Postcard scenery, clear blue waters and pristine white sands – the Maldives have long been known as the perfect honeymoon islands. But why should adults have all the fun?
With a plethora of exciting water-based activities, kids’ clubs and an abundance of sea life and wildlife, the Maldives offers the ideal holiday destination to teach your children how important conservation is – and have a great time doing it. Many luxe properties now have offerings for kids that rival the pampering provided for adults – your only challenge is deciding which of our best family resorts in the Maldives to choose.
Ready to indulge? Check out our hand-picked Maldives escapes.
Happy Days at the Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa
Winner of a Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice Best of the Best Award 2022, this luxurious Dhonakulhi Island resort consistently offers outstanding service to its guests. You’ll have every desire attended to and every concern addressed – a boon when you’re travelling with kids. This five-star resort is famed for its very private and very well-appointed beachside or overwater villas, many of which feature a private swimming pool or beachfront area.
Beyond the stunning villas, there are plenty of outdoor activities to be enjoyed by young and old. Have a game of tennis on the resort’s courts, go for a nature walk, enjoy some scuba diving or snorkelling, or try your luck at fishing. Jump on a jet ski or take a boat ride to spot some dolphins or turtles.
If the adults need a break from their offspring, the resort has the solution: the excellent Tender Hearts Kids’ Club. Let your little ones loose in the 50sqm kids club and watch them participate in the curated activities guaranteed to impress. These include sandcastle making, fishing lessons, treasure hunts, painting, drawing, cooking classes, cycling, hide-and-seek, educational tours and so much more. Your kids will thank you later.
Little Ones Love Lily Beach Resort & Spa
This flourishing Huvahendhoo Island resort is a five-star offering awarded Best of the Best: Top 10 All-Inclusive Resorts — Asia in Tripadvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards 2022. The Family Beach Villas are beautifully appointed and only a short stroll to the island’s picturesque lagoon. If you choose a villa without a private pool, there’s a kids’ pool at the resort’s Vibe Bar.
The island has thriving flora and fauna and is famed for its stunning sea life, so water activities such as snorkelling and semi-submersible boat tours are always a hit with visiting families. Other family activities include beach games, water sports, island excursions and fishing, to name a few. The Turtle Kids’ Club is where the real fun is, though. Little ones will love the many age-appropriate activities, such as crab racing, crafts, treasure hunts and playground fun. After a long, adventurous day at the kids’ club, they’ll feel super special dining in the fantastically fun Lily Maa kids’ section.
Indulgent Family Fun at the One&Only Reethi Rah
This stunning resort on Reethi Rah Island is geared towards providing families with a fun cultural experience in a luxurious setting. The family-sized villas been decorated with skill and incorporate modern and traditional elements, while open-plan spaces give your kids plenty of room to play.
The resort has many family-focused activities designed to give your children some supervised independence while letting you relax. Educational whale shark and dolphin cruises, snorkelling, water and beach sports and painting classes can be enjoyed by all.
The KidsOnly Club offers fun adventures such as cooking classes, pirate treasure hunts, dress-ups, snorkelling lessons, arts and crafts and so much more. Kid-friendly dining options abound, but the favourite has to be the sublime ice cream at Club One’s Sweet Paradise.
Largest Kids’ Zone in South Asia at Soneva Fushi
Kunfunadhoo Island is home to the stunning Soneva Fushi luxury resort, perfect for a family holiday. Lush jungle is bordered by silky sand, lapped by clear, azure seas. Family-friendly villas are gorgeously styled with ‘luxe Robinson Crusoe’ accents, and are a lot of fun for make-believe play. Some suites even feature a swimming pool or ocean water slides!
The highlight is The Den, which is the largest and most exciting kid’s zone in South Asia. With an area larger than six tennis courts and a huge range of fun and educational activities, The Den is guaranteed to impress kids of all ages. Featuring a giant pirate ship, two kid pools, a water slide, a giant floor piano, sparkling star ceilings and endless play equipment, you might be tempted to spend a day here yourself. The little ones can enjoy activities like musical instruments, cinema nights, cooking lessons, animal experiences and dress-ups, while older kids and teenagers (12+) can attend the unique Soneva Academy, offering nature-based educational experiences from navigation to astronomy.
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