Gili Lankanfushi Maldives practiced sustainable living well before being “green” came into vogue. Every aspect of the resort – from the well-appointed residences to the over-water spa – is designed to embrace the natural beauty of the surroundings and provide you with an experience as luxurious and relaxing as the warm blue-green water that laps against the island’s shores. Just 20 minutes from Velana International Airport by speedboat, Gili Lankanfushi Maldives boasts the largest over-water villa in the world, The Private Reserve, which is 18,300 sq. ft. If privacy is your desire, eight of the over-water residences are freestanding in the lagoon and are accessible only by boat.
Gili Lankanfushi Maldives created its tropical oasis in reverence to the ecological balance of the island and uses sustainable woods, natural materials and traditional fabrics to recreate the island’s natural habitat. The resort grows its own organic herbs and vegetables, which add to the flavor of its fresh menus. Additionally, the underground wine cellar, cheese room and chocolate cave – complete with a resident sommelier – is a must-try.