Travel Dream - Winter 2014/15 - page 14

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hen you arrive at the idyllic
private island resort of Gili
Lankanfushi, you will be met
in person by the general manager,
whoseprincipal dutywill be to confiscate
your shoes in exchange for the services
of your personal butler, “Mr” or “Ms”
Friday, who will assist, at the press of a
“red” button on your villa phone with
your every Crusoewhimduring your stay
until the sadmoment of your departure.
Welcome indeed to a very special, and undeniably
romantic, barefoot Maldives holiday experience.
Gili Lankanfushi (formerly Soneva Gili) was the first all
over-water villa resort in the Maldives and continues to
lead the way with its palatial villas-on-stilts. There are a
total of 45 villas. All are crafted in a traditional style from
natural materials and offer roof-top and over-water
sundecks, featuring open air bathrooms, luxurious
daybeds and a personal entertainment centre. Some of
the villas at Gili Lankanfushi are accessed by walkways
and for the ultimate privacy others can only be
accessed by personal boat. Gili Lankanfushi has a casual
atmosphere, the food is superb and of course, nothing
is too much trouble for your personal Mr or Ms Friday!
The interior decoration has been devised to recreate a
natural habitat, using sustainable woods, natural
materials and traditional fabrics, whilst still offering all
the modern day amenities and creature comforts of
true luxury. At Gili Lankanfushi the utmost care has
been taken in developing the island with respect to its
ecological balance.
Dining options include several restaurants, but can also
include a romantic, moonlit dinner on the deck of your
villa, a sunset champagne cruise on a traditional dhoni,
or dinners in the underground Gourmet Cellar - the
settings are as memorable as the cuisine. From the fine
wines to the excellent malts, Gili Lankanfushi has
achieved a reputation for providing guests with unique
dining experiences.
Leaving just your footprints in the glorious white coral
sands, snorkelling or diving in the crystal clear waters
amid circling manta rays and playful dolphins,
spending the day out on your own desert island, a
hammock for two in a quiet spot, star gazing under the
canopy of a clear night sky with no light pollution ...this
is what escaping the rat race is all about...
...No News & No Shoes.
No News & No Shoes
Out of touch with the help of Mr & Ms Friday at Gili Lankanfushi in the Maldives
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