Child-friendly...or Adults-Only resort?


There are lots of parents, who aren't willing to compromise on standards just because they’ve had children. Whilst many still consider the Maldives as the reserve of the ‘Honeymoon couple’, it is a wonderful place to take children, with its soft white sands and safe shallow lagoons full of brightly coloured fish. It’s a place that all the family can enjoy.

The Maldives can represent very good value for money too especially during the summer holidays when in addition to the already reduced low-season prices, there are plenty of special offers. Many resorts offer Full Board or All inclusive packages so it’s much easier to keep track of all those little extras that add up, making the final weeks tally a little less of a daunting prospect.

The tropical climate means year round warm temperatures and though the Summer coincides with the start of the low or wet season (the South-West Monsoon typically occurs from May - September), which can mean cloudier skies, more wind and the chance of rain, this too can be a blessing as the temperatures are a more modest 28-30C during the day, this, combined with the breeze makes for a much less stifling environment for the mini traveller.

With a few exceptions, children are welcome at most resorts in the Maldives.  The following is a list of child-friendly resorts, adults-only resorts and those with age restrictions. It should be borne in mind that new resorts are opening all the time, whilst others close for refurbishment, often re-opening with a completely different clientele in mind. Check the relevant resort web site for up to date details.

Child-Friendly resorts

Anantara Dhigu:   A collection of islands, families are housed on Dhigu, away from couples on Anantara Veli and Anantara Naladhu. Dhigu has a Kids Club (3-12 years). Kids menus, baby sitting service and family rooms. Recreation areas for teenagers.

Anantara Kihavah: Has a Kids Club (3-11 years). Kids menus, baby sitting service and family rooms. Recreation areas for teenagers.

Angsana Velavaru:  Has a Kids Club (3-12 years). Kids menus, baby sitting service and family rooms.

Atmosphere Kanifushi: Has a Kids Club (4-11 years) and special activities for teens (12-16 years). Childrens menus, kids pool, babysitting service and family rooms.

Ayada:  Has the ZuZuu Kids Club (4-12 years) with pool, playground and activities. Kids menus, baby sitting service and family rooms.

Bandos: Provides a crèche during the day and babysitting service in the evening. Rooms can cater for whole families and for older children there is an abundance of sporting facilities on land as well as in the water. 

Centara Grand: Reputed to have the most family friendly villas in the Maldives and also the only resort which allows children in the Over Water Villas (OWV) without the need to sign a disclaimer first, Centara is a popular family choice. The pool is also a major draw. 

Cheval Blanc Randheli: Has a Kids Club (3-12 years; below 2 years a family member or babysitter is required). Kids menus, kids pool and family rooms.

Cocoa Island  by COMO: Babysitting services available and menus can be adapted for children. Over water rooms mean that children should be good swimmers and supervised at all times.

Constance Halaveli: There are special two-storey houses with stair gates and balcony guards for families as well as a spacious kid’s club and for the more adventurous mini masks and flippers can be found to fit budding Jacques Cousteau’s at the dive centre. 

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island: Has a free kids' club open from 08.30 to 19.00 every day for children aged 3 to 12 which has a covered pool and splash pad as well as indoor play areas. The chance to dine in the all-glass, undersea restaurant will surely entertain too. A children's menu, high chairs, baby sitting and cribs are all available. Children can learn to dive from age of 5.  

Dusit Thani: Has a Kids Club (3-11 years). Kids menus, baby sitting service and family rooms. 

Filitheyo: Has10 family villas (two superior villas with interconnecting doors) suitable for families with young children having both double and twin beds. Cots are also available. It has a pool and plenty of shady trees for youngsters to play among, out of the sunshine. 

Four Seasons Kuda Huraa: Children are made to feel very welcome at this resort styled on a Maldivian village. There are children’s menus in the restaurants (under 4’s eat free), a kids club with daily activities and a pool devoted to little ones with its own mini sun loungers. Surfing lessons are also available for the more adventurous older children. 

Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru:  Has a Kids Club (4-12 years) and Teens Club (13-18 years). Kids menus, kids pool, baby sitting service and family rooms.

Holiday Inn Kandooma: Has a Kids Club (over 4 years). Baby sitting service and family rooms.

JA Manafaru:  Has a Kids Club (3-12 years). Kids menus, kids pool, baby sitting service and family rooms.

Kanuhura: Offers babysitting services by professionally trained nannies (on request at a fee). There is an excellent kids’ club offering imaginative fun for kids (4–11) with organised games, videos, websurfing or the library as well as all that nature has to offer on the island itself. Younger children (2-3 years) can attend the Kids Club if accompanied by a baby sitter or parent. Duplex villas have double and twin rooms accommodating an entire family.

Kihaad:  Has a Kids Club, baby sitting service and family rooms.

Kuramathi: The Bageecha kids club offers daily programs for children aged 3 to 12 years which includes body and face painting, marshmallow grilling on the beach, night walks, guided snorkelling, beach games and marine life education. Babysitting services are provided (subject to availability) and on a practical note it has very good medical facilities should they be required.  

