Our stay was the fourth time of visiting the Maldives. The island is undoubtedly lovely as you would expect. The room ( with small pool) was excellent with some nice touches - loved the outdoor bathroom and shower. The staff were lovely - friendly and approachable. The bar areas have great day beds etc and lots of nice spaces to relax. Food was fine. The place was nowhere near full occupancy when we visited - very quiet - a bit too quite and the place seemed to lack a bit of atmosphere.
The one disappointment for us was the snorkelling. One of the reasons we vist the Maldives again and again is for the snorkelling and diving. We are used to the sea being like a mini aquarium with great coral and marine life directly off the beach and good diving. The island is surrounded mainly by sandy lagoons with little or no fish and no coral of any note. The majority of coral that may have been off the shore has been removed and repositioned around the windows of the underwater nightclub a short distance from the shore. If travelling with children you won't be able to visit the nightclub with them to show then the marine life unless you pay to go on one of the organised boat rides offered to guests for a brief visits. A nice touch would have been to offer this as a complimentary trip - after all it is one of the island's facilities?
Trips are organised to snorkelling sites by the Dive School but one of the things we love is to just take off when we want to from the shore not go to the expense or inconvenience of a timed activity that takes up half a day. Also, at the time of writing this, there were only morning dives available to qualified divers which all commenced at 8.30am - fine if you don't mind crack of dawn starts on holiday but not for us thanks. A leisurely afternoon dive is always a favourite but not an available choice unfortunately.
We had a relaxing holiday but came away a little disappointed with a general feeling that, whilst the island is pretty, with good facilities which you expect for the price of the holiday - it lacks a little something that we could not quite put our finger on. If you have never been to the Maldives before, this island will make an impression, but more seasoned Maldives travellers will know what we mean.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- NIYAMA, which opened in March 2012, is Per AQUUM's latest addition to an award-winning resort portfolio. This hotly anticipated resort is turning the Maldives upside down with a plethora of options to get guests active and incite a sense of discovery, stimulation and fun. This exciting new concept is, of course, paired with the natural beauty and tranquility of the Maldives so those who just want to sit back, chill out and relax can do so in style. Try the games simulators, enjoy yoga, tai chi or zumba, kick up your heals at Subsix the world's first underwater music club, or simply relax and watch the sunset from Fahrenheit rooftop bar. Located in the South Western Atoll of Dhaalu, NIYAMA is a 40 minute seaplane flight from the Maldives capital Male'.Innovative dining options include Tribal, which brings a new unique concept to the Maldives. Designed like a modern day campsite, guests sit in specially designed pods surrounded by live cooking stations with dishes influenced by tribes from South America, Africa and Asia. Cooking methods include hot rock grills, asados and open flames. Per AQUUM's Deli-In presents an a la carte menu of gourmet deli items such as ice creams, cheeses, olives, cold cuts and wines all pre-stocked in each Studio and Pavilion. The in-room popcorn makers with complimentary corn kernels add that additional element of fun.Fahrenheit is perfect for refreshing drinks throughout the day transforming into one of island hot spots at night with spectacular ocean and sunset views. ... more less
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