Many families steer clear of traveling to the islands with kids in tow due to the traditional honeymoon and romantic holiday stereotype, but things are changing! Dive, surf, and snorkel in crystal clear water, swing in a hammock on white sandy beaches and bask in the warm golden sunshine. Welcome to the Maldives, family-style! With easy flights to Male, family-friendly resorts, and activities galore, what are you waiting for? Go on, pack up your babies, toddlers, kids and teens, and jet-off to one of these pristine resorts! This round-up includes a variety of options in all budgets (affordable, mid-range, luxury, and more), includes easy to access options (some resorts are further than others), and highlights key perks including kids clubs, toddler activities, and things to do in the Maldives with kids.
A secret for many families visiting The Maldives, this resort offers it all including a variety of accommodation (on-water villas to family-focused beach houses). The entire resort caters to families with loads of activities including scuba and snorkeling, dolphin spotting, surfing (some of the best waves for kids to learn on!), night fishing, and so much more. Their Kandoo Kids Club is a 500 sqm two-story children entertainment zone, and is one of the biggest and modern kids' facilities in the Maldives. This is an affordable Maldives option which is strongly focused on family.
Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives, Kandooma Fushi, South Male’ Atoll, Republic of Maldives, +960 664 0511, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.maldives.holidayinnresorts.com. Want more? “Kids Stay & Eat Free” program offers loads of perks for eating and sleeping with kids in tow.
While this resort is 55-minutes by seaplane, it is family focused and will be well worth the trip! They will have a dedicated Kid’s Club, a play garden, and the Maldives’ only dedicated Teen Town. You will find a water and beach villas as well as their unique 5 Tented Jungle Villas. Connected to the hotel property is a nine-kilometer-long reef which is perfect for diving and snorkeling - score!
Fairmont Maldives, www.fairmont.com/maldives
With a marine style designed property has one major perk that sets it apart from other properties - it is located in Baa Atoll which is the only UNESCO biosphere reserve in the Maldives. To get here, you need to take a 30-minute seaplane ride from Male. Once you arrive, you can relax in one of 41 on-island and 29 over-sea villa options (including villas with up to 3-rooms and kitchenettes - ideal for traveling to The Maldives with babies). Kids (ages 4-12) will love the complimentary kids club.
The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort, Miriandhoo Island, Baa Atoll, Maldives, 00 960 660 4444, www.marriott.com
The exciting family-friendly hotel, Kandima rocks with its cool modern vibe, relaxed ethos, and huge playground and splash area for kids. They are all about their little VIPs and have a dedicated Kandiland, Kandima Kids Club run by a multilingual team of fully certified child carers, and offers activities plus an adventure splash playground, trampoline, climbing wall, table tennis, and indoor play areas. The island offers over three kilometers of beach and two pools including a 100-meter pool – the largest in the Maldives. Wow!
One of the most exciting family-oriented hotels to hit the Maldives in 2019, Hard Rock Hotel Maldives opens their first property with much fan love. Located only 15-minutes away from Male (a huge perk for families), this property has integrated a variety of accommodation options, signature experiences, and loads of family extras. Hard Rock’s Roxity Kids’ Club® and Teen Spirit® offer indoor and outdoor venues, grassy and sandy areas to explore, music classes (including DJ courses), water activities, and more. Extra perks for families include - kids under 6 eat for free (kids ages 6-12 eat at 50% off), Sittertrain-certified babysitters, special kids menus at all the restaurants, and loads of Hard Rock fun.
The 73-villa resort with an impressive art collection and contemporary design is a great family-friendly option for travelers to the Indian Ocean’s tropical islands. The various activities on offer for kids include treasure hunts, native storytelling days where local storytellers interactively share their tales, and junior chef workshops where young cooks learn to create art in kid-friendly kitchens. There’s also a children's spa featuring natural masks, hand and foot care, and costumes. Joali is accessed via a 45-minute seaplane to the island, by transfer from Male to Ifuru Airport by a 45-minute domestic flight with a 25-minute speedboat ride, or by transfer from Male to Dhravandhoo Airport with a 35-minute flight followed by a one-hour speedboat ride.
Nestled in the Noonu Atoll, award-winning Velaa Private Island is all about families! Home to one of the largest kids club in the Maldives, they also are focused on food with feasts of grilled lobster and reef fish, Maldivian curries, fresh salads, and home-baked pizza. Velaa Kids Club offers a wide selection of fun-filled educational activities for 4 to 12-year-olds, and the facilities include an indoor play area, nursery, outdoor swimming pool, waterpark and pirate ship amusement ride. Individual daily programmes can be designed, and other options include exploration trails and nature walks across the island as well as classes on sea turtles, coral painting and lessons in the local Dhivehi language. Babysitting for 2 and 3-year-olds is also available.
