Located in the South Dhaalu Atoll, just a 40-minute sea plane from Malé, Niyama's twin islands offer up the luxury of choice, from the chic serenity on the island of ‘Chill’ to the excitement and adventure on the island of ‘Play’ - or a combination of both as your mood dictates.
An airport representative greets you on your arrival at Malé International Airport, and will assist you with check-in for your seaplane transfer. (Or if you prefer to fly by private jet or domestic flight, you will land at the neighbouring island in Dhaalu Airport.) You can almost hear the collective sigh from the other passengers as your plane flies over those crystal clear blue Maldivian waters, and Niyama appears on the horizon.
Niyama Private Islands is just a 40-minute seaplane from Malé
Combining traditional Maldivian style with a unique modern twist, the award-winning hotel boasts beachfront rooms with private pools and those iconic Maldivian water villas. The vibe is laid back and every detail is considered. Oh, and did we mention you get your own Thakuru (butler) service?
Niyama boasts 134 rooms including beachfront houses and water villas
The resort serves up one of the best dining scenes in the Maldives with no less than seven restaurants, including: Nest, a one-of-a-kind dining concept hidden in the trees; all-day dining options Blu and Epicure; Tribal, which serves African, Central and South American cuisines; plus Subsix, an underwater restaurant submerged six metres below the waterline.
Nest, a one-of-a-kind dining concept hidden in the trees
Subsix, an underwater restaurant submerged six metres below the waterline
For sundowners, pull up a seat at the aplty named Edge, where cocktails are complimented with a sky-splitting sunsets and endless Indian Ocean views.
Children are welcome – baby cots are provided free of charge, extra beds are available and babysitting services can also be booked. In terms of activities, kids’ clubs don’t come more kitted out that Explorers Kids Club, catering for little ones from 12 months to 12 years, with a range of daily activities all day. It's run by fully qualified childcare professionals and is open seven days a week, from 9am to 6pm.
Explorers Kids Club
Snorkelling, scuba diving, dolphin watching, a gym with a PT, a library and games room are just some of the many activities Niyama offers. Leave your snorkel at home, as the active centre can kit you out.
Treat yourself to a recharging and relaxing massage or facial at Drift Spa, open 24-hours a day. With eight sun-drenched rooms to choose from, the space is imbued with reflections of the sea and intoxicating smells of essential oils. When you’ve finished your treatment, luxuriate in the relaxation room with a cup of fresh, herbal tea. Take a dip in the plunge pool or simply sit back and enjoy the sauna, steam room and Jacuzzis –you’d be totally forgiving for floating off to sleep!
From the moment you arrive at Niyama Private Islands, you’ll immediately regret having booked a flight home. With signature experiences for active families, groups of friends and honeymooners alike, this is Maldivian luxury at its postcard-best.