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Surf’s up. The best Maldivian resort to learn how to hang ten

We are all travelling differently now and looking for new ways to challenge ourselves when we travel, so why not learn to surf? Gili Lankanfushi Maldives is the best place to do it.

The five-star Gili Lankanfushi Maldives has a hard-to-rival location. The resort sits on the unspoiled island of Lankanfushi in a large lagoon in the North Malé atoll, just 20 minutes by speedboat from Malé. With unparalleled service, stunning natural surroundings, and a laid-back luxury ‘no news, no shoes’ philosophy, it’s the ultimate barefoot luxury.

This Maldivian island offers guests a range of activities in, on, and under the water. In pristine waters, you can enjoy watersports from kayaking and windsurfing, to snorkelling – and now there’s another reason to return to this slice of paradise – to learn to surf.

Gili Lankanfushi Maldives living and dining area evening shot

For first-timers

Surfing at Gili Lankanfushi is a magical setting for everyone from first-timers to experts, with its tropical water temperatures, consistent swells and light crowds. 

For the ultimate surfing experience, Gili Lankanfushi has partnered with the team from Tropicsurf, to ensure high-quality, tailored classes to suit your skill set. These surfing senseis’ are a curated team of professionals providing personal instructions and insider secrets to quickly and safely develop your technique.

Before heading out to the ocean, instructors will discuss your current skill level and goals – whether you want to simply stand on the board, hang ten or waft and reverse like Kelly Slater – creating a programme that is completely bespoke.

For the experts

For more experienced riders, the resort is just a short boat journey away from some of the Maldives’ best surfing spots. Including the legendary honeymoon cove.

Guides can take you here for a three-hour advanced-level surfing session.

If you’re chasing an extra thrill, they can even fly in a professional to join you in the chase for the next best wave.

With some of the best surf breaks in the country behind you and some of the best surf instructors beside you, you’re guaranteed a swell time.

Gili Lankanfushi Maldives surf packages

Time to unwind

Post-waves, try a surf remedial massage at the resort’s Meera Spa.

The 60-minute massage treatment has been specifically created to ease any post-surf aches.

A trained therapist will apply a therapeutic balm and special remedial techniques to relieve and loosen tension in the neck, shoulders, lower back and arms. From firm to deep pressure, the massage will leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.

There are also yoga techniques and breathing exercises available for guests to partake in. These exercises assist in tuning the mind and posture to help you catch the perfect wave.

Gili Lankanfushi Maldives Meera Spa

Gili Lankanfushi way of life

Gili Lankanfushi Maldives is an award-winning eco-resort with 45 sumptuous overwater villas and residences. Including seven Crusoe Residences and The Private Reserve, one of the most exclusive and largest overwater villas in the world.

Continuing to go above and beyond, all categories of villas and residences come with a dedicated Mr/s Friday butler service, catering for your every need. The luxury never stops.

Surfing is hard work and you’re sure to work up an appetite. To replenish, have dinner in a secret location around the island with the nightly Gili Wine and Dine experiences. Or opt for a starry setting, with dinner served on a private beach, lit by lanterns.

For the wine connoisseurs, the underground cellar will delight. Housing more than 500 varieties of wine from world-acclaimed and emerging regions.


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