GILI LANKANFUSHI (link) (instagram)

When it comes to taking holidays with friends and family, my ideal getaway is an escape from everything I know. This doesn’t necessarily mean I need to go far away, but it usually translates to a beach holiday since I’m from the city. I recently got to escape to the Maldives, which is always a good idea. I took my son with me and went to Gili Lankanfushi resort, a 15-25 minute trip from the Malé International Airport depending on weather conditions. The quick trip by speedboat is great, especially after the plane ride, we didn’t want to have to travel more to get to our hotel. The convenience was a huge plus. And upon arrival, it felt like an instant transportation into a different (read: relaxing) world. There is a philosophy of ‘No Shoes and No News’ to ensure a calming getaway that is positive and overflowing with good vibes. It’s also an eco-resort, which means they reuse wood, use all natural building materials for the resort, food compost, and even paper straws. It’s a good time with a good conscience, win win. Our villa was spacious with endless views of the water and even came with our own Mr. Friday (or Ms. Friday.) Mr./Ms. Friday is a concierge that is exclusively assigned to you to help with all your needs. It was a super friendly yet natural, caring service that made us feel welcome and among friends. Our Mr. Friday, Mamdhooh, became friends with my son Jared almost immediately. It was great meeting him, and he was nothing short of gracious and accommodating.

While I chose to unplug for most of my trip, TV and wifi are available if you choose to stay connected. But with all the activities on hand, it’s hard not to find other fun things to do. It’s never boring at the resort whether you choose to indulge in a calming spa treatment or learn about marine biology with a dolphin cruise, coral planting, or snorkeling. If you prefer to work on your tan or just hang out by the water, each villa has a private over the water hammock and an overwater sun deck to lay out. It was a great experience with Jared, and I highly recommend it for families who are looking for a holiday resort they can call home year after year of visiting. The service and staff were extremely thoughtful and took care of us from the time we began our booking process to after we left for the airport. In addition to never being bored, the food at the resort is truly delicious. Watching Jared clean the plate at dinner was the only seal of approval I needed. This resort is the epitome of understated luxury, and I definitely look forward to coming back again soon.

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