Niyama private islands Maldives brings surfing to the shore

Anantara’s sister property in the Maldives, NIYAMA Private Islands is taking luxury surfing to the next tubular level

Most of the surf spots in the Maldives remain an undiscovered secret, or those in the know keep it so, but at NIYAMA Private Islands Maldives the secret is right in front of you at the only luxury resort sporting surf-able waves that break directly onto the island.

Off the beaten track with uncrowded waves and high-quality breaks, NIYAMA Private Islands introduces a series of surf options and tailored services that invite professional and novice surfers alike to revel in their own version of luxury by enjoying adrenaline-charged activities right on their doorstep.  Here the waves are relatively mellow and playful, but challenging at times and suitable for intermediate to advanced surfers, with some spots perfect for beginner coaching.  Surfers can expect a consistent set of around five average surf-able waves rolling out every five minutes, and no crowds.

Aptly known as Nature’s Playground, NIYAMA Private Islands offers adjoining twin islands, Chill and Play. Just off the edge of Play Island’s Surf Corner is Vodi surf point – a classic, powerful left-hand ride that breaks onto the shore.  Off to the West and just five minutes away by speedboat is Kasabu surf point at Kudahuvadhoo Corner – a superb right-hander with barrelling sections. Head East for ten minutes to Hocus Pocus at Maeenboodhoo Corner for another barrelling right-hander.

134 studios, suites, and pavilions dot both islands or extend out over the azure lagoon.  Right on the beach at Surf Corner, surfers can chill out in customised Surf Beach Studios, Surf Beach Studios with a pool, or a Surf Family Beach Suite with a pool, ranging from 135 to 255 square metres.  The studios and suites are fitted with a surfboard rack and stocked with surf amenities and necessities, including bicycles with a surfboard rack and dedicated television channels displaying up-to-the-minute surf reports and a live feed of the nearby Vodi surf point.  Each room is equipped with a king bed and Deli-In with full-size refrigerator overflowing with gourmet treats, as well as Thakuru (butler) service.

As the sun sets over the ocean swells, head off to the Surf Shack at Vodi surf point with the dudes to recall the day’s kick outs, bottom turns and barrels.  Here surfers can drink classic Rum cocktails from the Caribbean Islands and Jamaican comfort food to the laidback island rhythms of reggae music.

FLOAT, NIYAMA Private Islands’ water sports operator, offers an array of tailormade surf programmes and services developed in association with, one of the world’s leading luxury surf tour operators, to suit every surfer.  From beginner coaching courses to various surf pass options that offer on-demand boat transfers to surf points located away from the resort, the professional Surf Dude is on hand to coax first timers or use video analysis to help intermediate surfers get to the next level.

Always daring to be different, NIYAMA Private Islands offers the ultimate luxury surf experience – a private seaplane at surfers’ disposal to discover and surf secret spots.  The seaplane allows surfers to jump in directly behind the waves anywhere on the ocean, and swim back to the plane for the scenic short journey back to the resort.

For more information about the lessons or on how to sign up, please contact: [email protected]


Niyama Private Islands Maldives

Niyama Private Islands Maldives located in dhaalu atoll is a true definition of beauty. Spotted in one of the pearl like chain in the Indian ocean. large beaches, lush vegetation showing signs of very old trees, and a wide sun-speckled pathway softly canopied by greenery, the island is as relaxing as it is luxurious. Niyama Private Islands Maldives sits an exhilarating 40-minute seaplane journey south of Malé. Our airport representative greets you on your arrival at Malé International Airport, where they will assist you with check-in for your seaplane transfer.

Featuring with 134 villas on both islands are set apart and designed in a way that you get so much privacy. the villas overall give an intimate feeling and will be suitable for romantic getaways too.

Have breakfast served with a side of picturesque views at epicure on chill. Sit outside under the shade of an umbrella, marveling at how the blue of the pool and lagoon go perfectly with the yellow seating. Experience one of the friendliest and warm hospitality you could imagine.

Niyama Unveils New 48 Suites Island

“Play”, the second island of Niyama Maldives by Per Aquum resort in Dhaalu Atoll has opened.

Niyama Map
Niyama Map

The island “Play” which is just a few metres away from Niyama’s original island “Chill” is connected by a bridge and comes with 48 new suites which totals to 134 on both islands. At “Play” guests can experience treetop dining at the Nest or simply enjoy a laid back beachfront restaurant, Blu. The island also features a children’s club.

