Maldives at the Trip advisor Traveller’s Choice Awards, this luxury island hideaway with a ‘No News and No Shoes’ policy is blessed with unspoiled tropical beauty, not to mention, the largest overwater villa accommodation, world-class facilities including a tranquil spa, a diverse range of romantic experiences and an array of feet-in-the-sand dining options. Read on to discover our top 5 reasons to honeymoon at this newly re-opened Robinson Crusoe themed Maldives resort, Gili Lankanfushi…
1) Castaway overwater accommodation
Standing alone in the middle of a sparkling turquoise lagoon, this castaway island comprises of forty five intimate thatched overwater villas on stilts including seven Crusoe Residences and newly refreshed Private reserve which can only be reached by boat. The stunning uber-chic Private reserves – which is the largest overwater villas in the world – takes the true essence of luxury, privacy and intimacy to another level. Couples on their honeymoon or on a romantic getaway can relax in total seclusion. The exquisitely appointed overwater villas offer unobstructed views of the glittering Indian Ocean and boasts an open-air living room, a bathroom with freestanding baths, glass floor bottoms to view the colourful fishes below, sun decks both on the roof terrace and over the lagoon and in addition, some with private pools and dining options. It has everything lovebirds need to feel right at home and begin a blissful married life.
2) Dedicated ‘Mr Friday’ butler service
At Gili Lankanfushi, each luxurious villa is served personally by an impressive and attentive group of hosts known as ‘Mr/Mrs Friday’ named after one of the main characters of the famous book Robinson Crusoe. The dedicated ‘Mr/Mrs Friday’ is at your service 24 hours a day and will ensure all your wishes are met from the moment you arrive and leave the tropical island. The trusted butler host will make your stay as romantic and memorable as possible from arranging excursions, spa appointments to sleeping under the stars and organising romantic dining experiences such as moonlit in-villa dining, Sunset Champagne cruises on a Dhoni and dining in a gourmet wine cellar.
3) Indulge in a romantic spa at the Overwater Meera Spa
A honeymoon to the Maldives wouldn’t be complete without a couple spa massage for two. Nestled in a secluded bay, the Meera spa is a blissful haven built overwater, including six overwater treatment rooms with glass floor panels, steam and sauna room as well as a relaxation area with panoramic views of the ocean and an Ayurvedic Treatment champ. You can also find balance between your body, mind and soul with the fantastic art of yoga and meditation at the seaside champa. Meaning the Ocean, the overwater Meera spa offers a range of holistic therapies and signature massages delivered by highly-skilled therapists including Thai stretching, Shiastsu pressure points or a hand-harvested seaweed wrap and much more.
4) Sleeping under the stars
Imagine sleeping under the magical stars completely alone with your loved one on honeymoon. From the privacy of your rooftop terrace, lying on the luxurious romantic bed under the glittering night sky and spotting constellations and shooting stars above. It’s the perfect romantic spot to spend some one and one time and get away from daily stresses of life. You can ask your dedicated ‘Mr Friday’ and he will transform the daybed with luxurious linens on your private roof terrace. You will wish this moment lasted forever after spending a romantic night under the stars in paradise. To top it off you can also dine under the stars on the beach with the dazzling ocean in the backdrop.
5) Excellent intimate dining options
The dining options at Gili Lankanfushi are endless as they are as magical as the location itself with world-class restaurants, an overwater bar, Ice-cream parlour by the pool and a wine cellar. Embark on a unique culinary journey with any of the splendid four dining venues from the main restaurant, Kashiveli, where you can relax outdoors and dine with your toes in the sand to the intimate restaurant, By The Sea, serving traditional Japanese and Peruvian fusion dishes with sweeping views of the Indian Ocean in the background. If you want to quench your thirst you and your loved one can choose from the Overwater bar set on stilts over the lagoon boasting panoramic views of the dazzling turquoise waters and stunning sunsets at dawn or head down to the unique underground gourmet wine cellar where you can enjoy hand-crafted chocolates, cheese and delicious wine. However, memorable dining experiences like dining under the stars, picnic on the beach and a romantic dinner for two in unique locations can also be arranged.