Hotel Review – Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa

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Family Travel Blog - Travelling with Kids

Close your eyes and think about a luxury Maldives resort, what thoughts rush into your mind? Can you feel the hot sun flowing over you and the pure white fine sand rubbing between your toes? Those are the things I think about, then throw in glorious sunsets over a beautiful white sand beach with overwater bungalows just off shore. Well the Maldives is all of that and a whole lot more.

We recently had the opportunity to stay at the Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa Beach Resort located 34 miles north of the equator on the North Huvadhoo Atoll (Gaafu Alifu) on its very own remote and secluded island. The resort comprises 50 private villas, 16 park villas, 20 park pool villas and 14 park overwater villas perched out in the turquoise waters of the idyllic Indian Ocean. Renovations had commenced on the overwater villas to add a plunge pool to each one. The first two are just about complete and will be available for hire in just a few weeks from writing this post.

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I organised this trip for Craig and I only, as a surprise for his 50th birthday. Craig and I take the kids everywhere and we have never had the opportunity to go away alone and this turned out to be perfect. I do believe that parents need a happy balance of time together and family time, Craig and I really do struggle with the balance for time alone. Having said that, I wouldn’t want to travel alone all the time, I miss the kids but I know it’s been good for all of us. Alannah is getting older now and it might be time to start having a few dates nights and leaving her home with the little ones for a few hours.

I knew that if I ever had the chance to travel without them I would make sure it was somewhere I was unlikely to take them and the Maldives was that perfect spot. Although since we arrived home they have been asking when will we take them there!

Getting there is half the fun right?

The resort is a fair hike from Malé, once you arrive at the International Airport you are escorted to the domestic terminal to wait for your flight aboard Maldivian Airlines to Kooddoo Airport (GKK). The reservations team at the Park Hyatt Maldives look after all the transfer details and will notify you a day or so prior to your travel date what you flight number and details are. All you have to do is arrive at Malé, the rest is taken care of.

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A little Dash 8 from Malé to Kooddoo. It was one noisy plane!!

No, you’re not there yet! On arrival at Kooddoo another hotel representative will escort you to a waiting golf buggy with your luggage for a short ride to the pier. Once aboard the waiting speed boat, you can relax with a cold welcome towel, iced tea and some homemade cookies while you kick back and enjoy the 30 minute speed boat ride over to the island.

The local Maldivian Airlines flights operate 4 times per day. Even if you are arriving late, there’s an 11pm flight from Malé which has you arriving at the resort at 2am. That is the time we got in after a mammoth 37 hour door to door trip, this was due to a last minute flight time change by Air Asia, for our flight from Kuala Lumpur to Malé. It’s all worth it once you arrive, I promise.

Once at the arrival pier, shoes become optional and barefoot is encouraged! The island is small enough to not require them again until you leave, unless the sand is too hot of course! There’s some luxurious and idyllic about packing your shoes away and having your feet connect with the sand for your whole entire stay.

The Park Hyatt Maldives takes up the whole island so you soon become very comfortable nodding hello and chatting to other guests. As there are only 50 villas there is a total of only 100-120 guests on the island during peak times. It is much less than that during the low season and I believe we would have come across at the most 80 other guests throughout our stay. One of the wait staff at breakfast told me that the resort was at 80% capacity and I can assure you, it definitely didn’t feel like it.

Park Hyatt Maldives – A luxury Maldives resort

What makes the Park Hyatt Maldives one of the best luxury resorts in the Maldives? It’s the feeling you get the minute you land at Malé International Airport and everything is taken care of. There is little for you to think about so you can sit back and enjoy the experience.

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The arrival jetty, provides a nice view of the island when first arriving

Because there’s only 50 villas on the island, once you are in your villa you would think you were on your own private island. You don’t see any other people in other villas surrounding you and it feels like it is only you and your partner/family on the island. All villas have their own walkway to the beautiful white sand beach surrounding the island,  which is accessed from the rear of your villa. I would sit outside in the sand on the beach each and every morning and watch the sunrise while annoying the little white crabs scurrying along the beach in front of me.

Villa Options at the Park Hyatt Maldives

We were able to move around the different villa types, see all 5 villa options below. All in all, I was extremely impressed with the size and style of all the villas, in times when accommodation options appear to be getting smaller across the board, the Park Hyatt Maldives was refreshingly large and very comfortable.

Park Villa

We stayed in a Park Villa for the first 2 nights of our stay. This is the base rate villa and as you can see is still very comfortable. What struck me on arrival was the dark, warm toned timbers throughout the villa, with the white king size bed and earth tone furniture. The tiled floors are cool underfoot which is nice when walking in from the warm sand. The low warm lighting was perfect for our 2am arrival. Needless to say I took a few quick photos and jumped straight into bed exhausted after our 37hr trip.

