Luxury Dining at PER AQUUM Niyama – The Maldives

In my last post, I introduced you to the incredible resort of PER AQUUM Niyamayour 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! 

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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.

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Epicure

Breakfast is frequently touted as the most important meal of the day, so where better to start your day than with outdoor dining poolside?

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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!? 

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Breakfast is buffet style serving everything from fresh fruits, juices and pastries to meats, hot dishes and eggs cooked any way you like.

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Oh and lets not forget that all important obligatory glass of breakfast champagne 😉.

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BLU

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.

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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 😊.

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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!  

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DUNE BAR

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.  

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The DELI

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.

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EDGE

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 😉.

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The setting is incredibly romantic and the views, well I think they speak for themselves!  

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SUBSIX

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.

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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!

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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.   

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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 😉.

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NEST

So, can it get any better than SUBSIX? If dining in the tree tops is your thing then yes it can! 

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Welcome to NEST, a wonderful restaurant serving Asian avant-garde cuisine in one of the most surreal settings you could wish for.

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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.

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TRIBAL

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! 

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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.

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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!

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Final Thoughts

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.

Stay 7 nights in a stunning Beach Suite from £2,494 per person.

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20 Comments

  1. April 10, 2017 / 8:26 am

    Oooh Maggie where do I even begin!!! What an amazing collection of unique restaurants!! I love the fact that there one that’s only accessible by boat but dining under water is a real bucket list experience!!

    • April 12, 2017 / 8:00 am

      Thanks Angie!! There really was an incredible selection of restaurants and they were all so different too! The speedboat over to Edge and Subsix was so much fun and they are both such amazing settings too!

  2. Gabrielle
    April 10, 2017 / 11:19 am

    Oh my gosh, is this all of your own photography?! It’s spectacular! The sunset views are killing me, and I can’t get over how dreamy the breakfast setting is (featuring various blue accessories). Wow…

    aglassofice.com
    x

    • April 12, 2017 / 7:58 am

      Thank you Gabrielle – yes my husband and I took all of the photos…I think we took about 4,000 in total – going through them all was quite time consuming but worth it 🙂 The views were amazing and it was such a fun resort with so much to see and do! xx

  3. April 10, 2017 / 3:54 pm

    Perfect food and amazing settings!

    ANOUK

  4. April 10, 2017 / 7:47 pm

    Your pictures are amazing! The Maldives are really a beautiful place and I bet it was romantic too. The underwater party looks awesome and such a great view. xx Simone from Zurich

    • April 12, 2017 / 7:56 am

      Thank you so much Simone!! The whole trip was amazing and you’re right it was very romantic too. I absolutely loved the Glow party – it was so much fun!! xx

  5. April 10, 2017 / 7:52 pm

    The Maldives look stunning. I just wish they weren’t so far away from Dallas, TX! They are on my wish list, though. Love the pictures!

    • April 12, 2017 / 7:55 am

      Thanks Melissa! The Maldives is incredible – we always want was further away 🙂 . French Polynesia is out of this world too – you’ll have the most incredible time when you fly out there soon!

    • April 12, 2017 / 7:50 am

      It was the most amazing resort and I couldn’t recommend it more highly!!

  6. April 11, 2017 / 10:12 am

    Looks absolutely incredible!!!!….and now I’m hungry 😂 Love the underwater restaurant. What a cool experience!!

    xxM

    • April 12, 2017 / 7:50 am

      Haha sorry about the hunger pangs 🙂 – the restaurants really were incredible and the underwater restaurant was amazing!! xx

  7. April 12, 2017 / 5:42 pm

    The Maldives looks dreamy! Every single beach photograph has me ‘ooing and arring’ at the screen haha! Tribal and Nest look so beautiful, love the quirky decor in each. The UV glow paint party sounded like great fun too! I’m so glad you enjoyed The Maldives, it is on my bucket list that’s for sure!

    Laura xo
    http://www.shehearts.net

    • April 15, 2017 / 4:36 pm

      It’s such a dreamy location Laura! We heard a lot of people at Male say the weather had been bad but we were in the Maldives for 10 days and experienced nothing but sunshine and blue skies. The waters and white sandy beach get me every time I look back at my photos! And the GLOW party was sooo much fun!! xx

  8. Suze - Luxury Columnist
    April 12, 2017 / 10:33 pm

    Love the photo of you two on the boat and Subsix and the Edge look like so much fun – especially the glow sticks!

    • April 15, 2017 / 4:30 pm

      Thanks Suze – I’d be lying if I said I didn’t embrace the boat ride 😉 and the sunsets at Edge were fantastic!

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