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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 30, 12, 8:41 pm
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Maldives

Originally Posted by ksotoodeh View Post
Just posted a video highlighting the pluses of the property....made me want to go back even after all the drama :-)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGD8X...ature=youtu.be
Thanks for sharing your video. We arrive in 2 1/2 weeks from action-packed nyc and are extraordinarily excited about our visit to this calm oasis.This reminds me that even in the worst weather, this place is magnificent.

Unrelated question: Do you have the option to pre-select a specific villa if you have already paid to hold a cash upgrade?

Thanks!
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Old Jan 31, 12, 9:06 am
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Originally Posted by cherbes View Post
Thanks for sharing your video. We arrive in 2 1/2 weeks from action-packed nyc and are extraordinarily excited about our visit to this calm oasis.This reminds me that even in the worst weather, this place is magnificent.

Unrelated question: Do you have the option to pre-select a specific villa if you have already paid to hold a cash upgrade?

Thanks!
Might have some overlap, we arrive in 2 weeks.
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Old Jan 31, 12, 2:14 pm
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Originally Posted by cherbes View Post
Unrelated question: Do you have the option to pre-select a specific villa if you have already paid to hold a cash upgrade?

Thanks!
You should definitely email them and ask if it's possible to arrange a specific villa (assuming availability I'd be surprised if it was a problem - we found staff completely accommodating). I doubt many people have specific room requests - other than, perhaps, the end water Villa (#51 I believe) for the extra privacy

You should have received an email from the Reservations team at the hotel - if not PM me and i'll send you the contact info

Such a beautiful resort!
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Old Feb 3, 12, 8:08 pm
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arrival videos

here 3 videos I just uploaded with some details of the arrival process to PH Maldives..

if you have a good internet connection I recommend to view in HD, specially the last one..

MLE-KDM flight

speedboat kaadedhdhoo to PH Maldives

Arrival in PH Maldives and Tour to the Water Villa
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Old Feb 3, 12, 8:21 pm
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Originally Posted by wpj View Post
here 3 videos I just uploaded with some details of the arrival process to PH Maldives..

if you have a good internet connection I recommend to view in HD, specially the last one..

MLE-KDM flight

speedboat kaadedhdhoo to PH Maldives

Arrival in PH Maldives and Tour to the Water Villa
Very nice. Thanks.
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Old Feb 6, 12, 6:40 am
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another 2 vids from PH maldives

night time-lapse water villa

sunset from water villa time-lapse

Originally Posted by wpj View Post
here 3 videos I just uploaded with some details of the arrival process to PH Maldives..

if you have a good internet connection I recommend to view in HD, specially the last one..

MLE-KDM flight

speedboat kaadedhdhoo to PH Maldives

Arrival in PH Maldives and Tour to the Water Villa
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Old Feb 7, 12, 11:06 am
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This should add a little excitment to our stay.
http://www.cnn.com/2012/02/07/world/...html?hpt=wo_c2
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Old Feb 8, 12, 10:17 am
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How many of us we be there at this time?

Both myself and listener will be at the Hyatt for valentines day and that week.
Wonderful look forward to sharing drink if your there.
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Old Feb 9, 12, 9:40 am
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Can anyone supply me with the GM's direct email? I emailed reservations but have not heard back. PM is fine if do not want to share publicly. Thanks.

Also, anyone know what months are best to visit MLE?
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Old Feb 9, 12, 11:57 am
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Originally Posted by thexfactor View Post
...Also, anyone know what months are best to visit MLE?
In terms of average rainfall Jan-March are usually best, however you are not guaranteed of this: http://www.maldivesonlineguide.com/t...imate-weather/
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Old Feb 9, 12, 1:25 pm
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Currently the best months are probably the ones without any riots or coups....
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Old Feb 9, 12, 3:16 pm
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Maldivian Coup?

Any word on the impact of the coup currently underway on hotels in the area, particularly the Park Hyatt?
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Old Feb 9, 12, 4:50 pm
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Originally Posted by wpj View Post
here 3 videos I just uploaded with some details of the arrival process to PH Maldives..

if you have a good internet connection I recommend to view in HD, specially the last one..

MLE-KDM flight

speedboat kaadedhdhoo to PH Maldives

Arrival in PH Maldives and Tour to the Water Villa
Beautiful ^
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Old Feb 9, 12, 6:43 pm
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Originally Posted by texmanufan View Post
In terms of average rainfall Jan-March are usually best, however you are not guaranteed of this: http://www.maldivesonlineguide.com/t...imate-weather/
Many thanks.

No one here has the direct email to Mr. Lang? Planning on jaunting on over in May (provided, of course, that it hasn't been run over by rioters).
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Old Feb 9, 12, 8:52 pm
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Originally Posted by thexfactor View Post
Many thanks.

No one here has the direct email to Mr. Lang?
Hyatt uses [email protected]
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