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Niyama Private Islands, South Nilhandhe Atoll

Tropic Breeze Rating:5.0

  • Especially Romantic
  • Allows Children
  • Luxury resort
  • Gourmet food
  • Pool
  • Diving / Watersports
  • Spa

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Niyama Private Islands is a luxurious resort in the Maldives located just a 40 minute seaplane flight from Male, set over two islands named ‘Chill’ and ‘Play’. The resort fuses traditional Maldivian elegance with contemporary studios and pavilions to create a modern and fun destination that’s perfect for the young at heart looking for an indulgent, romantic escape.  The luxury resort even boasts the world's first underwater nightclub, Subsix, offering a unique experience featuring worldwide artistes and international DJs for all-night dancing on the sea floor.

Studios, suites and pavilions are either set on the beach or over the water with direct lagoon access, many with a private swimming pool on the sundeck along with loungers and a daybed. All acommodation options are light and ultra-modern, with crisp white interiors and pops of aqua. Luxurious amenities include an in-room entertainment system, a fridge brimming with drinks and treats, and a traditional Maldivian butler service.

Dining at Niyama is a worldwide adventure, including cuisine inspired by the flavours of Asia, South Africa, the Middle East and South America. Blu and Epicure are both casual poolside dining venues which are open throughout the day, one on Play and the other on Chill. Tribal offers an authentic cultural experience showcasing African and Latin American cuisines, with exotic meats cooked using traditional tribal techniques in an atmospheric setting beneath domed pavilions which resemble safari tents. Nest serves Asian cuisine above the treetops, while Edge is an over-water fine dining restaurant which is accessible only by boat, where guests can then descent to Subsix to dance the night away. For light lunches and snacks, guests can visit Dune, an al fresco lounge with plush beanbags on the beach, or The Deli where a range of pastries and sandwiches are available. The rooftop at 'Fahrenheit' is the perfect place to watch the sunset over a cocktail or two. Guests can also choose to dine in a range of destinations across the island, with options including gourmet picnics and beach dinners. 

The island has plenty going on, from weekly film nights to scuba diving. Float is a fantastic water sports centre offering endless ways to explore the Indian Ocean, including windsurfing, kayaking, jetskiing and waterskiing. Guests can also set off on fishing expeditions, visit local islands, jump on board a traditional dhoni or snorkel with a marine biologist or discover an underwater world by scuba diving at local dive sites. Other leisure facilities include a fully-equipped gym, a lounge area with DVD library, a beauty salon and a games room with simulators for golf, football, basketball and ice hockey. 

Drift is the island's spa, a unique retreat with 6 over-water treatment rooms with lagoon views, 2 treatment sanctuaries for couples and a relaxation area. Treatments and rituals from around the world are available including massages, facials and body scrubs which use local ingredients, with options available for couples and families.

Explorer Kids Club is set in the heart of Play Island, with four different activity programmes offering age-specific activities for those aged 12 months to 12 years old. The focal point of the kids club is an outdoor play area with trampoline and spash park, with activities including island treasure hunts, snorkelling safaris, cookery sessions and coconut tree planting.

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Children: Children are welcome. The Explorer Kids Club caters for youngsters aged 12 months to 12 years old (free of charge to children aged 3 years and above). A babysitting service is also available.

Airport transfer: The island is accesible by a 40-minute seaplane flight from Male. Guests have access to the NIYAMA lounge at the seaplane terminal where complimentary drinks and snacks are provided. 

Activities/ Facilities: Watersports centre, library, gym, marine biology lab, business centre, currency exchange, Internet access, concierge desk, dhonis, shop, onsite laundry, 'Subsix ' underwater nightclub, outdoor pool and bar, live entertainment, spa, sauna, Jacuzzi, steam bath, hairdresser, games room, nightclub, tennis court, driving range, games, Wii, PS3, Xbox, remote control vehicles, football and table tennis.

Drift Spa: The spa has over-water treatment rooms with lagoon views, land-based treatment sanctuaries for couples and a relaxation area, offering an extensive range of treatments for all ages. 

Meal Arrangements: B&B, half board and full board options are available. For guests staying on a half board or full board basis, dinner at Epicure is included or guests receive credit to dine at all other restaurants excluding Edge, Subsix and destination dining. Guests staying on a full board basis receive a lunch credit to dine in any restaurant excluding Edge, Subsix and destination dining.

