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Niyama Private Islands

Dhaalu Atoll, Maldives

Niyama Private Islands is a luxury 5* Indian Ocean resort set on two pristine islands on the Dhaalu Atoll in the Maldives. With exceptional watersports, an Explorers kids club and a sense of privacy, Niyama is perfect for both couples and families alike.

At a Glance

  • Two pristine islands perfect for families and couples

  • Explorers kids club for children from 12 months to 12 years

  • Exceptional range of watersports from kitesurfing and kayaking to diving and fishing

  • Spacious one bedroom beach suites ideal for families

  • Treetop, offshore or underwater dining options

  • Explore the reefs with a marine biologist

Beach, Couples, Diving, Family

Insider's View

The Deli on the island is a great place for a light snack, inexpensive panini or wrap, ideal when you're overindulging on four course meals in the evenings!

Alice Moseley

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Complimentary bikes are provided to get around the resort, great fun and a great way to get around

Claire Horner

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Take out one of the private Dhoni boats overnight and anchor next to your own private island. Sail at sunset with the dolphins for company and sip champagne on the huge oversized on-deck bean bags - utter heaven and ideal for a romantic treat!

Alice Moseley

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The overwhelming scent as you walk into the spa is incredible! Enjoy a day relaxing in the outside pools, jacuzzi, sauna and steam room, all set in the middle of the jungle - you will feel totally removed from everything!

Scott Dunn team

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I love the popcorn maker and the complimentary tubs of ice cream in the rooms - nice little touches that the kids will love!

Gemma Dobson

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Make sure you take a boat over to their fine dining restaurant Edge to see the most fantastic display of colors splashed across the sky at sunset

Anna Chaplin

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Book in for a massage in one of their over water treatment rooms with a view of the lagoon, it's so relaxing

Anna Chaplin

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Go on a morning big game fishing trip, where what you catch can be cooked and served to you for dinner!

Gemma Dobson

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Head to the Surf Shack for a sundowner and enjoy the chilled out vibes while watching the surfers as the sun goes down

Juliet Morris

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Although the house reef is only accessible by boat, the local marine biologists have placed some coral frames in the lagoon creating a perfect nursery for coral and juvenile reef fish. You can see this by snorkeling off the beach from Villa 134!

Juliet Morris

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If it happens to be a rainy day, head to ACTIVE where you can watch a film in the cinema or play on one of the simulator games

Scott Dunn team

Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to Niyama Private Islands


Proclaiming itself "Nature's playground", Niyama Private Islands Maldives takes barefoot luxury to an exotic new level. Its two islands Chill and Play, one with a family focus and the other dedicated to couples are a tropical paradise with lush vegetation, ivory white beaches, crystal clear waters and endless views out over the Indian Ocean. The resort is a mix of modern and traditional Maldivian design and facilities, with a distinctive edgy feel, where guests are wonderfully looked after, choosing between total privacy and an extraordinary range of activities.

Niyama has an exotic mix of spacious beach front suites and “over water” pavilions, each with uninterrupted views of the ocean. Choose between a Beach Studio with a fabulous outdoor rain shower and a Deluxe Beach Studio with its own fibre optic lit pool, or a Water Pavilion with private infinity pool and a One Bedroom Beach Pool Suite, perfect for families. Take off your shoes, take a dip, and enjoy the services of your personal butler, and in-room deli.

Unique to resorts in the Maldives, the Explorers kids club caters for children from as young as 12 months and up to 12 years (other resorts take children from the age of 4). Open all year round, seven days a week from 10am to 6pm, and a choice of morning, afternoon and all day sessions with age related activities and facilities, Niyama is the ideal family destination. So, whilst our younger guests enjoy the circus themed play area and creative daily activity program, parents can take some well-deserved time off and enjoy everything that both islands offer.

