We spent 12 nights at Niyama in October of this year and can't rate it highly enough. From our welcome on the jetty with ice-cold flannels and watermelon cocktails, to our first view of our water villa with private plunge pool, we knew this would be the holiday of a lifetime - and it was. Imagine a tropical paradise ... you think it can't possibly be like that, but the sand really is that fine and perfect, the sea really is several shades of crystal blue and green, and the breeze really is scented and warm every day. We travelled as two adults with a 17 year old son and it suited all of us: sunbathing, swimming, snorkelling (sooo many fish, tame as you like, in just a few feet of clear water in the lagoon), boat rides, jetskis, scuba diving, and the best food and drink in each of several bars and restaurants. We had an especially fantastic meal at Edge, offshore above the underwater nightclub - but all the food was good and totally fresh, with some exciting twists such as the South African themed menu at the campsite restaurant, Tribal. But perhaps the most outstanding feature of our holiday was the staff at Niyama. The General Manager, Nigel, was completely charming and his staff obviously takes huge pride in working at a superior resort. We would like especially to mention Yusef (I'm not sure of the spelling, sorry) our thakura (butler); Ani and Ricardo, our favourite waiting staff; and above all Nishan, who served us cocktails at the Dune bar on the beachfront. Nishan could not have been more accommodating and friendly, always keeping an eye out to see what we needed and welcoming us every time with fresh towels, iced water and a smile. This kind of touch completely made our stay, and I've seen other reviews which claim the same thing: we strangely felt - and still do - part of a Niyama 'family' and we miss all the guys out there! Almost every week we talk about our trip and how much we would like to return. Honestly, you couldn't have a better holiday - get out there, and enjoy it. I'm so jealous!!
- 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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