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The Maldives was once considered the preserve of luxury holidaymakers and honeymooners but, in recent years, the country has undergone a notable change, and Maldives family holidays are on the rise. Many of the Maldives’ high-end resorts are working hard to put families centre stage. They’re also keen to help visitors experience a slice of traditional Maldivian life. Nowadays, plenty of resorts and hotels have bridged the gap between locals and tourists, providing families with a more authentic, enjoyable and often more affordable experience than ever before.
Lying southwest off the coast of Sri Lanka, surrounded by the Indian Ocean, the Maldives is not only recognised for its beautiful family-friendly beaches and warm waters. It’s bursting with activities, too. Whether you’re bouncing over the waves in a banana boat, diving deep below the surface to swim with whale sharks, or gazing at tiny desert islands from a seaplane, there’s plenty here to keep you and your family occupied. And the shallow lagoons that encircle the archipelagos make the Maldives a safe swimming spot for even the tiniest tots.
The Maldives is famous for its one-hotel-per-island model. This is perfect for a family holiday, providing kids with lots of roaming space, while parents are safe in the knowledge that their little ones are never too far away. What’s more, since many resorts now focusing on families, you can look forward to excellent facilities, ranging from complimentary cots and kids’ meals, to games consoles and bikes to ferry your little ones across the island.
Plus, if you’re travelling with very young children, you can reduce your travel time by opting to stay on an island near the capital, Malé, so you’ll just have a short transfer via speedboat or seaplane. This means you’ll be in your comfortable resort within half an hour of leaving the airport. You’ll be heading out on to the powder-soft beach, with buckets and spades in hand, in no time.
Whether you’re planning your honeymoon or heading off on a family holiday, our experts can tailor-make a holiday to suit you.
Save up to £2,900 per couple. Based on 7 nights all inclusive. Includes flights, domestic flights & speedboat transfers
Surrounded by natural lakes, tropical forest and – of course – white-sand beaches, Pullman Maldives Maamutaa is in a scenic spot, just a 50-minute flight from Male. Whether you’re looking for a beach villa, an overwater villa, or even an underwater villa, this place has the perfect option for you.
Save up to £1,780 per couple. Based on all inclusive. Includes 7 nights, return flights & seaplane transfers
Surrounded by beautiful white sands and a sparkling Indian Ocean-fed lagoon, the all inclusive Atmosphere Kanifushi Resort offers contemporary five-star splendour in an unforgettably exotic setting. Kanifushi Island is just 90 metres wide, so you’ll never be far from the turquoise sea.
Exclusive offer, save up to £680 per couple. 7 nights all inclusive including transfers and flights
The four-star Siyam World is one of the newest editions in the Maldives. The island boasts six kilometres of white sands, an exotic house reef just metres off shore, and an inflatable adventure waterpark. Guided walks, diving excursions and, of course, an abundance of watersports are all on offer here.
Save up to £550 per couple. Based on 7 nights all inclusive. Includes return flights & speedboat transfers
Varu by Atmosphere is the newest resort in the Atmosphere collection, having opened its doors in October 2019, so everything feels exceptionally contemporary across the resort. A stay here won’t leave you longing for anything, because everything’s included as standard in the ‘Varu Plan’.
7 nights all inclusive including speedboat transfers & flights
Experience the superstar lifestyle at Hard Rock Hotel Maldives. Just a 20-minute speedboat-ride from Malé, this five-star beach resort is surrounded by the bright blue Indian Ocean. You can expect VIP touches throughout your time here.
Save up to £450 per couple. Based on 7 nights all inclusive. Includes return flights & speedboat transfers
OBLU Select by Atmosphere at Sangeli welcomes any and all travellers to experience the soothing atmosphere of the Maldives in style. This exclusive island is the place for peace, quiet and a cocktail – or two – any time of the day.
Located on the private island of Machchafushi in the centre of the Maldives, this scenic resort is the ideal place to visit if you’re looking for some well-deserved relaxation. Enjoy the photogenic ocean views from every angle, whether you’re reclining on your private deck, or dining in some of the best eateries.
Save up to £320 per couple. Based on 7 nights full board & includes speedboat transfers
A chilled out, premium resort that offers you the true magic of the Maldives, Meeru Island is a wonderful all-inclusive hotel. There’s plenty to do here, but there’s also ample space for you to explore this island paradise on your own terms.
Based on 7 nights all inclusive. Includes return flights & free speedboat transfers
OBLU by Atmosphere serves as an idyllic Maldivian oasis where travellers can ease back and enjoy a world of comfort in paradise. OBLU by Atmosphere is on the scenic island of Helengeli – part of the Maldives’ North Male Atoll – just a 50-minute boat ride from Velana Airport.
Save up to £2,570 per couple. Based on all inclusive. Includes domestic flight & speedboat transfers
Get closer to Dhigali island’s natural environment at this stylish resort, surrounded by dense greenery, white sands and wallpaper-worthy waters in the Maldives’ western Raa Atoll. Head into the clear waters on one of the daily diving excursions – with or without our PADI-certified instructors
Selected October/November 2021 travel | Save up to £530 per couple |Includes 7 nights all-inclusive , Seaplane transfers and direct BA flights
Kuredu Resort & Spa sits on one of the Maldives’ largest islands, and there’s a lot to see and do. Perfect your golf at the on-site driving range and putting greens – the first to ever open in the Maldives – or head to the tennis courts to take on your friends and family.
Great value offer. Save up to £1,100 per couple. Based on 7 nights all inclusive. Includes direct British Airways flights and speedboat transfers
Just a 15-minute sail from Malé, SAii Lagoon Maldives is as convenient as it is luxurious. Encircled by powdery white sands and turquoise seas, this beautiful resort boasts boho-chic rooms and villas, designed for both couples and families.
Save up to £300 per couple. Based on 7 nights full board & includes return flights and transfers
You’ll find Kandima Maldives on Dhaalu Atoll – a three-kilometre island with one of the largest swimming pool in the Maldives. The island boasts a large natural lagoon, white-sand beaches and lush tropical surrounds.
10 nights all inclusive including flights & seaplane transfers
Cocoon Maldives introduces travellers to a world of soothing spa treatments and thrilling water sport opportunities to exquisite dining venues and secluded hot spots to discover. There are 50 dive sites close to this beautiful resort.
7 nights half board including flights and transfers. Save up to £2,460 per couple
Located on a private island, accessible via luxury yacht, speedboat or seaplane, One&Only Reethi Rah offers everything you could possibly want from a Maldives holiday. A stay at One&Only Reethi Rah can be as relaxing or as lively as you like.
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