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.


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!