Part X: The Park Hyatt Maldives
With our late arrival on night one, we had about 3 1/2 full days on the island at the Park Hyatt. While we certainly would’ve welcomed more time there, I think that it felt worth the journey to spend that amount of time in paradise.
We were upgraded as Globalists to a Park Pool Villa, which was much appreciated! When reserving, we were going back and forth on whether the overwater villas would be worth it. We decided that the privacy, plus the plunge pool, of the Park Pool Villa would be perfect, and hoped for the free upgrade.
The hotel had champagne waiting for us in the room, as well as two welcome cranberry drinks and some snacks.
Essentially one large room, I felt that the villa was plenty spacious and very well designed. I had read reports that the villas felt “tired,” though I didn’t get that impression.
The pool we used daily, and it was a great place to wash off from the ocean or just relax.
The villa was RIGHT ON the beach, which was just incredible. There’s nothing like this in the US.
Back inside the villa, we loved the bathroom. With sinks separated by the pathway to the outside bathing area, we had his and her sinks which we always appreciate.
The outdoor shower area was awesome and very private. We never used the bath tub, but for those that enjoy baths this seems like a great option.
Nightly turndown came with a little sweet treat and the history behind it.
The island is small, and that’s not a bad thing. While the resort wasn’t empty when we were there, it wasn’t sold out, and never felt cramped or overrun. I’ve been snorkeling and diving around the world, and never have I seen such amazingly healthy reefs. The entire island is surrounded by it, and easily accessible by the two piers. One day, we snorkeled from one pier to the other, which took about 45 minutes. Another day, we saw black-tipped reef shark. Lots of parrot fish. Lots of other fish. So fun!
There are a lot of activities that get you off the island and exploring the world around, but we found them all to be way too overpriced. If they priced these activities a bit lower, I think more folks would book them. Same goes for the spa treatments, though they were offering a 15% discount on them while we were there. The villa also advertised an app that offered activity and dining discounts, but none of them were very good, and required purchasing a separate high-end activity first to activate the deal (think waived boat fees on $1000 scuba excursions).
We were completely content snorkeling, lying on the beach, and watching the ubiquitous crabs dig in the sand. We also took advantage of the gym, and took a back of house tour one day, which was very enlightening.
Dining is also expensive on the island. Luckily, my diamond status saved us lots there- breakfast for two alone after tax and gratuity would be $100 (it included two menu items plus the buffet each day). Plus, the nightly sundowner drink and canapés saved a bit on booze. All in all, we ended up only needing to purchase two meals on the island- an expensive beach buffet that was moved to the island grill last minute (delicious local cuisine, though I wouldn’t do it again the next time around, at $100 per person plus 22% tax/tip), and a room-service dinner. Room service is actually one area that I feel is a deal on the island, since it’s priced the same as the island’s restaurant.
We planned ahead and brought a box of Clif bars. This covered any afternoon cravings.
Food quality was outstanding, however. We loved the filling breakfast each morning, and both meals we tried were delicious. Cocktails were not well made, though, so I would stick to beer and wine next time.
Overall, I feel that the Park Hyatt Maldives is a steal at 25,000 Hyatt points per night. It feels like your own private island. It’s worth the journey. After four days of amazing memory making, it was time to head home, on one of our favorite airlines- Etihad!