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- Choose between adventure and relaxation at these twin island escapes
- Nine exquisite dining options, including an underwater restaurant
- Spa, sports facilities, games room, watersports, and open-air cinema
- Scuba dive with sharks and manta rays from the onsite dive centre
Located in Dhaalu Atoll and reached via a scenic seaplane ride, Niyama is the Maldives’ ultimate paradise playground. Boasting not one but two private islands, appropriately named Play and Chill, this one-of-a-kind resort offers up the luxury of choice. During their stay, guests can discover their preferred island niche and simply settle in, or jump back and forth between high-energy indulgences and cool serenity. No matter which island you find yourself on, you’ll be surrounded by some of the Maldives’ best facilities for relaxation and recreation, including nine spectacular restaurants, indulgent spa services, and state-of-the-art sports facilities, including a sports simulator, football pitch and tennis court, surf breaks, and of course, scuba diving.
Located in the southerly atoll of Dhaalu - a scenic 45-minute seaplane transfer from Male - Niyama takes the Maldivian resort island experience to new heights. Choose from one of 134 villas and pavilions, including an exclusive private playground of five overwater villas known as The Crescent which can accommodate up to 22 guests. Frequently ranked among the world’s best resorts by the likes of Condé Nast, this premier private island getaway is home to nine unique dining experiences, an award-winning kids’ club, and countless sports and recreational facilities to help guests enjoy every minute of their stay - including outstanding surfing and and unmissable nearby scuba diving.
Sprawled over two neighbouring islands, Niyama offers twice the space and double the adventure. Named Play and Chill, these islands promote two different holiday atmospheres, offering an impressive suit of facilities and activities to match. Chill Island is perfect for romance and relaxation with a range of intimate activities and spa treatments, and a mix of beach and overwater villas. Play has beach rooms only and is more adventure-oriented with exciting treetop restaurants, a swimming pool, and the kids’ club. Guests can simply settle into the island that suits them best, or roam freely between the two, building a bespoke vacation experience based on the whims of any given day.
Explore the resort
Niyama is home to nine unique restaurants - from the surreal Subsix underwater restaurant, to modern fine dining set half a kilometre offshore at Edge, and grab-and-go gourmet snacks from The Deli. Beachfront dining is also available at Dune, as well as African and Latin American fusion amidst blazing fires at Tribal, and Asian cuisine amongst the canopy at Nest. When it comes to drinks, the casual chic Epicure eatery boasts a selection of 18 teas and 260 wine labels, while the rooftop bar, Fahrenheit, is a great place to admire the view with a cocktail hand.
Niyama's spa features a choice of spiritual treatments and extraordinary indulgences set within six overwater treatment rooms, two treatment sanctuaries, and a relaxing lime tree garden equipped with sauna and steam baths, plunge pools, and a juice bar. Niyama also offers a huge range of ocean-based activities including snorkelling, dolphin cruises, glass bottom boat tours, big game fishing, parasailing, waterskiing, kayaking, jet skiing, sailing, and more. The island is even a world-class surf spot, with equipment hire, professional coaches, and professional photography available. Other facilities include an infinity pool, indoor sports simulator, 24-hour gym, football pitch, tennis court, open-air 3D cinema, and a games room with darts, pool, table tennis, PS4 and Xbox.
Diving and surfing from Niyama
This resort allows guests to enjoy the warm water and stunning marine life of Dhaalu in total comfort. You’ll find several amazing dive sites located right on the doorstep here, including Maaenboodhoo Corner, Vanee Corner, Kuda Thila, and Hammerhead Point. Whilst exploring these sites, get ready to encounter marine life of all varieties, from turtles to tuna, nudibranchs to manta rays, and a range of shark species such as grey reef sharks, and more.
Niyama’s watersports centre, Float, comes equipped with top quality rental equipment, excellent safety systems, large comfortable boats, and an enthusiastic and experienced multilingual dive team. If you are already a certified diver, simply let the team know if there is anything you need to make your diving experience as enjoyable as it can possibly be, or if you’d like to try diving for the first time, simply drop by and speak to the dive instructors - they will explain just how easy it is.
Guests interested in surfing will find a powerful and sometimes hollow left hander just off the edge of Niyama’s Play Island, as well as a rippable and hollow right hander located five minutes away by boat. Or, you can explore some other options around Niyama under different conditions. Whatever you choose, the resort’s surf guides will keep an eye on the conditions and recommend the time and place to surf to get the most out of your holiday.
- This resort is home to one of the largest kids’ clubs in the Indian Ocean.
- Travelling with a group? The Crescent is a private enclave of overwater rooms accommodating up to 22 people.
- Head to the Fahrenheit rooftop bar for sunset and listen to the beat quicken and the volume rise as the darkness sets in.
- Spice things up with a small group cooking class unveiling the secrets of local chefs.
Combine the best experiences the Float watersports centre has to offer with an exciting three-hour package alongside the in-house marine biologist. Listen to the informative and fun marine biology presentation and get advice on applying your new knowledge while snorkelling, diving, or searching for dolphins and turtles on a private speedboat trip. Finally, personalise your own coral fragments and snorkel to the coral nursery to name and cultivate your newly adopted living habitat. Make your mark by having your own photo in our nursery and receive a certificate, with follow up images provided up to a year after adoption.
Diving in Dhaalu and Faafu Atolls
Manta RaysJanuary - April
Schooling reef fishYear round
Healthy coralsYear round
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Bubblemaker, Discover Scuba Diving, Scuba Diver, Open Water Diver, Advanced Open Water, Rescue, Divemaster, Specialities