Complete Guide to Visiting The Maldives with a baby, toddler or young children

Complete Guide to Visiting The Maldives with a baby, toddler or young children

The Maldives is thought of as the ultimate honeymoon destination, and there is no question that it is! But what about visiting the Maldives with baby? Is it a suitable holiday for families? We never got the chance to visit the Maldives when we were just a couple but when we realised that we were living just four hours away from our Doha base we knew we simply had to visit! And the truth is it was one the best holiday destinations with small baby! In this guide to visiting The Maldives with a baby we round up our top tips and recommendations so you too can enjoy Maldives with a toddler, baby or young family in tow! 

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Traveling to the Maldives with a baby – Is the Maldives baby friendly?

In this guide we are going to look into how baby friendly the Maldives is as a holiday destination with a baby. We travelled to the Maldives with 1 year old in tow (talk about a good first birthday!) so this guide is a guaranteed practical guide on travelling to the Maldives with baby!

How to Get to The Maldives with Baby

Best Maldives Resorts with Speed boat transfer

Everyone traveling to the Maldives with a baby will arrive at Male International Airport! As tourism is the main industry of the Maldives the airport, despite being small is quite well organized. Before customs there is a mothers room forfeiting and changing! Though once you are through there are less amenities.

Everyone will need to transfer to their resort either via boat or seaplane.

For those traveling via boat, the jetty is a short walk away! The boat transfers tend to be for resorts closer to the mainland. This is good for those who don’t want long transfers and want to be closer to the capital but does mean the water around your resort is likely to have more traffic!

If you are interested in finding more Maldives resorts reachable by speed boats then check out this post! 

For those traveling via seaplane, you will need to check in at the main airport and then take a ten minute transfer to the local airport! This is very efficient! Your resort or agent will organize your transfers!

If you decide to go via seaplane please be aware that the noise from the plane is quite loud and pack some ear protectors for your little one for the transfer!

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maldives with baby

Finding a baby friendly resort Maldives 

I think this is fair to say for any holiday as accommodation is key but this is amplified on a small island. Finding a baby friendly resort in the Maldives is key! But fear not! Even though the Maldives is most commonly associated with honeymooners there are plenty of Maldives Child friendly resorts

When assessing whether you’ve found the best Maldives hotels for families you will want to consider things like  if there is a kids club – even if like us you have no intention in using it. Presence of a kids club is a good indictator that children are welcomed! Other considerations you may want to take into account when traveling to the Maldives with a baby include the below:

Things to look for to find a child friendly Maldives Resort

  • Is there onsite medical cover?No one wants to have plan for illness on a holiday but it happens especially with kids. Consider how far away medical facilities are? Are they on your island? We stayed on an island with a medical centre so if we had needed it we would not have had to transfer back to Male to get assistance?
  • Is there a kids clubEven if you don’t use the presence of a kids club is a good indicator that there are child friendly facilities.
  • Is there accommodation other than Over water bungalowsThe romantic in me loves the thought of staying in an overwater bungalow in the Maldives, but the parent in me is having cold sweats at the thought. If you are travelling with a very small baby it might be possible but if you are travelling to the Maldives with a toddler then you might want to look into some different types of accommodation. We went for a beach front villa and this was definitely the right call for us given we were travelling to the Maldives with a toddler (newly walking).

Do I need All inclusive in the Maldives with baby? 

Everybody knows that The Maldives can be expensive so consider going all inclusive. It means little ones will have plenty of water to drink and you won’t be worried about costs when we got there. We definitely think you need all inclusive in the Maldives.

Should I book an overwater bungalow with a baby? Is there such a thing as a maldives baby friendly resort?

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Though an overwater villa sounds idyllic when you have little ones running around may not be the most practical – consider what types of rooms are available for instance beach view to make for a more relaxed trip for parents! If your baby won’t be walking, however, this might be the perfect opportunity to get an overwater villa! There are lots of Maldives baby friendly resorts and we will pick out a selection in the next section. 

Where should I stay in the Maldives with a baby aka the best Maldives hotels for families.

There are so many choices of resorts in the Maldives

We stayed at Bandos Maldives when we went. A mid-range (for the Maldives) resort! It has a kids club, medical centre and a boat transfer.

You can check availability and read reviews online HERE  

Another family friendly  but a higher end luxury resort is Soneva Fushi

You can compare prices and check availability online HERE

And our final pick is the beautiful and family friendly resort Constance Haleveli.

You can compare prices and check availability online HERE 

What to Pack for the Maldives with infant

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If you are travelling to the Maldives with infant in toddler in tow here is the run down of everything we found useful during our Maldives with a baby stay:

How to keep your baby safe in the sun in the Maldives

  • As the temperatures can get very hot in the Maldives try to plan your main outdoor actives first thing in the morning and last thing in the afternoon. We also took our Koodi to make sure she always had shade on the beach!
  • Be sure they and you (If you are breastfeeding) stay hydrated
  • Be sure to have plenty of sunscreen with you
  • Have UV suits for the sun and plenty of hats

FAQS about travelling to the Maldives with toddlers, babies and infants

Should I take a stroller to the Maldives?

