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Park Hyatt Maldives REVIEW - MASTER THREAD

Park Hyatt Maldives REVIEW - MASTER THREAD

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Best time of the year for weather
http://www.holiday-weather.com/maldives/

High season/low season
High season- December to April

Staying for free
30,000 Hyatt points per night (cat 7)

Diving Costs (US$/per person)
Orientation Dive (one tank)* $80
Boat Fees for Two Tank Dives $50
Guided Dive $ 160 (one tank $80)
Full Set of equipment $ 99 ($33 per tank)
Sub Total: $389
10% Service Charge $38.90
8% GST Tax US$31.12
Total: $459.02
http://milesabound.com/miles-to-the-...u-alifu-atoll/

Tip: Pre-book diving activities online before arrival for 10% discount.
Tip: Boat 2-tank day will have to be on day following Orientation dive.
(* Orientation dive required by law for all divers to take this course. Typically done the first full day at 10am; a short in-water abilities test followed by a tank dive on the house reef.)

Free stuff
Snorkle gear for duration of your stay (masks, snorkel & fins)
Use of kayaks
Back-of-the-house tour
Yoga several days a week


Excursions and costs
http://www.cchang.com/forums/Dive%20...Mar%202014.jpg

There is an iTunes app for the resort that has a wealth of information about everything at the resort.

Dining menu and costs
Menus http://weekendblitz.com/park-hyatt-maldives-menus/


Transfers and costs
Domestic flights are operated by Maldivian Airlines and waiting times may vary from a minimum of 1 hour to a maximum of 4 hours.
The shortest flight from Male Domestic terminal to Kooddoo Domestic Airport is approximately 55 minutes and the longest flight takes approximately 1 hour 45 minutes due to a ‘stop over’ in Kadhdhoo Domestic Airport.
A scenic and short speedboat journey of approximately 30-40 minutes (weather dependent) will follow as the final stretch of the journey to our island.
Below tentative timings retrieved from the recent schedules:
Ř Arrivals (Departure from MLE) : 1100hrs, 1340hrs, 1730hrs and last flight at 2330hrs
Ř Departures (Departure from Kooddoo) : 0545hrs, 0800hrs,1130hrs, 1530hrs and last departure at 1830hrs

Timing: Resort will confirm flights ~24 hours departure as the final domestic flight schedules are not available until the day before.
Cost: $520 round-trip per person (Oct 2019) - paid before you arrive via cc authorization form

Luggage restriction:
Transfer prices include the baggage allowance of 32 kg per passenger (20 kg is the domestic airline allowance and 12 kg will be covered by The Resort as a courtesy service) and hand luggage of 5 kg per passenger. Excess baggage will be charged and is subject to space availability and terms and conditions of the Air Carrier.

Upgrades- free and paid
Free upgrade- unlikely unless you are diamond and the resort had low occupancy

For 2014
+$210 per night for pool ($370 in peak season from 21st Dec to 7th Jan)
+$365 per night for water villa ($580 in peak season from 21st Dec to 7th Jan)

For 2015 (Price for July)
+$235 per night for pool
+$465 per night for water villa
+$701 per night for Sunset water villa

Add 10% Service charge and 8% tax to above prices.

For 2017 (Price for November)
+$210+23.2% tax = $258.72/night for pool
+$310+23.2% tax = $381.92/night for deluxe pool
+$410+23.2% tax = $505.12/night for water villa
+$610+23.2% tax = $751.52/night for sunset water villa
+$1400+23.2% tax = $1724.80/night for 2 br pool villa

For Jan 2020
Park Pool Villas: Upgrade Supplement- USD210 plus taxes of 23.2%, total USD258.72 per night.
Deluxe Park Pool Villas: Upgrade Supplement- USD410 plus taxes of 23.2%, total USD505.12 per night.
Park Water Villa: Upgrade Supplement- USD410 plus taxes of 23.2%, total USD505.12 per night.
Park Sunset Ocean Pool Villa: Upgrade Supplement- USD750 plus taxes of 23.2%, total USD924 per night.
Two Bed Park Pool Villas - USD 1108.8 per villa per night

Diamond/Globalist Benefits
  • Complimentary upgrade to Park Pool Villa subject to availability.
  • Breakfast - Order two main dishes off the menu along with water, juice and coffee. You also have access to the buffet which consists of breads, sweets, cheeses, cold cuts, cereals etc.
  • Sundowner- 1 free cocktail (from a limited cocktail menu) & canapes, daily between 5pm and 7pm (August 2016)
  • Complimentary Management cocktails on Saturdays from 06:30 pm to 07:30 pm
  • 15% off cocktails and wine (by the glass only) after 7PM to midnight, premium spirits excluded. Any outlet.

