Many Maldives resorts have fabulous facilities, including clubs for babies, children and teens. As each resort is an island in its own right, your children can enjoy a huge amount of freedom as there is nowhere for them to wander! Most families take this time to do activities together; snorkelling and diving can be enjoyed by all ages and what a wonderful experience to try this for the first time as a family. Other water sports like kayaking, windsurfing, sailing and of course swimming in clear, safe waters, provide endless fun. The Maldives also makes a great mother and daughter destination with reasonably priced spa treatments – perfect!
‘Exclusive Island Life – PADI Diving & Snorkelling Centre’
One&Only Reethi Rah is situated amongst the North Malé Atoll a string of coral atolls and lagoons. Set in 109 acres and with 12 beaches there are just 122 villas located on the beach or over water. Villas have private outdoor relaxation spaces with sun loungers or daybeds and some have a private pool. There are three pools and land sports include tennis, a climbing wall and football pitch. The island has a diving centre that provides lessons, courses and dive and snorkel excursions and water sports on offer are kayaking, sailing, wakeboarding, surfing and water skiing. Whilst young ones enjoy the kids’ and teens clubs, grown ups can enjoy the spa and fitness facilities where there are a choice of retreats and programmes. Seven restaurants and bars are situated on the island serving cuisine from around the world – Rabarbaro offers Italian casual dining and Tapasake modern Japanese from interactive Teppanyaki stations. Relax at the Beach Club or Rah Bar in the evening and enjoy the Maldivian sunsets.
‘Overwater Villas and Dreamy Destination Dining’
Situated in a picturesque lagoon on the beautiful Turtle Island, Angsana Velavaru enjoys lush tropical gardens and tranquil waters. Intimate villas open onto private gardens or over the water with direct access to the crystal clear lagoon with its marine-rich coral reef. Only steps away from a pristine stretch of beach, all of the villas reveal panoramic views over the sea and many feature private infinity pools jutting out as if part of the ocean itself. Time spent here can be as relaxing or enthralling as you please; bask in the sun at the beach, cleanse your skin and revitalise at the spa, choose from a selection of water sports or learn how to prepare authentic Maldivian cuisine at the cooking classes. Visit the Funa restaurant, suspended over the shallow turquoise waters and serving world-class Pan-Asian cuisine.
'Natural Island Beauty – Rich Marine Biodiversity”
Gili Lankanfushi is a private island resort which is home to 45 over water villas with jetties. Promoting responsible lifestyle and zero waste existence the Gili environment celebrates rich marine biodiversity. The resort offers water sports including PADI diving, snorkelling windsurfing, kayaking and paddle boarding and land activities including tennis, yoga and cookery courses. The spa has over water treatment rooms, a steam room and a sauna. There are 4 restaurants and bars serving international cuisine and the Dining Experience caters to personal needs.
‘Water Playground – 12 Restaurants – 2 Spas’
Located in the South Ari Atoll, renowned for it marine life and coral gardens. The resort is spread over two islands and features two spa retreats one being over water with glass floored treatment rooms. The Beach and Over Water Villas feature either a Jacuzzi or pool and reflect the minimalist design of Yuji Yamazaki which blends indoor natural light and space with the outdoor environment. The resort offers an excellent range of water sports and boasts a PADI 5* dive centre. On dry land there are tennis facilities and a range of fitness experiences including yoga and cardio workouts. The 12 restaurants include an underwater dining venue, Ithaa and a subterranean wine bar.
‘All Inclusive Island Paradise'
Nestled on the atoll of Dhidhoofinolhu, LUX* South Ari Atoll is an island paradise complete with 4km white-gold beach, only 25 minutes away by seaplane from the capital of Malé. There are 187 villas located alongside the beach or perched on stilts over the lagoon each with an outdoor private terrace. The resort has a 5* PADI dive centre and snorkelling in the Indian Ocean is a must along with unique experiences such as viewing the resident whale sharks here. There are two infinity pools, tennis courts, a fitness centre and spa as well as a Kids’ Club to keep the young ones entertained.
On the island, there are 8 restaurants including East Market which is an Asian market-inspired venue and UMAMI which is dedicated to the theatrics of resident sushi and teppanyaki knife masters. For aperitifs or after-dinner drinks, there are five bars including Beach Rouge which has a fashionable beach club vibe.
Sustainability is incredibly important to LUX* and they won the South Asian Travel Award 2019 as the leading eco-friendly resort. Diversity is also hugely welcome here including solo travellers, families and friends celebrating various chapters in their lives, there is something for everyone.
