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A family beach vacation in the Maldives is all about sea, sand and sun. And whether you intend to spend your Maldives holiday above or below the surface of the Ocean, there is no lack of family fun. Snorkel and scuba dive. Deep-sea fish. Windsurf, sail and even surf. And should you tire of nature, water sports and the beach, there is a cultural side to this pearl-like nation that offers much for adults and children to explore. Visit a village and in addition to introducing the kids to the local way of life, shop for crafts and souvenirs.

The Maldives, a string of 1,192 coral islands stretching 900 km (560 miles) from south to north, is a top snorkeling and scuba diving destination. Notwithstanding the damage to the reef caused by the December 2004 tsunami and coral bleaching in 1998, the diversity of the marine life is beyond compare. Over a 1,000 species of fish including manta rays and triggerfish, various types of shark - hammerhead, gray reef and white tip reef - and nearly as many type of coral are found here. Warm water and exceptional visibility round out the experience and ensure the Maldives is nothing short of a great place for snorkelers and scuba divers to explore the underwater world.

Formed by volcanic eruptions each of the islands found in the country's 26 atolls - ring-like coral formations enclosing a lagoon - has its own unique charm. Deserted white sand beaches. Peaceful lagoons. Stunning house reefs and deep marine channels teeming with colorful fish. And each resort has a unique appeal: dive resorts, all-inclusive family resorts, and barefoot luxury resorts.
Kid-Friendly Hotels in Maldives

Thinadhoo Island

Vaavu Atoll

Maldives

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Casa Vacanze Barabaru is a different kind of Maldives experience. It's a guesthouse not a resort. It's located on an inhabited island. Maldivian food is served. The house dho ...
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  • Fishing
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North Ari Atoll

Maldives

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Chaaya Reef Ellaidhoo, formerly Ellaidhoo Tourist Resort, boasts one of the best house reefs in the Maldives. What's more, this Maldives resort has a splendid infinity pool a ...
  • Spa
  • Dive Center
  • Restaurant

North Male Atoll

Maldives

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It's hard to knock the Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa. The luxurious, palm-thatched bungalows are set in a well-maintained garden. The service is excellent. The s ...
  • Swimming Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Baby Sitting Service
  • Fitness Center
  • Spa
  • Medical Services

Lhaviyani Atoll

Maldives

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Kanuhura, one of the Maldives' most exclusive resorts, is billed as a barefoot luxury family resort. And while the atmosphere may be a bit stiff and formal, this member of Th ...
  • Swimming Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Baby Sitting Service
  • Activities for Kids
  • Fitness Center
  • Spa

Baa Atoll

Maldives

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KIDS

There are five reasons to consider Royal Island Resort & Spa. 1) It boasts a fabulous beach and wonderful pool. 2) The rooms are comfortable and clean. 3) The food is goo ...
  • Swimming Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Dive Center
  • Water Sports
  • Fishing
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