Maldives’ family favourites

Swap the school run for an island adventure and play castaway with the kids at these family-friendly resorts in Maldives

PLEASURE ISLAND

One&Only Reethi Rah
Boredom isn’t an option at this 109-acre island resort, with 12 beaches, three pools, a Splash watersports centre and endless activities to persuade even the most reluctant teen that there’s life beyond their iPhone. The KidsOnly club is set up for titches, tweens and teens with endless age-appropriate activities, including the Maldives’ only climbing wall. Accommodation is generous – we recommend the Beach Villa King with space for a cot, or the Two-Villa Residence with its own private pool. Thoughtful touches include child-sized robes, baby monitors and soft toys. Unleash your inner artist at the on-site art studio, play 18 holes on the golf simulator or kick back with a refreshing drink while the little ones load up on sugar at the Sweet Paradise ice cream bar.

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Grand Beach Villa, One&Only Reethi Rah

ALL-INCLUSIVE ESCAPE

Constance Moofushi
Hugging the tip of the South Ari Atoll, this resort keeps it simple with an all-inclusive philosophy that makes dining decisions a breeze. The thatched-roof Beach Villas are perfect for those with younger kids, while the Senior Water Villas are a fun affair for families of four. There’s no kids’ club, but who cares when you have a swimming pool and white sand as your natural playground? The BlueTribe dive centre offers beginner courses for children, and giant chess and ping-pong are great family bonding activities. You can also educate your kids by taking them on a tour of a neighbouring island, where you can visit an open-air school and meet members of the local community.

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Constance Moofushi

ADVENTURE ZONE

The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi
If the kids aren’t tuckered out by the end of the day, then you checked into the wrong resort. From nature trails, snorkelling safaris and fishing, to paddleboarding, wakeboarding and mini golf, it’s full steam ahead from dawn to dusk at The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi. Drop off your tots at the kids’ club, which offers a daily changing menu of activities from mask making to gecko hunting, and take time to appreciate your idyllic surrounds in the comfort of the Family Deluxe Beach Villa with private pool, courtyard and direct beach access. The toughest decision of the day is which of the 10 child-friendly restaurants to choose from.

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NEW KID ON THE BLOCK

Reethi Faru Resort
A fresh addition to the Raa Atoll, occupying its own mini island paradise embraced by a stunning house reef, guests of Reethi Faru Resort are welcomed by the beat of a traditional drum. Friends and family are front of mind, with the option of an ultra-private, two bedroom Family Garden Villa or Family Deluxe Beach Villas, which share a common living area. Join in the resort fun by working your way through its full menu of watersports, including banana boat rides, parasailing, canoeing and more. The 24-hour restaurant is on hand to satisfy those late-night munchies, with snacks on demand, while family time spent over sunset drinks on the open-air deck of Haruge bar is a must.

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LOCAL FLAVOUR

Kurumba Maldives
A mere 10 minutes from the airport by speedboat (good news for hyperactive little ones), you’ll embrace the Maldivian spirit the second you step onto the resort jetty. An original private island retreat, Kurumba is big on fun and edutainment. Learn to dance or drum local style at Majaa Kids Club where four- to 13-year-olds can also try their hand at coconut crafting and other traditional pursuits. Family chill-out time is guaranteed at the two kid-friendly swimming pools. Plus, you can sign up for a glass-bottomed boat trip or sea kayaking session. With plenty of baby-centric amenities and babysitting on request, a candlelit beachfront dinner for two is the perfect date night.

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Kurumba Maldives

SURF’S UP

Adaaran Select Hudhuranfushi
A surfer’s paradise and family-friendly destination in equal measure, there’s oodles of action to be had on, above and beneath the water at this popular resort. Dedicated surfers will plump for the Beach Villas just seconds from the next epic wave, while the Garden Villas are a peaceful retreat (great for nap times). A one-of-a-kind experience awaits aboard the Whale Submarine, which dives 120 feet below the ocean surface, or opt for sky-high thrills with a seaplane tour. Buggies are available (so you don’t have to lug yours all the way there), and an all-inclusive meal plan option helps to keep things simple.

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GO REMOTE

Dhigali Maldives
If off the beaten track meets contemporary luxury is your family’s idea of holiday heaven then Dhigali is well worth the 45-minute seaplane ride from Malé. Three beachfront infinity pools, endless watersports, a PADI dive centre and kids’ club guarantee something for every age, and the creative resort team is big on family-friendly activities (who doesn’t love a treasure hunt?). Dining is easy, with all-day-dining restaurant Jade a firm favourite among kids for its make-your-own pizza area. Haali is just as fun – the thatched treehouse venue has great food and a maze of trapdoors, ladders and swings to keep little rascals busy while you enjoy some well-deserved downtime.

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BACK TO NATURE

Soneva Fushi
Inspire budding eco-warriors with a stay at this nature-inspired resort situated within the Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Smaller families can keep sleeping arrangements simple in the One Bedroom Villa Suite With Pool, which features a separate children’s bedroom. Larger groups can splash out on the nine bedroom Private Reserve, which comes complete with its own gym, spa area, kitchen, swimming pool and a nanny’s room (handy if you need an extra pair of hands). All villas benefit from butler service, but there’s plenty to entice you out of your cocoon. Kids will make a beeline for The Den – a stunning playground filled with creative entertainment, such as a pirate ship, two swimming pools, a dedicated Lego room, dressing-up area, and music room filled with instruments. Make lasting memories by embarking on a dolphin-spotting voyage on the traditional dhoni sailboat, catching an al fresco movie at Cinema Paradiso, and sharing stargazing secrets with the resident astronomer.

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The Den at Soneva Fushi