On arrival at Gili you kick off your shoes and you don't wear them again until you leave. It is the epitome of barefoot luxury, with fine service and blissful over-water villas. Your personal Mr or Mrs Friday will take excellent care of you from the moment you arrive. Staff greet you by name and relaxation is given top priority, unless of course you have itchy feet to explore the incredible underwater world. Gili provides the Robinson Crusoe experience but with luxury on tap. Every detail is taken care of - from bicycles with pedals adapted for barefoot exploration to an outdoor cinema for evening films and yoga classes to herald each new day - meaning by the time you leave you will feel rested, refreshed and thoroughly spoilt.
There are 45 villas at Gili, each built on stilts over the water. If you really want to feel marooned, opt for a Crusoe Residence 'in' the water, only accessible by boat. Palatial in size at 250sqm, these castaway residences are on two levels with a roof-top sun deck with daybed and dining facilities, as well as an over-water sun deck, open-air private bathroom, and large indoor living area. Alternatively, the Spa Suites have a couple's treatment room, steam room, gymnasium and wooden jet bath on the upstairs terrace overlooking the lagoon. A daily 50-minute full body massage per person and up to a 20% discount at the spa are included.
Children are very welcome. There is no children's club but many of the rooms house families with room to spare, and the staff are sure to dote on younger visitors. Life on the water has pros and cons, and will be a deciding factor when it comes to whether or not the resort is right for your family.
FOR WEDDINGS & HONEYMOONS
Relaxed and informal, yet extremely luxurious, Gili Lankanfushi makes the most wonderful base for a wedding or honeymoon. The villas are extremely private, and your personal 'Mr/Mrs Friday' will make sure you have everything you need when you are hiding away from the world. Wedding and honeymoon packages are available, and include a variety of romantic experiences that will ensure you are lavished with attention, from spa treatments and sunset dhoni cruises to hideaway private dinners by lamp-light.
- Meera Spa offering treatments, sauna, steam room, and yoga champa
- Lantern-lit Jungle Cinema
- Large pool and fitness centre
- Watersports and Dive Centre
- Tennis court
OUT & ABOUT
- Bicycles with soft pedal pads to protect bare feet
- Sunset dhoni sailing
- Snorkelling and diving excursions at nearby sites including Manta Point
- Dolphin cruises
- Island hopping and sandbank picnics
WINE & DINE
- Beach restaurant for meals under the palms, with live cooking stations and music
- Lip-smacking Japanese cuisine with sea views at By the Sea
- Over Water - meat grills and international favourites overlooking the sea
- Chocolate Cave for home-made treats