Scuba diving and snorkeling might first spring to mind when you think of the magical Maldives. But the surf set knows full well that this Indian Ocean archipelago with more than 1,200 islands is riddled with sick waves to ride.
With new surf-centric experiences at Gili Lankanfushi Maldives, surfers of all levels can find something to ride around North Malé Atoll’s epic lagoon. Grommets age six and up can learn the basics of paddling and standing up during hour-long lessons right in the resort’s house lagoon (just bring your bathing suit—everything else, including surfboards, rash guards, and sunscreen, is included).
For boarders who are ready to move to small waves beyond the resort’s lagoon, three-hour intermediate lessons in the white water or true curling waves take them by Dhoni to nearby breaks for private instruction.
And for advanced surfers who know how to paddle to catch a wave and aren’t afraid to drop into the barrel, they’ll head out with the resort’s Tropicsurf team by Dhoni for epic Maldives breaks, the likes of which often show up in surf magazines.
All that paddling can make muscles sore, and Gili Lankanfushi’s Meera Spa has a cure for that. The Surf Remedial Massage was specially created to ease post-surf aches in the neck, shoulder, lower back, and arms—and to restore energy levels, too, so surfers can paddle out all over again tomorrow and find a slot in a very blue Maldives barrel.
A pioneer of sustainable, barefoot luxury in the Maldives, Gili Lankanfushi has 45 overwater bungalows and is located just a 20-minute speedboat ride from Malé. Even if you don’t surf, there are plenty of reasons to drop in (you see what we did there?) and give languorous Maldivian resort living a go.