World’s largest over-water villa became even better

Relaxation in total seclusion: First look at the Gili Lankanfushi (Maldives).
The luxurious 1,700 square metre three-bedroom hideaway offers the utmost in natural chic.

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There’s a private spa with sauna and steam room for all pampering needs and a state-of-the-art cinema for film screenings of your choice at world’s largest over-water villa. A wide water slide from the top deck into the lagoon adds to the fun.

Gili Lankanfushi Maldives, the Best Hotel in the World by TripAdvisor in the Traveller’s Choice Awards 2015, has been upgraded. The largest overwater villa in the world is standing alone in the middle of a lagoon, 500 metres from the resort and only accessible by boat. The closest neighbouring villas are 300 metres away. So, we can relax in total seclusion. All Private Reserve bookings include exclusive transfers on the resort’s new 14-metre luxury yacht for the 20-minute journey from Male’ airport.

As part of an extensive renovation programme, a new 63 square metre fresh water swimming pool has been added overlooking the lagoon sunrise side. With a vast sun-deck and shaded pavilions, access is via wooden walkways from the master suites, as well as the main lounging area. There will also a jacuzzi within the pool.

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“The beautiful pool adds an extra dimension to the Private Reserve, a wonderful alternative for those who prefer fresh water to the sea – and it’s obviously unaffected by the tides,” said Steven Philips, General Manager of Gili Lankanfushi. “We also wanted to make the most of the deep channel right in front of the villa, so it was built without having to disturb any of the local ecosystem.”

A spacious new en-suite bedroom has also been added to one of the two master suites – ideal for families. But as each suite is the same size as the resort’s huge Crusoe Residences, there’s still ample room for total privacy for friends. There are further bedrooms for two live-in Mr Fridays (private butlers on call 24/7 to cater to every whim), or if this is not desired, some guests opt to bring their nannies, secretaries or bodyguards.

Other improvements include a new library and study for any business needs, complete with an en suite bathroom and large lounging beds. A shower room is being added within the gym and fresh new furnishings throughout the villa.

A personal chef will plan tailored meals using produce from the resort’s organic vegetable and herb gardens. Choice abounds from Michelin-quality fine dining to BBQs and more casual eating – served in the open top-floor dining room or at cushioned round tables close to the ocean. The wine cellar and bar are stocked to individual tastes too.

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