Niyama Private Islands - Central Atolls

IDEAL FOR

Couples or Honeymooners
Group - Land Based
Solo Travellers
Learn to Surf

Surf and Yoga
Longboarders
Stand-up Paddleboarding trip
Bodyboarders

Surf Skill

Beginner - Pro

Star Rating

Ultimate Luxury

Season

March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November

AVERAGE REVIEW RATING
(6 REVIEWS)

Summary

Niyama Resort is an stunning, luxurious and ultra-modern resort in a remote Dhaalu Atoll. It is the first resort in this area - thus assuring that you will not be sharing the waves with crowds. 


There is a wave out front for you to paddle out to - it's a left-hander called Vodi, and it's a private wave only to be surfed by Niyama guests. There are 2 other waves nearby, and 4 other surf spots accessible by a private boat charter from the resort.

Quick Facts
    • a private surf break out front
    • 3 surf instructors
    • lessons, rentals & surf guiding available
    • ultra-modern luxury
    • 9 dining options + underwater bar
    • luxurious spa
    • good kite surfing conditions
    • kids club (ages 3-12 free)

Niyama Resort at Dhaalu Atolls in Maldives is a brand-new luxury hotel in the middle of tropical paradise. Surrounded by clean, clear and warm waters of Indian Ocean and beautifully-designed to provide you a true luxury surf holiday, perfect service, plenty of dining options and accommodation in stunning studios and pavillons, each with own pool.

 

Dhaalu is relatively unchartered area that offers quality waves without too many crowds. This area has only recently been discovered by surf charters, and there aren't any other resorts in this area.


 

 


 

This beautiful resort offers 9 dining options and 5 bars, including an amazing, world's first underwater club serving brilliant cocktails and offering live music by international DJs.

 

Lime Spa at Niyama will spoil you with luxurious treatments in private rooms.

 

Imagine yourself surfing perfect waves in pristine and warm waters, then come back to the resort for a massage to revive and relax you. In the meantime, your partner will be just as happy returning from a day of diving, snorkelling, massages and relaxing at the private pool. Then finish your day together with an amazing dinner at one of the fine-dining restaurant and cocktails in the underwater club.

 

Surfboards:

Seaplane transfers

  • boards should be no longer than 7ft. However, 6.5ft is easier to accommodate. Furthermore, a full bag of 3-5 boards is extremely difficult for the sea plane to accommodate. However, no board bag gets left behind. In a situation where a surfboard gets bumped, it is put on the next available plane. Placing surfboards on a domestic flight while flying seaplane incurs and extra cost. All terms and fees for surfboards and luggage allowances are subject to change without a notice from the airlines.


Domestic flights

  • the stated guidelines are no more than 7ft. If you want to fly with your boards, the domestic is a good option as the plane is bigger. If you want the sea plane experience, your board can fly domestic and you can go by sea plane - the board will just arrive later that day (and will incur an extra cost).

 

For both aircrafts:

- The surfboard weight is included in the check in luggage allowance. If it exceeds the allowance, there is an extra charge.

- If the surfboard cannot be taken on the same flight due to weight restrictions on the plane, the surfboard will be taken on the next available plane.

- Niyama's supply boat is also available to take boards, but requires specific timing. It leaves Male Tue/Fri, bound for Niyama and arrives the next morning Wed/Fri (8-10am weather dependent). It then returns Mon/Thur 5am and arrives in Male around 3pm. This isn’t recommended, but is a possibility for people that want to bring SUP’s, etc. Niyama could also arrange a speedboat to bring boards, but it will be chargeable.

 

Sometimes, when departing, boards need to fly back to Male sooner on an earlier flight, or a day before - IF there will be many surfboards on a flight.

  • Please note that maximum size of surfboards allowed on Maldives domestic flights is 7 ft including the boardbag.


Accommodation

Beach Villas


Spacious beachfront villas with lagoon views and private sundeck with loungers. Surrounded by fresh and modern design with vibrant touches of Maldivian flair, sink into a deep tub in an open-air outdoor garden bathroom with rain shower and stepping stones leading to your own private waterfall. Enjoy gourmet treats at any time of the day or night with a deli-stocked fridge. Relax with high-tech entertainment, including a plasma TV and surround sound system. The comforts of luxury with the freedom of nature.