Map of the resort
http:// http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/20097457-post715.html
https://www.google.com/maps/@0.50595.../data=!3m1!1e3
http://www.mondomaldive.com/maps/Gaafu_alifu.html

Best land villas
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/20345989-post813.html

Best pool villas
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/20345989-post813.html

Best water villas
Generally the higher number the better. #51 is the most private

How to save money during stay
have Late breakfast (breakfast is free for all guests except if you are redeeming points after a change made in December 2013) skip lunch and only pay for dinner
The Saturday free cocktail social (manager's reception) 6:30pm onward

Bring family?
This resort is not orientated for children. No kids club, pool is not suitable for young kids, and you will need to pay the transfers for each child and plenty of PDA.
That said, some families have loved their experience here. http://travelsort.com/blog/park-hyat...hadahaa-review
If you bring children the Hyatt does provide sitting service for $20/hour.
Also note that the resort now charges $250 per child age 3 and up per night (even if the child does not require an extra bed). Only kids 2 and under are free. http://travelsort.com/blog/park-hyat...a-bed-fee-ever

Wifi
Speedtest app on my iPad reports ~1.5 Mbps down, and 0.6 Mbps up.

Tipping
The management views employees as each part of a team, with no one more important to the hotel's success. No one wants to order room service if the groundskeeper or housekeeper has not created an inviting place to enjoy it for instance. So employees share equally the 10% service charge added into everything, including the room charge. Tipping beyond that is not necessary, but at your discretion. Unlike the service charge which is shared with all employees on the entire property, if you choose to add additional gratuity to the bill for a meal or an activity, that money is shared amongst employees of the department responsible for that meal or service (e.g. additional gratuity on a dive center bill will be shared amongst dive center employees, while additional gratuity on a Dining Room bill will be shared amongst the food service employees). Employees are also allowed to keep cash tips that they receive directly. Employees are rewarded with trips and other gifts when their outstanding service is brought to management's attention. A great way to reward a good employee is by letter to management.

See this post which provides more details http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/22508516-post1525.html

Ipad App
There is an Ipad in each room & it contains an app with a lot of useful / interesting information. If you have an Ipad, you can search & download the app for: Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa. It doesn't work on an iPhone due to the page size. Some info may be out of date or missing, so check with the resort.

Reviews
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/20409958-post93.html
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/20409962-post94.html
http://boardingarea.com/blogs/viewfr...ahaa-maldives/
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/20345989-post813.html
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/20194512-post756.html"]http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/20194512-post756.html"]http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/20194512-post756.html
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/19700966-post16.html
http:// http://milesabound.com/miles-to-the-maldives-park-hyatt-maldives-our-villa-and-the-property-facilities/
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/18400856-post354.html
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/18326860-post328.html
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/17994156-post275.html
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/17468055-post209.html
http://www.driven2travel.co.uk/park-...ter-villa.html
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/20437085-post853.html

Park Hyatt versus other Maldives resorts
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/20506309-post892.html
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/20511054-post896.html
http://milesabound.com/destination-g...staying-there/
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Old Jan 17, 15, 3:19 pm
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Originally Posted by aust7 View Post
We're flying IAD - AUH - MLE. Unfortunately, as we're using AA miles on Etihad Air, we're not allowed a stopover longer than 24 hours (or so AA told me).
True but you could split into two separate awards and spend some time in UAE

11 days here if you are not diving is a long time IMHO
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Old Jan 17, 15, 3:24 pm
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Originally Posted by aust7 View Post
We're flying IAD - AUH - MLE. Unfortunately, as we're using AA miles on Etihad Air, we're not allowed a stopover longer than 24 hours (or so AA told me).
Are you flying the same itinerary back?
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Old Jan 17, 15, 3:26 pm
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Do 7 nights at the PH Hadahaa and spend the other 4 in Dubai/Abu Dhabi. If travelling in F/J EY will Chauffer you to anywhere in the UAE.

PH DXB for 3 nights, 1 night at the PH AUH and 7 at the PH Hadahaa is our itinerary. You could book IAD-AUH-x-MLE as a split award then MLE-AUH-IAD as a single award.
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Old Jan 17, 15, 3:28 pm
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Originally Posted by ma91pmh View Post
True but you could split into two separate awards and spend some time in UAE

11 days here if you are not diving is a long time IMHO
My thoughts exactly. If you can swing the miles, turn it into two separate awards.

Another option would be to take a short flight to Sri Lanka and spend a few days there. British Airways flies this route if you have Avios to burn.
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Old Jan 17, 15, 6:36 pm
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Thanks for your thoughts! Yep, we're flying the same itinerary back. I'm going to look into switching my reservation to IAD - AUH (award), AUH - MLE (cash/separate ticket), and MLE - AUH - IAD (award). This will give us time in Abu Dhabi/Dubai.

