Como Maalifushi Thursday January 11, 2018 Linda’s Adventures

After kissing Steve goodbye and good luck fishing, I decided to return to the room and finish up my postings on Gili Lankanfushi. You must realize that these posts take almost forever and a day to complete, but I must entertain my fandom. All 28 followers not including you lurkers, you!

Here are the male and female wash rooms outside the restaurant. The stick figures on the door were a a little bit easier to interpret than those at Gili Lankanfushi. I accidentally walked in to the men’s room.

Here we have the men’s room at Gili Lankanfushi! The urinal was my first clue I was somewhere I didn’t belong. It must be quite soothing to pee here. I am sure some people would be afraid to use it, thinking that it was in fact an object d’art!

I am a big fan of investigating men’s rest rooms. We stayed one night at a hotel in California near the Hearst Estate. Check out the rooms that you can stay in! Every room was different, one room had a jungle theme, another a cave for those channeling their Cro Magnon side, one room had a long and short bed side by side! The men’s bath room in the restaurant was a waterfall going the length of the room. Now this was over 35 years ago, when it was highly unusual to see anything other than a urinal.

When we stayed in the Hermitage in Nashville I sneaked a peak in the men’s room there. It had these high chairs where you could get a shoe shine while you were there!

Look! I found the picture! Not easy when you have over 15,000 pictures in your photo stream! But my memory for trivial details such as this is extreme, and I could find the picture in under two minutes! You go Linda!

Back to the tour of the grounds. This is where the pizzas are made at lunch. I didn’t try them, as I only had lunch one day, and it wasn’t pizza! I’m not traveling all this distance to eat pizza!

Here we have the last couple to eat breakfast, making goo goo eyes at each other. Perhaps they are on their honeymoon!

This is a view of the bar, it looks really nice. Doubtful that I will go there. I just don’t do bars.

Well maybe I will eat lunch here. Steve is off fishing, I might as well enjoy something to eat, I know that Steve’s guide arranged a lunch for him.

Bread sticks, and focaccia, oil with vinegar, butter an caponata. I tried all three toppings.

I ordered my first iced tea of the trip. Ordinarily I drink iced tea with lemonade every day. They brought me a little carafe of liquid sugar.

Now that is a serious burger with fries. I had to deconstruct it to eat it. It was wagyu beef, done medium rare, and the fries were as good as they look! Hmm, seems I will travel a long way for a good burger!

After lunch I went back to the room to read, and do more blogging as I was seriously behind. I had a lot of typos on my postings prior to those published yesterday as I was eager to send them out. Steve was fishing and wasn’t available to correct my mistakes or to prevent me from posting something that could get me in trouble. However, after sitting me down, and explaining that I need to do my best and publish Pulitzer Prize winning blog posts, I must not be in such a hurry to push send. Unlike the bozo in Hawaii who pushed a button he shouldn’t have, I have patience now and wait for Steve to approve.

Speaking of Steve, did he catch any fish?

How about this fish? A yellow spotted Trevally.

This fish is called a honeycomb grouper. It was my favorite fish to see when we were snorkeling at Gili Lankanfushi.

This monster is a bluefin trevally. It was a tremendous fish, probably 11-12 pounds, and the best one caught at by a guest. That doesn’t mean much as there hasn’t been much fishing done here yet! This is the only resort in the Maldives that offers fishing. We were lucky to find it, and God Bless our travel agent Lindsey Wallace at

That’s it for Thursday afternoon.

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Goodbye Gili Lankanfushi, Hello Airport? Wednesday January 10, 2018

Well I seemed to have screwed up my days a little. Originally my last post said that it was Tuesday when it was actually Wednesday morning. I straightened that all up and we are now good to go.

The management team led by David Stepetic gave us a warm good bye from the dock. David had worked at a number of great resorts and runs a top notch organization. We were impressed with the beauty of Gili, the quality of the food, and the wonderful villas. To top it off there was the wonderful staff, whose aim was to please the guest. The fancy boat there is for people who wanted to go on a fancy boat ride.

