A family holiday to the Maldives is undoubtedly at the top of many people’s bucket lists.
These paradise islands located in the middle of the Indian Ocean are famous for their breathtaking beauty, white sands and cerulean waters. While many Maldivian resorts are focused on romance and adventure for couples, a growing number are catered towards families and young kids.
We’ve picked out the absolute best family resorts in the Maldives for you — expect childcare options, incredible accommodations, a plethora of activities to enjoy whatever your age, kid-friendly restaurants and, in many cases, just sheer luxury.
Let’s take a closer look…
- Top Family-Friendly Resorts in The Maldives
- Soneva Fushi
- Finolhu Baa Atoll
- COMO Maalifushi
- Vakkaru Maldives
- St Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort
- Sun Siyam Iru Fushi
- Niyama Private Islands
- JW Marriott Maldives
- Amilla Maldives
- Hard Rock Hotel Maldives
- Gili Lankanfushi
- One&Only Reethi Rah
- Ozen Reserve Bolifushi
- Ritz-Carlton Maldives
- Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
- Fairmont Maldives – Sirru Fen Fushi
- Meeru Island
Top Family-Friendly Resorts in The Maldives
The almost unparalleled Soneva Fushi is located in the midst of the lush jungle, pristine beaches, and crystalline waters. It’s actually the largest resort in South Asia and a paradise for children and parents alike.
Located in Eydhafushi, Soneva Fushi has a dedicated playground area (“The Den”) for your kids and plenty more besides. Your children will have access to two pools, a water slide, an eight-metre-tall pirate ship, and playrooms stocked with dress-up clothes, Lego pieces, music, and more. These areas are supervised by qualified child caretakers so that your children can play freely and you can have peace of mind while relaxing.
Other children-friendly activities that are programmed throughout your stay include movie nights, a library/learning area, and cooking classes.
If your kids are older preteens and teenagers, this resort features the Soneva Academy – a special area for your kids to unlock the knowledge and expertise of Sonevians. Activities like stargazing, marine biology, and searching for ancient sunken galleons will fill their time. The Den also has a lounge area for them to enjoy some quiet time with a good book.
While you as parents can enjoy some you-time, the childcare team at Soneva Fushi will take care of your little ones and ensure they enjoy their kid time in a safe, secure, and fun environment.
Finolhu Baa Atoll
The Finolhu resort really values kids and believes they enrich the guests’ experiences; they have built-in ways for kids to practise their curiosity and energy with a lot of fun. Finolhu calls little guests their VIPs, and kids sure do get the VIP treatment.
The Oceaneers Club at Finolhu encourages children’s creativity through play, cooking, baking, and guided excursions on and below the water. The well-trained staff facilitating activities is available for teenagers and toddlers from morning to night. Each week has a programme full of different activities for children to engage with. From sandcastle building to pirate play, your kids’ days will be full of fun and excitement.
There are four different restaurants to choose from, as well as an incredible spa and a host of different activities. Whether it’s motorised water sports, diving in the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, playing tennis, practicing yoga in the Pavilion, getting crafty in the art studio or enjoying the indoor golf simulator, it’s safe to say that the kids won’t be the only ones filling their cups!
Set on a large, private island, COMO Maalifushi is surrounded by uninhabited islands, world-class surfing, and thriving marine life.
COMO really caters for kids with a host of children’s activities in the Play by Como Space. This area is designed to inspire purposeful and creative child-led play for children ages 4-12. An expert team of specialists in early childhood development and special needs has designed activities in the “Play by COMO” programme. The space is outfitted with hand-selected toys, books, games, and art materials. It is open daily from midnight to 6 pm. A babysitter or parent must accompany toddlers under the age of four at all times. Activities like yoga, treasure hunting, smoothie making, and cooking classes will fill your kids’ time.
There are larger accommodation options, including two-bedroom beach houses and even a four-bedroom residence which can easily fit your family with a little extra wiggle room, regardless of how many people you’re bringing!
One of the best days out organised by Como is the Family Castaway Picnic. Swim, sunbathe, nap, and play as a family with the castaway picnic package, including a gourmet lunch on the shoreline, complete with snacks and a private bar. You can also enjoy diving and even game fishing on their incredible luxury yacht.
There are 3 different restaurants on offer, as well as private dining opportunities. Make sure you don’t miss out on any treatments at the Shambhala retreat while you’re here and take note of any visiting expert practitioners if you’re into wellness.
Tucked away in the stunning Rama Atoll, JOALI is the first resort of its kind in the Maldives: it’s designed as a luxurious art-immersive island retreat that focuses on sustainable glamour.
