Often thought of a more of a honeymoon destination, the Maldives is also a wonderful place to enjoy a vacation with the whole family. The island nation is home to remarkable scenery as well as a whole host of attractions for visitors of all ages. Add to that the growing number of resorts offering family suites and rooms, and you have an exceptional vacation destination.
The Maldives is a close to the textbook definition of an island paradise, as you’ll find. Situated in the centre of the Indian Ocean the island of Maldives is known for its exceptional marine treasures, beautiful coral reefs, and vibrant sunsets among other things. An established tourist destination, it is lined with luxurious resorts that will cater to your every whim.
To reach the Maldives, you’ll have to catch a flight to Malé International Airport. Direct flights are advisable, especially when traveling with younger children. Because the Maldives is made up of a network of islands, you’ll then need to take either a boat or seaplane to your resort. Many resorts are less than an hour by boat from Malé, which is ideal for kids who are likely to be tired from all that traveling. Most resorts will arrange airport transport for you.(Image by Sergio Presbitero)
Vacations in the Maldives are generally sold as all-inclusive holiday packages, meaning that accommodation, meals, and select activities will be included in the package price.
Whether you’re traveling with toddlers or teenagers, you’ll find that the exquisite resorts of the Maldives are refreshingly family-friendly. Accommodation here tends to come in the form of holiday villas rather than smaller hotel rooms, which is great for parents with children. Resorts also have plenty more to offer families than your average hotel. Most have kids clubs that will keep younger children busy with a host of activities while their parents enjoy excursions around the islands. These can include anything from beach games to feeding dolphins and learning water sports. Restaurants within resorts are also increasingly offering special kids menus that will appeal to picky eaters.(Image by Strygaban)
Parents and children alike can appreciate the stunning white sand beaches of the Maldives. Lounging on the beach is a simple, yet blissful way to spend your holiday. Children who love the water will love the Maldives. Swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving lessons, sea kayaking, are just a small sample of the water sports that kids can try out.
There are beautiful coral reefs full of tropical fish and even manta rays that are just waiting to be explored. Smaller children who aren’t quite old enough to snorkel can see the reefs through glass-bottomed boats instead. On some islands you can even combine education and activities with new conservation programs that allow visitors to get involved in re-growing coral reefs, helping local breeding programs, and learning about the delicate ecosystem in the Maldives.
Summing it all up
It’s hard to find fault in the Maldives. The tropical paradise has all your bases covered for a stress-free, fun family holiday. There are activities that cater to children of all ages, and handy features like kids clubs, onsite babysitter, and special menus make it easier than ever to travel to the Maldives with babies and toddlers in tow.
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