As we were the only guests on the boat we got those great seats with a view of everything. We saw lots of boats on our way to Male, many of them were these big cargo ships. The Maldives has almost everything brought to it, which is why everything is so expensive. These cargo ships have their own cranes on them. Smaller ships come up to them, and cargo is unloaded on to them and then brought to port. Some of the workers never get to land, they can be on the boat for a year! Definitely not the life for me.

After about twenty minutes we reached the dock at the airport and are luggage was hoisted on to dry land. We were a little nervous about if we were going to be met at the airport by someone who would escort us to the proper area for our flight to Como Maalifushi.

Yay! We did have an escort who loaded our bags unto a cart and brought us into the terminal.

It was fun to look at all the ferries that were taking people to Male and to other islands. It appears that a bridge is being built linking the airport to the mainland.

Here is Steve posing in front of the Maldavian Sea Plane counter. Our passports were entered into the system and we waited. While Steve waited, have you ever seen him so relaxed in your life? Go to the Maldives, after only four nights and two massages you can look like this also!

While Steve waited, I explored. I love seeing different stuff that people ship. I actually stepped into the Phamacy that I had my picture taken in front of. I had to see if I could actually consider it a grocery store. You do remember that Steve fishes on trips, and I visit grocery stores don’t you? It was a hard call to make, they had a lot of water, baby wipes, and medicine but no regular food. I looked especially hard for cookies or crackers, but couldn’t fine any.Since it was a pharmacy it did have pills that one ingests. So I decided that it would count as a grocery store, although it was definitely not a supermarket.

After our papers were processed we entered a shuttle to another terminal where there was a Como Hotels Lounge. In this building there were lounges for all the resorts serviced by Maldavian Seaplames. Four Seaasons? You wait in this room. Como Maalifushi? You wait in this room. There was a problem in that one scheduled departure of 3:30 was not going to be met as there were mechanicals and only two planes were in operation. They told us that we would definitely make the last plane of the day that was scheduled to leave at 4:30. We waited and waited. I thought that I had taken a a few pictures of the lounge, but i can’t find them. They had coffee, soda, cookies, yummy brownies and potato chips. We were a little bit nervous to hear about the mechanical, but what were we going to do?

This is a view of the Seaplanes. Finally we were called, our flight was going to depart. By this time I think it was after 5:00.

Here we are patiently waiting for our flight. Steve looks a little worried, doesn’t he?

Down the gangplank and towards our plane. Maldavian SeaPlanes are known for their barefoot pilots. I bet that you did not know that.

The plane was pretty tiny. There was not much leg room.

We were given ear plugs.

As we were so close to the Equator I was trying to get a screen shot of 0 degree Latitude, but we were too far north. The Maldives is Just above the equator. Now look at that elevation reading. Did we make it to Como Maalifushi? Did we drown? No, of course not as you are reading the blog, but I thought this was an amusing way to end the post.

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Gili Lankanfushi, Wednesday January 10, 2018 Our last day at Gili

Now that it is our last day at Gili, it is time you learn a little history and about the geography of The Maldives. We are located in the Indian Ocean, in the Arabian Sea. The Maldives is located southwest of India and Sri Lanka. There are about 26 double atolls comprised of almost 1200 islands, 200 of the islands have been leased to tourism. The territory is about 115 squares miles, it is the smallest Asian country measured by size and population which is around 400,000. Fisheries and tourism are the main industries.

Male where the Main airport is located is the Capital. It is the lowest country in the world, with the highest natural point being only at about 8 feet above sea level! It is though that the first inhabitants arrived in the 5th century. The Maldives is 100% Muslim. During out stay here at Gili Lankanfushi we could often hear the call to prayer.

On our way to breakfast we saw this ray off of our jetty. We thought he was going to bury himself in the sand. Of course since i was videotaping he divided to just flap. So we left him to his life and went off to breakfast.

I had another shot of the morning starter, a pineapple orange combination. I also tried the healthy green juice drink. I can’t tell you how much stronger, vibrant and alert i am. Ha, Ha, just kidding! I’m the same old Linda.More fruits form the fruit bar. The little white balls were quite interesting. The hairy one was different from the one that looked like fish eyes. They were both very wet, and the hairy one was a little more opaque appearance than the three to the left. It was also larger when removed from the shell All were delicious. There is that beautiful dragon fruit again, on the lower right. It looks like a purple kiwi! There is also a pineapple tart on the upper part of the. picture, but we are just going to ignore that piece of heaven. Too many calories to think about.

