Updated on January 26, 2016
Hotel Review: Park Hyatt Maldives Park Pool Villa
As we discussed in the Over Water Review, since it was roughly $500 (including taxes) a night to upgrade to a Water Villa (even though we got a free further upgrade to a SUNSET VILLA). We decided to save a little money and forgo the luxury on our last night. Fortunately for us, due the fact that we were on our honeymoon or because I was a diamond member they upgraded us for FREE from a basic Park Villa (which cost 25K points) to a Park Pool Villa! Upgrading to the Park Pool Villa usually cost $260 so it was a great surprise!
Here is the trip so far in case you missed it!
Park Hyatt Honeymoon Trip Report:
We had been on the western side of the island allowing us to see the sunset each evening but with the move we would now be driving across the island to the eastern side, which meant one more beautiful sunrise tomorrow morning, but this time we could see it right from our room!
When we arrived at our new digs we found a basic structure that was very similar to our Over Water Villa but kind of rearranged a bit.
There is a deck that runs along the right side of the villa to your door and then continues to the front where you find a table and chair, a couch and a refreshing plunge pool.
Around the front there are also sliding glass doors which you can enter from. When entering through the sliding glass doors you will see a lounge couch on your left with the main door further up to the left, a king sized bed right in the middle of the room and a desk/table with TV, espresso machine, coffee machine, and mini fridge as well as cabinets and iPad to your right.
Now that we got all that basic stuff out of the way it’s time to get to the really cool stuff about this villa! First, there is the bathroom which starts off normal and then gets really, really cool.
When going behind the bed there is a small hall with a toilet on the left and a shower on the right before opening up into a larger area with closets on either side and 2 identical sinks.
Now as you might have noticed, the back wall of this bathroom is glass, which is what leads us to the cool part. There is a glass door between the two sinks which leads to an enclosed back area with an outdoor shower and outdoor bath tub!
There are not a whole lot of places where you can decide whether you would like to take a shower or bath outside! Really cool.
So now on to the next cool thing about this villa. Although I did like lounging in the plunge pool when it got really hot, I am more of a beach person. Several days before our move I had walked around the island and realized that each villa seemed to have a different view and different amounts of beach area out front. Some were completely uncovered which gave them a great view but very little privacy. Others were completely covered by vegetation with no view and some still had NO beach to speak of! So obviously the worst would be no view AND no beach. The day before our move I went to the front desk and requested we either be placed in a villa with a beach or a view, and if at all possible BOTH! I even gave them a few recommendations!
But as Goldilocks would say, ours was JUST RIGHT!
Not only did we have a large, empty, beautiful beach, BUT we also had a little bit of a view!
Not only did we have a beach and a view, we also had privacy as the path to our beach wasn’t wide open and you would really have to try to see the villa if you were walking down the beach as you can see below.
On the beach or just inside the vegetation in front of each villa there are 2 lounge chairs, an umbrella and table for you to use while on the beach. As you can see from the pictures below, the beach is pretty crowded.
With the amazing reef around this island you can just walk out into the water with your snorkeling gear and be right in the middle of some awesome sites.
Here are a couple pictures from right out in front of the villa:
Finally, the last great thing about this side of the island is being able to see the sunrise without having to go any further than the front porch.
As much as we LOVED the Over Water Villa, this villa was also excellent. We were happy to see a different type of room and have the beach right out front to lay on. The plunge pool was great but I don’t think it is worth the >$250 upgrade over the regular Park Villa simply for the plunge pool. Overall it was another wonderful day/night on this island paradise.
Just so you know, we were told that the beach is constantly shifting or moving, so just because Villa 18 was great in May doesn’t mean the beach would be the same in December or January.
Next up, we will leave paradise and head to Male for a tour of the city!