Soneva Fushi, Maldives
Overview: When you think of paradise, you’re probably picturing Soneva Fushi without knowing it. Turquoise water, white sand, lush jungle, no cars or plastic in sight — in fact, its motto is ‘no news, no shoes’. Throw in a celebrated spa set in the forest, an on-site sustainable vegetable garden, open-air cinema and an observatory for good measure and you’ll be starting to get a feel for the kind elevated experience you’ll in for here on this private island, 30 minutes by seaplane from the capital of Maldives, Malé. While it is a honeymoon destination, it caters to children in an impressive way.
Kid-friendly activities: The staff-supervised ‘Den’ is a wonderland for little ones. There’s a pirate ship, two pools, a cinema, a music room, and an ice cream parlour and chocolate room that are free-flow. You’ll also find plenty of activities on the island to do as together as a family, including an in-house astronomer to show you the stars, along with snorkelling tours guided by a marine biologist, picnics on the sand prepared by a private chef, and beach movie screenings. There’s also a babysitting service.
Dining: You’ll find children’s and infants’ menus and portions at the restaurants, as well as toys and drawing materials to keep them entertained. Plus, kids between 7 and 11 get 50% off food and drink, while kids under 6 dine for free.
Insider’s tip: For families with older children, the Soneva Fushi Villa Suite and Tree House is the room to book. There’s a seawater pool and a separate tree house that up to three tweens or teens would relish having all to them themselves.