Small Island resorts might sound like the place to leave your stroller at home for but we took ours and we were so glad we did! We would use it in the evenings to walk to the restaurant and would use it for naps! I am so glad that we brought it with us!

How Old was your baby when you visited the Maldives?

When we travelled we were in the Maldives with 1 year old! However all our advice would stand for younger babies, and toddlers in the Maldives with 2 year old and up! 

Overall Opinion of doing a Maldives holiday with baby!

Overall we thought that the Maldives with a baby is a brilliant vacation idea. And I know lots of other families agree. We are so glad that we didn’t think it was off limits for anyone but honeymooners and couples.

Have you been to the Maldives with a baby? What are your top tips? 

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Top tips and recommendations for going to the Maldives with a baby

 

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99 Comments

  1. April 17, 2017 / 6:56 pm

    I wouldn’t have thought to go there with a baby, but these are great tips! Thanks for sharing.

    • April 17, 2017 / 6:59 pm

      Thanks – stayed tuned this week for more
      Maldives tips for families

  2. April 18, 2017 / 9:18 am

    This looks so idyllic. I would like to visit with my toddler, but it is so hard to know where to pick – even if limiting choice to islands accessible by boat. #familytraveltips

    • April 18, 2017 / 9:38 am

      Then you might want to pop back later this week for the review of the island we stayed on and its suitability for families

  3. April 18, 2017 / 10:44 am

    We’ve missed the baby years now but looking back, that would actually have been so perfect for a family holiday – beach, sun, pools, family-friendly vibe (if you choose your resort carefully, as you say!). Even though my daughter is four, it’s still very very tempting… Perhaps I should wait until she can swim and then get one of the overwater villas? Hmmm *plot* #familytraveltips

    • April 18, 2017 / 11:06 am

      It was a perfect holiday with bambino but we were traveling with five other kids who it was equally good for! I’ll be reviewing our island for family friendliness later this week so check back then ?

  4. April 18, 2017 / 11:06 am

    What a fantastic, relaxing place to take a baby. I have only been (albeit briefly) for work but would love to return with two tots. The food, the beaches…Many resorts are very much the honeymoon type so yes, I agree a bit of research is needed first #familytraveltips

    • April 18, 2017 / 11:07 am

      With a bit of research I think it’s a great choice for families

  5. April 18, 2017 / 2:24 pm

    This looks absolutely beautiful and I would consider taking my three in a heartbeat. I have never looked into what facilities the accom/hotels have for little ones. looks wonderful though x #Familytraveltips

    • April 18, 2017 / 4:17 pm

      Yes I had never really thought about family friendly options until re entry

  6. April 18, 2017 / 4:27 pm

    I love the idea of looking into kids clubs as in indication of kid-friendliness of a resort! #familytraveltips

    • April 18, 2017 / 4:42 pm

      Thank you – it probably works better in some areas than others but it was the only think we could think of in the Maldives that would be a good indicator

  7. April 19, 2017 / 7:54 am

    I wouldn’t have considered going to the Maldives with my boys, but interesting to know that they can be kid friendly too. Great tips! 🙂 x

    • April 19, 2017 / 10:19 am

      Yes we wouldn’t have thought of it except for it being really close to qatar so started looking into more

  8. April 19, 2017 / 11:36 am

    These are great tips, what a beautiful destination – definitely not somewhere I would have thought of going with kids. It’s a good idea to look at whether they have a kids club on resorts as you don’t want to end up being the only people with kids there! #FamilyFun

    • April 19, 2017 / 12:59 pm

      Yes that was one of my fears being surrounded by honeymooners

  9. April 19, 2017 / 4:53 pm

    They would be different experiences so why not (besides the cost) do both ?

  10. April 20, 2017 / 8:31 pm

    Great tips…we arent ones for beach and sun holidays but it does look nice! #familytraveltips

    • April 20, 2017 / 8:41 pm

      We aren’t usually but thought why not since we are so close – really glad we did.

  11. April 20, 2017 / 9:15 pm

    Oo interesting, I wouldn’t have thought to go here on a holiday. I quite fancy a beach and sun right now. I’ll have to have good dreams tonight!! Lol ‪Thank you for linking up to the #familyfunlinky‬

  12. April 22, 2017 / 7:45 pm

    Ah we went on our honeymoon! And I sooooo want to go back but my husband won’t agree so I will show him this! I would always go for a kid friendly one. It’s just the flight from the UK I’d worry about! #FamilyFun

    • April 23, 2017 / 5:09 am

      I think flights are always the main concern! Qatar is much closer than the Uk! We have done several long hauls with our little one and think overnight is by far the easiest option! Hope you get your husband to agree ?

