When you have to travel a long way to reach your destination, it’s reassuring to know that you have the ultimate luxury paradise waiting for you at the other end.
A Maldives luxury resort
The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi is the perfect pick if you’re looking for not just luxury but also a family-friendly place to stay.
How to get to Iru Fushi
The resort is located in the unspoiled Noonu Atoll, the island of Iru Fushi lies 320 kilometres north of Malé. It’s accessible by seaplane with a flight time of 45 minutes from Malé International airport.
We first flew Etihad to Abu Dhabi and enjoyed a few days’ stopover to refresh before we continued our journey. The flight from Malé is only around four hours, after which we boarded the seaplane to the island, making the last leg of our journey exciting for everyone. Plus, the kids are able to enjoy the whole experience without having it ruined by tiredness.
There are two types of villas on the island, water and beach. We stayed in a Family Deluxe Beach Villa with a private pool surrounded by lush greenery and coconut palms. The thatched bungalow style villa is perfect for families as you have direct access to the beach.
The spherical room is generous in size, with dark woods & cream palette Maldivian inspired soft furnishings dotted around the room.
It comprises of the main bedroom leading onto a living room area which can be closed off with a sliding door – AKA the kids bedroom!
This leads to the outside area with a patio, large daybed and private black lava stone pool of a depth of 1.2 metres. If travelling with small children it’s something to bear in mind if they can’t swim.
Beyond the pool is another cabana style daybed with incredible views of the aqua coloured ocean and pristine beach.
Towards the back of the villa and the bedroom is the wardrobe and dressing area which opens out to an epic indoor-outdoor bathroom. Think amazing bathtub, two vanity areas, an enclosed shower, toilet, another outdoor shower and swing! And enough Thalgo toiletries to have your own spa session.
All the villas come with 24/7 care from the attentive resort staff, and a range of services to make your stay complete. Free Wi-Fi and even life jackets so you can go out and enjoy the ocean whenever you want mean that you don’t have to worry about a thing.
Everyone is made to feel very special at the resort and assigned a butler to help take care of all your needs during the stay. From the moment you step off the seaplane till you board to wave your sad farewell.
The Island of Iru Fushi
Iru Fushi can easily be explored by foot in less than an hour. It’s wonderful wandering around barefoot on the powdery white sand.
Being a small island it’s easy to navigate and nothing is too far away. If you’re too tired to walk there are buggies running around the whole island. All you have to do is call.
This Maldives luxury beach hotel has an award-winning spa, which takes a holistic approach with nature’s five elements and traditional Ayurvedic practices at its heart.
A labyrinth of gardens interconnected with lily ponds filled with carp and pebble walkways flanked by lush vegetation.
There are over 70 Thalgo treatments on the menu or for an authentic healing therapy choose from a range of Ayurvedic, traditional Chinese medicine or Maldivian treatment.
The kids need not feel left out either, they even include a kids’ spa experience.
The chocolate massage which ended with a pretty flower adorned hairstyle and delicious chocolate milkshake was a winner!
Food and Drink
You don’t need to worry about getting bored of the food at The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi.
There are 14 restaurants and bars to cater for all tastes, ranging from Vietnamese to French, Japanese, Italian and Indian. As well as delicious food, you always get a great view with your dinner.
Conveniently placed options include the Indian restaurant by the family pool, and there’s an ice cream bar to make sure everyone gets their desserts too.
The resort will even bring dinner to you if you can’t quite get the kids to leave your villa.
We indulged in a private fine dining evening at the rather luxurious Wine Cellar. An inner chamber at the over-water French restaurant Flavours.
Not cheap but our 8 course tasting menu paired with the most exquisite wines. The resident sommelier had an interesting tale for each glass.
A Family Friendly Maldives Resort
Every villa at Sun Siyam Iru Fushi has space for two children under 12, and there’s plenty going on for kids and families.
There’s a kids’ club, pool and activity area to keep them entertained, plus children’s menus at all the dining options. You can expect all of the infant essentials too, like cribs and high chairs. But if you want to do things as a family, it’s the leisure activities that are really interesting.
The family swimming pool is open until 7pm, and there’s everything from nature trails to mini-golf, snorkelling and a giant chess board to try.
If you feel like staying indoors, there are board games, table football and other things to keep the kids entertained in the indoor recreation centre.
The Koamas Kids Club
It’s a fun place to hang out and make friends. A huge hit with the kids! The main area is open but covered with separate air-conditioned themed rooms for movies, role playing, a toddler area and a baby sleep room.
The club also has a shallow shaded pool with designated swim times, a climbing frame, colouring tables, air hockey table and an outdoor play area. They also offer also offers water and a kids menu complimentary to all children you attend.
With activities like origami art, gecko hunt, colourful sand painting and mask making on offer. The kids will want to visit daily – guaranteed!
The kids club is from ages 3-12 years (under three must be accompanied by a parent or babysitter) and is open from 8.30am – 6pm. Babysitting is also offered at an additional cost when you require some child free time in the evening.
Things to do in Iru Fushi
When you want to leave the resort or get out onto the water, the choice of excursions gives you plenty to do. From fishing to sunset cruises, you can get out and about and explore the area.
For watersports activities, there’s a family package that includes a banana boat road, catamaran sailing and a windsurfing lessons.
When you first arrive your butler will organise free snorkelling equipment for the whole family from the Dive Centre. It means you can snorkel to your heart’s content whenever you like.
Adults Only Pool and Bar
While the kids are being entertained at the kids club. The parents can make use of Reflections:an adults only infinity swimming pool and bar. No screaming, no dive bombing – just relax and chill.
This is paradise. We’ve never been as relaxed on a family holiday. From watching the kids be free all day in the outdoors, to the point where we forgot what shoes were – you never really wear them the entire time you’re there.
The Maldives certainly lived up to our expectations and then some. I feel so lucky to finally tick it off my bucket list.
The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi Maldives is a luxury location perfect for families, giving you a beautiful bubble to spend your holiday in.
For more information about the resort head to the Sun Siyam Iru Fushi website.
Watch the highlights video from our Maldivian holiday
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