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Heaven on Earth! Service exceeding expectations
If you are looking for a top notch relaxing and happening resort in Maldives, then look no further than Niyama Private Islands. We came to Maldives for the first time for our Anniversary trip in December, 2020. After a lot of research our heart was set on Niyama Private Islands and we could not have made a better choice. Service: We don’t even know where to start or where to begin from. The staff at Niyama are at the heart of the experience they deliver and they will ensure that you have the best time ever. First of all, a BIG THANK YOU TO REBECCA FOR MAKING OUR ANNIVERSARY TRIP THE BEST ONE SO FAR. She’s the Front Office Manager and a definite Gem in Niyama and they are super lucky to have someone like her. She made sure that every single aspect of our trip was nothing but perfection and made our trip a fun but yet a luxurious one. Thank you for everything you did Rebecca to make our Anniversary Trip the best one so far 😃 We had Sham for our butler/Thakuru and Wowwww did he give us an amazing service! Even when it was raining cats and dogs, he would lighten up our faces by saying “It’s a wonderful day/night!” Hehehe super positive and nice! To begin with, Sham, made all our reservations to whatever restaurants we wanted to go to and helped us with whatever we needed, be that arranging for our snorkelling gears or taking us to the spa in a stormy evening in his buggy. He made us customised name tags for our bicycles and ensured we got a cake for our anniversary. Whatever we needed Sham delivered so thank you Sham! Next, let’s come to the Coconut Guru, Imran. Imran is definitely another shining star of Niyama. He’s super friendly and funny and will make you feel like you are at home. The coconuts he brings are complementary are a delight for sure. We told him how much we loved the coconuts and he made sure to find us every single day so that we won’t miss the delightful taste of the tropical coconuts or his super humorous company 😃 If you come to Niyama you must find Imran the coconut guru to refreshen you every single day. Imran definitely made contributions to make our stay a very special one as well. A few other wonderful people who made our stay special were Mac, who moved around between restaurants and always made sure that all our order, food, drinks etc were on point. Habib, from Nest, thank you for the wonderful conversations and looking after our needs during dining and also at breakfast. Mira was super sweet and always smiling. A few other names worth mentioning are Denny, Tom and Nannu Room: We stayed at Niyama for 6 nights and we were super glad that we chose The Beach Villa for the first 3 nights, and the overwater pool villa for the last 3 nights at Niyama. Both the rooms were spectacular with breathtaking views. The beach villa with pool was steps away from the sea and had a large balcony with seating area and a huge wooden swing, which was definitely my wife’s favorite. All the rooms in Niyama come with complementary popcorn along with a pop corn machine to make it in and ice-cream that is stocked every single day as you finish them. The rooms are large and the beds are super comfortable. The garden bathroom for the beach villas was beautiful, while the over water villa had shower places from where you could see the sea and fishes swimming by. All In all the rooms were perfect and like a dream. We were extremely happy by splitting our stay between the beach villa and over water villa as we enjoyed both experiences. There are great snorkelling spots by the beach villas Dining: Edge-this was our favourite place to dine and we ate here 3 nights. The food, view and Tom and Nanus service was spectacular. All the appetisers are on point so you can safely go with any. As for the main the lamb and the beef were superb. We have to give an extra shout out for the Polmard Beef Tournado with Truffle Potato Gratin. This was one of our favourite dishes at Niyama and is a must try. Nest- Thai and fusion food in addition to teppanyaki with great conversations and service from Habib Tribal- African food with many kinds of dry aged steaks. If you are looking for something different do try the food here. Blu and Epicure had great breakfasts as well. Overall, Niyama was the best choice in Maldives for sure and whether you want to relaxing time or a fun filled vacation, you can safely be assured to chose Niyama. They have plenty of activities too. 6 days just flew by and now we do wish that we could have stayed longer. For the first time since the covid pandemic we felt we were in paradise and could leave all our worries behind. Thank you to Niyama and specially the amazing staff for making our stay so special. Mehreen and Aleef
Excellent family holiday
Niyama has beautiful beaches in every direction you look. Stand outs for us were the beautiful beaches, the kids club, Edge and Nest restaurants and of course our favorite, the Surf Shack for sunsets.
Not good enough.. Under resourced.. local reef & diving was poor..