  13. April 23, 2017 / 9:54 am

    Brilliant tips, especially about going all inclusive so there is always water on hand, that’s something to consider for any destination. I’d certainly consider the Maldives with my girls having read this. Thanks so much for joining in with #FamilyTravelTips
    Nat.x

    • April 23, 2017 / 10:24 am

      Thanks yes gone are the days when I thought about all inclusive for the alcohol lol

  14. April 23, 2017 / 11:04 pm

    Great tips! Good point about the kids club and definitely go all inclusive in the Maldives! We loved the kuramathi, which we went to with our daughter when she was 3. Looks like the island you stayed on was beautiful too #familytraveltips

    • April 24, 2017 / 6:40 am

      I’ll have to check out that resort- we would love to return

  15. April 24, 2017 / 7:32 am

    Wow what an amazing holidays and some fab tips here too , thank you for sharing #marvmondays

  16. April 24, 2017 / 12:05 pm

    Great tips as always and it looks incredible. Thanks for joining us for #marvmondays x

  17. April 24, 2017 / 5:43 pm

    Love the Maldives and it makes so much sense for you to visit as you’re so close. We went as a couple and I agree water villa is definitely not child-friendly! We’re looking forward to going back in a few years when the children are a bit older and can enjoy more of the snorkelling and marine life…although your post has given me food for thought. #mondayescapes

    • April 24, 2017 / 6:58 pm

      Thank you – we’d never been before. Will def go back when E is older so there is less tag team snorkelling. One day I would also like to try a water villa

  18. April 24, 2017 / 6:18 pm

    Oh, that sky, that water! I’m longing desperately for some sunshine on my poor pasty skin!

  19. April 24, 2017 / 8:27 pm

    We have our first family holiday booked for September. We’re not going anyway as exotic as the Maldives but I can’t wait to get away. Looks like you had a fantastic time and the sea looks amazing! #MarvMondays

    • April 25, 2017 / 4:42 am

      The Maldives is much closer from qatar but i don’t think it matters where you go the important thing is to spend time as a family! Hope to read about your September holiday in due course

  20. April 24, 2017 / 8:55 pm

    Oh this brings back so many memories…but of just us on honeymoon. I’d love to go back with our boys and your tips are all spot on. We’ve used our medical insurance a couple of time now for our kids and it’s the best thing ever!

  21. April 24, 2017 / 10:01 pm

    Looks beautiful. Never ever thought about visiting there to be honest. My partner and I really want to take the kids on holiday and all inclusive too. #MarvMondays

  22. April 24, 2017 / 10:01 pm

    I so want to go to the Maldives! Look at that sea! #mondayescapes

  23. April 24, 2017 / 10:26 pm

    Oh wow it looks os incredible i would love to visit the Maldives, just look at that sea wow x

  24. April 24, 2017 / 10:46 pm

    It looks absolutely wonderful I would love to go there with my kids and watch them swimming in the sea and finding fish! Thanks for linking up to #MondayEscapes.

    • April 25, 2017 / 6:14 am

      I would love to take the baby back when she is a bit older so she can appreciate the marine life more

  25. April 25, 2017 / 8:12 am

    I really really want to go to the Maldives! One day…..
    great to know you found it baby-friendly!
    #mondayescapes

  26. April 25, 2017 / 9:02 pm

    #marvmondays I have been but pre little dude and we are thinking of returning now he is 4yrs because – its same, spacious and there isn’t much to do and everything is in walking distance. I agree, a fab break for little ones.

  27. April 28, 2017 / 12:52 pm

    I love the idea of an overwater villa but yes, I can see it might not be the best idea with little people ? #MondayEscapes

  28. April 28, 2017 / 6:58 pm

    Thank you for sharing your tips with us on visiting the Maldives with a baby. I can see some could equally apply to other destinations. #MondayEscapes

  29. April 30, 2017 / 12:27 pm

    Would love to visit the Maldives one day, look how stunning that sea looks. Even though I am way past the baby stage with my kids, great advice. Having used medical insurance twice in the USA, would never travel without it #MyFamilyAdventures x

    • April 30, 2017 / 12:28 pm

      Travel insurance is so important. We had to cancel a trip before Christmas because of illness

  30. April 30, 2017 / 12:48 pm

    You’re right I would never presume it be a place for families, so many of my friends have honeymooned there. Great to have you join in with #MyFamilyAdventures – I’d be grateful if you could add my badge so people know where you are linking up to. Thanks so much

  31. May 1, 2017 / 7:59 am

    Seems like you had a wonderful time and the photos are wonderful! Thanks for sharing. #fearlessfamtrav

  32. May 1, 2017 / 1:02 pm

    That water looks heavenly!
    #fearless-famtrav

  33. May 1, 2017 / 4:26 pm

    The Maldives are a bit far from the U.S. for a beach getaway but they always look amazing and very relaxing with kids of any age.

