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Gili Lankanfushi North Malé Atoll, Republic of Maldives, Maldives


The Meera Spa with its over-water treatment rooms
Private movie screenings in the outdoor jungle cinema
Ocean-front rooms—some with their own docks



On a private coral island surrounded by a sparkling turquoise lagoon, the waterfront approach to Gili Lankanfushi couldn't be more picturesque. Silhouetted against the sunlit horizon, a sprawling network of villas rises above the sea, perched on wooden stilts and connected by a series of jetties.

Queen rooms start at $1,367

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Take advantage of the complimentary bikes–they're the perfect vessel to explore each nook and cranny on the island.


  • Vibe and atmosphere

    Guests boarding their transfer forgo boat shoes for Havaianas—this secluded hideaway enforces a "no news, no shoes" policy, so flip-flops are temporarily taken upon arrival. After settling in, visitors head to the nearby Chocolate Cave, home to a delectable selection of sweet treats, and return to their spacious villas armed with a complimentary hot water bottle and cozy fleece. The more grown-up underground adventures offered by the hotel's extensive wine cellar include a tasting with the master sommelier.
  • Overall look and feel of the rooms

    Villas open onto airy living spaces touched by the salty tang of the ocean. Choose between sunrise and sunset views—guests are provided with binoculars to take in the scenery from a private sun deck and water garden. Stocked with a handy array of insect repellant, aloe vera gel and after sun lotion, open air bathrooms include separate glass-walled showers and Jacuzzi tubs (and environmentally friendly toiletries).
  • Service style

    Even guests who fail to immediately discern the Robinson Crusoe-esque tropical island vibe will appreciate their villa's Mr. Friday (named after Crusoe's Man Friday), responsible for resort-specific activities like arranging diving lessons at the Ocean Paradise Dive Center and organizing private movie screenings at the outdoor Jungle Cinema, as well as seeing to more basic needs like fresh ice and morning coffee.
  • Preferred room type

    The Private Reserve Suite, with direct access to its own dock, fitness center, and a library equipped with a wireless laptop, is preferred by many guests.
  • Unique property features

    With its over-water treatment rooms peering at serene reef sharks, needlefish and rays through the glass floor panels, the sublime Meera Spa is one of Gili Lankanfushi's best amenities for couples. The retreat also offers an outdoor massage area surrounded by coconut palms and the soothing sounds of the sea.