Dhigufinolhu Island, Maldives – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine
Discover a blend of convenience, adventure and wonderful child friendly rewards with the “Family Special” package at Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa, Maldives, up until January 9.
Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa extends a gracious welcome to families with excellent accommodation, a Kids Club and an abundance of enriching activities for guests of eleven and under to explore the exuberant personality of the Maldives.
The Dhoni Kids Club awakens pirate fantasies in a Dhoni (traditional Maldivian sailboat) club house. Here daily supervised programs offer kids fun-filled opportunities to discover the island’s friendly wildlife inhabitants, fun arts-and-crafts activities, indoor and outdoor sports and games, even introducing them to new games inspired by local culture. Activities include paper weaving, henna tattoo, hair braiding, colored sand art and coconut-painting classes. Other cultural and educational excursions include a visit to a coral nursery and reef regeneration project with the resident marine biologist, island exploration and chef’s garden discovery.
A tailor-made, fun-filled educational excursion affords Anantara Dhigu’s younger guests an exciting adventure of discovery to experience and interact with essential coral reef conservation and regeneration projects. A visit to the coral nursery sees the resort’s resident marine biologist sharing valuable information for developing minds when she explains how coral grows to protect the pristine beaches at Anantara Dhigu and guard the island’s crystal-clear lagoon, all while the children touch and feel the coral. Topics like marine life in the surrounding waters are also covered, after which theory turns into reality when the children paddle across the resort’s shallow lagoon in glass bottom kayaks to look at the astounding array of tropical fish, crustaceans and bizarre-looking molluscs below. Closer to the lagoon’s edge they paddle over a newly created coral reef that joins two existing reefs, with more than 450 different coral species, including faster growing acropora coral such as staghorn and table coral.
No fun-filled day of adventure and discovery is complete without budding Picassos returning to the Dhoni Kids Club to pencil the day’s unforgettable scenes on paper to take home unforgettable memories from the greatest underwater paradise on earth, followed by a scavenger hunt and crab hunting and race before dinner time.
Family accommodation options include Sunset Family Villas and Two Bedroom Anantara Pool Villas nestled along a pristine stretch of beach.
The Sunset Family Villas are ideal for families with young children, affording comfortable accommodation for two adults and up to three young children in luxurious surroundings. It consists of two bedrooms – one with a king size bed, the other with two single beds and room for a third single bed or baby cot – two bathrooms and a sundeck that extends out to a white powdery beach. The parents’ bathroom features an open bathhouse garden with a rain shower, outdoor shower and a signature Anantara terrazzo bathtub. The kids’ bathroom includes both a semi indoor and outdoor shower.
Older children, teenagers and parents alike will delight in the Two Bedroom Anantara Pool Villa on the island’s sunset side. It features two identical villas, each with a king size bed and semi open bathhouse garden. The villas are outer-connected via a sundeck which also features a plunge pool steps away from the turquoise ocean.
The Maldives is a paradise for kids and Anantara takes great care to ensure that budding pirates or Robinson Crusoe’s are well prepared for their holiday adventures with a backpack filled with island survival tools, including a cap, travel mug, crayons and games.
A Kids Complete option on the kids menu offers a balanced meal to take care of daily dietary requirements, allowing parents to follow their home routine even while on holiday.
Anantara Dhigu’s family offering includes three complimentary meals a day for kids of six years and under when dining with their parents. Children aged seven to eleven enjoy a 50 percent discount on all restaurant menus, or alternatively dine from the kids menu at a set price. Infant food is also available.
One cannot live on balanced meals alone when on holiday and Anantara ensures the ultimate in food fun during the ever-popular pizza cooking classes, complete with aprons and chef’s hats. But best of all, participating junior master chefs have free reign to decide which or how many toppings make for the world’s best pizza.
Kids S’mores on the beach is a popular family affair where kids again take charge of deciding what’s on the menu when they roast marshmallows, add a thick layer of chocolate and sandwich it all between two pieces of ginger cookies, crackers or wheat biscuits.
At the end of another day of adventure and discovery, kids’ bath time is turned into a luxuriously fun experience with their own bathrobe, slippers and bath and shower amenities.
Childcare services are also available.
Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa’s “Family Special” package affords families four nights’ accommodation in a Sunrise Beach Villa, with the option to upgrade to a Sunset Family Villa or Two Bedroom Anantara Pool Villa. Share quality time together in the world’s greatest natural paradise, with turquoise waters as your playground and rich Anantara experiences awaiting you at our Maldives family resort. Catch your first glimpses of paradise as you jet across the Indian Ocean by complimentary speedboat. Enjoy a breakfast buffet with temptations for all, before days of action packed adventure. Our younger guests are invited to cook up a storm in a special children’s culinary class, and are treated to endless ice cream treats every single day. Set out in search of dolphins dancing in the waves with an unforgettable family cruise. Dine in exclusive Anantara style with a unique Dining by Design occasion, complete with a private chef and butler in a choice of inspirational settings. Parents can also indulge in a precious evening alone, with complimentary babysitting at a time of your choosing.
Rates start from $4,861.