    • May 1, 2017 / 5:17 pm

      They are the go to place for British honeymooners! Guess you have the Caribbean

  34. May 2, 2017 / 2:14 pm

    Like others who have commented, I wouldn’t have considered this as a baby destination, but i makes sense! I am looking forward to your recommendations for families, especially activities that are not resort based. #fearlessfamtrav

    • May 2, 2017 / 2:39 pm

      Thanks Ariana, we hadn’t considered it until we realised how close it was to Doha! I’m afraid that this was mainly a resort based holiday for us as we only had four nights. We however did enjoy going fishing and snorkelling

  35. May 2, 2017 / 3:19 pm

    awesome tips! Only four hours away, go for it! I personally think anywhere can be family friendly if you do your HW and know what the expectations are. I guess although maybe not a legit ADULTS ONLY resort. found you through the link up

    #fearlessfamtrav

  36. May 2, 2017 / 3:46 pm

    Would love to visit the Maldives, but since Mrs Daisy the bus won’t get on a plane, the chances are pretty slim 🙁 Great tips. Thanks for the #FearlessFamTravel link-up

    • May 2, 2017 / 4:33 pm

      You travel well considering no planes. It would be a slow boat to the Maldives

  37. May 2, 2017 / 8:29 pm

    Clear seas, sandy beaches, a wonderful hotel and no crowds. Perfect holiday with a baby! I’d love to visit the Maldives as I really love snorkelling – you’ve got the right idea doing it whilst baby is young enough not to cost you a fortune! #Fearlessfamtrav

    • May 3, 2017 / 5:08 am

      The Maldives is very expensive! It is perfect for Baby though and as you say cheaper now than when she’s older

  38. May 3, 2017 / 6:18 pm

    If the Maldives were only 4 hours from me I’d be there all the time!! Lucky you. Very good tips for taking kids too, and a good point that if it has a kids club it’s obviously used to having kids, I’d not looked at it from that point of view before. #fearlessfamtrav

    • May 3, 2017 / 6:19 pm

      We are very lucky that many places are now on our doorstep

  39. May 3, 2017 / 8:30 pm

    We love visiting islands with our little boy and Maldives are definitely on our bucket list! Your pictures make me want to go tomorrow 😉 What an amazing place to spend some quality family time. #fearlessfamtrav

  40. May 3, 2017 / 8:52 pm

    The Maldives is a great destination to visit with a baby: I’d definitely appreciate the pampering and great food more post-kids! You’re right though, some resorts would defo not be ideal with a baby in tow!

  41. May 4, 2017 / 5:11 am

    You would absolutely love the Maldives! I personally haven’t used kids clubs but their presence is reassuring

  42. May 4, 2017 / 10:19 pm

    Yes! I’ve not been to the Maldives before, but Bora Bora in Tahiti is marketed as a similar location, and I would SO go back there with the family. Good on you for taking your baby to the Maldives. Life doesn’t stop when you have children, and taking a baby along would just make the experience more memorable. What a perfect place to relax and have some quality time together.

    • May 5, 2017 / 5:02 am

      I completely agree! We are going to bora so glad you have good memories

  43. May 4, 2017 / 10:56 pm

    Oh would love to visit the Maldives – my partner has been but I’ve not – YET! These are some fantastic tips especially about considering the medical facilities – wouldn’t of thought of that

    #fearlessfamtrav

    Laura x

  44. May 5, 2017 / 5:30 pm

    Beautiful photos, fabulous weather and blue seas. No wonder baby is happy! Thanks for hosting #Fearlessfamtrav

  45. May 5, 2017 / 6:53 pm

    These are great tips! Now that my girls are older I think an over the sea villa is fine but totally understand why you chose to stay where you did. On.My.List!! (ps – I missed the linky..will try to do next month..I’m not always good at remembering the monthlies).

  46. May 6, 2017 / 4:01 pm

    We went to the Maldives well before having kids and loved it! It’s fantastic that you were able to take advantage of being close and that you found it to be baby-friendly! #fearlessfamtrav

  47. May 24, 2017 / 2:40 pm

    I’ve never considered it to be honest. It looks beautiful #MyFamilyAdventures

  48. Hannah
    May 16, 2019 / 8:13 pm

    I am so glad i came across your blog. We are hoping to go away next year when our baby will be 4-6 months old and most people think we are crazy for considering it so it has been fab to read all about your adventures and advice for taking a baby away. We would love to go to the Maldives with them but are a bit concerned about the mosquitos and Zeka and Dengue risk. Was this something that concerned you about your trip to the Maldives?

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