Hotel Review: Park Hyatt Maldives Park Water Sunset Villa

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Hotel Review: Park Hyatt Maldives Park Water Sunset Villa

Hotel Review: Park Hyatt Maldives Park Water Sunset Villa

As I talked about in the last post, the Park Hyatt Maldives is an incredible place and since I wanted to give everyone the best feel possible, I decided to divide my review into a few posts. This post will focus on the first “room” we stayed in, the Park Water Sunset Villa!

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Park Hyatt Honeymoon Trip Report:

So after our arrival we stayed the first 3 nights in a Sunset Water Sunset Villa. These rooms usually go for $1200-$1400 a night! But we only paid a fraction of that cost!  The picture below is the price for the same dates we went but for 2016.

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Cost
As we talked about in our MLE to Park Hyatt transfer post, it cost $500 a person to stay here before you pay for anything because that is what is charged for you Maldivian Airlines flight and boat transfer both ways.  This is unavoidable, but if you are creative with points, like those from the Barclay Arrival Card, this too can be offset.

Anyway, we had booked a total of 4 nights at the Park Hyatt Maldives.  2 of these nights were booked using 50K Hyatt points (25K/night) and 2 of these night were from the Hyatt Credit Card sign up bonus!  Between the Hyatt stays and manufactured spending I would guess that the 50K points cost me about $250.  So 4 nights on this island for $250!!  BUT, that just gets you into a regular, awesome Park Villa and this was our honeymoon – so I wanted better.

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park hyatt maldives review hotel over water park villa bungalow private diamond snorkeling reef

Once the rooms were booked I sent an email to the hotel stating my desire to pay for an upgrade and this was their response:

“Should you wish to confirm prior to arrival you may reserve the Park Water Villa with an additional charge of USD 365 +Tax (23.30% Service Charge & GST) and Park Pool Villa with an additional charge of USD 210+Tax (23.30% Service Charge & GST).  The charges for Park Sunset Water Villa would be US$ 610+Taxes.”

Since this was a once in a lifetime experience and we had paid very little thus far I wanted the upgrade.  I requested an upgrade to a Water Villa (the first 8 off the pier) for $450 ($365+tax) a night.  They confirmed our upgrade for our first three nights and gave us a free upgrade to the Park Pool Villa our final night (which will be our next post)!  Nice to save that $260!!

So, knowing we had this upgrade we were VERY EXCITED to see our little overwater house! Much to our delight, since it was our honeymoon they upgraded us to Villa 46 which is the first of the Park SUNSET Villas (usually $750 per night upgrade)!!

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Our spot!

The Villa

As I mentioned in the Overview, the Over Water Villas are numbered 38-50, with numbers 46-50 being considered the “Sunset” villas.  We were in Villa 46 meaning we were in the first of this upgraded level.

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Once we got off the boat and checked in we were brought here by golf cart through the island and down the pier to Villa 46.  Once inside we found a Diamond Welcome amenity, a fruit basket and a bottle of champagne waiting for us!  This was a great start!

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Diamond Amenity (different little snacks)

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Fresh fruit basket

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Champagne!!

We arrived at night so some pictures will be from that evening and others from during the day, which I think are a little better. Each of these villas are little self-sustained houses with electricity, air conditioning, WiFi, running water and satellite TV.

When coming through the door there is a built in desk to your left behind the bed with a mini bar, espresso machine, coffee machine, cabinets and an iPad! There are also windows above which can let in light or be blocked with the sliding wooden black-out panels.

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park hyatt maldives review hotel over water park villa bungalow private diamond snorkeling reef

Door to your private hut!

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To your right of the entrance

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Looking back from the front door

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A little further up the walk way

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The island

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View from the door

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Desk/Table in the back of the hut

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Espresso Machine

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Coffee maker in cabinet below

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Ice bucket and random pringles?

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Mini Fridge with mini bar

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Ipad with PH Maldives App open

Looking further around the room you see that there are sliding glass doors covering the other 2 walls which can be opened so that the room is almost completely open air OR closed with black-out sliding wooden doors placed over them for sleeping.  In the far corner is a chair and to your right (at the entrance) is a coffee table and couch.  In the center of the room is the king sized bed which features an outlet on the ledge behind the headboard.  In front of that is your TV and stereo system.

