You may not think The Maldives and children would work together; villas on stilts, over the ocean, with sharks. For any Mum out there having a day like ours, it sounds tempting (and you may not be able to help yourself from wondering if a 6-month-old baby in the thick of a ‘leap’ can float), but joking aside, we've found a world where The Maldives and kids can go hand-in-hand. Introducing: the family-friendly resort of Kurumba Maldives.
Kurumba Maldives is the first Maldivian resort, and is a short boat ride away from the capital Male. First child-friendly box ticked; no sea plane. Only a four-hour flight from Dubai, with a subsequent ten-minute boat ride from the airport, it’s a great short-haul trip for the family.
Arriving on the blue-hued island was breathtaking. We were a little dubious (and outright jealous) as new parents if we would see the best of the Maldives' blue skies and crystal-clear sea since we'd had to skip the water villa hotels, but Kurumba was the picture-perfect Maldives resort we had dreamed of. No filters required.
We spent four nights on the island, and could have easily moved in. The resort was nothing but accommodating for our new family. From pureeing fruit and veg every meal for our six-month-old, and having a kid’s menu readily available, to the travel cot waiting in our room on arrival.
The hotel had even organised a sterilizer in the room and washed our baby bottles every day, on top of supplying strollers (great for the Mum that very quickly realised a Babyzen Yo-yo is not made for sandy terrain). Plus, the kid’s club takes those from four to thirteen years old, and has onsite babysitters. The resort staff basically become your family while you stay, ensuring you feel welcome and supported every step of the way.
If you need some alone time with your S.O (which we all do), you can organise a sunset boat trip to spot dolphins, a spa treatment, or enjoy an evening snorkeling trip out in the shallow waters. The restaurants throughout the resort host for every dietary requirement and taste, from Italian to Japanese to Arabic, and have options to suit each and every mood (with children welcome in most).
Ay Kurumba! (We couldn’t help ourselves). The perfect family hotel does exist.