The Best Family Resorts in Maldives

17. May 2022
by Varun Sharma

"The memories we make with our family is everything ..." and the wonderful memories a family can make on a resort in Maldives will last forever! 

With children’s clubs, kid’s menus, babysitting services, in-villa water slides into the Indian Ocean, environmental education centres, a safe environment and plenty of fun, Maldives has it all for families with youngsters of all ages.

The guide to some of the best luxury family resorts in Maldives: 

LUX* South Ari Atoll

LUX* South Ari Atoll

LUX* is one of the pioneers of the fantastic-family-all-inclusive-luxury experience in Maldives. It has taken island facilities and amenities to a new level aimed at creating memories for families. Expect the unexpected with LUX* and at every turn you will come across something that will make you smile! An ice cream shop, red "London" phone boxes that let you call home for free? You better believe it ...  

Lux* South Ari Atoll offers a contemporary Maldivian experience with all the 193 beautifully designed bungalows, villas and pavilions located either on the lagoon or strung out along the long sandy beach. With a laid-back ambiance and the opportunity to explore the best of what the Maldives has to offer, the architecture is a modern take on the traditional Maldivian thatched roofed architecture. 

Here, you will find chaise longues temptingly located on the four kilometres of sandy palm fringed beaches, staircases down to the ocean from the water villas and seven dining concepts to suit every palate from Japanese to the Oriental, international cuisine to Italian or a café serving signature coffees roasted in house. Bar-wise, there are five around the resort to quench your thirst with one a fully-fledged beach club with a floating dance floor.  

LUX* South Ari Atoll

For wellbeing and fitness, there is the award-winning Lux* Me Spa offering 15 exclusive spa villas (including four over water); an outdoor relaxation area; a sauna and hammam; plunge pools, man-pedi facilities; a hair and bridal studio; a Spa Boutique and yoga classes in a Yoga Grove with sea views. The state-of-the-art Lux* Me Fitness Centre offers a range of TechnoGym equipment and fitness, stretching, progressive and adapted exercises. There are several water sports offered on a complimentary basis including snorkeling trips to the house reef, canoeing, pedal boats and kayaking. Other sports offered by the Dive Centre include diving, windsurfing, waterskiing, jet skiing, kite surfing, flyboarding and much, much more. 

On land, enjoy table tennis, two floodlit tennis courts, two resort swimming pools, billiards, Pétanque, bicycles and beach cruisers. For mini travellers, PLAY is a specially designed programme to entertain kiddies from three to eleven years with a wide range of thoughtful and expertly curated age-appropriate activities. Other facilities include an on-site clinic, hotel boutique and a range of excursions available including island tours, speedboat trips or sunset cruises on Dhonis (the local boat), luxury catamarans or other crafts. 

If that is not enough, the resort offers pop-ups and surprises that are visual, aural and gustatory - seeing, hearing and in the stomach!

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Water slides at Siyam World

Siyam World:

Siyam World is the new kid on the block ... where kids come first! However, we all know kids comes in all shapes and sizes .. and when a slide into the Ocean is attached to all water villas, they comes in all ages too!

Siyam World, Maldives is a unique resort with a smile on its face, one that doesn’t take itself too seriously. It offers a light-hearted approach to life which is different from other properties in the Maldives. It is perfect for those who cannot resist a luxury property which adds a water slide onto a Maldivian overwater villa and which also features the largest floating water park in the region. Siyam World is Maldives re-imagined! 

This all-inclusive resort which opened in October 2021 offers 19 stylish accommodation categories, all with private pool – villas, rooms, pavilions and residences - spanning from 89 to 3,000 square metres both on land and over water.  Of these, 181 are located on the beach and 291 are over water accessible via five separate jetties, 152 with water slides and 24 allocated to the premium accommodation segment known as The Beach House Collection. Premium guests have a range of privileges and benefits from butler service, to floating breakfasts, private seaplane transfers, spa treatments and more.  

Siyam World - children have fun! fun! fun!

There are 14 restaurants and bars for a dine around choice with diverse menus ranging from international buffet favourites to Thai, Indian, Maldivian, Spanish and Japanese cuisine with two allocated for the premium accommodation dwellers only (The Orchid infinity pool bar and Arigato, the Japanese restaurant) and an underground fine dining wine cellar which is not included within the rate. Facilities abound and water activities include three swimming pools (one child free), the Siyam Water World and a range of water sports – windsurfing, catamaran sailing, canoeing, stand up paddleboarding, snorkelling and free trial diving. Other amenities include football and futsal, tennis courts, badminton courts, a fully equipped fitness centre, beach volleyball, beach cricket and basketball. For pampering, there is the Veyo Spa and wellness area with 18 treatment rooms with double massage tables, open-air rain showers and flower baths. The spa includes a hydrotherapy area which includes chill pools, steam baths and saunas plus mani-pedi stations, a salon and a spa boutique. For fitness, there are group yoga and pilates classes, aqua aerobics, beach boot camp, morning beach run, power walking and sunset meditation. 

