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Idyllic Islands with amazing hospitality
My wife and I have just finished a two week stay at this magnificent resort - we have had the most amazing time. The team here have surpassed expectations to look after us. Being vegetarian hadn’t been a problem as they have catered especially for us, with their wonderful chefs preparing many mouth watering dishes at our request. The choice of restaurants is also amazing from the two that are included in the half board Blu and Epicure to an African restaurant called Tribal, a restaurant in the trees called Nest serving Thai and Japanese Food as well. Fine dining at Edge, based in the sea and accessed by a five minute boat ride, which was sensational. Also on this little man made island is SubSix where we had the most amazing lunch - it is underwater and you watch the fish as you enjoy a glass or two of Presecco with your lunch which again was on par with the dinner at Edge - both Michelin standard restaurants. SubSix also hosts a night time party called the Glow party which we went to and had a dance after our dinner at Edge. As both my wife and I were writing our books we didn’t get involved in the activities which I am sure must have been on par with everything else. You are given your own personalised bikes when you arrive which allow you to get around the two islands which they call Chill and Play due to the different activities on each island. As there are two islands. You don’t get bored of riding around on the bikes. We first had a sunrise water villa and then we were upgraded to a sunrise villa as we had booked through American Express. The team immediately agreed to switch our half board from breakfast and dinner to lunch and dinner as my wife and I have been doing 16 hour intermittent fasting and don’t have breakfast. On Tuesdays the general manager Hafidh invites you to a sunset cocktail party to meet him and the management team. When you arrive at the Fahrenheit Bar we were approached by the wonderful team and asked about our stay and if we had any feedback to help them improve. We mentioned that more vegetarian and vegan dishes should be available on the buffets and it was pleasing to know this is being reviewed due to the number of guests having these dietary requirements. We got talking to Siva who was the operations director and he gave a lot of history about the islands and answered lots of our questions. We asked if we could have a behind the scenes tour to see how the island runs which he personally conducted a couple of days later. We saw the team areas, catering, laundry as well as the water purification plant and electricity generation. The numbers are staggering 700 team Members (no staff here) and he explained how they motivate their time and how they focus on providing the best customer experience so that they continue to improve their repeat guest bookings which runs at around 30% The Villa was very comfortable and housekeeping are very efficient. You are assigned a butler and we were give Renjian who we could ring at any time via the villa phone or WhatsApp. As we spend most days in the villa writing we didn’t use his services too much. But he was always there to advise on choice of restaurants and anything else we needed. He would also transport us via the buggy whenever we didn’t want to walk or if it was raining. On the last night Renjian surprised us with a complimentary private romantic couple Prosecco and snacks on the beach so we could watch the sunset. Our butler took some pictures of us and as a surprise had them printed and framed and put into our room when we arrived back after dinner. We did manage to get into the gym a couple of times which was well equipped and of a good standard. It is a popular destination for families with small children as they have a very good kids club and as the second week we stayed was half term there were a lot of children on the resort. Also it is a 50 minute sea plane ride from Malé. I could go on and on but I think you get the gist. We would definitely consider going back and would most definitely recommend it to anyone.
Best 60th birthday gift for a Father!
We travelled to Maldives early February and Niyama was a revelation in an amazing way. Our Thakuru, Himayet, took care of us and our needs so well throughout the entire trip. His dining suggestions, spa suggestions were on point and made out stay worthwhile. The way he went out of his way to make sure my father had the best 60th birthday dinner, super grateful to him. Thank you to each and every Niyama staff member who were so helpful and welcoming and friendly at every point. Can't do this review without mentioning the amazing delicacies Khemraj cooked up for the private barbecue dinner! He is amazing. Not to forget, the cleanliness of the rooms and generally everywhere was so satisfying. And the coconut guy who quenched our thirst by being generous with his coconut servings. Thankyou for treating your guest as a family, Niyama. Didn't feel like we were away from home and for the first time, we were sad to go back home. This is a memory we will always cherish and remember for a lifetime. Thankyou!
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.
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