When you think of the Maldives you are compelled to think about a dreamy love story of a newly wed couple mooning on a romantic island sipping cocktails, taking breathtaking photographers together and watching sun kissed sunsets. You would not consider it as a place to visit with a baby but that’s exactly what my husband and I did! We took our 10 month old baby to the Maldives on a spontaneous weekend getaway to escape the scorching heat of Doha – call us crazy but we did and we had the best experience of all time.
The Maldives is made up of 1190 little islands, scattered across the ocean of which 87 are resort islands from what I can remember. And something that’s really pleasing is that a good number of them actually cater for families with children of all ages nipping the stereotype right in the bud. The islands are completely safe, free from diseases such as malaria and there are no prior injections required for the visit making the pre-trip preparation smooth and simple.
Booking the trip
We got really lucky with our booking. A friend recommended Maldives Holiday Offers to book through. It was a quick and simple procedure and agent was very helpful and efficient. I was a little weary about the whole online booking affair but thankfully it’s no hoax! I just went onto their website and made use of their online chat forum. I told the agent exactly what I was looking for and she put together the perfect package for us. Once I was completely happy with the package she emailed me the details along with the paying options. The next email was my payment confirmations and travel documents! This whole process took about 30 minutes. That’s my kinda-holiday-planning!
- Two nights and three days
- Accommodation in a Superior Beach Bungalow for 2 adults + 1 infant (0-1.99 years)
- Meal plan: Half Board – included breakfast and dinner but upgraded to FULL BOARD as a deal we bagged when booking the same day
- All government taxes & service charge
- Combined return domestic flight + speed boat transfer
- Meet & greet service by their Airport Representative on arrival and departure
- Cost: 790 USD (excluding international flight)
There was a special 30% discount applied at the time of booking.
We took a flight on Qatar Airways from Doha to Male. Qatar Airways flies twice a day to Male so that’s pretty handy! At Male airport we were greeted by our travel agent representative and this made us feel really special and got us so hyped for our Maldives adventure. She helped us transfer quickly and safely onto our domestic flight. From Male we took a domestic flight to an airport where we met with another friendly member of the travel agency that put us on a speed boat that would take us to our final destination, our resort – Sun Island Resort & Spa. The flight lasted about 30 minutes and the boat ride lasted about 10 minutes.
About the resort
- Absolutely breathtaking
- 5 Star
- Biggest Island in Maldives
- Family friendly
- Beautiful beaches
- Child Care
- Water Activities
- Novelty Stores
- Local Tours
- Tennis courts
- Bicycle hire
- Instagram Worthy
Here’s a fun fact sheet about Sun Island Resort and Spa that was sent to us by the agency.
We were welcomed by friendly faces and equally friendly and efficient service. Our representative helped us check in and get our luggage to our room safely.
We stayed in the Superior Beach Bungalow. Our room wasn’t anything special but had everything we needed to have a lovely stay. It had a massive bed, a seating area, mini bar with a few complimentary drinks, coffee and tea facilities, a really out dated TV, air conditioning, ceiling fan, BIG bathroom with a bath, shower, bidet, toilet, clean fresh towels, toiletries and an open-air shower. The terrace area had sunbeams too and looked out to the beach. We chose this room as it was child-friendly.
This is the day we arrived. Before we even went to our room we decided to make our way to the dining restaurant to have lunch first. After lunch we took a really long walk to our room. I wouldn’t recommend this with a baby and no buggy! We should have used the shuttle service. None the less, we basically saw all the island had to offer during this walk. Huffing, puffing ad drenched in sweat we finally made it to our room where we freshened up and then enjoyed our back garden! We had a private beach area which was amazing. Later that evening we decided to go see the shark feeding on the other end of the resort. It was quite nerve-wrecking walking on a narrow decking with a baby but we extra cautious. I would recommend putting baby into a sling/carrier. It was amazing to see real life sharks up close though. On our way back we enjoyed a lovely sunset before tucking into of buffet dinner. That was pretty much it for the day. We went to sleep straight after dinner. Knackered!
The next morning, urged by our growling stomachs we swiftly made our way to the breakfast dining restaurant. There was an array of different cuisine to ignite every taste bud. After breakfast we hit the pools and basically spent all morning there swimming, sipping cocktails, tanning and taking breaks to feed, clean and put baby down for her naps. She pretty much stuck to her normal routine the whole time. After lunch I wanted to get some family pictures taken on the beach so we freshened up and made our way to the perfect spot. I did a little DIY self timer kinda shoot. We got some amazing images. Enough to remind us of a fantastic family holiday. As part of the package we received a discount voucher to use at the spa so of cause I had to take full advantage and book myself a relaxing full body massage that included a lovely jasmine bath underneath the stars. It was an experience of a lifetime. During this time miss sweet cheeks and her daddy enjoyed some father-daughter time down at the pool area. We met up for dinner and then chilled in the room to watch a football match. That was it before we fell fast asleep.
It was so heart breaking to wake up knowing it was time to pack up and leave. I made sure I savoured all our time left on the island and woke my husband up super early, tucked the baby into her buggy and took one final walk down to the beach to watch the sunrise. I chose the wrong part of the island but I still witnessed a remarkable sunrise in the Maldives. It was really early still before check out so we just headed back to our room and had a short nap before breakfast started. After breakfast we did all our final packing and room checking before we called concierge to pick up our luggage and make our way to the reception area where the same lovely lady from our travel agency met and escorted us back to Male Airport. When we arrived we had a few hours to spare and the travel agency offered us a free tour of Male Island. We were so excited so we immediately dropped off our luggage and hopped onto the first boat! It was a hot and bumpy ride. We walked the streets of the build up city dodging scooters. It was t the best idea to take the buggy with! I ended up putting the baby in her carrier. The tour was short and sweet and we really got a feel for the buzzling city life and how locals live day to day.
Special things to remember
Maldives is a country govenored by Islamic Law. Remember to respect local culture, traditions, customs and remain law abiding. Bringing your own alcohol or pork products into the country is strictly prohibited.
- Invested in a good baby carrier.
- Buy a good travel buggy!
- Pack comfortable clothes and shoes.
- Keep luggage light and minimum.
- Keep travel documents safe and easy to reach.
- Have a budget and stick to it to avoid over spending.
- Take loads of pictures!
Our daughter took her first few steps in the Maldives making it a very special place for our family now. Overall, they provided a really good service from touch down to the resort but you have to remember that travelling with a baby is not a walk in the park. There’s a lot of jumping on and off flights, getting baggage, dealing with boarder control, hopping onto boat rides and if you’ve done it before you know you need to practice a lot if patience. Children are still by far the best travel buddies. We would definitely recommend at least a five to seven day stay to really enjoy the island to the fullest.
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