It’s not all about the buzzwords though, kids are very much a part of the equation here. The JOALI Muramas Kids Club offers a range of exciting activities specially crafted for children ages 4 to 12. Young guests are encouraged to explore experiences in culture, cooking, oceanography, and creative tasks. All activities are complimentary with the goal of all little guests leaving the resort with lasting memories they will cherish. The Kids Club is open from 9 am to 8 pm and has an arts and crafts room and a kids’ spa. Your kids can participate in activities like yoga, cooking, swimming, art projects, and native storytelling.
There are 6 bars and restaurants to enjoy at JOALI, as well as unique private dining experiences. Check out the ESPA spa as well as the excursions and marine sports on offer. They’ve even got a resident marine biologist who can guide you on a diving experience.
Vakkaru is a secluded reef island surrounded by biodiversity, brilliant white sand, and deep blue water. This resort is a great choice for your family holiday and, just generally, a gorgeous resort to retreat from normal life for a bit. There are plenty of child-friendly amenities for families with kids.
The Parrotfish Club, for kids between 3 and 12, is open from 8.30 am to 6 pm and is tailored with kids’ activities that enhance imagination and encourage creative play, like arts and crafts and outdoor exploration. Certified team members will watch over your children while you enjoy some much-needed ‘me’ time.
While the kids are busy, make sure to check in to the spa and Wellness Center, which offers all the usual treatments as well as more unusual offerings like Ayurveda, cold plunge, sound healing and more. Sports is the name of the game here, whether it’s on the water or in the many pitches and fields of the resort. You’re also spoiled for choice with 8 different restaurants and bars.
St Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort
This little spot is nestled perfectly between lush rainforest and white-sand beaches on a private island. The tropical beauty and diverse marine life is absolutely breathtaking: certainly a family holiday to remember.
Young guests are welcome at St Regis Maldives and are greeted with open arms. Throughout your stay, they offer a spread of family-friendly activities. You can do different family experiences with your kids, tailored family-friendly dining experiences, or just enjoy some family privacy in your villa.
The resort even leaves child-sized robes and slippers in your room so that your littles can have the full luxury experience. They’ll be pampered and hosted as important VIP guests of the resort, just like you!
The Children’s Club is available for children ages 4 to 12, located in the Vommuli House. This space is thoughtfully designed for intentional and creative play, and is monitored at all times by certified child care attendants. It even has a private bar of snacks and juices to keep your little ones fuelled up for hours of play.
St Regis offers special family expeditions to captivate you as parents and your children alike. From dolphin cruises to sunset fishing, your kids will be engaged all day and never want to leave!
It’s hard to imagine a more luxurious experience what with the outdoor infinity pool, private lagoon, incredible spa and just the sheer number of activities available. There are also 6 different bars and restaurants to choose from.
Sun Siyam Iru Fushi
Whether you prefer to spend your days over the water or on the beach, Sun Siyam Iru Fushi has it all; it’s a great option for couples, friends, and families. They cater to the specific needs of your holiday.
With countless family-friendly experiences and a world-class kids club, your kids will love this place as much as you will. Some of the best family-friendly activities here include a nature walk, craft classes, a floating breakfast, and snorkelling adventures. Plus, up to two children below the age of 15 can eat and sleep for free when sharing a villa with two adults.
This massive resort has a whopping 14 different bars and restaurants, as well as an award-winning spa and some amazing water sports: you’ll be spoilt for choice during your stay.
Niyama Private Islands
Niyama Private Islands promises a one-of-a-kind family experience in the Maldives. The resort is split over 2 islands, Play and Chill, which are divided as you might expect: Play is geared more towards young families, adventure and activity while Chill is home to the spa, restaurants and water sports.
The Explorer Kids Club for 1 to 12 year olds which immerses children in eye-opening nature and cultural experiences around the island – from dolphin scouting and local safaris, to learning Dhivehi lullabies and participating in Master Chef classes. The club has a splash park, trampoline, and outdoor playground.
There are 10 unique dining experiences to enjoy, some of which are even on the sea and in the treetops! Some of the best activities on offer include surfing, cycling and a snorkelling safari.
JW Marriott Maldives
This sanctuary of scenic luxury offers shimmering views of the Indian Ocean, treetop dining, and overwater villas. There is a perfect setup for everyone – from the modern fitness centre to the luxury spa.
This resort features the Little Griffins Kids’ Club as a safe and fun space for your children to create and play while you enjoy a sparkling water by the pool or any spa services. It’s thoughtfully designed with young adventurers in mind and features a dedicated pool, a 13-metre-long pirate ship, and daily programmed activities to keep each day new and exciting. The club accepts children ages one to 12 years old.
