Fire destroys water villas in Gili Lankanfushi

A fire late last night has destroyed a number of water villas in Gili Lankanfushi, a luxury resort located 20 minutes away from Velana International Airport. The fire broke out around 11 p.m. on January 2, and was contained by 1 a.m. this morning, through joint efforts by the MNDF Fire & Rescue Service and staff of the resort.

No guests or staff were injured in the incident and were evacuated, according to a statement by Gili Lankanfushi. Alternative accommodation was arranged for the guests. According to the local media outlet – Mihaaru, the fire left eight water villas burnt to the ground, in addition to an on-land restaurant.

“The cause of the incident is not yet known and it is too early to assess the extent of damage,” said Gili Lankanfushi, in a statement published on its Facebook page. “However, a full investigation will, of course, be launched soon.”

Located in the North Malé Atoll, Gili Lankanfushi opened in 2000 as the original over-water resort – Soneva Gili (operated by Six Senses). In 2012, the island was acquired by HPL (Hotel Properties Limited), a Singapore-based company investing in hotels, lifestyle and properties around the world. For more information about the property, please visit

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