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A far cry from the humdrum of cookie cutter stays, the Niyama Private Islands Resort blends perfect play with the chance to chill. Stretched across two islands – one for each magical mood, you can drift away at the spa and lounge on sugar white sands on the Isle of Chill. Over on the Isle of Play you can party in underwater clubs, swim with sharks, and of course – hit some of the best waves in the easy breezy central atolls. Couples will fall hard for the boutique vibe of Niyama, but families will also find a tailored approach for kids of all ages – there’s no doubt about it; Niyama boasts the best kind of bliss.
Ideal for Couples and Families
Ultimate Barefoot Luxury
Direct Access to Waves
Spa and Recreation Facilities
Niyama Private Islands, Dhaalu Atoll, Malé, Maldives
Wayfarers Atlas can make your journey to Niyama Private Islands as seamless as possible.
AIRPORT – Male International Airport
TRANSFER – Touch down in Male and hop onto a 40-minute seaplane that will whisk you away to paradise. Seaplanes only operate during daylight hours so arrivals after 3pm can enjoy a night exploring Male. Another option is to take an internal 30-minute flight to Dhaalu before jumping in a speedboat for the final 10 minutes.
WEATHER – November to April
SURF SEASON – April to October
Tropical breezes, blue skies, and sun dappled waters – the Maldives delivers warm weather around the clock with temperatures sitting sweetly between 23 and 32 degrees Celsius. The dry season runs from November to April where consistent sun will beat your brow day after day. Between April and October, the wet season arrives bringing short showers and the best surf on its back.
"A tale of two islands – a place for all ages to frolic, surf and play before lapping up refined dining and spa treatments. Niyama is all about restoring the balance".
Meal plans available – half and full board
Up to 2 children, below 12 years can stay and eat for free from the Kids menu
Family beach suites available
Pavilions suitable for groups or large families
Overwater bungalows are not recommended for young children
7 dining options + underwater bar
Kids club (ages 3-12 free)
Bicycles provided to each villa
Complimentary Water, Tea, Coffee (Nespresso), Popcorn Machine
The only ‘luxury’ resort in the Maldives with a wave breaking on its shore. Vodi Surf Point is only a paddle away.
Island doctor on call
Five restaurants, a handful of beautiful bars, and an adult’s submerged playground – Niyama is decadently indulgent. Dive right into all-day dining at family-friendly Blu, where light Mediterranean flavours dance in every dish. Casual chic can be found in the bright and airy setting of Epicure. For those special occasions – take the private boat out to Edge for fine dining on the ocean. Start your day with a twist with champagne brunches underwater at Subsix. On nights when a killer cocktail is needed to soak up a killer view, it has to be the rooftop bar of fiery Fahrenheit.
A lush blue infinity pool melts into the horizon, flanked by the trendy Epicure eatery. Cream coloured loungers invite you to sink down with a good book in hand, and plenty of parasols and splayed palm trees offer cooling shade to sit in. The sparkling pool offers a raised tier for Little Wayfarers who want to splash about.
The Drift Spa invites you to dream away the days, with a ton of tailored treatments to leave you laid back or energized. The menu is extensive and calls on locally sourced ingredients from the land and sea; including Maldivian coral scrubs, fresh pressed coconut, chilled lava stones, and sweet-scented lavender. Couples will adore the private outdoor baths for two. For an extra special dose of indulgence – add a bottle of prosecco and gourmet chocolates to your visit.
Six over water treatment rooms are a sanctuary for the senses. The relaxation area boasts a plethora of steam baths, saunas, plunge pools and bubbling Jacuzzis, and special child-friendly treatments mean that your little ones get a dose of perfect pampering too. For those looking to go that extra mile when it comes to rejuvenation, Niyama is also home to the only licensed cosmetic surgeon in the Maldives.
Designed to balance family fun with precious personal space, the Niyama Private Islands Resort has a myriad of choices for families. The Explorers Kids Club offers hours of fun for mini VIP’s, whereas teens will be spoilt for choice with a range of intrepid activities. Babysitting services are available with 24 hours’ notice.
A collection of sun-kissed boutique villas makes up the accommodation options at Niyama; offering a total of 134 studios. Scattered across the fine white sands, dotted around the pool, and perched overwater ensures Niyama offers an elegant community vibe that doesn’t encroach on privacy. Each villa boasts its own private deck for midnight swims and afternoon snoozes. Butler service comes as standard.
The ‘Beach Villas’ are perfect for surfers looking to stay right on the break.
