Vakkaru Maldives: A Secluded Family Haven

By Paul Joseph

The Maldives may be better known as the ultimate destination for couples, but if you pick the right accommodation, the tropical cluster of atolls in the Indian Ocean can also be the perfect place for a family vacation that you’ll remember forever.

Vakkaru Maldives is a secluded tropical island resort located within the Baa Atoll, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, in the heart of the Indian Ocean and surrounded by stunning beaches, blue lagoons and extensive reefs.

Only 30 minutes north of Male International Airport by seaplane, Vakkaru – meaning coconut timber in Dhivehi – is an unforgettable paradise blessed with powder soft, brilliant white sand, crystal clear turquoise water, 360-degree uninterrupted views and sprawling coral reefs with unique marine biodiversity.

Guests can choose from 125 beach and over water villas and suites, as well as four restaurants, two bars, a wine cellar and an array of treatments in the over-the-water Merana Spa.

Kid-friendly facilities include a Splash Dive and Water Sports, two tennis courts, a badminton court, the Parrotfish Club for children under 12, and the Coconut Club for teens.

Keeping the natural beauty of the island as unspoilt as possible – including retaining over 2,300 fully grown coconut trees – and drawing on the rich traditions of the locale, design elements are focused on Maldivian style fused with the finest natural resources and contemporary interior.

For the whole family, an excursion to the capital, Malé, is a popular choice, with its busy fish market, restaurants and shops on the main road, Majeedhee Magu, and 17th-century Hukuru Miskiy made of carved white coral.

All in all, its stunning setting and myriad of family-friendly activities make Vakkaru Maldives the ultimate choice for last minute summer holidays.

By Paul Joseph