Gili Lankanfushi, January 6, 2018 it’s Saturday night!

Now that you have completed the grand tour of our bungalow, it is time for dinner. There are three restaurants on property, The Over the Water Bar and Restaurant (seen above). The Main restaurant and the Japanese Restaurant. With our resort package we got a full breakfast and a $100 credit per person toward dinner. Lunch would be on our own. It is smart idea to get the food package as food is very expensive here. After all, everything has to be shipped or flown here.

We were shown to a lovely table overlooking the water. There weren’t many other diners in the restaurant, not only could you eat in one of the restaurants, you could elect to have dinner delivered to a romantic location on the beach!

Here is the view from our seat, looking across to some of the other villas.

I did a bad job of reading the special dinner menu, and thought it was $120 per person and we would only be paying a $20 up-charge. Steve caught it right away, but gentleman that he is said the choice was fine. Add in two glasses of wine, the added service charge and Maldivian tax and it was a very expensive dinner!

The dinner included a bottle of champagne also. It was all very tasty, especially the chocolate dessert! But then when is chocolate ever the wrong choice? There was an area in the bar of the restaurant where you could hang out and look at the open area for fish swimming below. We were a bit tired, and so didn’t hang out. Of course, I am not one to hang out in bars anyway, so Steve had no expectations of my staying.

When we go back to our room we found the night attendant had fancied up the bed for us. I don’t know how long it would take me to figure our how to create this design!

Here is a close up of the pleating of the sheets. Night Night everyone!

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Gili Lankanfushi, Villa Suites January 6, 2018

The room types at Gili Lankanfushi range from one and two bedroom overwater villas, to free standing overwater villas and then the creme de la creme rent the Residence, a four bedroom amazing house with its own pool and slide. We stayed in a one bedroom over water villa that was connected to the mainland by a jetty.  It was more than comfortable for the two of us.  Although I wanted to sneak a peak at the Residence it was occupied during our stay.  The free standing villas appeared to have water gardens, and hammocks outside the villas and were a little larger.  A9FDA5BB-E5CC-4F87-8257-6DA10498F372

So this morning I left you outside the front door.  Well come on in!

4DD34282-33F1-4703-8C54-9FA529474258This is the open air living room. It looks out to the Indian Ocean.  There are two couches on each side. The bedroom is through the door.

7C5BE852-A817-459D-8B21-14D3CE98B1AFHere is the cabinet that holds, soda, beer, and wine. To the left are glasses and plates, to the right is hard liquor. On top of the credenza is a Nespresso machine that I could only figure out once. There is always plenty of bottled water. The first night we were left a complementary bottle of champagne and iced tea. We never got around to drinking it.  The soda, beer etc. were not free.

1EB7AD24-1BD0-464E-9F2B-7120EBEAC36BLet’s go in the bedroom. There was a little couch and a desk. The room looked out to to Indian Ocean and the barrier reef surrounding the atoll.  D29705CE-2A3D-4960-98FE-D7218C58976EHere is the beautiful bed. The mosquito netting was just for show, we never saw a mosquito while we cheer here. There were plenty of outlets, near the bed and reading lamps. There was a paddle fan above it you didn’t want to use the air conditioning.  Temperatures were in the 80’s here, humidity was not oppressive due to the constant breezes. We did use the A/C at night as the breeze would stop in the middle of the night.

4CC5D9D5-97AF-456A-96EC-0F91710A8F1AThe view outside the desk was of the neighboring villa, and their shower.

811D8CA0-38E6-461B-AA23-7925C871ED9AThere is a television in the bedroom. We never even turned it on!

84A7AF0E-3B34-45E0-BEE4-B650046F4950We were left some goodies, watermelon with goat cheese, dates and then tuna. I ate the two on the left, we skipped the tuna.

8CB9C83F-637A-4ABC-9BD8-4A34F7B89B1DIn the great room facing the outside was a little table, and the wine bucket holding the goodies we never got around to try!  Below is our private deck.  Let’s check that out!

F907DDA4-3DC1-4963-A8FA-EA3EB4A85421Well, what do you know, Steve has changed and is there already!  I’m busy taking picutres for the blog, and he is relaxing! He has the right priorities!  Anyway the deck had two twin chaise lounges, an umbrella and two built in hammocks.  We each made the mistake of trying them out. Once you get in it is hard to get out! We had to crab walk our way out.

A1282CF6-4B16-427E-A180-283048908A37There were also two builtin small sofas, with a see through coffee table through which you could see fish swim by!