Steve was feeling a little sluggish from all our relaxation and insisted that we hit the gym. The view from the exercise bike was delightful, but it was a little too warm for me. I adjusted the air conditioning, but I was still a little too warm for comfort. Plus the bike was not a recumbent one, so I was eager to quit after twenty minutes of cardio. I decided to try the Pilates Reformer that was in the gym. There was an instructional DVD going on, and it was a lot of fun to try to imitate the sleek and limber model. Later that day my groin was killing me, I think I went at it a little too vigorously.

We returned to our villa, finished packing, called our Ms Friday Shazu to pick us up. We got a picture of her with her buggy in front of our villa. You were wondering what our wonderful Shazu looked like, weren’t you?

We had a lovely lunch of Chicken Caesar Salad with another beer, and waited to be picked up to be brought to Male for our afternoon flight to Como Maalifushi.

You might have been wondering about the guest make up at the resort. When we talked to our travel agent I had mentioned that I loved to stay at small resorts, and meet the other guests. He had told me that would be an unlikely occurrence. He was correct. The majority of the guests stay to themselves. You can tell the guests that are Americans as they are always friendly! I did manage to meet a lovely couple from Texas on their honeymoon, and we exchanged Instagram account names. So now I have a new friend to see again! At Gili there were honeymooners, families with toddler children, families with older children and older couples like us. Some of the guests were from England, Germany and also Russia. I chatted up the Russian couple at breakfast. He had been coming to the US for vacation for over 30 years. This was the first year that he couldn’t get a visa. So instead of spending his money in LA and NYC, he was at Gili. I asked him what he thought about Trump. He was hard to understand with his accent. So I am not sure what the average wealthy Russian thinks of him.

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Gili Lankanfushi Tuesday January 9, 2018 Out and About

Good morning! Another day in paradise and another juice shot to wake up with. This one was orange and pineapple.

Today I decided to have waffles with fruit for breakfast. Not to mention the whipped cream, bananas, strawberries, blueberries and raspberry sauce. Why diet while on vacation?

Steve had a tasty omelette. He is not into fruits, I am. Well, they do say that a marriage made of opposites makes a happier marriage!

I’m not sure what we did on Tuesday but lets take a tour of the grounds. Here is the outdoor cinema. Last night a couple had dinner and a movie. You can arrange this also if you choose to stay her. (I don’t get any credit for the links in my blog. Maybe some day I will be a paid travel influencer, but not yet!)

There was great signage everywhere.

Speaking of yoga, here is a view of the outdoor pavilion where yoga classes were held.

This is a view of the gift shop. No, I didn’t buy a bikini.

Anyone up for a game of pool? That could be done here also. Don’t they think of everything?

Lets go climb the 360 to enjoy the view. It doesn’t look too high for me to climb.

The view wasn’t much better here, in fact it was probably worse than the view from the ground as seen here.

What’s funny is that when I first saw this picture in my photo roll, I though it was from Como Maalifushi where we are staying now. The resorts all have dhoni boats that you can take a sunset cruise on. In the distance you see One Palm Island, thats where we went group snorkeling near. If you wanted to you could have a private dinner here also. One Palm Island is a different island than Two Palm Island. I am not sure if there was a No Palm Island, Ha Ha!

Besides the wooden directional signs there were Evacuation Maps also. Chances of Tsunami’s are rare, as the country of India blocks most of the deviating tsunami’s that might occur, but you never know.

This is the lovely table and chairs that were set up on the 360 platform. This was another great spot for a private dinner.

This is the beautiful vegetable garden on property. I loved the fresh green lettuces.

Back down on solid ground we go by the By The Sea Restaurant again.

Here is a lovely lounge chair to sit in and enjoy the view of the ocean and a sunset. Or perhaps you had too much at dinner, and need to take a rest?

I know, let’s try to hang out at the pool for a while. Past the Main Restaurant we go.

Shucks, some one is under the cabana. Looks like we’ll have to sit in the shade. Well, that can be arranged.

