I've been away from here for a couple of years after having a baby and trying hard not to think about what we were missing out on....
We have previously been to Meeru, Veligandu, Athuruga and Mirihi and had thought it would be some time before we returned however we are now considering a visit with our daughter who would be 22months at the time of travel. I know the pros and cons of taking young children to the Maldives has been done to death and she's too young for most of the kids clubs anyway but I just wondered if any of you had any advice about islands that might suit our requirements. Of the islands we've visited, I actually think Athuruga was our favourite although possibly because we were unlucky with weather and jellyfish at Mirihi, but we definitely prefer smaller - mid sized islands rather than the bigger ones.
We are looking for
- very good easily accessible house reef
- beach villa with an enclosed garden area with some space for little one to play in (and possibly a plunge pool)
- on-site doctor
- shortish transfer from Male ( not necessarily restricted to speedboat though)
These are the main priorities but I'm also wondering if any islands have indoor or outdoor play areas for young children separate from a kids club?
And also, although I feel ashamed saying it here, I think I'd like a pool for the little one in addition to the Indian Ocean.
I know Lily Beach is highly recommended for families but it's never seemed that good value for money to me. And the outdoor area in the beach villas doesn't look to be that good. My travel agent has suggested CP Bodu Hithi, I think because of the outside space the villas have. Does anyone know if there is a dr on site there as I couldn't find the info on their website. Is the reef good? Any comments about this island?
Any other recommendations? I haven't kept up to date so know nothing about any islands that have opened in the last couple of years.
Budget wise we are quite flexible. I have recently inherited some money and this is the last chance we have of our daughter travelling for nothing so would likely be our last long haul trip for some time. Accommodation only budget for 14 nights, on HB or more could possibly be up to around £5k.
Many thanks in advance for your forum wisdom.