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 place is truly special and unique, we have traveled extensively throughout our lives, and rate Niyama to be one of best, due to its location, amenities,restaurants, stunning views, but more importantly how the staff make you special with their wonderful hospitality and amazing service, nothing is ever a problem.
The Villas have some lovely touches and are finished to a high standards.
The beach is just perfect and so quite, you feel you are on your own private beach for the entire stay, but if you need something there is always someone to help, including Imran who would provide us with gorgeous coconuts on a daily basis. It was our second stay in the resort but myself and my wife made a pact that we would return more on a regular basis, as its as close to perfection as you will ever get.
We love the resort and cant wait to return.
Staff literally couldn’t do enough. Our villa butler was amazing - nothing was to difficult and he became part of the family. The villa was stunning and had every amenity a young family with babies would ever need. The kids club is brilliant, wonderful facilities and staff. The dinning experiences were 5 star, some nights without a breeze the restaurants were pretty hot and sticky which would be our only small issue. We will return to this resort and I can easily stand by my recommendation to you.
Wonderful hospitality & diverse range of restaurants and activities with a staff who welcome you with warmth , NIYAMA was a wonderful experience and I would surely go back!
Hemayat- our fabulous valet was a blessing and always smiling and always available
Elena - the rockstar female dj ensured we danced every sunset away into the night!
Ananda- my fab surf instructor who was stuck with someone who isn't a very strong swimmer was patient and amazing , and a star on the waves, lovely person inside and out
Ryan & Ricardo - friendly and warm , their cheerful presence at surf shack every day made us feel so welcome and at home!
Annie and the girls at Surf Shack - lovely and warm
Peter - at Tribal
And dear Chris at Snap- took the most smashing photos in so little time
Special thanks to Deveeka, Anjalie and MATAI , waiting for him to call me back soon :)
Thanks NIYAMA , you will always have a special place in my heart as my first trip to the Maldives- so memorable !
We stayed here 6 nights and had the most amazing time.
Arrival and check-in/check-out
We arrived at Male airport around 12:30pm. A hotel rep was promptly waiting with a sign with hotel name and led us to the seaplane check-in area where they checked us in. We were then transported via shuttle to the seaplane lounge about 5 min away. The lounge had A/C and was very nice and comfortable and had food and drinks available and clean toilets with plenty of room to change. A hotel rep, Santi, welcomed us there and checked us in to the hotel. We waited about an hour and we were then orderly boarded into the seaplane to Niyama. It was a 45 min pleasant flight. Upon arrival we were greeted by various staff members and we were introduced to our butler, Yitno, who gave us a tour of the islands and then took us to our villa.
Niyama has two beautiful islands, Chill and Play, connected by a bridge. Both islands are naturally beautiful - have crystal clear turquoise waters, fine white powdery sands, nice greenery & trees, gorgeous sunrises and sunsets. If staying at the beach villas we would recommend Chill Island (for couples) and the villas to the right of Epicure Restaurant as they have the nicest beach access and great views.
We stayed at a water villa facing east so we enjoyed the sunrise over the water daily. Villa was spacious, nicely decorated and with comfy bed and big spacious bathroom. Shower was outdoors but is private. We had a nice deck facing the sea with a small pool, sunbeds, and steps to the water. Internet service was great in the room and all around the islands
First and foremost, our butler, Yitno, was the most kindest, detailed, efficient and wonderful help we had throughout our entire stay. He certainly made our stay at Niyama even more wonderful with his attentiveness and helpfulness. He was always available, promptly took care of all our requests, and was always on time to pick us up. Yitno also took care of our check-out upon departure and efficiently provided us with all the logistic details of our seaplane departure. We celebrated my birthday during our stay and we were surprised with a nice birthday decoration in the room and we were also given a complimentary - and absolutely delicious - cake, which we very much appreciated it.
We also liked that throughout our stay (as opposed to at the end), we were constantly being asked by different staff members if everything was OK and if we had any suggestions for improvement. I appreciated this as it would give a chance to fix issues - if any, or improve a guest’s experience on the spot.
