Updated on February 3, 2016
How to save money and cut cost at the Park Hyatt Maldives
To go along with my recent Park Hyatt Maldives Overview post and Park Hyatt Maldives Sunset Park Water Villa Review, I wanted to talk about some things that could help you save a lot of money if you are planning a trip to this island paradise. We will start with 10, but there might be a few more that need to be thrown in at the end.
1. Use Hyatt GoldPassport Points or free night certificates
Now this is the most obvious one for points and miles collectors but it is also your biggest savings. This place can range from $800-$2000 for a basic Park Villa with the higher price being during the holidays. As I talked about in my Water Villa Review, we used 50K points for 2 of our nights and two free night certificates from the Hyatt Credit Card for the other two. I estimated that had I not upgraded us, the cost for 4 nights would have cost me around $250 (not counting the transport fee). So that is pretty big savings and the obvious starting point.
2. Bring SNACKS
While you can’t bring alcohol into the country of The Maldives, you can bring snacks! This is important on the secluded island where you are at the mercy of what ever the hotel wants to charge. So before you arrive in the Maldives throw some snacks in your bag! Our first stop was Washington DC where we flew out of to Abu Dhabi. Before we left we grabbed Twizzlers, dried fruits mix, cookies and trail mix at the nearby CVS. It was really great having a snack in the middle of the day once the fullness of our HUGE breakfast wore off!
3. Eat a late breakfast
Breakfast at the Park Hyatt Maldives is a large, delicious feast! It is about $40 for most guests, $30 for Platinum Members and free for Diamond member (huge benefit we had). As I talk about in detail in the Overview Post, there is more food than you could ever eat and because of that you should try to eat as late as possible! They will seat you for breakfast until 11am so the closer to that time the more likely that you won’t need to buy a lunch – especially if you brought snacks!
Most days we would get up, have some espresso and then get to breakfast around 9:45 and finish around 10:45. Then we’d just eat our little snacks during the day, although we did eat an actual lunch one time while we were there. Big money saved!
4. Manager’s Cocktail Reception
This is an event held on the main beach at 6:30pm each Saturday, so if you are there on that day this is a must do. They set up a bar out on the beach and the party begins. You take a seat at one of the little tables or seats or beanbag chairs (whatever suites you!) and they come around serving FREE drinks and appetizers! To go along with this they have a Maldivian band and local dancers performer on the beach while you enjoy you treats and cocktails! After this all Katie and I needed was an appetizer from the bar and we were set for the night food-wise!
Another little tip for those who enjoy frosty libations, is that there is a happy hour each day from 3pm-5pm where it is buy 1 drink, get 1 free!
5. FREE Activities!
Although there are many excursions and activities that cost money (usually a lot) at the hotel, there are actually several activities that are free (besides laying on the beach – Katie’s favorite activity).
If you are an active person like me these are great ways to spend time on the island between eating and naps on the beach.
Snorkeling– Although there are paid trips, you can go borrow all the snorkeling gear you need from the dive shop FOR FREE and keep it in your room for your stay. I took advantage of this and went every afternoon.
Kayaking– There are also kayaks on the beach that you can use. Simply go to the dive shop to sign them out and get the paddles, again FOR FREE.
Yoga– Finally, there are free yoga sessions a few times a week that you can participate in FOR FREE. There is a Sunset Yoga session on Monday and Thursday evenings and there is a Sunrise session on Tuesday and Saturday mornings! These all take place outside, weather permitting.
6. Free indoor/night time activities
Get your head out of the gutter, that’s not what I mean! These are some free activities for when it is raining or just dark out. First, the reception office has tons and tons of shelves of books to borrow, BUT they also have a whole binder full of DVD’s. Some are old but some are up to date like The Avengers, so if it’s raining or you like falling asleep to movies, there ya go.
Second, there are board games all over the place in the upside down Dhoni and at The Bar. Katie and I spent an evening with a couple drinks and appetizers playing checkers and Jenga for a couple hours! I beat her 3 times in checkers, but I don’t want to discuss who won the Jenga games…
These are some good options if you happen to be stuck on a rainy day.
7. Back of the House tour
This is a tour that is organized around mid-day a couple times a week. It allows you to see the inner workings of the island that is mostly hidden from the island guests. We did not take this tour but I have heard that it is great and would certainly check it out if we ever go back.
8. Book early and SAVE
For most activities and Spa treatments if you book them prior to arrival you can get a 10% discount! Here is the exact wording from one of the emails I received when discussing our trip with them.
“Please note that we offer 10% early bird discount for any activities, spa treatments or private dining experiences booked prior to arrival via our E-Concierge, our online pre booking service. Once the booking is made from e-concierge our colleague will contact you for the payment procedure.”
9. Offset cost
As I mentioned before, it is a good idea to get a card which will allow you to pay off travel expenses with points. I used the Barclay Arrival Plus card which I had racked up about $1200 worth of points on which was a big help. After completing the current bonus you get $400 worth of point which can be used toward travel expenses on your statement with a 5% rebate making it roughly $420. This is a great way to save some money by getting these point and charging the room to this card. If there are 2 of you the hotel might even let you split it onto 2 cards which mean if you and your significant other both got the card you could maybe eliminate over $800!
The $1200 I had on there basically eliminated our $1000 (for 2) transfer fee and gave me another $200 to work with.
10. Get DIAMOND Status
Now this isn’t as easy as all the other ones on this list but it is a huge benefit while on this island. If you are able to complete the 25 stays, 50 nights OR Diamond Challenge then I would make an effort to do it! Here’s why:
So there you have it! If you are planning a trip to this AWESOME place then these are some tips to save money when you do it!
Another thing that Katie and I did was eat small meals at The Bar which was much cheaper than the other two places. I could get 2 personal pizzas and it was still cheaper than almost any meal at the other places.
BONUS SAVINGS TIP- If you are getting married and planning on going here for your honeymoon sign up for the Hyatt Registry! Katie and I did and ended you getting tons of wonderful gift from our friends and family to use at this hotel and the Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi! This was another HUGE savings for a couple on their honeymoon!
Has anyone else been and have other ways to save when visiting?