Niyama is a unique and extremely cool island, with a funky contemporary vibe.  Actually not one, but two islands called Play and Chill, linked by a causeway. Guests are free to access both islands experiencing both high-energy indulgences and cool serenity. If experiencing the cutting edge of technology, offbeat luxury and ‘out of the box’ thinking is your bag, this one’s for you. As they say; ‘this is Maldives with a twist’. It is reached by a scenic, 40 minute seaplane flight from Male airport and is ideal for families and active guests.

Niyama is a glorious Maldivian island, long and thin with magnificent white sand beaches stretching uninterrupted along almost the entire shore line. Natural Maldivian tranquility is balanced with an edgy, trendy vibe and stimulating fun. The resort is situated on two private island called Play and Chill linked by a causeway.

At Play: Dine in the treetops while the kids are entertained at the fabulous children’s centre. Kick things up a notch in villas set on white sands and tailored to adventurous honeymooners, active couples and style-savvy families.

At Chill: Revel in a peaceful moment with the rejuvenating cocoon of the Drift Spa, innovative African dining, a fine dining getaway reached only by boat, over-water studios and coral-clad lounging in an underwater imagination space.

Niyama is located in the south western atoll of Dhaalu and is reached by a 40 minute seaplane flight from Malé International Airport. (Seaplanes can only operate during daylight hours). For an alternative option, guests can take a 30-minute domestic flight from Malé International Airport to the newly opened Dhaalu Airport, followed by a 10-minute speedboat transfer to Niyama.

A total of 134 studios, suites and pavillions with most accommodation situated on Chill and family options located on Play. Accommodation types include 36 Beach Villas, 39 Beach Pool Villas, 22 Water Pool Villas, 14 Deluxe Water Pool Villas, 14 Family Beach Pool Villas, 2 One Bedroom Water Pool Pavillions, 3 One Bedroom Beach Pool Pavillions, 2 Two Bedroom Ocean Pool Pavillions, 1 Two Bedroom Beach Pool Pavillion, 1 Three Bedroom Beach Pool Pavillion and the exclusive Cresent.

Each villa has a secluded deck that offers pure privacy to luxuriate in al fresco rain showers, moonlit dips, or an intimate afternoon basking in the sun. But staying indoors can be equally as indulgent. Each room is outfitted with a king bed, Deli-In with full-size refrigerator overflowing with gourmet treats, in-room entertainment system with LED TV, Bose surround sound and a range of international movies, as well as Thakuru (butler) service – for the ultimate luxury.

Beach Villas (135 sqm) Modern villas with direct beach access and sunrise views.

Beach Pool Villas (190 sqm) A Beach Villa experience elevated with a private pool.

Water Pool Villas (175 sqm) Modern villas set over water with direct lagoon access from private sundeck and a private pool.

Deluxe Water Pool Villas (190 sqm) Spacious over water villas with the addition of a soothing Jacuzzi to complement your private pool.

Family Beach Pool Villas (225 sqm) Perfect for families seeking more space.

One Bedroom Water Pool Pavillions (340 sqm) Cutting-edge design indoors and out – king bedroom, living and dining areas, private sundeck, infinity pool and outdoor Jacuzzi.

One Bedroom Beach Pool Pavillions (400 sqm) Decadent and relaxed pavilions with extensive space and a white sand beach setting. .

Two Bedroom Ocean Pool Pavillions (515 sqm) Ideal for families or couples travelling together. Two bedrooms flank contemporary living areas, spacious sundecks and a sprawling infinity pool.

Two Bedroom Beach Pool Pavillion (635 sqm) Two bedrooms, a sunken living area, dining area with cocktail bar and lavish-but-secluded outdoor spaces including private pool and Jacuzzi.

Three Bedroom Beach Pool Pavillion (770 sqm) Set on a secluded beach. Two private pools, Jacuzzi, spa treatment room, three bedrooms and lush living spaces.

The Crescent Over-water seclusion for up to 14 adults and 8 children. A playground of 5 ultra-chic villas, all with private pools. Features private chef, 2 dedicated Thakurus (butlers), a housekeeper and complimentary diversions, including sunset cruise, private barbecue and movie under the stars, and island drumming night.

The dining options at Niyama are simply amazing. Hover over the water. Submerge beneath the sea. Soar among the treetops or dance with the flames. Select your perfect setting – or let your fantasies create a new dining reality. Your culinary adventure knows no bounds at Niyama, dine to the beat of jungle drums at Tribal, sip champagne six metres under the sea or indulge in fresh flavours in dining pods nested within the island canopy. Niyama is home to nine unique restaurants in Maldives with distinct destination dining experiences.
Bed & Breakfast, Half Board and Full Board are available at Niyama.

Blu All day family style dining on Play. Mediterranean-inspired dishes and poolside ice cream parlour.

Epicure All-day dining on Chill. International cuisine in a casual chic setting by the infinity pool.

Edge Modern fine dining, set half a kilometre out in the ocean and accessible only by boat.

Nest Asian avant-garde cuisines in a surreal tree top setting. Teppanyaki, Thai, Chinese and Indonesian.

Subsix Reach Subsix by speedboat and descend a dramatic three-tier staircase to enjoy the underwater playground for Champagne breakfasts, subaquatic lunches, weekly glow parties, wine tastings and destination dining.

Tribal African, Central and South American cuisines amidst blazing fires.

