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 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 a 18+ resort. 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, 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.

>More information about the Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa – Maldives

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

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 resort 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. 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.


  • 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. Hi Roger
    I am visiting Male on a cruise ship and would like to get a day ticket to a nearby island. Could you recommend one or two with good snorkling and give any advice on the best way to book.


  2. I have booked Paradise island resort for 3 night stay in December but I want to visit underwater restaurant like Ithaa or 5.8 but unable to get information how can I go there ? Please help me the cheapest way of travel from my resort to the underwater restaurants

    1. Amit,

      Generally speaking, there isn’t much transportation between resorts. It’s mostly between the airport and the resorts. It would be best to check the website of the resort with the underwater restaurant and see what their policy is. Best of luck. -Roger

  3. Hi Roger,

    if i take a ferry first to the city. Will it be possible to book a watervilla from there via some travel agent or some rep ?

    1. Game,

      I would assume that it would be possible, but I’m not sure. Because of the fact that airport transfers are built into the reservations could make it awkward to book once in Male. Also, I doubt you’d get a better deal there because the best deals tend to through Agoda.com and if someone has an office they would find it hard to compete. I know there are a couple of online travel agencies based in Male, but I don’t know if they have walk-in offices. Best of luck with this. -Roger

  4. Hi Roger, great list. Do you know if any of these resorts are particularly baby friendly — offer cribs and childcare, etc?


  5. Hello Roger,
    Thanks a lot for all the information! We just booked a 4 days stay in Meeru Island, and I wanted to check with you if the speedboats can only be booked via the hotel for a fixed price, or are there different websites/companies with different rates?
    Many thanks,

    1. Talina,

      I’m only aware of booking speedboats through the resorts. Meeru owns quite a few different boats and they send the appropriate size to the airport to pick up the people who have just landed, usually within an hour or so. I’ve heard of private speedboat companies, but I don’t think these private-island resorts allow transfers through them. You are going to love Meeru Island. -Roger

  6. Am planning my honeymoon on 21/12/2018 till 28/12/2018 I know it’s the high season but I want to ask what it the best water villa with pool in good resort around $800 – $1000/ night all inclusive ? And if u can also tell me what transfer is best to that resort and how much it will cost /person ? Thanks a lot

    1. Mika,

      I’m not sure how many all-inclusive Maldives resorts have private pools, although quite a few of them have private Jacuzzis. Check our list of the best Maldives resorts with pool water villas. I think the all-inclusive resorts with private Jacuzzis such as Meeru Island and Veligandu Island are going for around US$700 to US$900 per night for that week, and those are usually the cheapest, so I’m not sure if you’ll find a pool villa in that price range. As you know, that is literally the busiest and most expensive week in the Maldives and everywhere else in the Tropics.

      As for airport transfers, each resort books you on their own speedboats or through a charter sea-plane company and they add it to the room price when you book. The speedboats for the closer places start around US$100 per person, return, and the sea-planes can be as much as US$700 per person, return. We list the transfer options just below the normal room rates on our page about each of the resort, along with the price for each option. I hope this helps and best of luck with this. -Roger

  7. Hi Roger, Thanks for this. What are your thoughts on the Club Med resorts in comparison to those you have listed here? are the on the same / better / worse level? Thanks very much

    1. Alex,

      I’ve never stayed at a Club Med, but generally I hear very good things about them and their customers seem to be loyal. As far as I can tell, Club Med offers a premium product at a premium price. I think you can get something similar for less money elsewhere, and nearly all of the Maldives all-inclusives are very high quality. My guess is that people are willing to pay more for Club Med because they trust that it will be great, and to book at a small chain or an independent resort means taking a little chance. I can tell you that Meeru Island and Veligandu Island, which are both run by the same local company, are excellent. I hope this helps. -Roger

  8. Hi Roger,

    Do you know what the weather is like in the Maldive in May? I am struggling to get a common answer off travel agents?
    Also do you know if it is possible to get a speed boat transfer from the airport to the Shangri la Villingili?

