Maldives Resort Unveils World’s Largest Overwater Villa

By Paul Joseph

The Gili Lankanfushi , one of the most beautiful resorts anywhere on the Maldives, have opened the doors to its revamped luxury overwater villa, called the Private Reserve.

The $14,000 per night house-on-the-water is located some 1,000ft from the nearest neighbouring villa, offering guests tranquillity and privacy.

The villa, which is spread over 15,000sq ft, includes an array of lavish features like a glass infinity pool and split-level bathing deck. There are a total of four bedrooms, two of which are part of a master suite.

The Private Reserve is built around a central living area that includes two circular sofas that are right above the water.

The villa is practically a hotel in itself, with amenities including a library, dining room, private cinema and bar, spa, sauna, steam room and gym. Outside you’ll find sun loungers, ocean views and poolside vibes.

Throughout the villa there are striking panels of glass floor, a perpetual reminder that you are in an overwater villa. A personal butler remains on hand throughout your stay to ensure that all your needs are taken care of.

One of the baths attached to the master suite is a 1000sq ft. space with its own outdoor oversized bathtub, a glass-walled shower, and a sectioned-off swimming area.

“The whole concept of Gili Lankanfushi is more Robinson Crusoe style… we are very low-profile,” said Bahauddeen, Gili Lankanfushi’s director of rooms.

“Though we try to cater to all of the luxuries, we want to cater in harmony of nature and in harmony of our Maldivian culture. That’s why we don’t have remote-controlled window curtains or big plasma TV’s everywhere.”

Gili Lankanfushi has previously hosted renowned celebrities including Richard Branson and Novak Djokovic.

By Paul Joseph