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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 Jan 18, 22, 2:36 pm
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Originally Posted by PennyPincherCAN View Post
Thanks a lot to Battleship and razflyer for input on villa type. I guess I'll just have to figure out if being cooled down by the pool is worth $400 myself.
Originally Posted by Gertjaars View Post
Looking at the wiki, is it safe to assume that the PH would charge a Globalist $100/night to upgrade to the Water Villa?
(Ex: Globalist books a Pool Villa on points, Standard Globalist Upgrade at check in (due to availability) to the Deluxe Pool Villa, and then pay $100/night for a Water villa?
Wiki currently says:
Pool Villa: $200++
Deluxe Pool Villa: $400++ (with direct view of beach, just 3 villas)
Water Villa: $500++
Keep in mind that the beach shifts around as well. The 'beach access' at our pool villa required climbing down a bit of a ledge and there was quite a number of ants. It was more tide pool access than anything. It was interesting to watch crabs, smaller fish, etc. We primarily used the 'main beach' and the jetties for snorkeling.

The main pool can be a little exposed if that's something you care about. Scuba training is done there and is likely where you'll find children if there are any families around. The spa pool is more secluded. We certainly enjoyed the pool villa as it was nice to soak in seclusion. That said, I think it is absolutely worth upgrading to an overwater villa and even better, an overwater pool villa if you can swing it. You won't be swimming out to the edge of the island since you're practically on top of the reef, but it offers some different sights compared to snorkeling from the jetty along the island edge or from the main beach to the inner edge of the reef.

You'll likely pay far more for the upgrades and will be dependent on the dates of your stay. We had a complimentary upgrade to pool villa as Globalist and paid over $900 (tax inclusive) per night to upgrade to an overwater pool villa. As we really wanted to stay in an overwater for the novelty of it, we saved some money by only upgrading our last two nights to an overwater pool villa. We thought it was sufficient to enjoy the villa - we watched sunsets from the pool and observed the southern cross in the middle of the night.

I don't recall if it has been mentioned before, but when we were there pre-pandemic, they offered laundry service for $40 for whatever you could stuff into their sack. We thought it was a decent deal for convenience for the next leg of our trip considering what some stateside properties charge per-item.
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Old Jan 22, 22, 3:51 am
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Originally Posted by PennyPincherCAN View Post
Thanks a lot to Battleship and razflyer for input on villa type. I guess I'll just have to figure out if being cooled down by the pool is worth $400 myself.

On a different note, does anyone have experience with the new meal plans published? The revamped versions are priced ridiculously IMO (i.e. FB that doesn't cover drinks or dinner outside of the Dining Room is priced at $215 per person per night, and for non-Globalists it's $50 more). It looks like there is just no chance these will be worthwhile.
The overwater villa for us was just as good as the overwater pool villa as the "pool" is just a 2mx2m plunge pool. The bath in the bathroom is huge and has windows over the water if you like to be in water and look at the ocean.
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Old Jan 25, 22, 8:56 pm
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Hi. I have a trip scheduled in March and curious if anyone has purchased travel insurance should you test positive and have to isolate for 7 days on the property. With Omicron that could get really expensive. What carrier did you use? I've heard other properties pay the cost should that happen. Does anyone know what the Park Hyatt Maldives would do?
I have the same concern for a trip booked in April. There was a post on the WA forum today where someone tested positive before departure from the island and is now stuck at the resort. Very interested in finding out the answers to what you.are asking.
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Old Jan 25, 22, 9:43 pm
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Originally Posted by miss_travel View Post
I have the same concern for a trip booked in April. There was a post on the WA forum today where someone tested positive before departure from the island and is now stuck at the resort. Very interested in finding out the answers to what you.are asking.
You need Covid travel insurance. Travelling without it is absurd in the current climate.

Some carriers like EK offer it complimentary and I believe EY did, but you should check.
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Old Jan 26, 22, 12:17 pm
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some more tidbits since we just checked out. It rained a couple of days and after the rain there were tons of rat sightings around the island. I could tell they sprayed something each day but those were New York subway big rats and we saw them daily. We also saw cockroaches(I am talking big 2 inch) in the spa/restaurant area. Thankfully we definitely saw them spraying chemicals so while we saw less and less roaches each day, rats were still seen every day.
Some of the free activities now cost $$. The kayaks are $20 per person per hour. In addition they raised the prices for the underwater fans, those are now $80 per hour.

Also when we departed talked to the GM, they have not had a positive covid case since COVID started so if someone told you they had positive case they are probably talking about another resort. My question to the GM was that if we tested positive, he would comp the room until we recovered and we would not be liable for any food expenses.

