Adults-only Maldives: Water villa resorts with no children
While most people consider the Maldives to be one of the premier honeymoon destinations on the planet, increasing numbers of families are spending holidays in this gorgeous archipelago as well. This has made for a sensitive situation where one of our most common questions is about Maldives resorts with no children at all and of those who solely focus on a romantic atmosphere.
It’s a tricky subject on several levels, but below we’ve compiled a list of 9 fantastic resorts where you are least likely to see any families, at least in certain restricted sections of the resorts. Up to this point no Maldives resorts have explicitly banned children, though some do restrict guests under anywhere from 8 to 13 years old.
Maldives resorts and children
Again, no resorts actually ban all children, but many of them are set up so they are very poor choices for families. Resorts with no Kids Club or a kid’s swimming pool or game room don’t make our list of the best Maldives family resorts, but that doesn’t stop at least a few parents from booking into them anyway.
Generally speaking, you’ll see very few, if any, children at the smaller resorts and especially those that are mostly or completely made up of ocean villas. In fact, most resorts do ban younger children from staying in water villas, though in some cases they’ll allow it if the parent signs a waiver when booking their room.
If you really want to avoid a resort with children it’s best to book outside of the Christmas, Easter, and summer periods, which is obviously when families take most of their holidays due to school closings. Also, booking a water villa (as opposed to an island room) will greatly reduce your potential exposure to younger children. Even if there are a few families staying on the island itself, you’ll barely see them if you are staying out in the overwater villas as you’ll be in completely different sections of the resort.
Honeymoon resorts in the Maldives
We’ve compiled a list of the best Maldives honeymoon resorts with water villas, and some of those can be found on the list below as well. Obviously resorts with a romantic atmosphere and renowned spa are typically not well suited to families, but in some cases a resort can do both, so we have two lists.
Best Maldives resorts with few or no children
- Water villas: 33
- Total rooms/suites: 36
With only 33 romantic water villas and only 3 island suites, the Cocoa Island Resort bills itself as very much of a honeymoon destination, and there are no child-oriented facilities of any kind. This is also one of the highest rated resort in the Maldives based on guest reviews, so it’s an ideal choice for an adults-only holiday. Guests here will find a restaurant and a bar, as well as the option of enjoying in-room dining.
Each of the water villas is very private and designed to look like a traditional Maldivian fishing boat – the only resort of its kind. Of course there’s an excellent spa and even a yoga pavilion with a resident instructor in addition to fantastic diving and snorkeling. Nearby activities include a sunset cruise, sunset fishing, island hopping and catamaran snorkeling cruise that’s sure to impress.
- Low season online specials from US$946 per night
- High season online specials from US$1,044 per night
- Water villas: 30
- Total rooms/suites: 36
One of the smallest private island resorts in the Maldives, the Mirihi Island Resort only has 30 water villas and 6 island rooms. Very much of a couples resort, there is no swimming pool or any family facilities at all, so almost no children end up here.
The resort itself is among the more basic, though it does offer an excellent spa in addition to great diving and snorkeling and other water sports. Rooms here include a mini-bar, a sitting area, a bathroom overlooking the ocean and direct access to both the beach and the ocean. The guest reviews are fantastic as well, with many repeat visitors, so they are obviously doing something right at Mihiri Island.
- Low season online specials from US$582 per night
- High season online specials from US$984 per night
- Water villas: 64
- Total rooms/suites: 76
With 64 water villas and only 12 island rooms, the Veligandu Island Resort is definitely most popular as a couples hotel, though a few families do book here when school is not in session. This is a very nice 4-star resort with 54 of the water villas coming complete with their own on-deck Jacuzzi. They each also come with an entertainment system, Wi-Fi, a fully stocked mini-bar, a refrigerator and a private, furnished patio.
You’ve got a lovely beach in addition to a freshwater swimming pool and the usual dive center, and also catamarans, kayaks, and much more. This is one of the few private islands in this price range where children are quite rare, so it could be a good choice for many.
- Low season online specials from US$561 per night
- High season online specials from US$784 per night
- Water villas: 71
- Total rooms/suites: 150
A solid 5-star resort, the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is set on two islands connected by an elevated pathway, with 71 water villas in total. This is actually a resort that welcomes families, however there is a section of the remote island that has 21 King Spa Water Villas and is adults only.
