Vakkaru Island Aerial, Maldives

Island Isolation in the Indian Ocean

Having experienced unbridled luxury at luxury Maldives resorts Amilla Resort & Residences, Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru, and Vakkaru, TJB report back on why the Maldives is the perfect destination whether you are seeking rejuvenation, a quintessentially luxury Maldives honeymoon, or looking to embark on a family holiday to the Maldives.

Be it a Maldives yacht charter followed by a week of barefoot bliss on land at one of our handpicked luxury Maldives villas, or an escape purely to this luxurious heaven following in the footsteps of TJB Private Travel Co-Founder, Lori Laius – where better to find yourself marooned than in the Maldives?

Whilst the Maldives is famed for its natural beauty, luxurious 5 star Maldives resorts and biodiversity, it’s hard to put into words how beautiful this island chain truly is. For anyone seeking genuine luxury but conscious about sustainability and wanting to connect with the environment, a luxury Maldives holiday is a must.


“It must be experienced to understand, and I implore anyone who has not been to make it their next holiday”

Lori Laius, Co-Founder
Amilla Maldives Resort and Residences

Set in the Indian Ocean, the Maldives is made up of near to 1,200 islands within 26 atolls. Because of its unique geographical position, its white sandy beaches are like walking on soft pristine powder.

It’s also known for its vibrant blue waters, which are so warm and clear you wonder why your private villa includes a swimming pool. Given the atolls are not as accessible as other luxury holiday destinations, this adds to its serenity and calm. You often feel like the only ones on the island.

Coral Kingdom

Not only does the Maldives benefit from its location, its famous for its ultra-luxurious overwater villas and resorts, where guests can snorkel off their own balconies into turquoise waters and over some of the world’s best coral reefs. Lori stayed at Vakkaru, Amilla Resort & Residences and the Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru.

“All 3 are exquisite in their accommodation and hospitality. Despite each resort being on their own island, nothing is comprised. The food quality and range is exceptional, with all three hosting their own organic farms, but boasting world class chefs to ensure guests enjoy their culinary experience as they would do if they were in Paris or London.”

Maldives Tropical Paradise, Four Seasons Landaa Giravaru
Awe-Inspiring Biodiversity

Being a divers paradise, the Maldives can’t help but inspire a profound appreciation for the ocean and the diverse marine life that inhabits it.

Exploring the underwater world of the Maldives is an unforgettable experience. We saw strikingly-colourful fish, swam up to sharks, manta rays, turtles and marveled at the coral reefs.”

Given its vulnerability of potential submergence, due to rising sea levels from climate change, it’s a living testament of the importance of preserving this beautiful and fragile environment from the consequences of climate change.

Cultural Traditions & Friendly Locals

The Maldives has a distinct culture that is influenced by its geographical isolation and historical interactions with neighbouring countries. The local culture naturally revolves around fishing, coconut palms, and the sea.

The Maldivian people are known for their overwhelming hospitality, and visitors often get to experience their traditional music, dance, and cuisine.

Amilla Bodu Beru, Maldives Luxury Holiday
Family Maldives Holiday, Vakkaru Beach Swing
Romantic Escape Or Family Fun

“Although often associated with honeymooners – which it is certainly perfect for – I was impressed with the range of child and teen-friendly activities like fully loaded kids clubs, scuba lessons, football academies, and even behind the scenes tours that demonstrate how rain water is used. The fun of cycling around on your own labelled bike to tiki-torchlit pathways, the magic of Maldives is hard to articulate.”

Where to stay

Following blissful beginnings at Amilla Resort & Residences, Lori travelled from one private Maldives resort island to the next, experiencing life at the Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru and its Voavah private island, before wrapping up her private Maldives vacation at Vakkaru Resort. Indulge in the rhythm of the Indian Ocean at your own pace, embracing the everyday adventures it offers. Our handpicked properties boast extensive outdoor havens and personal plunge pools, inviting you to reconnect with nature.


Discover Vakkaru Island, a pristine paradise resort nestled in the Maldives. The perfect unforgettable escape for your luxury Maldives vacation.

Vakkaru Maldives
Four Seasons Private Island - Aerial

Embark on an exclusive retreat in the serene embrace of the Four Seasons Private Island at Voavah, the perfect luxury Maldives vacation.


Amilla is adorned with a limited collection of 59 exclusive villas and 8 residences, gracefully dotting the landscape or perched above the serene waters, akin to precious pearls on the ocean’s canvas.