  • Open air bathrooms
  • Direct beach access
  • Private sundeck with loungers
  • Deli In with complimentary popcorn and ice cream
  • In-room entertainment system with plasma TV, surround sound and range of international movies


Water Pool Villas


Spacious water’s edge villas with panoramic views of the ocean, private pool and private sundeck with loungers. Look out to the lagoon from your bedroom or enjoy the view from the bathroom as you relax in the deep bathtub. Create your own lagoon lifestyle with gourmet deli snacks to hand day and night in your fully-stocked fridge and your own popcorn machine for chilled-out movie nights in. Unwind with the latest entertainment system technology, with plasma TV and surround sound. Feel at home with natural contemporary furnishings and décor that feels fresh. Total style and comfort by the water.


  • Overwater villas with steps leading from your deck into the Indian Ocean
  • Private plunge pool
  • Private sundeck with daybed and loungers
  • Deli In with complimentary popcorn and ice cream
  • In-room entertainment system with plasma TV, surround sound and range of international movies


Beach Pool Villas


Spacious beachfront villas with lagoon views and private pool with fibre optic lights overlooking the ocean. Slumber in a luxurious bed looking out to the pool and beach beyond. Relax on a big sundeck with loungers and a swinging daybed sofa, or at the table for al fresco dining. Sink into the stunning natural surroundings in an outdoor bathroom with deep tub, or relax indoors with a high-tech entertainment system with plasma TV and surround sound. Enjoy movie nights with your in-room popcorn machine and snack on deli gourmet goodies from your fully-stocked fridge whenever you choose. Modern beachfront living in luxurious comfort.


  • Open air bathrooms
  • Direct beach access
  • Private sundeck with loungers
  • Traditional Maldivian swing on the deck
  • Private fibre-optic lit plunge pool
  • Deli In with complimentary popcorn and ice cream
  • In-room entertainment system with plasma TV, surround sound and range of international movies

 

Family Beach Pool Villas
 

An indoor-outdoor family oasis that opens onto powder-soft beach. Wake up to ocean views and the last of sunrise’s palette. Kids rollic in sunny day play on the beach. Grown-ups splash in your private pool, or drift into the horizon on a dhoni swing. 

Each Family Beach Pool Villa can accommodate up to three adults and two children. Size: 255 sqm


  • King bedroom
  • Open-air bathroom with indoor and outdoor rain showers
  • Living area with sofa bed and guest bathroom
  • Private 'family sized' plunge pool 
  • Direct beach access
  • Private deck with dhoni swing, daybed, loungers and dining table
  • In-room entertainment system with LED TV, Bose surround-sound, games, international movie selection and digital newspapers 
  • Deli-In brimming with drinks and treats in a full-sized refrigerator
  • Thakuru butler service 
  • Special welcome gift and turndown for children


Deluxe Water Pool Villas


Overwater villas with private pool and Jacuzzi facing the water offering uninterrupted views from your private sundeck. A relaxing daybed sits alongside the pool while loungers provide the perfect chill out location. The bathroom includes a rain shower and oversized bathtub for blissful lounging. Expansive outdoor and indoor spaces create a seamless blend of beach, pool and beautiful teak interiors with Maldivian flourishes. Modern luxury and comfort includes the latest tech entertainment system with flat screen TV and surround sound, with gourmet deli goodies on hand in the fully-stocked fridge. Feel part of the surroundings in style.


  • Overwater villas with steps leading from your deck to the Indian Ocean
  • Private plunge pool with Jacuzzi
  • Private sundeck with daybed and loungers
  • Deli In with complimentary popcorn and ice cream
  • In-room entertainment system with plasma TV, surround sound and range of international movies


One-bedroom Water Pool Pavilions


Spacious one-bedroom pavilions with ocean views and private infinity pool and Jacuzzi facing the water and floating daybed nest for a feeling of endless relaxation. Outdoor living expands to a large private sundeck with loungers and lounge-style furnishings. Your own personal butler is on hand 24 hours to unpack and make spa appointments and reservations. Luxurious living extends seamlessly from outdoors to the indoors with fresh ocean-blue décor and floor to ceiling glass creating a natural feel looking out to the pool and beach beyond. A large living room, cocktail bar and high-tech entertainment system adds a contemporary flair, with a fridge stocked with gourmet deli goodies adding the finishing touches. A lifestyle of relaxing luxury.


