Pool, spa*, dive centre*, watersports*, surf shack*, gadgets and games room, lounge, library, gym, marine biology lab, boutiques*, kids' club (extra cost for 1-2 year-olds), Wi-Fi throughout
Restaurants & bars
What could be more exclusive than a restaurant that’s only accessible by boat? Edge is NIYAMA’s floating restaurant, offering modern cuisine with local flavours, with dining inside against floor-to-ceiling windows, outdoor dining on the jetty and a chill-out bar. Tribal creates a luxury campfire dining experience with outdoor hot-rock grills, live cooking, dining pods for two set directly by the beach and South American, Asian and African flavours. Epicure offers relaxed all-day international dining by the pool and The Deli provides a range of gourmet snacks and treats to take away. The three bars each offer something quite different – Dune is a chilled-out beach hub, Fahrenheit is a cool rooftop bar with ocean views, and of course there’s the epic underwater den, Subsix.
BLU offers all-day family-friendly dining around the pool, with Mediterranean-inspired dishes and a poolside ice-cream parlour packed with home-made treats from smoothies to crêpes. Nest is a real one-of-a-kind in the Maldives – a modern, multi-level treehouse in the heart of the jungle, with private pods suspended six metres from the ground and domed pavilions hidden amongst the trees, where you can enjoy a range of Asian specialties from Thai to teppanyaki.
Spa & wellness
What’s nearby? There are some incredible coral reefs surrounding the island, and the resort runs private snorkelling tours with the resident marine biologist to meet turtles, hammerheads and dolphins. You can even adopt a coral as part of the Niyama Private Island Maldives’ coral regeneration programme. For a completely unique perspective, book the underwater trek by night and see the reef come to life after-dark.
Tried and tested Budding surfers will love it here – you can get all your kit plus expert tuition at the Surf Shack. For younger children, the free kids’ club starts from age 3, but you can pay by the hour for little ones aged 12 months and up at the Globetrotters club, which is great if you want some grownup time. We love that so many of the activities here involve the whole family, right down to the spa – which has family and children’s spa treatments.
The sleeping arrangements ‘Play’ is linked to the original island, ‘Chill’, by a small bridge. It’s where you’ll find the family-friendly BLU beachfront restaurant, kids’ club, and an infinity pool with children’s area and poolside cabanas, so the accommodation here is a good option for families with younger children who want to be close to everything. Family Beach Pool Villas sleep up to three adults and two children, with a living area that turns into a bedroom for children. These have a private deck and a family-sized plunge pool. The two-bedroom Beach Pool Pavilions are ideal for larger families – they sleep up to four adults and four children and have nice little touches like a Butler’s pantry and direct access to the beach.
*Denotes local charge