Nature’s Playground expands with opening of second islandNIYAMA, the Per AQUUM Resort located in the South Western Atoll of Dhaalu in the Maldives, announces the opening of its second island ‘Play’. With 48 new suites and pavilions, bringing the total number of keys up to 134, Play offers fresh, groundbreaking concepts including Nest, the treetop dining experience, BLU, the laid-back beachfront restaurant and new facilities for every generation, including a children’s club. Play is connected to NIYAMA’s original island, ‘Chill’, by a bridge with the two just a few metres apart.
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.”
Miami meets the Mediterranean at BLU on Play, which offers relaxed family-style beachfront dining from day through to night. The large infinity pool with its dedicated children’s swimming area offers fun for the whole family and the poolside ice cream parlour is packed with homemade treats including smoothies, sherbert and crêpes. A ‘Sunshine Thakuru’ takes care of guests’ every whim and poolside cabanas offer a private haven close to all the action.
Opening soon on Play, Nest is a one-of-a-kind dining concept for the Maldives featuring naturally modern design nestled amongst the Banyan trees in the heart of the jungle. With a diverse menu, Nest offers a range of Asian specialties from Thai to Teppanyaki with fresh, seasonal produce from the Chef’s own island garden. The innovative multi-level treehouse design provides spectacular locations from private pods suspended six metres above the ground to culinary theatrics in domed pavilions burrowed amongst the trees, all linked by wooden walkways adding a sense of adventure to the jungle experience.
Explorers, the new children’s club run by an internationally renowned operator, is located close to the resort’s family friendly accommodation on Play. Operated by fully qualified childcare professionals and local team members with an exceptionally high ratio of carers to children, the club caters to children from 12 months to 12 years. NIYAMA will be the only resort in the Maldives offering a club for children under three years of age with special facilities for younger children including a sleeping room for daytime siestas. Children will be split into four age groups with activities tailor-made to their abilities and interests. Theme days include Jungle Safari, Pirates & Princesses and Circus Fun as well as activities such as sandcastle building, salt dough making and ‘bubble trouble’. Older children can enjoy their own space with activities such as football skills, beach cricket, tennis, snorkelling safaris and Master Chef Classes as well as expeditions to nearby islands. Highlights include water games, a climbing wall and a trampoline. Budding thespians will have the time of their lives treading the boards at the club's own amphitheatre.
New accommodation options at NIYAMA include the One-Bedroom Beach Pool Suites which offer the best of indoor/outdoor living, perfect for families, groups of friends or couples seeking more space. The Beach Pool Suites provide total privacy but also the convenience of direct beach access and ocean views from bed as well as a ‘family-sized’ plunge pool. The new Two-Bedroom Family Beach Pavilion boldly faces the lagoon and offers the ultimate in luxury living and a high level of privacy with the added bonus of an in-villa spa. Guests will enjoy all of NIYAMA’s signature touches including a personal Thakuru - butler service ‘Maldivian-style’ - ‘Deli-In’, a refrigerator brimming with gourmet drinks and treats including complimentary popcorn and ice cream, and an in-room entertainment system with LED TV, Bose 5.1 Surround System and a wide range of international and foreign language movies. Children and teenagers will receive a special welcome gift and turndown service.
NIYAMA opened in 2012 and is a 45 minute seaplane flight from Male. The new facilities on Play complement the venues on Chill, including LIME Spa with six treatment rooms facing the lagoon and two nestled in lush jungle. Dining options on Chill include Tribal, the innovative African dining experience, fine dining at Edge, which is only accessible by boat, and Subsix, the underwater playground.
Guests can be part of the celebrations with Per AQUUM’s special introductory offer ‘Chill & Play’ which offers a saving of 30% on the best available rate and a whole range of extras designed to make their stay even better including one of the following extras for each full day:
• Babysitting service for three hours
• 60 minute treatment at LIME Spa for two
• Dinner at BLU on Play or Epicure on Chill
• Lunch at the underwater playground, Subsix
• Heaven for game-lovers with a two hour session on the simulator (golf, basketball and ice hockey)
Valid for bookings made until 31 March 2015 for stays between 24 February to 23 December 2015.