Surf the Maldives in StyleDhaalu Atoll, The Maldives
There are few places where you can surf straight off the beach in the Maldives, and the number where you can enjoy pure luxury when you’re not on those waves is even smaller. The break at Vodi Point, on Niyama’s southwest tip, is a long, mellow lefthander perfect for intermediate surfers or those with more experience who just want to nip in and catch a wave without any hassle. Those committed to staying dry and, instead, wetting their whistle can watch the action from the Surf Shack, where the beers are on ice.
Niyama isn’t only for surfers, though. It’s actually made up of two islands – Play and Chill – with a huge selection of activities and, because you’re on holiday, places to eat. Snorkel with turtles on the reef, get your dive license, fly over the waves on a jet ski, sail way on a dhoni cruise or ease weary muscles in the Drift Spa. And that’s just the start. Throughout the day, feed a hunger at African-inspired restaurant Tribal or take on the teppanyaki at Nest. It wouldn’t be the Maldives without an amazing underwater restaurant and Subsix will fulfil all your Aquaman fantasies as you dine on pan-seared sea bass while watching moray eels emerge from the coral.
As far as accommodation goes, the outdoor showers, plunge pools, lounging areas and contemporary interiors do little to detract from the glittering ocean just a few metres away. If you’re really treating yourself, upgrade to one of the overwater bungalows, each with their own private sun deck and pool.
- The clear, warm ocean just steps away from the villa
- Every little detail is taken care of for you
- Being able to avoid groups of over-excited, holidaying kids by sticking to Chill Island
- Yes, there is a Play Island, but it’s not like you’ll find a late-night scene here
- You’re a long way from anywhere else
Singapore Airlines flies to Malé, the Maldivian capital, from Singapore. From there, it’s a 40-minute private seaplane charter to Niyama.
Beach villas with direct access to the sand and sunrise views (no private pool, sorry) start at about US$600 a night, including free maxibar and butler service.
Surfing can take it out of you but chilling on the beach is easy!
As well as the Vodi shore break, the surf guides can put you and your boards in a speedboat and take you to reef breaks Kasabu and Hocus Pocus, just five and 10 minutes away respectively.