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Felt like a walking £ sign!
This place was beautiful and we did have a blast with the great people we met whilst away... but it was NOT all inclusive and they tried to take your eyes out at every single opportunity! We are not tight people (especially my husband who loves to spend) but I really did lose my temper by the end of the two weeks at the ridiculousness of the upsell at this hotel. We had visited the spa several times and I’d had an amazing spa experience with my daughter in a beautiful shack overlooking the sea. The kids club was amazing and the best we have ever encountered as the children went on dolphin boat trips and days out with fairy tale wonderland parties with candy floss machines etc... but we booked this for the mini marine biologist club and TOLD the travel agent this was why we booked this specific island... but it wasn’t on when we arrived as the marine biologist had gone on holiday... over Easter whilst the hotel was at full capacity and they hadn’t bothered to replace her! This was the management’s fault, for not getting a replacement but they kept blaming the marine biologist. We love to scuba dive, so this place was ideal as the butler brought our daughter straight from the kids club to the rum shack after each day out and we all had fun with the amazing friends we made here dancing the night away as the sun went down & the kids played on the beach hermit crab racing. However... this was NOT a cheap holiday & it had cost us nearly £20k to get there for the three of us ... so when we booked all inclusive we expected everything to be included except the spa/diving. So I was quite surprised when each night we ended up spending an additional $500 on the different restaurants including the edge and the treetop one etc... so if it’s not the experience it’s the wine you pay extra for!! So ... I spent the second week of this holiday trying to fathom out what was actually all inclusive about this holiday...??? The cinema on the beach that was advertised by travel agent was an additional cost, as we’re all the things that looked luxurious in the pictures. The kids club was included as was the bottled water by the beach... but the only restaurant included in the all inclusive seemed to be the buffet by the pool. Right, so at least by the second week we knew what we were up against. Or so we thought... As they kept changing the restaurants around & charging $75 each for the Maldivian night for example... which was no different to any other buffet night but had the Maldives dancers on. So we then discovered that no entertainment was included at all... Okay so we now understand that too! But by the Friday lunchtime with one day left of our holiday... we turned up to the buffet lunch by the pool, we were taken to a table and we chatted with some friends we’d met there... we ate our food had a few drinks but when the bill came... it wasn’t just the drinks on there, we’d been charged 3x bbq buffet...? Which I was confused about so I asked & was told that they had put a bbq on as it’s easter Friday lunch. Which by now I was getting really annoyed with them springing more and more extra costs onto us ...after two weeks of this! It was another $75 each... for NO reason other than it was a Friday??!!!! The food was no different to each normal buffet lunch and I told them we should have been told about this extra charge before we sat down!!! So it was removed from our bill. It turns out the only thing free that day or should I say included in the ‘all inclusive’ package was the kids food!!! This would explain why the merchant banker we had befriended was eating pizza from the kids buffet for lunch... even SHE had had enough of the extra charges by now!!! Honestly I could go on and on ... the butler was polite but so overworked ...it wasn’t a very personal service... the water pipes had burst too that week so our villa had no running water other than a brown gloop some days so we spent most of our time in the communal pool (even though we’d paid for our own). Yes it was luxurious but I’ve been to similar places that don’t treat you like you’re a walking £ sign every time you walk into the restaurant! It was like being back in Bangkok! Everything was about upgrading ... or additional costs! We ended up trying to avoid the staff as The staff had a way of asking you to upgrade your experience by making you feel cheap for not buying it!! Even the teenagers play area was an additional cost with $30 added to our bill for our 30 mins visit to use the VR golf set there whilst it was raining ... We have travelled the world over and we have quite stressful jobs. So we want to relax when we’re away... not stressing about how much things cost, which is why we book all inclusive!! so be aware that not all ‘all inclusive as’ are all inclusive! We’ve done all inc in the Maldives before... but this had the least included and was the most expensive! Overall we did have a great holiday here... but this was mainly down to the other brits we met by the pool & drinking our body weight in (very expensive) alcohol!!!
