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Choosing The Right Room Type For Your Maldives Trip With Kids

Choosing The Right Room Type For Your Maldives Trip With Kids

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Choosing The Right Room Type For Your Maldives Trip With Kids

The Maldives is a destination that many people dream of visiting. With crystal clear water, white sand beaches and luxurious resorts, it’s no wonder that this place has become so popular. But before you book your trip to the Maldives with kids, there are some things you should know about room types in order to choose the one that will suit your needs best.

Most resorts in the Maldives offer the same variety of room types. Some are more suitable for families with kids than others, so be sure to consider which one best suits your family.

In this blog post, we’ll go over the pros and cons of each room type available. You will then feel more equipped when choosing the best accommodation for your family, at any resort in the Maldives. Let’s help you enjoy and relax on your next Maldive trip!

Choosing The Right Room Type For Your Maldives Trip With Kids

What To Consider When Choosing The Best Room Type For Your Maldives Trip

Not that long ago, the Maldives were known as a couples-only destination, and some resorts didn’t even allow children. Whilst there are still some adult-only resorts, most Maldivian destinations now cater to families of different sizes.

To decide which is the best room type for your family, start by thinking about your needs:

  • Size. How many people are in your family? How many beds do you need? Do you need separate rooms?
  • Swimming. Do you know how to swim? Do your kids know how to swim? What are you looking for, a private pool or a shared pool? If swimming isn’t a priority, a beachfront villa may be a better choice for you. Most of the time you’ll find these to be more affordable too. If you have toddlers, avoid room types with a private pool on the doorstep – the pools tend to be open access from the house so there’s nothing to stop little kids toddling into the water.
  • Ocean or pool? If you plan to swim, which do you prefer – the safety of a pool or the natural beauty of the ocean? Do you feel comfortable enough to swim in the ocean?
  • View. Do you want lush greenery around you or open views of the ocean?

Let’s dive deeper and find your perfect room for your Maldives trip.

Hotel Rooms

Most resorts in the Maldives offer variations of villa-style accommodation, though there are some larger hotel buildings that offer traditional hotel rooms. These can be a more affordable option than a villa. You still get access to the hotel pool and the beach, but you’re unlikely to have the ocean right outside your door, nor will you get the private decks, pools and gardens that villas have.

Hotel rooms are a great option if you’re on a budget, plus you have all the hotel’s services on your doorstep. If you don’t want your kids running straight out of the villa and into a pool or the ocean, a hotel room is certainly safer.

However, you don’t get the sense of privacy a villa would give you. There’s no room for the kids to run around right outside your door, as you would have with a villa.

Water Beach Villas

You might see these called Beach Houses too. These vary in size from one large open-plan room to properties with separate bedrooms.

Water Beach Villas are along the beachfront so you get a great view of the ocean, with tropical plants all around. They tend to be more affordable than other room types (except hotel rooms).

They often have a large deck area with seating and some also have a small private garden – great for the kids to have some free, outdoor space to run around in. If swimming isn’t a priority for your family, or if you have very young kids and you’re worried about them falling in the pool, a water beach villa with no pool is ideal.

The smaller villas can be very small, with just a day bed for the third occupant. They don’t have a private pool. Instead, they will most likely have access to the resort’s open pool.

Water Beach Pool Villa

Also called Beach Pool Villas, these really only differ from the previous room type (water beach villas) in that they have a private pool.

If you want all the benefits of a beach villa AND a private pool, this is the option for you.

Choosing The Right Room Type For Your Maldives Trip With Kids

Beachfront Duplex

Most beach villas are bungalows. However, some resorts have duplex options – 2 story houses.

The benefits of a duplex are that you have separate en-suite bedrooms and much more privacy. As well as being great for families with kids, this is also a suitable option for 2 couples travelling together.

Some beachfront duplex houses have private pools, some do not. Check the details for the resort you’re interested in to see which they offer.

If you’re travelling with tiny tots, you might want to avoid booking a duplex, unless you plan to bring a stair gate with you!

Over Water Villas

Our favorite room type was the over water villa, also referred to in some resorts as an over water bungalow.

Unlike the beach villas, you don’t have coconut trees and palm trees right outside your back door. Instead, you have the ocean. Not a beach: The. Actual. Ocean.

Over water villas are built on stilts and their defining feature is the incredible view of the lagoon.

Some over water villas have their own private pool. Some have steps leading down to the ocean. Obviously, for small kids, this is a big risk.

Most resorts have a central deck walkway and the villas are all accessed from it. Some of these ‘broadwalks’ can be quite long though, so be prepared to carry the kids back to the villa after a fun, activity-filled day out.

Over water villas cost more than beach villas, especially if they also have a pool.

Beach Residences

Much larger and grander in scale, a beach residence represents the height of luxury.

They usually come with staff, several en-suite bedrooms, a private beachfront and of course a private pool. Many of them also have games rooms, cinema rooms and private spas.

They’re perfect for larger family get-aways and big celebrations.

The downside? The cost!

Rent a boat on your Maldive Trip!

If you want to make your stay even more incredible, don’t go for a villa at all – rent a yacht! Of all the options, this is the one that gives you the least space, but the most freedom. If your family is big on water sports, this might be a really exciting way to explore the Maldives. With the ocean as your backyard, you won’t miss having a pool.

Choosing The Right Room Type For Your Maldives Trip With Kids: Conclusion

The Maldives is a magical place to travel with kids, but before you book your vacation, it’s important that you take the time to understand which of the available room types would be best for your family.

For families who are looking for convenience and easy access to all the amenities on land (including pools), beach villas offer privacy and – depending on the villa – more space.

Overwater villas are especially appealing to families with older children or teens who are comfortable with open access to the ocean.

No matter what type of accommodation you choose though, we’re confident that you’ll create amazing memories together as you explore the wonders of this enchanting destination.

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