It’s a myth that the Maldives is just for loved-up couples and honeymooners looking for a peaceful paradise. This enchanting archipelago is also a top destination for families wanting relaxing and luxurious retreats that roll out the red carpet for their tots, tweens and teens too. Here are some resorts that pull out all the stops for all the family.
LUX* South Ari Atoll Dhidhoofinolhu, South Ari Atoll
LUX* South Ari Atoll is perfect for families wanting a peaceful, off-the-grid retreat. Expect spacious beach villas and over-the-water bungalows, plus a whole spectrum of facilities including seven restaurants with special menus for fussy eaters, five bars, two swimming pools and a spa, and a dizzying array of land and water sports. Kids club PLAY (for three to 12 year olds) and teen hangout Studio 17, offer a smorgasbord of activities ranging from cooking and mixology classes to scuba lessons and banana boat rides.
Kids will love: Ice-cream served at retro parlours and on-the-beach film screenings.
Constance Haliveli, North Ari Atoll
Chic island hideaway, Constance Haliveli, has everything you could possibly want for the ultimate family holiday. Perks include three restaurants with kids’ menus that aren’t just an afterthought, a spa, tennis courts and an array of water sports. Family beach villas come with gated gardens, private plunge pools and baby essentials. Kids can unleash their spirit of adventure at Constance Kids Club (for four to 11 year olds), which has its own swimming pool and imagination space.
Kids will love: Pizza, ice cream and smoothie-making classes.
Niyama Private Islands Maldives, Dhaalu Atoll
This idyllic family-friendly paradise is home to twin islands Play and Chill. Niyama Private Islands boasts super-stylish accommodation including Family Beach Suites with pools and butler service. As well as multiple restaurants, there’s a spa and endless one-of-a-kind experiences including family surf lessons. The remarkable Explorers Kids Club takes children as young as 12 months and has a playground with a trampoline and splash park, a stage and a kitchen for cooking classes.
Kids will love: Nemo&Friends kids snorkelling program, Zumba classes and dolphin-spotting trips.
Four Seasons Kuda Huraa, North Male Atoll
If you’re looking for an exotic hideaway with legendary service, luxurious surroundings and bucketsful of family-friendly appeal, then Four Seasons Kuda Huraa is hard to beat. Its close proximity to the airport means its an immediate winner with young families. The stunning accommodation includes family beach bungalows with plunge pools and baby essentials – so you can leave the heavy stuff at home. Youngsters will go bananas over the kids’ club (for four to 12 year olds,) which has an action-packed activity program while older ones will love the extreme water sports.
Kids will love: The marine life touch tank and family lagoon surf lessons.
Cheval Blanc Randheli, Noonu Atoll
If you’re looking for the ultimate island escape tailor-made to you and your brood, then Cheval Blanc Randheli is hard to beat. This cutting-edge, contemporary haven has just 45 supremely elegant villas, each with its own Majordome (butler) to pamper the whole family. Sophisticated facilities for kids include Le Carousel (for three to 12 year olds), which has a pool with a slide, and super-cool teen space, Le Paddock. Supervised activities range from cooking classes and fashion shows to astronomy sessions and water sports.
Kids will love: Open-air movie nights, family jet ski adventures and the mother-daughter or father-son spa rituals.
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