Wish I had Avios to burn!
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Old Jan 18, 15, 1:18 am
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Originally Posted by aust7 View Post
Hi Everyone - I know this has been discussed, but I'd like to get additional opinions. I will be there with my wife in mid June and I currently have 11 nights booked on points. Is this too long? I'm concerned that we'll get bored. We plan on doing snorkeling and a few other activities, and a lot of relaxing.

If you think this is too long, any suggestions on other destinations while we're out there. We have about two weeks total, so depending on how long we're at the Park Hyatt Maldives, we may have several days to explore other countries. We're from the east coast of the US and I'd like to maximize our time in that part of the world.

Thanks!

11 nights are not really to long, what we did is split them between the PH and the nearby Robinson.
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Old Jan 18, 15, 3:56 am
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Originally Posted by peter42 View Post
11 nights are not really to long, what we did is split them between the PH and the nearby Robinson.
Eleven nights is certainly not too long to stay in the Maldives, but it is probably too long to stay at the PH, which is a smaller resort. If one is an avid diver a long stay could be perfect, but otherwise I worry that it could get boring after a week or so.

If it is an option, combining with another resort close to MLE would work well.
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Old Jan 18, 15, 7:41 am
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Originally Posted by MikeFromTokyo View Post
Eleven nights is certainly not too long to stay in the Maldives, but it is probably too long to stay at the PH, which is a smaller resort. If one is an avid diver a long stay could be perfect, but otherwise I worry that it could get boring after a week or so.

If it is an option, combining with another resort close to MLE would work well.
It won't get boring:-) We did not get bored at Fesdu either, where we stayed eight nights.


We combined it with the Robinson in the same atoll - why go back to Male?
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Old Jan 18, 15, 8:07 am
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No what's weird is that most of the review threads have started to go downhill so fast because people feel they need to post all sort of nonsense instead of actually reviewing a property. Start a separate thread for all the bickering and stick to reviews for those that plan on staying at a property.
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Old Jan 18, 15, 8:09 am
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Originally Posted by peter42 View Post
We combined it with the Robinson in the same atoll - why go back to Male?
The point of pairing a remote resort with one close to MLE is to simplify transfers, of course staying in the same atoll also makes sense.

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Old Jan 18, 15, 10:28 am
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Having stayed here twice, this is my 2 cents.

Our first trip was 7 nights and we felt is was too short, especially given the distance travelled to get there. Our last trip was for 8 nights and we still did not want to leave. We just booked our next stay for 9 nights late this year and hope it will feel sufficient.

As others have said, this is not a large resort so if you need activities to keep you busy, it will ge boring, that is just a fact. I can snorkel everyday here and never feel like I have seen it all. We also enjoy doing the basic Maldivian fishing activity and eating our catch once or twice per trip. That is about all we do for activities besides just sitting on the beach or room balcony and we never get bored. I think the length of stay is extremely subjective so if you can deal with solitude for 11 days go for it, otherwise as others have mentioned, break the trip up.

BTW we are also coming on AA miles and normally choose Cathay so we can stop somewhere in SE Asia. Same amount of miles for First class as it takes to go business through the Middle East. For our next trip, we are going to spend some time in Thailand before continuing to MLE. We would stay longer in MLE but sadly cannot afford another 4-5 days!
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Old Jan 18, 15, 1:32 pm
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Originally Posted by ronbo83 View Post
BTW we are also coming on AA miles and normally choose Cathay so we can stop somewhere in SE Asia. Same amount of miles for First class as it takes to go business through the Middle East. For our next trip, we are going to spend some time in Thailand before continuing to MLE. We would stay longer in MLE but sadly cannot afford another 4-5 days!
We looked at CX, but the flight arrives very late meaning you've lost a day, and the flight back to HKG is 6 hours overnight. Even in J you would get very little sleep.

I much prefer a midday arrival knowing that it will be between four to six hours before you get to the resort.
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Old Jan 18, 15, 1:53 pm
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Originally Posted by dtwdoc View Post
My thoughts exactly. If you can swing the miles, turn it into two separate awards.

Another option would be to take a short flight to Sri Lanka and spend a few days there. British Airways flies this route if you have Avios to burn.
BA won't be flying to Sri Lanka by then (poster goes in June). The last flight to Sri Lanka is March 28. Maldives also goes seasonal too so will only operate in the winter months.
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Old Jan 18, 15, 2:15 pm
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What I would do for a 10 night stay here

I guess, if you don't just think about beach and ocean and that kind of paradise like everyday you're not actually there, then 10 days might be too long.

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Old Jan 18, 15, 2:28 pm
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Originally Posted by MikeFromTokyo View Post
The point of pairing a remote resort with one close to MLE is to simplify transfers, of course staying in the same atoll also makes sense.
Going via MLE costs you a half to full day, going to a neighbour island is just a thirty minute boat ride.
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