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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
25,000 Hyatt points per night (cat 6) and or
2 free nights stays from chase Hyatt CC sign up bonus (get an additional 2 nights by having your significant other sign up for the chase Hyatt card as well)

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 Maldivian flights from Male to Koodhoo, the new airport which is nearer to the resort than Kaadedhdhoo which they used to use, but still about 45 minutes in a boat. Flight schedule is similar but not identical to that posted on the website - sometimes additional random flights pop up one/two days before travel. You'll be met at Male by a hotel rep, taken around to the domestic terminal (200 yd walk) and deposited in the lounge there (shower available), while he checks you/luggage in. Plane is Dash-8, flight about 40 minutes (may have a connection at Kadhdhoo). Same in return. Timings are totally flexible to fit with Maldivian/int'l schedule, we left the resort at 5am
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 (November 2017) - paid before you arrive via cc authorization form

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


Diamond Benefits
  • 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, crereals etc.
  • Sundowner- 1 free cocktail (from a limited cocktail menu) & canapes, daily between 5pm and 7pm (August 2016)
  • Manager's cocktail reception one day a week (Sat.) starting at 6:30 with free drinks and canapes. This is in place of comp diamond sundowners.
  • 15% off cocktails and wine (by the glass only) after 7PM. 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 May 26, 15, 8:25 pm
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Originally Posted by m0hamed View Post
I'm surprised how many FTers haven't flown a Dash-8 before. They are a large part of the QF fleet for regional towns and cities under the QantasLink brand.
And widely used in North America for regional flights (e.g. US Airways Express).
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Old May 27, 15, 10:51 am
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Originally Posted by MikeFromTokyo View Post
And widely used in North America for regional flights (e.g. US Airways Express).
Horizon (regional carrier for Alaska Airlines) use them as well. They are essentially a booze cruise because Horizon serves free local beer and wine on all flights.
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Old May 27, 15, 5:31 pm
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Originally Posted by skunker View Post
Horizon (regional carrier for Alaska Airlines) use them as well. They are essentially a booze cruise because Horizon serves free local beer and wine on all flights.
QantasLink does the same, whereas Qantas does not except for after 4PM only on weekdays.
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Old May 28, 15, 8:34 am
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Hello Guys, I am currently booked for 6 nights at this hotel. I booked with points. However I was thinking about changing to P+C if its possible to use DSU (diamod suite upgrade) on the reservation.

Have anybody used DSU on this hotel? What room do you get?

Other than that. is there another benefit of being Diamond other than the free cocktails?

I have no status with Hyatt now, but I have many stays left this years that I can switch to Hyatt and become diamond.

Thanks in advance.
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Old May 28, 15, 8:36 am
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Just got back. So incredible!!!! I'm still on such a high from this place.

Diving was awesome. We saw leopard shark, reef sharks, turtles, cuttlefish, parrot fish, crabs, and so much more
Also, try the night snorkeling! It's 80$ a person but worth it because the have good eyes and pointed out a lot of stuff we wouldn't have seen. We saw the coolest 3 huge cuttlefish dancing with the light in the night snorkel. Night snorkeling on house reef better than night diving, because a lot of the cool stuff happening on surface. We couldn't dive in the channel b/c of the current - unforunately. But we still had some amazing dives. Visibility was mediocre at about 25 meters, apparently during the dry season it can be as far as the eye can see. House reef is really cool for snorkeling - we even had a dolphin appearance!
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Old May 28, 15, 8:39 am
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oh and BTW we flew Turkish Airlines Biz for 70k RT from Tel Aviv, which IMHO is a steal. We used 2x 2 free night certs and paid the hefty price for the over water bungalow but *IT WAS SO WORTH IT*. We were upgraded to the magical villa 51 due to wifi issues after a storm. On the last day with late checkout we couldn't stay in our over water villa so they moved us to a pool villa from noon until we left at 6PM. We got to experiecne teh pool villa for a bit which was cool to see - and honestly it was very nice, but there is just no comparing.....
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Old May 28, 15, 5:36 pm
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Originally Posted by lotrbfme View Post
Hello Guys, I am currently booked for 6 nights at this hotel. I booked with points. However I was thinking about changing to P+C if its possible to use DSU (diamod suite upgrade) on the reservation.

Have anybody used DSU on this hotel? What room do you get?

Other than that. is there another benefit of being Diamond other than the free cocktails?

I have no status with Hyatt now, but I have many stays left this years that I can switch to Hyatt and become diamond.

