Niyama Private Islands Maldives
What We Love
- Daily breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
- Dancing with sharks — and rays, sailfish, turtles and jacks at Subsix nightclub. The seabed’s a hot dance floor
- Dining on ostrich bobotie, grilled warthog and Colombian ice cream at the Tribal jungle restaurant
What To Know
- A mandatory round-trip seaplane transfer fee (approx. $627 per adult) will be collected at the property
- The house reef is a long way out
- Niyama’s beaches haven’t yet reached powder perfection. Broken coral can be uncomfortable underfoot
- Spa therapies and water sports (apart from kayaking and paddlesurfing) are not included
- Compulsory Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve gala dinners are $350 and $500 per person, respectively
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Room Service
This younger, larger, funkier sister of luxury Maldives resort PER AQUUM Huvafen Fushi opened in 2012 with a blitz of publicity. Most of the attention centered on Subsix — its unique underwater nightclub — but there’s a lot more to the resort on Olhuveli Island, in the Dhaalu atoll. An awful lot more. From global campfire cuisine to a riot of boys toys (including motorized boats and cars) to an art studio and a marine biology lab. Bright, coolly contemporary PER AQUUM Niyama ensures there’s no excuse for boredom or desert island ennui.
Bed and Bath
The 86 overwater and on-land studios and pavilions are bright and light, with cream walls, wood floors and glass partitions. They offer state-of-the-art technology, free movies, and enviably stylish bathrooms containing vast trapezoid bathtubs. The overwater decks support white chaise longues and smoke green infinity pools: ancient Rome meets 21st-century L.A. All have well-stocked minibars to go with the obligatory Nespresso machines; Niyama’s ‘deli-in’ concept means free Häagen-Dazs and superb value snacks, including Tuscan antipasto mix and triple-cream brie.
Fine dining restaurant, Edge, is accessible only by boat and offers panoramic views of the ocean. Equally spectacular, and slightly more hearty, is the meeting of African, Asian and South American cuisines at Tribal, surrounded by fecund foliage and a bushfire. Multiple activities — many, unusually for the Maldives, away from the ocean — are what PER AQUUM Niyama is all about. The energetic vibe, captured in punchy buzzwords — Float (water sports), Quench (spa/juice bar) and Active (computer games, sports simulators, pool table, darts and ping-pong) — should please the more energetic, young and young at heart. Enjoy.
How to Get There
Myself, my wife and our 2 daughters, (8 and 5), spent 10 days at the Niyama Island resort and thoroughly enjoyed our stay.
The island itself is very beautiful with lots of facilities but the staff made the difference.
Our host for the entire 10 days was Affan and he made sure we had everything we wanted. Nothing was too much to ask!
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Richie from the kids club made sure our kids had a fantastic time each time they visited the kids club.
Imran made sure we had fresh coconut drinks everyday.
Naj at Blue restaurant always found time to chat to us even though the restaurant was mostly busy.
Eda always made sure we had a treat or pleasant surprise in our villa each day.
Moses, Ice and Teddy at Epicure restaurant always made us feel very welcome each morning/evening. The kids always looked forward to seeing them.
I could go on...
Our dining experience at Nest and Tribal restaurants were simply memorable.
Overall, a very enjoyable trip. Was expensive but worth every penny.
My wife and I stayed for 5 nights in November 2019. It was amazing. The entire resort is meticulously clean and wonderfully designed. I’m not sure how they inspire the staff to be consistently friendly and helpful but it was quite surprising that all seemed genuinely happy. The beaches and villas were what we hoped from a high end Maldives resort - beautiful and warming. The food was spectacular. As vegetarians often one feels overlooked at the buffet and at the specialty restaurants but here we were treated to an amazing array of fantastic vegetarian dishes. The chefs take particular pride in ensuring you have the best dining experience. Truly a great place.
We decided to book Niyama as the reviews looked good and seemed family friendly . We stayed at the Lux south Ari Atoll last year and we were blown away , so we thought we would try and beat it! First impressions the island is beautiful and well kept the staff are lovely . We had a beach pool villa which was a nice setting not spectacular decor dark wood etz but fine. They supplied bikes for the family which for us worked as our kids could manage but if you have kids under 8/9 there are no bikes for them and the fun of it is to cycle everywhere ( although no lights at night , take a torch!) . A real shame was that the island was full , but lacked atmosphere in the evening. The food was not great although themed restaurants where different. 2 buffets terrible we felt like we had booked into centre parks ! Half board only offers you $50 a head and this gets you nowhere if you want 2 courses loads of high supplements / You can sadly spend $1000 a day for 4 if you are not careful specially with a few water sports added in! The best bit was the Edge and Subsix which is out at sea we had a very good meal there ( a fortune tho!!) but again no one in there so odd as no atmosphere at all!
So much so we decided to leave 5 days into our holiday and book somewhere in Dubai as was getting very boring . The sea was not clear milky , and lots of coral when you walk into the sea . Pools are poor and loungers etz need to be replaced as looking worn out . My advice go to the Lux better value and way more fun !! I’m surprised at such good reviews as most guest I spoke to didn’t not seem happy and felt the same as us .