When you think of the Maldives, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the idyllic islands in the Indian Ocean are ripe for a spot of romance. There are all sorts of beautiful resorts tucked into remote atolls that spread across the country, but when it comes to finding a family-friendly hotel with activities to keep the little ones entertained, the list of choices starts to narrow down. So to give families a hand with tracking down great Maldives resorts that offer fun for both kids and adults, we asked luxury tour operator Lightfoot Travel to step in and provide this handy guide to the best places to stay with children.
One&Only Reethi Rah
This stunning all-villa resort is as good as they come for families. Their signature KidsOnly Club features activities for children aged four to eleven such as treasure hunts, beach volleyball and football, and sushi-making classes. There are separate dining facilities, a clubhouse and kid’s pool, providing a fun and safe environment for children to play and learn. What’s more, there are also separate activities for teens ages 12 to 17. There are also professional baby-siting services for minimal fees for babies and toddlers, as well as bottle warmers, sterilisers and baby monitor sets. Everything you need for plenty of family fun, but to also ensure that parents have the opportunity to sneak away for their own spot of relaxation.
Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
The two things attributed to Four Seasons Resorts around the world are outstanding service and fantastic facilities for children – and Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru does not disappoint. The Kuda Velaa (‘little turtle) Club is for ages four to eleven, and includes arts and crafts, beach activities and educational games. Their new Passport to Adventure program takes children through a series of challenges, puzzles and activities such as building their own coral reef, feeding baby clownfish in the Fish Lab, and visiting the atoll’s only turtle rehabilitation centre at the Marine Discovery Centre. Children can gather stamps in their ‘passports’ for each completed activity (eight daily activities) and earn toys and treats at the resort. There is also a young adults centre for teens ages 13 to 18 to hang out, or they can attend the resort’s own surf and dive schools. Complimentary children’s robes and toiletries are also provided, which is always a hit with the littlest ones!
Anantara’s Dhoni Kidz Club is open for children ages three to eleven, which is younger than most children’s clubs accommodate. There are activities such as arts and crafts, indoor and outdoor sports, and kids can simply chill out at the club and play with other children their own age. The resort’s restaurants have special cutlery for kids as well as bibs and colouring paper and pens, to ensure meals are as peaceful as possible, and staff have an amazing knack of remembering children’s names which is always a plus! The resort also pays particular attention to all the little extras that make all the difference – child-sized robes and slippers as well as a welcome rucksack filled with little treats.
Kanuhura is a beautiful resort in the Maldives with an extensive Kids’s Club for children aged four to eleven. The Club features a large sandy playground as well as a shallow swimming pool that is fully enclosed and next to the beach and lagoon. After registering for the club, little members will receive a welcome gift pack as well as a farewell present upon departure. Meals are all supervised with children’s menus available as well as special infant purees for babies. Baby cots, highchairs, bottle sterilisers and other infant equipment is also all readily available at Kanuhura. We love how this resort manages to get the balance between providing a kid-friendly environment, but also one where adults can slip away and really relax while the kids are being entertained.
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