Velaa Private Island, Maldives, www.velaaprivateisland.com
For kids looking for the longest slides in the Maldives, book a stay at Jumeirah Vittaveli's amazing overwater bungalows. Having recently been refurbished with families in mind, their seven infinity Pool Ocean Villas allow for kids to literally slide out of bed, down a 23-meter shoot, and into the Indian Ocean. Other perks of this family-friendly resort? It is super easy to get to from the Mali airport (20-minutes by boat). Families can also take a semi-submarine under the sea, go fly-boarding, scuba dive and snorkel around the property, enjoy yoga, pamper themselves at their amazing spa...and there is an awesome Kids Club and Teen Lounge! Kuda Koli Kids Club offers pizza making, face painting, treasure hunt, t-shirt painting, island exploration, and pool games galore. Want more? This resort has the Maldives first ice skating rink!
Club Med Kani in the Maldives has always been a family favorite for oh-so-many reasons. Their kids club, Happy Children's Corner offers kids ages 4-10 and 11-17 loads of ongoing activities including arts and crafts, cooking, beach games, face painting, and plenty of pool time. In December 2019, they added in a flying trapeze which gives kids a circus experience with amazing views as well. There's also sailing, scuba diving (they have a brand new dive center), water polo, water skiing and wakeboarding for those looking for something a little more adventurous and water-bound.
Club Med Kani Maldives Resort, Maldives, +960 664 3152, www.clubmed.com.hk/r/Kani
This pristine oasis is a kid's paradise and a blessing for stressed-out parents. The KidsOnly club is a supervised, miniature world complete with a kids pool and pint-sized sun loungers. Note, kids under 4 should be accompanied by an adult. Tweens and teens can join the One Tribe (ages 9-11) and Club One (ages 12+) where they will enjoy dedicated activities. They also have a huge outdoor climbing wall. And new mommas can pack light, too – the resort has everything from diapers to strollers for your villa! Complimentary cots are available on request and babysitters can be booked 24-hours in advance.
One & Only Reethi Rah, North Male Atoll, Republic of Maldives, +960 664 8800, reethirah.oneandonlyresorts.com
Only 35-minutes by speedboat from Male airport, Anantara Dhigu offers stunning villas and tailored programs to suit your child's individual interests. Dhoni Kids Club is open daily from 9am-6pm for kids ages 3-12 years old. Kids under 3 can enjoy with one of the staff's babysitters or an adult present. The club provides encounters with the island’s wildlife, playing on their dedicated outdoor play area, pirate days, crab hunts, cooking classes, Families can also enjoy waterskiing, jet-skiing to private islands, jetpacking, sunset cruises, sailing, surfing (April-October), paddleboarding, and so much more. There are even plenty of educational activities that teach them about the surrounding coral reef, or set out on an exciting dolphin tour!
Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa, Dhigu Island, Republic of Maldives, +960 664 4100, https://www.anantara.com/en/dhigu-maldives
This international luxury brand has not one, but two resorts + 1 private island in the Maldives and even a liveaboard yacht to boot. The kid-friendly Kuda Huraa (25-minute speedboat from Male) welcomes little ones with a welcome treat, child-sized bathrobes, and toiletries. You will also find a dedicated children's pool, fitness facility, and loads of activities including surfing. There are also separate clubs for minors and even a hangout lounge for teens! Did we mention there are four restaurants, a world-class spa, and a sunset lounge bar, too? Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa charges no additional fee for children under 12 years of age occupying the same guest room as their parents or guardians (space permitting).
Four Seasons Kuda Huraa, North Male Atoll, +960 66 00 888, www.fourseasons.com/maldiveskh/
While this one is a 40-minute seaplane ride from Male (a bit of further travel time than others), it is worth the effort. This island is perfect for families looking for a real private getaway feel complete with the extra kid perks. You will find a gorgeous pool for swim time, loads of watersports, tennis court, and more. They offer a children's menu (including baby food), babysitters on request, all the infant equipment (sterilizers, cots, etc) you need, and a doctor on-site! They have a dedicated Kids Club which is designed with bohemian flair and has indoor and outdoor play areas. There is also a splash pool ornately decorated by a three-meter high purple flower “waterfall” and a wonderful wooden jungle gym. There are also weekly cooking classes, crafts workshops, fishing trips, movie nights, scavenger hunts and chocolate making classes included in the kids club programme. Families love the wildlife excursions including exclusive dolphin and manta safari and the local turtle sanctuary.
Kanuhura, Lhaviyani Atoll - Maldives, +0960 662 0044, www.kanuhura.com
Al-fresco bathing, fresh popcorn on the beach, an amazing kids club, and loads of beach play await at this family-friendly hotel in the Maldives. For traveling families looking for a perfect combo of a luxurious stay and plenty of activities for the kids, Niyama is worth a trip! Choose from their gorgeous family-sized villas including many with their own private pools. Kids will go bananas for the Explorers Kids Club where imagination reigns and encounters with the surreal await at every corner. Favorite activities include surfing, Dhivehi lullabies, snorkeling, and dolphin scouting. The club offers a playground, trampoline, splash park, Munch little gourmet kitchen, and a stage where young ones become the star of the show.
