Arrival – Gili Lankanfushi, Maldives (2017)

I am very sad to see what happened to Gili Lankanfushi a few weeks ago. I’m so glad that everyone is safe & sound, and wish the resort a speedy recovery. In light of the fire, I’ll spend the next few posts reminiscing about the amazing time my wife and I had there. This is our #GiliStory .

I chose Gili based on the recommendation of two very close friends. One was a seasoned Maldives expert (not sure how many times he’s been), and Gili is one of his favorites. The other had his wedding at Gili a year prior. What a special, special place to do it.

Waiting our pickup to go to Gili!
Leica Q

We arrived quite late in Male, so we stayed at a hotel nearby the airport. Paradise would have to wait one more night. We finally got to the resort in the afternoon, and after having an afternoon snack and settling in, the sun was already starting to set. With the sky starting to turn and the water every so calm (as it always is), we jumped out in front to take some pictures.

Tripod Selife. Right back out the door after checking in
Fujifilm X-T2, 10-24mm f/4

It doesn’t matter how many times one has been to the Maldives, it never gets old or less beautiful. I wish we went a week earlier though, we had JUST missed Jet Li’s visit. That would have been really cool, but it doesn’t touch my friend’s Maldives visit where he ran into Roger Federer. It was another resort, but my friend Kunal and his wife were at a resort with Roger (he was with his family). Not wanting to bother him, Kunal simply asked a waiter to let Roger know that they were huge fans of his and it was really nice to see him in person. Later, Roger asked the hotel for Kunal’s contact details, and mailed him a hand written & signed postcard. Roger is THE MAN. The greatest ever. And now back to my Roger-less trip.

The boardwalk is always serene and peaceful. This one w/out the weirdo guy.
Fujifilm X-T2, 10-24mm f/4
Fujifilm X-T2, 10-24mm f/4

After this, we went out to the deck for the ocean view. One thing I’ve learned over the years is, you have to enjoy the moments (and photo opportunities) when you have them! Never know how the weather or light might turn the rest of the trip.

Sunset over hammocks
Fujifilm X-T2, 10-24mm f/4
Our hammock. My wife’s second bed.
Fujifilm X-T2, 10-24mm f/4
Fujifilm X-T2, 10-24mm f/4
Stairway to paradise
Fujifilm X-T2, 10-24mm f/4

This was just the first evening, and already it fills me with nostalgia to go through these pics. I can’t wait to see Gili Lankanfushi rebuilt, and better than ever!

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