Unlike many Maldivian resorts, Niyama has an impressive choice of restaurants. From all day dining at Blu around the family pool, to traditional African fare in a campsite setting at Tribal, from beach side lunches at Dune to a sunset dinner on a private jetty at Edge, and from dining six meters up in the tree canopy to cocktails with live music at Farenheit, Niyama promises a range of international cuisine for every palate. Guests can also choose private dining as well as take advantage of the in-room deli – your own fridge stocked with cold meats, cheeses and wine, meaning you don’t need to leave the privacy of your own suite.

Active guests will love the range of watersports available at Niyama and could quite possibly do something different every day. From boat trips to snorkel sites, catamaran sailing and wakeboarding, to game fishing, kitesurfing and seabobbing, the ocean is there to be enjoyed. Finish off the day with a sunset Dhoni sail – a traditional Maldivian boat that can take you for a private cruise. For a more relaxed stay, the Drift Spa with its ocean views is the perfect place for some indulgent treatments. Or try one of the Tai Chi classes at Pump, the resort’s state of the art gym.


Whether you choose between beach or "over-water" living, the accommodation at Niyama is the epitome of luxurious lagoon living. Surrounded by crystal clear water, pristine beach or lush vegetation, all the studios, suites and pavilions (excluding some of the beach studios) have their own private pool, are exceptionally spacious and come with fabulous amenities and a private butler. With features including outdoor rain showers, in-room delis and complimentary ice cream, it's hard to leave your suite.

Beach Villa

Beach Villas with a modern twist. Views of the crystal-clear lagoon from the wooden terrace. Open-air bathrooms leading to the water garden. The elevated couch swinging in the ocean breeze. A deep tub to steep in. Deli-In snacks for the taking. A trail of stepping stones to a personal waterfall. Plush beds next to sun-soaked decks. Splashes and spirals of crimson against white. Indulgent rain showers. A 40-inch plasma TV and BOSE™ surround sound system – modernity with Maldivian flair. The comforts of luxury, the freedom of nature. Family-friendly studios overlooking a secluded beach. 135 sqm

Beach Pool Villa

Beachside days. Natural vegetation to enjoy or space to sun worship on expansive decks. An oversized tub and private outdoor bathroom. His and hers sinks. Smooth stones across the water. Deli-In to indulge. Towels on the pool loungers. Swaying curtains or open doors to daylight. Privacy meets the open sea. Outdoor deep seating for reading or dining. Shady palms. Hanging lights. Secret nooks. An ocean for the taking. Pool-side terrace days. Modern luxe au naturel. 190 sqm

Family Beach Pool Villa

These spacious (255 sqm) villas are perfect for couples and families. Offering total privacy and direct access to the beach, as well as views of the sea from the bed, they promise indoor and outdoor living at its best. They feature a master bedroom with king size bed, living room with a comfortable sofa bed ideal for two young family members, guest washroom, open air bathroom with choice of indoor and outdoor showers, private sun deck with daybed, traditional Maldivian swing, sun loungers and dining table, private ‘family sized’ plunge pool, Deli-In brimming with gourmet drinks and treats including complimentary popcorn and ice cream, in-room entertainment system with LED TV, Bose 5.1 Surround System and wide range of international and foreign language movies and a personal Thakuru offering butler service Maldivian-style.

One Bedroom Beach Pool Pavilion

One bedroom pavilions amid lush, hushed surrounds. Day-bed cocoon lounges. Infinity pool and Jacuzzi dips. A personal Thakuru for every need. Garden breeze in an open-air bathroom. Deep bowl sinks for cleansing. Rain-shower bliss. Azure and green mosaics. Secluded beach access, exclusive dining areas and living spaces to entertain. Candlelight through the royal palm leaves. Deli-In or dine out. Champagne flutes on the deck. A lounging bed by the sea. High-tech living, low-maintenance days. 400-515 sqm

