If noth­ing less than the truly ex­otic will do, how­ever, make your way to the Dhaalu Atoll where PER AQUUM Niyama’s split per­son­al­ity brings out the in­ner child in every­one. Its two is­lands, Play and Chill, of­fer two very dif­fer­ent ways to ap­pre­ci­ate the diver­sity of the Mal­dives. Fam­i­lies will feel right at home on Play, opened ear­lier this year with a flour­ish of its sig­na­ture red. As well as 48 new vil­las, the new is­land is also home to beach­front din­ing at Blu, tree­top meals at Nest and the vi­brant kids’ club, Ex­plor­ers.

The chil­dren are out mak­ing a body scrub at LIME Spa when I visit, leav­ing me to test my rusty bounc­ing skills on the in-ground tram­po­line and ex­plore the dif­fer­ent spa­ces de­voted to each of the four ‘tribes’, di­vided by age group. Adam Smith, the kids’ club man­ager known only by the name of the Scot­tish economist, is in­fec­tiously en­thu­si­as­tic about the ad­ven­tures his young charges can un­der­take, whether cook­ing pizza in their minia­ture kitchen, ex­plor­ing the reef with a ma­rine bi­ol­o­gist or splash­ing through the wa­ter play­ground.

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