Steve and I are too old to do hammocks. Those are for young people, who can easily get out of them. Seeing the hammocks brought back fond memories of when Steve used to lie in the hammock with the kids on a weekend. Not much reading was down, but there was some tickling and napping.

Perhaps we should have some lunch al fresco, if it can be arranged. Yes, lets share a chicken Caesar salad with a beer!

Hey, why don’t we go for another massage? Yes, lets do.

Ah, the relaxing massage with the view of the coral and fish. Did you see the one with the yellow tail?

Now it is the time for our last night’s dinner. It was an Asian Buffet. We had a beautiful salad to start, where you could choose your own greens.

Followed by lots of beautiful breads.

They had many stations at the buffet. There were lots of preplated dishes.

Lots of stuff to eat that I didn’t know what it was. The lighting for photos was bad, so I can’t show you the soup, grill or stir fry stations. The dessert station was equally lovely, with lots of fresh fruit, tarts, and mousses.

That’s it for our last night at Gili Lankanfushi. Tomorrow we head to Como Maalifushi.

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Gili Lankanfushi January 8, 2018 It’s Monday!

Time to get up and start our day! Looking at the Instagram postings for Gili Lankanfushi I found this picture…

Whoa! What a beautiful pool! I didn’t recall seeing it anyway on property and thought I would ask one of the servers at breakfast how I could find it!

After my fortifying juice shooter, I inquired.

Well Madame, I am sorry to but that will not be possible.

How so? Please break it to me gently. Yes, I am sitting down now, you can tell me.

“Perhaps you might like to see if you Rosti and two egg mozzarella, mushroom, spring onion and pepper omelette is to your satisfaction first. ”

It’s “varah Meeru’, very tasty. The picture is from the Residence, and it is fully booked! Oh well.

I guess I will just have to satisfy myself with some of the fruit from the buffet.

The fruit was just so pretty that I couldn’t stay disappointed for long.

Maybe I’ll just have some more fruit from the fruit chef and go on with my day.

Look, things are looking up, Steve saw the lounger under pool canopy was empty, and we could sit there for a spell!

Now how do you say, “I am so happy?’

I could sit here and look at the boats, listen to the bubbler all day long!

Would Mr. and Mrs. Lant like a towel, some ice water, sun lotion and two bread sticks while you enjoy the shade and the view? But of course, we would!

Alas, all good things come to and end and it was time for use to get our snorkeling briefing by the resident Marine Biologist. No pictures of the pretty fish again, but we did see several different species and we even saw an octopus! There were three others with us on our expedition; the tennis instructor and two guys. I asked them where they were from. Guest C said Columbia, and Guest E said England. “Where did you meet I inquired? ” ‘Ibiza!”

Of course I asked them if they knew Gary Goldsmith the uncle of the Dutchess of Doolittle. Will and Kate had vacationed there several times. The house has been nicknamed “Chateau Bang-Bang”! Alas, they knew nothing of what I was talking about, and you probably don’t either. Guest E took some pictures of Steve and I snorkeling, but we never met up with them again. So the cute pictures of Mr. and Mrs. Lant are probably deleted.

We headed back to the Over Water Bar for lunch. There was a very interesting cocktail on the menu board. What are the odds that I would order one?

It was called the Kaashi Cocktail. Fresh coconut water, rum, Midori, Amaretto and pineapple juice. Yummy!

We had more delicious bread.

I ordered a pizza, with ground beef, mushroom and pepper.

Steve had some kind of stir fry.

Of course when we left the Over Water Bar (which I seem to have been incorrectly calling Over the Sea, or Over The Water Bar), my hat flew off and Steve had to rescue it for me! My Hero!

While we were snorkeling my favorite spot at the pool was taken. We were never able to claim it again unfortunately, as a new family of lounge hogs took over. They left their gear there even when they were lounging in the sun on different loungers and while they were at lunch! I was very disturbed, but Steve remarked that the didn’t find the low cushions under the canopy that comfortable. I ended up calming down eventually the more that I studied the family. The father was in his 60’s, the wife was in her 40’s and extremely scrawny, there was a young boy we thought was six, who the older gentleman was extremely affectionate toward, and then there was a 40 year old man who might have been the older man’s son from his first wife. We have seen that type of family on a number of our trips. I never quite figure out who the lady belongs to. However as she rarely sits near the younger man, I have decided that she is with the older guy. Anyway, that is my intrigue for the day. I never did find out who they were, who was with whom and where they were staying. I deduced that they weren’t at The Residence as the little boy would likely want to be in that pool and on the slide every day.

