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5 REASONS MUM WILL LOVE THE MALDIVES

The Maldives has traditionally been seen as a honeymoon destination, but a swathe of new uber-luxe resorts now welcome families in seriously indulgent style.


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Soneva Fushi

A tropical paradise like no other, Soneva Fushi is home to the best kids’ club in the world: the Den. It all begins with a series of little wooden doors to accommodate all heights of children, opening on to the piano-like floor that ensures your little ones make a grand entrance with a personalised tune, while the roof above also lights up and twinkles like the night sky.

Cooking classes are lots of fun in the mini kitchen, while for those seeking a break from the heat of the Maldivian sun, there is a LEGO room for building, a dress-ups room and even a music room to showcase the talents of budding musicians.

At the swimming pool with slides and a swim-up pool bar, kids can enjoy a refreshing mocktail after they have spent the afternoon making kites, ready for flying on the resort’s sandbank at sunset.

WHAT KIDS LIKE BEST The complimentary chocolate and ice-cream room of course!
WHAT PARENTS LIKE TOO Dinner at Fresh in the Garden is a sublime experience in the most enchanting of settings. The entrance across a timber bridge adds to the magic and the ingredients for the Mediterranean-inspired dishes are all picked from the resort’s very own vegetable and herb gardens below.

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Soneva Jani

This is a place where the entire resort is a paradise for kids and families alike. A playground for the imagination, Soneva Jani encourages its youngest VIPs to immerse themselves in nature. A typical day for children might include exploring the islands and lakes that make up the resort while spotting the many species of birdlife and crabs that inhabit them. Head to the water sports centre for a banana boat ride and then to So Fresh for a juice and smoothie making class, followed by a lesson of cooking traditional Maldivian delights including chapatti. The afternoon might see you planting a coconut tree and naming it. When the sun sets over the Indian Ocean and the stars come out to play, Soneva Jani has the whole family covered with the world’s first over-water silent cinema, complete with popcorn and anything your heart desires.

WHAT KIDS LIKE BEST The giant water slide that shoots from the top level of some of the water retreats into the crystal-clear turquoise lagoon below.
WHAT PARENTS LIKE TOO There is a perfectly positioned hammock that sits above the lagoon in front of The Gathering. Take a swim out (or walk out in low tide) and laze the day away in a floating hammock.

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Amilla Fushi

Can kids’ clubs really be enriching? At Amilla Fushi they certainly are: Your little and not-so-little ones will be kept busy in The Sultan’s Village, which offers a range of indoor and outdoor activities to inspire their mental and physical wellbeing. Guided snorkelling tours with the on-site ‘Mermaid’ (marine biologist) will see the little ones squeal in delight as they search for Nemo in the coral garden. Or perhaps they’d prefer to take in a bit of the culture and participate in a language lesson where the local language of the Maldives, Dhivehi, is taught. Little fashionistas will delight in The Sultan’s Village fashion show, complete with mini catwalk and, if a chill day is needed, there is always hermit crab-chasing on the white-sand beachfront.

Amilla Fushi translates to ‘My Island Home’ and the resort embraces this so well. Children are welcomed with open arms and the staff love nothing more than to take the kids on a buggy ride around the island or play a friendly match of soccer or tennis with them. Family fun challenges are a regular feature, too, with a variety of beach games.

WHAT KIDS LIKE BEST The freedom to explore the island on a bicycle and spotting baby reef sharks from the jetty.
WHAT PARENTS LIKE TOO Not only is the kids’ club complimentary, but the babysitting is too. Book ahead for a fabulous destination dining experience. Plus, with five pieces of complimentary laundry per person per day, there’s no pile of dirty washing to face when you return home.

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Niyama Private Island

‘Play’ at NIYAMA is the ultimate in island delights, a tropical domain dedicated to those travelling with children. Young VIPs can embark on a dolphin-finding expedition; join in a cooking class; go on an ocean adventure with a marine biologist; and chuckle their way through a session of laughing yoga. Tribes with older kids might enjoy an Island Survival Course and learn what’s safe and not safe to touch and eat. Stand-up paddle boarding lessons are always fun or take a surf lesson with the on-site pro. The Spa even offers complimentary visits for little spa buffs.

WHAT KIDS LIKE BEST The water park with giant flowers that shoot water and the huge jumping pillow in the Explorers Kids’ Club.
WHAT PARENTS LIKE TOO NIYAMA Private Islands allows children from the age of 12 months to 12 years to use its kids’ club, offering parents some much-deserved time out.

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The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort

When a resort welcomes its youngest VIPs with mini bathrooms, buckets and spades, and a cuddly marine life toy, you know you have arrived in luxury family-friendly heaven.

The amazing kids’ club is set in a junglelike scene in the centre of the island. Morning yoga sessions with parents, followed by baking in the mini kitchen just for children are sure to put a smile on the kids’ faces.

A huge free-form swimming pool near the beach is super child-friendly and there are little stations with complimentary sunscreen, too.

WHAT KIDS LIKE BEST Buggy rides around the island with the Butlers and afternoon tea served each day in the villa.
WHAT PARENTS LIKE TOO The Blue Hole – the Maldives’ only overwater hydrotherapy seawater pool – and The Whale Bar for sunset drinks; the Island Mary is a must.

This article appeared in volume 9 of Five Star Kids magazine. To subscribe to the latest issue, click here.



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