Distinctive & Unique Bucket List Experiences
- June 30, 2020
- Bucket List
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We have no reasons to think of not to visit Maldives, as Maldives is a luxury destination on many people’s bucket lists, world-famous for its amazing myriad of marine life, a destination with a full of luxury and relaxation to luxuriate and is considered to be one of the best snorkeling/ diving locations in the world. Maldives is a perfect island getaway for a family with children which offers an abundance of family-friendly activities, and is absolutely ideal for kids who love dolphins, tropical fish, beaches, treasure hunts, swimming and snorkeling.
Here are the top 5 Family Resorts in Maldives which are perfect for families:
Velaa Private Island is the realization of a dream to create a ‘beyond luxury’ exclusive boutique hideaway. This unique destination was developed to embody the very best of this unique archipelago, bathed by azure skies in the aquamarine waters of the Indian Ocean. Located in the gorgeous Noonu Atoll, 187 kilometres north of Male, Velaa Private Island is an exceptional luxury retreat where you will be treated like royalty. There are many private islands in Maldives, but only very few of them are truly private, owned by one person. Velaa Private Island is such a case.
Velaa Private Island is just under 20 hectares in size, around half a kilometre in either direction, providing both exclusivity and privacy. The resort comprises with total of 43 private villas, houses and residences and 4 four-bedroom residences. While 18 of the 43 are built over water, the Romantic Pool Residence can only be reached by boat, allowing even more privacy and exclusivity. With three restaurants, two bars and a wine cellar, Velaa Private Island offers an unforgettable culinary journey. For the ultimate personalised experience at Velaa Private Island, Spa My Blend by Clarins offers Velaa Signature Rituals – Velaa Island Fantasy and the Island Body Boost. Developed exclusively by Clarins Paris, and inspired by the natural beauty of the Maldives, these two sumptuous treatments can be experienced only here and nowhere else on earth. Fulfill your wish of exploring the Maldivian sea and the beauty of the coral reef and experience the joy of marine life with Snorkeling at the outer Islands, Sea Manta Encounter, Dolphin Cruise and many more.
Why: Amazing kids club for all ages. Best water sports in the Maldives for teenagers. The most luxurious resort in the Maldives with the most to do.
How to get there: International flights arrive at Male International Airport and continue with a-45 minutes seaplane or you can continue with a domestic flight to Noonu Atoll and from there, it is a 20 minute ride by Luxury Private Speedboat.
Soneva Fushi is a hidden resort among dense foliage within touching distance of pristine, UNESCO-protected Biosphere Reserve and inspires the imagination. Located in the Baa Atoll, Kunfunadhoo Island is one of the largest islands in the Maldives, on the sunset or sunrise side of the island. While both sides have the Maldives’ signature white-sand beaches and crystal clear azure waters, there are a few differences. Sunset Side is for snorkelers and sunrise side is for privacy.
The resort features with total of 57 private luxury villas with their own stretch of pristine beach. Designed to offer ultimate privacy and a pure connection with nature, each retreat features open-air bathrooms that extend into a private garden. At Soneva Fushi, each experience is in tune with nature’s rhythm. Dining venues feature gourmet menus using only quality organic ingredients. You can also pamper yourself with wellness therapies and traditional treatments at Six Senses Spa & Wellness and discover imaginative experiences such as Cinema Paradiso, The Observatory, So Glassycle, Children’s Den and also a luxurious floating villa.
Why: More back to nature activities and superb kids club (The Den – A playground for the imagination) to explore children creativity.
How to get there: International flights arrive at Male International Airport and continue with a-30 minutes seaplane or you can continue with a domestic flight to Dharavandhoo Airport and from there, it is a 12 minute ride by Luxury Private Speedboat.
Six Senses Laamu is the only resort in the Laamu Atoll, deep in the Indian Ocean. Beautifully remote, Six Senses Laamu is set in a palm-fringed lagoon to fill you with wonder and fuel your wanderlust. Villas with all the creature comforts with white sand, turquoise water, untouched beaches and lush vegetation. The resort offers an individual and natural style along with a wonderful sense of privacy.
