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 child-free resorts 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 10 fantastic resorts where you are least likely to see any families, at least in certain restricted sections of the resorts. Just recently, a Maldives resort made an official policy stating that it's an 18+ resort exclusively for all inclusive vacations with no children. Up to this point, no Maldives resorts had explicitly banned children, so this is the first of the child-free resorts.

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Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa – Maldives

Again, only one resort actually bans 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, making them adults only islands, 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.

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Honeymoon resorts in the Maldives

We’ve already compiled an overall list of the best Maldives honeymoon resorts with water villas, and some of those can be found on the list of the best all-inclusive adults-only honeymoon resorts and holiday resort sas 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

COMO Cocoa Island Resort – Maldives

  • Water villas: 33
  • Total rooms/suites: 36


With only 33 romantic water villas and only 3 island suites, the COMO 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 resorts in the Maldives based on guest reviews, so it’s an ideal choice for an adults-only holiday among hotels without children. 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 – more facilities than most adult-only honeymoon resorts. 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$977 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,251 per night
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Mirihi Island Resort – Maldives

  • 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 and it’s unofficially an adult-only island.


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$760 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,398 per night
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Veligandu Island Resort – Maldives

  • 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$703 per night
  • High season online specials from US$842 per night
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Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

  • 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 if it means staying in hotels without children.


  • Low season online specials from US$568 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,492 per night
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Angaga Island Resort and Spa

  • 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$503 per night
  • High season online specials from US$587 per night
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Cinnamon Hakuraa Huraa Maldives – All inclusive

  • 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$671 per night
  • High season online specials from US$892 per night
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Velidhu Island Resort – Maldives

  • 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$1,281 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,416 per night
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Adaaran Prestige Water Villas All-Inclusive – Maldives

  • 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$1,009 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,127 per night
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Adaaran Prestige Vadoo – Maldives

  • 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$875 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,046 per night
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Komandoo Island Resort – Maldives

  • Water villas: 14
  • Total rooms/suites: 45


Another small private island resort, the Komandoo Island Resort is a stand out on this list due to its recent decision to become an adults only resort. Unlike some of the other resorts on this list that discourage children, the Komandoo Island Resort has written in a 18+ policy meaning that children are banned from all sections of the resort and a guest must be at least 18 years old to stay on the property. This is fantastic for couples seeking a completely kid environment for their honeymoon or romantic escape.


The resort also offers guests an all-inclusive plan that includes all meals in the main restaurant. The overwater villas continue the romantic, exclusive vibe of this resort with a private sundeck with stairs that lead into the ocean below and a jacuzzi bath that also overlooks the lagoon.


  • Low season online specials from US$841 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,072 per night
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  1. My family and I live in Asia and we are looking for a trip to anywhere with water bungalows and hopefully clear, turqoise water with snorkelling and water activities available, and is also budget friendly if possible. We are two adults and one child who is a little over 17. Are there any suggestions or recommendations? Thank you

  2. I am looking to plan a family vacation that is budget friendly. I would love to stay in an overwater hut. Can you tell me the best and most reasonable place to stay with a family the kids are 12 & 16

    1. Kris,

      Since you aren’t even sure which part of the world you want to visit, I’d recommend starting with this list of the world’s cheapest overwater resorts on our other site. Most of those resorts only allow 3 guests per room, even though almost all of them have a pull-out couch in addition to a king bed. You might find some good choices in Central America or in Asia other than the Maldives. And of course it really depends on where you are starting from because the cost of flights could cancel out any savings from a cheaper resort. I hope that helps and I’m happy to help with other questions if you have them. -Roger

  3. I would like to attend an over water bungalow resort for me and about 7 of my closest friends to celebrate my 45th Birthday. As most resorts are for honeymooners, are there single friendly resorts that can accommodate a "Girls Just Want To Have Fun" week long celebration. We live on the East coast and realize we will have to fly West for all the bungalows you have described above. All feedback is appreciated to guide me in the planning phrase.

    1. Kim,

      That sounds like a lot of fun. You won’t find many resorts that are great options for “solo” travelers, but groups of singles will fit in with many other groups there. Most of the resorts in Bora Bora and Moorea allow 3 guests per bungalow, and they all have a sleeper sofa in them for that purpose (most don’t allow 4 guests per room though). So if two of your group are okay sleeping on a pull-out couch then you can get by with 3 bungalows.