No more about Monday, we had more caviar at dinner on Steve’s tuna tartare, and we had chocolate with raspberry sorbet for dessert. What can be better than that?

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Gili Lankanfushi Sunday January 7, 2018 Lunch, some snorkeling and Dinner.

It’s about time I post a map of the resort. In a later posting I will give a little history of the Maldives.

We were staying in GVS30 which was off of Jetty 2. We had both sunrise and sunset views. The resort is very convenient to the airport, it was only about a 20 minute boat shuttle. I think if you wanted to take a shuttle in to Male you could, but why would you when you were surrounded by beautiful white beaches? The only draw back we could find at the resort, was that since we were near the airport you hear planes through out the day. It wasn’t offensive, but you knew you weren’t too far from civilization. This was high season, and one night we did hear the music from the resort across the way from us. It didn’t bother me, but Steve did have problems sleeping that night. We later found out the it was considered the Russian New year, and those oligarchs on vacation like to PARTY!

We went to the Over the Sea restaurant for lunch. We were given our cold towels, and then a juice shot. It was quite refreshing. Since Steve only drinks orange juice, I got to have both drinks. You can probably tell that this one was watermelon based.

For lunch we went to the salad bar. Having a green salad with a little egg and chunks of ham is always a delicious lunch. Steve had the salad bar also.

I actually had a drink at lunch. It was a Curaçao and Midori based drink. You know how I like my fruity Martinis, so I really enjoyed this!

We hung out at the pool for a bit after lunch and then…

We went snorkeling! Here I am in my full face snorkel mask. This is definitely the type of mask to get. You can breathe normally, and wear your contacts. I did get a little water in my mask, but that’s because I was so excited to snorkel that I didn’t adjust my mask properly. We learned about these masks from those people I hated in the Galapagos who were the cushion and table hogs. They were big scuba divers, and donned these masks when our boat trip stopped for snorkeling time. I had never snorkeled before and found it quite easy. We went right off our dock to explore the coral beds in our lagoon. We saw lots of pretty fish. No pictures as we didn’t bring an underwater camera or the GoPro. We also didn’t trust the water proof cell phone bags that came with the mask. You can get the masks from Amazon for about $79 each. The masks had a bright orange snorkel, so it was easy for me to see where Steve was when i lifted my head up and vice versa.

Here is another calming sunset form our Villa.

For dinner we went to the Japanese Restaurant. After more cooling towels and a juice shooter we were ready to enjoy our dinner. We started with salted Endame, they were so good!

This was the amuse bouche. Fresh seared tuna.

I had the tempura as part of the chefs tasting menu.

Steve had some beef that was quite rare and very good.

Then I had some fish, shrimp, and sushi. The fish on the bottom had rice underneath. I think that was called Nigori, usually the fish is raw, but they cooked it for me. It was very difficult to eat, I ended up using my fingers.

Steve ordered soup. He really loves soup, and would eat it at every meal if he could.

For my main I had some kind of meat pancake. It was very strange.

Steve’s main was fish. It was not strange and very tasty. I think it was on risotto. The little balls were caviar, that I got to eat, as Steve would rather the fish eggs grow up to be fish, and not caviar.

At every table there was a little Zen Garden to play with.

Here is Steve’s fine design.

These were the chopstick holders. Steve appropriately got the fish, and I got the star. Now how appropriate was that!

Dessert was another yummy chocolate treat. That plate was cleaned! Steve and I joked during dinner that we saved our selves a lot of money on this trip. I decided that I wasn’t crazy about Japanese food, and a trip to Japan (which was on our travel list) was probably not going to happen now. So we saved all that money we would have spent going to Japan!

I forgot to mention that Steve had a different glass of sake with each of his courses. Fabrice, the sommelier came over to give a detailed description of each type. My eyes glazed over during the first description, but Steve looked remarkably attentive throughout the evening. He might just be a better actor than I am!

I leave you with a little video of my dinner. No, it wasn’t live, but with the overhead fan it sure looked like I was eating something that was not quite dead yet!