Thanks in advance.
Answered many times. No, the hotel does not accept DSUs. Breakfast is a Diamond benefit and the GM's cocktail reception.
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Originally Posted by m0hamed View Post
Answered many times. No, the hotel does not accept DSUs. Breakfast is a Diamond benefit and the GM's cocktail reception.
Thanks!!
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Old Jun 1, 15, 6:54 pm
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Does anyone know if they still do transfers from KDM airport? I am arriving at 07:40 via QR and it seems the closest domestic flight is from MLE to KDM rather then wait another few hours for the 11:00 MLE-GKK.
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Old Jun 1, 15, 7:03 pm
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Originally Posted by tbonephile View Post
Does anyone know if they still do transfers from KDM airport? I am arriving at 07:40 via QR and it seems the closest domestic flight is from MLE to KDM rather then wait another few hours for the 11:00 MLE-GKK.
Check with them but I doubt it .... a lot more time and boat fuel to send a crew to KDM and back
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Old Jun 1, 15, 7:09 pm
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Check with them but I doubt it .... a lot more time and boat fuel to send a crew to KDM and back
Thanks, I guess I'll have three hours in the domestic lounge...
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Old Jun 1, 15, 7:26 pm
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Does anyone know if they still do transfers from KDM airport? I am arriving at 07:40 via QR and it seems the closest domestic flight is from MLE to KDM rather then wait another few hours for the 11:00 MLE-GKK.
You can't judge Q2 by their published schedule. As mentioned, domestic flights are only confirmed the day before.
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Old Jun 3, 15, 7:17 am
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You are so lucky! Good for you! We saw sharks but no turtle, and we got 3 consecutive bad weather night that we didn't have a chance to do night snorkeling.


Originally Posted by TelAvivLife View Post
Just got back. So incredible!!!! I'm still on such a high from this place.

Diving was awesome. We saw leopard shark, reef sharks, turtles, cuttlefish, parrot fish, crabs, and so much more
Also, try the night snorkeling! It's 80$ a person but worth it because the have good eyes and pointed out a lot of stuff we wouldn't have seen. We saw the coolest 3 huge cuttlefish dancing with the light in the night snorkel. Night snorkeling on house reef better than night diving, because a lot of the cool stuff happening on surface. We couldn't dive in the channel b/c of the current - unforunately. But we still had some amazing dives. Visibility was mediocre at about 25 meters, apparently during the dry season it can be as far as the eye can see. House reef is really cool for snorkeling - we even had a dolphin appearance!
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Old Jun 16, 15, 9:10 am
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Added an additional day to my booking (Dec. 26, instead of arriving the 27th). Originally booked back in January. Now when I go to book, I got a link to this page at the time of booking. It states that it is mandatory (although it does not say mandatory on the page I'm linking to.

NEW YEAR’S EVE 31 DECEMBER 2015

Ring in the New Year at the Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa with an extensive international buffet featuring European classics, Asian delicacies, local favorites, and other irresistible offerings.

Start your journey with a champagne reception at Hadahaa beach while enjoying the views of the setting sun. All guests will then be escorted to their pre-reserved tables. Your culinary experience will begin at the Dhoni, an architectural masterpiece and heart of the island, featuring interactive displays and a live salad station, Arabic mezze, antipasti, international cheeses and a seafood counter with home cured reef fish & Japanese sushi. Your journey will continue to the pool side Dining Room where our chefs will carve BBQ beef rib, baked tuna in Brioche and prepare international kebabs and seafood a-la-minute on our island BBQ. Signature dishes from the Maldives and China will also be on offer. Ease your way to our beach front bar where a lavish display of desserts including Black Forest cake and sour cherrie clafoutis and a live counter of eclairs and profiteroles, to name a few, will complete your journey. The celebration continues until late on Hadahaa beach with a wide selection of beverages available while you immerse yourself in the tunes of our live DJ.

*Entertainment: We will have a musician (Saxophone/Guitar/Indigenous) during dinner and DJ on the beach afterwards

USD 570 net per adult and USD 285 net per child Including champagne reception, international food buffet, house wine and beer.
$570 is absolutely insane, especially for what it sounds like they are offering. As a non-drinker, I will be canceling my stay if this is truly mandatory. $1300 + tax for 2 people for a glorified buffet is a holiday tax, and they should call it as such if that's what they want to do.

I've emailed the hotel and will provide an update when available about if it is truly mandatory or not. From reading this thread, it appears that least year they changed the policy for it to be optional. However, on the booking page it clearly says "mandatory New Years gala."
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Old Jun 16, 15, 10:10 am
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I believe this has been discussed before. Yes it's expensive, but this is what you're looking at when you're booking the Maldives during this time of the year. Spending the 31st on a remote island is a trophy thing and resorts drives their revenue this way. They will ultimately overdeliver and offer more than stated in the text and there have been reports that it is not mandatory in reality, as people have found ways around it by contacting management.
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