Appointments NewsMay 10, 2023

Gili Lankanfushi Maldives Appoints Rodrigo Buanafina as Resort Manager

Gili Lankanfushi Maldives, the pioneer of sustainable barefoot luxury in the Maldives announced the appointment of Rodrigo Buanafina as Resort Manager, effective 1st May. An internal promotion from his previous position as Director of Food & Beverage at the five-star eco-resort, Buanafina brings 10 years of luxury hospitality experience to his new role. 

As Resort Manager, Buanafina will oversee the day-to-day operations of the 45-villa resort, including this summer’s Overwater Bar renovation plans. 


‘I am thrilled to be stepping up to the Resort Manager position at what is such an exciting time for Gili,’ said Buanafina, commenting on his appointment. “It’s been a joy to be part of this incredible team and iconic property over the last five years and I couldn’t be more excited for this new chapter in my Gili journey. I look forward to seeing our beloved island go from strength to strength, offering our clients a Maldivian adventure like no other in 2023 and beyond.

A Brazilian native, Buanafina joined the Gili Lankanfushi team as F&B Manager in 2018 and was quickly promoted to Director of F&B. During his five years in F&B leadership, he oversaw a nearly 100-strong team and implemented a number of unique gourmet offerings and experiences. Ranging from a new blind-dining experience and Brazilian Churrascaria theme night to a ‘Destination Drinking’ bartender battle, his innovations are credited with elevating the island’s dining offering to one of the most well-reputed in the Maldives.

Prior to his time at Gili, Buanafina held various F&B management roles across other Indian Ocean resorts. Previous experience includes two years as Assistant Director of F&B  Pine Cliffs, a Luxury Collection Resort in Portugal and the largest in Europe – accommodating up to 3,100 guests. 

Gili Lankanfushi enjoys an unspoilt island in the Maldives’ North Malé Atoll, just 20 minutes by speedboat from Malé Airport. Perfectly suited for couples, families, solo travellers and groups alike, the resort combines rustic eco-design, unparalleled service and stunning natural scenery with a laid-back-luxury, ‘no news, no shoes’ philosophy. The award-winning eco-resort celebrated its 10-year anniversary in 2022, following a complete refurbishment of all 45 villas in 2019. 

Nightly rates at Gili Lankanfushi start from £$1,440, based on two adults sharing a Villa Suite with breakfast included. For more information or to book please visit