Considered for many years as one of the world’s definitive honeymoon destinations, it’s perhaps surprising that so few of the Maldives’ resorts are officially recognised as adult only.
With an increasing number of families choosing to spend time together in the archipelago, finding an adult only property is a little more difficult than you would expect. True adult only properties are really quite rare.
Here are our suggestions, across a range of price points, of island resorts which attract fewer families and children. These are, by and large, resorts with a high percentage of overwater villas where there are few, if any, child-orientated facilities and where age restrictions may be in place.
Nooma boat, Baros Maldives
Small and private Komandoo Island Resort & Spa is an adult only resort. Guests must be at least 18 years old to stay at the property, which is good news for those seeking a completely child-free environment. The resort offers an all-inclusive plan, and overwater villas feature private sundecks with stairs to the ocean below and jacuzzi baths overlooking the lagoon.
Anantara Veli Maldives Resort, although part of the family friendly Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort, occupies its own separate island and requires a minimum age of 18 years at check-in. Close proximity to two other Anantara properties means that there are many further facilities available should you wish to slip out of your adult only bubble for a while.
Similarly, The Residence Maldives, located on the remote southern Gaafu Alifu Atoll just 20km north of the equator, divides itself between two islands, The Residence Maldives Dhigurah for a family holiday, whilst Falhumaafushi is the perfect couples’ retreat. The Residence Maldives Falhumaafushi is a delight for romantic honeymoons and intimate escapes. It embodies the heart and soul of pristine island seclusion with 94 thatched villas, Clarins Spa, restaurants which offer fine dining, more casual bites and gastronomic delights and a variety of private dining experiences just for two.
COMO Cocoa Island, Dhoni Water Villa Exterior
With each of its water villas designed to look like a traditional Maldivian fishing boat, COMO Cocoa Island is very much unique. There are 33 water villas and just three island suites. Facilities, which include an excellent spa and yoga pavilion alongside fantastic diving and snorkelling, are geared away from children and towards adults.
Veligandu Island Resort & Spa has a lot of facilities including a freshwater pool, dive centre, catamarans and kayaks. With just 12 island rooms and 64 overwater villas, 54 of which have their own on-deck jacuzzi, the island’s appeal is definitely aimed at couples.
The boutique Adaaran Prestige Vadoo is built around a small and intimate island and has only 40 overwater villas, all with personal butler service. Baros Maldives does not allow children under 8 years of age. This very sociable resort is a popular choice for many couples in their thirties and upwards.
The all-inclusive Cinnamon Hakuraa Huraa Maldives has the feel of a boutique resort. There is no swimming pool or children’s club and with just 10 island rooms complementing the 70 overwater villas it’s a good choice for couples.