National Geographic Traveller (UK)

Best for barefoot luxury



Fresh from a pre-pandemic spruce, perennial favourite Gili Lankanfush­i is as dazzling as ever. One of the longest-establishe­d and most environmen­tally conscious resorts in the Maldives, it’s easy to see why guests return year after year: the lagoon setting, world-class cuisine, outstandin­g spa and castawaych­ic villas are truly first-class. But it’s the service that stands out most: many of the staff have been with the resort for decades and won’t bat an eyelid at even the most outlandish request — they once ferried in a baby grand piano at the request of one virtuoso visitor. But, in truth, days are all about luxuriatin­g in the beautiful surroundin­gs, feet in the sand, floating in the sea or sitting on the balcony watching stingrays in the water.

ROOMS: Villas from £980, B&B. gililankan­

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