Winter sun swimwear for kids [Maldives Niyama photoshoot]

Kuling two-piece tankini swim set, UV 50+, £12,

The Maldives is always a good idea. We first visited Niyama Private Islands in 2017 (when it was Per Aquum Niyama), as a couple, and stayed in an overwater villa. In 2019 we took our first trip there as a family of three, with our daughter.

*** Don’t miss my review of visiting Niyama as a family ***

As a second-time Maldives visitor, I knew the only shoes we would need to pack were reef shoes and one nice pair of sandals, and that swimwear, and plenty of it, was the absolute must-have – and pretty much all we wore. Here are our favourite swimwear pieces (all UPF 50+) for our little one. Looking at these photos, we can almost feel that warm ocean breeze, again…

The beach in front of Epicure restaurant, looking out for seaplanes landing

Floral Kuling two-piece tankini swim set, UV 50+, £12,

The beach outside the front of our beach villa

Kuling navy striped swim set, £22.80, UV 50+,

Splashing in the water feature on the steps leading to our outdoor shower

Kuling navy striped swim set, £22.80, UV 50+,

Stretching for stones to drop into the pool, in front of resort restaurant, Epicure

Kuling striped swimsuit, £12, UV 50+,

Staring into the blue, at our villa’s private pool

Liewood hooded animal towelling robe with zip, £24,

Always looking for ‘airplanes’…

Liewood hooded animal towelling robe with zip, £24,

Studying coral on the beach in front of our beach villa at sunrise

Bonpoint Liberty print smocked jumpsuit, from £117, and yellow leather Little Akaria sandals – exclusive to Alex and Alexa, £55.70,

Until next time, Niyama

Book it:

Room rates at Niyama Private Islands are from $886++ (approx. £688) per room/night staying in a Beach Villa on a B&B basis. To book, call +960 676 2828, email or visit

Turquoise Holidays ( are offering a 35% discount for stays between 9th January and 7th May 2020. Family: A seven night stay for a family of four is priced at £5,199 (usually £7,999) on a half board basis, with international flights, seaplane transfers and 3 meals per day from the children’s menu included. Couple: A seven night stay for couples is priced at £2,072 (normally £3,189) on a half board basis in a Beach Pool Villa, with international flights and seaplane transfers included.

Note: Hat and sunglasses were worn when she would keep them on, Childs Farm factor 50 kids’ suncream was regularly applied and shade was sought at hottest parts of the day. The images taken in full sun were momentary.

With thanks to Alex and Alexa for providing the outfits for our photo shoot. Prices listed are the current retail price, some are on sale, and are subject to change. Niyama Private Islands. We stayed as guests of Niyama, thanks to Massey Partnership Travel for organising our trip.

Swimwear for kids [Maldives photoshoot]

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