Top 10 best resorts in the Maldives for families

Monday newsletters always feature top 10 travel lists to inspire.

Today (May 14, 2018): Top 10 best family-friendly resorts in the Maldives.

The Maldives is widely regarded as one of the world’s ultimate romantic destinations, and for good reason. What’s not to like about its iconic sunsets, sugar white beaches, world-class spa facilities, unparalleled snorkeling and diving, Michelin-starred restaurants, endless vistas over clear lagoons, and stunning overwater villas. It’s no wonder couples flock here in droves. Yet, the Maldives is also a wonderful destination for a family holiday, to relax, unwind and enjoy the tranquil surroundings. In fact, seeing the Maldives with kids can be one of the most amazing travel experiences for families, although some resorts in the Maldives are better suited for families with young kids and teenagers than others. Below, I have listed the 10 best resorts in the archipelago for a stunning family vacation.

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10. NIYAMA PRIVATE ISLAND MALDIVES

An idyllic backdrop (the resort is spread over two isles: family-focused Isle of Play, and romantic honeymooner’s hideaway Isle of Chill) and vast views of the Indian Ocean set the stage for Niyama Maldives, which offers a chilled-out take on tropical-island luxury. The resort serves up one of the best dining scenes in the Maldives with no less than seven restaurants, including four unique options. Niyama offers 134 villas, over water or on the beach, with each villa having a secluded deck that offers pure privacy to luxuriate in al fresco rain showers, moonlit dips, or an intimate afternoon basking in the sun. Set in the heart of the Isle of Play, the resort’s Explorers Kids Club caters to the imaginations of all ages and immerses children in the eye-opening nature and cultural beauty of the islands – from Dhivehi lullabies to dolphin scouting.

NIYAMA PRIVATE ISLAND MALDIVES


9. SHANGRI-LA VILLINGILI RESORT & SPA

In a paradise nation where every hotel is located on its own, picture-perfect island, it is difficult to pick a favorite one, but the Shangri-La Villingili is a standout since it is the largest of all Maldivian resort islands. The island, operated by one of Asia’s finest luxury hotel brands, lies in the extreme south of the archipelago in the Addu Atoll, and is a super-de-luxe resort on a grand scale, with 132 impressive overwater and beach villas (that come in 7 categories, in addition to 2 presidential villas) as well as a wealth of facilities from spa to tennis and golf. There are 3 bars and 3 restaurants, and babysitting is provided for those nights when you require some time to yourself. The Shangri-La’s ‘Cool Zone’ welcomes children aged 4 to 12, and provides a range of different facilities such as the Jungle Club where the kids can meet animals and reptiles. There are also a range of games, fitness activities and arts and crafts.


8. JUMEIRAH VITTAVELI

Located a short 20-minute ride onboard a luxurious motorised catamaran from Malé, Jumeirah Vittaveli offers unmatched diversity, subtle luxury and personalised exploration, whether you are seeking a romantic getaway or an exotic destination for your family. The resort comprises 89 villas and suites each with their own swimming pool and direct access to the beach or lagoon. The private and spacious villas are available with one or two bedrooms making them the ideal accommodation for both families and couples. Highlights are the free-standing Ocean Suites, located only a heartbeat away from the main island and accessible by complimentary boat service. The resort has a dedicated TV channels for kids, both indoor and outdoor play equipment, games, a kids club and babysitting service, making it a perfect holiday spot for families with young kids.


7. FOUR SEASONS LANDAA GIRAAVARU

With 103 spacious villas spread across a remote jungle wilderness in the Baa Atoll UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru combines impeccable service, five-star facilities and world-class cuisine with a real sense of discovery. There are babysitting services and a kids club for children aged 4-12. Young adults aged between 13-18 can also benefit from an extensive range of activities that are centered around the water. The resort runs a Marine Discovery Centre that is great for both kids and adults to learn about science and marine life in the Maldives. A stay here can be combined with a holiday at its sister property, Kuda Huraa, renowned for its exceptional surf and easy charm. Last year, Four Seasons also opened an ultraluxe private island, called Four Seasons Private Island Maldives at Voavah, a secluded haven that transcends the private island experience for a maximum of 22 guests.