958F148A-F587-48E2-9906-93AC7C0CC2DFThis is a view from the deck to the living room, and the hostage taking hammocks! Once in them, they were difficult to get out. I had to call Steve for directions on how to get out of them. No pictures as we were laughing too hard to take any pictures!

3052B35D-BD22-4A6F-A59C-032C57241027This is the view from the deck of the bathroom.  Wait til you see inside!

We will leave Steve outside and head on in though the louvered doors.

8DA44755-DB3D-49AF-8DB6-58EBED793B1FTo the right are matching sinks, and a soaking tub with a view of the water. They had bath crystals available for you too!

89C0C1D5-F1C4-440C-9D8F-72BD3541F28ETo the right was a big mirror and open closet. Steve unpacked when I started taking pictures. Sometimes I make him wait to unpack until I get all my pictures taken. Not this time!

65E3B848-D78F-4ED4-8012-930C811F257DStraight ahead is the shower.  The curved aqua shape is a little settee you could sit on when you changed your clothes.

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Here is a better view of it. And the glass circle?

2FF17122-E90A-4769-A5D2-491286F082B5Your very own view of the ocean while you tie your shoes!

65E3B848-D78F-4ED4-8012-930C811F257DLet’s go study this picture again. The shower is down the walkway. What is to the right?

A2749F85-E799-4E03-9650-364B471E60AFYour very own grotto, where you can swim in the nudie!  Or use as a snorkel access point. Steve saw a five foot shark swim right through the grotto!

CFA93507-512B-4AA5-BACE-D5BF04D8EDA6Here is the shower, you had a choice of waterfall or regular shower head. Or you can even have a shower for two, so no one gets cold!  The shower had frosted glass on one side, the front was all open air, so it did get breezy at times. The resort is eco friendly and had refillable shampoo and conditoners.  No wasteful mini bottles.

894B1C2F-9F5D-49BE-B3C3-60AE0FB535B5There is still more! Let’s go on upstairs! Up the winding staircase…

F58ABF0F-3871-45CA-B024-EA82D0519601We see a small set of cozy chairs.

0AE9AC41-22D2-4435-8969-695F7AD4372EUpstairs was also a bed that you could sleep in during the rain, or pull it out from the canopy if you wanted to sleep under the stairs!  We did! Howeve as I wear contacts, and Steve glasses, our views weren’t so good after the contacts were out and the glasses off!

3F44EA9C-EEC7-485C-94FB-1F9F774F390AThere was a small table and chairs if you wanted to sit and enjoy your sundowner.

3A85204C-CA21-4DD4-B25A-C5A2FF6D418BAnd speaking of sundown, enjoy!  It’s time for dinner!

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Gili Lankanfushi, Maldives January 6, 2018

After our 20 minutes speed boat ride we were welcomed to Gili Lankanfushi by a large number of staff.  I can’t remember all their names, or positions, but it was a lovely greeting.  We were handed really cold hand towels to wipe off the dust and sweat from our travels.  They have lots of hand towels around here, before every meal, while at the pool, before a boat ride, after a boat ride!  The housing options here are all overwater bungalows and freestanding overwater bungalow.  Some resorts offer beach villas to the mix.  Our reservation was for an overwater bungalow.  The freestanding overwater villas were even more expensive, and you need someone to bring you back and forth to the island where you could have meals in the restarurants, do spa activities, or sport.  EA094D13-D064-4EB7-9E51-4541BC841DA9This is what the overwatervillas look like. They are connected by a wooden pathway, just wide enough for two golf cars to pass by.  Just barely!  Our villa had an air conditioned bedroom. Some of the other villas had air conditioned living rooms and bedrooms.  We requested sunset views, and that is what we got.  We have sunrise views at our second house in Lake George, and sunset views in Poughkeepsie. I didn’t want the sun waking me up in the morning on vacation.

Every villa has Mr. or Ms. Friday on call to take them about on the golf cart, to make any reservations you want for dining, spa, or sport. Or to get you anything you might need. I had forgotten to pack the usb cable for my new ipad keyboard, and was panicking at not being able to write as much as I wanted to for my blog. Previously I had just used the ipad screen keyboard, and that really takes forever to type a post.  I asked, and the next, our Ms. Friday rescued me, by leaving me her own personal cable!

Our Ms. Friday is Shazu, I am terrible with names, but was able to remember this one.  I was afraid I would call her Shazam by accident, not so far no worries! 0D4058BE-212B-4832-829C-827CB457DFB0These are the villas that have the air conditioned living rooms, they are a bit larger than ours.  I think some of the free standing villas have more than two bedrooms.  There is a separate villa called “The Resdence”, it has many bedrooms, it’s own plunge pool, a slide into the ocean, and has two Mr. Friday’s to serve you! Future trips, if I can get friends to join us!

