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
- 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
This resort is my home away from home. I love this place so much. Everyone at Niyama has a piece of my heart. I count the days until my next trip. This resort is a 5-star luxury that thinks out of the box with what they can offer you. I believe they even have a plastic surgeon from Beverly Hills working at the resort in Dec doing botox and fillers, I could honestly stay there for a month and not be bored for 1 min.
Just as the photos of Niyama do not do the resort justice, my review will not begin to describe the absolute utopia Niyama is. If you don't want to read a long review, stop here and book your trip! Like many other resorts in the Maldives, Niyama is gorgeous, has beautiful amenities, and delicious food. To me, what sets it apart are the people--both staff and fellow travelers--the Kids' Club, and the direct access to surf. If you have children or want to surf, there is no other resort in the Maldives that you should even consider. Luxury + surf + amazing kids' club = one very happy family.
We were six in our group-myself, my husband, nine year-old daughter, seven year-old son, sister, and brother-in-law. We traveled for over 30 hours from Los Angeles to specifically go to Niyama for two weeks, and we were impressed with every experience that we had (and would get on the next plane to do it all again in a heartbeat!).
The Niyama staff took care of our every need, before we even knew we needed it! They greeted us at the Male airport, took all of our bags, including surfboards, and freed us from any travel worries. After we got off of the sea plane (which is such a beautiful experience), Niyama staff, as well as Hafidh, the General Manager, greeted us at the arrival jetty with the most delicious passionfruit juice. We were assigned a Thakuru, Shifaz, and he could make any request come true. I wondered what we would even need on the island, but we kept Shifaz busy between signing up for boats/experiences, dinner reservations, specialty cocktails in-room, and general shuttling around the island.
I loved the special touches that Niyama offered-our names carved in wood on our bikes, the welcome note on our mirror, and bed, and the yummy ice cream and popcorn in our room. I was blown away by the activities the Kids' Club offered-dolphin trips, trips to the spa, ice cream trips, stand up paddle boarding, etc. The facility is world-class, and my kids wanted to spend every minute there. We have stayed at many luxury hotels, but not one offered a FREE kids' club with such amazing activities! Special thanks to Kathrin and Shen for always having such fun things for our kids to do. After we had been at Niyama for a week, and my kids had done every activity, they wanted to go to the kids' club just to hang out with the staff!
The food and drinks were so delicious at all of the restaurants and bars! My personal favorite was the Full Moon dinner at the surf shack. If you are there during a full moon, you have to go! It's such a special evening with delicious lobster and drinks, while you watch the full moon rise. We also loved all of our breakfasts at Epicure and the Maldivian night (we went twice!). Also, if you are there on a Tuesday, you have to go to the Manager's Reception at Fahrenheit. It is such a lovely evening with delicious complimentary drinks and appetizers in a gorgeous setting overlooking the water. Super special thanks to Buddika, who made such delicious drinks and is one of the few bartenders in the world who could make my husband's cadillac margarita the way he liked it! Also, my very picky children could eat whatever they wanted at any restaurant, despite the theme. My daughter even got sushi at Tribal, which is more of a meat-based restaurant.
Kids are king at Niyama. All of the staff brings whatever the kids want and were so sweet with children. My very shy seven-year old son felt so comfortable with all of the staff that immediately after eating, he would disappear and then hang out with the incredible staff. Special thanks to everyone who was so kind to them- Isse, Asso, Habeeb, Jade, Lynn, and so many others.
My husband is an avid surfer, and was able to surf Vodi nearly everyday of our two weeks there (Some days for three hours without anyone else there!). He was even lucky enough to surf Hocus Pocus and Kasabu. If you are a surfer, this is the only resort you should even consider in the Maldives. Not only does it have world class waves, but it also has an amazing team of surf pros. Special thanks to Ricardo, Camila, and Ando. The staff would take a boat out to a surf spot, take video of the waves, and then report back via What'sApp. It was like our own personalized surfline video cam. Ricardo was so wonderful teaching our seven year-old how to surf, and he got up on his first wave!
As you can tell, we had so much more than a vacation; it was an amazing life experience, and my idea of heaven. I am dreaming about when we can return to Niyama. I think we need an annual trip to check on the coconut trees my kids planted :) I literally cried when we left--so grateful that we got to experience Niyama, the people, and all the resort has to offer. Thank you, Hafidh and all Niyama staff, for making this experience unforgettable for our family.
This was our first trip to the Maladies after fearing being stuck on a small Island. We were very surprised on how beautiful and relaxing it was. The room situated in front of the beach is stunning and a view one can look at all day. The two long Islands connected to each other with lovely landscaping greenery from one end to the other end is extremely lovely. Bike riding is a joy. A large verity great restaurants with great service and great food. We will for sure return to the Maldives and will not risk staying in any other property. Our personal butler Sham was superb.
Jacqui & Jihad
If you are looking for a “once in a lifetime holiday” put Niyama, Maldives at the top of your list. It is expensive but worth every penny. We stayed in a beach villa, which was beautifully appointed - the outdoor bathroom was outstanding.
Just returned from 5 days at Niyama. Having visited 3 other resorts in recent years, I would say that this place just does everything that little bit better.....
Beautifully maintained, the staff offer a more personal touch than other resorts we have visited, the bicycles are a wonderful and enjoyable way to peruse the islands, the watersports are organised, efficient with well trained staff, the food was excellent in the 3 different restaurants we visited, and the surf shack for sundowner cocktails was the perfect setting. A nice lounge in which to wait for your 40 minute seaplane ride, and finally, the best dolphin viewing experience that we have ever had....absolutely amazing. Looking forward to going back soon..