For Little Explorers, there is the Kidz World Kids Club for those aged between four to eleven years of age with weekly activities including craft making classes, pizza making, storytelling, kid’s yoga and Zumbini classes for kiddies and teens. For teens, there is Not for Kidz, an adult free hang out zone for those aged between twelve to seventeen. 

For entertainment, there is live music, DJs, local dance classes, karaoke nights, dance shows and pool, beach and foam parties.

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Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa

Four Seasons Resort at Kuda Huraa:

This is one of the original luxury family resorts in Maldives. From inception it has offered the best of everything for those with little ones of all ages. From connecting rooms to babysitting and children's menus - Kuda Huraa was one of the pioneers. 

Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa is one of three distinct and stunning resorts operated by the Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts in the Indian Ocean, the others being a property at Landaa Giraavaru and the private island of Voavah on the Baa Atoll. The first of the three resorts to open (1998), Kuda Huraa offers just 96 guest rooms with pools inspired by traditional Maldivian thatched architecture both on the beach and over water. There are four restaurants including Baraabaru which also offers cooking lessons, the Reef Club with Italian cuisine, the casual Café Huraa with its signature dish, Maldivian curried lobster and Kandu Grill. There is also a poolside bar to refresh those taking a dip or sunbathing. 

Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa

For pampering there is a spa with a difference – one located on its own island and reached with a two-minute boat ride. There are seven thatched roof treatment pavilions with louvred side walls to let in the ocean breezes and wooden floor decking with a portal included beside each massage bed through to the marine life below. Other highlights include a private garden courtyard with open air shower, a Night Spa and a Kuda Spa Kids and Teens menu offering 12 treatments especially for children and teenagers aged between six and sixteen years of age. Leisure facilities wise, there are two beaches on either side of the island, two swimming pools – an infinity edge freshwater pool with a large sun deck and the adults only Serenity Pool, both with pool service together with a children’s pool adjacent – plus a 150 square metre fitness facility overlooking the ocean. Other wellness activities include a jogging trail plus group yoga and meditation sessions held at the yoga pavilion facing the ocean.

Water sports abound at the resort offering anything from Dolphin Cruises to fishing, kayaking to snorkelling, wakeboarding to surfing with a dedicated surf school, Recreation Centre and Dive Centre. Young guests are also catered for with Kuda Mas Kids’ Club with a wide range of supervised activities both indoors and outdoors with the Furaavaru Teen Centre for those a little older. This is also the home port to the Four Seasons Explorer, a luxury catamaran available for three-, four- and seven-night cruises. The resort has its own resident marine biologists overseeing an Interactive and educational Marine Discovery Centre with a turtle rearing programme, available to impart knowledge about the marine life and coral reefs surrounding the resort.

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One&Only Reethi Rah

One & Only Reethi Rah:

This resort has stood the test of time - time after time. It offers something for everyone especially families. You feel the love from the staff who look after little ones like they are their own. 

The One&Only Reethi Rah in the Maldives has graced just about every awards list since it opened back in 2005 and still remains at the top of the tree as simply one of the most romantic places on earth. Located on its own 44 hectare (109-acre) private island in North Malé Atoll, the One&Only Reethi Rah offers 122 luxurious villas discreetly positioned along the sweeping bays of the island. It is serviced by eight restaurants, lounges and bars to appeal to every palate and a whole host of other facilities for recreational enjoyment.

One&Only Reethi Rah

There are 12 pristine beaches of soft white coral sand, three swimming pools, each with its own tropical setting and striking features and a wide range of water activities including setting sail on a local dhoni or a speedboat from a fleet of six luxury yachts and boats or learning to dive from the resort’s PADI Instructors. Other outdoor facilities include two jetties, two floodlit tennis courts, a climbing wall and a FIFA-approved professional synthetic grass football field. The award-winning Spa offers 13 treatment rooms, a WatSu pool, a Chi Pavilion for yoga and meditation and a Spa Courtyard with steam, saunas and vitality pool. There is also a state-of-the-art fitness centre with outdoor Queenax training area, a nail studio and a hairdresser, barber and a NEO Boutique. Children are welcomed with an array of innovative complimentary activities from the KidsOnly programme. 

