Updated on January 26, 2016
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!
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.
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 $250!! BUT, that just gets you into a regular, awesome Park Villa and this was our honeymoon – so I wanted better.
Once the rooms were booked I sent an email to the hotel stating my desire to pay for an upgrade and this was their response:
“Should you wish to confirm prior to arrival you may reserve the Park Water Villa with an additional charge of USD 365 +Tax (23.30% Service Charge & GST) and Park Pool Villa with an additional charge of USD 210+Tax (23.30% Service Charge & GST). The charges for Park Sunset Water Villa would be US$ 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)!!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
In the end (not counting the transfer) the 3 nights in this Villa cost me 2 free night certificates, 25K 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.
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