Random Fire At Popular Maldives Resort Leaves Guests Stranded
By Sharelle Burt
A random fire destroyed some of the beautiful huts in the Maldives.
Seven of the top-rated huts burnt down last Wednesday at the Gili Lankanfushi Resort. Located at the North Male Atoll, the resort is a top of the line resort that features 45 overwater villas. The random fire caused the resort to help their guests find other accommodations as the resort is currently closed. “I want to commend the bravery of our Gili Team for prioritizing the wellbeing of our guests and calmly escorting them to safety as soon as the alarm was raised,” General Manager David Stepetic said. “And to express our deep gratitude to the firefighters from the Maldives National Defence Force who were able to contain the fire.”
Authorities are still unsure about how the fire started. Guests were seen running from the huts as the flames ripped through the wooden structure. Since the huts are located on the water, unexpected strong winds made things worse, causing the fire to spread quickly. It grew so quickly that it affected a nearby restaurant, destroying it.
Thanks to strong winds, it took firefighters six hours to put the fire out, and the Maldives National Defence Force has called on a team to fully investigate. The good news is no one was hurt. However, the Gili Lankanfushi resort is ruined. Resort management said that they will remain closed, but they do not know for how long. They are working with guests who have future reservations to find different accommodations for their vacation.
The Maldives has become innovative with their resort design. Last year, they opened The Muraka, the world’s first underwater villa. Located on Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, the new resort is two-levels: one above sea-level and one below. It features a king-size bedroom, living area, bathroom, and spiral staircase that leads to the upper-level living room.