  • Overwater Pavilions with steps leading from your deck to the Indian Ocean
  • Separate living and dining area
  • Private sundeck with daybed and loungers
  • Deli In with complimentary popcorn and ice cream
  • In-room entertainment system with plasma TV, surround sound and range of international movies


One Bedroom Beach Pool Pavilions


One bedroom beach pavilions hidden amid lush surrounds. Outdoor bathrooms with rainfall showers, luxurious amenities and spacious living. Infinity pool on your private deck with views over the Indian Ocean. A personal Thakuru for every need. 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.


  • Direct beach access
  • Private pool
  • Personal butler 24 hours a day
  • Separate living and dining areas
  • Private sundeck with daybed and loungers
  • Deli In with complimentary popcorn and ice cream
  • In-room entertainment system with plasma TV, surround sound and range of international movies


Two Bedroom Ocean Pool Pavilions


Iconic two-bedroom waterfront pavilions with panoramic views of the ocean, private infinity pool and Jacuzzi facing the water. A floating daybed nest invites you to totally unwind like never before while your private butler is on hand 24 hours a day. Expansive outdoor living on the edge of the water with big outdoor deck with loungers and al fresco lounge furnishings and wooden steps leading down to the water. Sweeping inside, the stunning contemporary design and Maldivian teak wood create unique spaces with a hip sunken living room and cocktail bar. State-of-the-art technology, style and natural beauty. A modern-day paradise.


  • Overwater Pavilions with direct access from the deck to the Indian Ocean
  • Private pool
  • Personal butler 24 hours a day
  • Two bedrooms
  • Sunken living area
  • Separate dining area with cocktail bar
  • Private sundeck with daybed and cocoon loungers
  • Deli In with complimentary popcorn and ice cream
  • In-room entertainment system with plasma TV, surround sound and range of international movies


Two Bedroom Beach Pool Pavilion


The two bedroom pavilion offers the utmost in privacy and seclusion with direct beach access. 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.


  • Direct beach access
  • Private pool and Jacuzzi
  • Personal butler 24 hours a day
  • Two bedrooms
  • Sunken living area
  • Separate dining area with cocktail bar
  • Private sundeck with daybed and cocoon loungers
  • Deli In with complimentary popcorn and ice cream
  • In-room entertainment system with plasma TV, surround sound and range of international movies

 

Three Bedroom Beach Pool Pavilion

 

Get away and come together in a private paradise for the whole family. Kids rollick in sunny day play on your own beach. Grown-ups enjoy lounging and libations or a hard-earned massage in the villa’s private treatment room. Two private pools provide for both parental privacy and serious splashing. 

The Three Bedroom Beach Pool Pavilion can accommodate up to nine persons.

Size: 770 sqm


  • Two king bedrooms and one twin bedroom
  • Two private pools
  • Outdoor Jacuzzi
  • Private spa treatment room
  • Butler’s pantry with extra fridge, ice-maker, microwave and wine refrigerator
  • Deli-In brimming with drinks and treats in a full-sized refrigerator
  • Private deck with floating loungers, daybed and dining table
  • Enclosed bathrooms with indoor and outdoor showers
  • In-room entertainment system with LED TV, Bose surround sound and international movie selection
  • A selection of table games and books
  • Humidor with cigars
  • Direct beach access
  • Thakuru – Maldivian butler service

 

The Crescent

 

Enjoy the expanse. A Two Bedroom Ocean Pool Pavilion, beats at The Crescent’s heart, flanked by two One Bedroom Water Pool Pavilions and two Deluxe Water Pool Villas, all five with private pools. Two dedicated private butlers, a private chef and a housekeeper keep your island oasis running smoothly. The Crescent can accommodate up to 22 persons.


  • One Two Bedroom Ocean Pool Pavilion
  • Two One Bedroom Water Pool Pavilions
  • Two Deluxe Water Pool Villas
  • Private Boduberu performance
  • Private sunset cruise
  • Private barbecue and move under the stars
  • One dedicated chef
  • Dedicated housekeeping
  • Two dedicated Thakuru – Maldivian butler service
  • Dedicated resort buggy
  • Foot ritual upon arrival
  • Fresh coconuts and cooling box with cold face towels delivered daily
  • Private deck with floating loungers, daybed and dining table 
  • Enclosed bathrooms with indoor and outdoor showers
  • In-room entertainment systems with LED TV, Bose surround sound and international movie selection
  • Direct ocean access


Surf & Other Activities

Surfing

Dhaalu Atoll

 

Vodi - a good quality, private and uncrowded left-hander off the resort that you can paddle out to any time. It works on all tides; mid to high tide offers the best conditions, but it's still a fun wave and a good ride on a low tide. On big swells, you can get a nice almond barrell on take-off, and come out for a few more turns. Or you can easily avoid the barrell and just do turns for 100-150m.