Gili Lankanfushi January 7, 2018 Spa Treatments and a trip to the gym?

The resort had a jet lag special at the spa, if you booked together it was $199 for a one hour massage. As Steve and I adore massages and we were jet lagged we arranged the spa for the morning of our first full day. This is the entrance of the spa. As you could see it from our back deck, we didn’t need Shazu our Ms. Friday to bring us there.

The treatment started with a foot soak, and then a scrub a dub dub of crystals to invigorate our sore feet. We were in heaven already!

We entered the room to find the normal massage tables. In the floor were cutouts so you could watch the activity below the spa! It was so much fun to see the fish swim below. I think all spas should do this, just put a television on the floor and cover it with plexiglass!

Here is a video of the experience!

After the massage we went upstairs to the second floor of the spa. Here Steve is pointing out something to me, what it was i don’t remember. However as you know I love a good posed picture I thought I would share it with you.

The lovely ladies gave us some orange slices, almonds, cold water and hot ginger tea to refresh us after our treatment. The ginger tea is supposed to help energize you and aid in the elimination of toxins. It sure was spicy!

This lovely lady gave Steve his massage. She delightfully posed for the blog.

On the way back from the massage we decided to see what the gym looked like. They had two Pilates reformers, a DVD constantly going with a Pilates session. There were also yoga mats, although each room was provided with their own yoga mats. There were free Yoga sessions daily, although we didn’t attend any. They were held outside, in the morning and afternoon. The gym was air conditioned, and had treadmill, ellipticals, a bike, free weights, and a few weight bearing machines. There was a refrigerator with cold towels in it also. If you forgot your gym shoes, you could borrow some at the spa.

Look at this view. Well it’s a lousy photograph, but it really was nice to look out the window. We quickly said goodby to the gym, who wants to ruin a good zen with a workout?

This was the outside of the gym entrance. Above is where the Japanese restaurant is located.

We head back to the our villa and think about what we want to do next. Here you can see the water cisterns conveniently placed to cool feet. Steve saw one of the resort’s workers refill them. He just dumped out the old, and put new water from below in them. Although you could probably figured that out on your own now, couldn’t you?

Here’s a calming video for you to enjoy. This was taken from our deck. I’ll have to stop now as we have a cocktail party to attend at Como Maalafushi where we are now.

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Gili Lankanfushi, December 7, 2018 Wandering Around Property

Let’s wander about after breakfast, shall we? Although I think Steve looks like he has some doubts about this. Where will I ask him to pose for a picture next?

Well he managed to safely stay out of this one. This is the Main Restaurant. The breakfast displays were all under the canopy on the right. Tables were on the left. Even if you weren’t on seated closest to the water you still had a magnificent view!

Here is Steve demonstrating how to get your feet wet. He does a might fine job, doesn’t he? Speaking of mighty fine, check out the lounge area under the canopy! It has my name all over it! Now I hope you can recall the trouble at our hotel in the Galápagos Islands. There was only one really good table to sit at at dinner. Unfortunately two couples at our hotel camped out and didn’t share the table. One member of the group was assigned the duty of racing to the table (or front viewing cushions on the boat). They would plop down their gear and hog the table for the rest of the afternoon and onto evening. They would sit there after the cruise at 4, and then never vacate the table until 11 at night. They would sit there and chat, ordering a beer or two and then finally their dinner at eight. Steve and I who could eat dinner in an hour grew frustrated at his behavior. (Especially me-Steve doesn’t let it bother him. I stew, and wish evil diseases on them!) I think chair hogs are the worst!

So when I saw this lounge area I told Steve that I hoped to be able to sit there part of the stay. Would I? That’s story is for another blog post!

This is the view from the back of the pool. The palm trees had little wells around them and the pool had an infinity edge. Lounge chairs were placed between the pool and the beach. If you wanted lunch or a drink, the gentleman who operated the ice cream shack would have it delivered.

There were also hammocks, if you wanted to sit in them. To the left was a raised platform, if you wanted an even better tan because you were closer to the sun. (Not really, but that was such a fanciful idea I had to add it!)

