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
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Hip new Maldives resort with wow factor amenities including an underwater nightclub, art studio and marine biology lab
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.