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

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

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 Nest restaurant also boasts of a teppanyaki table, helmed by another of the resorts 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.

The women in leadership at Niyama 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 more. Each brings a unique skill set, passion and vision, making the Niyama team the success it is.