Its been a while since I’ve visited the stunning atolls of the Maldives. I’ve been lucky enough to have visited the islands a couple of times with my husband pre kids and once with my eldest daughter when she was 3 months old (my crazy twins haven’t had the pleasure yet!) . We’ve stayed at a couple of different resorts such as the Banyan Tree and the Six Senses located from the North to the South Atoll. However this resort photos I will keep hidden from my kids prying eyes. You may ask WHY…. Well its truly one of the most amazing resorts I have ever visited and what I would call "heaven on earth". This particular resort has something most resorts don’t, and that’s a wraparound water slide that goes directly into the clear blue ocean – YES thats right, a playground in the middle of the Indian Ocean.
Soneva Gili by Six Senses - now know as Gili Lankanfushi Private Reserve can only be reached by boat about 20 minutes from Male (the capital and the airport). It has the traditional thatched-roof villa look one expects to see in the Maldives, but this one comes with four bedrooms with celling to floor windows, a cinema room, Mr & Mrs. Friday - butlers who are at your beckon call from the butler's wing, an infinity pool and a made-for-Instagram water slide that winds directly into the crystal clear lagoon.
We had so much fun staying at this property – even though it wasn’t for long. It was just me and my hubby on a kid free break, however after the constant splashing into the sea from the slide, chilling in every room, we kind of felt like we were rattling around. We actually wish that this vacation had been with our family and friends so we could have shared the experience with loved ones.
Just imagine the kids running around this stunning reserve, the screams of joy would be the only way in which you would know they are still there, as they certainly wouldn’t ask you for anything.
The resort prides itself on being an eco resort with most of the food grown on the property grounds and they encourage guests to practice being sustainable during their stay. The Gili Lankanfushi attention to detail is second to none, they truly have thought of everything. If you want to visit the main property they have lovely dining experiences and the food is fresh and amazing.
An added bonus about the Maldives is that both Fly Dubai and Emirates fly direct to Male which takes 4 hours 10 mins and if like my husband you need a visa to get anywhere, then this is the place for you as it’s visa on arrival! Whoo Hoo!
Maldives and resorts like Gili Lankanfushi are once in a lifetime experiences so if you’re feeling that urge to live a little, this is where you do it - to find out more you can visit