The Maldives is known for romance, honeymoons and luxury resorts but it’s much more than that, it’s also destination that lends itself to perfect stress-free family holidays! There are not many destinations in the world where families have everything they need right on their doorstep but at Lily Beach Resort & Spa, the beach is right outside the villa and Lily Maa buffet restaurant has so much choice that even the fussiest of eaters will be happy. The array of activities on offer will fill the days and families will be wishing they had ‘just one more week’ to spend with us. The Maldives is also an incredible place for introducing children to the wonders of the ocean: snorkelling, water sports, dolphin watching and even fishing can be enjoyed by the whole family.
Deciding how to spend your time can be a little overwhelming with so much choice, especially when you need to take into account the needs of the entire family so to help you get started when planning your itinerary, here are our recommended top 5 activities to do as a family at Lily Beach:
The greatest treasures of the Maldives lies below the surface of the ocean with coral reefs teeming with colour and life. The shallow lagoon is a great place to get the hang of using the equipment and once you’re comfortable a whole range of snorkel excursions are available to you including swimming with the gentle giants of the ocean – whale sharks, seeing turtles and exploring coral gardens. Introducing children to the natural beauty of these precious ecosystems and the creatures that depend on them is a wonderful thing to do and will create memories that will last a life time.
Maldivian’s have been perfecting the art of handline fishing for centuries, and our sunset fishing excursion allows you the chance to learn from the professionals as our dhoni crew share their hints and tips. Nothing beats sunset on the ocean…except perhaps catching a fish during a glorious sunset on the ocean!
Turtle Kids Club
We all know that kids sometimes need a lot more activities than the adults, they’re not so thrilled with simply relaxing with a good book and at Lily Beach parents can enjoy some chilled out time while the kids are entertained at the Turtle Kids’ Club. Children aged from 3 to 12 years can enjoy a huge variety of activities with other children at the resort run by our specially trained staff from 9 am until 6 pm. There is indoor as well as outdoor space and a full programme of things to do. Parents can book a massage, sip a cocktail or simply read that book!
Adventurous families who want to fulfil bucket list dreams or take on a new challenge can go scuba diving together. The patient and friendly team at Prodivers Dive Center at the resort can take guests as young as 8 years old into the shallow lagoon for a fun underwater experience amongst the fish, those aged 10 and above can take part in the PADI Discover Scuba Diving program and enjoy some shallow dives without doing a course, and there are full PADI courses and guided dives available for anyone who would like experience more of the Maldives marine world. Turtles, sharks and rays, as well as countless fish are waiting to be spotted! Once they whole family gets hooked on diving, there’s no turning back – every future trip will be checked for diving possibilities!
For days where activities need to be a little more low-key, head to Vibes where the whole family can lounge around the pool, take a cooling dip and devour delicious snacks when little tummies start rumbling. Vibes is the perfect antidote to an action-packed few days, a place to recharge ready for more exciting adventures to come.
Check out the Family Getaway Special Offer for a generous discount on you family holiday!