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…


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.