We travelled in April 2012, originally we had booked a one bedroom water pavilion but since the hotel was still not fully complete we ended up staying in a Deluxe water studio.
We arrived tired and weary from our flight and it was a great touch to have a lounge at the seaplane port. It set the tone for the holiday that we were going to be looked after! Our Thakuru was helpful, he organised a romantic beach dinner with a private chef...sitting listening to the ocean and watching the hermit crabs scuttle around us while eating beautifully prepared food was a highlight.
Food -The food in Tribal was excellent with so much to choose from, I loved the informal atmosphere and being able to pick your meat which was expertly cooked.
Breakfast was delicious, from their famous bircher museli, huge selection of tropical fruit to freshly cooked pancakes and waffles...loved it all! Celcius in the evenings had some good buffets, the maldivian and bbq were the best. The Edge and Subsix weren't open when we visited which was a real shame. Also I loved going to Fahrenheit for sundowners and canapes while watching the heavenly sunsets.
Rooms-Beautifully appointented rooms with lavish baths, housekeeping and maintenance was excellent and quick to rectify any problems. The in room deli and popcorn machine was a great idea for midday/evening munchies.
Pros: The spa is a must,nestled in the trees you can chill in a day bed nibbling on fruit skewers while waiting for your treatment .The spa staff are really helpful and friendly and Jason the spa manager is a hoot to chat with!
Make use of the free acivities/snorkelling trips, the reef further out is stunning and we saw two sea turtles while we went out. The gym and Lair/games room were good, plenty of activities which were free of charge to keep you occupied during rainy showers.
Book a private trip to the nearby uninhabited island, we were 'stranded' there for a few hours with nothing but a seafood platter, drinks and snorkelling gear...magic!
Cons: Since the hotel was bedding in we did have a few teething problems the first couple of days, we had to wait a while to access our room and since the rooms were brand new there were a few issues with the jacuzzi, wifi and electrical sockets. However when management were informed they did sent people out quickly and within 2 days everything was sorted.
Also food at Celcius was a bit hit and miss at lunch time and the pizza oven wasn't working at the time we visited (boo!). Since it was a new resort there were a lot of mosquitos and flies about which were a pain, I'm hoping this has improved as in Huvafen we didn't have any problems with bugs.
I would love to go back and experience the resort now everything has opened and settled in.
- 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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