My 100th Country; The Maldives! Niyama Private Islands Maldives Review

Well, it was 7 years in the making but my 100th country was finally upon me. It was time for my Niyama Private Islands Maldives Review. What started off with a stint in medical research in Belfast to pay for my one-way ticket to Thailand (you know, where you get locked up in a hospital and take experimental drugs for money? Yup, I did that for 32 days) ended with me in quite a different stage in life, in travels and in business.

So the flipflops were still on. But the destination and style were a little different. I was celebrating my 100th country in luxury, real luxury. I was off to the Maldives baby. And not just any hotel in the Maldives but arguably the most luxurious hotel of the lot, Niyama; Nature’s playground. Home to the best beaches in Maldives

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Private Islands Maldives Review

Traveling comes in various shapes and sizes. But when it’s time to celebrate a momentous occasion like this, it’s worth going the extra mile. So with my girlfriend by my side, I boarded the plane in Kuala Lumpur and headed for Male, the Maldivian capital.

And so it began. A gentleman standing at arrivals with an iPad with my name on it set the tone for the next 4 or 5 days. He escorted Jaa and I to the Niyama lounge while we waited for our sea plane. I was starting to pinch myself now, I never knew this level of luxury existed! The lounge was full of complimentary anything. Sushi, smoothies, sandwiches and of course some speedy wifi, which in the middle of the ocean is pretty remarkable.


Niyama Private Islands Maldives Review
Niyama Private Islands Maldives Review

Soon my James Bond moment had arrived. I boarded the seaplane and off we set. Traveling by seaplane in the Maldives is highly recommended, it doesn’t come cheap at $500 per person but in for a penny, in for a pound. And you get a real insight into just how beautiful this part of the world is. Flying over all the various atolls, seeing the most electric blue seas, and expansive coral formations is something I’ll never forget. All of that, and with the excitement that in 40 minutes I’ll be arriving in one of the most luxurious hotels on the planet, complete with an underwater bar.

Niyama Private Islands Maldives Review
Niyama Private Islands Maldives Review

40 mins came and went and we landed the seaplane to be greeted by the GM of the hotel on the cute, wooden jetty. The resort has 2 islands all to itself. It sleeps around 150 people, but has around 350 staff so everything is catered for. A quick buggy tour of the island, then to our water bungalow and I had arrived in heaven.


The islands specialize in privacy though. I was convinced that the resort was almost empty until speaking to the manager on day 3 to find out it was running almost at full occupancy! The design of the entire place leaves you feeling like you have the whole Maldives to yourself. Unreal.

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Niyama Private Islands Maldives Review

Back to the room… Wow wow wow! If you stay in the Maldives, you have to stay in a water bungalow. That was my only rule when planning my trip. Wooden stairs straight into the Indian ocean from your balcony. That’s something special. As is a bathtub overlooking the sea, and the open-air shower, the huge bed with Bose surround sound speakers, unlimited movies on the extractable flatscreen, complimentary iPad, and a private plunge pool. Anyway, it’s tough to do it justice so check out my video walkthrough….