Women rule at Niyama Private Islands Maldives

In recognition of International Women’s Day on 8 March, the team at Niyama Private Islands Maldives is celebrating their women in power. From guest services to media relations to everyday behind-the-scenes action, Nature’s Playground is brought to life by our female colleagues from all over the world.

Chef Niki, Teppanyaki Chef

Niyama Private Islands Maldives is particularly known for its dining experiences in surreal settings. And two of its three signature restaurants are headed by female chefs. Head to the treetops to sample contemporary Asian cuisine presented by Chef Wiparat Pratumma. From her native Thai cuisine with an Indian Ocean twist, to bold Chinese, Indonesian and Vietnamese flavours, Chef Wiparat, or Chef Gai as she is known to guests, has designed a menu with a mix of traditional and modern Asian flavours.

Nest also boasts of a teppanyaki table, helmed by another rising stars, Chef Narissara ‘Niki’ Tansomboon. Chopping, sizzling, handling bursts of flame with finesse, Chef Niki illustrates Minor Hotels’ emphasis on female career development: recruited as a junior chef at Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle, Chef Niki quickly worked her way up the career ladder, as well as across the Indian Ocean.

Chef Gai, Nest Sous Chef

Chef Naomi Wamaitha Kimani takes on a different sort of fire, this time deep in the jungle at Niyama’s Tribal — the only Afro Latin restaurant in the Maldives. Serving up rare flavours from Central, South America and Africa, Chef Naomi handles every detail from the menu to execution. Sample must-try signature dishes from her native Kenya – flame-Warm Ostrich Bobotie, garlic reduction and peppadew puree, or line-caught seabass simmered in tamarind and coconut sauce.

The women in leadership at the resort are multi-talented, multi-lingual, and drawn from all over the world, from the South African Front Office Manager to the Indian Resort Manager, Thai Spa Manager, Seychellois HR Training Manager, Russian Head of Water Sports and many, many more. Each brings a unique skillset, passion and vision, making the Niyama team the success it is – the resort is consistently rated as one of the best in the world, taking last year’s #4 spot in the Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards.

Niyama offers more than a luxury retreat in the Maldives. Going beyond conventional concepts of lavish accommodation, sumptuous cuisines, and lavish services, Niyama presents every visitor with myriad opportunities to create their own exceptional island experience.

With twin islands Play and Chill, Niyama offers you the true luxury of choice, with everything expected from an island resort and so much more.

Chill is true to its name. You can discover new depths of relaxation at the Drift Spa, or take in a movie under the stars at the outdoor cinema. Just off the coast, enjoy a fine dining experience at Edge accessible only by speedboat, while Subsix invites you the world’s finest underwater seafood restaurant and night club.

Play provides delightful diversions for those looking for more active pursuits. On the water, you can kayak around the islands or discover why Niyama is amongst the hottest surfing destinations. Bicyclists can explore the island at their own pace, perhaps lured by the aromas from the chef’s spice gardens.

Cover photo: Chef Naomi, Tribal Sous Chef.

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