Niyama Private Islands

Maldives: Central Atolls

Fresh design 5+ star resort, situated off the beaten track, offering unique resort facilities with high quality breaks and uncrowded waves within easy reach.

NIYAMA IS PARADISE by Robin on September 13, 2017


Last August me and my wife with another couple went to Niyama. Awesome!!!, It is absolutely paradise.

First of all I have to say thank you to Martin Jenner, he was really helpful to decide how to do the trip and everything he advise was exactly has he said. I am sorry because I sent him many emails to ask (sometimes impossible questions) but always he was there trying to help and he gave us very good advises. A friend told me about Luex and I have to say that they surpass all our expectations. Very professional, honest and with a very good knowledge of Maldivas which mean Martin provide us exactly the trip we were looking for.

We stayed 7 nights in Niyama. After a long journey travelling from Malaga to Male we meet Paradise. Furthermore the seaplane from Male to Niyama was a wonderful experience. The Island is awesome, white beaches, amazing sea, the nature all around, beautiful with no many people around.

The weather forecast our days and the previous and I sow also the next days was horrible, but as Martin told us it was just a few clouds with only raining two days and it was just a few minutes and then the beautiful sun again.
We stay in the beach village with pool, which was really impressive. In front of the beach, with our private pool and with a marvellous bathroom it was really good feeling all the day. The best, after surfing in Vodi ( the wave of the hotel), was to go direct to the pool and after to the room completely fresh, with no sand, ready to rest….

Also we went 3 times to Kabusi, the right 10 min by boat with the surf guide Zack, an Australian Surfer very friendly who as someone who lives in Maldivas was a very good surfer.
In our 9 days there we have 3 awesome days with very good waves ( two and three meters), 3 days with little waves but enough for a good session, and 3 days very windy with non very good waves. The best day we were 5 in the water, and some days in Vodi we were the only two surfing there. Really really not crowded.

For all of us, Maldives and Niyama, has been our best experience travelling. Very good Hotel, good waves, good people and no crowded. We will return for sure...
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This was the best surf and the best family vacation by far. by Thomas on April 28, 2017
Surfing:
We surfed Vodi and Kasabu. Vodi was less than 100 meters from our beachfront studio and Kasabu is a 5 min boat trip. There was quite a bit of wind during our stay, but Kasabu is sheltered and offered a picture-perfect long right in crystal clear water. Zack, the charming surf guide, answered any possible question. On the boat you find fresh fruit, chilled water, towels and wax. What more can one want? The second half of the week, with a bit less wind, Vodi turned out to be great as well.

The island:
What can I say, wonderful people taking care of you all day long, great food in all the different restaurants, perfect kids club entertainment. Amazing beachfront studio with a one of a kind bathroom and the list goes on and on. But just cycling on white sandy paths through tropical perfect vegetation puts a smile on your face.
Looking forward to coming back.
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This was the best surf and the best family vacation by far. by Thomas on April 28, 2017
Surfing:
We surfed Vodi and Kasabu. Vodi was less than 100 meters from our beachfront studio and Kasabu is a 5 min boat trip. There was quite a bit of wind during our stay, but Kasabu is sheltered and offered a picture-perfect long right in crystal clear water. Zack, the charming surf guide, answered any possible question. On the boat you find fresh fruit, chilled water, towels and wax. What more can one want? The second half of the week, with a bit less wind, Vodi turned out to be great as well.

The island:
What can I say, wonderful people taking care of you all day long, great food in all the different restaurants, perfect kids club entertainment. Amazing beachfront studio with a one of a kind bathroom and the list goes on and on. But just cycling on white sandy paths through tropical perfect vegetation puts a smile on your face.
Looking forward to coming back.
June SUP trip by Nick on June 21, 2015
There are a lot of great elements to this resort. Overall I think it is totally worth the price - you really do get an incredible experience. The resort has more than 150 suites - but there is a lot of space. You are lent bicycles if you want them or you can be driven around in a golf cart style electric vehicle.

1. The team

Led by DiDi, the resort manager the whole place runs super smoothly and with good humour. We were there in a quiet period - so less than 50% full - but the thought and attention to detail were excellent. If there is anything reasonable you want - then the team will organise it for you.

You are allocated your own Thakaru - who in British terms is like a very friendly butler. He is the central point of your stay and you chat to him and he makes things happen. Our Thakaru - Milo (though his real name is Hashim) was available 24 hours a day and was awesome at making things happen. There are plenty of activities and the child care facilities programme looks amazing though we didn't test it.

Where ever you go in the resort the team are friendly, polite and can't wait to help you. It was also great that they remembered what you liked from previous visits to a restaurant. The team in the Spa were super friendly and the massage team very well trained and very strong - which was perfect for an after surf massage.

The food

The Australian head chef - Geoff - does an amazing job of making the seven restaurants and a deli work so well with a huge variety of genuinely different foods. There are two beach clubs - with pools and loungers - one on each island. There is a great asian restaurant in the trees called Nest - which is worth going to just to see the six storey high Thai designed and built egg shaped structures one of which has a huge industrial fan in. There is also a great restaurant called Tribal - staffed by a team from Africa - which probably has the greatest variety - the locally caught grilled black cod was delicious. Then there are the restaurants and bars out on the reef which you get to by complementary boat which runs every 30 minutes. Edge is the overwater restaurant and bar and Subsix the underwater restaurant and bar. It was really wonderful to watch the sun go down from Edge. The underwater restaurant and bar are a huge novelty and fun to spend some time in.

The accommodation

Just about perfect for holiday accommodation - really cool outdoor bath room, very clean pool and access to the beach. There are something like ten varieties of accommodation ranging from one bed beach suites to three bed room houses and of course there are over water options. The suite we had was 22 - which had a pool and was very private - being surrounded by natural foliage.

The watersports

The watersports are run by a separate company and the Manager Enrique is a relaxed friendly Argentinian guy. The team are very knowledgeable about the area and offer

Windsurfing (but don't come to the Maldives for the wind!) Sails are Neil Pryde 7.2 and smaller to kiddy rigs and 120 to 180 litre JP Boards.
Paddle boarding
Diving
Surfboards to rent
Two catamarans
Waterski and wakeboarding
Sea bobs
Snorkelling
ParaSailing - a parachute towed by a boat.

The Surf

In seven days - we got seven days of good surf - meaning head high or better on the break on the south east tip of the island just to the west of the resort a ten minute boat ride away. On many days we did morning and afternoon trips of a couple of hours in the water. Surf safaris also stop for the surf there and so it was sometimes quite busy but the waves were wonderful. The trips are $150 a pop - but drop to $100 a trip if you do five or more. Not cheap but the Luex website was very clear about the cost. It was worth it.

Check out Surf Dhaalu Maldives on Facebook for more photos of the surf.

There is a spot on the South West tip of the Niyama islands - you need shoes to enter the water and you need to be careful not to be washed up on the reef. I understand it can work really well - but it didn't while we were there.
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