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Far corner with sliding glass door that fully opens

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View of the room from that corner

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TV, Stereo, DVD Player

Just past the couch to your right is the bathroom which features a tub and MORE sliding glass doors as well as lots of closet space, two sinks and a shower.

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Time to head to the bathroom

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Bathroom

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View from the bathroom…not bad!

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Sink and mirror (night shot)

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This has to be one of the better views from a bathroom mirror!

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Slippers! And a scale?? Who needs that here?

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Toiletries

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Large closet

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park hyatt maldives review hotel over water park villa bungalow private diamond snorkeling reef

Shower with skylight

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And now for the absolute BEST part of this place, THE DECK!  You can get to your private deck by any of the 3 sliding glass doors in the main room or the one in the bathroom.  The deck starts at the bathroom and continues around the corner of the main room and ends up surrounding half the room.  There is a round table with chairs, 2 lounge chairs and a BED. Yeah, you read that right, a nice lounge bed next to your tropical plant.  There are also stairs to go down into your our personal reef!  We would just sit out there sometimes and look down.  The water is so clear it is like looking into your own giant fish tank!

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park hyatt maldives review hotel over water park villa bungalow private diamond snorkeling reef

park hyatt maldives review hotel over water park villa bungalow private diamond snorkeling reef

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park hyatt maldives review hotel over water park villa bungalow private diamond snorkeling reef

park hyatt maldives review hotel over water park villa bungalow private diamond snorkeling reef

park hyatt maldives review hotel over water park villa bungalow private diamond snorkeling reef

park hyatt maldives review hotel over water park villa bungalow private diamond snorkeling reef

Our fish tank!

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So clear!

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Any restaurant suggestions?

This is usually where I tell you about a place to eat near by BUT your choices are limited on a secluded island! Check out the OVERVIEW post for the breakdown of your food options.

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View from the beach

CONCLUSION

In the end (not counting the transfer) the 3 nights in this Villa cost me 2 free night certificates25K Hyatt points and roughly $1,400 and it was WORTH EVERY PENNY! Especially since one of these usually goes for $1,400 A NIGHT!  (and since some of this was offset by wedding gifts and my Barclay Arrival points 😉 )

This was truly the best room that Katie or I have ever stayed in.  I love having the windows open and the ocean breeze and sound and smell, really everything about it!  So this was perfect.

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If you are going this far, to this hotel for possibly the only time, then you need to splurge for at least 1 night – it’s a must!  And here’s how to SAVE some money while there!

HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMEND 

In our next post we will be discussing the other room we stayed in, the Park Pool Villa!  Stay tuned!

Some night pictures!
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park hyatt maldives review hotel over water park villa bungalow private diamond snorkeling reef

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park hyatt maldives review hotel over water park villa bungalow private diamond snorkeling reef

12 Comments on “Hotel Review: Park Hyatt Maldives Park Water Sunset Villa

  1. I am wondering if you could tell me temperature wise whether the over the water villa temperature was unbearable? I have read some trip reports saying the AC did not function very well. We will be there the beginning of February 2016, so I am hoping this is not the case. You went in May, so surely that month was warmer, so any info would help. Cheers!

    • Hey Claire,
      I didn’t find it to be overly warm actually. You can’t really get the AC to go below the low 70’s but it was really fine. I could have used it a bit cooler but it really didn’t bother me and my wife who seems to have a very narrow comfortable temperature range never complained about it. Most of the day I would usually leave all the doors and windows open to try to get a breeze going through as it is a little windier in May.

      Have an awesome time there next month! Sounds like you will be in the Maldives at the same time we are in Thailand and Cambodia.

  2. Insect fogging twice daily at the resort is something they don’t tell you about. It’s not subtle, either- clouds of insecticide fog roll past the windows in your villa and are pretty thick. Made one of my children feel nauseous and throat closed up. Clouds of insecticide then rolled into the small private pool attached to our villa.

    Beautiful resort and attentive staff but dealing with thick clouds of insecticide twice daily was not fun.

      • The resort says it is year round, especially now with zika, dengue, and other health restrictions and issues. It’s not temporary.

