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Kiddymoon in the Maldives: Four Seasons Kuda Huraa with a 20 mth old

If you’re looking for 5* family friendly in the Maldives, without the extra seaplane transfer then Celine has done the research for you!  Check out her review of the Four Seasons:

Who: Celine, husband & 20 mth old son
When: Oct 2012 (weather was great, we had 2-3 showers over the week)
Where: Four Seasons Kuda Huraa, Maldives

Hotel Booking
Direct online via http://www.fourseasons.com/maldiveskh/

Flight Booking
There are direct flights now from HK, however only Thursdays & Saturday and you can only book them on a package and Four Seasons was not on the list.
We booked flights direct online.  We had 2 options: Singapore or Malaysia Airlines.  Both travel times were similar, 2 segments of 3.30 hours with a quick stopover in Singapore or Kuala Lumpur.  We chose Malaysian because 2 adults+infant on Malaysia in Business Class was 25% cheaper than 3 seats on Singapore in Economy.  We took a bet on Business not being full and him being able to have his own seat, rather than in our lap and 3 out 4 flights this was the case!

Why the Four Seasons?
We chose the Four Seasons for a couple of reasons.  First, finding a kid friendly hotel in the Maldives certainly narrows down the list.  Then when you check whether they are not charged as adults for food etc, you remove even more from the list.  Secondly, the airport transfer.  Flights from Kuala Lumpur or Singapore, land around 10pm which mean, apart from the Conrad Hotel, no seaplane transfer.  So either you spend a night in Male, which we did not want to do with a little one, or you go for a boat transfer.

Kid friendly + boat transfer means you end up with a list of 5 hotels, among which we had heard great things about the Four Seasons for kids.

Four Seasons Beach RoomRoom
We booked the ‘basic’ room, the beach pool villa.  The room was super nice, indoor and outdoor bathroom, decent sized pool to take a dip while your little one is napping.  The beach is a couple of steps away and we asked for a room not too far from the main area.  They do have a family room which is about 30% more expensive where you have a separate study that can sleep 2 kids.

Facilities
All you can dream for in the Maldives; dive centre, gym, 5 restaurants, playroom, great spa of course…  There is also a turtle farm on site.

Restaurants
We tried all of them.  Unless you’re a huge eater, the nightly buffet is overpriced but the food is great.  The choice of a la carte, Indian, Grill and Italian is more than enough for a week.  Fab cocktails also.  The Service is Four Seasons – anything you request is yes with a smile.

Kids
We had heard great reviews about the Four Seasons being kid friendly and it was all true.  The Hotel Manager actually told us that Four Seasons policy regarding kids had changed completely about 10 years ago when the founder of Four Seasons had grandkids and realised there was a niche for 5* kid friendliness.Four Seasons Beach

During the boat transfer we were given a baby life jacket.  When we arrived in the room, there was a warm carrot soup waiting with 2 mini cupcakes with the name of our son, plus a goody bag with Nemo teddy, T-shirt and cards. Morning buffet has a kid section with mini food, plastic plates, kids glasses and cutlery.  Food for under 5 is free and there is a kids menu (real menu no fries or bolognese here!) where mains are USD$5 and a teen menu up to 12 years old where mains are USD$10.  The chef will accommodate any style you like and food is served within 15 min.  The bartender spoils them with fresh juices and chocolate milkshake.

The playroom/playground is big and full of toys for all ages that you can take anywhere in the hotel.  Kids over 4 can go alone for free.  They have fun daily activities like turtle or fish feeding.

Four Seasons PoolThere is no spearate pool for kids but the main one is super warm and kid friendly.

Not tested but they do have spa rates for little girls to go with mummy and diving lessons start from 8yo.

Babysitting is expensive and needs to be booked 24hrs in advance.  We never used it, we put our son down to sleep at night and then used our phone as a baby monitor (French iPhone app Dodo-Sitter)

Staff are super friendly, buggies and bikes were a big hit for our little one.

In Conclusion….
We had a great time, everything was easy with our little one and it was a relaxing holiday.

I’m not sure we would go back to that specific hotel in the Maldives, only because I think if we return we will try the honeymoon no kid version!  I would 100% recommend it for a family but for honeymooners there are more exclusive places in the Maldives and there were a lot of kids!

Value for money in that although it was expensive, everything was perfect and 5* family friendly.

2 comments

  1. MightyTravels

    FlyDubai recently started flights to Male – often for very low fares. Also consider staying in Male and just do snorkeling trips to the hotel beaches. These often run for $20 or less per day and give you lot’s of variety.

    1. Nicola

      Thanks, though if I was going to the Maldives I think I’d want to stay on one of the islands!

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