BLU Pool and Beach, PER AQUUM Niyama
BLU Pool and Beach, PER AQUUM Niyama

Speaking on the occasion, Nicholas Downing, Vice President of Per Aquum, said; “The opening of Play is a significant milestone for Niyama and proves that we are continuing to redefine the Maldives’ experience. We were the first resort to open an underwater music club and we’re still breaking the mould with our new, groundbreaking concepts. Resorts in the Maldives traditionally target one specific segment. With Niyama’s twin islands, Chill and Play, Per Aquum is yet again daring to be different by offering a revolutionary new concept for the Maldives, allowing guests to choose which type of experience they wish to have each day. The traditional honeymoon and couples market has evolved and our guests are now seeking bolder and more adventurous experiences with their families whilst not wanting to compromise on luxury or exceptional levels of service.”

The new 48 suites comprises of one-bedroom Beach Pool Suites which provide total privacy but also the convenience of direct beach access and ocean views from bed as well as a ‘family-sized’ plunge pool and two-bedroom Family Beach Pavilion facing the lagoon and offers a high level of privacy with the added bonus of an in-villa spa.

Aerial, PER AQUUM Niyama

Guests staying at the new suites too can enjoy all of Niyama’s signature touches including the personal Thakuru – butler service in ‘Maldivian-style’, ‘Deli-In’ – a refrigerator brimming with gourmet drinks, treats including complimentary popcorn and ice cream, an in-room entertainment system with LED TV, Bose 5.1 Surround System and also a wide range of international and foreign language movies.

Niyama which opened ”Chill” island in 2012, is a 45-minute seaplane flight from capital city Malé. The new facilities on “Play” complement the venues on Chill, which includes Lime Spa with six treatment rooms facing the lagoon and two nestled in lush jungle. Chill offers dining at Tribal, the innovative African dining experience, fine dining at Edge, which is only accessible by boat, and Subsix – the underwater playground.

Per AQUUM appoints General Managers for Huvafen Fushi and NIYAMA

Per AQUUM resort announced the appointment of Marc Gussing as General Manager of Huvafen Fushi and Dietmar Koegerl as General Manager of NIYAMA.

Marc Gussing, a Swedish national, speaks four languages including English, basic Spanish, Swedish, and French. Before completing his schooling in hotel management in Switzerland and after completion, Marc’s career took him across world to the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Indonesia, Seychelles, Israel, France, Monaco, the United Kingdom, Switzerland and the United States of America.

After having held the role of Director of Operations at Huvafen Fushi in 2005, Marc is famous in Per AQUUM. “To have the opportunity to come back and lead this exceptional property is incredible. Many of the original team members are still here and it really feels like I’ve come home. I’m looking forward to bringing more daringly different concepts to Huvafen Fushi over the next 12 months and building on the strong foundations that are already in place” he commented.

Marc Gussing, PER AQUUM Huvafen FushiMarc Gussing, PER AQUUM Huvafen Fushi
Marc Gussing

“I am delighted to welcome back Marc after working with him ten years ago during the opening years of Huvafen Fushi when we broke the model of the typical Maldivian resort experience. Over the course of his career Marc has held roles ranging from General Management to specialised food and beverage management, estate development and cruise liners. His involvement in all aspects of operational responsibilities gives him a tremendous advantage to evolve Huvafen Fushi for the future. I am confident that his in depth understanding of the unique Per AQUUM DNA will enable him to continue to deliver exceptional service and unique experiences for our guests,” Nick Downing, Vice President of Per AQUUM commented.

Marking its 10th anniversary this year, Huvafen Fushi – is known to be one of the most sought after retreats in the Maldives with its highly individualized service, a truly tropical island experience and futuristic concepts such as the world’s first underwater spa.

Lagoon Bungalow with Pool, PER AQUUM Huvafen Fushi
PER AQUUM Huvafen Fushi

Huvafen Fushi comprises of 44 bungalows and pavilions both overwater and on the beach. This exquisite luxury retreat is 40 minutes by speedboat from Ibrahim Nasir International Airport and provides some of the Maldives finest dining experiences ranging from raw cuisine at RAW to wood-fired pizzas on the beach at Fogliani’s and wine dinners six metres underground in Vinum. Also being the home to the world’s first underwater spa offering its own plunge pool with every room, Huvafen Fushi unquestionably lives up to its reputation – A Waking Dream.

Dietmar Koegerl, a German national, a graduate of Insead University and Cornell University, Dietmar began his career in hospitality in Food & Beverage with Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts, working in Asia in numerous resorts in the Seychelles and the Maldives, Thailand and Sri Lanka. He then came back to the Maldives in 2009 for the post of General Manager at Anantara Kihavah Villas, where he fronted the successful opening and running operation of one of Anantara’s main resorts.