I had heard great things about Niyama and the reviews TA review were excellent. I was surprised to find a greatly under-resourced hotel with very kind staff but in many cases they did not appear to be well trained and they were too stretched. Our helper Roxy was just incredible and we had a lovely holiday with our friends but the general hotel service and food quality was poor by Maldives standards. I was hoping to surf but the conditions were not right and the instructor was fully booked. The dive centre was overloaded and its customer service was appalling. Definitely the worst scuba experience I've had in the Maldives. The resort manager was very sympathetic to our feedback and he did help us. Reopening in recent weeks must have been extremely challenging but the hotel should not have allowed such high occupancy with the low level of staff. Also the maintenance should be better. The main pool was dirty with tiles missing, the beaches were just about ok by Maldives standards but the marine life was really disappointing. Its a big resort and its nice to cycle around but I am afraid I cannot recommend it and I wont be returning.
12 days of Christmas
Our family stayed 12 nights at the resort, Split between the a Pool Deluxe Beach villa & pool deluxe over water Villa. The first thing one must say, is that this beautiful, green and lush island represents surely the Maldives dream, with the lagoon shining in 50 shades of turquoise and the white sand surrounding it. The concept of having your own personal representative at your fingertip is brilliant. No running to reception or house keeping - or concierge etc it’s all with one person, in our case Sham and that makes a all the difference of how one feels at the island- Always cared and genuinely looked after! They get that surely right! Both the places we stayed were immaculate- attention to detail and comfort, amenities and wellbeing. Our child attended very often the kids club and she loved the staff and activities, as much as having a bike to cycle around. Which by the way gives a very cool vibe to the place. Also having a popcorn maker and ice cream as treat in the room can only be described as child’s heaven! Each and everyone working there was always kind and friendly, greeting you always when passing by. The service was spot on, everyone tries to get it right all the time. We are at every restaurant at least twice. Fabulous choice of different cuisine! We would have liked to see more fish dishes however when the choice was meat it was done to perfection. The Christmas decorations around the island were beautifully made, the treats delicious the entertainment on the Christmas Eve dinner nicely arranged and Santa on a jet ski is legendary! Well done thanks!! We will return to a world that certainly feels less perfect than what we had 2: nights at Niyama.
Incredible top notch resort
We are on day 7 of our 8 day stay at Niyama and all of us are sad to leave. This resort has exceeded our expectations in so many ways. The staff is warm and sincere, you know each one of them genuinely wants their guests to have a great time and they make an effort to connect with you to ensure that. We were lucky with the Weather and did not get any rain except on the last day and so enjoyed the resort and all it had to offer fully. When we arrived we were introduced to our butler who took us straight to our villa. Love that there is no check in formality. We had a pool beach villa with gorgeous views, it was modern yet beach it and cosy with expansive windows over looking the pool and sea beyond. My kids absolutely loved using the villa pool every day so I strongly recommend a pool villa to families with kids. Our villa was right in front of the snorkelling area and made for very convenient sightings of reef sharks and other colourful fish just a few feet away. Pros: -Fantastic staff, -great great facilities: two pools and one kiddy pool. - a phenomenal kids club, with its own little water park area, packed with excellent activities that my kids looked forward to every day. - lots of restaurants offering different cuisines. What stood out: The butler service was unrivalled. We’ve had butler service at different hotels in the pay but not like this. visham our butler was a star and we miss him dearly. My kids knew him as uncle visham, they gladly went with him to the kids club and back every day. The other thing that stood out for me was the other guests, there were lots of families and we felt we had a community of friends there. I haven’t experienced this at a luxury resort previously as most people tend to be very private, some how the guests here all seemed friendly without being intrusive in any way and it made for a great holiday. I also love the concept of kids eating free, it removes the stress of kids wasting food but more than that the fact that they put out a small buffet just for kid’s every day at lunch was a great touch. Nest their tree top restaurant was just wow! Subsix the under water restaurant was also super cool. Spa services were fantastic as expected! Cons: It’s really hard to think of cons but an incident took place on our last afternoon, my daughter cut her foot in our villa pool on what we think was a loose tile or a broken tile sticking out. and it’s a very deep gash. I felt that for a resort of this level they should really make sure their pools are tiled and grouted properly. The staff was ofcourse apologetic and since we had had such a lovely time we didn’t make a fuss. Visham our butler even reached out to us a few days ago to ask how she is. I hope they closed off that villa and fixed the pool. The other thing they could improve is the food it was decent but could be amazing.
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