Oct 15, 2020
WITH THEIR UNPARALLELED NATURAL BEAUTY, Maldivian islands have long been the getaway of choice for newlyweds and couples seeking seclusion. While no one can deny the inherent romance of the archipelago, there’s also plenty for the whole family to do here. Whether you’re planning a multigenerational trip or taking your little ones on their first grand adventure, the Maldives is truly a bucket-list-worthy destination.
Located on one of the largest islands in the archipelago, Kuredu Island Resort & Spa also happens to have one of the most expansive water sports centers in the region. There are tons of exciting rides for little ones, as well as diving courses for novices. All that extra space on the island also means there’s plenty of room for separate adult and family-friendly facilities, plus lots of space for kids to play. The Lhaviyani Atoll is renowned for its sea turtles and a wide array of marine life, making it the perfect place for kids to learn more about the natural world. Although kids group activities are currently unavailable due to social distancing restrictions, the playground is still open for younger guests and expert babysitters are available upon request. One of the best features of the resort is the incredible variety of dining options. With 14 restaurants and bars, there’s something to please even the pickiest of palates. There’s even an ice cream parlor for kids and an extensive wine cellar for adults.
Adventurous travelers of all ages will be thrilled to discover this 194-key dive resort, which features separate family facilities. The house reef located just offshore in the South Ari Atoll boasts a spectacular, biodiverse array of corals. Whale sharks regularly frequent these waters and Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa offers guests the rare opportunity to encounter these gentle giants. Parents and older children can take an introductory diving course to learn the ropes, or opt for an Ocean Discovery voyage aboard the resort’s yacht, which offers the chance to see manta rays, whale sharks, and other creatures. Meanwhile, younger siblings will love the playground, wading pool, and family-friendly amenities in the villas. Babysitting services are always available upon request.
Situated a scenic 55-minute speed boat ride from Velana International Airport, this 284-room resort is easily accessible—something tiny travelers are likely to appreciate after a long flight. Since the resort features separate adults-only and family-friendly areas, toddlers can laugh and play to their heart’s content without worrying about disturbing honeymooners.
The Meeru Museum, which offers an exciting, hands-on glimpse of Maldivian culture, is sure to enchant children. The immense whale skeleton directly outside the entrance makes for a perfect vacation photo-op. Though many kids may be perfectly happy to lounge on the beach and splash into the turquoise lagoon, there are also banana boat rides and glass-bottom boats, which allow passengers to gaze in wonder at the marine life below. More experienced swimmers can take a guided dive down to the coral nursery. Back on the land, there’s golf, tennis, football, a child-friendly wading pool, table tennis, cycling, a playground, and so much more. Should parents want to take a break for a quiet sundowner, babysitting services are available.