Beach and activities
Bikes are provided in each room. We used them daily to get to breakfast and to roam around the islands. Aziz, the bike attendant by Epicure was always friendly and taking care of parking our bikes for us and shinning them up.
We spent most of our days at the beach by Epicure. Asanka, the beach attendant, was always there to welcome us with a smile, set up our sunbed towels, and provide us with iced waters. Cem, the bar manager, was also very attentive, friendly and ensuring all was OK.
The beach was gorgeous, but for swimming we found that if you walk 100 meters further right (towards Edge/Subsix) the clearer the water and less rocks to get in. So we would walk on the beach towards that direction and swim back.
The stand-up paddle boards and canoes are complimentary for an hour and we enjoyed stand-up paddle almost daily as the calm waters are ideal for it. They have different complimentary activities daily. I joined an aqua zumba class once which was a lot of fun thanks to Roger, the instructor who was an amazing dancer and entertainer- he made us laugh throughout the entire class. I took a beginner group surfing lesson once with Ricardo which was good. This was done in the lagoon by the surf shop.
We took the Turtle snorkeling tour once but unfortunately, we didn’t get to see any turtles. The staff from the Float tour -Asad, Yusuf, Ismail - were extremely nice, friendly and knowledgeable, which made the tour very enjoyable.
Food and restaurants
We had the half board which included breakfast and dinner. We ate breakfast daily at Epicure - the variety and the quality were excellent. Customer service was also wonderful, especially from Teddy who was always welcoming us with a warm smile and ensuring we were well taken care of. Lyony, at the fruit stand, was very friendly and providing us with our different fruit requests. Jade was also very friendly and welcoming.
The dinner buffets, both at Epicure and Blu were also abundant and good quality. We enjoyed the Italian, Middle Eastern, Indian and international buffets. We particularly enjoyed the friendly service of Farey (Farhad) at Blu.
We also ate at Subsix and the Edge which are only a 5 min ride in a cute water taxi. We had lunch at Subsix, which is underwater, with nice corals and various fish swimming around, which is a different experience. Food was OK there and pricey, but the experience was worth it. We also went to the Egde to have a drink and watch the sunset followed by dinner and we really enjoyed it. We highly recommend watching the sunset from the Edge.
For lunch we always ate at the Dune beach bar - which is pricey but convenient. We had the garden salad, the Indonesian nasi goreng, fresh juices and all were good and tasty. Service by Azim was always friendly and efficient.
We went to Surfshack one day to have a drink and watch the sunset. The area was nice but the service by the Jamaican bartender was not very friendly. At one point he dropped some of the ice and drink he was preparing which came close to our cell phone and camera and he didn’t care to offer an apology or wipe the area. We moved our stuff instead. We were surprised by this given we were always serviced with a smile anywhere else on the island.
One evening at sunset we went for drinks at Farenheit Bar which has a beautiful terrace overlooking the main pool and beach. They also have a live band or DJ. We recommend to do at least once.
Recommendations to Management
Everything was fantastic, but if we have to give some suggestions they would be:
Breakfast buffets - it would be nice to have fresh juices options at breakfast like the ones (small shots) offered upon entering the restaurants
Water bottles – it would be nice for Niyama to avoid plastic water bottles altogether and adopt refillable thermos to provide cold water at the beach and in the rooms. We have been in other high scale resorts that do that. Plastic is a big issue in Maldives and while the staff regularly collects plastic and trash from the beach and ocean, we still picked up a lot of plastic bottles during our walks on the beach.
Bikes - I would have liked to have the hand brakes rather than the reverse pedaling break. I found them much safer, especially riding over the water villa bridges- I personally was too scared to ride over those bridges without hand breaks. We also saw a lady who fell as she didn’t know about how the brakes worked. Also, some bike baskets could use some upgrades - mine was all rusty and had a big hole in it.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Niyama and we would highly recommend it. We hope we can return one day.
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.