The Maldives is one of the most talked about destinations amongst British mums, known for its crystal-clear waters, cooler climates and short flight time from Dubai. Whether it’s your yearly getaway or a once in a lifetime trip, we reckon summer 2021 is the perfect time to dive headfirst into the absolute best the Maldives has to offer.
Seeing as travel to the UK this summer is looking less and less likely, many mums are now looking to escape the Dubai heat and we’re giving ourselves a huge pat on the back for finding this one. Hard Rock Hotel Maldives has not only created a phenomenal summer package, but they’ve also asked us what mums want, listened, and are now delivering – exclusively for the British Mums community. Complimentary airport transfer? Check! Children eat free? Check! Kids club beyond our wildest dreams? Check… and there’s more!
Hard Rock Hotel Maldives is located within CROSSROADS Maldives – the first integrated multi-island leisure destination in the country and guests have direct access to The Marina @CROSSROADS Maldives, which has a rich combination of world-class offerings including entertainment, boutique stores, restaurants, bars and leisure activities. A huge bonus of this island is that it’s just a 15-minute boat ride from Malé, meaning a quick and easy transfer airport transfer – and no seaplane flight!
Launching for the first time, is the Hard Rock Hotel Maldives Summer Family Camp-Cation, running throughout July, August and September, and the absolute epitome of a family vacation, with an amazing kids camp, designed specifically for the hotel’s youngest (and by the looks of it, favourite) guests! The unique summer camp lets children discover their talents in sports, crafts and arts with a full programme running daily, giving us parents a second to pause, read a book and relax by the pool or beach.
Saying that, highlights of this programme include Ariel Arts with award-winning aerial instructor Lauren Ault (this is the dream after that scene from The Greatest Showman) and the Street Safe programme created by Master Leo Vieira and conducted by Gold Medalist and brown belt Miguel Gomez. The arts and craft curriculum promises an equally exhilarating time with dance lessons, music classes, gardening tutorials, educational tours and many others. Oh, to be a kid again!!! The programme runs from 10am to 6pm daily and is suitable for children aged 3 to 17 years, with certain activities reserved specifically for older children.
Now if you’ve got an ants-in-his-pants hubby like ours, or you yourself fancy a bit more adventure, then there’s also football, volleyball and other beach games for the adults while the kids are at camp, as well as some super family activities for everyone to enjoy together like pool parties, bonfires and family fun nights. Is this the holiday of dreams or what?
Once you’ve worked up a suitable appetite, there’s a choice of amazing restaurants and bars on the island. Tickle your taste buds with Pan-Latin cuisine, American favourites or grab a refreshing drink pool side. Kids 17 years old and below enjoy complimentary meals from the kids’ menu and receive 50% discount on the regular menu.
There’s a great choice of room options with Platinum Water Villas (would be rude not to right?) but if you prefer to stay on dry land, we love the look of the Gold Beach Villas. Either way, you’ll be waking up each morning to the most incredible view. There is no minimum age for children in the water villas but you will be asked to sign a waiver on arrival, regarding the safety of the little ones. These are our favourites, but there’s tons more options including a double storey villa for those with older children who need their own space.
When booking the campcation package, you get so many amazing benefits as part of the package including a complimentary daily breakfast (with sparkling drinks and ice cream), full day camp for the kids (and you can opt in and opt out the sessions as well), a welcome pack and a visit to the resort’s Candy Shop, 20% discount at Rock Spa and at selected restaurants and free use of snorkeling equipment, kayaks and pedal boats so you can really marvel at the beauty of the island. Oh, and did we mention, you also get complimentary airport transfers for the whole family! Ah-mazing!