Gili Lankanfushi, the Maldives’ most loved resort, is introducing its latest summer package “Gili Goes Surfing” in partnership with Tropicsurf, a luxury surfing company offering a curated array of experiences amidst the purity of the resort’s natural surroundings.
The iconic island in the North Malé atoll is ideally located for unbeatable surfing. Boasting tropical water temperatures, consistent swell, and low crowds, some of the best breaks in the country lie on Gili Lankanfushi’s doorstep (with three being just a five-minute boat ride away and several more within 20 minutes).
From first timers to advanced wave riders, this riveting programme is led by both Tropicsurf’s male and female experts, renowned for their friendly and service-oriented approach. As part of the package, guests can take part 1- hour surf lesson in the resort’s calm lagoon on the first day, followed by 2- days surfing with one of Tropicsurf’s team, near the resort.
Moreover, guests can indulge a plethora of benefits, including a round-trip speed boat transfer from Velana International Airport, and choose from an incredible accommodation option of their choice*. The resort’s 45 sprawling overwater villas situated across the sparkling lagoon boast open-air living spaces, complemented with roof terraces and private decks with direct access to the lucent turquoise waters, blending harmoniously with the island’s natural environment.
Located directly on the beach, guests can ravel in a daily gourmet breakfast and dinner at the exquisite Kashiveli restaurant, which translates as ‘coral sands’ in the local Dhivehi language and be whisked away on a gastronomic journey which embodies locally sourced and nutritious ingredients through a marriage of land and ocean, delicately crafted by the resort’s executive chef, Hari Govindaraj.
At Gili Lankanfushi, health and wellbeing are at the heart of the resort’s ethos, and Meera Spa, a holistic haven situated on a secluded bay, offers a range of healing and therapeutic treatments. Guests can unwind and relax after their surfing experience and enjoy complimentary access to the spa’s treatment rooms including the steam room and sauna, alongside its vast relaxation areas which are all surrounded by tranquil sea waters. After the treatment, spa-goers can sip on a spicy pot of freshly brewed Maldivian ginger tea, whilst taking in the sea breeze and breathtaking views.
Yogi enthusiasts and surfers alike can surrender to deep breathing and gentle motions for a balanced mind, body, and soul at the resort’s complimentary sunrise yoga sessions, guided by international healing practitioners.
For the adventurous, the resort also offers complimentary non-motorized water sports activities. Whether its kayaking, canoeing, catamaran sailing or paddle-boarding, Gili Lankanfushi’s blue lagoon is the perfect place to brush up on skills, gain speed, and witness a dazzling underwater display of colorful aquatic life and mesmerizing coral reefs.
For those not opting to avail the Gili Goes Surfing Package can still enjoy a range of surfing experiences, including Ticket To Ride, Lagoon Lesson, and Ocean Transition, which all offer sunscreen, rashguards, towels, water, as well as meticulous expert coaching and daily surf reports for improvement.
Tailored to level 5-10 advanced surfers and for up to 3 hours, Ticket To Ride takes surfers to Gili Lankanfushi’s best available waves of the day, and comprises of a Dhoni transfer (a beautiful traditional multi-purpose sail vessel) to various breaks.
For level 1 beginners and those with no prior experience, the Lagoon Lesson teaches the fundamental safety and technique of surfing in a secluded and calm lagoon near the resort’s beaches.
On the other hand, Level 2-4 beginner and intermediate surfers can opt for the Ocean Transition, guided by Tropicsurf’s special instructors. The 3-hour experience also includes a Dhomi transfer and takes place across small waves, set against Gili’s panoramic views.
*The “Gili Goes Surfing” package starts at USD 3,000+ per night (for a four-night stay or more) and is applicable to guests who book their stay up to 7 days in advance and experience the resort from now until December 17th, 2022. Trips can be booked up to 7 days in advance and all cancellations should be made 30 days before guests’ arrival.