Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa Review
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Park Hyatt Maldives Review

 

This Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa Review is part of a trip report including Qatar Business Class and the Park Hyatt Maldives. For prior posts please see these posts and posts under my Flyertalk handle, Travel Concierge:

Review: American Airlines Flagship Lounge in NYC, JFK

Review: Qatar Business Class NYC JFK to Doha

Review: Qatar Business Class Lounge, Doha

Qatar Business Class and Economy Class Review, Doha to Male, Maldives

Park Hyatt Maldives Transfer

Please note: Future posts will cover the Park Hyatt Maldives Water Villas, Food and Menus and Activities, including Scuba Diving and Snorkeling and the Back of House Tour.

Check-In

While our final few minutes in the Park Hyatt Maldives speedboat were quite challenging for the very seasick munchkin, our check-in was wonderfully smooth. We were welcomed by several Park Hyatt Maldives staff, including Angelo Girodo, Front Office Manager and the right hand man to new General Manager Julian Moore.

A walk along the Dusk Jetty, where we arrived, on a gloriously sunny and picture perfect day, already tremendously improved even the munchkin's spirits after our long journey. On either side we could see beautifully clear water, and the sandy white beach of the island.

Park Hyatt Maldives Review - Arriving at Dusk Jetty

 

Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa Review - Park Hyatt Maldives Sign

 

Angelo and his staff welcomed us, and introduced us to our host, Natsumi, who comfortably settled us in the Dhoni gathering place and provided refreshing iced tea welcome drinks. A traditional Maldivian Dhoni was used as a fishing vessel and has been crucial to Maldivian survival. The Park Hyatt Maldives' Dhoni was hand built in traditional style and is double the size of a typical traditional vessel.

Park Hyatt Maldives Review - Dhoni

 

Park Hyatt Maldives Review - Welcome Drink

 

Meanwhile, our luggage (carry ons for the Qatar flights, but checked for the domestic Maldivian Air flight) was whisked away to our Park Villa. And while we had originally booked a Park Villa for the entire 7 nights on points, with a paid upgrade to a Pool Villa on our final night, Angelo explained that they had accommodated us in a Park Villa for the first 2 nights and upgraded us to a Pool Villa for the other 5 nights when they had greater availability--what a treat!


Park Villa

Natsumi drove us to our Park Villa, Villa 22, in a buggy. The path goes through lush indigenous foliage, with many mangrove trees--more on how all this natural existing foliage was preserved when I post an interview with Park Hyatt Maldives GM Julian Moore.

We arrived at the Park Villa and Natsumi showed us the amenities.

Park Hyatt Maldives Review - Park Villa

 

You enter into the bedroom, with its King size bed, crisply dressed in soft white linen. To the right, when facing the bed, there was already an extra bed for the munchkin set up. 

Park Hyatt Maldives Review - Park Villa King Bed

 

In one corner was a comfortable day bed with orange throw pillows, and a table with sparkling wine as a welcome amenity.

Park Hyatt Maldives Review - Day Bed and Sparkling Wine Welcome Amenity

 

In the other corner was an orange lounge chair and ottoman, and along the left side of the room was a large flat screen TV, with integrated sound system and DVD player, and the desk, with plenty of outlets:

Park Hyatt Maldives Review - Flat Screen TV and Desk

 

There was also an iPad for guest use, preloaded with the Park Hyatt Maldives app, a comprehensive guide to all the resort's amenities, services, dining menus, etc.

Park Hyatt Maldives Review - iPad preloaded with Park Hyatt Maldives App

 

There was a mini bar with additional bottled water, both still (blue rim) and sparkling (red rim). The Park Hyatt Maldives desalinates its own water--I'll get to that in a future post on the Back of House Tour. 

Park Hyatt Maldives Review - Mini Bar

 

To the right of the desk was a Nespresso machine, with several Nespresso pods and also teas offered. The Maldives is one of the few places where I didn't actually make use of the Nespresso machine, since I tend to have my espresso drink in the morning and all drinks, including cappuccinos and lattes, were included with our complimentary daily breakfast. But it's a great in-room amenity to have, nonetheless.

Park Hyatt Maldives Review - Nespresso Machine

 

Wooden sliding doors opened to the very spacious bathroom with dual vanities and his and hers sinks:

Park Hyatt Maldives Review - Park Villa Bathroom

 

There was Le Labo soap provided, along with shower cap, toothbrush, and other amenities. As part of the resort's significant commitment to sustainability, shampoo, conditioner and bath gel are made of local Maldivian ingredients and provided in reusable ceramic containers--similar to the Four Seasons Bali at Jimbaran Bay, although as you'll see when I cover the Back of House Tour, the Park Hyatt Maldives has the greatest commitment to ecologically sound practices that I've experienced so far at a luxury resort.