I will certainly return, we had a great time.
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Old Jan 26, 22, 9:23 pm
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some more tidbits since we just checked out. It rained a couple of days and after the rain there were tons of rat sightings around the island. I could tell they sprayed something each day but those were New York subway big rats and we saw them daily. We also saw cockroaches(I am talking big 2 inch) in the spa/restaurant area. Thankfully we definitely saw them spraying chemicals so while we saw less and less roaches each day, rats were still seen every day.
Some of the free activities now cost $$. The kayaks are $20 per person per hour. In addition they raised the prices for the underwater fans, those are now $80 per hour.

Also when we departed talked to the GM, they have not had a positive covid case since COVID started so if someone told you they had positive case they are probably talking about another resort. My question to the GM was that if we tested positive, he would comp the room until we recovered and we would not be liable for any food expenses.

I will certainly return, we had a great time.
Thanks for the update.

Rat sightings like that is truly gross and disgusting. Definitely not something we like to see anywhere let alone at a high end resort in the Maldives. That's really a turn off for me . I'm glad to hear that you nevertheless had a great time and I hope they take care of this problem.

Just to clarify regarding isolation for someone who tests positive for covid, did the manager confirm that the room and food would be comped until recovery? So no need for covid travel insurance if you come here? I wasn't sure based on your wording if this is the case. I'm guessing recovery time means whatever the minimum isolation period is at that time regardless if the person actually has symptoms and needs to really recover or is symptom free and just needs to isolate.
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Old Jan 27, 22, 8:14 am
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I specifically asked the reservation agent at [email protected] that if you tested positive would they provide room and board for free as some properties do. I was told there was a reduced rate room available at $350 a night and food on you. The travel policies I looked at didn't go over $250/day. The Maldives has a specific policy that explains how a resort is to deal with Covid and it doesn't consider how you feel. The other thing I've been told is that they only do the PCR test, although the US accepts the antigen test, which is cheaper and quicker to get. I think they said they charge $150 for the test. It sounded like they didn't want to do the antigen because they don't want to be involved in determining the travelers plans, so just do the PCR test.
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Old Jan 27, 22, 1:18 pm
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I specifically asked the reservation agent at [email protected] that if you tested positive would they provide room and board for free as some properties do. I was told there was a reduced rate room available at $350 a night and food on you. The travel policies I looked at didn't go over $250/day. The Maldives has a specific policy that explains how a resort is to deal with Covid and it doesn't consider how you feel. The other thing I've been told is that they only do the PCR test, although the US accepts the antigen test, which is cheaper and quicker to get. I think they said they charge $150 for the test. It sounded like they didn't want to do the antigen because they don't want to be involved in determining the travelers plans, so just do the PCR test.
You can do the eMed BinaxNOW antigen proctored test that you can bring along with you. Many successful reports in other threads of passengers using it successfully ex MLE including a friend of mine who just did so this week (and another about 2-3 weeks ago). So you can decline the PCR and do your own thing.
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Old Jan 27, 22, 7:31 pm
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Are you saying this has been done at the Park Hyatt? If not, I'll check with them. Thanks.
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Old Jan 27, 22, 8:48 pm
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Originally Posted by cabb View Post
Are you saying this has been done at the Park Hyatt? If not, I'll check with them. Thanks.
The response you get by email may be the easy answer they wish to give you rather than the true answer. Same goes for what happens in case of a positive test -- the poster above was just relaying what he was told in his case. YMMV.
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Old Jan 27, 22, 9:34 pm
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Originally Posted by friedablass View Post
Thanks for the update.

Rat sightings like that is truly gross and disgusting. Definitely not something we like to see anywhere let alone at a high end resort in the Maldives. That's really a turn off for me . I'm glad to hear that you nevertheless had a great time and I hope they take care of this problem.

