The Maldives has long been considered one of the world’s most romantic destinations; with a plethora of powder-soft beaches, Michelin-star dining, intimate spas and pink-hued sunsets, it’s easy to see why. But these astounding atolls aren’t only for couples…
With appealing island living and year-round sunshine, families looking for long-haul luxury in a tropical paradise are moving the Maldives to the top of their bucket list - and who can blame them? Whether you have a toddler or a teen, the tempting turquoise waters, gently swaying palms and world-class facilities of the Maldives’ luxury resorts will inspire every generation, and there's nowhere more idyllic to escape modern life together than in the incomparable seclusion of the Indian Ocean.
We’ve handpicked a selection of our favourite Maldives’ resorts for a luxury family holiday:
Inspired by child-like wonder, The Den at Soneva Fushi is the biggest children’s play zone in the Indian Ocean. A playground for the imagination, littles ones can let their creativity run wild, from finding their voice in the music room to building new skills in the Lego area. A boundless programme of adventures creates the ultimate ‘things to do’ list for children on a luxury Maldives family holiday, with activities including mini spa treatments, pool parties, animal scavenger hunts and snorkelling. For parents looking to join in on the fun, spend the day splashing and relaxing around the swimming pool and make a visit (or two) to the irresistible, complimentary ice cream room, before an evening filled with magical star-gazing secrets from the resort’s astronomer.
Niyama Private Islands
Niyama Private Islands is comprised of two islets – Chill and Play – meaning there’s plenty of space for the whole family! For those travelling with little ones, as soon as you arrive on your luxury Maldives family holiday, you’ll be heading straight for the ‘Isle of Play’, where you’ll find the vibrant Explorers Kids’ Club. Four tribes cater for children aged from one- to twelve-years-old, with fabulous, fun-filled daily activities, ranging from laughing yoga to coconut tree planting. There’s also a lively outdoor space, featuring a sensational splash park, trampoline and Munch mini gourmet kitchen for future chefs. Seeking a moment of calm? The Drift Spa on the ‘Isle of Chill’ indulges adults and children alike – choose from a private family yoga session, or a Family ‘Spa-rty’, including ice cream and hair braiding for little spa lovers!
Only a 20-minute catamaran cruise from Malé, Jumeirah Vittaveli encourages every generation to immerse themselves in the striking beauty of the Maldives. Whilst the dedicated Kuda Koli Kids’ Club – one of the biggest children’s clubs in the Maldives – features a myriad of play spaces, a gigantic swimming pool and young-spirited staff to keep childlike creativity flowing, the whole island is a wonder-filled playground! From exhilarating watersports and semi-submarine adventures, to learning about the resort’s unique and magical environment as a Junior Coral Ranger, there’s every opportunity for youngsters to develop their skills and build new friendships, whilst ensuring family remains at the heart of your luxury Maldives holiday.
Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa
Action-packed and full of adventure, a luxury family holiday at Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa has something for everyone. Water babies can make a splash in the family-friendly swimming pool, whilst young nature lovers will be in their element; embark on a dolphin spotting cruise as a family, accompanied by a marine biologist, or meet the adorable turtle hatchlings on the resort’s unspoilt, white-sand beach. Even tech-loving teens can be drawn away from their screens with the ultra-cool X-Jetblades and X-Jetpacks – a exhilarating and exciting way to experience the Maldives’ crystal-clear waters. At the Kuda Mas Kids’ Club, the dedicated Kids’ Co-ordinator creates the ultimate, fun-filled island escape, with hermit crab racing, island gardening, cooking classes and fish feeding just a small selection of the inspiring and educational activities young adventurers can savour.
Eco-friendly Kanuhura keeps laidback luxury at the forefront of your mind, but for younger, free-spirited travellers, fun remains top of the agenda. A world of adventure awaits at the resort’s K Club; tasting the delight of a chocolate-making class or exploring the resort’s three private islands on a scavenger hunt, whatever youngsters choose, you can be assured their imaginations are free to run wild! If you’d prefer to spend the day together as a family, why not hire a traditional Dhoni boat - simply explore the beauty of the Maldives at your own pace, perhaps spotting a dolphin effortlessly gliding through the waves as you sail by. As the sun sets, settle down for movie night under the incredible Maldivian night sky, before retiring for a well-deserved rest, ready for another adventure-filled day.
To book your next luxury family holiday to the Maldives, please call our Luxury Travel Specialists.