‘Overwater spa and a host of dining options’
Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort is a tropical island paradise located on the South Malé Atoll in the Indian Ocean. Villas and Suites are situated overwater, beachfront or within the tropical gardens and feature outdoor terraces with dining and lounging areas. Activities include a range of land and water sports, diving, spa treatments, an air-conditioned gym, a cooking school and resort bikes. For dining there are two buffet restaurants serving international cuisine, four a la carté venues including Japanese and Italian options and two bars.
‘Unspoiled Beaches and Magical Plunge Pool Villas’
Floating in the North Ari Atoll, Constance Halaveli is the perfect combination of sand, sea and reef. The 86 villas are situated either on the beach or over the water and each features a private plunge pool and furnished terrace or balcony. Diving courses are available no matter what your experience and water sports include windsurfing, catamaran sailing, canoeing and stand-up paddle boarding – motorised water sports are also available. On land is a tennis, beach soccer, badminton and a gym. The spa has a yoga room, sauna, steam room and hot and cold plunge pools. Dining is on offer at 4 restaurants including Jahaz which has a themed buffet each evening and drinks at 2 bars.
‘Water Sports Centre with Resident Marine Biologist – Indulgence All-Inclusive Dining’
Located in South Malé Atoll, Velassaru is a coral island with a house reef surrounded by dive sites. The accommodation, bungalows and villas, sit in the tropical gardens, on the beach or over the lagoon and each features an outdoor terrace/deck for relaxation. The island has many water sports opportunities including diving and dive courses, complimentary snorkelling equipment, kayaks, windsurfing and sub-surface water rockets. The resort has an infinity pool, tennis courts, fitness centre and over water spa. There are 7 restaurants and bars serving food from around the globe including tapas and sushi.
‘Eco friendly island paradise'
Six Senses Laamu is situated in the southern part of the Maldives archipelago and is easily reached from Male by domestic flight and speedboat. This remote island features overwater and beach villas set along the private beach and tropical environment. The island is surrounded by marine rich waters, coral reef and basking dolphins – all carefully protected by the island’s sustainable tourism measures. You can dine on the beach, above the water or overlooking the gardens, enjoy cocktails in a sunken bar or lounge in the Chill Bar. The resort offers plenty of land and water-based activities and excursions and the spa promises treatments for the body and mind. For families there is a children’s club and activities for all the family including Cinema Under the Stars, Dolphin Cruise and dance classes.
Aquatic Adventures and Anantara Signature Spa
Located on the Baa Atoll in a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Anantara Kihavah prides itself on its natural environment and harmonious habitat. Water villas offer panoramic sea views and total privacy while beach villas allow for sweeping sea views and immediate beach access. The resort offers endless water sports activities or if you would prefer something on land, you can play tennis, take cookery classes or work out in the fitness suite if you please. The resort is also home to the Anantara signature Spa. There are six dining options and you can Dine by Design on a private yacht or an isolated sandbank for a premium Maldivian experience.
‘Intimate Luxury – Life at Your Pace’
Niyama Private Islands Maldives is an innovative resort comprising of two islands, appropriately named 'Play' and 'Chill'. Niyama’s Villas have private and secluded outdoor areas alongside sumptuous indoor spaces designed to keep guests entertained and relaxed. 'Play' encourages you to do just that - be adventurous. Surf the waves, snorkel with hammerheads, learn to dive or take to the skies either parasailing, kite surfing or with a jet pack. 'Chill', meanwhile, is where you will find the spa and wellness facilities, perfect spots to unwind after days of activities. Explorers Kids’ Club immerses little VIPs in nature and the islands, ensuring there is always something to keep them entertained. There are a choice of 12 options for food and beverages. Reach Subsix, an underwater restaurant, by speedboat and enjoy champagne breakfasts, delicious lunches and dinners, as well as glow parties. Or located in a treetop setting is Nest serving Thai, Chinese and Indonesian specialities.
‘Tropical Havens – All-Inclusive, Exclusive Hideaway’
JA Manafaru is situated on a 35-acre private island within the Maldives. It's an all villa resort comprised of beach and overwater villas including two-bedroom and three-bedroom options, each of which has a private pool and terrace. There are two resort pools, a spa, a fitness centre and a water sports centre. Jam-packed schedules at the kids and teens clubs promise to keep the children engaged. JA Manafaru also features ‘Magey Hiyaa’, a Maldivian Cultural Awareness Centre which enables guests to experience Maldivian Life. The resort has ten drink and dining experiences serving cuisines from the Mediterranean all the way to the Far East. The overwater White Orchid Lounge is a lively bar and lounge concept serving Asian street food and incredible drink options.
