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
We would definitely return. Service was exceptional. Resort was quiet, clean and modern. Rooms were nice and had all the amenities. We especially liked the gorgeous bathroom and all the space for unpacking and putting things away. The two main restaurants were clean but food was just average. However, other restaurants like Nest, Tribal, Subsix and The Edge were exceptional. We went half board and so glad we did that. One of the reasons we chose this particular resort/Island is because it had so much to offer with two Islands (Play/Chill) as well as a number of restaurants to keep us from getting too bored.
We recommend taking the seaplane on arrival and airplane on departure. Just make sure you research the weight restrictions or you could get charged an additional fee. There is no air-con in the Male airport so just ask if you can sit in the sister resort lobby out of the heat. Overall, We loved it!
Our family recently stayed at Niyama private island and it was beautiful. The island is amazing and we stayed in a two bedroom overwater villa, it was something out of a magazine. Infity pool overlooking the ocean, private deck and stairs into the crystal blue water. We had a wonderful time exploring the island on bicycles and as my husband is a surfer we also enjoyed the surf shack, they make a great mojito! We had dinner at tribal the food was wonderful but the staff are really amazing, very friendly and professional. We also had a couples spa treatement, all I can say is wow !! The ladies were very professional and the treatement rooms over looking the ocean are very special. Overall a wonderful stay my only complaint is I wish we could have stayed longer ! Thank you to Haf and Roxy and the team for great service and a wonderful stay, I highly recommend this property it's a dream holiday.
Nice island, good food and services, the beach villa we had was comfortable and clean service is available daily, the area around our villa was good for snorkelling , i got good medical advice and help when I had a sun burn , I do recommend this property.
We had an unforgettable holiday at Niyama Private Island and one I strongly recommend to families travelling with children, yet also striving for a quiet scream-free adult time.
Everything was absolutely perfect from the moment we landed at Male airport and I was in a pickle with that last urgent call from work which required attention - the staff were amazing and let me sit in their air-conditioned wi-fi covered van until I sorted it out.
We took the sea-plane which was an enjoyable experience as we flew low enough to take in the scenery.
Our arrival at the resort was seamless, our Thakuru, Shahula is worthy of mention for the great care she took in looking after us. This includes carting our 7-year old to and from the Kids Club and just generally making our life easy.
The rooms were well appointed with all comforts. Design is a bit passé with dark wood, probably needs a bit of an update, but well maintained and very comfortable. We stayed in a Beach Villa and I would strongly recommend it to families travelling with young children. It was a great experience.
The biggest shock of the holiday was the cost of food - we ended up spending around 400/700 USD per dinner for just the 3 of us, which I found to be a bit steep. The array of restaurants was indeed great, The Asian restaurant with their truffle and wagyu fried rice being commendable, and The Edge was exceptional, though I will leave a separate review for that as it deserved it.
We never felt claustrophobic or bored, we loved cycling around the island to get from A to B.
The main restaurant Epicure is where the resort loses the 5th star as they were disorganised at best and the decor seems to have been thrown together with odd bits of left over furniture... It needs a design review. But please do not let this put you off as we enjoyed the experience regardless.
Another thing we found extremely expensive were the recreational activities. For example 70US for 30 mins on a jet ski (for my daughter) and 190 USD for half an hour on a jet ski tour - albeit with a guide which partly justifies the cost.
We loved the Dolphin Quest and highly recommend it. We ended up being with about 50 dolphins jumping around the boat and it was a priceless experience.
The Turtle Quest would have been good, but not really appropriate for small children as you have to swim around in high seas and it turned out to be quite daunting for my little one and I had to drag her back to the boat without having seen any turtles. That said, the staff were exceptional and went well beyond their call of duty to make the trip worthwhile. Thank you.
The diamond of the resort was the SPA. The most efficient and qualified one I have ever been to. There was a great selection of treatments and they were absolutely fantastic. A special thanks to Tracey for having been so hospitable. The only downside here were the 2 plunge pools which were a bit pointless without a whirlpool ...
Thank you for making our stay memorable.
This is the best resort we have stayed at, hands down. The whole experience from the moment we arrived to departing was full of fun, care, kindness, top quality, interesting and wonderful times.Expensive but worth every penny. It's a remote island with so much choice for actives, chill and eating that it is going to cost a lot. But seeing as kids under 16 eat free, they give you free water in the room, they provide free popcorn and ice cream in the room and you have a choice of a buffet or alacarte, you don't have to spend a fortune when you're there. There are free actives (yoga at 8 am and boxing at 4 pm for example) or you can enjoy a class with a trainer they had flown over from LA (which was $35 per hour). New Year's Eve was a wicked party on the beach - with Diversity Juniors performing on a huge stage with lights and speakers like a big festival! They had magicians and performers at the table and the most extravagant buffet (lobster for example) which you could eat all night.The next day they extended breakfast so no one had to stress to get up early! These guys know how to make you feel super special and nothing is too much for them.The actual island itself is paradise with crystal clear waters, turtles and dolphins close by and we saw a shark from our water villa. Lots of fish and so clean. They are extremely friendly and a good laugh and all seem very happy. I want to return... soon!