A dreamy destination of tiny, white-sand islands, coral reefs and sand bars scattered in the Indian Ocean, the Maldives is renowned for its secluded luxurious resorts, seaplanes, iridescent seas and vibrant marine life.
Renowned for incredibly luxurious resorts and superb service where every need is anticipated, a Maldivian honeymoon is an exquisite way to start married life. Offering the opportunity to both play and chill in this beautiful setting, Niyama Private Islands Maldives offers lavish villas, sumptuous cuisine, fantastic surfing off the island and plenty of ways to create your own personal experience.
The pampering starts right from the international airport, where you are met and whisked away to the seaplane terminal to wait for the 40-minute flight in the resort’s own comfortable, fully appointed lounge. The picturesque flight over the many tiny islands brings you directly to the resort jetty where you step out into a vision of sunshine, powdery white sand, startlingly gorgeous cyan and azure seas and thousands of palm trees.
Welcoming you to nature’s playground is your personal Thakuru – a beach resort version of a butler – who is on hand to run you around the island on a buggy, make restaurant reservations, arrange a movie under the stars, a sunset cruise, romantic destination dinner, suggest activities and generally make sure you’re having a great time.
Lush vegetation provides welcome shade along the sandy paths that wind their way through the two islands that make up Niyama – one is dedicated to fun and one to relaxation and they are aptly named Play and Chill – and although the resort is fully booked, it is quiet and peaceful.
All the accommodation provides a secluded retreat, whether you choose beachfront or overwater, and is spacious and lavishly appointed. Nearly all the villas have their own private pools, which make the most of the unrivalled views, while all have a spacious secluded deck, a fabulous swing bed, gourmet ice cream and snacks in the full-sized fridge, a popcorn maker, Bose surround sound, LED TV with a range of international movies, king-sized bed and a magnificent bathroom with soaking tub, indoor and al fresco rain showers, making staying-in an alluring prospect. For greater space, the pavilions add living and dining areas, while three-bedroom beach pool pavilions have two swimming pools and a personal spa treatment room.
Niyama offers the luxury of choice not only with its accommodation but also with dining. Epicure and Blu are casual beachside dining options, with Blu offering Mediterranean-inspired cuisine, while Epicure is set around the infinity pool.
For a toes-in-the-sand, lounge bar with light lunches, Dune is idyllic with tables set in the sand under the palm trees, lazy chairs for two on the beach and sun loungers for a spot of sunbathing.
Gourmands are spoiled for choice and can revel in the welcoming, atmospheric ambience of Tribal for African, Central and South American cuisines amidst blazing fires, with a fine-dining touch brought to dishes including massive steaks, fresh seafood, crocodile and impala.
Visitors to Nest, meanwhile, dine in private pods connected by a labyrinth of wooden walkways up in the trees and can indulge their taste buds in authentic Asian dishes cooked by Thai, Chinese, and Indonesian chefs. Don’t miss a theatrical teppanyaki meal!
For a very Maldivian experience that is not to be missed, take a boat out to Edge and Subsix, just 500m offshore. At Edge, enjoy sunset cocktails across the crystal-clear waters, followed by a superb gourmet meal, while Subsix takes you six metres below the sea to an incredible underwater setting for champagne breakfast, subaquatic lunch, gourmet dinner and glow parties surrounded by the drama of the reef life right in front of your eyes.
There is much more to do at Niyama than eat and chill. Grab your personal bicycle and explore the island’s sun-dappled paths, stopping to take striking shots to wow friends back home. Be pampered at Drift by Niyama Spa with a range of wellness rituals. Walk out to Vodi break to surf the waves or take a dhoni to the longest right-handers in the Maldives. Hire kayaks, wakeboards, catamarans or jet skis, or go on a snorkel search for turtles. Take a boat trip to find spinner dolphins, which will race and play alongside the boat. Adopt a coral, do sunrise yoga, or hang out in the Lair with video games and DVDs.
One thing is for sure, a visit to Niyama Private Islands Maldives is always fun and full of ways to spend your time just how you choose for an incomparable honeymoon with your beloved.
The Maldives are easy to reach from Asia, the Middle East and Europe, with many direct flights, including a four-and-a-half-hour flight from Singapore.