Two Bedroom Beach Pool Pavilion

Two bedroom pavilions amid lush, hushed surrounds. Day-bed cocoon lounges. Infinity pool and Jacuzzi dips. A personal Thakuru for every need. Garden breeze in an open-air bathroom. Deep bowl sinks for cleansing. Rain-shower bliss. Azure and green mosaics. Secluded beach access, exclusive dining areas and living spaces to entertain. Candlelight through the royal palm leaves. Deli-In or dine out. Champagne flutes on the deck. A lounging bed by the sea. High-tech living, low-maintenance days. 400-515 sqm

Three Bedroom Beach Pool Pavilion

The epitome of luxury, the Three Bedroom Beach Pool Pavilion is exceptionally spacious at 770sqm and has direct beach access. It is the height of privacy with a personal Spa and two private pools and a Jacuzzi. The Pavilion features two king bedrooms and a separate twin room, sunken living area, dining area with cocktail bar, closed bathroom with choice of indoor and outdoor showers, private sun deck with daybed, cocoon loungers and dining area, Deli-In brimming with gourmet drinks and treats including complimentary popcorn and ice cream, in-room entertainment system with LED TV, Bose 5.1 Surround System and wide range of international and foreign language movies. Guests in the Pavilion have their own personal Thakuru available 24 hours a day – butler service Maldivian-style.

Water Pool Villa

Ocean views stretch to the horizon. Lazy days spent on the sundeck or in the sea. Raw beauty meets spacious overwater living. Umbrella loungers for seaside naps. Awake to the orange sunrise. Cooling shade under majestic palms. A jetty bridge into the great expanse. A private pool for a late-night dip. A timber screen for privacy. Arched teak ceilings. Open spaces. An indoor, outdoor fusion. Accents of vermilion, a palette of nature. Modern pleasures, Maldivian elegance. Personal havens, all-day luxury. 175 sqm

Deluxe Water Pool Villa

Luxury. Comfort. Freedom. Overwater exclusivity above the ocean’s expanse. Spacious iconic living amid a palette of blues. A seamless blend of beach and pool. Day-bed relaxation, dreams of luxury. Jacuzzi nights facing the sea. Coral beauty under the sun deck. Elegant teak interiors with Maldivian flourishes. Bedside lamps in a yellow hue. Soothing rain showers. An oversized soaking tub. Flat screen and surround sound indulgence. An ode to modern luxury. Deli-In delicacies. Spaces to unwind both indoors and out. 190 sqm

One Bedroom Water Pool Pavilion

One-bedroom luxury with expansive living and dining area. A grand foyer to explore. Your on-call personal Thakuru. Large outdoor deck with private infinity pool and a Jacuzzi to soak in. Day-bed nest on the water. Azure blues inside and out. Expansive living room and home entertainment. Modern edges, natural touches. Private Teppanyaki Grill. Deli-In journeys. Sun deck days. Chaise longue nights. Ultimate modernity. Ultimate pampering. The good life, Maldivian style. 340 sqm

Two Bedroom Ocean Pool Pavilion

Two-bedroom waterfront bliss. Seaside porch leads to a sunken living room. A pantry and powder room on either side. State-of-the-art gadgets and iconic design. LCD TV with unparalleled entertainment. Flora and fauna thrive in the surrounds. Personal everything – dining, cocktail bar, wine collection. Endless space to lounge in the sun. A bathroom sanctuary fused with nature. A myriad of pillows for restful days. Lines of crimson and strokes of white. An infinity pool and Jacuzzi on the edge of the ocean. Wooden stairs leading into the water. Evenings under a star-scattered sky. Luxury at your finger tips. A modern paradise. 515 sqm


Children's playgrounds don't get more heavenly than this. The Explorers kids club at NIYAMA is dedicated to children from 12 months to 12 years, making it currently the only resort in the Maldives to fully cater for younger guests. With groups spilt into four age groups with individually tailored activity programs, it's run by fully qualified childcare professionals and supported by local team members, with an exceptionally high ratio of carers to children. The club is open seven days a week, from 9am to 6pm, and children can take part in morning, afternoon or full day sessions. There's a charge for children aged between 12 months and two years, whilst those from three to 12, are free of charge.

