Located about 435 miles southwest of Sri Lanka in the Laccadive Sea, the Maldives, a chain of about 1,200 small coral islands, is Asia’s smallest country, one of its most exclusive (and expensive), and, sadly, its most endangered. As the lowest country on the planet, the Maldives could vanish in the not-too-distant future if sea levels continue to rise. The threat is so real, in fact, that the government is considering purchasing land in neighboring countries for the worst-case scenario of relocating its roughly 300,000 residents.
Located on the private island of Lankanfushi in Male Atoll, Gili Lankanfushi Maldives is a 20-minute speedboat ride from Male International Airport.
Featuring private sun decks and a water garden, each eco-friendly residence is equipped with a cable/satellite TV, DVD player and BOSE surround-sound system. An espresso machine and minibar are also included.
With glass-panelled floors, the elegant spa provides traditional Ayurvedic treatments and yoga programmes. Other recreational activities include tennis, island day trips and scuba diving.
Enjoy premium wine and gourmet chocolate at The Wine Cellar and Underground Chocolate Cave. By the Sea Restaurant serves fusion and Japanese cuisine. The Main Restaurant and Bar offers international buffet spreads.