Play by COMO focuses on young jetsetters! Their dedicated program offers incredible wellness menus (for kids!), loads of unique family activities such as snorkeling with a Marine Biologist, splash net dolphin cruises, and surfing. Their dedicated Play by COMO Space is designed to inspire purposeful and creative child-directed play for children aged 4 to 12, with carefully-selected toys, books, games and art materials. It is open daily from 9am-6pm. Toddlers should be accompanied by a babysitter or parent at all times.
While this new resort requires more of a journey (55-minute flight from Male International Airport followed by a 15-minute speed boat ride from Kaadedhdhoo Domestic Airport) it is certainly worth a visit and offers world-class diving across its 2 islands. Unique to this resort is their Marine Butler which can steer you in the right direction in understanding the best snorkelling and dive locations and teach you and the kids all about the fish around the island. Families can book up their multi-bedroom villas and be sure to watch this space for the opening of their three-bedroom hideaway complete with a retractable roof to watch the stars at night. Mom and dad, be sure to try the Maldives Sling at the bar - classic!
Raffles Maldives Meradhoo Resort, +9606828800, https://www.raffles.com/maldives/
For a chic and luxurious getaway located 1.5 hours by boat or 25-minutes by seaplane, this resort offers a variety of accommodation options including the popular family beach houses. Mom and dad can book up an organic spa treatment while the kids head to the Constance Halaveli Kids Club (kids club + playground) open daily. Older kids can enjoy learning to scuba diving while young ones (as young as 5) can try a taste of diving with their certified options. There is also jet-ski, water-skiing, monoskiing, wakeboarding, knee-boarding, fun tubes, and fun beds.
Constance Halaveli, Maldives, +960 666 7000, www.constancehotels.com/en/hotels-resorts/maldives/halaveli/
LUX* boasts a 4-km powder white sand beach, with beach villas perfect for families. LUX* fully caters to families with a fun kids club for ages 3-12, a playground, a special "siesta room" full of colorful pillows, movies on the beach, and an ice-cream truck! Older kids and parents will enjoy the world-class snorkeling and diving, ping-pong tables, and darts. There are 193 private villas, a 5-Star PADI dive center, two infinity pools, floodlit tennis courts and a Technogym fitness center, and so much more. Something for everyone! Want more? In 2019, LUX* North Male Atoll opened which offers a PLAY Kids Club (for kids 3-11), outdoor Cinema Paradiso for movies under the moonlight, and more for families.
Are you looking for a gorgeous resort packed with creature comforts for adults and plenty of action for the kids? The Shangri-La organizes jungle treks, cooking classes and pirate treasure hunts that take your munchkins on a memorable adventure. Apart from activities for kids, there’s an educational Eco Centre where guests can learn from biologists about the island’s marine life and also about the hotel’s fascinating conservation projects. Their kids' club welcomes younger guests aged between 4 and 12 years old from 10am until 7pm, for plenty of fun and games.
Shangri-La Villingili Resort & Spa, Villingili Island, Maldives, +960 689 7888, www.shangri-la.com
Barefoot luxury in castaway surroundings...live like Robinson Crusoe at Soneva Fushi! Apart from the beautiful beach, the island is also rich with lush green vegetation, giving a stunning backdrop to the luxurious villas. Guests can feast on organic veggies and herbs from the resort’s gardens. And best of all, there are plenty of watersports and activities for grownups and kids. Kids will love the children's club (The Den) packed with Legos, a cinema, a library, and more for kids ages 4+. The Den also has a separate lounge area dedicated to teenagers. Want to stay a bit longer? They have partnered with Carfax Tutors and will fly-in private tutors to the resort upon prior request. They also have a resident Astronomer, resident Marina Biologist, a dedicated ice cream parlor, Chocolate Room, an outdoor movie theatre, and so much more.
The pirate-themed Bageecha kids’ club at Kuramathi has daily activities for your bubs aged 3-12. They will be entertained all-day-long with guided snorkeling, nature walks, beach games, face painting and tons of active sports and game. There are different themes for every day of the week. There is also babysitting services, so you can simply lounge on the white sand beach and take a break from it all.
Kuramathi Island Resort, Rasdhoo Atoll, Republic of Maldives, +960 666 0527, www.kuramathi.com
If your family’s idea of fun is a trip to the aquarium, then you’ll all be amazed by Conrad's all-glass undersea restaurant, where there’s a children’s menu, too. The impressive marine-themed restaurant is just one among the whopping 11 places to eat at the hotel, which also has two spas and is surrounded by a postcard-perfect coral reef. There’s also a kids’ club open daily.
Conrad Maldives, Rangali Island, South Ari Atoll, Republic of Maldives, +960 668 0629, conradhotels3.hilton.com/en/hotels/maldives/conrad-maldives-rangali-island
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