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
So far the best Maldivian resort I visited (out of 4) Twin islands, bicycle driving, variety of dining - fantastic food at African restaurant, Asian restaurant in the jungle among the top of trees, creative lobster menu in the underwater restaurant. And of course very polite and accurate butler - Visham and a smiley and funny atmosphere maker - our coconut friend.
Overwater pool villas were the best ever. Beaches and variety of dining: TOP. The food was really good also at buffets. Beaches were white and water was exactly like a pool. Room prices are high but it’s a paradise of maximum relax and perfection. Service and courtesy was top quality. One con was wine list, prices were inappropriate.
I can't recommend this resort enough. The stay was effortless. The staff were very attentive, the kids club was amazing (which was really important to us), the resort and room was super clean, everyone was so friendly, the food was good, there was enough activities to keep us occupied, very easy arrival/departure. The island was big enough and never crowded. A very relaxing stay - even though we travelled with our 2yrs and 4yrs. My husband was also ill and the doctor onsite was very good.
From the very moment we landed we felt a complete sense of relaxation and the staff made us feel very welcomed.
Our room for so big and we really loved the outdoor shower! The bed is one of the comfiest biggest beds I have ever slept in which made for the best sleep every night we were there. We travelled with a 3 year old and she was very impressed with all the moves in the tv and the popcorn making machine that we had in the room.
The first night we arrived we dined at Nest which was the best welcome we could have dreamed for! Incredible food, you really can't go wrong with anything on the menu here and the setting was like something from a movie, all nestled in the tree's on a big beautiful balcony. It really was an amazing experience.
The staff at the resort are one of the best things about it. So helpful, and so happy and wonderful, they really catered to all of our needs. It was so fun to ride around the island on our bikes but was nice to have the gold cart on call if we needed it also.
This island is an ideal place to go if you're a family. We travelled for our honeymoon and decided to take our 3 year old and this worked out perfect for us. There was a kids club that she fit right into, she loved being there and wouldn't even leave with us if we tried to pick her up early because she was having so much fun. They have a big room full of dress ups, toys, colouring in, a chill room upstairs with movies, an outdoor play ground with a trampoline and a small climbing wall, an outdoor kitchen were they do baking classes and a splash park (and thats just in the kids club). They also take them exploring around the island, learning about the saline, doing hermit crab races, cooking classes, flying kites, you name it. Our girl still won't stop talking about how much fun she had even now that we're home. The girls that run the kids club were incredible with her and she loved them very much. They also have babysitting available for the hours outside of kids club if you would like to go to dinner without a kid in tow.
My husband loves surfing so the island was perfect for us. Exclusive rights to the wave that is right at the end of the point so I could sit and enjoy my book with a cocktail in hand while watching him surf, perfect! It's also a good wave for a beginner when tis small which worked perfectly for me at my beginner level s i got the surf for the first 3 days.
The staff sorted out special experiences for us. I would definitely recommend the destination dining, it was a once in a lifetime experience that we enjoyed so much. It is great for either a big group, or a romantic date for two.
I'd also recommend the jet ski riding which is organised through the water sports. We rode to our own person little sand patch and it was breath taking!
Over all an amazing experience, complete luxury! We will definitely be back
We really loved our trip to Niyama.
We travelled with an 8 and 5 year old and stayed in a one bed beach villa with pool. The villas are beautiful (the outdoor bathroom is just lovely) and the pool perfect for the children to splash about in (although deep, so be aware that they can’t touch the bottom). The beach is right there, so the children can run out and explore, without you worrying.
The children slept in beds set up at the foot of our bed and there was still plenty of room in the villa. You have a huge fridge, stocked daily with complimentary ice-cream, there is also complimentary pop-corn and chips and a Nespresso machine.
You are given bikes to navigate the island, which are brilliant and we used them constantly. They don’t unfortunately have bikes for children, but we got around that, by having seats on the back of ours, which were big enough, even for our 8 yr old. Our bikes were personalised, as were their seats 😊 The islands are about 2.5km long, so bikes are helpful.
The kids club is just fantastic. Our children have never done a kid’s club before and we couldn’t get them out! Their itinerary was amazing and the kids went out on dolphin boat trips, had cooking lessons in the restaurants, head massages in the spa and trips to the ice-cream parlour. They have a water park in the club and trampolines. It’s very well set-up.
- Try all restaurants, as they are equally fabulous
- Look up to see the fruit bats flying around
- Head to the over-water villas, at about 3pm, as the tide comes in. We saw baby sharks here every day, in the shallows and rays, octopus and eels
- Lunch in the underwater restaurant Subsix, children are welcome for lunch
- Tennis, the court is beautiful
- Outdoor cinema night. Its $100 for a private film with popcorn, set up just for your family, with outdoor candles
- Snorkelling trip. The waves were big, but we saw turtles and dolphins. They provide sea-sickness tablets, if required and they worked well
- Our son took the Bubblemaker diving course in the pool and absolutely loved it. Dirk is a great teacher, thank you
- Massage at the spa. The spa is lovely, with overwater treatment rooms
- Sunset at the Surf Shack. Grab a cocktail and watch the sun go down. We saw the pods of dolphins here too
- Private dinner on the beach is pretty magical
- No house reef (which we were aware of), so the sea-life is slightly limited, although having said that, we did still have lots to look at. If you want a reef, you need to get a boat out.
- The beaches on the sun-rise side of Play Island don’t have as nice a view or beach and are not as private as the sun-set side. Villas 134 etc, look out onto concrete sand breaks (all beaches on Chill are equally lovely)
- The sea-plane lands on the sun-set side and is loud, with the smell of jet-fuel coming into your room. On busy days, the planes start at 7.30am and do wake you. They go about every 2hrs. That said, the beaches on this side of the island make up for that and I would still choose the sun-set side. The planes are quite fun to watch coming in.
- Niyama uses so much plastic (especially with all the water bottles handed out)
Bring with you:
- Plenty of sun-cream. The Maldives are on the equator and the sun is strong, so you get through a lot. A bottle is $40 on the island
- Mosquito spray with deet. There are mossies and most people were bitten, even though the island is ‘fogged’ daily. The rooms have complimentary mossie spray, but it’s not strong and didn’t work for us
- Burn the mossie repellent rings in the outdoor bathroom
- Your own hairdryer, if you are fussy about it’s strength. The room one is weak
- Water is free in the bedrooms and they provide lots. Take it with you to the restaurants, as its $12 per bottle to buy
- The kids club provide babysitting services and the team there are just lovely
- Check your sea-plane luggage allowance, as it’s less than the commercial planes
- Don’t bring too many shoes, as you won’t wear any!
We would definitely recommend Niyama to our friends and really hope to come back one day. Thank you for a wonderful trip!