What makes a perfect beach resort? Is it a place when you can embark on an adventure? Or is it one that allows you to dig your feet into the sand, and do nothing but watch the world go by? At Niyama Private Islands Maldives, it is both. Chill and Play are the names of its two adjoining islands: one focuses on relaxation, while the other offers sporting adventures. The 134 residences range from beach or overwater villas to family and beach pavilions, each with a private pool or a beach view. The resort is also home to one of the Maldives’ largest clubs for children aged from 12 months to 12 years old.
Dining is an imaginative affair, from casual outlets and avant-garde cuisine in a tree-top setting to meals out to sea and champagne breakfasts under the ocean. Drift Spa at Niyama has six rooms with a lagoon view and two sanctuaries with private gardens offering a range of treatments, including oxygen-based facials and bespoke therapies.
Outside, the waves beckon. Secluded spots offer surfing for novices and professionals alike and guests can take advantage of an array of tailor-made surf programmes. A plethora of other water sports, including wind- and kite-surfing, jet- and water-skiing, and parasailing, maintain the adrenaline levels before you head off to try your hand at fishing or to embark on an expedition with a marine biologist. And for the ultimate couple event – you can even have your nuptials at Niyama.