Updated on January 20, 2016
Park Hyatt Maldives (Joe’s Take)
Since Kevin already reviewed the PH Maldives on his honeymoon, my post here is going to be mostly pictures with maybe offering a few different perspectives than Kev did.
I’m also going to have a separate post after this solely on the back-of-the-house tour at the resort!
Where are we??
With the long day of flying complete, we hopped on the boat at the dock in Kooddoo and took the 40 minute ride to the resort!
We pulled up to the jetty around 8:30 at night. The ride to the resort was pretty rough, and took much longer than our ride back 5 days later!
The first night we stayed in a Park Pool Villa, the middle three nights we stayed in a Park Water Sunset Villa, and the 5th and final night we stayed in a Park Pool Villa once again. I wanted to stay in the Overwater villa three nights, while Jaime would have preferred just two. And, ideally they would have been the last three nights, but the O/W Villas were all full on that Sunday night.
So, like I said earlier, since Kev already reviewed this, I’ll keep this picture heavy and get right into it!
Night 1: Villa 21
We arrived late that evening and moved out the next afternoon around 2:00, so we didn’t have a ton of time in Villa 21. It was great, but we’d come to find out it would only get better from there!
On the backside of the villa is the fenced-in yard area, with a bathtub, wooden bench and shower!
Strangely enough, I’ve just realized I didn’t take any other pictures of the main living area in the Park Pool Villas. Kevin has a ton in his post, so you can look there. I think initially I didn’t plan on taking a ton of pictures of the rooms because he already did, but I at least thought I got some more than this for the Pool Villa – my bad!
Nights 2-4: Park Water Sunset Villa 47
After a quick stay in Villa 21, we moved to Villa 47, one of the Sunset Villas. Although only paying for the upgrade to a normal Water Villa, we were giving the further upgrade to the Sunset Villa (as was Kevin), so that was pretty awesome. We got picked up from Villa 21 around 2:00 p.m. to be driven out to the best room I’ve ever stayed in!
We were told the night before that for the next three nights we had been upgrade to the Sunset Villa – but they didn’t tell us which one! So as we’re on this golf cart in my head I’m thinking “Keep on going!”
Night 5: Park Pool Villa #19
Jaime and I both agreed that we liked villa #19 significantly more than #21. The biggest (only) difference was the that the view out to the beach was much better, and we had a better beach area in front of us.
Food and drinks were expensive. That shouldn’t be overly surprising to anyone coming here. However, some of the appetizers were almost comically expensive! They had steak fries for $12 – it came with 6 fries. For you math-magicians at home that’s $2 PER FRY. Kinda insane.
Most of the appetizers were between $14-$18.
The first night we did dinner at the bar area, just got a few appetizers and a drink!
The 2nd night we had dinner at the Island Grill. This is the island’s nicer of the two restaurants. It’s a bit more expensive but I really enjoyed it. Keep in mind the Island Grill is closed on Sundays in the low season (June through October).
The 3rd night we had dinner in the main restaurant (where you eat breakfast everyday) called the Dining Room. The food is fantastic and a little cheaper than the Island Grill.
Saturday, the 4th night, we went to the Manager’s cocktail reception. It’s open to all guests on Saturdays. They give you free drinks and put on a show! They then have a special dinner on the beach you can do (for ~$120 a person – no thanks). Before the cocktail reception we enjoyed some free drinks thanks to my Hyatt Diamond status! After the reception we just went to the bar and got a few appetizers again!
On our last night, we dined at the Dining Room again, going out with a great dinner.
What’s important to keep in mind is that even though it’s a small island, the restaurants have different food and kitchens. I was concerned about that before we got there, but they really do have a variety at the two restaurants.
One thing we both noticed was the inconsistency with the bottled (glass bottles) water. In the room it’s free, and a few times it was just poured for us without asking for it. But other times we would ask for it and not be charged, and even other times get it poured without asking and be charged! It’s was kind of confusing.
We utilized the best Hyatt Diamond privilege every morning – Free Breakfast! While they no longer do the breakfast towers (that you will see in Kevin’s review), they have a menu that you can order two meals off of and a buffet with cereals, fruits, breads, cheeses, meats and waffles.
Jaime and I took splurged a bit (being it was the honeymoon and all) and got a 2-hour couples massage!
The massage itself was about an hour and half, but then you had your own little villa with a hot tub, outdoor shower, couches, champagne and snacks! It was pretty incredible.
The hotel has a litany of other activities available from scuba diving to jet ski rentals, boat cruises and beach front dining. We only really used the spa, which is very popular and seemed to be something everyone indulged in at least once!
The resort has a small boutique shop where you can put memorabilia, hats, bathing suits, clothes, sunscreen, etc. We had to get sunscreen and a bathing suit for Jaime. Two problems. #1 – The first bathing suit we picked up was $210. Luckily we found another that didn’t quite fit her (or her style) perfectly, but it was only $40. Success. #2 (the most egregious problem) – the sunscreen was $38. THIRTY EIGHT DOLLARS.
So what did we do? We found the sales shelf!
This sales area is fantastic. It’s in the back left corner of the shop. It had a lot of the exact same stuff except on sale for ~%50 off!
One word – outstanding!! Our main host, Shifaz, was absolutely great. He always kept us informed of what was going on, and knew our routines after the 2nd day or so. He would stop by breakfast and say “Hi” and ask us if there was anything he could do for us that day.
He coordinated and assisted everything; from the delivery of our luggage to spa reservations to our move out and boat transfer – he was on top of it!
So what did we do?
Jaime and I pretty much just relaxed! Other than the spa trip on our last day, we stuck to a routine. We would wake up around 8:30-9:00 and go get a long (free) breakfast and relax! Then we’d go back to the room and rest for a little bit in the room, then usually snorkel during the day or lay out on the deck. In the last afternoon/early evening, we’d shower/change and then drink/eat. The good life!
I snorkeled everyday, even on Friday when the water wasn’t very calm.
We have a lot of great pictures of the resort and whatnot – figured we might as well throw them on here to give everyone a little taste!
Our favorite rooms?
Personally, I loved the Park Water Sunset Villa. It was absolutely fantastic and in my opinion by far the best. Jaime, on the other hand, was a big fan of the Park Pool Villa. She loved having our own private pool and being able to walk out onto the beach.
Bring an underwater camera! That was what we kept saying the entire trip! It would have been amazing to get some photos down there. And if you forget, don’t worry, they’ll sell them to you in the boutique shop for about $450….ouch.
Also, it takes a while to get there. A while. So my suggestion would be to tack it onto a longer trip. For instance have a few days in Europe or Asia on the front of back end. We did both Europe and Asia on our trip, albeit only 1-2 days in both places.
Leaving was hard to do, but the staff is there to see you off!
Now we were very lucky with our flights both to and from Kooddoo. We took the direct flights to Malé both times. Often times people will have to stop at another island between the two, but we got the direct flights both ways. Saves a lot of time on a puddle jumper.
This trip was just….perfect. The PH Maldives is the nicest place I’ve ever been. Period. Jaime and I absolutely want to go back!
Have you been to the PH Maldives Hadahaa? Have much did you love it?