The FAMiLY by JW area is specially designed for families to play with a small splash area for young kids and a larger 60 cm deep section.
There are 5 dining areas (and 3 bars!) nearby so you can move from playing at the pool to grabbing lunch, and children under age 12 eat free at the restaurants from the kid’s menu.
The Duplex Beach and Duplex Overwater Villas provide the perfect space for families with multiple bedrooms and living spaces. There’s also a fantastic spa and plenty of other activities too.
This lush private island resort is authentically Maldivian and is passionate about uplifting the musical and artistic talents of local Maldivian culture. The spacious island allows for untouched scenery and extensive space to relax, play, and explore.
Amilla offers a kids’ club and teens’ programme for families with children, regardless of age. The Baa-lletin also features extensive weekly family activities for family units to do together.
The Sultan’s Village Kids’ Club welcomes little guests with a team of caretakers certified through Worldwide Kids. During the week, children will learn palm leaf origami, learn local Maldivian games, and complete other fun local crafts. A Mini Marine Biologist Programme teaches kids about the amazing marine ecosystem and wildlife in the Maldives.
One unique safety feature at Amilla is their ‘Safety Turtle’ bracelet that is placed on all children admitted into Sultan’s Village. An alarm is triggered if it gets wet, so caretakers are immediately alerted if any children enter the pool or ocean.
There are 7 different restaurants and cafés here, as well as the opportunity to enjoy a private ‘Dine by Design’ location under the stars…
Hard Rock Hotel Maldives
This oceanfront resort is a music-focused five-star beach resort that is fun for all family members, whatever their age.
One of the best kid-friendly features is the Roxity Kids Club and Teen Spirit Club. These designated areas for your kids make travelling to the Maldives easy and fuss-free. Kids will enjoy hanging out with the Roxtars (colourful, music-inspired characters), keeping them entertained while you eat, sleep, and relax.
With both indoor and outdoor play areas, the Hard Rock Hotel Resort has plenty of space for your kids to enjoy playing in the grass, sand, and water for hours of outdoor play. They will be entertained by exploration for hours so you can enjoy some rest and relaxation time with your partner.
Some amenities for children include baby monitors, toilet training seats, bed guards, tap extensors, cribs, changing tables, and sleeping bags. Baby cups and utensils are also available, along with baby gates to block off staircases from wandering babies. Bottle sterilisers and high chairs are also available for baby feeding times. You can look at their website for a full list of children’s amenities. This resort has it all for travelling parents, so you don’t have to bring your child’s entire nursery with them!
Children under the age of 17 sleep and eat (from the kid’s menu) for free with their accompanying parents. They also receive a 50% discount on regular menu items too.
The Gili Lankanfushi resort promises an island fantasy for all visitors. Gili offers family villas, with and without pools, that offer plenty of space for you and your kids to enjoy the vacation without stepping on each others’ sandy toes.
There are many activities and excursions on offer: you and your family can hop on a yacht for whale shark watching, fishing, or sunset dolphin searching. Cooking classes, tennis lessons, and water sports like kayaking and paddle boarding are also available.
Also available are an in-house ice cream bar, shopping, cinema, and surfing lessons.
One&Only Reethi Rah
This tropical island paradise celebrates authentic cuisine and signature Indian Ocean experiences. A generous array of family-friendly activities, restaurants, and accommodations fill your schedule and keep your family busy during your island stay.
The dedicated kids club has comprehensive programs for children and teens that allow you to enjoy some space and give your young travellers a little independence. The KidsOnly area is divided into age groups, so your kids can play with kids in the same developmental stage and age range. Your children will do fun crafts, play outside, and more. For children over the age of 12, One&Only also offers sailing lessons, mini discos, and more.
Other family-friendly activities include whale shark expeditions, snorkelling over coral reefs, family-inclusive pools, and painting classes. There is even a designated package, the Four Day Family package, to plan your trip for all ages to enjoy.
There are 5 different restaurants, 2 bars and a beach club to enjoy.
Ozen Reserve Bolifushi
This five-star resort framed by a gorgeous reef and crystalline waters is all that your Maldivian dreams are made of.
The Kuda Koli Kids’ Klub is the perfect place for your little ones to enjoy daily activities while you enjoy some relaxation in the spa or with some of the fun activities on offer. There is also a Teen Lounge for families with older children. The club offers ample indoor and outdoor spaces to do exciting activities with the experienced Kids’ Klub team. Your kids will be entertained all day with various activities, from water polo to treasure hunts. Babysitting can also be arranged at an extra charge and with advanced notice.
