After a quick turnaround in the busy crossroads of Malé airport, a friendly face guides us to a waiting speedboat. We are asked to remove our shoes and embrace the island philosophy “no news, no shoes” — little did we know we wouldn’t place them back on our feet for the next ten days. Within minutes, we were powering towards the open ocean and heading to our first stop.
The deep blue sea gently calms to a shallow turquoise lagoon, we had arrived in the iconic and utterly astonishing turquoise waters of Gili Lankanfushi. Boasting pristine white beaches and rows of sky-high palm trees, life at Gili is slow and relaxation is taken very seriously: cue your Mr. Friday, a personal butler assigned to each guest, who is always there with a warm smile to make you feel at home.
The private island resort is home to 45 rustic over water villas, a tranquil spa, outdoor cinema, and a world-class culinary offering. Service is unrivalled and the island proudly promotes an ethical and responsible lifestyle, practising sustainability and a zero-waste program. The crown jewels of Gili Lankanfushi are the iconic Robinson Crusoe Residences. With no jetty in sight, the striking standalone villas sit effortlessly in the glowing cyan lagoon, providing total seclusion, peace and tranquillity.