Guest Blog: Destination Maldives

We recently sent UAE blogger Heidi from to NIYAMA in the Maldives, with her husband and two children. Here is what she has to say…

Try a family break in NIYAMA for yourself, but only if you think you’d like:

Guilt-free, dropping the kids (18m+) off at the best and biggest kids club in the Maldives, a famous Scott Dunn Explorers club, where there are splash parks, floor-set trampolines, a fully light and sound equipped stage, two indoor circus tent club houses (one for the littleuns and the other for bigger kids), stacks of toys and fully qualified nannies on duty, under the dappled shade of the jungle canopy.

Private access to your own spot of white powdery sanded beach, lining the clearest, shallow, still ocean.

Stopping off on your daily island bike ride to drink one of the wheelbarrow of coconuts Imran always pops up with.

Family skinny-dipping in your private pool, teaching the kids to jump, dive and swim, watching Daddy perform like a seal and listening to your fave play lists over the Bose sound systems.

Racing a bucket of hermit crabs with the kids.

Eating the best tepanyaki you’ve ever had in a 5-star, banyan tree house restaurant.

Or maybe an African grill around a luxury canvas and wooden framed pod in the jungle, complete with a private fire pit.

…a Dubai brunch worthy international buffet beach side. Or just a New York style sub from the island’s deli.

Tearing up as you become overwhelmed at the beautiful dolphins summersaulting by your boat, completely organically and by their own choice in the wild.

Watching bats fly through the trees high above your outdoor, jungle-sheltered bathroom whilst you wash your hair at the end of the day.

Taking the boat out to a date-night dinner at Edge, a 5-star restaurant in the sea and following it with a glow party in the underwater restaurant and bar next door. With the kids tucked up asleep with a lovely baby-sitter (who writes notes on their non-movements every 15 minutes!).

Reading books, listening to music, chatting to your other half and drinking rose all afternoon on one of your terrace’s day beds.

Returning ear-to-ear smiles to the lovely staff (who greet your kids by name, everywhere you go!), as you walk to collect your children from the Explorers club… knowing that you’ll have to stay for another 20 mins before you can get them out the door!

Feeling like honeymooners and trying stand-up paddle boarding or snorkeling before a wine-accompanied lunch.

Taking an unplanned whole-family nap in the shade of the terrace’s round-day bed after you’ve eaten a big in-room dining lunch.

Even in bullet points, I can’t fit in the idyllic week we had in NIYAMA. Our new-best-friends in travel, Scott Dunn were totally right that when traveling with a young family, NIYAMA was the best island for us.

The sea plane was the best bit of the whole less-than-five-hours-in-full journey there. No visas are required for British families resident in the UAE.

For more information on NIYAMA, give one of our Consultants a call on 020 8682 5055 or visit our website