Kurumba: Offers Majaa Kids Club for 4-12 year old children from 9am to 6pm 7 days per week. Children under the age of 4 can attend with a legal guardian or babysitter. A variety of family accomodation. Garden Pool Villas have been introduced with extra beds and two separate rooms for up to 2 Adults and 3 children. It has pushchair friendly pathways, a babysitting service and children’s menus are available in all its restaurants. There is a small play area for toddlers, and swimming pools for children. A detailed factsheet on Childrens Services is available on the Kurumba website.

Lily Beach: Has a Kids Club (3-12 years). Kids menus, kids pool, baby sitting service and family rooms.

LUX: For those reluctant to give up all their home comforts, LUX has a range of clubs and areas for children of all ages which include a cinema lounge, a well-stocked library, a computer room,a large outdoor playground and a ‘siesta lounge’ for when your toddler tires and needs an afternoon nap. There are also PlayStations, table tennis and pool tables and WiFi computers galore. PLAY is suitable for 3-13 years and Studio 17 is the Teens Club (12-17 years).

Meeru: Children are welcome in the Garden Rooms and Beach Villas and extra beds can be provided. There is a children’s wading pool (part of the main pool), a games room and for the older children diving lessons. In addition a babysitting service is offered. 

Niyama: Kids Club (1-12 years) coming soon. Has rooms with additional bedrooms and can do rollaways and cots. 

One & Only Reethi Rah: Has an impressive complimentary kids’ club KidsOnly(4-9 years; 2-3 years are welcome with a nanny), complete with dinky swimming pool and pint-sized sun loungers. OneTribe for teenagers (9-11 years). ClubOne for teens (12-17 years) is staffed by its own sports and entertainment team. Baby sitting service. 

Shangri-La's Villingili:  Has a Kids Club (4-12 years). Kids menus, baby sitting service and family rooms.

Sheraton Full Moon:  Has a Kids Club (4-12 years). Kids menus, kids pool, baby sitting service and family rooms.

Six Senses Laamu:  Has a Kids Club (3-11 years). Kids menus, baby sitting service and family rooms.

Soneva Fushi: Children 4 years and upwards can enjoy time in The Den. Various activities, kids menus, kids pools, baby sitting service and an assortment of family rooms.

Sun Siyam Iru Fushi: Has a Kids Club (3-12 years). Kids menus, kids pool, baby sitting service and family rooms.

Veligandu:  Children are welcome in the Beach Villas which accomodate 2 adults + 2 children. There is a children’s wading pool, a games room and for the older children diving lessons. In addition a babysitting service is offered. 

Viceroy: Has a Kids Club (4-12 years). Kids menus, kids pool, baby sitting service and family rooms. 

Vilu Reef: Offers a babysitting service (children over 2 years) and has its own children’s playground, with plenty of shaded areas to protect delicate skin. There’s a pool and a full range of sport and recreational facilities on land and in the sea on offer for older children.

 

Adults-Only Resorts

Komandoo:  This resort accepts over 18’s only. 

Club Med Finolhu , This resort accepts over 18's only. Maafushivaru:  This resort accepts over 18’s only. 

 

Resorts with other Age Restrictions

Meeru: Some areas of the island have an age restriction. Only guests of 18 years of age and older will be accommodated in Jacuzzi Beach Villas, Water Villas, Jacuzzi Water Villas and Honeymoon suites.  There is an adults-only (18+) restaurant, bar and pool. Children are welcome in the Garden Rooms and Beach Villas which are located in the Family area of the island housing the family restaurant, bar and pool areas.    

Vilamendhoo: Some areas of the island have an age restriction. The sister island to Meeru with a similar policy ie: Only guests of 18 years and older will be accommodated in Jacuzzi Beach Villas and Jacuzzi Water Villas .  There is an adults-only (18+) restaurant, bar and pool. Children are welcome in the Garden Rooms and Beach Villas which are located in the Family area of the island housing the family restaurant, bar and pool areas.    

W Retreat & Spa: No under 13’s allowed.

Centara Ras Fushi: Describes itself as 'Adult orientated'.  No under 12's allowed.

Baros: No under 8’s allowed .

 

Child safety:

For obvious safety reasons, the majority, if not all resorts, insist on parents signing a disclaimer if they wish to stay in an Over Water Villa with young children, Centara Grand being the only exception to this rule. For those same reasons most parents will tend to seek out beach accommodation so that they can sit on the veranda whilst the children play safely on the beach in front of the villa. Therefore any resort which has entirely OWV’s is likely to have fewer children in residence, such as Cocoa Island for example.

Likewise, swimming pools are another family magnet .  Avoiding islands with a pool is one way of reducing the likelihood of encountering children whilst in the Maldives.

 

 Further reading:

 Dreaming of the Maldives Blog that regularly updates info regarding islands that are child friendly:

http://www.dreamingofmaldives.com/mal...

A blog (and related TA forum thread) from the perspective of a mini traveller to the Maldives: 

  http://juniorbluefox.wordpress.com/

http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowTopi...

 Tips for travelling with children to the Maldives:

http://maldivescomplete.com/blogs/mal...