5 of the best family hotels in the Maldives

The Maldives may look like the perfect romantic holiday spot with its over water villas and fine dining venues, but at many resorts in this island paradise families are also welcome!

With long stretches of sandy beaches, plenty of activities both on land and water, and fun kid’s clubs, the Maldives can make for a wonderful vacation with the little ones!

Here are five of our favourite family hotels in the Maldives:

Siyam World

A world-class spa, numerous wellness and sports facilities and some of the Maldives best dive sites just metres away, makes Siyam World a fun and memorable holiday destination for the entire family. You can grab the family and pair off against each other as you perfect your serve on the courts, spend the day pool-hopping or wander the six kilometres of white beach right on your doorstep – the resort’s private island is your playground. Siyam World is also home to the largest floating water park in the Maldives!


Children will be well looked after with a range of family programmes focused on fun-filled learning and mindfulness at the “Little Explorers” Kids Club for children aged four to eleven while “Not for Kidz” is an adult-free hang out area for teens aged twelve to seventeen, offering outdoor activities, and a lot more.

For families with older children, or simply those that want to feel like kids themselves, the water villas feature their own private pools and slides into the ocean!


Holiday Inn Kandooma

The Holiday Inn Kandooma is a fantastic family resort in the Maldives where two kids under 12 stay free when sharing with their family. Book with the Holiday Factory and you will also get a complimentary upgrade from Half Board to Full Board, free return speedboat transfers, a complimentary sunset cruise or dolphin cruise as well as one romantic dinner setup on the main beach including a bottle of house wine so that you can enjoy a quality date night.


When it comes to family time the resort offers many complimentary activities to enjoy together. These include daily snorkelling trips and snorkelling lessons, table tennis, a billiard table, foosball, tennis, badminton, basketball, football, and one hour of free kayaking. You’ll also get free access to the fitness center and Kandoo Kids Club and there is also evening entertainment to look forward to.


Cocoon Maldives

The stunning award-winning Cocoon resort is exclusive to The Holiday Factory and represents affordable 5 star luxury. It is the perfect location for families looking for fun and relaxation. The Family Beach Villas feature rooms with an interconnecting door through the terrace which guarantees total privacy for everyone in the family and have direct access to the beach.


Activities at Cocoon Maldives cater for everyone, from sports to entertainment and diving enthusiasts. There is also daily entertainment with live bands, discos, Maldivian cultural shows and more. The kid-friendly cultural club will ensure your family time is filled with comfort, luxury and a healthy state of mind where kids can play in the company of friendly staff.


Sun Siyam Olhuveli

The fabulous playground of Sun Siyam Olhuveli offers a true paradise world with three islands to explore, eight restaurants, four bars, two spa complexes and a myriad of adventures above and below the water. This is affordable luxury in an easy to reach location, just 45 minutes by speedboat from the international airport which is great when travelling with young children.


Here the Maakanaa Kids Club for children aged four to twelve offers a kiddie’s pool, play area and a specially created activities programme, with experiences for children both indoors and outdoors such as sandcastle building, craft activities and storytelling with dedicated child minders. Cribs, highchairs, bottle warmers and baby monitors are also available as well as a babysitting service. Children’s menus are available at the all-day dining restaurant.


Vilamendhoo Island Resort and Spa

A holiday adventure awaits you at Vilamendhoo Island Resort and Spa. Offering an array of things to do from activities on both land and sea, excursions and evening entertainment, you will be absolutely spoilt for choice with adventures to enjoy during your once in a lifetime holiday.


Boashi Bar is the perfect spot for a fun family day poolside. Here you can enjoy time in the water with drinks, smoothies and ice cream served from the bar. Near the family-friendly Boashi Bar Pool is a fun children’s playground, featuring a multipurpose jungle gym with slides, a tropical swing set and adorable animal-shaped spring riders. Kids can enjoy playtime on the soft sandy play area while making new friends and developing life skills!


Ready to book your family holiday to the Maldives? Give us a call on 011 233 2300 or email us at info@theholidayfactory.co.za today.