REVEALED: TripAdvisor has declared this hotel the best in the world 7 years ago

REVEALED: TripAdvisor has declared this hotel the best in the world

Its motto is 'no news, no shoes', but a Maldives hotel made headlines worldwide after being named the best hotel on the planet, this year.

An intimate coral island set in a sparkling lagoon, with jetties threading across the water out to spacious luxury villas, Gili Lankanfushi is a slice of utter paradise in the North Malé Atoll.

The Residence at Gili Lankanfushi Maldives. Best Maldives water VillaEvery guest at the five-star resort, reached by 20-minute speedboat ride from Malé, is assigned their own Mr Friday, a butler to cater to your every whim.

And with rooftop sun decks and open-air living rooms, the villas are the epitome of barefoot luxury...

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The Spa is staffed by visiting holistic practitioners and renowned healers (natch), while the activities list includes diving at Manta Point, windsurfing the crystal lagoons, unwinding with yoga to a perfect sunrise and outdoor movies in the sandy, lantern-lit cinema.


Unsurprisingly, Gili Lankanfushi is not one for the budget conscious. Eight nights in a villa at the best available rate in November will set you back an eye-watering €9,050.


The Top Ten Tripadvisor Hotels were as follows:

  • Gili Lankanfushi Maldives, Lankanfushi
  • Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
  • Shinta Mani Club Siem Reap, Siem Reap, Cambodia
  • Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace, Budapest, Hungary
  • Belmond Palacio Nazarenas, Cusco, Peru
  • Cocoa Island by COMO, Cocoa Island
  • Hotel Alpin Spa Tuxerhof, Tux, Austria
  • Al Maha Resort & Spa, Murqquab, United Arab Emirates
  • Hotel Estalagem St Hubertus, Gramado, Brazil
  • Tambo del Inka, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Urubamba, Peru

Hey, there's always the Euromillions. In the meantime, pour a coffee (or a cocktail) and take a two-minute brain holiday with the official resort video...