Park Hyatt Maldives Review - Bath Amenities

 

On the right was a separate toilet chamber:

Park Hyatt Maldives Review - Toilet

 

On the left was an indoor rain shower:

Park Hyatt Maldives Review - Indoor Rain Shower and Bathrobe

 

Opening the glass door led you to the outdoor shower and bath:

Park Hyatt Maldives Review - Park Villa Outdoor Shower and Bath

 

Our Park Villa, Villa 22, didn't have a view, but we actually appreciated the privacy afforded by the trees. There was an outdoor deck, small table and two deck chairs.

Park Hyatt Maldives Review - Park Villa Deck Chairs and Table

 

Steps led down to a short path of a few feet, which put you right on the pristine white sandy beach. There were two lounge chairs and an umbrella, even though we didn't actually use them:

Park Hyatt Maldives Review - Park Villa Sunbeds

 

Coming back to our Park Villa after time on the beach, it was very convenient to have a basin with fresh water to wash the sand off our feet, before stepping inside:

Park Hyatt Maldives Review - Stone Basin for Washing Sand Off

 

Park Pool Villa

The Park Pool Villa is in exactly the same design as the Park Villa, except with a small outdoor pool next to the deck. While some folks wouldn't care one way or the other about having their own little pool when the Park Hyatt Maldives has a gorgeous main pool, not to mention a Spa pool, we absolutely loved having our own pool. And I would absolutely recommend it to any families with young kids who visit, unless for some reason your kids don't like the water (and if that's the case, the Maldives is probably the wrong destination anyway).

The munchkin enjoyed playing in the pool at least once and sometimes twice a day, and with our own little pool, we didn't have to worry about his happy shouts or water pistol wars bothering any honeymooners. Again, we didn't have a view of the beach, but it was literally about 8 steps away. And the privacy turned out to be very handy the first night, when the munchkin decided to just strip off his clothes and go skinny dipping in the pool. Not that there was likely to be anyone on the beach, but still...

Park Hyatt Maldives Review - Park Pool Villa Fun


Here's a view of the Park Pool Villa from the pool:

Park Hyatt Maldives Review - Park Pool Villa

 

Beach

Since I'm from Hawaii, I'm something of a beach snob. I thought the San Diego beaches, particularly the water temperature, were a cruel joke. And don't get me started on Half Moon Bay, just south of San Francisco. Or the beaches along the French Riviera, which are incredibly gravelly and not soft sand at all. But the beaches of Hadahaa are simply breathtaking. The sand is perhaps not as powdery as you'll find in some other places, but it's very white, and so private that you rarely see another person on the beach in front of your Park Villa or Park Pool Villa. 

And the water--so turquoise and clear that you almost need to pinch yourself to make sure you're not dreaming, you're really in this magnificent island paradise.

You could see the Dawn Jetty from both the Park Villa and Park Pool Villa that we stayed in, and we often took the short walk to it in the morning to go snorkeling:

Park Hyatt Maldives Review - Beach and Dawn Jetty

 

Main Swimming Pool

The design of the main pool is just stunning, providing a couple of tiers, flanked by palm trees and sun beds, and with the turquoise blue sea and azure sky beyond. I couldn't stop taking photos of it, both in the daytime and at sunset. And you get to enjoy this view while dining at The Dining Room for breakfast or dinner, or of course when you feel like lounging by the pool.

Park Hyatt Maldives Review - View of Main Pool from Bar

 

Our Host and Guest Services

One of the ways Hyatt seeks to differentiate its Park Hyatt brand from other Hyatt brands is not only the luxury of the accommodation and amenities, but also the level of personalized service. And the Park Hyatt Maldives takes this to a whole new level, given that you have a Personal Host or Concierge who helps coordinate anything you may need or wish during your stay. 

Our Host, Natsumi, in addition to checking us in and showing us our Park Villa and Park Pool Villa features, made us aware of special events and dinners, brought us a delectable chocolate tart for our belated anniversary celebration, set up our Back of House Tour, and arranged for me to visit and photograph a Water Villa. She also arranged, at our request, for no one to contact us after 8pm, so as not to disturb our son's sleep.

There's also a Guest Services room just to the right of the boutique, which is air conditioned and a nice place to cool down during the day, in addition to providing any assistance you may need. When you call Guest Services from your phone, the staff members at Guest Services answers, although they coordinate with your Personal Host.

Park Hyatt Maldives Review - Guest Services

 

The Guests

While there may have been other Americans during our stay, we didn't meet any of them--the majority of guests appeared to be mainland Chinese, and at other times of the year the Park Hyatt Maldives apparently attracts a number of Russian visitors, since in the small borrowing library in the Guest Services room we found a number of kids' books and also some DVDs in Russian. This worked out pretty well for us, since the munchkin is bilingual in English and Russian so he entertained himself with some new Russian activity books.

