I stayed here at Gili Lankanfushi in July 2018 with my husband Ross and loved it, so will share with you what a typical day here (and anywhere in the Maldives) is like...
7 a.m. - When I opened my eyes and saw sun shining and the clear blue Indian Ocean there was only one thing for it!
An early morning dip in the ocean straight from the Villa decking before drying off on the comfortable lounger, which is where I was when Ross woke up.
8 a.m. - The big question of the day - should we ride our pushbikes to the restaurant or just walk?
We opted for the latter which was only about 10 minutes anyway, probably a safer option for other guests on the island! We sat outside the Kashiveli Restaurant on the beach and enjoyed a buffet breakfast with champagne, then headed out for a slow walk around the island which took about 30 minutes.
10 a.m. - Time for some relaxing by the pool.
11 a.m. - Back at our villa we played some music through the brilliant sound system and generally relaxed on the deck. We did have to move under the shade as mid-day approached.
12.30 p.m. - Time to eat again so we went to the over-water bar for a snack and a glass of wine which turned into a snack and a bottle of wine. Nearly two hours later we had a slow walk back to the Villa where we decided to have a quick nap!!
4 p.m. - Mr Friday (our butler) called to remind us it was Asian Street Market evening. I had heard this was good so I thanked him and said we wouldn’t miss it, and he asked us to join the management team on the beach at sunset for pre-dinner drinks.
If you want a more active day then there is lots on offer - the lagoon is the perfect place for water sports such as windsurfing, kayaking, canoeing and paddle-boarding, all on complimentary basis. Lessons are provided for beginners whilst those with experience can explore on your own. If power and speed is your thing, wakeboarding, waterskiing, jet skiing, jet blading, fun tubing and private speed boat trips are all available too.
There is also a heavenly spa with six over-water treatment rooms, an Ayurvedic Treatment Champa, steam and sauna rooms and an open-air relaxation area offering breathtaking views. A seaside yoga and meditation champa, where you can salute the sun come dawn or dusk, lies not too far away.
6 p.m. - Just as the sun was setting, we has a glass of wine on our villa decking before we were off on our little walk again down to the beach for pre-dinner cocktails and canapes which were lovely, but I didn’t want to spoil dinner that night so didn’t have too many.
8 p.m. - we finally made it to the Asian Street Market where we were sat funnily enough at the same table as we had at breakfast on the beach. I have been to many Asian countries and have enjoyed the food, but I must say that the experience and food on this night was some of the best ever.
We had to finish with another glass of wine in the over-water bar where we stayed until about 11 p.m. and then made our way back to the villa exhausted (relaxing can be a tiring business!).
11.30 p.m. - Off to bed now before starting all over again in the morning.