Why the Maldives is an Unforgettable Family Destination

A chain of 26 atolls and over a thousand islands in the Indian Ocean, the Maldives is one of the most desirable tropical destinations in the world. We can all recall the ‘take me there now’ images of powdery white sands and glorious luxury villas suspended over glittering blue waters. An island paradise reserved only for the child free adults in the world…Well think again.

Why the Maldives is an unforgettable Family Destination

Over the last decade more and more resorts have popped up catering for families with children. So this once loved-up-couples-only destination is now a haven for family-friendly beach holidays.

Fear not those with no mini-mes in tow, you’re not about to face a stampede of kids on your dream holiday. The sheer number of island-resorts alone means there is space for all to enjoy this barefoot luxury!

Here are six reasons we found the Maldives to be a perfect family playground:

Exciting journey

Why the Maldives is an unforgettable Family Destination

There is no denying it’s a fair schlep to this tropical paradise from the UK. We flew with Etihad and enjoyed a stopover in Abu Dhabi. It’s a great way to break the trip up to make it more manageable with kids in tow. Plus it’s an opportunity to immerse yourself into a totally different culture. You can read about our Abu Dhabi cultural highlights here.

The flight time from Abu Dhabi to Male, the island capital of the Maldives is just over four hours. Totally bearable with little ones after a restful stopover. From the moment you arrive the excitement levels increase tenfold. Depending on which island you stay on, there is a chance to transfer to your accommodation by speedboat or seaplane.

Why the Maldives is an unforgettable Family Destination

Now, which little kid or big kid for that matter doesn’t love the idea of playing James Bond?! We travelled 30 minutes to our paradise of Iru Fushi and stayed at the Sun Siyam Resort. I’ll be posting a review of my stay soon.

Why the Maldives is an unforgettable Family Destination

Apart from a short delay boarding the flight due to bad weather conditions, my initial fears of travelling on a very, very small plane were eradicated quickly. One look at our barefoot pilot, put a huge smile on my face – his chilled vibe was infectious. Landing and taking off from the water is one Maldivian experience you don’t want to miss. I’m not sure who was more excited in the end, me or the kids.

It’s even more beautiful than the pictures

Why the Maldives is an unforgettable Family Destination

Nowhere will give you the wow feeling like that first spellbinding glimpse of the Maldives from a seaplane. A never-ending alluring range of blue hues surrounding the purest white sands, lush green tropical vegetation and palm trees. This is all before you even step on to your desert island paradise, taking off your shoes never to be seen again until you leave.

Why the Maldives is an unforgettable Family Destination

The beach feels more like talcum powder between your toes and shallow, turquoise waters will envelop you like a warm bath as you walk in. Due to the islands’ unique geography it’s some of the clearest on earth. The perfect place for parents and children alike.

Incredible natural environment

Why the Maldives is an unforgettable Family Destination

No doubt the Maldives is the epitome of paradise. Did I mention the sparkling white sandy beaches, crystalline waters with beautiful shades of blue, swaying palm trees and never-ending blue skies yet? With its unrivalled natural beauty and rich marine biodiversity, there is something to keep every member of your family happy.

Why the Maldives is an unforgettable Family Destination

Aside from frolicking in the world’s best beaches, there are a multitude of tropical island experiences to indulge in. Drink straight from fresh coconuts, swim with hundreds of species of tropical fish, snorkel next to amazing coral reefs or even head out for some dolphin watching.

Magical marine life

There is so much more to see below the surface in the Maldivian paradise. Renowned for its spectacular sea life the joys of the underwater world can be discovered from land or water. Perfect if you’re travelling with a range of ages as everyone can have their own Finding Nemo moment in the Indian Ocean.

Why the Maldives is an unforgettable Family Destination

If your children are au fait with diving, there are incredible opportunities to explore some amazing dive sites. Or if like my girls, they’re not ready to take the plunge to dive, snorkelling is a fantastic way to delve further as long as they’re good swimmers.

