Niyama Private Islands Maldives

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9.3 out of 10

This gorgeous resort, spread between two lush islands, is an extremely impressive fusion of alluring white beaches, ultra-high-end accommodation and superb service. It features plenty of quirky touches including a tree-house restaurant, an off-shore overwater restaurant and an underground nightclub. Niyama is flush with awards, and was recently hailed by Conde Nast as one of the world's best resorts.

The two islands are divided into two concepts: chill and play. Olhuveli, the main island, is chill; Embudhufushi is devoted to play. The rooms on both are a highlight: all but one category have their own pools, and all enjoy direct water access. They are lavishly furnished, with huge bathrooms and vast sliding doors leading to spacious gardens; the beach villas are rather more charming than the impressively large but slightly sterile water villas. The upper categories are enormous and are supplied with everything from electric guitars to telescopes to keep itinerant millionaires entertained.

You can get excellent sandwiches to go at the resort's deli, a blissfully easy way to enjoy lunch without the fuss and formality. For more substantial fare, there's the poolside all-day restaurant Epicure; Nest, a tree-house restaurant serving pan-Asian food; a very interesting selection of African and South American cuisine at Tribal; and Italian at Blu. There's also fine dining at Edge, an evening-only restaurant built over the reef for which you need to take a bespoke boat; it's undeniably gimmicky, but the food is fabulous. Downstairs from Edge is Subsix, an underwater restaurant where guests can have a gourmet lunch surrounded by colourful fish, and enjoy weekly parties when it turns into a club.

Other attractions include the large, glamorous Lime Spa, dive and water sports centres, gym, kids club, marine biology lab and a perfect nearby desert island to visit.

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Boasting a 24-hour spa and the world's first underwater nightclub, the luxurious Niyama Private Islands Maldives is tropical paradise offering a quiet private beach, butler services and free WiFi is available in the rooms and throughout the resort. Rooms offered are luxurious beach pool villas and over water pool villas. Spacious and modern, the villas at Niyama Private Islands Maldives are located on the beach or over the crystal lagoon. Two to three bedroom villas complete with large infinity pools and commanding absolute privacy. All come with a 40-inch flat-screen TV, international TV channels, Bose surround sound system and a well-stocked minibar. Outdoor bathrooms have a soaking tub and soothing rainshowers. The accommodation has electric kettle, slippers and free toiletries. Drift Spa features relaxing body massage and other beauty treatments. Guided snorkelling trips, sunset cruises, manta ray snorkeling, and fishing trips can be arranged by the butlers. On-site, guests can also look forward to playing the latest video games, swimming in the main pool or exercising at the gym. Staff at the restaurant and spa can assist the guests. It houses a world class Kids Club which is one of the largest and the only kids club that caters from 12 months to 12 years old children. The world’s first underwater restaurant-Subsix is located 6 metres below sea level and is known for its champagne breakfasts and glow parties fitted with glass walls with views of the underwater marine life. Edge is a modern fine dining restaurant, set 500 metres out in the ocean, accessible only by boat. Nest offers a surreal tree top setting perfect for romantic soirees, private and family dining serving Asian avant-garde cuisines including Thai, Cantonese, Teppanyaki, Japanese, Indonesian and more. Niyama Private Islands Maldives is the only resort in the Maldives to have an Afro Latin restaurant - Tribal that offers an innovative campsite dining experience showcasing exotic African, Central and South American dishes. Niyama Private Islands Maldives is a 40-minute sea plane ride from Male International Airport while Maldives’ Dhaalu Airport is now open to private jets transfers that can be arranged at an extra charge.

Important information

TRANSFER DETAILS (excluded from room rate):
Please note that the property is only accessible by the following modes of transfer:

Seaplane transfer takes 40 minutes from Male International Airport. The return rates are:
Adult: USD 627.20, round trip, inclusive of all taxes
Child (02-11 years): USD 313.60 , round trip, inclusive of all taxes
Infant (0-1 years): Complimentary

Standard Transfer Times: Daylight hours

Domestic Flight transfer takes 30 minutes from Male International Airport followed by a 10-minute speedboat transfer from Dhaalu Airport to the resort. The return rates are:
Adult: USD 403.20, round trip, inclusive of all taxes
Child (02-11 years): USD 201.60, round trip, inclusive of all taxes
Infant (0-1 years): Complimentary

Guests must send arrival and departure flight details directly to the property at least 3 days prior to arrival. Please get in touch with the property for details on baggage restrictions.

Children under 12 years stay free of charge when using existing beds/baby cots as per the maximum occupancy specified per room.
Children eat for free based on the rules and meal-plan accompanied by an adult, excluding alcoholic beverages.
Maximum 2 free kids per unit paid except for the multi bedrooms.

Please note that the property has a mandatory Gala Dinner on December 24, 2019 and December 31, 2019. All charges are to be paid at the property directly. Rates are as follows:

December 24, 2019:
USD 431.20 per adult, inclusive of all taxes
USD 215.60 per child, inclusive of all taxes

December 31, 2019:
USD 677.60 per adult, inclusive of all taxes
USD 338.80 per child, inclusive of all taxes

Please present the same credit card used to guarantee your booking when checking in / making the payment at the hotel. Please note that property may contact the cardholder for verification purposes.

Due to safety and privacy concerns the operation of unmanned aerial systems or drones by any of guests including model aircraft by recreational users and hobbyists is prohibited.

Seaplane or domestic transfers must be guaranteed in full upon confirmation of the reservation.

Please note that complimentary daily dinner is applicable for stays until December 23, 2019 and is based on a three-course meals per person, excluding beverages, on selected restaurants. Black out dates apply when the dinner will not be applicable.Please note that complimentary dinner is not applicable from 24th December 2019 to 08 January 2020.

Features of Niyama Private Islands Maldives

Food and drink

  • Restaurant
  • Bar


  • Room service
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Business centre
  • Laundry
  • Ironing service
  • Express check-in/check-out
  • Shoeshine
  • Fax/photocopying
  • Luggage storage


  • Sauna
  • Fitness centre
  • Spa and wellness centre
  • Massage
  • Outdoor pool


  • Garden
  • Airport shuttle
  • Fishing
  • Babysitting/child services
  • Barber/beauty shop
  • Family rooms
  • Games room
  • Breakfast in the room
  • Internet services
  • Currency exchange
  • Billiards
  • Table tennis
  • Karaoke
  • Gift shop
  • Windsurfing
  • Darts
  • Library
  • Canoeing
  • Bbq facilities
  • Packed lunches
  • Tour desk
  • Diving
  • Snorkelling
  • Shops (on site)
  • Wifi
  • Designated smoking area
  • Private beach area
  • Snack bar
  • Sun terrace
  • Outdoor pool (all year)
  • Nightclub/dj
  • Private check-in/check-out
  • Special diet menus (on request)
  • Trouser press
  • Water sport facilities (on site)
  • Airport shuttle (additional charge)
  • Kids' club
  • Beachfront
  • Swimming pool toys
  • Board games/puzzles
  • Books, dvds, music for children
  • Indoor play area
  • Kids' outdoor play equipment
  • Kid meals


  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Safety deposit box
  • Air conditioning


  • Free WiFi available