Travel filming in the Maldives! Gili Lankanfushi, eco-friendly island resort: organic garden & tropical spa.

Maldives 5 star resort, Gili Lankanfushi

My pirate ship has struck Treasure Island — and it’s in The Maldives.

I’ve explored beaches in Thailand, the French Riviera, Hawaii, and Mexico. However, I’ve never experienced anything as special as this eco-friendly resort, Gili Lankanfushi. While my film team edits the footage we shot, here’s a first peek into our tropical paradise!

Maldives islands, beaches, palm trees, ocean

Where exactly is Maldives? Near the equator; it’s an independent nation of two island chains, in the Indian Ocean.

To get here, my film crew and I flew over 24 hours (I went from Vancouver to Seattle to Dubai to Male, the capital), then took a 20-minute speedboat to Gili Lankanfushi (the resort sits on its own island). As soon as we stepped on the baby-powder sand, we knew it was well worth the journey.

south asia jungle, indian ocean island vacations

The resort has a Robinson Crusoe theme; each guest is assigned a “Mr Friday” to help in any way needed (more on that later). With only about 80 guests on the pristine island, we felt like we were living out the tale… albeit with 5-star amenities!

Maldives, male, nature, eco-friendly resorts

You’ll notice that I’m barefoot in all the photos. Gili’s slogan is: “No shoes, no news”, and I took it to heart — it was a relief to get offline and on “Island Time.” Each guest receives a bicycle, but since I’m a tad uncoordinated, I walked or got a buggy ride from my “Mr Friday.”

organic vegetable garden, south asia

The eco-resort is impeccably maintained, and there are many jungle paths to explore. I loved the organic vegetable garden, blooming with herbs from around the world, as well as regional curry bushes. These fresh ingredients took center stage in the dishes we ate.

Maldives scenery, view, landscape, boat

What a view of the blue lagoon! Guests can take part in water activities like sailing and snorkeling.

Maldives jetty, villas, architecture, honeymoon getaways

There are different residences (details on Gili Lankanfushi’s website) — honeymooners often chose a water-bound villa, only accessible by boat. I had one of these villas along the jetty, which I’ll show you in the next post.

Maldives ocean, gili lankanfushi resort, wood jetty

The brown jars are filled with water, for us to rinse sand off our feet. How gorgeous is this view?

tennis court, playing tennis

For landlubbers, diversions include a Jungle Cinema (outdoor film screenings), tennis court, library, gym, freshwater pool, and gift shop. My dad saw this photo and commented: “You obviously have no idea how to play tennis.”

Maldives spa, bamboo wood

An elegant communication system: Eyes Open means you’re welcome to enter. Slide the panel to Eyes Closed, and nobody will disturb you.

Maldives hotels, luxury resort, beach vacation

Every effort is made to support the environment. Structures are made with renewable or recycled materials, and designed with energy efficiency in mind.

marc by marc jacobs dot sunglasses, panda bear dress

All of the architecture, such as these stepping stones, harmonizes with nature. This is the outdoor spa; we were treated to hour-long massages inside, in rooms that overlooked the ocean.

Maldives ocean, beaches, sailboats

Coming up next: a Pirate sailing adventure to One Palm Island…

Maldives sunset, island paradise, treasure island

… plus incredible scenery, seafood, and a tour of my villa.

equator forest, tropical resorts, eco lodges

Polka dot shades: Dot sunglasses, Marc by Marc Jacobs (a gift from Seby)
Panda dress: gifted by A Bros Products, Hong Kong
Photos of La Carmina by Eric Bergemann (filmmaker).

blue lagoon, eco vacation

Have you heard of The Maldives, or seen photos of this equatorial paradise? What do you think of our Robinson Crusoe getaway so far? Take a glimpse at Gili Lankanfushi’s website, you won’t regret it.



  1. Mr Bone DJ
    Posted May 22, 2013 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

    OH My God ..
    So where in Paradise ..¡¡ ^^/

  2. Isabelle
    Posted May 22, 2013 at 3:14 pm | Permalink


  3. Gareth
    Posted May 22, 2013 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

    Lovely set of pictures! :)

  4. princess
    Posted May 22, 2013 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

    Hi la carmina!

  5. Eki
    Posted May 22, 2013 at 3:14 pm | Permalink


  6. Wendy
    Posted May 22, 2013 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

    so beautiful

  7. Silvia Je
    Posted May 22, 2013 at 6:26 pm | Permalink

    Seems as if you had a great time! Your pictures are wonderful!!
    Hope to see more photos soon!! Hugs :)

  8. Paula
    Posted May 22, 2013 at 11:01 pm | Permalink

    My dream place how lucky u go

  9. Laurie
    Posted May 22, 2013 at 11:02 pm | Permalink

    Tennis lol

  10. Kirk r
    Posted May 23, 2013 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

    Wow magnificent

  11. Natalia
    Posted May 23, 2013 at 6:48 pm | Permalink

    <3 <3 <3

  12. Madaray
    Posted May 23, 2013 at 6:48 pm | Permalink

    :) very nice !

  13. Cala
    Posted May 23, 2013 at 6:48 pm | Permalink

    Wow. Seriously

  14. Tessa
    Posted May 23, 2013 at 6:59 pm | Permalink

    Wow! Such incredibly beautiful pictures and such a luxurious hotel indeed. Please shed more light on this “Mr Friday” concept. Right now it sounds like something that could potentially reek of re-colonialism, but I trust you would not support such an endeavour, so I am really interested to see what it really is about.

    • lacarmina
      Posted May 25, 2013 at 12:01 am | Permalink

      It’s in fact a very sweet feature… instead of having a bunch of impersonal staff members, there is one knowledgeable person assigned to help you. We became friends with our “Mrs Friday” – she has an interesting work and travel history, and was great to have discussions with. It made the trip a lot more memorable!

  15. RazorEdge
    Posted May 23, 2013 at 8:17 pm | Permalink

    Great article…

  16. 99balloons
    Posted May 23, 2013 at 8:17 pm | Permalink

    Cannot wait 4 more

  17. hadie
    Posted May 23, 2013 at 9:09 pm | Permalink

    Hey, wonna get this panda-shirt for my next photo-shoot:0) OK, joke.

    Nice pictures, but looks very warm there:0)

  18. Gil
    Posted May 23, 2013 at 9:10 pm | Permalink

    thank you for sharing with us your holidays in Maldives, a dream destination
    i wish you good hollidays^^

  19. maurizio
    Posted May 25, 2013 at 7:01 am | Permalink

    bellissime foto! Beatiful shots! send us a little bit of sun!

  20. rachel
    Posted May 25, 2013 at 2:39 pm | Permalink


  21. radie
    Posted May 25, 2013 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

    Funny Panda is looking for bamboo shoots:0)

  22. Ildi
    Posted May 25, 2013 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

    i’d love to go with a basket into the organic veggie garden to do some “shopping” (> u ^)

  23. Majestic Clown
    Posted May 25, 2013 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

    It’s been so long since I’ve last commented on your blog D.: ! Superb images! I wanna go :.o

    • lacarmina
      Posted May 28, 2013 at 12:31 am | Permalink

      I’ve missed you! <3 Very happy to hear you are liking this – a lot more pics on the way!

  24. Billy
    Posted May 25, 2013 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    Looks like it may just be the most beautiful place in the world…

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