Is the Maldives Baby Friendly? Here’s Everything You Need to Know About Traveling to the Maldives with Kids or a Baby

When it comes to the best baby friendly travel destinations and kid-friendly destinations, nothing quite beats a luxury resort, a white-sand beach, and a vacation where you don’t have to worry about much. Enter: The Maldives. While you may think of this ultra-luxury travel destination as a honeymooner’s paradise, do not be fooled – it is also the IDEAL tropical family playground, with tons of luxury resorts that cater to kids and babies, and many family-friendly activities (and kids clubs!) to keep the little ones entertained. 

Is the Maldives Baby Friendly? 

Yes! Resorts in the Maldives are extremely baby friendly and it’s one of the best trips you can take with a baby. 

What makes the Maldives so baby and kid friendly?

When visiting the Maldives with a baby or traveling with kids, you can expect soft white-sand beaches and warm, shallow lagoons for your baby, toddler, or kids to frolic in, as well as incredible, world-renowned resorts with great kids clubs, nanny services, and more. 

It’s impossible to beat the slow, relaxing pace of life on a small island, biking around, stargazing at night at the stars, and experiencing beautiful tropical nature together as a family. Maldives with kids is more than a vacation, it’s a relaxing lifestyle you’ll find yourself rejuvenated from and will want to come back to year after year. 

What are the most baby friendly resorts in the Maldives?

One&Only Reethi Rah, Maldives

With the One&Only’s gorgeous family villas with pools, its amazing kids club KidsOnly, and its absolutely incredible island, that is accessible by boat from Male (so you don’t need to hop on yet another flight with your little ones!), One&Only Reethi Rah, Maldives is one of my top choices for families in the Maldives.

Luxury begins with the way that you arrive at the resort – by luxury yacht direct from Male Airport. Once you are on the property, there are golf carts that can take you to and from your villa, the beach, or to one of the eight delicious restaurants. Our overwater villa was modern and luxurious, with so much space and a private plunge pool, as well as lots of comfortable lounge areas for basking in the sun, and all of the five-star amenities you can imagine. The One&Only also has a great house reef  – we saw SO many sharks here (all friendly!) and even had a family of nurse sharks in the water right outside our room! Which is so fun for little ones.

Kids are more than welcome at One&Only, and affluent families are the main clientele. They even have a kids’ buffet that is on kid-level, so your littles can grab their own food with ease. One&Only Reethi Rah also has an award-winning spa, which you absolutely cannot miss. Even if you don’t do a treatment, you can explore the sauna & steam – which is incredible. The spa was named the Global Winner of Best Luxury Spa and made Condé Nast Traveler’s top 20 list.

One&Only Maldives is paradise, perfected. Especially for families.

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Six Senses Laamu

Six Senses Laamu is one of the best resorts in the Maldives, and one of my very favorites! I’m always blown away at how kid friendly and baby friendly they are there, with everything from octopus pancakes for the kids, to the children’s club The Den, to in-villa babysitting, toys, baby chairs and hammocks readily available, even little ones have big adventures at this family-friendly resort in the Maldives.

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Gili Lankanfushi

Gili Lankanfushi is such a magical place, you guys. The overwater bungalows here give off a rustic chic, understated luxury vibe, and feel somewhere between a luxurious pirate ship and a floating treehouse. They’re gorgeous. You’ll want to spend all day laying out on your hammock over the water, and all night sleeping under the stunnnning stars (your butler – called your “Friday” can set it up for you!). Some of the villas – called the “cruisers” give you an even more unique experience as they are only accessible by boat (you can boat yourself during the day or there is always one on call for you!). And, if you want the best of the best, or have a big family, you can look into the biggest overwater bungalow in the Maldives, called “The Private Reserve”, which is complete with four bedrooms, its own infinity pool, its own private ISLAND, and a slide into the ocean.

Anantara Kihavah Villas

For the trip of a lifetime traveling to the Maldives with kids, the Anantara Kihavah is a great choice. It’s located in the Baa atoll, famous for its THRIVING marine life and incredible kids club.  It is only accessible by sea plane (a super fun adventure for your baby or kid!) and the whole island is full of the whitest, powdery sands and crystal-clear turquoise waters that you traveled to the Maldives for! The remote location of Anantara Kihavah means endless horizon views and stunning starry night skies. Highly recommend staying in one of their beach bungalows.

The vibe at Anantara is low-key, barefoot luxury. 

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St. Regis Maldives

If you’re looking for an ultra-luxe family resort in the Maldives, the St. Regis is a fantastic choice. When we were last there, we saw so many chic families from around the world with their little ones in tow! The beach villas here are ideal for families, and the white sand beach here is perfect for little toddlers and babies! 

How do we get perks for being a Jetset reader when booking any of these hotels (at no added cost!)

Email me at [email protected] with the hotel you have in mind and the dates you have in mind and I will connect you with my travel agency partner who can secure you perks such as resort credit, free breakfast, room upgrades, etc. at no additional cost at any of the hotels I recommend! 

Should you stay in an overwater bungalow or a beach bungalow if traveling with a baby to the Maldives?

I personally think it’s safest, especially if your baby or toddler or kids are moving around, to stay in a beach bungalow in the Maldives over an overwater bungalow! Often, beach bungalows are more spacious and sometimes even nicer than the overwater bungalows! 

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