‘Your space, your room and your time’
Space above the earth’s ocean
Buzz Aldrin may have taken man’s first steps on the moon but back on earth he has been the first guest to experience the newly upgraded, largest water-villa in the world – Gili Lankanafushi’s Private Reserve. At a sprawling 1,700sqm, this multi-roomed structure hovers over the azure lagoon 500m from the main resort and is accessible only by boat. The location brings new meaning to the concept of seclusion and privacy – your nearest neighbour is more than 300m away – unless you count the fishes and birds!
Fulfilling your every desire 24/7, are two Mr Fridays, whilst cooking up perfection to your own specifications is your dedicated personal chef. This villa has space enough for family and friends, with a capacity to sleep up to 12 – your two master suites comprise a whole wing each to form a retreat within a retreat. Glide down a water-slide into the ocean for a swim with manta rays or float in the confines of your private pool; row on the water or in the gym and enjoy pamper treatments in the onsite spa whenever you choose and, of course, you have a selection of movies to enjoy in your private free-breeze cinema. This freedom of Eden is the ultimate retreat, virtually an island in its own right with indoor and outdoor living fit for barefoot royalty!
Space and time to unwind
Winner of the 2016 Conde Nast Johnasens Spa Awards for Excellence, Gili Lankanafushi reinforces its position as the Eden of the Indian Ocean – the spa aficionado’s pamper-point of choice. You can be assured of a dreamy experience at every appointment, with treatments that include Ocean Therapy, using flower petals, organic herbs and earth clays or Music Therapy, utilising the vibrations of a Tibetan Singing Bowl. Gili Lankanafushi also plays host to visiting Spa Masters – holistic practitioners and renowned healers – who introduce their own unique brand of alternative wellbeing services such as sound therapy, crystal therapy and craniosacral therapy. You may find yourself leaving Gili so much more than just holiday-refreshed.
‘Get a room’?
Honeymoon? It is unlikely that you’ll need a residence quite as large as the Private Reserve for this holiday but don’t expect to compromise on space in the more intimate Residence or Villa Suite. All accommodation here is situated over the lagoon in multi-level, rustic luxury and features romantic relaxation areas, daybeds with plush cushions, hammocks floating over turquoise waters and an outlook disturbed only by gentle breezes and far horizons.
Oceans of Space
Few holidays offer the amount of private space that an open sea can. From your home on stilts over the clearest of lagoons, you can snorkel at will, day or night on the house-reef, always finding the most exquisite of marine company. If you already hold a scuba dive certificate then you’ll be keen to get your orientation dive underway with the PADI Dive Centre, which is open every day; now you are ready to explore the 20 local and 6 safari sites on offer – Gili offers two boat dives a day, two house reef dives a day plus full and half day diving trips by speedboat. If you are a beginner you will soon find your sea-fins with a Discover Scuba Diving course, which will have you venturing out in no time. According to Buzz Aldrin, being upside down underwater is the nearest he has come to weightlessness on earth; a great recommendation to get diving, from a man who has seen more than most.
Room for a little more?
With a chocolate cave on offer, who can refuse? In an underground cellar with uber-modern fixtures and a chill in the air that requires a fleece around your shoulders, you can enjoy such a contrast to your warm, surface base. 500 world wines await selection from your sommelier, who will guide you through a passionate tasting accompanied by artisan cheeses, meats and exquisite, handmade chocolates. Rising up to the surface brings more temperate dining options – By The Sea invites you on a Japanese culinary adventure – all handmade, all creative and all freshly caught using sustainable Maldivian techniques. If your visit inspires, you can attend a sushi cooking class – ideal.
No News No Shoes – No Queues
British we may be, but when on holiday we all deserve to be the ONLY one in the queue. And that is what the exclusivity of Gili Lankanafushi delivers perfectly. Service is so effortless and personal it is like being not only the most important guest on the island but pretty much alone there. Lounging by a candlelit table, on a white-sand beach whilst watching your favourite movie on a cinema screen is the type of ‘everyday special’ that you can expect at this remarkable, unique, paradise island.