Restaurants: On Chill: Epicure serves an international menu beside the pool for breakfast, lunch and dinner; Tribal is open for dinner and offers authentic African, Central and South American tribal cuisines; Dune is an al fresco lounge serving cocktails and snacks on the beach; The Deli offers a selection of treats including pastries and sandwiches; and Fahrenheit is a rooftop bar serving delicious cocktails with spectacular views. On Play: Blu is open throughout the day serving casual, Mediterranean cuisine by the pool; while Nest is an Asian restaurant set above the treetops with wooden walkways between dining decks. The resort's fine dining restaurant is Edge, an over-water dining which is only accessible by boat where the focus is on fresh seafood and Indian Ocean flavours. Below Edge is Subsix, an underwater bar and nightclub which is also open for lunch. 

Accommodation

All rooms are air-conditioned and offer luxury amenities including 'Deli-In' (a full-size fridge brimming with drinks and treats such as chocolate bars, cheeses, cured meats and homemade ice cream), an espresso machine, an in-room entertainment sustem with LED TV, Bose surround sound and a range of international movies, and butler service. Non smoking rooms are available. Guests staying in Pavilions receive additional amenities including a foot ritual on arrival and fresh coconuts delivered daily.

Beach Studios: These studios have sunrise views of the lagoon and direct beach access from the furnished wooden deck, a king size bedroom and an open-air bathroom with a choice of covered or open-air rain showers. Maximum occupancy: 2 adults + 2 children or 3 adults + 1 child. (135sqm)

Beach Studios with Pool: These are similar to the Beach Studios but with the addition of a private pool just in front of the beachfront terrace. Maximum occupancy: 2 adults + 2 children or 3 adults + 1 child. (190sqm)

Water Studios with Pool: These studios are set over the lagoon with steps leading down into the water from the private, furnished deck. Studios consist of a king size bedroom, enclosed bathroom with partially open-air shower, and glass sliding doors leading out onto the sundeck where a comfortable daybed overlooks the private pool. Maximum occupancy: 2 adults + 1 child or 3 adults. (175sqm)

Deluxe Water Studios with Pool: These spacious studios are similar to the Water Studios but with the addition of an outdoor Jacuzzi on the private deck. Maximum occupancy: 2 adults + 1 child or 3 adults. (190sqm)

Family Beach Suite with Pool: These suites have a family-sized plunge pool surrounded by a private furnished deck with direct access to the beach. Inside is a king size bedroom with an open-air bathroom, a living area with sofa bed and a second bathroom. Maximum occupancy: 2 adults + 3 children or 3 adults + 2 children. (255sqm)

One Bedroom Water Pavilion with Pool: These pavilions are set over the lagoon with a private infinity pool, Jacuzzi and furnished deck with steps leading down into the water. Inside there is a king size bedoom, an enclosed bathroom with partially open-air showest and a spacious living/dining area. Maximum occupancy: 2 adults + 2 children or 3 adults. (340sqm)

One Bedroom Beach Pavilion with Pool: These pavilions have a private infinity pool, Jacuzzi and furnished deck with direct access to the beach. Inside is a king size bedroom, open-air bathroom with outdoor showers in an enclosed garden, and a spacious living/dining area. Maximum occupancy: 2 adults + 2 children or 3 adults.(400sqm)

Two Bedroom Ocean Pavilion with Pool: These pavilions are similar to the One Bedroom Water Pavilions with Pool but with an additional twin bedroom with full bathroom. A sunken living area looks out over the infinity pool. Maximum occupancy: 4 adults + 4 children. (515sqm)

Two Bedroom Beach Pavilion With Pool: These pavilions are similar to the One Bedroom Beach Pavilions with Pool but with an additional twin bedroom with full bathroom. A sunken living/dining area looks out over the infinity pool, which is atmospheric at night thanks to fibre optic lights. Maximum occupancy: 4 adults + 4 children. (635sqm)

Three Bedroom Family Beach Pavilion with Pools: Set on its own private beach, this pavilion has a private infinity pool and Jacuzzi overlooked by spacious furnished decks. The master bedroom has an enclosed bathroom with an outdoor shower in the private garden, as well as a private decking area where the second pool is located. There is also a twin bedroom with full bathroom and a second king size bedroom with a small bathroom, as well as a spa treatment room and a spacious living/dining area. Maximum occupancy: 6 adults + 3 children or 9 adults. (770sqm)

The Crescent: The Crescent consists of five villas - one Two Bedroom Ocean Pavilion with Pool, two One Bedroom Water Pavilions and two Deluxe Water Studios - reached by a private jetty. Guests staying here can take advantage of two dedicated butlers, a private chef and housekeeper, with additional benefits including a private sunset cruise, a private barbeque. Maximum occupancy: 22 people.

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