Ozen Reserve also offers family activities that promote togetherness. You can sign up for pizza making and cookie decorating to combine learning with fun and spend special time together as a family. These are the kinds of memories that your children will never forget!
Patina is famed as being one of the best luxury resorts for families in the Maldives
It offers many accommodations for children. For starters, up to 2 children stay and dine for free with their accompanying adults. With activities like introductory diving for kids, ice cream at Tuk Tuk Gelato, and the Footprints Kids’ Club – your children will never want to leave!
The kids club is an indoor and outdoor centre for children to enjoy self-discovery for children ages four to 11, open most of the day.
Other fun family activities at the resort include 3D modelling toys with the in-house 3D printer, complimentary family movie nights, STEM education programs, and “Blue School” activities to teach your children about the ocean. You can book a private photo session if you want to get family portraits done. You may even sign up for family cooking classes!
There are 13 different food and drink outlets to enjoy at Patina, as well as a spa, yoga pavilion and much more. There are 90 villas to choose from, from 1-3 bedrooms, on the beach or over the water.
The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands Resort welcomes you to embrace island life. This family-friendly resort is considered by many to be the perfect place to spend time together as a family. From turquoise water to white sand beaches, your heart will be full, and your mind will be empty – just as it should be!
At this resort, families and young guests are invited to engage in the Ritz Kids Program. This kids club is designated for children ages four to 12 and includes four pillars of activities: land, water, environmental responsibility, and culture. These four pillars build out the activities and schedule that will fill your kids’ days while you get that much-needed spa day or adventuring on a diving trip. From sports, cooking classes, arts and crafts, and more – the futuristic indoor-outdoor play area will entertain your kids while you rest with your partner and enjoy the Maldives your way.
Babysitting services are also available at an extra charge upon request if you need extra hands to help you during your island holiday.
Other things to explore and enjoy include the spa, 7 dining outlets, and a huge number of activities across the Fari Islands Archipelago.
Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
This unparalleled experience and luxury island is also home to the world’s first undersea residence – The Muraka. Although you may not be interested in sleeping underwater, the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island resort has many different villas and accommodations to meet your family’s needs.
This luxury resort features a kids’ and teens’ club that will encourage your little ones to experience the rich culture of the Maldives. There is much excitement for little adventurers to ensure that your little ones enjoy their vacation in the Maldives as much as you do. Activities like marine adventures, sports and games, arts and crafts, and culinary workshops will fill your kids’ time in the kids’ and teens’ clubs. The clubs are split up by age to ensure that your kids can fully enjoy age-appropriate facilities and activities.
The Majaa Explorers Hub is a haven for children ages three to 12 years old and is free of charge. If your little one is under the age of three, you or a supervising adult can join them in the Explorers Hub for indoor and outdoor playtime. The Furaavaru Teens’ Club also offers a special space for your older children. Babysitting services are available, if you wish, at an extra charge.
The inspired family itinerary for travellers with children has several suggestions for fun excursions that will be fun for even young kids. From turtle safaris to bubble making, these family activities will bring togetherness and bonding.
Fairmont Maldives – Sirru Fen Fushi
Fairmont Maldives is located in Shaviyani Atoll, one of the country’s largest resort lagoons. With pearl-white sand, turquoise waters, and swaying palm trees – you will never want vacation mode to end. Fairmont offers spacious villas suitable for couples, families, and groups.
With plenty of activities available, your family can discover authentic Maldivian cuisine through family cooking classes, serve up some tennis balls at the tennis courts, or learn a new art skill during art classes. There’s also an amazing kids club, spa, and a variety of different dining outlets to enjoy.
Meeru has been serving the Maldivian hospitality industry for over 40 years and counting.
There are plenty of ways to fill your day in Meeru – from diving and water sports to poolside lounging and dining. With ping pong tables, gorgeous swimming pools, and boats ready to take you out on the ocean for your next adventure, you will not lack an itinerary full of fun activities. You will enjoy your holiday, guaranteed – and so will your little ones!
The Komas Kids Playroom is available for children up to age 12. This indoor playroom has dedicated kid’s activities for your little ones to release some energy and entertain their minds. This safe, supervised facility allows parents to take a breather and enjoy the Maldives while their kids do, too… in their own way. The Meeru resort also has an in-house ice cream parlour stocked with local Maldivian favourites. Another family favourite activity is movie time under the stars.
There are 2 buffet and 3 à la carte restaurants to choose from, as well as bars and private dining experiences.
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