Updated: September 1, 2016 • Written by Roger Wade of the Water Villa Resort Guide
Most villas with overwater bungalows target couples and honeymooners but these resorts are great for families and have the best kid-friendly amenities. And just as important, they value their family guests so you won’t be made to feel like you don’t belong there.
The 5 Best Overwater Bungalows for Families in the Maldives
- Lily Beach Resort And Spa – Maldives
Hotel phone: +960 668-0013
The Lily is one of the best luxury resorts in the Maldives in any category. Fortunately, they’ve got families in mind too, with 2 kids’ pools in addition to 2 larger pools. They also have a well-run kids club called Turtles. The Lily is an all-inclusive basis that helps keep costs predictable. Even the smallest 56 water villas here are huge, at 969 sq ft (90 m²), so there’s plenty of room to spread out. The largest class of water villas come with 24-hour personalized butler service.
- Constance Halaveli Resort – Maldives
Hotel phone: +960 666-7000
Each of the 57 huge water villas at the Contance Halaveli Resort has its own plunge pool on its private deck overlooking the crystal-clear lagoon below. Obviously not a good choice for toddlers (most resorts don’t allow very young children in water villas anyway) but a perfect choice for older kids and their parents. This highly-rated resort also has a large main swimming pool and a spectacular sandy beach that’s perfect for swimming. Of course there’s a kids’ club, and also pedal boats, beach volleyball, and excellent kid-friendly snorkeling.
- Kuramathi Island Resort – Maldives
Hotel phone: +960 666-0527
One of the largest private-island resorts in the Maldives, the Kuramathi Island Resort has 70 water villas and 226 beach and garden rooms and suites, with a popular all-inclusive plan available. A resort of this size can afford to have a wide range of activities for younger children as well as for teens, and that’s exactly what they offer here. The 20 smaller water villas are still quite large, but the 50 larger ones each come with its own Jacuzzi, which will be popular with the whole family. There’s also nearly a dozen restaurants, so those in the mood for nearly anything can find it here.
- Kanuhara Resort – Maldives
Hotel phone: +960 662-0044
With only 20 water villas in addition to 75 island villas, the Kanuhara Resort is one of the few 5-star private island hotels that caters especially to families. There’s a kids club and fun tubes as well as table tennis a games room, tennis courts, and beach volleyball, in addition to a long list of other water sports and activities. The water villas here are enormous, at 1,345 sq ft (125 m²), and each comes with a personal villa host. For those who can afford it, there are few Maldives resorts that could even hope to compete with the Kanuhara for a range of family activities.
- Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa – Maldives
Hotel phone: 960 664-4100
More 5-star Maldives elegance for families, the Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa has 38 overwater suites that are as big as many houses at 1,420 sq ft (132 m²). Each comes with an infinity-edge bathtub for two with a view of the lagoon for the parents, and a separate shower out on the deck that the young ones should enjoy. There’s a kids’ club here as well as a main infinity-edge pool, snorkeling, tennis, badminton, and even beachside yoga. Guests can choose from the 4 excellent restaurants at this resort, or the 4 others at the sister resort just a short (and free) boat ride across the lagoon.