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Cheval Blanc Randheli

Cheval Blanc Randheli:

When Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton announced that it was opening a resort under its Cheval Blanc brand on the Noonu Atoll in the Maldives, fashionistas and oenophiles around the world rejoiced. Their adulation was fully vindicated as LVMH has produced one of the Indian Ocean’s most stunning properties. With no expense spared, the 45 one and two-bedroom villa property experience begins on arrival when guests are transferred to Randheli island in a beautifully appointed Cheval Blanc Private Airways DHC-6 Twin Otter seaplane. On arriving on Randheli, they are introduced to their majordomo (butler) and the ultimate luxury beach Indian Ocean resort experience takes hold. The Cheval Blanc Randheli was designed by Jean-Michel Gathy, a Belgian who specialises in creating extremely special hotels and resorts. He has worked with brands including Aman, Mandarin Oriental and One&Only. 

Cheval Blanc Randheli

The villas are superb – complete with high ceilings, plush and comforting furnishings, hammocks, daybeds, and loungers. Guests walk or bicycle around the resort. Facilities include tennis, yoga, fitness boot camps, a golf simulator, and the only Guerlain Spa in the Indian Ocean. There are a plethora of water sports on offer – including diving and snorkelling. Pods of spinner dolphins and turtles can be seen in the waters surrounding the resort. The cuisine served is sensational. Enjoy Japanese and Asian-inspired dishes at Diptyque, curries at The White, pizza at Deelani and haute cuisine at 3 Michelin-starred winning chef Yannick Alléno’s 1947. The Owner’s Villa is one of the finest suites in the Indian Ocean. It sits on its own 2-acre island, has 4 bedrooms, a 25-metre swimming pool and is only accessible by dhoni. Superb.

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Amilla Maldives Resort & Residences

Amilla Maldives Resort & Residences:

Pizza, fish & chips and a children's village! Heaven!

The Baa Atoll in which Amilla Maldives Resort & Residences  sits is a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. Amilla boasts a number of room categories from treetop villas to estate houses and even a glamping bubble tent with a total of 68 units on offer. The resort is sleek, cool, minimal, and modern. Of the 26 atolls in the Maldives, Baa is arguably the best for diving and the resort is close to Hanifaru Bay where from May to November, manta rays and whale sharks congregate in vast numbers. The H.U.B. – Home of Underwater Biosphere – is the resort’s cathedral to all things water-based – from diving lessons to booking out a kayak.  

Amilla Maldives Resort & Residences

The Javvu Spa offers ten treatment pods and every treatment imaginable is available. There is also a nail bar and hairdresser/barber. The resort has two tennis courts, a football pitch and two swimming pools. The Emperor Beach Club is the heart of the Amilla Maldives Resort & Residences. From here guests can eat, drink, choose excursions or just rest and relax. The Sultan’s Village Kid’s Club keeps the younger guests amused. There is a photographic studio on-site and there are outdoor cinema nights. Amilla Maldives Resort & Residences fulfils every culinary need -  from Feeling Koi – formal Japanese izakaya – to a traditional British Fish & Chips shop, Joe’s Pizza, and the Wine Cellar – which is a wine enthusiast's dream. Amilla is a 30-minute seaplane flight from the Maldives capital, Malé in a northerly direction. Alternatively, it is a 10-minute boat ride from the nearest regional airport at Dharavandhoo.

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Cora Cora Maldives

Cora Cora Maldives:

Amongst the turquoise waters of Raa Atoll, the recently opened Cora Cora Maldives has an idyllic location. Only 45 minutes by seaplane from Velana International Airport, this striking new 5-star resort is further enhancing the dream destination. The 100 guest rooms are a mix of iconic Maldivian overwater villas and airy beach suites set amid lush vegetation. All have uninterrupted ocean views and easy access to the beach. They feature work by local artists and are finished with splashes of the resort’s signature colours. 

Cora Cora Maldives

During your stay take a culinary journey through the range of restaurants. The Italian restaurant Aquapazza overlooks the beachfront pool and is dotted with daybeds perfect for lounging – and ordering cocktails. Tazäa is a buffet-style restaurant inspired by the spice route; Ginger Moon, which is an all-female staff is Thai; and Japanese restaurant Tien serves fresh sushi and sake. Visit the Cora Cora Maldives Museum which provides fascinating insight into the island state's original culture with more than 400 historical artifacts and works of art. A tour will take you to an old traditional furnished wooden house and partially excavated 900-year-old pre-Islamic sunken bath. At the hotel’s MOKSHA spa, relax in one of the seven individual treatment rooms - four overwater and three on the island. There is a gym, yoga pavilion, open-air cinema and kids club. Take a sunset cruise, or visit one of the local islands. You can swim to your heart’s content, grab a board or kayak. Pop on a mask and some flippers, and plunge into the extraordinary underwater world where bright coloured fish flit by as you float above the vibrant corals in the surrounding reefs.

