Maldives with Kids

At One&Only Reethi Rah, one of our favourite properties in the Maldives, the island is buzzing with life and energy. With dozens of activities to choose from every day, staff are constantly thinking up new ways to keep guests of all ages entertained – from the KidsOnly Club for the youngest ones, exciting excursions for teenagers, and even a range of relaxing and romantic activities for parents.

The North Male’ Atoll is alive with possibilities for those who wish to explore a little further afield. Here are a range of suggestions for a week-long family holiday. Lightfoot Travel’s itineraries are 100% tailor-made, and activities can be added or deducted to make your holidays as active or relaxing as you wish.

Price Guide: From US$ 9,163 for a Beach Villa, based on four persons sharing for 7 nights (including tax and service charge, excluding flights and extra activities)

Day 1: Arrival and relaxation

Today, arrive at the stunning One&Only Reethi Rah, a quick speedboat ride from Male Airport. Settle into your luxurious 2 Villa Residence with Pool – freestanding villas that are just a few steps apart but easily linked together by an interconnected beach, thus making them the ideal option for families. Once you’ve had time to relax and hopefully shake the jetlag, have lunch at one of Reethi Rah’s many restaurants or poolside in your villa, following by an afternoon of activities such as tennis, volleyball or spa treatments, followed by complimentary afternoon tea at Fanditha.

This evening, parents can enjoy some down time while younger kids enjoy activities at the KidsOnly Club and teens enjoy complimentary homemade ice cream at OneClub, all followed by a family movie night at the beach.

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Day 2: Underwater diving

Wake up fresh and rested and start the day off experiencing some of the world’s most stunning underwater environments with experienced PADI-trained instructors at the One&Only Reethi Rah Dive Centre. The reefs, channels and incredible visibility of up to 50 metres make the resort a wonderful and safe place to learn to dive. Whether you and the kids are first-timers or dive masters, there are programmes to suit all levels and ages.

Younger kids can spend the afternoon doing arts and crafts, and tweens aged 9-11 can take part in activities in their very own chilled-out space located directly on the beach under the discreet supervision of counsellors. Wind down the evening with some al fresco dining at The Chef’s Garden, located in a gorgeous Orchid garden or enjoy stunning sunset views from the open air tepanyaki stations at Tapasake.

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Day 3: Snorkeling, Turtle Adventure & Shark Safari

Today embark on your own private island hopping excursion. Sail out to a sandbank in the middle of the ocean where you can snorkel in the clear turquoise waters. The littlies can play games, trying to be the first to spot multi-coloured fish, manta rays, sea turtles and even dolphins. Sit back, relax and enjoy the feel of the soft white sand as the kids build sand castles and play Robinson Crusoe on your tiny deserted island.

In the afternoon, younger kids can set out on a Turtle Adventure to learn more about these ancient marine reptiles with a marine biologist, followed by the opportunity to swim with these fascinating creatures as they explore the turtle’s nature habitat at Turtle Reef. Older kids will love the Shark Safari, where they first join a marine biologist to learn about the predators, and continue on to Shark Reef where they will experience a breath taking journey in search of (safe!) sharks.

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Day 4: Water sports and Arts & Crafts

Today it’s all about the water sports! Children can take their pick from the activities on offer at SPLASH WaterSports Centre including banana tube rides, kayaking, fly boarding or windsurfing.

If kids are looking for an alternative activity for the afternoon out of the sun, they can opt for a two-hour class in Reethi Rah’s Artist’s Studio with renowned Australian marine artist Christopher Hogan. This is an activity that the whole family can do together, learning about Hogan’s contemporary and abstract styles, painting in a professional artist’s gallery and then taking home the finished masterpieces!

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Day 5: Luxury Sunset Cruise

Simply chill out and relax on your last full day in the Maldives. Sunbathe, read by the pool, head to the spa and let the kids roam free at the KidsOnly Club.

In the evening, treat the family to a spectacular sunset cruise. Snack on delicious canapes and sip on champagne (fruit juice for the kids) as you watch the Maldivian sun set over the Indian Ocean from the comfort of a luxury catamaran or sailing dhoni. This is sure to be an incredible final evening, as the sky becomes alight with rich colours, slowly transforming into blackness and dotted with a million twinkling stars.

* This basic structure works very nicely, but don’t forget that Lightfoot Travel can provide a range of experiences and we tailor-make each itinerary based on your travel requirements. Get in touch to start planning your perfect trip with your own travel consultant.

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Duration Description Overnight
Day 1: Arrival and relaxation One&Only Reethi Rah
Day 2: Underwater diving One&Only Reethi Rah
Day 3: Snorkeling, Turtle Adventure & Shark Safari One&Only Reethi Rah
Day 4: Water sports and Arts & Crafts One&Only Reethi Rah
Day 5: Luxury Sunset Cruise One&Only Reethi Rah


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