In my last post, I introduced you to the incredible resort of PER AQUUM Niyama, your gateway to paradise in The Maldives! In this post, I want to enlighten you on one of my favourite past times of eating and drinking, because a holiday wouldn’t be a holiday without a plentiful selection of both!
At PER AQUUM Niyama, your taste buds are well and truly catered to. Every type of cuisine imaginable is on offer through a wonderfully eclectic array of casual and luxury dining options. Here’s what an average day of wining and dining at one of the best hotels in the Maldives looks like.
Breakfast is frequently touted as the most important meal of the day, so where better to start your day than with outdoor dining poolside?
EPICURE is the only name you need to remember, unless you choose to stay indoors and order room service for breakfast – but why would you do that when you can have views like this!?
Breakfast is buffet style serving everything from fresh fruits, juices and pastries to meats, hot dishes and eggs cooked any way you like.
Oh and lets not forget that all important obligatory glass of breakfast champagne 😉.
BLU is a fabulous Mediterranean restaurant located on ‘Chill’ island, overlooking the Indian Ocean. The chefs serve up a range of healthy dishes, perfect if you’ve overindulged a little at breakfast and are looking for a healthy light bite.
As the name would suggest, the interiors are themed around the colour blue. I did actually feel like I was on the Greek island of Mykonos for a second before those turquoise seas reminded me I wasn’t 😊.
Lunch was enjoyed here everyday and not only was the food incredibly healthy and delicious, but the vibe was also just right. When a restaurant succeeds in enticing you to stay far longer than you need to, you know you’re onto a winner!
The perfect spot for a refreshing afternoon drink is Dune Bar. With cocktails of the day ready to be conjured up infront of your very eyes and a hefty supply of champagne bottles, DUNE are ready to get your beachside party started come day or night.
If the mid-afternoon hunger pangs are starting to kick-in then the DELI is the perfect place to grab a sweet treat or a sandwich. I had a particular craving for their home-made ice-creams which were just delicious.
Sunset was my favourite time of the day as Mr O’T and I would head over to EDGE, the resort’s sunset bar (and restaurant) which is situated half-a-kilometre out into the ocean. Accessible by speedboat only, this was a terrible inconvenience 😉.
The setting is incredibly romantic and the views, well I think they speak for themselves!
Next door to EDGE is SUBSIX, your go-to underwater playground for Champagne breakfasts, sub-aquatic lunches, weekly glow parties, wine tastings and destination dining.
As our visit fell over a weekend, we were in the right place at the right time to attend one of PER AQUUM Niyama’s evening underwater GLOW parties and my goodness what fun this was!
I took our photos at the start of the night before the party really got started but I must say, I really was impressed. The music was quite literally pumping with current hits and the staff really got involved to make it a night to remember.
I did regress back to my youth a little, much to raised eyebrows from Mr O’T but I really had so much fun! I love unique luxury experiences and this is as unique as they come. Lucky for you I’ve saved you from watching the video of my dancing 😉.
So, can it get any better than SUBSIX? If dining in the tree tops is your thing then yes it can!
Welcome to NEST, a wonderful restaurant serving Asian avant-garde cuisine in one of the most surreal settings you could wish for.
I imagine this to be an incredibly romantic setting to dine as the sun is setting but as we had a minor obsession with EDGE, we didn’t arrive at NEST until it was already dark. Serving modern teppanyaki, Thai, Chinese and Indonesian cuisine, guests are really rather spoilt for choice when deciding what to eat. I have a weakness for soft shell crab so I couldn’t resist this as a starter but the curries are also excellent too.
TRIBAL was another favourite – in fact, one of the #firstworldproblems with the resort, is that there are just too many incredible restaurants to choose from!
Now I haven’t visited real Africa yet but for one wonderful evening, I was transported into a magnificent world of roaring fires and delicious african tribal cuisine. They even stocked one of my favourite South African wines – The Chocolate Block.
The service was the best I encountered of all the restaurants and it was a joy to get to know our servers (who were all African) and hear them talk about home. If you’re staying at PER AQUUM Niyama in the future and are restricted in terms of days, then make sure you give TRIBAL a visit!
I’m sure you won’t be surprised to hear that PER AQUUM Niyama has won a host of restaurant awards. At the 2016 World Luxury Restaurant Awards, the resort was the country winner for The Maldives in the Luxury Hotel Restaurant category and rightly deserved! My stay at PER AQUUM Niyama was nothing short of fabulous – if you’re looking for modern luxury with a twist and a wonderful selection of activities and dining options to choose from then PER AQUUM Niyama is the one beat!
Are you enticed by PER AQUUM Niyama or have you experienced another PER AQUUM resort?
Maggie O xox
Please note: This post is part of a content collaboration with The Turquoise Holiday Company however all views are my own. To book your own fabulous holiday to PER AQUUM Niyama, speak to the travel connoisseurs at www.turquoiseholidays.co.uk/maldives/niyama.