This was the interior of the ice cream shack, here you could get ice cream bars, or dishes of several different flavors. No chocolate but they did have stracciatella-vanilla with chocolate shavings. You could also order lunch, and eat it poolside. Want a beer? No problem.

One last view of the pool and we are off to explore a little more!

Tennis anyone? There is a resident pro, who will give you lessons. That’s her in the white top and the orange skirt.

Plenty of bike parking available here!

This is the way to our villa. We were staying in number 30. There are 44 over water villas on property, Seven separate stand alone villas that were not connected to land via a jetty, and then the Residence. All you had to do was to call your Mr. or Ms. Friday and a shuttle boat would appear to take you wherever you wanted to go.

Here is Steve walking back to our villa.

Spaced evenly on the jetty, were these earthenware pots that held water.

The deck got really hot, and our American feet were not up to the task. I stopped in front of every pot and got my feet wet. wish I could tell you the name of the Nail Polish, but I forgot. I tease Steve all the time, about how wonderful my feet are. as I love the shape of my feet. They are nice and wide, I have great stability. It makes it difficult to find shoes that fit, but whatever!

This is a view of the gym and the Japanese Restaurant. It was just off our jetty.

This is a little video from our jetty. There were lots of fish to see. One day we saw a shark, and another day a sting ray.

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Gili Lankanfushi, January 7, 2018 Breakfast

Good morning sleepy heads, its time to get up! This is the view from our deck. Since we are very close to the equator the days are about 12 hours long. Gili Lankanfushi has it’s own island time. One hour ahead of the time in Male. Many of the resorts do this also, so people can enjoy the sunrises and sunsets better.

Part of the breakfast display was in the wine cellar. Here you see a lovely spread of cheeses and cured meats. Having your own private dinner in the wine cellar was option also.

Fabrice, the sommelier offered wine and cheese tastings in the afternoons also. I believe there was a ~$75 up-charge for that.

Here are some of the beautiful chocolates under glass, in the wine cellar. I think there might have been a wine and chocolate tasting available each afternoon also. I am really surprised that I didn’t try to open the cases and sample a few of the treats, but I was too busy documenting for the blog!

Here is a display of all the different types of honey you could choose at breakfast.

Just like the Club level room at the Ritz in Santiago, Chile; there was a honey comb on display.

Here we have a display of all the different types of jam you might want to put on your toast or croissant.

Speaking of croissant’s, here is a display of all the fresh pastries. Nothing beats a chocolate croissant for breakfast in 80 degree weather. The inside is all warm and gooey, and the pastry flakes all over your clothes. Heaven!

This was our table, We had a beautiful view of the ocean, and we were in the shade, just delightful!

Every morning we had two cappuccino’s. Don’t they look pretty with the cocoa starfish on top?

I ordered scrambled eggs with toast for my breakfast. Eggs could be ordered in any style including Eggs Benedict.

Lots of choices available at the juice bar! There were also bottles of champagne if someone wanted to have Mimosa’s in the morning. On the rack there were little tinctures if you wanted to doctor up your drink. Not alcohol, but elixirs, to detox, invigorate, or cure any aches and pains that you might have. I drank my Orange juice straight up. Next visit I’ll have to walk on the wild side and try one of the elixir’s. It might make a new woman out of me!

Here is a close up of all the little bottles. I think there was a run on the Detoxifying Elixir!

All the dry cereals were in these coconut shells. The lighting was very bad, and it was difficult to read all the labels. You had to lift up every lid and check inside to find out what the cereal was! There was a little boy from England who had his father opening up every lid trying to locate the Froot Loops for him. Steve even ended up joining in on the search for the little boy’s favorite cereal.

Decisions, decisions, here is Steve trying to decide what to put on his plate.

You could have spring rolls, or this Maldavian dish that had lots of coconut in it.

There were bowls of fresh lettuces that were grown in the garden on property.

If you wanted soup at breakfast, you could have that also.

Every morning fresh cut up fruit was available. All you need to do was point and ask. I especially likes the dragon fruit, it was so pretty!

I had a lovely salad also. How could I resist the fresh greens straight from the garden?

Doesn’t this fruit look mouth watering? Believe me, it was!

I leave you with a picture of Steve contemplating absolutely nothing. It was zen her in Gili Lankfushi!

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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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