- Maldives Family holidays
Take your children on a family package holiday in the Maldives and they will experience one of the most unusual landscapes on the planet. While most beach holidays are spent close to the water's edge, in the Maldives this is almost an inevitability, as the highest point is less than two and a half metres above sea level. There are ongoing efforts around the coastlines of some of the tiny atolls to reclaim more land from the Indian Ocean, as well as to buy land from neighbouring countries - meaning despite its small size, the Maldives is one location that is growing over time.
A city on the sea
Male is the main island and city in the group, and probably the most striking thing you will see during a family holiday in the Maldives. Every inch of the island is taken up by buildings, to the point where they look as if they rise directly out of the ocean surface. Some parts of Male make this even more true, with the buildings in one division constructed on artificial land - literally a city built on a manmade part of the island - and standing amongst those buildings on dry land can be a thrilling experience in its own right.
An oceanic atmosphere
Why go to all this trouble to build on such small areas of land? A family holiday to the Maldives provides an answer in itself, as you will get to experience the tranquillity and beauty of the 26 atolls in the group. The climate in this part of the Indian Ocean makes for very pleasant conditions, with warmth and bright sunlight throughout the year. It's another world, and one unlike anywhere else on Earth, which is noticeable as soon as you start your descent into the airport on Hulhule - a small Maldives island given over to use just for the airport alone.
The Maldives have more at stake in the face of ongoing climate change, as even a small rise in sea levels could be catastrophic. Because of this, you'll find the environment is a key topic during cheap family holidays in the Maldives. Eco-tourism and ecological commitments in general are hallmarks of a break in the Maldives, but the island group is going further than most destinations, with an earnest commitment to become completely carbon-neutral as soon as possible.
Why the Maldives are so great for families
The people of the Maldives really love kids and go out of their way to make them feel just as welcome as grown-up visitors. Family holidays in the Maldives are a great chance to explore a truly spectacular part of the world, full of unique landscapes, tranquil beaches and a wide variety of child-focused attractions. All of this, coupled with a pleasant Indian Ocean climate and the Maldives' slow-paced, laid-back lifestyle ensures that even the most stressed-out family can quickly forget their worries and unwind in one of the most distinctive environments in the world.