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Coral and sealife at Soneva Fushi

Soneva Fushi, Noonu Atoll

In 1995, Eva and Sonu Shivdasani opened Soneva Fushi in the Maldives. It was to revolutionise the concept of the luxury island resort. Using the moniker – no news, no shoes – guests were encouraged to immerse themselves in their holiday and forget any and all troubles. Footwear was discouraged, as were telephones and the internet – they still are today. Soneva promoted sustainability when that word was hardly uttered. It also lavished all its guests with the kind of service you would expect in a palace hotel. An original desert island hideaway.

Soneva Fushi

There are 63 Robinson Crusoe style eco-chic villas hidden among dense tropical foliage – many built to resemble tree houses – and 8 Water Retreats. They range in size from one to nine bedrooms and are designed to offer maximum luxury, space, privacy and unforgettable views. They all open to their own private stretch of sugar-white sand and most have their own private seawater pool. Activities include a spa, private beach with water sports facilities, bikes on loan, an observatory, open-air cinema, floodlit tennis court, group yoga, tai chi classes, jogging trail, ice-cream parlour and library. The resort can organise scuba diving, motorised water sports, and local boat trips. Soneva Fushi is reachable by scenic 30-minute seaplane flight directly from Malé International Airport, or a 12-minute speedboat ride.

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JOALI Maldives

JOALI Maldives:

JOALI boasts the best of both worlds - separated by a 15-minute boat journey. On one side is nirvana for adults ... and the other a playground for families - especially those with little ones.

The first of two JOALI lifestyle properties in the northern Maldives situated on neighbouring private islands, the luxurious JOALI Maldives opened in 2018 and sits on Muravandhoo Island, tucked away in the secluded and idyllic Rae Atoll.  Each resort has its own style and focus with JOALI BEING on Bodufushi offering a nature immersive wellbeing retreat for adults only (14 years plus) and JOALI Maldives offering an immersive art experience.  

Surrounded by the deep turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, complete with palm fringed white sandy beaches, JOALI Maldives is all about sustainable glamour and the design and construction has been sensitively done, built around existing trees, to ensure the delicate ecosystem is maintained. There are 73 elegantly appointed beach and ocean over water villas offering one-to-four-bedroom villas and residences served by six restaurants and bars with cuisine ranging from Asian, to Peruvian, Italian and Mediterranean dishes. For cigar lovers, the Whiskey & Cigar Lounge is an obvious lure as is La Joie, serving chocolate and ice creams for those with a sweet tooth.

JOALI Maldives

What sets this property apart however are the artworks, with interactive and experiential pieces located throughout the island. Many pieces resulted from an artistic collaboration with local artists and artisans, supporting their community, whilst any artistic guest may take to the canvas in the hotel’s art studio. It is the Maldives first and only immersive art resort.

Other facilities include the JOALI Spa by ESPA with eight treatment rooms; a second floor fully equipped Fitness Centre for working out with a view; a large outdoor pool; a Yoga Pavilion; tennis courts; a water and marine sports centre; a Library for those wanting some quiet time and a boutique – the Maison de JOALI. The property also has its own chef’s garden and for kiddies, the Kids of JOALI programme will keep them focused and entertained for hours with treasure hunts, storytelling, cooking classes and more. 

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Four Seasons Private Island Maldives at Voavah

Four Seasons Private Island Maldives at Voavah

The ultimate playground for families in Maldives - a private island where adults & kids can swim, run, dig, eat, spa, play, laugh and dance with gay abandon! Private family fun at its finest!

Imagine a two-hectare secluded island in the middle of the crystal-clear turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean – no-one around you apart from a group of friends you have personally invited to come with you, housed within luxurious living quarters with elevated service levels so you do not have to even raise a finger. Welcome to Four Seasons Private Island Maldives at Voavah in the Baa Atoll, the first exclusive-use UNESCO hideaway. There are just seven luxurious bedrooms housed in a three-bedroom beach villa, a two-bedroom water villa and two mezzanine suites accommodating up to 22 guests in total.  

Say hello to a manta at Four Seasons Private Island Maldives at Voavah

The beach house has a dining room and kitchen for personal cooking, for a private chef or for Four Seasons’ custom dining plus three large swimming pools; The Ocean of Consciousness Spa for over-water pampering; a library and games room; a fully equipped gymnasium, an on island PADI 5-star Dive Centre and snorkelling; exclusive use of Voavah Summer, a 19 metre private yacht and full access to all the facilities at Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru, a short 20 minute speedboat drive away. 

Noted for the variety of its marine life with manta rays, hawksbill turtles, coral reefs and more within this UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, endless excursions can be made to swim with the local wildlife with dive instructors and marine biologists close by. Children’s programmes; fishing; surfing; cruising; X-Jetblades; wakeboarding; hair styling; island picnics; on-island entertainment – anything your heart desires will be seamlessly arranged by the Private Island team. There is even a private doctor on call 24/7.

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