Dune Open air lounge bar and beach club.

Farenheit Rooftop bar with clear views of the Indian Ocean, live music by night.

The Deli International treats and grab-and-go gourmet snacks.

Dine-In Private dining in your own space. Sophisticated adult delights and children's favourites.

Destination Dining From a family barbecue in your private gardens to a romantic affair at sea aboard a Dream Dhoni or on the sands of a deserted island.

House Reef: There are areas for snorkelling close to the shore around Chill island and we were reasonably happy with the experience up towards the offshore restaurant and underwater bar. The main house reef is situated around 600 metres from the resort - but you can snorkel the house reef free of charge by taking a 25 minute boat trip to reach the reef. Enlist the expertise of in-house experts for a guided tour of the reefs secrets. This area is pretty much untouched by resorts and safaris, so there are many local thilas and channels for snorkeling and diving trips which may be required for those not satisfied with the limited snorkelling off the island. Being on the edge of an atoll by one of the main channels means some big fish are common sights and you may also see hawksbills, dolphins and hammerheads.

Diving: Run by FLOAT at PER AQUUM Niyama, discover the underwater spectacle of the Maldives during the daily dive programs. Beginners can have their first glimpse of a whole new underwater world of fish and coral landscape with our “Discover Scuba Diving” course. Beginners can go on and complete their diving license – Scuba Diver and Open Water Diver certification courses take just a couple of days. Certified divers can choose between double and single tank dives and a variety of advanced and specialty courses while children as young as 8 can join in the fun with the “Bubble Maker” program.

Water Sports: The Maldives’ only luxury resort with surf-able waves that break directly onto the island. FLOAT offers a huge variety of water sports and activities including; jetskiing, waterskiing, mono-skiing, wakeboarding, kneeboarding, fun tubes, seabobbing, catamaran sailing, windsurfing, kitesurfing and kayaks. Snorkelling equipment and all non-motorised water sports are free of charge.

Sports & Recreation: PUMP the 24 hour cutting edge gym will provide all of your fitness needs. A personal trainer is on call to offer fitness inspiration. The studio is an exciting space for Zumba, sports, yoga, Tai Chi and dance classes, activities require advance booking. Surf the break off the tip of Play island or have a hit of tennis, then relax at one of 2 infinity swimming pools.

Excursions: For an additional charge, activities include, expeditions and immersions with the marine biologist, night snorkelling, adopt-A-coral, Subsix discovery tours, Dhonis – traditional Maldivian sailboats for day excursions or overnight adventures.

Weddings & Events: Wedding locations include ceremonies on the beach, Dream Dhoni, Valla Island, Pavilion or a Subsix underwater wedding ceremony. Snap is a professional photo studio with make-up artists, photo and video editing and wardrobe rental is also available.

Spa: The stunning Drift Spa is a real asset to the resort and a wonderful place to spend time relaxing or receiving a treatment. The Spa includes eight iconic treatment rooms, six with a lagoon view and two treatment sanctuaries with private gardens, outdoor bath, rain shower and daybed. Other facilities include a relaxation area with sauna and steam baths, plunge pools and vitality juice bar. Treatments and rituals from around the world and bespoke therapies with products by Anne Semonin are available, Fabulous Feet and Fabulous Hands treatments by Margaret Dabbs and family and child spa treatments. Yoga for all.

Entertainment: Experience the 3D Silent Cinema – outdoor cinema under the stars, with 3D glasses and headphones. Also available is the extreme games zone, with Wii, PS4, Xbox, simulators, football, table tennis and pool table. A DVD library is available.

Explorers Kids Club: The facilities for children at Niyama are a major selling point. Niyama is one of the few resorts with a club for children under three years of age and offers special facilities including a sleeping room for daytime siestas. The Club offers extensive facilities and activities tailored to four age groups spanning 12 months to 12 years. These include an indoor play and activity area, outdoor exploration space with playground, trampoline, splash park and stage. Children’s dining and Master Chef classes are available or explore the island's nature with the Explorers team.

Shopping: Boutiques shopping selling jewelry, fashion and beach essentials, Pedro Sanchez Hair Salon, deli takeaway food, professional photo studio.

Medical Clinic: An island Doctor is on call.

Free of charge: 2 Infinity Pools, Fitness Centre, WiFi in villa and most public areas, Extreme Games Zone
Chargeable: Diving, Sea Bobbing, Jet skiiing, Water skiing, Mono skiing, Wakeboarding, Kneeboarding, Fun-tubes, Windsurfing, Kayaks and Catamarans, Kite Surfing, Paddle Boats
Evening Entertainment: Underwater Glow Party at Subsix on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9:00 pm, DJ at Dune, Live Music at Fahrenheit, 3D Silent Cinema
Excursions/Experiences: Dhonis – traditional Maldivian sailboats for day excursions or overnight adventures, Expeditions and immersions with the marine biologist: night snorkelling, Adopt-A-Coral, Subsix discovery tours, Gourmet picnics on a deserted island for two, Weddings
   Price Range: ££££
   Seaplane Transfer (40 mins)
   Excellent Kids Club
   Great for Families, Children/Teens, Active Guests
   Wow Factor: Twin Private Islands
   Wow Factor: Surf Straight from the Beach
   Wow Factor: Sip Champagne 6m Below the Water
   Atoll: Dhaalu Atoll