The Maldives is known as a top honeymoon destination for its white sand beaches, luxury resorts, and breathtaking landscapes. But the Maldives is also well-equipped for exciting family trips, too. Looking to explore these beautiful islands with the kids in tow? These are the best family-friendly resorts in the Maldives.
Family Friendly Resorts in the Maldives
Summer Space Mission at COMO Maalifushi
This summer, young travellers are invited to explore the universe and embark on an out of this world space mission at COMO Maalifushi, the only resort in the Maldives’ Thaa Atoll. Surrounded by unspoilt coral reefs and a dark night sky filled with stars, the resort is an ideal setting for a summer of adventure and education, with a fun-filled itinerary including stargazing, postcard-writing to astronauts in space, and space-training snorkel safaris on the resort’s wrap-around coral reef. Led by American Astronaut Nicole Stott, the immersive activities are designed to offer a real taste of life in space for budding mini astronauts.
COMO Maalifushi’s Summer Space Camp runs from the 12-20 August and is complimentary for guests aged 8-16. Rooms from £475 per night. comohotels.com
Turn Plastic Waste into Precious Mementos at Fairmont Maldives
Fun-filled and educational, the newly launched Sustainability Lab at Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi allows families to create special keepsakes – from cute turtle keychains to functional stationery ready for back-to-school – from ocean salvaged waste. For budding animal lovers, there’s also the Turtle Ranger programme, in which young guests join the resident Marine Biologist to monitor critically endangered Hawksbill Turtles, release hatchlings into the ocean, and plant new coral.
Family villas from £1,030 per night. fairmont.com
Water Park Fun For Active Families at Velaa Private Island
Nestled within the Noonu Atoll, Velaa Private Island is home to the archipelago’s most extensive water park for kids, packed with slides, splash pools and sprinklers. Forming part of the resort’s Lha Velaa Kids Club, the area is almost entirely covered, perfect for young guests aged 4 to twelve to escape the heat and make a splash. For active kids, the island offers tennis and Padel courts, a climbing wall and an array of watersports, from flyboarding and hoverboarding to electric foil surfing and drifting across the ocean on inflatable towables. For a slower pace, guests can enjoy the unspoilt surroundings from pedal boats, glass-bottom kayaks and stand-up paddleboards.
Rooms from £2,179 per night (based on two adults and one child sharing). velaaprivateisland.com
Something for Everyone at The Residence Maldives
Set in the scenic south of the archipelago, The Residence Maldives Dhigurah is located on the Gaafu Alifu Atoll. Framed by 2,500 swaying palms and cocooned by turquoise lagoons, the resort is connected to its sister property, The Residence Falhumaafishi, by a 1km bridge – together, there is a plethora of offerings to keep travellers big and small entertained. From snorkelling safaris through colourful coral reefs to rejuvenating treatments at The Spa by Clarins, there’s truly something for everyone.
Rooms from £392 per night. cenizaro.com
Featured image courtesy of Fairmont Maldives
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