Why the Maldives is an unforgettable Family Destination

It will open up a whole new world with over a 1000 species of tropical fish, manta rays, moray eels, reef sharks and sea turtles (if you’re lucky)! A snorkel trip is a great lesson in the importance of conserving the environment and protecting endangered species for the kids too. The Maldives – dazzles you with beauty AND educates. Win-Win!

Why the Maldives is an unforgettable Family Destination

Why the Maldives is an unforgettable Family Destination

Even if snorkelling is too much, the exotic marine life can be enjoyed from the safety of dry land too. We used to love spotting the stingrays and reef sharks at mealtimes from the jetty.

Why the Maldives is an unforgettable Family Destination

And if that wasn’t enough it’s also one of the top five places in the world to spot dolphins and whales. Our sunset dolphin excursion was utterly magical.

Why the Maldives is an unforgettable Family Destination

There are no crowds

I mean really….Where is everyone? On our week-long stay we felt like we were often the only ones on the island, until you head for lunch and dinner. With most resorts being on their own island, everyone seems to have their own private beach area.

Why the Maldives is an unforgettable Family Destination

No annoying beach sellers, no crowds just endless white sand and turquoise waters where the kids can run wild without annoying anyone and parents can relax and switch off. Can it get any better?

Why the Maldives is an unforgettable Family Destination

It’s always a good time to go

The Maldives are hot and sunny all year round – Bingo! For families there is no bad time to visit. There’s an average of 8 hours of sunshine every day and the water temperature barely falls below 25°C. Your very own warm ocean bath right outside your room.

Why the Maldives is an unforgettable Family Destination

The period between October and April is the dry season, with February to April being the hottest and driest. Monsoon months are from June to October, when rain is more likely to occur. Most importantly it’s still warm and sometimes weeks can go by with not a drop of rain. We travelled in August, during the wet season and had two days where it rained for an hour or so.

Why the Maldives is an unforgettable Family Destination

Apart from the obvious financial help on the wallet when travelling in the low season. The dramatic scenes of a thunderstorm on a small tropical island is a sight to behold. And before you know it you’re back normal tranquil scenes.

Parenting doesn’t exclude you from far-flung destinations

Sometimes parents dismiss the unusual and exotic holiday options simply because kids are part of equation. I’ve always been the opposite, I see it as a challenge.

Why the Maldives is an unforgettable Family Destination

Be practical about your family’s needs when you arrange the trip – Planning is key. For example, with children it’s sensible to keep travel and transfer time to a minimum. If you’re flying direct it’s a ten-hour flight, so selecting a resort close to Malé and the airport is beneficial to help ward off any tired tantrums. Always stay one step ahead and be realistic. I guarantee it will take your family holiday from being good to truly memorable.

Why the Maldives is an unforgettable Family Destination

The Maldives provides the perfect combination of relaxation and adventure. If you can, do experience the left-the-real-world-behind feeling before it’s too late and the Maldives disappear from our world forever. I promise, from the moment you arrive it will be the most stress-free family holiday you’ve ever experienced.

Love to know where your best beach holiday has been? Let me know in the comments box below

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29 Comments

  1. 29th October 2018 / 9:31 am

    The Maldives has to be one of the most beautiful places on Earth!!

    • Sima Sthanakiya
      Author
      29th October 2018 / 9:47 am

      Not going to argue with you on that point Angie.

  2. 29th October 2018 / 10:12 am

    We thought the Maldives was family friendly too

    You’ve got me plotting a return

    • Sima Sthanakiya
      Author
      30th October 2018 / 8:53 am

      Not far for you now at all. You could even go for a long weekend – So amazing!

  3. 30th October 2018 / 7:43 am

    Sima this just sounds like bliss! You have described it so well I want to be there now.

