16. Niyama Private Islands Maldives, the Maldives
We love Niyama’s understated overwater bungalows, each with a partial open-air shower, private pool, and deck with stairs leading directly into the lagoon below. But what we love even more is that there’s so much to do on both land and water around these twin islands, including world-class surfing, kneeboarding, windsurfing, kites-urfing, jet-skiing, cycling, and yoga. Niyama has tapped into the family market, too, dedicating a significant swathe of the island to fun in the sun for little ones. No wonder the resort consistently ranks near the top in our annual Readers’ Choice Awards.