Another break outside Kudahuvadhoo island is a right-hander called Mauroofs (Kasabu). It works best on light north/nowthwest winds and a good southwest swell. This wave requires a boat access.

 

Hocus Pocus is another wave that you can reach by boat from the resort - it's a hollow, advanced right-hander. It needs west/south-west winds and a south-west swell which needs to be above 14 seconds for the swell to get into that break. It is quite shallow.

 

 

Thaa Atoll

This area is consistent in south-west monzoon season and offers some beautiful, long wrapping reef setups. This area was only recently accessed by boats only, but now you can stay at Niyama and organize a private boat charter on request to surf these breaks.

 

On Thaa, left-hander Malik's can offer quality barrells. Inside Mikados is a powerful right-hander that is best on SW wind, and works well on mid to high tide.

   

Laamu Atoll

Other quality waves that you can access from Niyama by arranging a private boat charter are Machines and Yin-yangs.

 

Niyama Resort offers the following surf services. Please enquire about the current prices.

  • Surf Passes (2.5 hours out at the breaks, with guide and boat).
  • Surf Lessons (2.5 hours for the beginner with instructor and includes board rental and boat).
  • Tow Surfing (with jet ski at an extra charge) plus Surf Pass.
  • Surfboard rental.        

 

Other Activities


Diving


With FLOAT at NIYAMA, discover the underwater spectacle of the Maldives during the daily dive programs. Beginners can have their first glimpse of a whole new underwater world of fish and coral landscape with the “Discover Scuba Diving” course. Already tried diving before? Go on and complete your diving license – they offer Scuba Diver and Open Water Diver certification courses that take just a couple of days. Certified divers can choose between double and single tank dives and a variety of advanced and specialty courses while children as young as 8 can join in the fun with the “Bubble Maker” program.

 

Big Game and Sunset Fishing


Snag a barracuda at dawn, and pursue a sailfish in the afternoon. In between, hunt for wahoo, mahi mahi, tuna and trevally. Take on the challenge – the Indian Ocean is waiting for you. Looking for some nautical excitement after hours? Catch your own supper with the Maldivian technique of hand-line fishing.

 

Snorkelling


Set sail in the luxurious comfort and plunge into a vibrant underwater adventure with a daily snorkeling trip that sails beyond the NIYAMA lagoon. Dive into another world and explore local reefs, tropical fish and a rich marine landscape.

 

Seabobbing


Not your typical sea scooter! Experience life at a dolphin’s swift pace with this underwater rocket. A 15-minute introduction teaches you how to have maximum fun with the Seabob. Afterwards, test your bravery and hang on tight when your underwater speed reaches up to 20 km/hour.

 

Jetskiing, Waterskiing, mono-skiing, wakeboarding, kneeboarding and fun tubes


Skim the waves adrenaline-rush. Exhilaration on the water as you speed over the waves with rides and lessons. Try jetskiing, waterskiing, or mono-skiing , as well as wakeboarding, kneeboarding and fun tubes, to feel the full power and excitement of water sports in a location that will take your breath away.

 

Catamaran, windsurfing and kitesurfing lessons


The wind and the water. Learn to slice deftly and skillfully through the waves on a catamaran. Glide along the reef as the breeze over the Indian Ocean and the power of the elements propels you across the water with windsurfing and kitesurfing lessons. Choose from beginner courses to private sessions and refresher and advanced programs with international certifications.

 

Complimentary activities


Jump in. Enjoy the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. Snorkelling equipment and all non-motorized water sports are free of charge. Float at the intersection of water and sky, and try one of our many different kayaks – paddle kayaks and even transparent glass kayaks for observing the creatures below. If you have a license and know how to windsurf, catamaran sail or kitesurf, then please feel welcome to use Niyama's high-quality equipment. If not, satisfy your curiosity and take a couple of lessons.

