The Maldives is thought of as the ultimate honeymoon destination! So that being said it’s not the first place you think Of as a family friendly let alone baby friendly destination. But yet we decided as it’s only a four hour flight away from Doha that it would be a perfect short getaway so here are our top tips and recommendations for doing the Maldives with a baby!
Traveling to the Maldives with a baby
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!
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!
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! When assessing whether its a baby friendly resort in the Maldives 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:
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?
Do I need All inclusive in the Maldives ?
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?
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!
Where should I stay in the Maldives with a baby?
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.
Another family friendly but higher end luxury resort is Soneva Fushi
And our final pick is the beautiful and family friendly resort Constance Haleveli
What to Pack for the Maldives with a baby
Here is the run down that everything we used and found useful during our Maldives with a baby stay:
- Usual diaper changing kit plus swim nappies!
- Plenty of Factor 50 sunscreen
- Hats (Multiples for when they inevitably get wet).
- Light weight cotton clothing!
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 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
Overall Opinion of the Maldives with a 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.