Popular honeymoon islands in the Indian Ocean, the Seychelles and Maldives, are rebranding their image to a family-friendly destination. Not all resorts have caught on, but there are some who solely focus on making an island getaway attractive for the whole family.
Lylie Moolman, general manager at Giltedge Ocean Islands, chose her favourite five family-friendly resorts in the Seychelles and Maldives.
1. Soneva Jani, Maldives
Image: Soneva Jani/Giltedge Ocean Islands
Get out of bed and slide directly from your water villa into the ocean. Is this a dream? No, that’s a reality at Soneva Jani. Catering for kids and their parents – Soneva Jani makes sure that all generations have fun on the island. The new resort is a collection of villas floating on the sea. Kids will love the hammocks, open-air cinemas, and ice-cream parlour. While parents and grandparents will love the cosy, quiet spaces for relaxation.
There’s also plenty of things for the entire family to enjoy such as an observatory for falling in love with the night sky or eating a scrumptious dinner and looking at screens that show the view through a telescope. Then there’s a maze made of hedges, a beautiful spa (where all ages are welcome) and all the fun water and snorkelling activities the Maldives are famous for.
2. One & Only Reethi Rah, Maldives
Image: One & Only Reethi Rah/Giltedge Ocean Islands
If you and your partner prefer to spend uninterrupted time together, then One & Only Reethi Rah is perfect for you. The resort runs activities for children in three different age groups so that teenagers don’t have to hang out with their boring younger siblings. The age groups are 4 – 9, 9 – 11, and teens. Younger kids can do egg painting during Easter time, learn to make sushi, do arts and crafts – and there’s even a separate dining room for them.
If they do miss you, the One & Only offers fun things to do as a family too. For one, there’s a climbing wall. Yes, a climbing wall on an island. The entire family can also enjoy tennis, painting lessons, go out on a speedboat and explore the sea, wakeboarding or waterskiing. If you have teenagers, there’s intimate reed-thatched boutiques for window shopping or trying on beach clothes. The aerial island hopping by seaplane is the best family adventure by far.
3. Soneva Fushi, Maldives
Image: Soneva Fushi/Giltedge Ocean Islands
Going on holidays with kids, parents, cousins and grandparents means that you need space and great food where you can gather and enjoy being together. Maybe there’s a glass of wine involved, or a kids’ platter, some amazing sushi or spaghetti bolognese… Either way, at Soneva Fushi there’s plenty of spectacular places (and views) for your family to enjoy on the island.
Then there’s also the chocolate room at Soneva Fushi, which will bring out your inner child. Taste delicious cardamom chocolate truffles, passion fruit pralines, and always changing confectionery.
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