One of the great debates in travel (well, in the Original Travel office at any rate) is whether a destination can be ideal both for honeymoons and family holidays. Logic would suggest not, but the Maldives somehow manages to pull off this particularly clever trick. In fact, one idyllic Maldivian resort relented from its original ‘no kids’ policy after so many former honeymooners requested to bring their children who had been conceived while on the island!


So why are the Maldives so good for family holidays? It's a heady combination - direct flights and easy transfers, cracking weather in many of the key school holiday periods, superb facilities and finally perfect paradise islands all surrounded by lagoons that make for perfect natural 'shallow ends' about three feet deep and full of iridescent fishlife the children will love snorkelling after.

The family-friendly tag doesn't apply to all the island resorts, mind, but when it does, the destinations in question are mighty hard to beat. For our family holiday portfolio we have picked just a handful of the very best of the bunch, which cater for children every bit as well as others look after lovestruck grown-ups.

Perfect for families

Family activity

Original Travel has teamed up with the much loved children’s party people Sharky & George to inject some (much needed) creativity and fun into the family holiday process.

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Original thinking

Snorkelling Children, Maldives
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Some of the islands have supremely well set up Kids Clubs while others cater for the whims of teenagers with such activities as learning to surf the house reef.

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Where to stay

Soneva Fushi

Soneva Fushi

A luxury hideaway on the island of Kunfunadhoo in the Baa Atoll. Reaching the resort involves a half-hour scenic flight by seaplane from the Maldives’ capital of Malé.

Pool Beach at Reethi Rah, luxury hotel in the Maldives

One&Only Reethi Rah

Set on one of the largest islands in North Male Atoll, the One&Only at Reethi Rah is one of the finest of the (very fine) hotels in the Maldives.

Aerial view of Constance Halaveli Resort, luxury hotel in the Maldives

Constance Halaveli, Maldives

The new Constance Halaveli has villas either on stilts in a beautiful lagoon or on the pristine beach.

Dining at Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru, luxury hotel in the Maldives

Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru

Landaa Giraavaru in Baa Atoll, with its verdant, beach-fringed coral islands, is a quintessential Maldivean paradise.

Re-entry to the real world has been busy after the amazing trip you put together for us. Absolutely everything you arranged was extraordinary... many great memories! Thank you


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