Quite an amazing place, this resort features an underwater glass-enclosed restaurant, the only of its kind in the world, plus an overwater restaurant and several other gourmet options, including that of a wine and cheese bar. It’s twice been voted the Best Hotel in the World, so it could be perfect for those who can afford and are willing to pay for its deluxe overwater villas.
- Low season online specials from US$751 per night
- High season online specials from US$1,081 per night
- Water villas: 20
- Total rooms/suites: 70
One of the smaller Maldives islands with only 20 water villas and 50 beach villas, the Angaga Island Resort and Spa has no facilities for children at all so it’s unofficially a couples resort. Reviews from past guests show that a tiny number of children are brought here overall, so this is one of the best bets if that is a top priority for your vacation.
The Angaga Island resort is also an amazing bargain, especially in low season, with literally the cheapest water villas in the Maldives, on that’s on a half-board (breakfast and dinner) basis. The reviews here are quite good overall and the water villas are much nicer than you’d expect, so this one really stands out as excellent value. In fact, water villas feature room service, a TV, air conditioning, a private deck, a glass bottom table and a mini fridge.
- Low season online specials from US$348 per night
- High season online specials from US$571 per night
- Water villas: 70
- Total rooms/suites: 80
With the feel of a boutique resort, this all-inclusive property has 70 water villas and 10 island rooms. There’s no swimming pool or kids club so only oblivious parents book here with families, and especially rarely in the water villas, making this a great choice for the romantically involved.
Considering that this is an all-inclusive resort with modest prices it’s surprising how good the guest reviews tend to be. The food gets quite high marks, as does the spa, and there are plenty of daytime activities (diving, snorkeling etc) on offer. For a moderately priced couples all-inclusive with a minimal chance of having children around, the Chaaya Lagoon offers great value.
- Low season online specials from US$480 per night
- High season online specials from US$539 per night
- Water villas: 20
- Total rooms/suites: 80
Offering some of the best diving and snorkeling in the Maldives, the Velidhu Island Resort has 20 water villas and 80 island rooms, with no Kids Club or swimming pool. This is another all-inclusive resort with very few families ever booking, so it’s usually a couples resort automatically.
The water villas here are quite large for the price, and the largest four of them have a Jacuzzi out on the private sun deck. The Serena Spa is there for some nice pampering treatments, and there are many other daytime activities offered, so those wanting to do more than just relax will not be bored. Especially in low season, the rates here are a great bargain for an all-inclusive.
- Low season online specials from US$483 per night
- High season online specials from US$648 per night
- Water villas: 20
- Total rooms/suites: 20
Built off one edge of Meedhupparu Island, the Adaaran Prestige Water Villas are a special section that is separate from its sister resort on the island. There are 20 water villas in this area and nothing else, and each comes with a private butler, and service in general is excellent and of 5-star standard. All 20 of the water villas feature a private jacuzzi, a mini bar and a glass viewing floor area perfect for watching the sealife below, any time of the day.
While families aren’t specifically banned from staying in these water villas, very few do, though some opt to stay in the other part of the island. Guests of this area have their own restaurants and services (which are almost always child-free) and can also use the restaurants and facilities of the main resort, and you can easily spend your entire holiday in the water villa area.
- Low season online specials from US$832 per night
- High season online specials from US$933 per night
- Water villas: 40
- Total rooms/suites: 40
This boutique resort opened in 2009, consisting of only 40 water villas. The Adaaran Prestige Vadoo is another resort where each villa comes with a personal butler, so service tends to be excellent and personal, making it right on point. It’s a small and intimate island with no almost no family-friendly facilities, so very few families with children ever book here, though they are not specifically banned.
Each water villa also comes with a hot tub and a personal plunge pool as well as a glass-floor section for observing the sea life below when you’re looking to stay dry on land. Already very popular with the honeymoon crowd, it’s developing a great reputation as a boutique couples island, with room rates in the moderate price range all year round.
- Low season online specials from US$606 per night
- High season online specials from US$710 per night