Editor’s Choice: 6 Best Maldives water villa resorts for families
Many people consider the Maldives to be primarily a destination for honeymoons and romantic trips, but it's also extremely popular with families. Out of the nearly 80 water villa resorts in the Maldives, a few dozen have special “Kids' Clubs” (as they are usually called) specifically built and staffed for the young ones.
Most of these resorts also have swimming pools and tennis courts in addition to beach and water sports, so a range of ages can have a trip they'll never forget, leaving the parents some time on their own as well.
Finding the best family-oriented resorts on your own could take weeks, so we've narrowed the list down to our 6 absolute favorites that we think will impress. Our editor's choice family resorts combine all the necessary staffing and facilities for family guests with the best reviews of all Maldives water villa resorts. The 6 listed below should at least help you narrow down your choice quickly.
6 Best Maldives water villa resorts for families
- Water villas: 56
- Total rooms/suites: 119
A very popular 5-star private-island resort that operates on an all-inclusive basis, the Lily Beach Resort and Spa features 56 water villas, although 16 of those are barely perched over the edge of the lagoon rather than out on stilts as the others are. The Lily Beach Resort gets among the best reviews of all Maldives private-island hotels, so it deserves to be the top pick among family-oriented resorts. Rooms here come with air conditioning, Wi-Fi and room service, perfect for those nights in with the hungry kiddos
There's a Kids' Club and 2 childrens' swimming pools in addition to the adult pool area, so this resort clearly caters to the family crowd. There's also tennis courts, beach volleyball, and billiards, so the teenagers will have plenty of fun things to keep them busy. The high season rates here are in the luxury category for sure, but off-season special online deals put it into the bargain category if you can get them.
- Low season online specials from US$1,223 per night
- High season online specials from US$1,314 per night
- Water villas: 57
- Total rooms/suites: 86
An amazing value for families, the Constance Halaveli has 57 water villas, each with its own private plunge pool on the sun deck. Each villa also has a 42″ satellite TV and even an iMac entertainment system, so younger guests will have plenty to keep them happy and busy just in the room.
There's also a Kids' Club, a fresh-water swimming pool, and paddle boats, among the many other water sport options. This resort gets fantastic reviews from families as well as its other guests, so the rates are hard to beat. The high-season prices are still quite a good deal, but the off-season rates make it a real steal for a family water villa resort.
- Low season online specials from US$1,048 per night
- High season online specials from US$1,064 per night
- Water villas: 129
- Total rooms/suites: 360
Occupying one of the largest and most impressive private islands in the Maldives, the Kuramathi Maldives resort is a 4-star property that has 360 rooms, 129 of which are water villas that come in two classes. The less expensive class of water villas are still quite large and they are very reasonably priced, with the island rooms being even cheaper.
The all-inclusive meal plans available here are a good way to keep things predictable, and the cuisine at the long list of restaurants gets surprisingly good reviews with many being very pleased withe the large selection of dishes to choose from. There's a Kids' Club and a childrens' pool in addition to many water sports activities. In the moderate price category, the Kuramathi is a perfect choice for families preferring an all-inclusive option for there vacation.
- Low season online specials from US$1,037 per night
- High season online specials from US$1,208 per night
- Water villas: 20
- Total rooms/suites: 95
Each villa at the Kanuhara Resort comes equipped with its own private host, which sets this luxurious 5-star hotel apart from most other family-oriented resorts. It features 20 huge water villas with all the first-class amenities you'd expect, and there are 95 additional rooms on the island, so this is one of the larger resorts of its kind in the Maldives. Rooms here include a private outdoor shower, a private balcony and a personal villa host.
The Kanuhara Resort has a Kids Club and an extensive program for younger guests including fun tubes, a games room, beach volleyball, and even two lit tennis courts. The island rooms are more affordable than the water villas so this might be a good choice for a family needing multiple rooms for a reasonable price. Reviews for the resort are exceptional so it's a great choice for families.
- Low season online specials from US$1,320 per night
- High season online specials from US$1,611 per night
- Water villas: 38
- Total rooms/suites: 110
Offering among the best values in the 5-star category, the Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa features 36 water villas that are all enormous, each coming complete with an infinity-edge bathrub-for-two with a view of the lagoon. The Dhoni Kids' Club will keep the younger ones active and busy, while the long list of beach and water sport activities will keep the older ones very happy as well.
There are four restaurants at the Anantara Dhigu Resort, which should insure that everyone can find something they really like, but better still, guests here can take a quick and free ferry ride to the adjoining resort and use their restaurant and facilities as well. This one is more for families and the other is more for couples, but still it's nice to have both options. Reviews for the Anantara Dhigu Resort are excellent as well, making this resort a solid choice.
- Low season online specials from US$778 per night
- High season online specials from US$1,088 per night
- Water villas: 71
- Total rooms/suites: 150
Part of a 5-star resort division of the Hilton Hotels group, the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island offers great value in the luxury class, especially with their off-season online special rates. All water villas here are large or huge, and all are well equipped with luxury amenities that you'd expect in a top-end Hilton hotel. Some of these amenities include Wi-Fi, ocean view baths, a private deck with steps that lead into the ocean and a private jacuzzi plunge pool.
There's a Kids' Club here, plus even a Kids' Spa, so everyone can stay active and even get pampered a bit. There is also a tennis court and a large infinity swimming pool in addition to the many water sports activities on offer. The Conrad Maldives Rangali gets great reviews from everyone, including from families, so it's worth consideration if the price is right.
- Low season online specials from US$568 per night
- High season online specials from US$1,492 per night