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Maldives travel video: Pirate Style! Five star resort Gili Lankanfushi restaurants, wine cellar & chocolate.

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I’m pleased to present my travel team’s latest video… about our Pirate adventures at Gili Lankanfushi in the Maldives!

We’ve come a long way with our filmmaking, and are very proud of this latest episode. Won’t you please take a second to watch?

I wrote an article about our Maldives experience, which you can read on Business Insider. My filmmakers and I put enormous effort on this, and we would hugely appreciate your support via a Like or Share (click below).

Gili Lankanfushi, northern male atoll, resort

In the jungle, the mighty jungle… La Carmina wore:
Oversized polka dot sunglasses: Marc by Marc Jacobs (a present from Seby)
Bat strapless dress: gifted by Sourpuss Clothing

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This award-winning resort keeps everything eco-friendly, including the torches that illuminate the paths at night. (Don’t worry, there aren’t any wild animals roaming about.)

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The natural design of Gili Lankanfushi’s wine cellar is astonishing.

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In the center: a table made from a huge piece of driftwood that washed up during the 2004 Indonesian tsunami.

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I raise my glass to the extensive wine selection.

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The resort’s sommelier walked us through a five-part chocolate tasting, paired with wine. The lemon truffle and Hungarian tokay were standouts.

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What a dream, to be able to experience places like The Maldives and make travel videos with my friends! All these island photos and video are by the ultra-talented Melissa Rundle and Eric Bergemann.

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Each day, we ate lunch at the Overwater Bar and Grill. Baby sharks circled the waters below the restaurant.

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As you’ll recall from my previous Maldives posts, the water jugs are for washing your feet of sand (since going around barefoot is encouraged).

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Located in the Indian Ocean, the Maldives Islands are known for their seafood, especially hand-reeled skipjack tuna. The sashimi was out of this world.

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You could have fresh-grilled job fish, prawns or calamari. Or how about all of the above?

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Too many organic, fresh salad dressings to choose from.

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My plate ended up looking like this. Nothing like tropical fruit, seafood and salad for the summer.

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Thank you to the kind staff at Gili-Lankanfushi for having us. To learn more about this paradise on Earth, take a peek at their website.

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What do you think of our latest professional travel video? Did you laugh at my tennis-playing failure?

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Maldives Islands Snorkeling: untouched coral reefs. Gili Lankanfushi sailing, diving & pirate boats.

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The Pirate life’s for me.

While at Gili Lankanfushi resort in the Maldives Islands, my crew and I had the opportunity to snorkel. Filmmaker Eric got in the water, and capture incredible underwater footage with his GoPro camera. (Melissa and I stayed on-board, for reasons we wish not to disclose… maybe you can guess?)

Maldives snorkeling, coral reefs, diving

The Maldives is considered one of the best snorkeling sites in the world, and for good reason. Eric was mesmerized by the wildife he saw under the sea: angel fish, parrot fish, frog fish and other technicolor varieties.

shark attack, shark statue, Ocean Paradise Dive Centre

Later, we went to a presentation about local underwater species, and how to preserve the fragile environment. The Ocean Paradise Dive Centre is doing all it can to keep the coral reefs alive, and tourists informed.

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I didn’t miss out on all the action: I waded in the waters near my villa, which are rich with coral. What a treat to see little, colorful fish darting through my feet. (More photos of my incredible residence in this post.)

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Can’t get over the natural beauty of my surroundings. The beaches and palm trees look like illustrations from an adventure novel.

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We took a meditation lesson, and the instructor guided us: “Your body… is a tree. Your body… is a tree.” (I suppose I took this to heart.)

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Now here’s an activity that’s more my style… ordering Mr Friday to steer my Pirate ship, in search of treasure!

My vessel is actually a dhoni, the traditional fishing boat of the Maldives.

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We sailed to One Palm Island, about five minutes from the resort’s main isle. It’s inhabited only by this tree and a commune of hermit crabs.

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“Arr, there be no treasure here!”

My octopus-anchor dress is gifted by Sourpuss, and the magnificent eyepatch is made by Cat Morley of Cut Out And Keep, who previously put me on the cover of Snippets Magazine. It’ll soon be featured in her Crafter to the Stars series.

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Time to sail back to Treasure Island…

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… and cool down with fresh coconuts, delivered by Mr Friday!

Gili Lankanfushi assigns each guest to a loyal companion (like in the novel Robinson Crusoe), who helps with arrangements, rides, travel tips, and anything else we might need. I loved this system: we made a new friend, who made our stay much more personal.

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Speaking of fruit, we got to try regional specimens like mangosteen, rambutan, dragonfruit…

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I don’t mind waking up early if it means breakfast on the beach, and choosing from a selection of Ayurvedic elixirs, fresh juices, honeycomb, and “spa balanced” omelets.

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Our agenda was pretty intense: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. In between, I put in some hammock time.

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View of Over Water Bar and Grill, where we took our mid-day meal (photos in the upcoming post).

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So excited to show you our travel video, shot professionally by my two filmmakers!

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Until the editing’s finished, you can whet your appetite with my other blog posts about the Maldives

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… and read more about all of the above on Gili Lankanfushi’s homepage.

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Have you gone snorkeling before? If so, where, and what was your experience like?

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PS: Thank you to everyone who came to my Spooky Saturday party! The German TV show was ecstatic about your outfits and energy. Above poster by Naomiyaki — it was fun putting these up around Vancouver.

I wish I had more time to hang out, but TV shoots always run late and there are a million things going on at once… As soon as the episode airs, I’ll put up the clip and photos, so be sure to bookmark this site. More casting and event announcements soon!

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

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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.

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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…

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… 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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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)

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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”.

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

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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.

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The living room floor has a window into the ocean!

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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…

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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.

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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…

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.”

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

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

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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.

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

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

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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).

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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.

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