Vakkaru Maldives has been named the No. 1 Favorite Family Hotel (International category) in the Condé Nast Traveller Middle East Readers’ Choice Awards 2021. This is the fourth prestigious award the luxury resort has received this year, after winning three accolades at the World Travel Awards 2021, including the Indian Ocean’s ‘Leading Resort’.
The Condé Nast Traveller Middle East Readers’ Choice Awards is an annual online poll that invites readers in the region to vote for their favorite travel experiences across 34 categories in the Middle East and internationally.
Located in Baa Atoll, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve renowned for its spectacular sea life, Vakkaru Maldives is set on a secluded reef island with 113 elegant, palm-thatched Over Water and Beach Villas pitched over the ocean or shaded by coconut trees. Since opening in 2017, the resort has been committed to creating new initiatives for purposeful family activities in response to current trends in travel. To date it offers some of the best family-friendly facilities and experiences in the Indian Ocean.
Children and teens are generously catered for in the Parrotfish Club and Coconut Club respectively, with a host of arts and crafts for the little ones and games like pool, table tennis and football for the older ones. At the Junior Tennis Clinic by Tipsarevic Luxury Tennis, world-renowned tennis players are brought together for residencies at Vakkaru so kids can improve their game under the tutelage of pros, or take on their parents for a friendly match. Families can also learn to snorkel and dive, and discover the marvels of the underwater world from the resident marine biologist, all at the resort’s award-winning watersports centre, Splash.
Vakkaru excels at offering unique family-friendly dining experiences. From meals in the Organic Farm whilst learning about organic gardening, horticulture and nature from the resort’s head gardener, to cooking classes with Vakkaru’s culinary team designed to educate kids on organic cooking and nutrition. For the more adventurous, families can dine together on a remote stretch of Vakkaru’s powder-soft coral beach, or sail to the private sandbank for a full castaway experience.
Children’s wellbeing and happiness is a top priority at Vakkaru, which is why the resort’s Merana Spa offers family yoga sessions and bonding experiences such as ‘Mother and Daughter’ or ‘Father and Son’ spa packages developed to help children relax whilst on holiday.
Iain McCormack, General Manager, Vakkaru Maldives, said: “We are deeply honored that our guests have voted us the No.1 Favorite Family Hotel in the Condé Nast Traveller Middle East Readers’ Choice Awards 2021. The biggest reward for us at Vakkaru is creating special memories that families can share together forever. We are always committed to innovating and creating new experiences and look forward to playing host to more families in the coming year.”
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