If you thought that the Maldives were just for loved up honeymooners, think again. A lot of those resorts that scattered rose petals in private pools and left bottles of bubbly by the bed ten years ago are now opening up to the new generation of visitors to the heavenly islands.
Child-free holidaymakers may want to steer clear of the families – but both parties are welcomed wholeheartedly nowadays. So much so, that the range of kid-friendly hotels and wholesome activities are extensive and impressive.
From boating with marine biologists to meet the friendly local dolphins to painting classes with resident artists, there is a huge of range of things for your child to be getting on with while you get on with the important business of relaxing.
When it comes to creating a holiday that families will want to come back to time and time again, the Maldives has outdone itself. With a one hotel one beach policy, children have free rein of the island to run around safely, go on treasure hunts and discover the beautiful wildlife that inhabits the archipelago.
With this in mind, we’ve asked holiday experts Travelbag about what they consider the five top family-friendly resorts on the many little islands that make up the Maldives:
Per Aquum Niyama
This resort is on two islands connected by a bridge. The beach suites are perfect for families, with each room coming equipped with popcorn machines, complimentary ice cream and beach toys.
The resort is aimed at families with children aged from twelve months to seven years. On the island, there are trampolines, playgrounds and treehouses. Dine at the underwater restaurant and enjoy the activities that include junior cookery lessons and kids’ clubs.
Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa
A 35 minute boat ride from the airport in Male makes this an easy to reach resort. The hotel is spread out over three islands, with 110 rooms to choose from.
Children will enjoy the mini football pitch, surf school and playgrounds that float on the crystal clear sea, the fact that there is free ice cream at the pool bar will make this a winner for both parents and children.
One thing you don’t have to worry about when you get here is your children’s appetites. This is all-inclusive and so everyone can eat and drink to their heart’s content.
Best for kids aged between 10 – 18 years, there are some exceptional water sports activities, where children can pass various diving certificates and swim amongst manta rays.
Yoga sessions, beach volleyball and water polo are all complimentary.
One&Only Reethi Rah
With a waiting list of up to a year, this resort is best for bulk bookings. The three generations of family – grandparents, parents and kids – land en masse here throughout the year taking up one of the twelve beaches for themselves.
For children, there are pottery classes, kids’ clubs, pools and kayaking in transparent boats – as well as the wide expanse of the island, forest and beach to hunt geckos and chase butterflies. The end of the day is often marked with a guest v. staff football match.
Maalifushi by COMO
One of the newest resorts in the Maldives, this hotel is aimed at families with children aged between four and twelve. The place focuses on the children taking charge in order to inspire confidence. Smaller kids are encouraged to grow crystals and fold palm leaves into parrots, while older ones will run to the jetskis, diving kits and speedboats that encircle the island.
The food on the island is some of the healthiest in the whole of the archipelago with seafood barbecues, sushi and sashimi and one of the best kid’s menus we’ve seen in awhile.