Where to Stay in the Maldives Gili Lankanfushi

Some girls ask for diamonds some girls ask for Chanel, for my push gift I wished for a trip to the Maldives! I had dreamed endlessly of going before but I never thought it possible, too far, too expensive, but when I got an email in my inbox saying there were direct flights from Bangkok to the Maldives, the deal was sealed!
From that moment the seed was planted, the next time we went to Bangkok, we would go to the Maldives.

Sure the seed was planted; the problem was I didn’t quite realize how many little islands made up the Maldives, 26 to be exact.  So that put me into research mode to find the perfect resort!  And the perfect resort I did find Gili Lankanfushi.  What immediately drew me to this resort were the free standing Crusoe Residences.  Yes, FREE STANDING, meaning no walkway no other villa right next door, and accessible only by boat from the island.  Looking for total privacy?  Well, this is it, a little (not really so little) bungalow in the middle of the Indian Ocean.  The Crusoe Residences come with a “Mr. or Ms. Robinson” to help you with just about anything you need (like blowing up giant pink flamingo floaties).

gili lankanfushi crusoe residence

The Crusoe Residences are HUGE, with living room, bedroom, two bathrooms, soaking tub, outdoor shower, private ocean swimming area, sun deck, and second floor sun deck!

We spent our days lounging on our roof deck, taking bubble baths, and taking sunrise dips in the ocean from our deck.  And did I mention the ocean hammock?

gili lankanfushi hammock

Because of the time difference, we woke up super early and watched the sunrise every morning with our coffees.

gili lankanfushi sunrise And your Gili Lankanfushi Crusoe Residence comes with its very own coffee maker so you never have to leave the comfort of your own deck for your morning cup of joe!

gili lankanfushi patio

And of course, there’s was lots of jumping into the ocean with my pink flamingo (best $20 I ever spent) that I dragged from half way around the world!

pink flamingo gili lankanfushi

When you’re done with your coffee and taking a refreshing morning dip in the ocean, call over a little platoon boat to take you to land for a hearty breakfast.  They had the quite the selection of fresh veggies, fruit, and yummy Maldivian dishes.

After eating your fill at breakfast take some time to explore the jungle grounds on a bike and discover the perfectly clear and calm waters.

gili lankanfushi palms

Wearing: Crochet Shorts, Lace Tank

gili lankanfushi maldives beach-2

Wearing: Bikini Top, Bikini Bottom, Similar Bikini, Body Chain

Because we went during shoulder season the weather was a bit stormy, but that’s not a problem when you have an indoor shower to rinse off all the salt water, and a bathtub with a view.

gili lankanfushi bathroom

gili lankanfushi outdoor shower

 

And when you are all tired out from a nice soak in the tub there’s nothing better than a big comfy bed for an afternoon nap.

Crusoe bed Gili Lankanfushi

We loved our stay at Gili Lankanfushi and the Crusoe Residence was beyond dreamy, but our stay wasn’t perfect.  There were a few points they could improve upon.  The food, besides, breakfast, was extremely expensive but not that great.  We were especially disappointed with the Japanese restaurant.  The fish was fresh but not cut well.  One thing we couldn’t get enough of was the coconut ice cream and sorbet, those were some of the best I’ve ever had.

The service was excellent but there were so many complimentary services and activities that we didn’t know about because no one told us.  For instance, we didn’t know we could have our own little boat to go back and forth from our Crusoe Residence or that we could have the platoon drivers take us to One Palm Island.

Other than this our stay was absolutely amazing and I’d highly recommend Gili Lankanfushi for your dream Maldives trip!  For more photos check out my Instagram.

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