the saddest news | fire on Gili Lankanfushi

In very sad news, I learned yesterday that a fire broke out at Gili Lankanfushi. As you can see from the YouTube video, the damage is extensive. I understand that seven of its overwater bungalows— as well as the kitchen and restaurant — have been destroyed. I have no news about the rest of the resort. There are 45 total bungalows, so the destruction is hopefully limited. Thankfully, no one was injured.

Gili Lankanfushi is my favorite resort in the Maldives. I love its laid-back, sand-between-your-toes atmosphere which becomes apparent the moment you step onto its speedboat at the Male airport. Your shoes are gathered and put into a bag labeled "No Shoes, No News." For the duration of your stay, it's all about relaxation and sublime beauty. I took the photo below on my last morning, looking across the resort's pool toward four chaise loungers and the sea beyond.

sublime relaxation at Gili Lankanfushi (c) 2016 by David Ourisman, all rights reserved

I want to send my best wishes to my friends at Gili Lankanfushi. Grateful no one has been hurt, I'm hopeful the resort can quickly recover, as the livelihood of its employees depends on it.

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