‘Maldivian Bliss in a UNESCO World Biosphere’
Located in the UNESCO World Biosphere of the Baa Atoll, Amilla Maldives is surrounded by white sand and the clear waters of the Indian Ocean. In the local Dhivehi language, Amilla Maldives translates to ‘my island home’. Villas are located over the lagoon, on the beach and amongst the trees. Recreational facilities include water sports, a spa and diving at the 5 star PADI centre Dive Butler. The areas surrounding the Baa Atoll is home to the Blue Hole and some of the healthiest coral reefs in the Indian Ocean. There are a wide variety of restaurants to choose from including Japanese, Italian and fish and chips.
‘Spectacular Overwater Villas’
Located on the island of Medhufaru in the Noonu Atoll, Soneva Jani is barefoot luxury at its finest. Overwater and island villas are dotted around the island and each one opens up onto its own stretch of crystal clear lagoon. All of the villas are equipped with a spacious master bedroom and adjoining sleeping area, an open air bathroom, outdoor deck, overwater swing and shimmering private pool. The main facilities at Soneva Jani are all concentrated within The Gathering, a three storey structure that hosts the main dining outlets that serve Italian, Asian and internationally renowned dishes. Facilities at the resort include an overwater silent cinema, labyrinth gardens and, fun for the children, a kid’s den. Soneva Jani boasts the first overwater observatory in the Maldives, a real treat for night-time explorers young and old.
‘All-Inclusive – Raa Atoll Island and Marine Life’
In the Raa Atoll, Dhigali Maldives is a modern resort surrounded by the Indian Ocean, a house reef on one side and a soft powdery sandbank at the tip of the island. The villas, suites and bungalows are located over the lagoon, amongst tropical gardens or on the beachfront. The resort offers a host of water sports such as snorkelling, kayaking and diving at its own PADI licensed dive centre. Children can enjoy the many fun activities provided at the kids’ club, giving you the chance to visit the spa.Enjoy an all-inclusive option with its tempting all-day fine-dining option, which can be taken at one of four restaurants.
'Hard Rock Signature Fun – Indian Ocean Beauty'
Located in the Emboodhoo Lagoon, Hard Rock Hotel Maldives features studios, suites and villas on the beach or over the water with Indian Ocean views. Hard Rock experiences at the hotel include Rock Spa, Body Rock® fitness centre, Roxity Kids’ Club® and Teen Spirit® and Rock Om, yoga! At nearby The Marina @CROSSROADS there is a full range of water sports including diving. There are two dining venues at the resort including The Elephant & Butterfly, a Latin American inspired restaurant with live music most nights. The dine around plan means Half Board, Full Board and All Inclusive guests can enjoy lunch and dinner at 10 additional venues across The Marina @CROSSROADS and sister hotel SAii Lagoon Maldives both connected to the hotel by footbridges.
‘Relaxed 5* Deluxe Resort with Premium All-Inclusive Dine Around’
Situated in the Raa Atoll, Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa on Fasmendhoo Island is situated on a private approximately 50 acre island. The island boasts 60 beach and 60 overwater villas with a choice of Jacuzzi or pool in both types. Water sports include the opportunity to dive and land sports include a fully air-conditioned fitness centre and tennis and paddle courts. For relaxation the spa has 9 air-conditioned treatment rooms, a relaxation area with Indonesian style pool, steam bath and sauna. The resort has a central area with pool and there are four restaurant choices ranging from South America to the Far East.
'Timeless luxury inspired by nature'
OZEN RESERVE BOLIFUSHI is located in the South Male Atoll just a 20 minute catamaran ride from Velana Airport. The 90 villas and reserves are designed with nature in mind whether located on the beach or over the ocean, all feature a private pool and direct access to either beach or lagoon (some via a slide!). The resort has an ice rink, pools, fitness centre and spa. For the young ones there is Kuka Koli Kid’s Club which promises adventures. Bolifushi is a beautiful paradise with two house reefs; take advantage of snorkelling and diving beneath the ocean to find these colourful fringed reefs. The Reserve Plan is a unique, exclusive holiday plan, where everything is already included. Savour dining experiences with delectable a la carte cuisine, enjoy premium champagne and wine and unwind and relax with a selection of spa and wellness treatments.