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The largest overwater villa in the world is now open to guests

Gili Lankanfushi, one of the top resorts in the Maldives, has reopened with an all-new design after a year-long renovation following a devastating fire.

On 1 December 2019, the Maldives’ much-loved eco-resort Gili Lankanfushi welcomed back guests following an inspired renovation of the resort.

Enhanced accommodation

The 45 refurbished villas offer open-air living spaces, roof terraces and private decks with direct access to the lagoon below, and new private pools have been added to the enhanced Residence and Villa suites for extra seclusion. The Family Villas with Pools are a new addition to the resort featuring two ensuite bedrooms, a private swimming pool for children, a rooftop terrace for further space to dine and play, as well as a living room situated over the lagoon and accessed from a safe walkway. Rooftop daybeds will be made up with linens so guests have the option of an atmospheric night sleep beneath the stars and each villa has a dedicated butler service.

The vast 1,700-square-metre Private Reserve – the largest overwater villa in the world – is located 500 metres from the main island and offers four vast bedrooms in addition to a private open-air cinema, spoiling spa, air-conditioned gymnasium, infinity pool and two-storey water slide, directly into the lagoon.

Sustainable design

The warm, neutral colour palette is inspired by the island’s natural surroundings, while locally sourced turquoise fabrics add flashes of colour to the new design. Sustainability is at the heart of the island’s vision, and every piece of furniture in the new villas and living areas will be custom made by skilled craftsman using upcycled materials. The bed frames are made from recycled teakwood and lampshades handwoven with recycled wire mesh twist feature fish and sea turtles from the surrounding sea. The coffee tables have been engraved with stars to reflect the clear night sky and hanging lamps crafted from bamboo prawn catcher baskets.

Maldivian fusion on the plate

Guests can enjoy fresh and sustainably sourced dishes at Kashiveli, where the resort’s modern Maldivian fusion cuisine will be served from new live cooking stations. Executive Chef Hari Govindaraj is responsible for growing organic herbs, vegetables and fruits in the organic Gili garden and will offer guests one-on-one classes to learn the art of cooking with seasonal produce, providing hand-written recipes for guests to take home as a memory of their stay.

Combining education and wellness

Gili Lankanfushi will mark the re-opening of resort with a series of new educational and active wellness programmes, including a five-night Holistic Healing program with an essential oil making workshop and guided breath-work sessions; a five-night Dive & Discover program with guided night time snorkelling and a coral planting experience with a marine biologist; and a four-night Surf & Spa program with surf lessons and guided tours to a nearby wave break.

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