Duration
Room type
Type
Price
Basis
Travel dates
Availability
1 night Beach Pool Villa, Family Beach Pool Villa, Beach Pool Pavilion, Water Pool Villa, Ocean Pool Pavilion, Deluxe Water Pool Villa or The Crescent Villa Please enquire Per night 01 Jan-01 Jan
  • All package durations and inclusions can be adjusted to cater for your individual requirements. Please contact us for a tailored package to meet your needs.
  • Please click "Enquire Here" or "On Special" to email us or call us to speak with one of our friendly surf travel specialists.
  • Please note that maximum size of surfboards allowed on Maldives domestic flights to Central and Southern Atolls is 7 ft including the boardbag.


General inclusions

  • Welcome drink on arrival with cold towels
  • Accommodation
  • Complimentary Water, Tea, Coffee (Nespresso), Popcorn Machine, Home-made Ice cream
  • Surf break right off the island (complimentary surfing on your own board)
  • All taxes.
  • Complimentary access to Niyama Private Island’s Lounge at Seaplane terminal.
  • Plus, up to 2 children (below 12 years) can stay and eat free (from Kids menu at all restaurants) (Please do note children would need to pay for Seaplane transfer)
  • Weekly Complimentary 30-minute Yoga classes (On set dates only on each week)  
  • Bicycles provided to each villa
  • Butler Service

  

  

Disclaimer - This surf trip is an independent surf operator and is not part of or in partnership with The Perfect Wave Travel Co. The Perfect Wave acts as an agent only. We sell various travel related products on behalf of numerous transport, accommodation and other service providers, such as airlines, land based accommodation and boat charter operators. The Perfect Waves obligation is to make travel bookings on your behalf and to arrange relevant contracts between you and travel service providers. The Perfect Wave has no responsibility for these services nor do we make or give any warranty of representation regarding their standards. All bookings are made subject to the terms and conditions and limitations of liability imposed by these service providers.

Other Surf Experiences
Reviews

Carol Borghi (Oct 2019)

Niyama Private Island Resort is beautiful with beach villas mostly hidden in the lush vegetation. The villas are comfortable and the partly open air bathrooms are lovely. There are many dining options to choose from; all of a high standard. The surf team are great and the boards for hire of good standard. For non-surfers there is a daily schedule of complimentary activities such as yoga and aqua gym and a wonderful spa.

(Joao Zuquete Da Silva, August 2017)

We're back and wish we were still there :blush:.
It was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.
I'll give you more details later, but you must know this: I surfed almost everyday. Somedays were bad (wind). Other were Epic.
It's astonishing how the swell behaves in Niyama (consistently overhead, somedays, like the day of the video I'm attaching, with 1,5 overhead set waves - so roughly 2 meters). I'm regular when surfing and the left was my playground (not because it was the resident wave but because it was SO good).

Keep in touch and thanks for everything, you were right, it was amazing.

(Thomas Sheerer , August 2017)

I truly had an amazing week. The resort really lives up to the highest standards. Besides the obvious luxury, they treat you very personal and the their surf program is by far the best,  I've experienced in the Maldives. I loved every single Restaurant they had on the Island.
Thank you so much for getting me there!

Andrew (August 2013)

Wow!!! This was truly amazing! I have never wrote a review before, but Niyama deserves it! We went to Niyama on our honeymoon and it was the best decision we made. The GM Nigel greeted us with his staff when we landed and we got taken on a tour around the island. Later that afternoon we were invited to a cocktail party on the roof bar to watch the sunset and Nigel spent time getting to know everyone of his guests. The restaurant just of the island is a must to go to. We went at 5.15pm to have a cocktails and watch the sunset and it was truly amazing.I highly recommend going to Niyama for the best experience of the Maldives! I really can not wait to go back for our anniversary in the future.

Gary (March 2014)

Paradise in every way....From the moment you get into the NIYAMA lounge at the airport.All the staff were very friendly.The Restaurants are great, we had many Romantic dinners on the beach.. There is a underwater water night club sub six, with a fine dinning restaurant in the middle of the Ocean!! it's the place to be!Great place to see Dolphins..They call NIYAMA natures's playground.. This is very true...

Chris (March 2014)

What a truly beautiful resort, an amazing team, and good leadership make the experience so enjoyable.It's by far the only place that I've really relaxed, yet enables you to keep in touch with the excellent wifi facilities.They have certainly found the formula, an exotic setting being backed up by a team that actually enjoy making your stay so enjoyable, from the excellent rooms, the wonderful dining, to the efficient administration, well done Nigel for your dedication in making it all possible.The resort should come with a warning however, once you arrive, you'll definitely won't want to leave!Thank You All