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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:
Ø Arrivals (Departure from MLE) : 1100hrs, 1340hrs, 1730hrs and last flight at 2330hrs
Ø 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 Sep 15, 17, 11:37 pm
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Originally Posted by joecool1885 View Post
If you're asking if your room is subject to those charges when using points, the answer is no. Any and every incidental while staying, including paid room upgrades, food, excursions, etc... are subject to those fees.
Awesome, thanks, that was my question.
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Old Sep 17, 17, 8:37 am
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Going for our honeymoon next April. Asked about upgrades, and got the prices including the new deluxe pool villas. Wanted to share for anyone interested (sorry if reposted, didn't see it but didn't look too hard):


To Park Pool Villa USD210 plus taxes of 23.2%, total USD258.72per night.
To Park Deluxe Pool Villa USD310 plus taxes of 23.2%, total USD381.92 per night.
To Park Water Villa USD410 plus taxes of 23.2%, total USD505.12 per night.
To Park Sunset Water Villa USD610 plus taxes of 23.2%, total USD751.52 per night
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Old Sep 17, 17, 8:42 am
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I'm going to do my first 3 nights OWV and then 4 nights on the standard award.

Anyone know what time I would have to "check out" / leave the OWV on the 4th day? I am hoping it's 2pm with my current status and if I become a globalist than 4pm?
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Old Sep 18, 17, 11:31 am
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My 26-part report on our Dubai/Maldives trip concluded today with the publishing of my direct comparison: Park Hyatt Maldives VS. Conrad Maldives.

Hope you all enjoy. Comments/questions/suggestions welcome.

Ultimately:
Our trip was exactly what I had hoped for: a mix of romantic ambience, enjoyable activities, excellent food and beautiful scenery all around. As you can see from the above, these two resorts are pretty evenly matched, and I wish I could say definitively you should choose one over the other. As far as diving and snorkeling, if you want to see a healthier reef and ecosystem, the Hyatt is the place to be. But if you want to see more fish and marine life, you should check out the Conrad.
I would be more likely to recommend the Hyatt to a couple on their honeymoon who wanted a stress-free romantic getaway and I would push a family or a couple that wanted to try a variety of activities in a tropical paradise towards the Conrad. But at the end of the day I recommend you try them both!

Joe

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Old Sep 18, 17, 4:25 pm
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Originally Posted by joecool1885 View Post
My 26-part report on our Dubai/Maldives trip concluded today with the publishing of my direct comparison: Park Hyatt Maldives VS. Conrad Maldives.
Hope you all enjoy. Comments/questions/suggestions welcome.
Joe
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Old Sep 19, 17, 1:22 am
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I've never dived but have interest in doing it. Is this recommended based on the currents there?

Also can anyone help me make sense of what it would cost? Would it be 80 for orientation PP + 360 open water per couple?

What does the "pool experience" entail?

Orientation Dive Per Person (includes rental of mask, fins, tank, weights and surface marker buoy. OUSD 80.00
Discover Scuba Diving - Pool Experience (per person | 2 hours)USD 150.00
Discover Scuba Diving - Pool Experience (per couple | 2 hours)USD 270.00
Discover Scuba Diving - Open Water Experience (per person | 2 hrs)USD 200.00
Discover Scuba Diving - Open Water Experience (per couple | 2 hrs)USD 360.00
Scuba Diver (per couple | 2 days)USD 1,000.00
Scuba Diver (per person | 2 days)USD 560.00
Open Water Diver (per person | 3-4 days)USD 750.00
Open Water Diver (per couple | 3-4 days)USD 1,350.00
Advanced Open Water Diver (per couple | 5 dives)USD 1,050.00
Advanced Open Water Diver (per person | 5 dives)USD 595.00
House Reef Dive (per person | unguided - includes rental of mask, fins, tank, weights, surface markeUSD 50.00
House Reef Dive (per person | 1 guided dive - includes rental of mask, fins, tank, weights, surface USD 80.00
Boat Dives - Two Tank Dives Per Person (includes rental of mask, fins, tank, weights, surface markerUSD 210.00
Boat Dives - Single Tank Dives Per Person (includes rental of mask, fins, tank, weights, surface mar
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Old Sep 19, 17, 7:34 am
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Originally Posted by ga8riel View Post
I've never dived but have interest in doing it. Is this recommended based on the currents there?
This location is not one for the beginner (that is not the same as saying it's expert-only). See up-thread where I've posted details on my thoughts on this topic if you want my opinion.
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Old Sep 19, 17, 7:54 am
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Originally Posted by ga8riel View Post
I've never dived but have interest in doing it. Is this recommended based on the currents there?

Also can anyone help me make sense of what it would cost? Would it be 80 for orientation PP + 360 open water per couple?

What does the "pool experience" entail?
I went there and I'm a PADI Advanced Open Water certified but the person I was with had never dived before.

If you've never dived before, you need to book the Discover Scuba Diving. Orientation Dive is more like a refresher course for those who are certified but haven't dived for more than a year.

Pool Experience: you will only do it in the main swimming pool. It's a fun way to discover breathing underwater for those who are scared of being in the open.... not that interesting according to me. The main point is to see the underwater life and some fishes

Go for the Discover Scuba Diving - Open Water Experience. You will get a crash course, demo, then a practical exercise in the main pool and then they will take you out to the house reef. My friend loved it. You won't go deep and the dive master/instructor will always be behind you to hold you if you are "sinking".
They were really nice with my friend, no complaints. I was just diving next to them.