        My wife did not really want our kids going in the pool after watching the insecticide clouds roll over and into the water daily.

        If they had at least informed guests it would help.

  3. I think people make the mistake of thinking of it as a somewhat “free” trip when they stay on points. Big mistake to think that.

    Required boat and small plane transfer to the hotel is $1,020 for two people. Food costs per day are easily $350 per couple and that is without alcohol.

    Almost every excursion costs between $400-$1,000 for two people- and that is per excursion.

    That also does not include 22% tax and svc charge on everything, from dinners to expensive excursions. That $600 excursion you and your wife took? Yes, add an additional 22% tax and service charge onto your $600 excursion cost to equal over $800 for just one two hour excursion.

    $777 USD per couple Champagne brunch, anyone? Yes, that is a number on their menu. Beautiful resort, definitely so, but please be aware.

    • I agree, people should be aware that they are going to a luxury resort on an island in the middle of know where and that by itself is going to come with a cost. With miles and points I think it is important to remember that even acquiring them comes with a cost so the goal for me is simply to reduce cost to a point where experiences that would otherwise be out of my financial realm are able to be paid for and experienced.

      A lot of the things you mentioned above we tried to get cheaper or avoid also. I used my Barclay arrival points to pay for the transfer for both of us and we had free breakfast (diamond) late in the day as well as brought snacks with us. This way we only really paid for 1 meal a day and generally tried to eat appetizers at the bar for dinner.

      There are also a number of free things to do like kayaking and snorkeling.

      So it can be done cheaply (compared to actual cost) but you are right that it is by no means free. Depends what you want your experience to be.

      Here was a post I did on saving money there: http://www.pointsmd.com/10-secrets-to-saving-big-money-at-the-park-hyatt-maldives/

  4. Really the only free things to do were kayaking, snorkeling, and yoga. No other free activities. And the breakfast is about $114 each day for 2 people with tax and service charge if you are Hyatt Platinum.

    It’s also worth noting that your host ( and several other people, such as the spa representative) show up at your breakfast table each morning trying to sell you on the $400-$600 per activity events. They’re nice about it, but it is pressure daily and rather uncomfortable.

    We did bring snacks and reviewed your suggestions to save money, but the place is ridiculously expensive and the same experience can be had at other gorgeous places for a fraction of the cost. We got really tired of eating granola bars at a $1,300 per night resort. The biggest thing that bothered my wife was the daily insecticide fogging, which got all over everything at our villa and made one of our kids have his throat close up.

    • Yeah, I would hope people would take a look at the prices of these things prior to getting there and let that guide if it is worth it or not. For us, we were perfectly happy to wake up late, eat, lay on the beach, kayak and snorkel for a few days. So although I looked into some of the excursion, they weren’t much of a factor in out decision making process.

      In terms of the people coming to the table, we actually only had a Spa person come up to us the first day, which worked out fine since we wanted a couples massage anyway (it was our honeymoon after all) and we were giving a 20% discount for booking it a day ahead.

      Other than that I don’t remember much of that, although I’m sure it could have happened.

      In the end, this place might not be for everyone and people should certainly know what they are getting into price-wise before going. There are many other beautiful places in the world that are far cheaper and I don’t plan to go back to the Maldives any time soon, but with that being said, I really did love it there and I am really glad we went.

      Hopefully some of your comments here will give people a fuller picture of the prices they want to look out for when going. Thanks for giving us your input from your experience.

  5. I also did want to add that the food quality was inconsistent and did not “wow” any of us.

    Breakfast was good but for $165 each night for dinner just for 2 people (and that doesn’t include alcohol), I would expect the food quality to be some of the best I’ve ever had. Unfortunately it was not. It was pretty inconsistent. This is an area I hope they work to improve in.

    • Like I said, I don’t think we ate an actual meal at any of the restaurants (just appetizers at the bar area), but one of the reason was that everything was so expensive I figured I wouldn’t feel it was worth it. I absolutely agree that if you are charging that much it should be excellent.

      I did really enjoy the breakfast and that is something I would have considered paying for. I think our dining experience certainly could have been skewed by eating a ton for breakfast around 10am each day that really kept us pretty full until the late evening.

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