Built in a fantastic space on one of the islands, close to some of the resort's most family friendly accommodation, the club is designed with adventurous spirits in mind. A colorful circus theme runs throughout, and facilities cater for each age range, including a dedicated sleep room for daytime siestas. Our younger guests build sandcastles, paint coconuts, make salt dough and have fun with bubbles, whilst our older ones become master chefs, visit local islands, enjoy watersports and play volley ball matches. The club has its very own climbing wall, a trampoline pit and even a stage for those who like to perform, ensuring there's something for every child who takes part.


Living up to its tagline of 'Nature's Playground', Niyama has a myriad of fun and innovative dining experiences. Whether you'd like Afro Latin grilled food in a campsite atmosphere, or a more refined menu on a floating restaurant reached only by boat, every night can see you trying something new. The informal Deli is a great way of getting a really good value sandwich on the go. Not to be missed is Subsix, the underwater bar and music lounge.


This all-day restaurant is perfect for families. Right next to the family pool, you won't have to go far if someone gets a little hungry. Especially popular is the poolside ice cream parlour packed with homemade treats from smoothies to sherbert to crepes. Sit back whilst your children splash and you're looked after by a ‘Sunshine Thakuru’.


An exciting dining concept - a restaurant 6 meters up in the tree canopy. A one of a kind gourmet experience of Thai to Teppanyaki in a breathtaking banyan treetop setting.


Dune is Niyama's stylish poolside bar, serving cocktails and mocktails, informal food including gourmet burgers, pizzas and sandwiches, and even has shisha on offer. A great place to relax and gaze out over the sea.


All-day dining is available at Epicure, NIYAMA's main restaurant serving international cuisine. Embark on a gastronomic adventure, and you can even visit the glass wine cellar with private tastings.

The Deli

The Deli is a fantastically simple concept, yet hugely innovative for the Maldives. Offering sandwiches, ice cream, antipasti, smoothies and milkshakes, it means that you can grab something on the go - more time for lying on your sunlounger, indulging in a massage, or keeping active with a yoga session.


Accessible only by boat, Edge is an exclusive over water restaurant and Lounge. Enjoy the daily catch paired with fine wines in a sophisticated al fresco atmosphere. Panoramic views and tastes to savour, single this concept out as a unique experience.


Fahrenheit is Niyama's sunset rooftop bar, the mood changing with the day's light. Speciality cocktails, DJ beats and live music, combined with indescribable views and sunsets like never before, make the bar a must-visit on the island.


Offering modern Afro Latin grilled food with a stylish and modern campsite atmosphere, Tribal is one of Niyama's most innovative outlets. With sand floors and tiki torches, the inspiration is very much a blend of Maldivian combined with a more global feel. Tastes from South America to Africa to Asia cooked in the outdoor kitchen, entrees seared over open flames, tribal gatherings — this very much offers a dash of adventure and a pinch of fun.

Destination Dining

You don't have to limit yourselves to one of the dining outlets. Enjoy a gourmet picnic on a private island, a sailing menu, or champagne at sunset wherever you wish. Dining experiences made-to-order.


500 meters off shore and 6 meters below the surface, Subsix is only reachable by boat. Watch the fish as you enjoy some private dining, a movie or a special kid's treat.


A 24 hour fitness hub with cutting-edge Precor equipment. Follow your own routine or create a new one with a personal trainer on call to offer fitness inspiration. The studio is an exciting space for Zumba, sports, yoga, Tai Chi and dance classes.


Water lovers will love it here. The expertly run FLOAT watersports center can arrange PADI dives (including customized courses for juniors), deep-sea fishing and a whole variety of sports in and on the water, including surfing, parasailing, waterskiing, jet skiing, snorkeling, kayaking, windsurfing and the fabulously named seabobbing. We particularly like the kayaking with the see-through bottoms! Catamaran sailing, windsurfing and kitesurfing lessons are available, if you want to improve on your skills or would like to try something new. Non-motorized sports are all complimentary.

