Gorgeous and unspoiled, the Maldives’ archipelago is mind’s eye perfection for true romantics and honeymooners. But can dreamy white beaches, transparent seas and delicately scattered palm trees ever appeal to anyone under marriageable age? Definitely, and according to Outrigger the skill lies in spoiling grown-ups, indulging kids and creating a mighty adventure without disturbing the loveliness one bit.
It’s impossible to fault that thinking at Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort on Gaafu Dhaalu atoll. The imaginative kids club has activity-packed fun every day. Families enjoy complimentary babysitting services for the first two hours of their stay. Over 10s can have their first taste of scuba at the PADI Dive Centre. And helping Konotta’s resident marine biologist with coral reef caretaking and other eco-projects in safe, warm waters is a huge hit with all ages.
Soothing spa mornings, afternoons by the pool, private diving classes, cooking courses, sailing, fishing and water sports, while away parent’s child-free hours effortlessly. Leaving family time exactly as easy-going and holiday-spirit as it should be, whether you’re dolphin spotting, island hopping, sunset sailing or even cruising the equator – one of the Maldives closest neighbours.
And just in case you imagine Outrigger haven’t thought of every family holiday detail: children under 12 stay free and eat free from the tempting children’s menu; Konotta’s two bedroom family villas, by the beach or on the lagoon, have their own private pools and garden; and airport transfers to Gaafu Dhaalu only take 30 minutes by private yacht – a heaven-sent bonus with tired kids after a long flight.
The Maldives has temperatures of 30˚ year round and October to December’s rainiest – southerly atolls like Gaafu Dhaalu tend to be drier, even in monsoon season.