      It’s true that many of the guests at these resorts will be honeymoon couples or anniversary couples, but there are also families with older children and multi-generational groups. I think your group would have fun at just about any of those resorts, but I’d probably focus on one that has some nightlife each evening such as a band or DJ. Some of the smaller resorts only have a beach bar and it’ll mostly be couples in those. Long story short, I think I’d look at one of the larger resorts on Moorea or Bora Bora or even Tahiti. The places with at least 100 total rooms (including beach and garden bungalows) should also have plenty of things to keep you happy and a diverse clientele.

      If your budget can handle a bit over US$2,000 per night you might even consider one of the Sandals resorts on Jamaica because the flights will be so much shorter and cheaper. The overwater bungalows there are huge (I just toured both resorts recently) and the nearby beach rooms are really wonderful there as well. The beach rooms start at around US$500 per night, but they are premium all-inclusive with even many activities included so they would be really fun for a group. In other words, maybe you could get 1 (or 2) overwater bungalows and a couple of beach rooms, and take turns in each? And you could mostly hang out in the overwater bungalow during the day, which is plenty big enough for everyone. When you add in the cost of flights and all that time flying to Los Angeles and to Tahiti then the Jamaica plan could look even better. Also you have to factor in the cost of meals and drinks and activities. In the South Pacific the room includes breakfast, but everything else is extra, while in Jamaica it’s ALL included in the price. Let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger

  4. My wife and I will be celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary. It would be wonderful to stay at an over water bungalow.

    Is Tahiti, Bora Bora gay-friendly islands? Are any island more friendly than others?

    1. Merchel,

      Tahiti, Moorea, and Bora Bora are all part of French Polynesia, and the French culture there is quite strong. With that in mind, I’d expect that the islands and the resorts in particular would be quite LGBT-friendly. I don’t recall seeing anything in particular that stood out when I’ve been there, but I have a strong hunch that the resorts are all very progressive with that sort of thing. The island people seem to be quite open minded, and French people are famously tolerant. I wish I could give you more certainty. Best of luck with this. -Roger

  5. I am trying to plan our 10 year wedding anniversary. We are both pretty easy to please regarding vacations.

    I do know that my wife would really love to stay at an over water Bungalow for this trip.

    We would be traveling from Wichita, KS to Bora Bora or somewhere similar.(hopefully if price is right).

    I have browsed a bit and can’t find much for our budget (around $3-4k per person). Obviously I would love to be on the low end of my budget and save as much as possible.

    If not in Bora Bora, we would be okay with over water bungalow’s elsewhere.

    Travel dates would be leaving August 26th and Returning September 2nd (can go 1 day either way if needed).

    1. Michael,

      We are simply an online guide to overwater bungalows and not a travel agency. You’ll find the best deals online for these resorts. You can usually get better value in Moorea, which is another gorgeous island right off Tahiti itself. The room rates are a bit lower and transportation is faster and cheaper as well. If you have any specific questions just let us know. -Roger

  6. We our planning our honeymoon and live near San Francisco. We’d love to go to an amazing bungalow but the issue is we have only around 7 days for our trip, so the long flights really eat into our time. Is there an island you recommend we go to which is easy to reach from SFO? Thanks!

    1. Andrew,

      From San Francisco the closest overwater bungalows are in Tahiti, which is only a couple hours farther than Hawaii. It looks like you’d have to fly down to LAX first, as that’s where all the flights to Tahiti start. There are two resorts not far from the Tahiti Airport that offer overwater bungalows. Those resorts are pretty nice, but there are 4 nicer ones on Moorea, which is a 5-minute flight or one-hour ferry ride from Tahiti. If you are going all that way, it’s probably worth going to Moorea, as it’s also a much prettier island than Tahiti itself. Bora Bora is a 60-minute flight from Tahiti, and it has even more options. Those islands are so gorgeous and wonderful that I think it’s worth the flight, even for a week. Best of luck with this. -Roger

  7. Hi
    We live at the Gold Coast, Australia so can fly out of here or Brisbane. For our 20 year wedding anniversary in April we want to stay at an overwater bungalow – this will probably be a one-off so I want it to be in the clearest water with white sand so that the swimming and hopefully snorkelling is great. Maybe even some other water activities like sailboarding nearby? What do you recommend also considering ease of getting there? Thanks!

    1. Margo,

      There are actually a few resorts in the South Pacific that aren’t far from you, including one in New Caledonia. Have a look at our list of resorts in the South Pacific for more details. The next closest to you are in the Philippines and Malaysia. You can find those under the Asia tab on the top of this page.

      But really you’ll find the best affordable resorts in the Maldives, which has 80 different overwater hotels, each on its own island. Click on the Maldives tab for all of that information. And of course Bora Bora, which also isn’t too far from you, has many of the world’s best overwater resorts if price isn’t a major factor. Best of luck and let me know if I can help more. -Roger