    1. LCJones,

      From Late May through early July it can be rainy for most of a day or two at a time in the Maldives, but during the rest of the year the rain tends to last only 20 or 30 minutes at a time and is often overnight. Also, the Maldives covers a huge area and resorts south of the equator can have different weather patterns from the ones closer to Sri Lanka, so you have to drill down. The general weather forecasts including my advice is for the area fairly close to the capital and airport. -Roger

  9. Hello there Roger! This is a very helpful article. I would like to ask if the room fits 2 people and it says 560usd per night does that means 560×2 per night? We are planning to go by next yr and we are group of 7.


    1. Cindy,

      If you are referring to the information on this website, yes, every water villa fits two people (and most of them actually fit 3 because they have a pull-out sofa), and the prices we quote are for the whole room with two guests and that includes the taxes. We update the rates at least once a year, and if you are looking at high season you might see higher rates. But generally speaking you can use the prices on this site as what you’ll pay for two guests per night in a water villa. Let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger

  10. Roger,

    Please I would like to know which Resorts/hotels in Maldives offer the symbolic weeding? Also, which are the cheapest? Thank you in advance!!!

  11. Hi Roger, me and my husband are planning a 10 night vacation to the Maldives and would appreciate first hand advice from you pls…….we are looking for as close as possible to the main airport, butler service, all inclusive if poss and over the water accom with splash pool on deck and exceptionally clean is a must! Many thanks, cheers

    1. Sue,

      Unfortunately, I haven’t visited nearly enough of these resorts to be able to recommend one with butler service near the airport. The list in the article should be helpful because we list all of the resorts from closest to the airport and going out from there, and all of them have speedboat transfers. I’m not sure any of the places that have butler service also do all inclusive.

      You might look into Gili Lankanfushi (formerly Six Senses)

      They don’t have all inclusive but they are fairly close to the airport and they have amazing service and great suites. Sorry I can’t be of more help on this. -Roger

  12. Hi Roger,

    Me and my wife will be in Maldives in August 2018.
    i was looking for a resort witch can be access via speedboat and seaplane, i was thinking if we can arrived at the resort via seaplane and back to male via speedboat.

    thanks a lot.

    1. Richard,

      Quite a few Maldives resorts offer both speedboats and sea-planes so you should be able to do what you are hoping. I don’t have a list of the resorts that do offer both, but on this website we have prices for each option on each of our resort pages and we have both prices for the resorts that offer both. In other words, if you look around this site a bit you should be able to find some resorts that look good to you and offer both modes of transport. -Roger

  13. Hi ,

    Me , my wife and my 1 year kid is planning to visit maldives on june 2nd week.

    To avoid a long drive , we would like to take a good private resort near the airport also which includes full meals.

    Could you suggest a good place for us. privacy and safety are our main concenrns

    1. Arun,

      The article above shows all of the resorts that are close to the airport, and most of those are within 45 minutes by speedboat. I wrote it to specifically answer questions like this. -Roger

  14. My husband and I are looking for a pool water villa/ pool beach villa accessible by speedboat from Male airport, for our 15th anniversary. We would prefer something that is all inclusive (includes alcohol), and has a luxury feel to it, but is not exhorbitantly priced.It will be a romantic getaway for 2. We stayed in Taj Exotica for our 10th and loved it – want to explore another property this time. Any help will be appreciated. Thank you.

  15. Hey Roger.
    Looking to holiday in the Maldives in November.
    We are a family of 4 (2 kids, 5 and 13).
    Could you suggest a good water villa resort not too far from the airport.
    One thats all inclusive and decently priced.
    Thanks and Regards ?

  16. do you know if you can get to any of these via public ferry? would love to avoid that expensive speed boat!

    1. Danny G,

      The public ferries only go to populated islands and by law all of the Maldives resorts like these have to be on a private island. So unfortunately there are no public ferries to private islands, at least not that I’m aware of. -Roger