Snorkelling on the nearby reef is possible but accessible only by boat for a charge.

There is an activity program for adults, including kickboxing, beach volleyball, sunset yoga, hair styling, a DJ workshop and a movie session - to name but a few! Cookery classes are also available with a focus on international cuisine; think African, South American and Japanese.

For rainy days, there is also an indoor activity center called ACTIVE. There are two simulator rooms with an array of games including golf, American football, basketball, shooting and ice hockey. The simulator screens also double up as cinemas. There is also a games room here with table football, table tennis, pool and darts.


Both beginners and experienced divers can enjoy the marine life around Niyama. There is a Discover Scuba Diving course, or options for those who are more advanced to go on and complete their licence. Scuba Diver and Open Water Diver certification courses are available that take just a couple of days, and even children as young as 8 can try out the 'Bubble Maker' program.


One feather in the cap of Niyama Private Islands is the surfing. Surfing in the Maldives is world class – warm turquoise waters lap up against paradise islands, with swells sent up from Southern Ocean storms, producing some of the most beautifully formed rides on the planet. This is a location on the bucket list of anyone who has paddled into a wave.
The thorny issue in most resorts however is that while the waves are indeed the stuff of fantasy, they are typically breaking on a remote reef miles from the resort you are staying at, necessitating a boat trip, which is both slightly inflexible, and can be costly.
Niyama, however, is one of the very few resorts where a pre-breakfast surf is very much on the menu – with a perfect left-hand point break peeling down the west side of the lower island, you can jump in from the beach amd enjoy a couple of waves at your leisure. Free and easy surfing – the way it should be! With a highly experienced surf school, and a selection of other breaks close by (accessible by boat), Niyama has to be at the top of list for waveriders, experts and beginners alike.

Big Game and Sunset Fishing

Whatever time of day it is, the team at FLOAT are always ready to take you out on the water for a bit of big game fishing. Catch your own supper, from a selection of barracuda, mahi mahi, tuna, wahoo and a whole ocean worth of other fish.

Motorised Watersports

A range of motorized watersports is available, including Seabobbing, jetskiing, waterskiing, monoskiing, wakeboarding, kneeboarding and fun tubes.

Wind watersports

Catamaran, windsurfing and kitesurfing lessons are available, for beginners, refreshers courses, private sessions and advanced programs with international certifications. For those who can already windsurf, sail a catamaran or kitesurf, these activities are available free of charge if you don't require a member of staff to accompany you.


Niyama doesn't have a house reef close to the island, but there is one nearby, reachable by boat for a small charge.

Explore with a marine biologist

Discover some of the gems of the Indian Ocean with Niyama's resident marine biologist and explore the diversity of the marine life and coral. Visit the marine lab and go on a night snorkel to see the coral come alive, extending their polyps to feed on the surrounding plankton. You can even plant your own coral.

Location & Directions

Dhaalu Atoll, Maldives

Located in the South Western Atoll of Dhaalu, Niyama Private Islands is situated over two idyllic islands, Embudhufushi and Olhuveli.

When to go

The Maldives has a tropical climate distinguished by two seasons, or monsoons: the dry northeast monsoon which runs from December to March, and the wet southwestern monsoon from May to November, with more strong winds and rain. April is a transitional period noted for clear water and heat. The temperature remains remarkably consistent at around 30°C.

February to April is the hottest period and resorts are almost all operating at capacity during this period. Mid-December to early January comes at even more of a premium due to Christmas and New Year and prices are even higher. Easter and the Italian vacation week in August also attract peak prices at most resorts.

Storms are more likely from May to November, though it’s still warm, skies can be cloudy and the humidity is higher. This is the low season, with fewer people and lower prices, with the exception of August.

Diving is good year-round, although a basic rule is that life on the reef is more varied and visibility better on the western side of any atoll from May to November and from the eastern side of any atoll December to April.

The surfing season runs from March to October, which is also when resorts tend to be at their cheapest.

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