On the hunt for ultimate paradise perfection? With pristine beaches, fabulous food and vast over-water villas, it’s no wonder Gili Lankanfushi tops the honeymoon hitlist
Perched on a tiny coral island in the North Male Atoll, surrounded by infinite swathes of slick white sand and crystal-clear waters you’ll find Gili Lankanfushi. The Maldives are renowned for their breathtaking beauty and this place is no exception. The 45 over-water villas are effortlessly chic — think natural wood and glass, over-water hammocks and sprawling panoramic views. The standalone Crusoe Residences are peaceful and private — just the place to hang out and while away dreamy sun-soaked days looking out at the luminous sparkly sea, Champagne in hand.
For a serious spoil, choose the uber-luxe Private Reserve. At 1,700 sq metres, it’s the world’s largest over-water villa and with its own sea garden, natural coral pool and spa, you will never want to leave. However if you do, there’s a myriad of activities to try including watersports and yoga, the surf school and sensational diving. Plus, the Meera Spa is simply superb, offering holistic wellness journeys and blissfully relaxing massages.
From secluded meals on the beach, to a fantastic street-food market, Gili Lankanfushi is a foodie’s paradise. Head to the Overwater Bar and sip a herbal mojito made with fresh basil and mint straight from the garden, followed by a mouth-watering feast of locally caught fish. Or sneak away to the chilled underground cellar complete with over 400 wines and expert sommeliers.
If it’s romance you’re aftei; you’ll find it here by the bucket-load: want a sumptuous picnic on your very own private one-palm island? Done. Fancy flying a seaplane to spy a secret message written on Palm Beach, or booking a “Love Treasure Hunt”? Done. All you have to do is call upon your very own Mr Friday — a personal assistant and friend who will fix your dreams in a flash. Pure heaven.
Gili Lankanfushi is priced from $1,385 USD per night based on two people sharing (excluding taxes).