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Around the World in 9 Days: The Park Hyatt Maldives

Part X: The Park Hyatt Maldives

PHX-LAX on Southwest Airlines

Two Nights at the Hyatt Regency Los Angeles Airport

Star Alliance Business Class Lounge LAX

Singapore Airlines LAX-ICN

Grand Hyatt Incheon

Singapore Airlines ICN-SIN

Singapore Stopover

Singapore Airlines SIN-MLE

Transfer in Malé to the Park Hyatt Maldives

Park Hyatt Maldives

Transfer Back to Malé

Etihad Airlines MLE-AUH

Hyatt Capital Gate, Abu Dhabi

Etihad Airlines AUH-LAX


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.

The Room

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 Resort

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

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.

Island Grill:

Room Service:

Sundowners:

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!

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Around the World in 9 Days: Transfer to the Park Hyatt Maldives

Part IX: Transfer to the Park Hyatt Maldives

PHX-LAX on Southwest Airlines

Two Nights at the Hyatt Regency Los Angeles Airport

Singapore Airlines LAX-ICN

Grand Hyatt Incheon

Singapore Airlines ICN-SIN

Singapore Stopover

Singapore Airlines SIN-MLE

Transfer in Malé to the Park Hyatt Maldives

Park Hyatt Maldives

Transfer Back to Malé

Etihad Airlines MLE-AUH

Hyatt Capital Gate, Abu Dhabi

Etihad Airlines AUH-LAX

We had finally arrived in the country of the Maldives, which was Country 72 for me, if we’re going off of the Travelers Century Club list. Woo!

We cleared customs pretty quickly, no real delays, and certainly faster than US customs. Right outside of security, we found our first Park Hyatt representative, who was waiting for us and another couple. They arrived about 5 minutes after us, and we were escorted to the domestic terminal, just a quick walk down a covered walkway.

Inside, we handed our new friend our passports and luggage. He’d be handling check-in for us, which was a great perk after a long travel day. He walked us into the Moonimaa Lounge, which was empty except for the four of us. FWIW, this is a Priority Pass lounge, and it is dry, as expected in the Muslim country. There was a modest food spread and some sodas and water that I picked at.

After about 30 minutes, we were told boarding had begun for our Maldivian Airlines flight to Kooddoo. We lucked out and got a direct flight on the outbound.

Love the dolphin on the tail! On board, our phones died, but we got a wet toilette and a juice as in-flight service. Once we arrived in Kooddoo, we walked into the “terminal” which was basically a room, to wait for our bags. Another Park Hyatt representative found us, and once our bags arrived, they were whisked away in a separate golf cart. We were loaded into one, too, and made our way to the speedboat dock.

We were loaded in, and took a seat towards the back of the boat. Seats were very comfortable, couch-like, and we were given life preservers to wear during the journey.

An iced tea and a snack jar were passed out as well, with the ubiquitous cool towels.

Decently smooth ride got us to the resort in about 35 minutes, and we were met by our host for the four nights, Ameez, right on the dock, ready to check us into our villa! It was about 2:30 in the morning island-time, after getting up at about 6 AM Incheon time. We were ready for bed.

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Around the World in 9 Days: SIN-MLE in Singapore Airlines Business on an A330-300

Part VIII: SIN-MLE in Singapore Airlines Business on an A330-300

PHX-LAX on Southwest Airlines

Two Nights at the Hyatt Regency Los Angeles Airport

Star Alliance Business Class Lounge LAX

Singapore Airlines LAX-ICN

Grand Hyatt Incheon

Singapore Airlines ICN-SIN

Singapore Stopover

Singapore Airlines SIN-MLE

Transfer in Malé to the Park Hyatt Maldives

Park Hyatt Maldives

Transfer Back to Malé

Etihad Airlines MLE-AUH

Hyatt Capital Gate, Abu Dhabi

Etihad Airlines AUH-LAX

After the lounge, we made our way to the gate. Singapore does security at the gate area, so that only took a minute, and we had about 10 minutes to kill in the waiting room. Then, they called business class to board.

No seat photos on this leg, as it’s the exact same setup as the previous flight, though we were able to snag bulkheads on this leg. This made the seat way more comfortable for sleeping, which is what I did for the majority of this flight! The day was wearing on me, so I only had one glass of champagne upon boarding, drinking water the rest of the flight.

The Menu


Crabmeat Salad. I’m not a big crab fan, so I just picked at this. I’m sure it was delicious.

I Booked the Cook again on this leg, getting another steak, because, why not? I thought the sauce on this one was delicious. Steak was decent as well.

This ice cream was SCRUMPTIOUS. Perfectly soft.

Then, I passed out, waking up just before landing in the Maldives!