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Park Hyatt Maldives REVIEW - MASTER THREAD

Park Hyatt Maldives REVIEW - MASTER THREAD

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Best 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)
This is a “Suite Award Ineligible Property" and a free upgrade is unlikely unless you are a Globalist and the resort has low occupancy.

Paid Upgrades For October 2021
Pool Villa: $200++
Deluxe Pool Villa: $400++ (with direct view of beach, just 3 villas)
Water Villa: $500++
Ocean Pool Villa: $700++ (with small 6ft x 6ft plunge pool)
Two Bedroom Pool Villa: $1,000++


These rates fluctuate depending on high/low season.

Globalist Benefits
  • Complimentary upgrade to Park Pool Villa subject to availability.
  • Late checkout at 1600 hrs.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)
Excursion and Diving Costs
January 2022: See https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/33815708-post4161.html
Also see https://www.experienceparkhyattmaldives.com/ under 'Experiences' and 'Diving'

Tip: Pre-book diving activities online before arrival for 10% discount (May not be applicable anymore).
Tip: Boat 2-tank day will have to be on day following Orientation Dive (required by law for all divers. Typically done the first full day at 10am; a short in-water abilities test followed by a tank dive on the house reef.)

Spa Menu and Costs

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

Dining Menu and Costs
Menus (click on specific restaurant, packages under "The Dining Room"): https://www.experienceparkhyattmaldi...t-in-maldives/
Breakfast (current as of Jan. 2022): for those who do not have status/do not have breakfast included in their rate, the options are a la carte items at ~$12-$20 apiece, and juices at ~$6-$8. Or you can order the buffet for $40, which includes two a-la-carte items, the buffet, and drinks.

Transfers and Costs
Domestic flights are operated by Maldivian Air 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 ~55 minutes and the longest flight takes ~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.
Any last minute name changes on domestic flight ticket are subject to a fee levied by the Maldivian Air. All such changes will be charged at the rate of USD 100 net per person.The exact flight timings are released two days before departure, but tend to be around these times:
  • Arrivals (Departure from MLE) : 10:30-11:00, 12:00, 13:40, 17:30hrs and last flight at 23:30
  • Departures (Departure from Kooddoo) : 0545hrs, 0800hrs, 1130hrs, 1530hrs and last departure at 1830hrs
Cost (Jan 2021): USD $520 round-trip/adult, $475/child, $175/infant - 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.

Map of the resort
Best Villas
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), skip lunch, and only pay for dinner
The Saturday free cocktail social (manager's reception) is at 6:30pm
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 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
As at January 2022, the resort's wifi speed is 10-12Mbps.
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 those 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 that has 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.
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Park Hyatt versus other Maldives resorts


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Old May 26, 15, 7:25 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, 9:51 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, 4:31 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, 7:34 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, 7:36 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, 7:39 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, 4:36 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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Old May 28, 15, 6:07 pm
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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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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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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, 6:09 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, 6:26 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, 6:17 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, 8:10 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, 9:10 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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