A7623BED-4CE7-47AE-A8E2-854BFBA13EE9Okay, let’s head down the walkway to our villa.  On the left is a little bench to sit on while you wait for your Mr. or Ms. Friday. Lightning rods are on each roof peak. There are bikes for each unit, or you can easily walk wherever you wanted to go. The island is quite small, with lots of signage, so it would be difficult to get lost. To the left of the picture will be the master bedroom, straight ahead is the living room and to the left is the bathroom suite.  03AC0DC7-0F78-4427-82B5-710E99334A66Shall we enter?  The little round ball on the right is a foot porcupine to wipe off the excess sand you might have on your feet.

A9FDA5BB-E5CC-4F87-8257-6DA10498F372Door’s open, let’s come on in! Uh, uh time for breakfast, will finish post later today!

Male Airport, Maldives. January 6, 2018

We landed!  Yay! Having never been to Asia before, this was quite exciting.  On the plane the flight attendants passed out little cards that said we were entitled to use these in the “Fast Pass” lane.  Well, we shall see how that worked out!  I looked out the window of the plane and saw a Emirates 777 and an Etihad 777 outside the window.  The Emirates plane still had a few passengers leaving the plane. Great, we would now be behind 300 plus people from that plane.  Whey they didn’t have the planes a little more spaced out, is something I couldn’t understand.  However, maybe they only wanted the immigration people worlking certain hours.  Also it would probably make it easier for all the resort operators as most of the resorts here are a boat or plane ride away.

Once we got off the plane we were off to join the mad dash to be first into the terminal.  At least I tried to, but as Steve has custody of the passports, as I have a tendency to misplace important papers I dropped back to wait for him.  I tend to have two speeds, lickety split or slow because i am exhausted.  We entered the arrivals area and saw many people head to the left wall and fill out some papers.  Usually when we have entered countries the flight attendants have given us the forms on the plane and we would prepare them then.  That wasn’t the case here. After figuring out that we each needed a form we filled them out and  joined the Fast Pass lane, which of course wasn’t as there was only one person manning it.  All the other lanes had three officers for each lane, examining papers. We dutifully stayed where we were (Steve gave me his glaring-Stay where you are, we will get through soon enough). I’m not sure what was going on with our officer as he was slow as molasses until we got to us and then only spent a few seconds looking at our papers, but we were good to go. We picked up our bags and headed out to find the Gili Lankanfushi representative that would take us to the resort.  It was easy to find him, he had a nice clear sign.

I spied a Pharmacy in the terminal and told Steve to get my pcicture,  I was going to count this as a grocery store as it did carry some things to eat.  We would be staying at resorts the whole time and not going to any towns. So I made an executive decision that this would count as a grocery store. You do recall that part of the deal of our travels is that Steve fishes almost every where and I go to a grocery store. I also insist that we stay in luxury properties!C9A98CBD-7A1B-44B9-A890-2ED20B7F59FDOnce outside the security area, it was a bit of a madhouse, people everywhere. There were kiosks that advertised the different resorts and hotels.  Quite the madhouse.  To get past immigration you have to show that you either have prepaid reservations, or funds to last the length of your stay.

C7D30079-D5A6-4A1D-84EC-9AC08C9CCD72This picture really doesn’t show how chaotic it seemed.

F3367DA5-B7E0-4651-A55A-3E4AA2F2C763Velana Airport is the name of the game.  On your right side you have the airport, and on the left was the line up of boats to take you to some of the resorts.  Here are a few of the different craft.

B6A6E22F-03B6-46E4-9395-1483AB6E84E4This boat had a Venetian theme to it!  It reminded me of all the water taxis in Venice.

 

We quickly got in our boat “Gili Goes Quickly”, as we were the only arriving guests on our flight that were going to stay at Gili Lankanfushi. This also entitiled us to the best spot on the boat!  We were instructed to remove our shoes, as the theme of most of the resorts in the Maldives is “No shoes, No news”.  We were given a spritz on our feet that was supposed to be a relaxer-I think it was really a disinfectant, cootie killer.  We also got a nice drink, a gingery orange and lime juice drink quite refreshing.  B02C4D18-5BA2-4605-BFAC-8DFA793AE4B1Good bye airport, next stop Gili Lankanfushi, our home for the next four nights.

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