Niyama Private Islands


‘Intimate Luxury – Life at Your Pace’

Niyama is the “Nature’s Playground”, recognised as one of the most beautiful natural islands offering more than a luxury retreat in the Maldives. Going beyond conventional concepts of lavish accommodation, sumptuous cuisines, and lavish services, Niyama Private Islands presents every visitor with myriad opportunities to create their own exceptional island experience. With twin islands CHILL & PLAY, Niyama offers you the true luxury of choice, with everything expected from an island resort and so much more. Chill is true to its name. You can discover new depths of relaxation at The Drift Spa or take in a movie under the stars at the outdoor cinema. Just off the coast, Edge prepares elegant entrées from freshly caught seafood, while Subsix will delight with its underwater panoramas. Play provides delightful diversions for those looking for more active pursuits. On the water, you can kayak around the islands or discover why Niyama is among the hottest surfing destinations. Bicyclists can explore the island at their own pace, perhaps lured by the aromas from the chef’s spice gardens.

In Our Opinion

‘You must take part in Niyama’s Coral Regeneration Project – make coral frames from reef fragments with the help of the resident Marine Biologist and put them in place at the coral nursery. If you visit again you can see how it has grown!’


Breakfast buffet and a la carte lunches and dinners. Casual delicious dining options from around the world including Thai, Indian, Chinese and Italian dishes and burgers. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.


A rooftop lounge, the perfect location for sunset and a cocktail. Open in the evening until late.


Hidden in the walls of the boma, Tribal features African and South American flavours elevated to fine dining status. Try Warm Ostrich Bobote or fish Escabeche. The after-dinner coffee is a must. Open for dinner. Reservation required.


Located on Play, BLU is a Mediterranean inspired dining experience beside the infinity pool. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.


Barefoot dining or cocktail lounging on the beach. At night fall a DJ fills the air with chilled beats. Open from midday to late.


Situated overwater and accessible only by boat, Edge focuses on fresh, local seafood with modern touches. Open for dinner. Reservation required.


Travel to Subsix by speedboat and then descend underwater to enjoy views of the ocean and reef. Open for Champagne breakfasts, lunches, dinners and glow parties. Reservation required.


Situated in the tree house, Nest serves Thai, Chinese, Japanese and Indonesian dishes and has a theatrical Teppanyaki table. Pair your meal with recommendations from the Sake Master. Open for dinner. Reservation required.

In-Villa Dining

Choose from something simple or special from the nine dining venues scattered across both Chill and Play.

Destination Dining

Gourmet picnics, romantic dinner for two, family BBQ on the beach. Let Niyama’s private Chef bring a perfect dining experience to life. Pre-booking required. Choose: Destination Dining, Braai Night on the Beach, Took Took Street Food on the Beach and Rum, Ribs and Reggae at Surf Shack.

Surf Shack Beach

Enjoy a light refreshment without having to move from the beach.


  • Infinity Pool on Chill
  • Explorers Kids’ Club
  • Wine tasting
  • The Lair – lounge and library
  • Active games zone
  • Cooking school

Water Sports

  • Snorkelling
  • Kayaking
  • Water-skiing
  • Jet skiing
  • Wakeboarding
  • Knee boarding
  • Mono-skiing
  • Catamaran
  • Windsurfing
  • Kitesurfing

Diving & Snorkelling

Explore the Maldivian reefs either with a diving or snorkelling course or excursion.

  • Range of PADI courses depending on level of experience
  • Bubble maker course for age 8 -9 years
  • Snorkelling & diving excursions
  • Equipment rental
  • GoPro rental


From beginner to becoming a pro, Niyama has a wave or course for you and is the only luxury resort where waves break directly onto the island.

  • Surf courses – 3, 6 or 8 days
  • Free surfing at Vodi (at own risk)
  • Surf pass for access to waves at Kasabu and Hocus Pocus
  • Transfers to other wave breaks

Land Sports

  • The Pump, gym
  • Tai Chi, Yoga, Zumba
  • Darts
  • Pool
  • Foosball
  • Table tennis
  • PS4 / Xbox
  • Kick boxing
  • Beach soccer
  • Beach volleyball

Niyama Spa

Walk on water and into a world of pure relaxation of regenerative holistic treatments, aimed at improving the mental, physical, and emotional health of each guest. By combining the world’s ancient healing traditions, and the latest from Beverly Hills to Paris collide – but in the best possible way. 

  • 6 over water treatment rooms with lagoon views
  • 2 treatment sanctuaries with private gardens, outdoor tub, rain shower and daybed
  • Relaxation area – drift tree garden with sauna, steam bath & plunge pools
  • Family and child spa treatments
  • Yoga


  • Sunset cruise
  • Glass bottom boat
  • Dolphin cruise
  • Sandbank trip
  • Maldivian Life and sunset
  • Fishing


  • Concierge
  • Designer boutique
  • Shoeshine service
  • Tour desk
  • Currency exchange
  • Gift shop


Niyama welcomes families with children of all ages and offers the following facilities and services to ensure they have an enjoyable stay.


General information

  • There is a sleeping room for daytime siestas at the children’s club



  • All accommodation types are able to house at least 2 children, barring any over water villa which does not accept children.
  • The Two Bedroom Family Beach Pavilion with Pool is an excellent abode for families with ample interior and exterior space (770sqm)
  • Baby cot is available on request



  • Children under the age of 12 have their own children’s menus or buffet menus
  • Meals are complimentary for children under 12
  • Edge, Epicure & Tribal all have 18:30 opening times
  • BLU is near the children’s swimming area and an ice cream parlour
  • Unlimited ice cream for children in the Deli and in room
  • Meals are complimentary for children ages 0.00 – 1.99


Swimming Pool

  • There is a children’s area in the large infinity swimming pool


Beach & Sea

  • Pristine white sands
  • Warm waters


Family entertainment / activities

  • Families with children as young as 8 can enjoy diving together
  • Active – extreme games zone with Wii, PS4, Xbox, and pool table


Kids’ Clubs

Niyama has something for everyone no matter what their age at their 4 Kids’ Clubs.


Globe Trotters

Open 09.00 – 12.30 & 14.30 – 18.00

Age: 1 - 2.11 months years

Activities include:

  • Sound Safari
  • Let’s Get Moving and Dancing
  • Little Pop Stars
  • Animal Kingdom
  • Island Adventures


Age: 3 – 4 years

Activities include:

  • Dhivehi Rhymes and dancing
  • Fish Hunt
  • Pirate baking class
  • Jungle Spash Park
  • Hidden Identitiy


Age: 5 – 7 years

Activities include:

  • Art Hub
  • Coconut bowling
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Cooking master class
  • Island adventure


Age: 8- 12 years

Activities include:

  • Tennis skills
  • Snap photo workshop
  • Kayaking
  • Maldivian Dance & Rhythm
  • Marine Life at Niyama



  • Babysitting is available on request*


Any additional charges apply*

Niyama is secluded and intimate and is the perfect location for a Honeymoon or special anniversary. Niyama welcomes couples with the following:

  • Complimentary fruit basket and cake on arrival
  • One 60 minute couple’s massage, per couple, per stay


  • Wedding must be within the last 6 months prior to arrival (certificate to be provided)
  • Anniversary date must fall withing the stay dates
  • Minimum length of stay 4 nights (all villa types)
  • Subsix Underwater restaurant
  • Incredible dolphin cruises
  • Invigorating sports simulation rooms



Situated over two island: Chill & Play in the south western atoll of Dhaalu, just a 45-minute sea plane ride from Male.