The Maldives has a reputation (and rightly so) for being a destination for romantic holidays and honeymoons. With beautiful white beaches and crystal turquoise oceans the Maldives provide the perfect tropical island escape for those looking to do little but enjoy the sun, sea, sand and each other’s company.
However, whilst this ‘romantic’ reputation indeed holds true, it is a misconception that this is all the Maldives have to offer. For families looking for a holiday that combines relaxation for the parents and fun for the kids, this is the perfect destination for you! If you can make it past the 12 hour flight (I would recommend flying direct to minimise travel time), both children and adults will love the barefoot island living experience these resorts have to offer. While some resorts have a strict no-children policy many, in fact, welcome children with open arms offering a wide range of entertainment, activities and services specifically catered to kids!
Whilst the water villas may not be suitable for children running around, beach villas are perfect for families. Set just a few meters back from the sea, parents can watch over children playing on the sand and in the (unbelievably) warm waters of the shallow island lagoons. Think of the island like one giant sand box for them to play in! Water sport activities are readily available from most resorts, with some specific islands offering child-size equipment such as surfboards and diving kits. Snorkelling is a must for any age: I defy anyone who is not impressed by the astonishing range of exotic fish, rays, reef sharks and turtles…it is just impossible to not be amazed! Child-size life jackets should also be available upon request from the resort, and on-island doctors and nurses are at hand to help with any bumps or bruises.
Kids clubs run on many of the resorts, offering entertainment throughout the day (and sometimes in the evening) both indoors and outdoors. From crab racing to treasure hunts, there are a vast range of activities sure to keep children amused, whilst parents enjoy some time-out time in the spa or poolside. A few resorts even have marine education centres, where people of all ages can learn about the biodiversity and preservation of the rich underwater world the Maldives has to offer. Babysitters are also generally available from children-friendly resorts, upon request.
With both Asian and Western food generally available all over the country, and special children’s menus offered at many of the hotels, your kids are bound to find something they love to eat. Family cookery classes are an entertaining and tasty way to introduce some Maldivian flavours to the whole family as well!
If you’re interested in having your own “Swiss Family Robinson” adventure on one of the Maldives’ tropical island, give one of our experts a ring on 020 7924 7133 and we can help you out or check out our family holidays in Sri Lanka and the Maldives.