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
Beautiful property with amazing views. The villas are amazing and the beaches with white sand look amazing. There is plenty to do in the island. Loved every minute of it. We stayed both at the water and beach villas. There is a seaplane transfer from Male which in itself gives you an amazing view of the atolls in Maldives.
We just came back from Niyama and we simply Loved it. Niyama gives you the feeling of your home away from home in paradise. We Loved the people, the island, the rooms, the views, simply everything. With our GHA Black Status we have been upgraded to a Family Pool Villa, which was amazing, but it was the little details that made our stay exceptional. It was the first time that we have personalised bikes in a hotel resorts, with wood carven names of even our little ones on their child seats. We especially want to thank our Thakuru Yitno who made everything possible and was always there for us, Katrin and Natalie from the Kids Club to take great care of our little ones while we went diving and Uwe from Float to arrange some great dive trips for us as well as Rebecca for helping us to arrange the amazing Sunset Cruise.
My daughter and I chose Niyama mostly for the uncrowded waves and because the resort has a private wave.
We had a fabulous week. The hotel totally met our expectations but the surf exceeded them. The waves in the island were great, the vibe in the water was incredible (never more than 8 surfers and everyone really relaxed) and the surf team (Ricardo, Camila and Yaendo)... The surf team was outstanding!
Thank you all!
I felt that my 6 days trip at Niyama was not enough to cover everything that has to offer on the island. There’s just plenty to do! Just felt that the meal timings could have been adjusted earlier to suit young kids.
It was a good experience and when you visits places like that, you are hoping that you are going to like the atmosphere and the environment because you need to be more relaxed and appreciate the atmosphere of the place in a good way