    • Sima Sthanakiya
      Author
      30th October 2018 / 8:53 am

      Thanks so much Neha. Utter paradise.

  4. 30th October 2018 / 9:38 am

    If I had kids I would most definitely be taking them all over the world and it’s such a misconception that The Maldives should only be for couples! As you’ve demonstrated there is so mi h to do. It’s just so stunning and everything about it is exciting! The only beach I loved for remoteness was in Bora Bora and Dr C and I plan another visit to the Maldives! Can’t wait! Excellent read Sima!

    • Sima Sthanakiya
      Author
      31st October 2018 / 9:17 am

      Bora Bora is a dream trip of mine. Hopefully one day.

  5. 30th October 2018 / 10:50 am

    I dream of visiting one day – looks like heaven on Earth. Maybe for our next milestone anniversary…

    • Sima Sthanakiya
      Author
      31st October 2018 / 9:18 am

      Now that would be a marvellous trip and unforgettable.

  6. 30th October 2018 / 9:15 pm

    The Maldives really does look like real life paradise, love all of the different shades of blue in the photos! And it sounds like an amazing holiday for the kids, especially the water plane! Natalie x

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    • Sima Sthanakiya
      Author
      31st October 2018 / 9:19 am

      It was an incredible family trip and we all loved arriving by seaplane.

  7. 31st October 2018 / 5:19 am

    I really want to go one day!!

    • Sima Sthanakiya
      Author
      31st October 2018 / 9:19 am

      I know you will!

  8. 31st October 2018 / 1:41 pm

    Oh wow, it sounds heavenly! What a perfect place to make beautiful family memories!

    • Sima Sthanakiya
      Author
      1st November 2018 / 8:43 am

      It was the most incredible family holiday Laura.

  9. 3rd November 2018 / 12:33 am

    Love love love Maldives. With kids or without is a true heaven. Loving your pics and couldn’t agree more with your reasoning thanks so much for linking in with #CulturedKids, a great read! X

    • Sima Sthanakiya
      Author
      4th November 2018 / 11:48 am

      We totally fell in love and can’t wait to go back. Fingers and toes crossed x

  10. 3rd November 2018 / 9:04 am

    Wow, you are literally the coolest mom ever!! We didn’t really go on vacations as a kid but it’s my goal one day to take my kids all over the world so they know how great and diverse of a planet we inhabit. This is an amazing guide to family travel. I don’t know if the Maldives would have come to my mind but this post inspired me to bring my future family here one day! Maybe sometime soon I can just go with my hubby.

    • Sima Sthanakiya
      Author
      4th November 2018 / 11:48 am

      Thank you Kelsey. Hopefully you’ll be there one day soon x

    • Sima Sthanakiya
      Author
      4th November 2018 / 11:50 am

      We have the best memories from this trip. A magical time Tanja.

  11. 3rd November 2018 / 1:41 pm

    Looks like you had a wonderful family holiday. We are thinking fo going to the Maldives with our daughter as there are direct flights from here in Western Australia. I cannot wait for our girl to be old enough snorkel so we can explore the reef together.

    • Sima Sthanakiya
      Author
      4th November 2018 / 11:52 am

      Have far is it from Australia? Even if you’re daughter isn’t old enough to snorkel there is lots to get her excited still.

    • Sima Sthanakiya
      Author
      4th November 2018 / 11:52 am

      The sea plane was so cool Catherine. Just a bit special taking off and landing on water. Bloody noisy though.

  12. 5th November 2018 / 9:16 am

    It really does like like paradise! I was sold on the seaplane. Great to know the Maldives are a family friendly #CulturedKids

    • Sima Sthanakiya
      Author
      8th November 2018 / 1:21 pm

      The seaplane was so much fun Vyki!

  13. 5th November 2018 / 3:33 pm

    The views from the seaplane! So gorgeous! This sounds like a fabulous family holiday. Sand like talcum powder sounds just right!
    #culturedkids

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