The resort features with spacious thatched 97 beachfront and water villas that offer privacy, coziness and luxury. Open-air restaurants, that features the island’s idyllic beauty with panoramic views International menus, fresh organic ingredients that will indulge your dining experiences. Alternatively, for anyone who wishes to remain in the privacy of their delightful villa, a variety of Mediterranean, Asian and local dishes are available from the in-villa-dining menu. Six Senses Spa offers nine private treatment nests, either with an ocean view or tucked away in the lush nature. The resort also offers offers unique experiences such as exploring uninhabited islands and underwater life, go island hopping, sunset and dolphin cruise, stargazing, finding nemo snorkeling, dining experiences on the sandbank and many more.
Why: Great kids club, and teenagers also well looked after. Plus surfing options.
How to get there: International flights arrive at Male International Airport and continue with a-35 minutes domestic flight to Laamu’s Kadhdhoo Airport and from there, it is a 15 minute ride by Luxury Private Speedboat.
Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi is more than just your personal hideaway where sophisticated beach, over-water and jungle villas immerse you in comfort, romance and island charm. The beaches sparkle a shade of white you’ve never seen before, the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean glimmer in the tropical sun, the wind blows gently through mangrove and jungle. Located approximately 230 km North of Male in Shaviyani Atoll on the island of Sirru Fen Fushi, or “Secret Water Island”. Home to pristine coral reefs and abundant aquatic life, Shaviyani Atoll is among the most beautiful—and exclusive—destinations in all of Asia.
The resort features with 120 luxury villas (Beach and Water Villas) and a Tented Jungle Villa, rustic chic with champagne woods, coral-inspired rugs, and bamboo glass chandeliers. You can enjoy the culinary riches of the seas for a fine-dining experience from traditional Maldivian dishes to multiple Asian cuisines and gourmet meals. Recharge your energy and enjoy wellness refreshments with signature treatments from Willow Stream Spa and its natural surroundings. You can also discover a range of unrivaled experiences such as a yoga session overlooking the Indian Ocean, discover the beautiful marine life on house reef, dining underneath the stars with a private luxurious yacht and many more.
Why: Superb kids club, a super teenagers club with pool tables, video games etc.
How to get there: International flights arrive at Male International Airport and continue with a-55 minutes seaplane or you can continue with a domestic flight to Hanimaadhoo Airport and followed by a 50 minutes speedboat transfer to the resort.
LUX South Ari Atoll Resort & Villas is a luxury resort in the Maldives made for peaceful off-the-grid retreats where you can enjoy a private, tropical location that is remarkable both for its beauty and proximity to rare and spectacular marine life. Whether seeking a peaceful hideaway or active adventure, the picture-perfect island of Dhidhoofinolhu is home to LUX* South Ari Atoll, a luxury resort where your fantasy of a laid-back, desert island paradise is about to come true.
Here, you’ll discover 193 private pavilions & villas, dotted at the water’s edge along two miles of powder fine beaches and perched on stilts above a crystal lagoon. On land or above water, sunset facing or sunrise, these super spacious rooms and suites bring an entirely original vibe of coastal, beach house chic to the Maldives. With a 5-Star PADI dive center, the resort’s limpid waters are a diver’s nirvana but there’s an equal abundance of snorkeling and opportunities to visit the resident whale sharks. LUX* South Ari Atoll also offers two infinity pools, floodlit tennis courts and a Technogym fitness center while the LUX* Me spa is host to a wellness concierge and a menu of indulgent and stimulating treatments.
Why: Luxury villas at large island and perfect option for families.
How to get there: International flights arrive at Male International Airport and continue with a-25 minutes seaplane or you can continue with a 20-minutes domestic flight to Maamigili Airport and followed by a 15 minutes speedboat transfer to the resort.
Alex Chambers is the CEO of Hummingbird Travel, a leading DMC for the Indian Ocean. Originating in the Maldives, Hummingbird also operates in Sri Lanka, The Seychelles and Mauritius. Focusing on the luxury market and joining networks such as Virtuoso and Traveller Made has given Hummingbird a global client base and acknowledgement as the Indian Ocean specialists. Travelling to these destinations for more than thirty years, his passion and curiosity remains as strong as ever.