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Published on : Monday, November 25, 2013
“There’s still a preconception that the Maldives isn’t great for children,” explains the Resort’s General Manager Tulio Hochkoeppler. “But when you combine Kuda Huraa’s engaging activities, intimate size, accessible layout and effervescent service culture, nothing could be further from the truth.”
Kuda Huraa kids can visit the island’s cutest residents in the Resort’s turtle pools – where hatchlings from protected nests are hand-reared to increase their chance of survival in the wild – or learn about the vulnerable marine ecosystem with 3D movies in the Marine Discovery Centre. Dudes as young as six can then swap the classroom for the ocean with year-round lagoon courses with the Resort’s Tropicsurf Surf School.
Advanced courses and surf clinics are available for older children, or those with more experience.Scuba programs are available for oceanic adventurers as young as eight – and thanks to special permission from PADI, the Resort is one of only a handful in the world where children can learn to dive directly among the fish in the shallow lagoon, as opposed to in the swimming pool.
Intrepid marine explorers will also love the Resort’s shark snorkel safaris, dolphin cruises, sunset fishing and Robinson Crusoe escapes; while adventure and sports lovers will relish trying their hand at wake-boarding and tennis, parasailing and banana-boating.After an action packed day, Kuda Huraa kids can catch a tiny dhoni (traditional Maldivian boat) to The Island Spa, where the dedicated Kuda (“Little”) Spa menu engages wellness aficionados as young as six with innovative island-inspired Spa treatments and all-natural products.
Kids aged 4-12 seeking a more structured approach will find all the entertainment they desire courtesy of Kids’ Club’s larger-than-life Montessori-trained “Big Momma,” whose daily program of complimentary activities includes crafts and cookery, Spa sessions and scavenger hunts, beach games and garden fun. Under-4s are also welcome, when accompanied by an adult guardian or Resort babysitter.
In addition, a host of standard child-friendly extras await every child: goody bags, personalized treats and toiletries, child-size robes and slippers, complimentary meals for under-5s, and subsidized tailored menus for 4-12 year-olds in all the restaurants. The Resort’s chefs happily cater to picky palates and will even accommodate early sittings for hungry little tummies.
New for 2014, the Resort’s weekly Family Pool Party will see Reef Club transformed into a fun-filled family fiesta complete with pool and beach games, make-your-own pizza station and beach bonfires – perfect for toasting marshmallows under the Maldivian sunset.
“We base our kids activities on the understanding that if the kids are having fun, the parents are too,” concludes Tulio. “And the best way to do that is to treat them like the ‘little grown ups’ they believe themselves to be. It also helps that Kuda Huraa is a small enough island for kids to feel right at home, yet big enough for those wanting peace and privacy to seek those all-important kiddie-free moments. It’s a win-win for everyone.”