Unique, must-visit resort
Unique, must-visit resort We spent 7 full days, and it was one of those vacations we didn’t want to finish. The place is close to perfect! The main pros are: • Excellent location and nature, and for those who are into snorkeling, there is plenty to see. During our stay, I filmed turtles, stingrays (one was +3m long), snappers, small sharks, etc. If you want to see something big, I recommend the area around the Crescent Villas 49-53, where the seafloor goes down. Just roam near the edge at 2-3 meters deep. • Beach villas are comfortable, luxurious, and only a few meters away from the sea. • Restaurants are unique, and the food is excellent. We had dinner included, but I wouldn’t recommend that. What’s included was a buffet à la carte type of meals which are good but cannot be compared to the food you can order in the other restaurants. If I must choose again, I will prefer to go each night to a different non-buffet place. The best was the Nest, followed by the Tribal, and the worst was Subsix. • Biking. I suggest you use your bicycles all the time. The experience is incredible, and most of the time, you have the feeling you drive into a tunnel of exotic plants so green that your eyes hurt. What can be improved? As I said, it’s close to perfect. A small imperfection was those small pieces of corals spread all over the seafloor just as you enter the water, and when you are barefoot, it can hurt the first few meters. You can also instruct the so-called butlers not to speak all the time with price-tags about everything on the island because it looks like a sales pitch. To wrap-up, comparing this resort to those we visited before, Furaveri, Four Seasons (K.H), and Anantara, this one rules. We likely re-visit next year. Practical advice: • When you are choosing your villa, ask for those which are on the north side. The views are much better • If you want to try Subsix, go first to see it before booking a dinner. It takes 20min by boat, but at least you will know if this is your place. • Bring swim socks to avoid the small pieces of corals spread all over the seafloor • Try the sunset bar around 6:00 PM. You will be amazed! • Try the Nest restaurant but go to the 2nd floor where the tree bridges are and order the Tom yum soup. The way they serve it is unique!
Excellent Resort and very family friendly.
We've been to a couple of resorts and niyama is by far the most family friendly one we've been to. They have an excellent kids club with a full day activity program (inclusive in the nightly rate) so your kids can have fun and you can sit back and relax!! I would definitely recommend this resort for families.
Impeccable service! The staff was really thoughtful and at the same time the hotel personnel proved to be far flexible. No problem if your flight connection doesn’t match with the exact time of checking out, they don’t make much fuss about that like other luxury hotels do. That’s a great bonus for Niyama. Best getaway to retreat into a tropical paradise!
Great place, great staff
Me and my husband were very happy to spend here our February hollidays. The island itself is very beatiful, well-manicured, clean. Area for swimming is very nice and convenient, Villa is cozy and the clean-up of it is excellent. Tennis court is beautiful and convenient as well. The quality of SPA service is very high. Gym is nice. Hotel has few restaurants, among which the best one is Tribal with African cuisine. Great experience of local dishes and premium quality of food. Many thanks to people who worked with us during the holidays! They are all high professionals and very nice people who did their best and smth extra to make our holidays great and to solve all the issues if they occure. Thanks to Affan who is a great thakuru (butler). He was always in touch with us, arranging everything in the best way. Even the flowers for 14 February delivered by plane. :) Thanks to Tara and AO from SPA who are the best therapists. Thanks to Barbara who was our tennis couch and mixed tennis practice with fitness for us. Thanks to Mira from the Nest restauran, Feruza from Blue and team of Deli-coffe station and Surf-shark who were very attentive to us. Many thanks to the great team of Tribal who made every our evening a little adventure and life-memory time - thanks to Naomi, Anne, Yama, Simba, Mac, Manuel, Fundi and everybody there! All in all, Niyama hotel is definetely the best one in Maldives. It's a place to come back more and more.
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