Best for

Rustic Luxury

Gili Lankanfushi

Gili Lankanfushi’s unpretentious, relaxed luxury—think charming overwater bungalows and attentive private butlers—makes this our top pick for luxury in the Maldives and our favorite rustic-luxe resort in the world. The huge bungalows at this private island resort are made of multiple types of wood, including teak, cedar, and pine (they have that great woodsy smell) and have direct access to the turquoise water as well as rooftop sundecks with jaw-dropping views. This is the type of place where bare feet are encouraged and where the level of pampering is above and beyond what most luxury resorts provide – there are 290 staff members living on the island and just 46 bungalows. 

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