Robinson Crusoe villas at Gili Lankanfushi: Maldives luxury resort! Romantic honeymoon getaway.

Maldives villa residence, five star resort vacation

I look angry, but it’s only because of the sun in my eyes. In fact, I couldn’t be happier to spend five days in The Maldives with Gili Lankanfushi.

The eco-luxury resort invited my filmmakers and me to capture the magic — and there was plenty of that here. Take my hand, and I’ll give you a tour of our villa.

Maldives coral, ocean, gili lankanfushi

The resort is inspired by Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe. The villas have an over-water design, connected by wooden ramp to a jetty off the island. We had two patios: a sun deck on the roof…

tropical ocean, blue water, coral reef Maldives

… and a “water garden” below, with steps leading into the ocean. The tide was low enough for us to walk around, and glimpse Nemo-like fish darting through the coral.

honeymoon villas, Maldive island resort

The mosquito net is only for decorative effect: there are no little blood-suckers here. The Maldives is wonderfully hot year-round, without humidity. We came in May, and there were clear skies except for 10-minute rainfalls, once or twice a day.

water bound villa, robinson crusoe residence

From my desk, I can see my neighbors across the water.

pink hair, curly pink hairstyle

My team and I lead crazy lives, and it was a relief to slow down and breathe. I haven’t felt so relaxed in ages.

outdoor shower, rain shower

I’ve been in decadent bathrooms, but never one like this. An open-air walkway links the bathroom to an outdoor shower with two spouts.

amazing shower, luxury bathrooms

We were enthralled by the marine life around us. There are thousands of species that live in the Indian Ocean, including several types of turtles (this stuffed one was in my bathroom).

Dress: h.NAOTO, from Closet Child Tokyo
Eyelashes: Shibuya 109 in Japan (see photos of the department store)

tropical house, architecture, dressing room

The open-air dressing room looks like a drawing out of a Tintin adventure comic. To the left of the walkway, stairs lead down to the ocean: an enclosed, private “pool”.

white robes, hotel bathrobe

Every attention is paid to detail, such as the driftwood hangars, and ceramic bottles of aloe vera.

Maldives architecture, south asia houses, indian ocean

A pirate-like rope handrail leads to the rooftop deck. Gili Lankanfushi uses environmentally friendly materials and building techniques, to leave the smallest carbon footprint possible.

hole in floor, ocean view, floor window

The living room floor has a window into the ocean!

dessert plate, macaroons, pralines

Eagle-eyed readers may notice that the salmon caviar tartar is missing from the welcome plate. I couldn’t resist eating it before taking this photo…

v-fingers, japanese girls hand sign pose

V-fingers for my filmmaker Melissa Rundle, who shot the images of me in this post. Can’t wait to show you our video about Maldives travel.

thatched roof, tropical houses, south asia homes

Wouldn’t you like to live the Pirate life? You can learn more about this magical getaway (and plan your own) on Gili Lankanfushi’s site.

Peek at more of the island — including a photo of me failing at tennis — in this post. Next up: wine and chocolate tasting, boating and snorkeling.

natural wood balcony, outdoor tropics patio

What’s your impression of The Maldives? Do you like my Goth in Hot Weather look? I got a bit tanned here…



  1. Ben
    Posted May 28, 2013 at 10:28 pm | Permalink

    your photos of the maldives
    ugh…kill me
    looks so amazing
    total envy!

  2. MelissaR
    Posted May 28, 2013 at 10:32 pm | Permalink

    I LOVE this!!!! You look great!

  3. Be Tty
    Posted May 28, 2013 at 10:42 pm | Permalink

    Everyone enjoys the Indian Ocean, but very few people are curious or brave enough! good for u!

  4. * Renata *
    Posted May 28, 2013 at 10:45 pm | Permalink

    Tan looks good on you Carmina!

  5. Key
    Posted May 28, 2013 at 11:44 pm | Permalink

    Gosh, it looks lovely dear! the ocean window is great… I wonder what Basil would have thought about it!

  6. Sarah
    Posted May 29, 2013 at 2:07 am | Permalink

    I want to go to there.

  7. Simone
    Posted May 29, 2013 at 2:07 am | Permalink

    This place looks so beautiful and you look so cute and stylish around it haha love your style :)

  8. Catherine
    Posted May 29, 2013 at 2:07 am | Permalink

    ur really pretty :3

  9. Tessa
    Posted May 29, 2013 at 6:36 am | Permalink

    So beautiful ! Both you and the scenery that is. Hope you managed a good break and are feeling a lot more recharged now !

  10. Sidney
    Posted May 29, 2013 at 3:50 pm | Permalink

    Can’t wait to get to the Maldives!!

  11. Satisfaction
    Posted May 29, 2013 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

    love her pictures…<3

  12. Michael
    Posted May 29, 2013 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

    You look good with colour in your skin! Enough of pasty white!! Gyaryu look might work for you!!

  13. Ted
    Posted May 29, 2013 at 4:31 pm | Permalink


  14. Israel
    Posted May 29, 2013 at 4:54 pm | Permalink

    Great Miss Good Vibes¡¡ Full Souport You

  15. Lesie
    Posted May 29, 2013 at 7:36 pm | Permalink


  16. CyberCXxin
    Posted May 30, 2013 at 11:36 pm | Permalink


  17. rael
    Posted May 30, 2013 at 11:38 pm | Permalink

    love it! looks fantastic

  18. Go
    Posted May 30, 2013 at 11:39 pm | Permalink

    Good times!

  19. VMS
    Posted May 30, 2013 at 11:39 pm | Permalink


  20. Gregg
    Posted May 31, 2013 at 4:59 am | Permalink

    so beautiful

  21. sepatuholic
    Posted June 11, 2013 at 2:19 am | Permalink

    DAMNNN…. greatttt place!

    • lacarmina
      Posted June 12, 2013 at 7:20 pm | Permalink

      thank you, it was a dream to visit the Maldives! More pics coming up, including my pirate boat trip and a video… stay tuned!!

  22. Robert
    Posted August 14, 2013 at 8:39 am | Permalink

    Lovely! Looks a lot like our watervilla, maybe we had the same one!

  23. Lee Yna
    Posted January 7, 2015 at 10:53 pm | Permalink
  24. The Travel Team
    Posted March 29, 2018 at 3:32 am | Permalink

    Lovely sceneries, superb photos, and such an ideal place for honeymoons. Thank you for this great blog.

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