 

How Family and Kid-Friendly?

We knew of course, going in, that this is primarily a romantic destination for couples and honeymooners, and we even saw a Chinese wedding couple in full wedding attire. That said, at no time did we feel uncomfortable as a family with a young child, and in fact the staff went out of their way to make us feel welcome. There was even a kid-sized bathrobe for the munchkin, and in a future food and menu post I'll cover the Kids' Menu.

Park Hyatt Maldives Review - In Child Size Bathrobe


The beautiful beach and clear water, where you can view fish even from the pier, especially at the Dusk Jetty, is as magical to kids as it is to adults. And the night sky is simply incredible on a clear night, especially when there's little moon. I don't have the camera to be able to capture it, but chances are, unless you've been to Mauna Kea on the Big Island or perhaps the Atacama desert in Chile, you've never seen the stars, Venus, Mars and the Milky Way shine so brightly.

Park Hyatt Maldives Review - Enjoying the Beautiful Beach


Park Hyatt Maldives Review - Sand Sculpture


The Verdict

Short version, in two words: just go. Longer version: All resorts in the Maldives are not created equal. There are more luxurious resorts in the Maldives, but if you're seeking truly fantastic snorkeling and diving on a pristine house reef in addition to gorgeous views, beautifully designed villas and personalized service, the Park Hyatt Maldives should be at or near the top of your list.

This isn't to say there weren't a few hiccups. For example, one night housekeeping knocked on our door after we'd all gone to sleep, even though it was a mistake and we hadn't ordered anything. There was a communication glitch about an excursion we'd cancelled, although it was resolved quickly. I'd requested total pricing for two boat dives and the staff member promised to call me back after he'd checked, but never did. We requested a change to a menu item that wasn't taken into account. On one of the activities I thought the guide could have been more communicative and engaging. There were a couple of WiFi snafus during our stay, although frankly that comes with the territory of being so remote from anywhere--it's pretty amazing WiFi works as well as it does. But whether it's the island's sheer beauty or the welcoming staff or both, we couldn't really get upset over the little snafus, which really did pale compared to our overall stellar experience. 

And even if you're a young family rather than a couple, I still encourage you to go, based on our fantastic experience. It's certainly the longest door-to-door trip we've made with our 5-year old, but the incredible underwater world, rivaled only by snorkeling off Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan, combined with the perfect beach, night sky and warm staff, made the journey more than worth it.

Disclosure: I booked our 7 night stay using 4 complimentary nights from 2 Hyatt Visas, plus Hyatt Gold Passport points for the remaining 3 nights.

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Picture?type=large Flyer C. commented 31 May 2013
Hilary, every time when I read a trip report, especially about Park Hyatt Maldives, it's as if we went there again. Yours is no exception. However, it t provided us a special point of view we otherwise dont get from the reviews -- kids. Seeing how a family is properly accommodated in such a luxury resort gives me great hope, maybe in the near future, we will bring our little ones there, not just the two of us. Congrats on your anniversary, and I hope you enjoyed PHM as much as we did. Great review so far!
Avatar_60_hilary Hilary Stockton commented 01 Jun 2013
Thanks, glad it brought you back to your own wonderful experience--really enjoyed your Flyertalk trip report! Realized I hadn't actually posted any photos of my son enjoying the Park Hyatt Maldives, so have added a few. He was so sad to leave, and kept asking when we can all return :)
Picture?type=large Flyer C. commented 01 Jun 2013
Munchkin is so adorable. I can see why he kept on asking. We are aiming to go back in a few years (after ticking off other locations first, Iceland, Tahiti, Venice) and we are gunning for the water villa next time around. Also, we just found out, if you stay for 6 or 7 nights with their promo, the flight transfer is free, and half board is included, I think...
Picture?type=large Corey H. commented 11 Jun 2013
Hilary, We were actually there at the same time as you. Though, despite being here on Travelsort occasionally, I didn't recognize you. Excellent photos and review. We too had an amazing time, and are already planning on how/when we can return. I shamefully admit that the first time I saw there was a child at the resort, I was thinking bad thoughts. Instead, I must compliment both you and your husband (and child). He was absolutely perfectly behaved every time we saw him (mostly at the dining room). In fact, much better behaved than some of the adult guests! I wish I had recognized you. I would have loved to chat.
Avatar_60_hilary Hilary Stockton commented 11 Jun 2013
Corey, so sorry to have missed you, would have loved to chat as well! Glad you both had a fantastic time, it truly is a special place. Thanks for the kind words for both the review and our family--we try to make sure he behaves well and to take him for a walk when he gets antsy. The Pool Villa helped a lot in terms of getting his energy out, while out of range of other guests :)
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