HAMMOCKS AND SWINGS
Admittedly, the image of honeymooners lounging beside the pool was my first thought before I arrived at Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort, a 35-minute speedboat ride from Malé’s airport marina. Strolling around the island at sunrise, however, and it quickly became clear that this identity was shifting. Toddlers join their parents in an earlymorning swim and, at the centre of the resort, the Dhoni Club anticipates young travellers with a treehouse, a colourful climbing wall and land-bound dhoni boats bursting with arts, crafts and educational discovery.
Diversions such as hammocks, pétanque courts and oversized chess boards wait around every corner, bikes are the preferred mode of transport, and the beach swing and water hammock offer perfect photo opps; I lost half an hour trying to clamber onto the seat of one of the lagoon swings during low tide. A journey out to the private picnic island of Gulhifushi guarantees a day of sun-soaked fun, with dining facilities, pristine waters, beach games and kites.
The Sunset Family Villa offers plenty of space, with a pint-sized bathroom for the little ones and an outdoor bathroom with terrazzo tub for mum and dad.
Just across the lagoon from Dhigu is Anantara Veli, a couples-only sister resort, and Naladhu, Anantara’s retreat where anything is possible. The Two Bedroom Pool Residence, facing out to the mesmerising ocean waves, is the choice for families, with a twin bedroom, a butler’s kitchen and the exclusive House Master service catering for any desire.