The Author: Roger Wade writes the Maldives Water Villa Resort Guide.
Most villas with overwater bungalows target couples and honeymooners but these 8 resorts offer families the best kid-friendly amenities.
Lily Beach Resort And Spa – Maldives
The Lily is one of the best 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
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 as well as a sandy beach perfect for swimming. Of course there’s a kids’ club, and also pedal boats, beach volleyball, and excellent snorkeling.
Another of the few Bora Bora resorts that have families in mind, the Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort has a swimming pool and great snorkeling as well as mini golf, a game room, bacci ball on its sandy beach, ping pong, and much more. There are also a variety of restaurants that should suit any eater.
The 50 overwater bungalows are 657 sq ft (61 m²) and each comes with either a kingsize bed or two twin beds in addition to another single bed. You also get a DVD player, CD player, and satellite TV to help keep everyone entertained during the quiet evening times.
Kuramathi Island Resort – Maldives
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
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.
A bit more modest than the Bora Bora location, the Le Méridien Tahiti Resort is also much more affordable and easier to reach – just a short ride from the main Tahiti Airport. The resort boasts the South Pacific’s largest sand-bottom lagoon swimming pool and offers beach volleyball and great snorkeling.
Better still, the convenient location puts you close to go-karts, horseback riding, 4X4 mountain safaris, and a long list of activities that the whole family can enjoy.
Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa – Maldives
More 5-star Maldives elegance with families well looked after, 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.
While most Bora Bora resorts are better suited to the honeymoon crowd, a few make provisions for families. Leave it to this high-end French-owned chain to be the best, with a dedicated children’s program as well as a huge pool, pedal boats, and a turtle sanctuary.
The 85 overwater bungalows are quite large at 650 sq. ft (60 m²), and each comes with a glass floor section so you can easily observe the sea life swimming immediately below the your room.