Niyama Private Islands Maldives has been recognised as the No. 7 Top Resort in the Indian Ocean at the 31st annual Readers Choice Awards with its sister property Naladhu Private Island Maldives being named No. 1 Top Resort in the Indian Ocean and No. 3 Top Resort in the World.
Set across two spacious private islands, appropriately named Play and Chill, connected only by a single wooden bridge across the Indian Ocean, Niyama Private Islands is a truly special Maldivian resort in the south-western atoll of Dhaalu.
The twin islands take barefoot luxury to an exotic new level with their distinctive, edgy feel and an extraordinary range of activities which allow the stylish, aspirational traveller to expand on the traditional Maldivian itinerary.
For those wanting to continue their quest for complete solitude, Niyama offers a quintet of overwater pool villas known as The Crescent which fan out over the ocean in stunning isolation.
The epitome of luxury and considered one of the most exclusive villas in the Maldives, The Crescent accommodates 22 people and comes complete with private infinity pools, indoor and outdoor bathrooms, direct access to the crystalline waters of the Indian Ocean as well as private chefs and butlers guaranteed to provide heartfelt personalised service.
There are five two-bedroom over-water Studios which enjoy their own private stretch of beach away from the main resort. The Studios are available for hire individually, or for large families and groups, they can be hired collectively.
Host to the worlds first underwater club, the resort also features Edge, a modern, fine dining paradise accessible only by speedboat. Set out over the lagoon tinged with the hues of sunset, Edge offers wrap-around seating under a billowing white canopy and sits above the Maldives only underwater playground, SubSix.
Across Niyamas two islands, Play and Chill, guests are treated to one-of-a-kind epicurean adventures, from Asian avant-garde cuisine in the treetops to South American barbecue deep in the jungle.
Niyama Private Islands is located in the Dhaalu Atoll, a 40-minute seaplane flight from Velana International Airport.
Condé Nast Traveller which established in 1997, is a magazine that runs several industry-recognised awards, the most important being the Condé Nast Traveller Readers' Awards, which take place every year. Other annual awards include the Readers' Spa Awards, The Gold List (most luxurious hotels) and The Hot List (best new hotels).
The Readers' Choice Awards are the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry. A recording-breaking number of responses were submitted this year, by nearly half a million readers who rated and provided a full snapshot of their travel experiences all around the world.