The thought of paradise conjures up images of crystal-clear waters, pristine white sands and palm trees that sway in the gentle breeze – and that’s exactly what you can expect when you jet off to the Maldives. Consisting of a chain of over 1,000 idyllic islands, you won’t have to look too far for sweeping beaches, calm seas and a haven of tranquillity. Endless blue skies and a laid-back island vibe make this destination an excellent choice when it comes to discovering that perfect family escape. And with plenty of relaxation and natural beauty on tap, there’s also no shortage of exciting activities to keep the younger ones entertained, too.
Located in the Indian Ocean, the Maldives is a retreat that’s revered by the rich and famous. With overwater lodges that gently kiss the rippling waves of the ocean and luxury 5-star resorts available, it’s a destination that delivers an abundance of wildlife, diving experiences, fine-dining and a climate that ensures the sun never leaves the sky. So, with that perfect combination of serenity, peace and rejuvenation, it’s a destination that’s suitable for parents who are looking to recharge their batteries and children who love nothing more than making a splash in the exotic waters.
Of course, with such a wide selection of resorts to choose from, the best hotels in Maldives certainly won’t disappoint. If you’re wondering what they are, we’ve rounded up some of our favourites for you…
If you’re keen to sample the ultimate in luxury then the Paradise Island Resort & Spa really doesn’t disappoint. It encompasses everything you’d expect from a paradise island escape and more. Positioned on a secluded island, the resort is fringed by powder-white sands and an azure blue lagoon that continues for miles.
When it comes to accommodation, you’re never short of comfort and elegance throughout the complex. Offering a range of accommodation styles, including Garden and Beach Villas, Deluxe Villas, Water Villas, Lagoon Suites, Ocean Suites and Bungalows, there really is something for everyone. The rooms seamlessly blend together that feeling of class and style while nautical touches gently remind you of the world outside your door.
Every Maldives family holiday revolves around great food and this resort offers the ultimate in fine-dining. You’ll find the Bageecha Restaurant serving up breakfast, lunch and dinner, or you can dine on the finest seafood at Farumathi, indulge in traditional Japanese dishes, and soak up the Italian vibe at Ristorante al Tramonto. As the sun sets, head to the bar where you can enjoy a handcrafted cocktail with a view.
For complete relaxation, you can venture to the on-site spa where you can enjoy treatments, a sauna, steam bath or a jacuzzi. However, there’s always the option of keeping yourself and the little ones busy with some of the fun activities on offer at the resort too – including diving, water sports excursions, or you can simply take a dip in the refreshing outdoor pool.
Nestled in an untouched corner of the Maldives, the Como Maalifushi is considered one of the best family resorts Maldives. Caressed by gentle waters and set among towering palm trees, this wonderful resort is jaw-droppingly beautiful.
The Water Villas are sure to capture your attention as they sweep out into the ocean on their own private jetty. The resort boasts a wide range of guest rooms including everything from Garden Rooms to Beach Suites, Beach Villas, Beach Houses, Residences and Water Suites. All are tastefully designed with sleek touches, modern features and an elegance that goes way beyond anything you’ve seen before.
Travelling with a family can prove challenging when it comes to dining, but the Como Maalifushi offers three restaurants – the Madi, the Tai and the Thila. They all deliver dishes that take influence from tropical produce and the fresh seafood that goes from sea to door in a matter of several paces. Don’t worry, aside from local delicacies and fresh seafood, the children will have plenty of options with pizzas and other dishes available.
The wellness centre is the place to get pampered with a variety of treatments and massages available, while the outdoor pool is the perfect spot for relaxing in the sunshine. The hotel also provides a range of experiences too, ensuring everyone can explore the wonders on offer here.
Experience a tropical island paradise and escape it all at the Sheraton Maldives Full Moon. With the shimmering turquoise lagoon and gorgeous white sands to sink your feet into, you’re going to simply love soaking up this chic resort on your family escape.
With a total of 176 rooms, the resort delivers a variety of Deluxe Rooms from Cottages, to Water Bungalows and Villas. Recently renovated, you can expect a blend of contemporary style and airy surroundings, which compliment one another perfectly.
Dining won’t disappoint because the Feast boasts a wide variety of international dishes that will appeal to every guest, regardless of age. With live entertainment and cooking stations, it’s an experience that will leave you wanting more. There is also Sea Salt which specialises in fresh seafood, if you love nothing more than sampling the freshest dishes around. There’s also a great menu for the kids too, so you can ensure they’ll always be taken care of.
Guests can choose to unwind in the free-form outdoor pool or make their way to the spa where they can indulge in a relaxed environment and a great choice of rejuvenating treatments and massages – bliss. Finally, there’s also a gym for those who like to keep fit, although you might prefer to sink your toes into the sand and drink up that dreamy setting.
At the Amilla Fushi Maldives Villas and Residences, you can sample true island living at its finest. This wonderful island is met by crystalline waters and limitless tranquillity, although there is plenty to keep adults and children entertained if you prefer a faster pace.
The accommodation comprises plush villas that boast spacious pools and contemporary living. The residences are perfect for families who are craving a taste of that beachfront life, with the ocean and endless blues skies just steps from their bedroom – it doesn’t get much better than that.
Families are going to love dining out while at Amilla Fushi Maldives Resort. There’s no shortage of restaurants on offer, serving Japanese fusion cuisine, grills and fresh seafood, Indian delights, pizza and a laid-back cafe where guests can enjoy light snacks and drinks. The bars are a delight at any time of the day, so whether you want to sip cocktails by the beach or listen to music under the stars, this palatial resort has it covered.
Guests can truly recharge their batteries here with the spa at hand, offering treatments and massages that aim to relax the mind, body and soul. Those who prefer to keep active can head to the gym, although the outdoor pool has to be seen to be believed!
Things to Do In the Maldives
Surrounded by the gorgeous crystal-clear waters of the Indian Ocean means that reef snorkelling is a must. The exotic underwater world awaits and just a few metres from the shore, you can explore a wealth of colours and sea life that will leave you and your little divers mesmerized.
If sunsets are your thing, then a sunset cruise is an unbeatable way to round of the day. Glide across the waters while sipping a sundowner with the family and soak up the panoramas with a 360° view.
Keeping the little ones occupied is something that comes easy here, after all, the Maldives is like a giant playground. Enjoy thrilling water sports with wakeboarding, fun-tubing or jet skiing available, giving the kids (and big kids) the chance to indulge in some adrenaline-packed fun.
As you’ve guessed, the ocean plays a prominent role in life in the Maldives, so you might want to try your hand with some deep-sea fishing for the day, or perhaps a different boat cruise where you can admire the island from the water?
The Maldives is a truly magnificent destination that allows you to feel as though you really have stepped into paradise. That burst of colour from the blue ocean to the contrasting green palm trees, white sands, and glowing sunshine – it’s a special place that’s guaranteed to leave you feeling relaxed for the duration of your stay.
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