By Samantha Coles & Lauren Jade Hill
This story originally appeared in the January/February 2018 issue of Elite Traveler.
Calling them suites doesn’t really do justice to the gigantic accommodations of the Maldives. Surrounded by palm-fringed white-sand beaches and aquamarine seas teeming with exotic marine life, these idyllic atolls are truly paradise found.
NIYAMA PRIVATE ISLANDS
The Crescent is so much more than just a suite; this is a cluster of five villas — all with private pools — positioned above the turquoise water off the island resort’s powdery shores. Connected by a raised wooden walkway, the enclave accommodates up to 14 adults and eight children, with a central two-bedroom pavilion, two one-bedroom pavilions and two deluxe studios. A private deck complete with floating loungers, daybed and dining table acts as the Crescent’s hub. While staying within this secluded pocket of Niyama, a traditional Boduberu dance is performed exclusively for you. A private barbecue complete with movie under the stars and an exclusive dhoni (Maldivian fishing boat) sunset cruise are all part of the experience.
Special amenities dedicated chef, two butlers, foot ritual on arrival, fresh coconuts delivered daily
Size 15,750 sq ft
Number of bedrooms Six
Nightly rate from $15,365
Contact Hafidh Al Busaidy, general manager, firstname.lastname@example.org, +960 676 2828, niyama.com