Sink into bliss with a gorgeous beach studio – pick one with a pool or opt for a sublime hideaway perched above the blue lagoon. Direct beach access and font row seats for flaming sunsets are sure to leave you starry eyed. Expect cozy king beds, a private deck with loungers and al fresco dining space, high tech gleaming entertainment systems, and open-air bathrooms with steamy rainfall showers.
An elevated experience is waiting at the Beach Pool Villa. A thatched pocket of perfection gets lost in the sensory delight of the salt whipped sea and the slants of sunlight through jungle green. Open air rain showers, swaying Dhoni swings, a deli brimming with treats, and your own private glistening plunge pool sets the scene for lazy sun-bleached days and romantic star strewn nights.
Plunge into every imaginable shade of blue with a stay at one of the exquisite water pool villas. From dreamy daylight hours lounging on your alfresco deck to descending the stairs straight into the warm embrace of the lagoon, plunging into your shimmering pool and indulging in sun lounger treats carried lovingly by your private butler – this is the penultimate paradise experience. Inside, the villa boasts its own king bedroom, color schemes of billowy white and pops of blue, and an aura of chic relaxation with all the mod cons.
All the fabulous fineries of the water pool villa are amped up a notch when you choose to go deluxe. Along with the cosmo blue and white space flooded with sunlight, the private plunge, and whimsical steps down to the lagoon, you get a whole host more. A bubbling jacuzzi is a soothing way to end any day – especially when paired with champagne and starlit skies. Your own Thakaru Butler will bring you scorched and spiced seafood for on-deck dining, and when all is said and done you can fall into a sensual rich cotton heaven in your handsome king bed.
Those with Little Wayfarers who want to be steps from the sugar spun sands will adore being handed the keys to their own family beach pool villa. As the name suggests, you get the best of all worlds – the song of the sea, your own private splash pad, and enough room for everyone to stretch out, nap and relax. Dhoni swings, rainfall showers beneath the splayed palms, and a separate living area complete with sofa bed and guest bathroom ensures rare delight each day. Little Wayfarers are also greeted with a surprise gift and you can be sure that the pantry is always stocked with ice-cream and popcorn for those salty sleepy movie nights.
Sublime pavilions make the most of being placed in the heart of paradise. Choose from one or two rooms, on the beach or suspended overwater. Floating daybeds, outdoor Jacuzzis, and private pools invite you to embrace the finery of first-class outdoor living. Separate living and dining areas pan out space for socialization and moments when you want to be supine. A private pool and outdoor Jacuzzi invites muscle melting spa delights, and the personal deli and butler service ensures every hour feels like a treat. A charming touch is the cigar humidor for when you want to celebrate that epic swell.
Like a page peeled from the pages of Architectural Digest, the two-bed beach pool pavilion will take your breath away. A poster child of island delight, this home on the ocean is all clean-cut lines, colorful splashes, and endless space that melts from indoor to out. Sip a sundowner in your sunken living room, mellow in the bubbling jacuzzi, cool off in your private pool, and enjoy a traditional foot ritual as soon as you step through the welcoming door. With one king bedroom and one twin, there is more than enough privacy and space for the family to spread out in absolute style.
Occupying a piece of prime real estate, this three-bed celestial city upon the sea offers one of the finest family stays you could wish for. Two king rooms and one twin invites you to bring your brood of wayfarers without a worry. A generous pool is the perfect playground for afternoon splashing, and direct beach access means you can sprint from the deck to the ocean in moments. When you aren’t lolling in the sun or swimming laps, then movie nights cuddled on the sunken sofa, an abundance of board games, and pantry stuffed full of treats are sure to keep minds of all ages occupied. After your Little Wayfarers have fallen into the dreamiest slumber, there is always the allure of the jacuzzi, cigar humidor, butler service, and wine stocked refrigerator to soothe the adults into a blissful sleep.
A quintet of splendor sits just offshore, perched in pristine grace above the gentle turquoise hues. The Crescent is the penultimate overwater playground for those dreaming of private barbeques, movie nights beneath the blazing stars, and a whole team of dedicated staff to keep your paradise kingdom ticking like a dream. At the center sits a two-bed ocean pool pavilion, hemmed in at either side by a one bed water pool pavilions, neighbored by two deluxe water villas. Between you, there are five stunning azure pools. Along with an oasis of calm, your crescent stay comes complete with a sunset cruise, private resort buggy, daily delivery of fresh coconuts, and private deck with floating loungers.
