When you think of the Maldives, you probably think of honeymooners, couples, or general images of two people in love, leading each other by the hand through white sandy beaches and turquoise waters.
What most people don’t know about the Maldives is that it’s an incredible place to take the entire family for a tropical vacation. Surprised? Believe it!
For the ease and convenience of travel, families should seek resorts in the North and South Male’ Atoll where the properties are just a speedboat ride away – that way, you won’t have to wait for an additional seaplane transfer or domestic flight to your final destination.
The Maldives is more than just a honeymoon vacation – loads of resorts cater to families and offer an entirely different kind of Maldives experience for all ages. Here are the top 7 reasons why the Maldives can be your next ultimate family destination.
1. The Kids Menu
Kids are treated like royalty with various resorts’ special meal plans for kids. Many properties run special schemes like the Kids Stay and Eat Free programme at all Holiday Inn Resort properties. With this programme, children below 12 years old get to enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner (that’s right – full board!) for free when they dine with an adult at any outlet.
2. Kids Club Activities
We know it’s of utmost important to keep the kids busy during your vacation. The resorts know this too! Most places now have fully equipped facilities, like the Kandoo Kids Club, which is the ultimate playground for kids with a library, arts and crafts area, gaming zones (Did someone say Wii and PS4s? It’s all there!), and even an outdoor splash pool.
And don’t worry – your kids will be taken care of by a team of professionals who will make sure they have loads of fun with engaging and entertaining daily activities like treasure hunts and water games. They even offer babysitting services to make sure you have your worry-free tropical time off!
3. Edutainment Experiences
Keep an eye out for programmes like IHG’s Little Big Hotelier programme, which was recently launched across multiple Holiday Inn Resort properties and is quite the exciting experience for little travelers!
This initiative for kids aged 4 to 12 years old is a unique edutainment experience that teaches children about the hotel industry. No matter the age, a Little Big Hotelier can participate in many different activities, from serving guests as little waiters, to welcoming guests at the reception.
Through role play programmes like this, your kids can get some seriously invaluable real-world experience learning new skills while having fun with other children, all under the support and guidance of the resort crew.
4. Swimming Lessons
On an island, the entire family must be itching to enjoy that blue, blue water! Don’t know how to swim? No worries! You can all learn how to swim safely in the pool – there’s never an age restriction! – under the guidance of friendly instructors in a comfortable environment.
5. Kids Surfing
It’s never too early to get the kids hooked on those waves! The Maldives is the perfect destination for families who want to pass on their love of the surf to the next generation. At world class surf spots like Kandooma Right and with surf centres like The Perfect Wave, kids can learn to surf through surf camps in a safe and fun environment.
This one’s for the adventurous kids! Diving is a whole new level of thrill and wonder. Imagine showing your children a whole new water world of rich and colourful marine life at any point of the year. That’s right, diving is a year-round sport!
For your little ones, find resorts with on-site PADI certified professionals, such as the highly qualified and multilingual instructors at Euro-Divers who run programmes for kids to have a playful and safe introduction to diving done under strict supervision in a pool.
7. Trips and Excursions
Families can (and should!) look forward to meeting every resort’s Water Sports team – they’re great with kids and a lot of fun during their trips. You’ll have a large range of excursions for the family to choose from: sunset cruises, looking for dolphins, and snorkeling with turtles being just a handful of family favourites.
Convinced? Now that you know a little more about this family-friendly perspective of the Maldives, it might be time to plan the family’s next tropical adventure. And make sure you look out for family packages so that the kids can really maximise what will likely be one of the greatest vacations they’ll ever remember.