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Best Family Friendly Resorts For Your Holidays In The Maldives

Break off from your routine and take some time off with your loved ones to unwind and make memories in paradise, in palm fringed islands that barely peak off the ocean. Quality family time entails serenity, adventure and bliss; all things offered by these resorts, with the perfect setting for a fun packed holiday.

Anantara Dhigu

Your little ones are royalty here, with a children’s kit given to them upon arrival, and the villas too stocked with little amenities for them. The resort offers family friendly sports such as volleyball, table tennis, badminton and a life-sized chessboard. The Dhoni Club for kids aged 3 to 12 has two traditional Maldivian dhoni boats, a treehouse, and climbing walls. Step into the world of Little Hermie and his friends and explore the island here. The resort offers babysittiing services for children over 3 months, with professional sitters trained in CPR and First Aid.

Your fun does not have to stop at the resort either. A boat ride away is the private picnic island Gulhifushi, complete with modern amenities. Kayak, snorkel and grill a bite by the beach. Let your resident marine biologist take you on a journey at the Anantara Coral Adoptation Programme and plant your own coral with the family.

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Lily Beach Resort

Opt for the Family Beach Villa, the two-bedroom haven for your family. With your private stretch of powdery white beach and the glistening ocean in front, it is the perfect setting for some family fun. The Turtle Kids’ Club offers a wide range of adventure packed sports for the tots, from hermit crab races, watersports to treasure hunts. Inside, an array of board games, a library and kids movies keep them entertained, while a tree house, swings and a basketball court welcomes them outside.

To make things even more interesting, Lily Maa, the main restaurant has a kids’ corner, for the little ones to get together with their favourite snacks. Vibes Bar too packs a punch, with sun loungers, light bites, a separate playground and a pool for kids.

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Niyama Private Islands 

Niyama’s twin isles, “Chill” and “Play” offers much to explore. While the culinary journey through the private islands will leave you spellbound, their studios and suites make for the perfect tropical escapade with your family. Each villa comes with its own private pool, vast open spaces, thick island foliage and a private beach. The most grandiose of all, The Crescent stands perched on stilts in the lagoon, and the 5-bedroom villa can house up to 14 adults and 8 children, and comes with a personal chef, two butlers and even a private excursion menu.

A four-fold tribal programme awaits the kids at Explorers Kids’ Club set in isle “Play”. The Club takes the kids on a journey across Maldivian culture and natural wonders, from traditional Dhivehi lullabies to dolphin scouting. Complete with a trampoline, a splash park and a little gourmet kitchen, this will definitely be a highlight for your kids.

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Cheval Blanc Randelhi

The villas are glamorous works of art on its own, with the most exquisite villa perched on its own private island, only reached by a speedboat. Ideal for families seeking privacy, the four-bedroom retreat is complete with a butler, gym, a vast swimming pool, a private bar, yoga master, and a spa. The culinary team prepares your personal favourites and fresh catch from the sea.

Perfect for private dining, La Table de Partage hosts up to 16 guests, with a custom menu for each party. The Carte Blanche in-villa menu is ideal for those nights in with the family, while an endless array of venues from private beaches to traditional dhonis can also be selected from. A state of the art fitness centre, professional tennis courts and PADI diving programmes are only a few of the excursions offered here. Get on board the Azimut for an unforgettable yacht tour with the family, finishing it off with dinner out on the deck, with the Indian Ocean serving as your backdrop.

Le Carrousel offers plenty for the little ones including children’s yoga, a large waterslide, treasure hunt, and cultural activities, while Le Paddock for teenagers come with observational astronomy sessions, subaquatic hikes and a multimedia station.

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One & Only Reethi Rah

The Two-Villa Residence with Pool and Grand Beach Villa with Pool have all you could want in a vacation home, and possibly more. Step outside the comfort of your villa, and the resort has much to offer for families. An Artist Studio welcomes budding artists and professionals alike, while tennis, wall climbing and a range of water sports are offered as well. Try your hand at water skiing, parasailing or wakeboarding for an unforgettable day in the water, or better yet, pay a family visit to the gentle giants of the ocean; whale sharks. Afterwards, hop aboard a seaplane and have the captain take you around for a tour up in the sky, or have your butler arrange a fishing trip for the family.

While Easter themed activities welcome the little tots, complete with fashion shows, a pool and an arts and crafts area, Onetribe allows tweens to explore and learn the ways of the island. For teens, ClubOne has a juice bar and a homemade ice cream parlour to get to know each other and grab light bites during the day.

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