The whole family will have a riot in the sports stimulation room
Glass kayaks and sea-bobs bring a flush of adrenaline for active teens
Four different clubs ensure age-appropriate fun for kids aged 12 months – 12 years
The marine biology lab is an awesome treat for getting up close and personal with the underwater world
Drift Spa offers special child-friendly treatments. Even little wayfarers can get a dose of perfect pampering too.
Free Home-made Ice cream
Babysitting services are available on request and costs US$20 an hour plus tax.
Baby cots are provided free of charge
High chairs and sterilizers available on request
Your littlest wayfarers are well looked after with a selection of orgainc baby foods and formula is available on request.
Little Wayfarers can run riot on the Isle of Play before resting easy on the Isle of Chill. With four different tribes under the Explorers Kids Club, you can kick back and relax knowing your young ones are well catered for.
The one or two-bed beach pavilions are the perfect choice for families seeking a little more space. Cots are provided free of charge, but extra beds for Wayfarers aged 3-15 come at an extra cost. Choosing pavilions with pools is also a neat touch for family lounging, however, those with smaller children may want to steer clear of overwater bungalows.
Niyama Private Islands Resort is a fairytale for Little Wayfarers – scores of sand, sea, and sun turn this desert island into an absolute dream. The Explorers Club sits right in the heart of the Isle of Play and offers everything from dolphin watching to forest running.
Children are broken into four tribes depending on their age, and all kids above the age of 3 can play for free. Outdoor fun areas include giddy trampolines, a splash park, a little munch kitchen, and a stage for all kinds of theatrics. Beach trips, ocean adventures, and snorkelling safaris keeps boredom very much at bay.
The stunning infinity pool beside the Epicure restaurant offers a tiered section for family-friendly fun.
Epicure is the best family-friendly restaurant in Niyama boasting an array of colourful dishes both day and night, this laid-back dining space makes eating out as breezy as the bright blue sea.
Get in touch with your local Travel Doctor for up to date health information, precautions and travel advice for your destination, including information regarding clean drinking water.
Island doctor on call 24 hours
For peace of mind, Wayfarers Atlas recommends travel insurance that includes medical evacuation. Let us organise this for you.
Mozzies can be found in paradise too.
Refer to the World Health Organisation or the US CDC for information on Mosquito-borne and other insect-borne diseases.
Spa Delights – The Drift Spa invites you to indulge in some carefully orchestrated R&R. From oxygenated facials to playful couple’s treatments; every second is heaven sent.
Underwater Drinking – six meters beneath the gin colored waters you can sip champagne as parrotfish and turtles swim past your table.
Lose Yourself in the Lair – Glossy magazines, brand new books, an array of movies, and climate-controlled coolness – the Lair is a luscious retreat from the outside world.
Private Snorkelling Tours – Head out into the big blue with the islands own marine biologist. A private snorkelling tour with an expert will show you the rainbow delights of a surreal underwater world.
Sunsets are always at their finest when sipping cocktails beneath billowing sails as you glide out alongside a pod of bottlenose dolphins.
Glass-bottomed kayaks, stand up paddleboards, swimming with hammerhead sharks, deep sea fishing and catamarans – the Indian Ocean is your playground. A tapestry of sheer blue invites you to delve into the deep, coast along the surface, dolphin watch and dive right in.
Embrace the day in perfect harmony with sun salutation sessions, yoga classes or mat Pilates. If that’s doesn’t get your heart rate pumping maybe Kickboxing, circuit Traning or hitting a few tennis balls around the tennis court is more your style.
Deep in the delight of the central atolls, surfers don’t need to share their waves with anyone. The Niyama Private Islands is the only luxury surfing resort in the whole of the Maldives where waves peel right onto the shore.
Niyama is surrounded by quality waves perfect for intermediate to advanced surfers and also home to some mellower breaks ideal for beginners looking to find their feet.
A powerful left-hander can be found just off the edge of the Isle of Play or jumping on a quick 5 min speedboat over to the west will see you surfing Kasabu Surf Point, a hollow right-hander.
Another barreling right-hander Hocus Pocus is down to the east, and back on the island at Niyama Corner the Vodi surf point throws up a more mellow and longer left-hander.
After sharing waves with family and friends, the surf beach shack back onshore is awesome for a cold beer.
Your journey to Niyama requires either a seaplane or inter island flight both of which have restrictions on baggage and the length of surfboards. Be sure to confirm prior to travel.
April to October
Intermediate to advanced with some spots perfect for beginners
Beach Break / Reef Break / Point Break
Direct access to waves
Boat transfers to surrounding breaks
Coaching & Guiding