Kids clubs at resorts are lovely for many reasons: they give parents a break, allow children to socialize on vacation, and often offer culturally relevant activities. But, The Ritz Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands decided to take their kids’ club offering one step further by making the Ritz Kids space an architectural masterpiece. Yes, even adults would be jealous.
The design of the futuristic indoor-outdoor space was led by the world-renowned Kerry Hill Architects and features playgrounds, napping pods, an area for video games and movies, and a pool with slides and jets, and more. Plus, there is a stunning mural—designed by Maahy Shimhaq and Cartman Ayya and brought to life by Maldivian artists—called UKIYO, which means “The Floating World” in Japanese.
When you first approach Ritz Kids, you almost don’t notice it because it looks like a hobbit-like, grass-covered hill with just a tunnel leading inside. But, once inside, it’s a whimsical yet sleek space with circular play areas, large round doors, oversized futuristic portholes, and an outside space with a multi-story tornado-shaped jungle gym, dancing fountains, and trees.
Overall, the design was “inspired by the natural landscape of the turquoise lagoon and the swirling ocean breezes, embracing the circle of island life, with modern architecture meeting the Maldives,” according to The Ritz Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands team.
And, as you can imagine, the kids’ programming would be equally superb if this much thought was put into the design. All the activities at Ritz Kids have been created around four pillars: land, water, environmental responsibility, and culture. So, expect marine biology classes through Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment Program, an underwater drone experience, learning Maldivian palm origami, and more.
Although the Maldives is often considered a honeymoon destination, The Ritz has made an effort to warmly welcome families. “From the moment families step into our arrival pontoon, children are VIKs,” the hotel told me. “On arrival as they are welcomed with a fun lion backpack filled with Ritz Kids’ welcome pack and calendar of activities. Plus, all kids will receive specially created Bamford Kids amenities and a mini Frette robe and slippers.”
Also, a Ritz Kids tepee is included in the villa for little ones to enjoy a sense of adventure. “Taking care of the little ones is taking care of our future,” they added. As far as tweens and teens go, they have their own indoor recreation area, which is home to gaming stations, table tennis, foosball, billiards tables, and a selection of board games.
Of course, adults will love the property too. The all-villa resort boasts incredible views of the turquoise waters, and all rooms come with private infinity pools. And while the kids can enjoy the architectural expertise of the kids club, the adults can do the same at the floating circular spa that’s perched in the middle of the lagoon.
Incredibly, this piece of paradise is just s a 45-minute journey by speedboat or a 10-minute seaplane flight from Malé International Airport, making it one of the most accessible resorts in the Maldives. But, you’ll still feel a world away.