When most people think of the Maldives, they think of weddings, honeymoons and loved-up holidays spent laying on the beach with your other half by your side. And while the pure white sandy shores and deep blues of this destination certainly lend themselves favourably to all of those experiences, it would be wrong to suggest that this is a paradise that does not welcome more than a party of two.
In recent years, this serene pocket of the world has evolved into a dream location for families who want to plan a trip that both adults and children can love in equal measure. Against the backdrop of picture perfect coral islands and crystal clear ocean that seems to stretch on forever, your children will enjoy one of a kind experiences that their schoolmates back home will barely be able to believe. Family activities are given a whole new meaning in this part of the world, with each resort offering a variety of options that range from learning to surf the breaks off a nearby island to snorkelling the stunning coral reefs or pursuing water sports such as wakeboarding or kitesurfing in a private resort lagoon.
Of course, finding some time to unwind or explore without your kids in tow is an important part of any holiday too. What sets the Maldives apart from any other holiday destination however is knowing that you can completely immerse yourself in whatever activity you’re doing and feel happy knowing that your little ones are having the time of their lives too.
Most resorts in the Maldives offer a dedicated Kids Club for when parents require a little R&R, but this isn’t like any other babysitting centre you’ve ever seen before. Far from dropping your kids off in a dull room for a day, these centres understand that your kids don’t want to spend their holiday inside any more than you do. Instead, you might find your children by the house reefs learning everything they can about the ocean and its creatures from a marine biologist. Or perhaps they might want to instead explore the island’s forest, discovering all there is to know about the various native animals and plants that live there. The list goes on; gourmet cooking classes, traditional Maldivian dancing and drumming lessons and beach sports competitions all promise to provide your kids with something that perfectly combines the exciting with the educational. No matter what you pick, these one of a kind activities are sure to leave them talking about what they learned for the remainder of the holiday.
There is no shortage of reasons as to why the Maldives makes for the ultimate family holiday destination, but what it all comes down to is how effortless it is to ensure your children enjoy themselves just as much as you do. Just as there are an endless variety of exciting holiday options for you and your partner, your kids are guaranteed to go home with a treasure trove of unique experiences unrivalled by any other corner of the world.