Niyama Private Islands
Niyama’s island names – ‘Chill’ and ‘Play’ – set the tone for the resort: innovative, fresh, relaxed and upmarket. While the underwater den, Subsix, lies six metres below the ocean’s surface, Nest – on the second island – can be found six metres high up in the treetops, and is a real one-of-a-kind in the Maldives, with private pods suspended among the Banyan trees.
Closer to ground, other cool dining options include Tribal, with live cooking stations on hot rock grills and open fires, and the signature restaurant, Edge, with its sail-like white roof, which can be found 500 metres offshore and is only accessible by boat. The second island, ‘Play’, is linked to the original island by a small bridge and also hosts additional rooms, the relaxed family-friendly BLU beachfront restaurant, a kids' club, and an infinity pool with children’s area and poolside cabanas.
Snorkelling can be done straight off the island – some of the best marine life can be found close by, where the reef is full of both large and small brightly coloured fish. Non-motorised watersports including kayaking are complimentary, and PADI dive courses and motorised watersports are also available. The new Surf Shack encourages guests to get to grips with some excellent surf breaks, including Vodi surf point just offshore (ideal for all levels) and Kasabu surf point, a five-minute speedboat ride away (great for experienced surfers). For a slower pace, the Drift Spa offers treatments both day and night. If even in the Maldives you need a tech fix, entertainment at Active includes Nintendo-Wiis, Xbox 360 and two simulator rooms.
A range of sleek villas and pavilions are located on the beach and overwater. Beach Villas have an outdoor bathroom and secluded beach views. All of the other room types have their own private fibre-optic lit plunge pool. For a relaxed evening in, make the most of the in-villa popcorn machine and watch a movie on the big-screen TV!