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The Maldives – a family affair – Independent Online

The Maldives is largely regarded as a honeymooners paradise. And while that is still most certainly true, the destination is starting to become an ideal holiday destination for families. With the likes of your Club Med offering all-inclusive kids’ clubs, more families are escaping to this sun-kissed destination than ever before.

Perhaps best known for its idyllic white beaches and crystal clear turquoise sea, The Republic of the Maldives is situated in the Indian Ocean. This tropical nation is composed of 26 ring-shaped atolls, which are made up of more than 1 000 coral islands – many still uninhabited.
Having contributed the word “atoll” to the English language, this holiday destination, long-thought of as the preserve of honeymooners or rich couples, is actively wooing families with young children and contributing to the burgeoning kids-focused travel industry.
Over 99% of the Maldives is sea, home to one of the most diverse marine treasures of the world. Surrounded by a reef structure, the Maldives houses one of the most exclusive and spectacular underwater life ecosystems. The 1% land is a masterpiece in natural landscaping, divine white beaches and gorgeous villas sitting amidst island flora.
Though the Maldives’ history is shrouded in mystery, it is believed that the island nation was inhabited more than 2 500 years ago by natives of the South Asian subcontinent. For medieval seafarers the Maldives was a station to resupply their vessels with water, wood, coir and dried tuna. Nowadays the luxury resorts ensure that families are well stocked up with delicacies!
Despite being a small nation, the Maldivians love and value their freedom. Having been occupied by the Portuguese, Dutch and British the Maldives is today a proud member of the United Nations, leading the way for the protection not only of all small nations, but also of our treasured water ecosystems. With global warming having a significant impact on the low-lying islands, the Maldives constantly lobbies for responsible environmental policies.
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