In the middle of the Indian Ocean is a group of atolls high on the bucket list of many. Abundant sunshine, fish filled blue water and white sand between your toes is a recipe for a relaxing family get away, where you can do as much or as little as you like.
Your name – Lizzie
Who were your travel companions – Husband, Miss 3 and Master 1
What was the location of your holiday – Maldives
How did you get there – Flight from Dubai to Male with Emirates and then a 45 minute seaplane to the resort.
What time of year did you travel – April 2016
Length of stay – 5 nights
What was the weather like – Hot and humid with tropical thunderstorms.
Accommodation – Per Aquum Resort – Niyama
Style (Hotel, Apartment, B&B) – Resort
Room type booked – One bedroom pool suite
Facilities -One Bedroom with a lounge area in a separate room. The lounge area could be completely closed off to the main bedroom and bathroom. Outside dining area including a private pool, fridge and a freezer filled with ice cream, popcorn maker, Nespresso machine, tea making facilities, a private butler and 2 bikes.
The rooms are beautifully designed and decorated. The main bedroom connects to the bathroom so once the children were asleep in the lounge, we could close the heavy sliding door and then relax in our bedroom, use our bathroom and access the outside seating area and the pool without disturbing the children.
Our butler was fantastic and organised everything for us. If there was ever a problem or a question he was always available for us. He did the thinking for us and booked our restaurants, baby sitters, spa treatments and activities.
The kids club – I found this to be one of the only resorts that was free for children from age 3, most resorts are free from age 4.
The seaplane was a super fun way to arrive to the island.
The Seaplane! Once we arrived to Male we had to wait for our connecting seaplane, which ended up being nearly 2hrs. They really looked after us and we were in a lounge but it was a bit of an ‘ankle tap’ with the 2 children and then the seaplane ride was another 45min’s, but as I said above the Seaplane ride was a ‘pro’ as well so I think it evened out. Something to think about though.
Expensive – yes it’s the Maldives and of course that blue water comes with a price but I think next time I would consider staying at an all inclusive resort.
Would you stay there again? Yes! Take me back this very minute.
Any restaurant/cafe/bar recommendations for eating out with children?
The resort has 5 restaurants so you are spoilt for choice, we visited all the restaurants but we found Blu was the best with the Children. The resort has also recently opened a Deli where you can purchase sandwiches and wraps which is perfect if you don’t want a full sit down meal after your massive breakfast.
Blu Restaurant was very family friendly. They had a children’s buffet with normal fried food but also loads of vegetables and handmade pizzas. The staff were super friendly, lots of highchairs and a baby change area with nappies and wipes in the ladies bathroom. Blu also has a childrens pool so it was the perfect place for sundowners.
Edge Restaurant is under the sea which made for a pretty amazing experience for my frequent little traveller. They only serve lunch and it has a set menu and a set time that didn’t really work for Master 1 so our butler happily organised for a boat to take Miss 3 and I out to the restaurant for a look. The staff were lovely and helped us search for Nemo after we had a drink at the bar.
In our room we had complimentary ice-cream and a popcorn machine, which is such a great idea for the afternoon snack time.
Room service was excellent – they even delivered our meals beach side so as not to wake the children with the door bell.
Things to do?
KIDS CLUB! My children both loved the Scott Dunn kids club – The Explorer Club. With its outside wet play area and organised activities, we felt the children were very well looked after and most certainly not bored. 3+ years are free to use the club and we paid $20US an hour for Master 1, well worth the money.
The free activities include most water sports, we snorkelled and stand up paddle boarded. They also had canoes and kayaks for use. The resort has an extensive list of activities available including deep sea fishing, scuba diving, paragliding etc all these come at a fee.
We went out for a private champagne breakfast with the kids on a traditional fishing boat called a Dhoni. It was a lovely morning with excellent staff. We asked them to stop somewhere that we could swim and they took us to a coral area where we jumped in and enjoyed. If you decide to do this, organise to take some snorkels with you. Expensive but we felt it was worth it.
The spa is pretty amazing and well worth booking in for a treat.