Dietmar Koegerl, PER AQUUM Niyama
Dietmar Koegerl

Being in the Maldives for long period, is known for his drive, originality and zeal in the hospitality industry, Dietmar said “After spending more than 30 years in the Asia Pacific region I can truly say that every aspect of the Maldives astounds me and that every traveller should experience the warmth and beauty at least once in their life. I am very proud to be part of such a visionary team that dares to be different at every turn here at Niyama.”

“Dietmar’s boundless energy, enthusiasm and understanding of guest experience and the destination perfectly complements Per AQUUM’s core brand emphasis in creating bold, imaginative spaces and signature attention to detail. I am excited about Dietmar’s contribution to further enhance our guest experience with a hospitality brand that dares to be different,” Nicholas Downing, Vice President of Per AQUUM, commented.


NIYAMA – the company’s radical, contemporary resort that lives up to its tagline, Nature’s Playground, to the max offering guests more than an intimate Maldivian getaway.

NIYAMA comprises of 86 beach, overwater Studios and Pavilions. Located in the Dhaalu Atoll, a 45 minute seaplane flight from Malé International Airport – NIYAMA was created as an ideal property that stands out not just in the Maldives, but internationally by bringing modern twist balanced by serenity with a sense stimulation and pleasure.

The World’s First Underwater Resort-based Art Exhibition

Per AQUUM Resorts, Retreats & Residences invites travelers to experience its 2014 Dream Calendar Show of Andreas Franke’s Photography, the world’s first underwater resort-based art exhibition.

Plunge into the strange, surreal and mysterious world of award-winning visual artist Andreas Franke and experience his photographic Phantasy Fairytale underwater art exhibition at PER AQUUM Huvafen Fushi and PER AQUUM Niyama in the Maldives. The exhibition can be viewed from now until the end of May 2014 and is part of the Per AQUUM Dream Calendar of events. Each photographic piece has been submerged in the Indian Ocean and can be seen from inside the underwater music club Subsix at NIYAMA and inside the underwater LIME spa at Huvafen Fushi. Guests can also purchase the art and take a piece of the Indian Ocean home with them.

The exhibition magically combines photography, nautical exploration and digital mastery to produce compelling underwater dream worlds where Western fairytale characters are creatively superimposed against the backdrop of the Indian Ocean. Each photographic art piece evokes a feeling of folklore and magic with Snow White, Little Red Riding Hood and Star Money exhibiting at both NIYAMA and Huvafen Fushi, while the Snow Queen features exclusively at NIYAMA and The Last Unicorn features exclusively at Huvafen Fushi.

Submerged in an underwater exhibition, each piece is sealed with Plexiglas in stainless steel frames and blurs the boundaries between reality and fantasy, with saltwater and algae adding the final artistic touches. The size of each piece at NIYAMA is 150 cm x 110 cm with a selling price of US$15,000 each, while at Huvafen Fushi the size of each piece is 110 cm x 73.5 cm with a selling price of US$12,000 each. Same size reprints can also be purchased with prices starting from US$4,800 per piece. A percentage of proceeds from purchases will be donated to Per AQUUM’s Coral Regeneration Program.

Committed to breaking boundaries, this Per AQUUM and Andreas Franke collaboration spins the typical photographic art exhibition on its head giving the world an imaginative interpretation of underwater life.

Sink into the Phantasy Fairytale four night package at Huvafen Fushi and view this exclusive underwater exhibition from inside LIME Spa whilst enjoying a manicure or pedicure. Explore each suspended underwater piece in its true watery environment as the underwater resort space adds yet another layer of intrigue. Come back at night and view them in a different light during SpaQuarium with the marine biologist, then complete your four night stay by adopting a coral. Combine with the Phantasy Fairytale four night package at NIYAMA and receive complimentary combined airport speedboat transfers to Huvafen Fushi.

At NIYAMA, dance the night away as each Phantasy Fairytale character draws you into an enchanting, atmospheric tale of magic, mystery and make-believe. View the exhibition from inside underwater music club Subsix with a bottle of champagne and canapés. Spend a morning with the marine biologist learning about the beautiful ecosystem of the Indian Ocean then put your knowledge to the test with a snorkelling trip to a deserted castaway island nearby.

The four-night Phantasy Fairytale package at Huvafen Fushi starts from USD1157+++ per room per night based on two people sharing a Beach Bungalow with plunge Pool. To book please email reservations(at)huvafenfushi(dot)com call, +960 66 44 222 or visit //

The four night Phantasy Fairytale package at NIYAMA starts from USD883+++ per room per night based on two people sharing a Beach Studio. To book please email reservations(at)niyama(dot)com, call +960 67 62 828 visit //