I then went on my own and some German guests out to the rim of the atoll and that is definitely not for beginners, they wouldn't take you anyway. It was mostly drift diving with some calmer spots.

The house reef is already super nice with black tip reef sharks, tons of small fishes, cuttlefish and the local turtle.
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Old Oct 9, 17, 11:47 pm
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Originally Posted by tcormier View Post
Going for our honeymoon next April. Asked about upgrades, and got the prices including the new deluxe pool villas. Wanted to share for anyone interested (sorry if reposted, didn't see it but didn't look too hard):


To Park Pool Villa USD210 plus taxes of 23.2%, total USD258.72per night.
To Park Deluxe Pool Villa USD310 plus taxes of 23.2%, total USD381.92 per night.
To Park Water Villa USD410 plus taxes of 23.2%, total USD505.12 per night.
To Park Sunset Water Villa USD610 plus taxes of 23.2%, total USD751.52 per night
Be aware, these rates are not universal and only apply to your stay in April.

My wife and I were quoted much higher (think 2x+) upgrade rates for our upcoming stay in December.
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Old Oct 10, 17, 10:40 am
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Originally Posted by WillSkiGT View Post
Be aware, these rates are not universal and only apply to your stay in April.

My wife and I were quoted much higher (think 2x+) upgrade rates for our upcoming stay in December.
I am going in January and my upgrade quotes were identical to the above. I'm surprised there would be much of a difference between December and January.
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Old Oct 10, 17, 8:15 pm
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We've been offered USD 405 plus 23.2% taxes for the Park Water Villa upgrade in early/mid February. I believe this is the peak of the high season (?).
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Old Oct 11, 17, 2:53 am
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Family friendly additions

Do any real pictures of the deluxe pool villas exist yet?

Headed to the PHM in November and bringing the 2 yr old. Please don’t judge. Anyhow considering the deluxe pool upgrade but not sure if the pool is deep all the way through. The semi submerged chairs tell me no, but haven’t received a clear answer yet. Anyone know? Would be great to have the kid putz around the pool without floaties the entire time.

Also has anyone confirmed the new family amenities being tossed around on the net:

“Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa will launch a brand-new family offering, including daily kids activities, new kids’ welcome packs and a complimentary babysitting service to allow parents to enjoy some quality time as a couple.”

TIA
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Old Oct 11, 17, 8:00 am
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Originally Posted by slm9555 View Post
I am going in January and my upgrade quotes were identical to the above. I'm surprised there would be much of a difference between December and January.
Just reached out to re-confirm and got the following:

Park Pool Villa: $252.56/night
Park Water Villa: $498.96/night
Park Sunset Water Villa: $751.52/night

Interestingly enough, none of the new villas were listed as an option.

Still debating doing all-inclusive with a base Park Villa or a la carte with a Pool or Water Villa. My wife wants to do all-inclusive, but she is the type of person who orders a 3 course meal and only ends up eating half of the salad before being full. I don't want to feel like we have to eat and drink a ton every day to get our money's worth, but also don't want to feel like we have to watch our food/drink spending (it is our honeymoon, after all). All-inclusive for the two of us would be over $5k, which is a tough pill to swallow.

Decisions, decisions.
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Old Oct 11, 17, 9:12 am
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Originally Posted by WillSkiGT View Post
Just reached out to re-confirm and got the following:

Park Pool Villa: $252.56/night
Park Water Villa: $498.96/night
Park Sunset Water Villa: $751.52/night

Interestingly enough, none of the new villas were listed as an option.

Still debating doing all-inclusive with a base Park Villa or a la carte with a Pool or Water Villa. My wife wants to do all-inclusive, but she is the type of person who orders a 3 course meal and only ends up eating half of the salad before being full. I don't want to feel like we have to eat and drink a ton every day to get our money's worth, but also don't want to feel like we have to watch our food/drink spending (it is our honeymoon, after all). All-inclusive for the two of us would be over $5k, which is a tough pill to swallow.

Decisions, decisions.
I am presuming the above prices for the room upgrades were inclusive of tax? If so that is in line with the above upgrade information. I'll probably reach out to PHM before my trip in January and see if the rates have gone down at all.

How many nights are you doing? You can do a mix of beach villa and upgrades.
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Old Oct 11, 17, 11:44 am
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Originally Posted by lagunas2k View Post
Do any real pictures of the deluxe pool villas exist yet?

Headed to the PHM in November and bringing the 2 yr old. Please don’t judge. Anyhow considering the deluxe pool upgrade but not sure if the pool is deep all the way through. The semi submerged chairs tell me no, but haven’t received a clear answer yet. Anyone know? Would be great to have the kid putz around the pool without floaties the entire time.

Also has anyone confirmed the new family amenities being tossed around on the net:

“Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa will launch a brand-new family offering, including daily kids activities, new kids’ welcome packs and a complimentary babysitting service to allow parents to enjoy some quality time as a couple.”

TIA
Things may be different now that they have a new GM. The last one was very kid friendly to a fault of other guests looking for peace and quiet here. I believe he is the one who instituted the kid friendly changes so it may be good to check with the hotel to match your expectations.

Funny that the parents need free babysitting to enjoy time being a couple as mentioned in the sought after benefits. The rest of us are trying to do that here and enough parents wouldn’t watch their kids that this place felt more like a cruise ship than luxury island so no one wins.
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