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The Ultimate Stanley • A Gili Lankanfushi Maldives Cocktail

This cocktail is named after the much loved bartender Vijesh at the Gili Lankanfushi Maldives. Vijesh, also known as Stanley, is passionate about showcasing the best of local produce and traditional Maldivian flavours in his cocktails, utilising natural sweetness from fruit rather than adding any refined sugar. This is one of his favourites, with the flavours of gin and aperol complemented by grapefruit and passionfruit.

The Ultimate Stanley


Serves 4

45 ml Tanqueray Gin

30 ml Aperol

60 ml Fresh Grapefruit Juice

1 Fresh Passion Fruit

10 ml Lime Juice

15 ml Passion Fruit Cordial


  • Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice

  • Give it a good shake

  • Pour into a rock glass and garnish with a slice of dried grapefruit or ½ a fresh passion fruit

Gili Lankanfushi Maldives

This award-winning eco-resort comprises 45 sumptuous overwater villas, including seven Crusoe Residences and The Private Reserve, one of the most exclusive and largest overwater villas in the world. Following the 2019 refurbishment, gazing out at the crystal-clear blue waters of the Indian Ocean from this private island has never been so luxurious. All categories of villas and residences come with a dedicated Mr/s Friday butler service, catering for your every need. Rustic eco-design, unparalleled service, stunning natural surroundings and a laid-back luxury 'no news, no shoes' philosophy have guests returning for more of this sustainable paradise. Gili Lankanfushi has a hard-to-rival location: an unspoiled island in a large lagoon in the North Malé atoll, which is a 20-minute speedboat ride from Malé. This iconic Maldivian island is perfectly suited for couples, families, solo travellers and groups who are bound to "arrive as guests, leave as friends and return as family," per the Gili philosophy.


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