6. THE ST REGIS MALDIVES VOMMULI RESORT

A 40-minute seaplane ride southwest from Malé airport, the St Regis hotel is located on a tiny island, surrounded by unspoiled beaches and a secluded lagoon with sparkling turquoise waters. The resort features 77 luxuriously appointed private villas, all with a distinct contemporary design scheme inspired by the island’s natural materials and color palette. Nestled in the island’s lust tropical interiors, you find an impressive children’s club for kids aged 4 to 12, offering yoga classes complete with meditation, cooking courses in the dedicated children’s kitchen, and art classes including origami and painting. There’s also a Socialite Club welcoming teenagers aged 16 years and older to take part in a variety of entertainment options including table tennis, pool, and air hockey as well as video and board games.


5. CONSTANCE MOOFUSHI

From ecological thatch roofing to crystal clear water, Constance Moofushi is a unique resort with a soul set right at the heart of South Ari Atoll. All villas are decorated with wondrous tones of nature with a hint of Constance chic, and either built on the dazzling white sands or on stilts that float above the turquoise waters. Constance Moofushi Maldives lies on the migration route of various kinds of marine life like whale sharks, dolphins, mantas, and sea eagles, offering superb snorkeling and diving. But the best feature for families is that Constance Moofushi is one of the few resorts in the Maldives that offers an all-inclusive package – from premium drinks, exquisite cuisine to luxurious accommodation. So, growing teens can eat and drink endlessly without their parents having to worry about the bill.


4. SIX SENSES LAAMU

Six Senses Laamu is the only resort in the Laamu Atoll, deep in the Indian Ocean, requiring a domestic flight and short boat trip to get there. Yin Yang, the Maldives’ most famous surfing wave breaks just offshore. The luxury Maldives resort is a combination of fabulous on-land and over-water villas constructed of sustainable materials and set around the palm-fringed paradise. The house reef that encircles Six Senses Laamu is simply spectacular, with a stunning coral garden where it is very common to see Oriental Sweetlips, parrotfish and even green turtles as you make you way along it. The resort caters very well to families with a kids’ club (albeit a modest one with an arts and crafts room and a sandy playground), marine biologist on site teaching children about all the sealife, and a complimentary ice-cream bar on the jetty.


3. ANANTARA KIHAVAH VILLAS

Set on one of the most pristine Maldivian islands, the resort is a 30-minute seaplane flight from Male International Airport. The 79 spacious ultra-luxurious villas are either poised over the water with sweeping ocean views or nestled along a pristine stretch of private beach. Here, guests are treated to a host of dining options, including an incredible underwater dining experience. The near circular island is completely surrounded by stunning coral reefs that are teeming with colourful sea creatures, offering a surreal underwater world for you to explore. The resort caters to all families with kids, old and young. There is both a kids clubs and cinema in addition to numerous activities for kids so that one thing is sure: you will never hear them say they are bored (if you hear from them at all!).


2. SONEVA JANI

Inspired by a word that means wisdom in Sanskrit, Soneva Jani – my favorite resort in the Maldives – is located on Medhufaru island, which is part of an uninhabited five-island cluster in the Noonu Atoll. The Maldives’ most exclusive hotel is fringed by pristine beaches, blanketed with lush tropical greenery, and surrounded by a 5.6 km (3,4 mi) lagoon of crystal clear waters with uninterrupted 360° views of the Indian Ocean. Each one of the 24 water villas has a private pool, opens to its own stretch of lagoon, and a retractable roof which slides back at the touch of a button so that guests can lie in bed and stargaze. Although the resort is a favorite among couples (and for good reason), it also offers terrific kids facilities, such a (small) kids club, chocolate and ice cream parlor, overwater cinema, and activities such as treasure and scavenger hunts. The highlight for kids are the water slides going directly from the villas and communal areas into the turquoise lagoon below.

Contact me to receive a complimentary room upgrade at Soneva Jani at the time of booking.


1. SONEVA FUSHI

Soneva Fushi Resort, the Maldives’ original desert island hideaway and sister resort of Soneva Kiri, is located in the stunnnig Baa Atoll island archipelago, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. Massive, Robinson Crusoe-style, multi-bedroom luxury villas and private residences are hidden among dense tropical foliage with views of the ridiculously clear lagoon. In keeping with the castaway theme, many are built to resemble tree houses. All villas open to their own private stretch of sugar white sands, and most boast their own private seawater swimming pools. Intuitive service is provided by Mr/Ms Friday butlers who know what you want before you want it. The stunning and massive children’s club – called the ‘Den’ – is the largest of its kind in the Maldives and a family’s favorite. The Den is like an amusement water-park, eco-pod and theatre of dreams all rolled into one.

Contact me to receive a complimentary room upgrade at Soneva Fushi at the time of booking.


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