What we love
Super-chic Niyama is the perfect hangout for tropical-island luxury. Plenty of action and chilled out bliss, it's the perfect combination of serenity and fun. And the seductive, innovative, underwater bar is just about as cool as it gets!
Setting the scene
Niyama is an award-winning, family-friendly luxury resort in the Maldives, with plenty on offer to keep everyone entertained. Combining the best of nature's playground on the water, with luxury facilities on land, the list of exhilarating activities is endless. The resort is split across two islands: ‘play’ and ‘chill’, so those looking for privacy and relaxation won’t have to look far. For those interested in surfing, Niyama is the only luxury resort in the Maldives with a natural wave that breaks on to the island shore.
The 86 spacious studios and pavilions create sleek accommodation either on the beachfront or overwater. Beach Studios have an outdoor bathroom and secluded beach views, whilst all other room types have their own fibre-optic lit plunge pool. State-of-the-art entertainment technology and an in-villa popcorn machine make it one of the coolest places to stay in! Every room benefits from the services of a Thakuru - your own private butler.
African-accented Tribal creates a glamorous campfire dining experience, with a firepit, torches, sandy floor, jungle canopy and barbecue cooking up tasty grilled meat and seafood. Reached only by boat, the exclusive Edge is Niyama's floating restaurant, offering modern cuisine with local flavours. Dine inside against floor-to-ceiling windows or outside on the jetty at the chill-out bar. Casual dining at Epicure offers relaxed ever-changing themes by the pool, from Spice Route to Maldivian Mas Bazaar, whilst The Deli provides a range of gourmet snacks and take-away treats. As for bars, Farenheit, perched above Epicure is a cool roof-top bar with sleek white couches, day-beds and low-slung tables. Dune is a chilled-out beach hub serving snacks and every cocktail you could imagine. The world's first underwater drinking den is Subsix, a sizzling hangout six meters below the ocean's surface. Relax with a drink as tropical fish float by the glass walls and enjoy the intimate live music.
If you like water, you'll love it at Niyama. Snorkelling can be done straight off the island where the reef is full of both large and small brightly coloured fish. There's a PADI dive centre, including tailor-made courses for beginners, juniors and the more experienced divers. Adrenalin junkies will enjoy the wealth of motorised and non-motorised watersports on offer: waterskiing, jetskiing, parasailing, kayaking, windsurfing, kitesurfing, catamaran sailing, to name but a few. Prefer a dip in the pool? The main infinity pool is surrounded by a terrace with relaxing loungers and shaded parasols. There's a shallow tier here too, ideal for family splashing. If the fresh air is too much and you need a tech fix, there's plenty of it at Active, including Nintendo-Wiis, Xbos 360 and two simulator rooms. For a more sedate afternoon, snuggle up at the Lair, a lounge with books, DVDs, magazines, two iMacs, a TV and a fab fridge stocked with refreshments. |The LIME Spa offers six overwater treatment rooms, and two on-island spa sanctuaries that have their own whirlpool, outdoor shower and day bed. Signature treatments use local ingredients that can be personalised to each individual. Finally, shopaholics will enjoy the fine jewellery at Orifini, designer beachwear and sunglasses at Essence fashion boutique, and quirky souvenirs from the gift shop.
Children are welcome at all ages, although older ones will get the most out of the activities. Active is the hotel's games room, with pingpong, darts, table football, Xbox and Playstation - not forgetting the awesome simulation rooms. Other activities include photography lessons, cooking classes, sailing school, remote-control boats. There's a shallow tier at the main swimming pool specially designed for kids. Niyama's restaurants (especially Epicure) provide children's menus, highchairs, sterilisers - even packed lunches. Babysitting can also be arranged.
The nearest airport for international flights is Mali's Ibrahim Nasir International Airport. From there it's a 40-minute speed plane ride to Dhaalu Atoll. The flight soars over rings of islands with stunning glimpses of villages and deserted isles surrounded by crystal-clear waters.
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