Just to clarify regarding isolation for someone who tests positive for covid, did the manager confirm that the room and food would be comped until recovery? So no need for covid travel insurance if you come here? I wasn't sure based on your wording if this is the case. I'm guessing recovery time means whatever the minimum isolation period is at that time regardless if the person actually has symptoms and needs to really recover or is symptom free and just needs to isolate.
the way it was explained to me was that they are following government guidelines which are 14 days and nothing to do with when you get better. Even if you get better you won't be able to leave for 14 days, get a covid test then and if negative you are clear to depart.
Its also important to note that we were on the AI plan so that may have something to do with the comp room and food. So I would imagine that for folks with no status the reduced rate of $350 per day would apply and further reduced for status holders.
And the other poster is right, Hyatt does not care how you get your test. Hell one of the guys working there told me that some people stayed for a day in Male just to pay $50 per PCR so that they could save $200. For us Americans the binax test will work. I did not need it since I was not going back home so I had to do the PCR sadly.
Also I was curious and asked the dude that escorted me to my outbound how the PCR cost is calculated, so apparently once they get the sample from Maldivian air, he has to go to the cargo section, sign a bunch of documents, and once the samples are released(2 long lines, and additional time waiting for approvals) he then has to catch the boat to Male, walk some 20 mins to the hospital, wait in line for 2 hours and give them all of the samples. Fill out another bunch of paperwork and then go back on the boat and then go home. So that is where the markup goes.
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Old Jan 28, 22, 1:21 pm
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Originally Posted by platbrownguy View Post
The response you get by email may be the easy answer they wish to give you rather than the true answer. Same goes for what happens in case of a positive test -- the poster above was just relaying what he was told in his case. YMMV.
I messaged them and the answer was if you want it, they only offer PCR. It sounds like you can pursue alternatives, if you chose, at your own risk. Let's say the internet becomes unavailable, you might be in a tough spot.
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Old Jan 29, 22, 11:26 am
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I messaged them and the answer was if you want it, they only offer PCR. It sounds like you can pursue alternatives, if you chose, at your own risk. Let's say the internet becomes unavailable, you might be in a tough spot.
Valid point but fyi there was a strong cell signal so that could be a backup scenario. Also I don't expect internet to go down in PH. Sure other places but certainly not PH. Same can be said about their PCR. If there is a storm and flights are grounded you are in the same predicament.
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Old Feb 4, 22, 2:24 am
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Hi all,

My partner and I booked an 8-day stay with points for late September 2022. I have Globalist status, and we look forward to this experience. The part where I'm having doubts is in what upgrades to pay for in advance:
  • We would like to experience a quintessentially-Maldives Overwater Villa (upgrade offered at ~$450/night, which seems reasonable), at least for part of our stay.
    • By doing so, we forfeit the upgrade that most folks seem to get (Beach Villa to Beach Pool Villa). It is my understanding from reading this thread that if you book anything else above that, you are very unlikely to get any upgrades to higher categories (say, upgrade from the Overwater Villa to a Overwater Sunset Pool Villa), right?
  • We would like to buy one of the food/drinks packages...
    • But then, by doing so, we are throwing away the Free Breakfast that we'd get as Globalist.

So basically a little doubtful about whether paying for the upgrades/packages as they seem to nullify Globalist perks. What are your thoughts?

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Old Feb 4, 22, 5:01 am
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Originally Posted by LeonS View Post
Hi all,

My partner and I booked an 8-day stay with points for late September 2022. I have Globalist status, and we look forward to this experience. The part where I'm having doubts is in what upgrades to pay for in advance:
  • We would like to experience a quintessentially-Maldives Overwater Villa (upgrade offered at ~$450/night, which seems reasonable), at least for part of our stay.
    • By doing so, we forfeit the upgrade that most folks seem to get (Beach Villa to Beach Pool Villa). It is my understanding from reading this thread that if you book anything else above that, you are very unlikely to get any upgrades to higher categories (say, upgrade from the Overwater Villa to a Overwater Sunset Pool Villa), right?
  • We would like to buy one of the food/drinks packages...
    • But then, by doing so, we are throwing away the Free Breakfast that we'd get as Globalist.

So basically a little doubtful about whether paying for the upgrades/packages as they seem to nullify Globalist perks. What are your thoughts?
You are correct. If the overwater experience is important to you, $450 isn't a terrible upgrade price. Perhaps consider splitting your stay, 4 days overwater, 4 days in a beach villa? If available, they'll likely upgrade you to pool villa for the 4 days of beach villa.

Unless you eat or drink a lot, I think the meal plans are unnecessary. As Globalists, we typically eat a late big breakfast and skip lunch when at this property. Sometimes we bring snacks or maybe buy a light bar app or something to split, but usually we're not hungry till it's time for the evening canapés and sundowner beverage, also a glob perk.

Dinner is expensive here, especially with alcohol. However, if we each have a drink and order what we want for dinner, it's still about $300 per couple (Sometimes less, honestly, and maybe a bit more if we splurge for a specialty experience). Add in snacks or drinks for daytime, maybe $60 more? As you can see, that is nowhere near the AI pricing. Others will feel differently, especially if you drink a lot on vacation, but this method has served us well for 4 or 5 visits and is our plan again this summer.
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