Unlike other vacation destinations, in the Maldives you are restricted to your island for activities and entertainment. If you would like to have some me-time as parents choose one of the islands where kids can enjoy their time with the resort staff while you indulge in diving, spa treatments or just enjoy some dolcé far niénte in paradise. If quiet evenings aren’t for you, there are resorts that offer lively family events including karaoke, live music and club nights, treasure hunts, quiz nights etc.
Most islands have interesting activity schedules for kids, which aren’t limited to indoor kids clubs but include group snorkelling, beach Olympics, scavenger hunts, hermit crab races and even after-sunset events like bonfire and marshmallow nights, movie nights and PJ parties.
If you want to introduce your kids (eight years and older) to diving, make sure you choose an island that offers the PADI Bubblemaker introductory course to diving. For older children, some properties even have rock climbing, spa treatments, painting studios and dedicated teen clubs and gaming centres.
Tip: To make it an immersive learning experience for kids, choose an island with a coral adoption program or marine discovery centre where kids can contribute their bit to the environment by planting a coral or learning about rehabilitating sea turtles and other marine creatures
Maldives with kids: full-board meal plan or all-inclusive?
Unlike standard bed-and-breakfast packages, in the Maldives choosing a package with meal inclusions is a wise choice given the cost of food and beverages. In the Maldives, your meal options range from buffets to dinners by Michelin star chefs. Most small islands have only a couple of restaurants, so if you have fussy eaters or are limited by food restrictions, do research your options.
Make sure you read the fine print when it comes to meal inclusions, as these vary considerably. A full-board includes all buffet meals, which are usually restricted to the all-day dining restaurant and usually don’t include even non-alcoholic drinks. After a couple of days, you will crave both variety in food and a change of scenery. This meal plan does not include room service or snacks. So carrying light packaged snacks for in-between meals for kids is a good idea.
An all-inclusive plan, on the other hand, would include all meals, mini bar inclusions. evening high tea, drinks, even complimentary kids club activities, non-motorised water sports or kids spa treatments. This way, you don’t have to worry about all the extras during the holiday. These packages also include a-la-carté meals at specialty restaurants unlike the full-board package so you have a more varied choice. Though these were generally offered only at budget resorts; in recent years, several luxury all-inclusive resorts have opened up.