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This was the next morning, the outside of our villa

All villas have an open air bathroom with outdoor shower and bath. There is also an indoor shower and large bathroom with double vanities and wardrobes for hanging your clothes. There is also a safe in the wardrobe and ironing board and iron, not that anyone needs that in paradise right!

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Very welcome sight after arriving at 3am after a 37 hour journey

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The indoor bathroom, includes a shower and loo

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The outdoor bathroom, one showers not enough!

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His and her’s amenities on either side

The villas are quite large with plenty of bench space with international power outlets and a USB dock station for charging phones. We also carry a power board, therefore only requiring  one plug for all our power needs. The day bed and chair with footstool allows plenty of sitting room without always having to sit on the bed.

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Plenty of space in all the villas

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Lots of desk space for all our cameras and tech gear

The villas are all located around the perimeter of the island, allowing all to have private entrances to the beach. There are two sun beds, a table and an umbrella placed right at the entrance to the beach. So you can relax and watch the waves lap up to the perfect white sandy beach between snorkels.

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And we woke up to this view the next morning

Park Pool Villa

These villas have the same layout as the park villas with the only difference being the infinity plunge pool at the rear of the villa. If you are a World of Hyatt member you may be lucky enough to get a complimentary upgrade to this room although this is all dependent on occupancy rates. We were lucky enough to get an upgrade for 4 nights and we loved this villa. It was also on the best side of the island for sunrise viewing.

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The park pool villa, with infinity plunge pool leading on to the beach

This would be perfect for couples as there is more than enough room and comfortable sun lounges and a private plunge pool. The pool is cleaned every day when the room is serviced.

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Very comfortable deck area

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And when you get sick of your own private plunge pool there is always the ocean

Deluxe Park Pool Villa

These villas also have the same layout as the park villa but the difference here is an entertaining area around the infinity plunge pool. The pool is also slightly larger and the outdoor furniture is on a timber deck with overhead shade. There is also room for the sun beds if you would prefer to have them by the  pool instead of down near the beach.

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The deluxe pool and separate deck for larger groups

This is the perfect villa for couples with one child or people travelling in a group of 3.

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Plenty of room for a larger group to stay

Two bedroom Park Pool Villa

These are a new addition the the Park Hyatt Maldives and are perfect for larger families just like mine! You could easily fit a family with 3-4 kids in this very spacious villa. There are two seperate villas, the master has the same layout as above, the second part of the villa is separate with a glass walkway between so still fully enclosed.

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King size bed in the master suite with indoor and outdoor bathrooms as above

This villa had two king single beds with plenty of space that could easily fit a roll away bed if required. There is a second bathroom in this villa which is slightly smaller than the master but quite comfortable with everything the kids would need.

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Very comfortable for the kids or extended family don’t you think?

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Kids bathroom is more than suitable, agree?

Best of all the outdoor deck is the same as the deluxe park pool villa above with the extra large swimming pool and extra decking and entertainment area. It really is quite a large and comfortable villa and I would be more than over the moon with a villa like this for my family. In fact the kids are already asking for me to take them after seeing the photos.

Park Water Villa

These villas are breathtaking, built right over the coral with a jetty and ladder for you to jump straight in and snorkel around the most beautiful reef I have ever seen. We had the opportunity to move to a park water villa for our last night. They are an icon of the resort, built just off shore from the main entertainment area for the resort. The sunsets behind them and the villas are a feature of every one of my sunset photos.

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Our overwater villa for the last night at the Park Hyatt Maldives

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The buggy picked us up with our luggage and took us out to our overwater villa for the night

The villas are enormous, the king size bed is dwarfed in the middle of the room and surrounded by windows to take in the amazing azure blues of the Indian Ocean around you. With two day beds inside the villa strategically placed for taking in the postcard perfect views, there’s plenty of room to stretch out without having to always sit on the bed. The villa is also in the same dark timber tones that are warm and inviting, its a very comfortable villa.

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More than enough room for the 2 of us!

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So many windows to take in the views

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So best you put your feet up and enjoy the view with a good Lonely Planet guide I say!

I thought all my bathroom dreams had been filled with the outdoor bathrooms in the other villas, well this bathroom blew me away! The double bath tub was as big as a plunge pool and was surrounded by glass with gorgeous views. The separate rain shower has a glass roof that makes it feel like an outdoor bathroom. There is also plenty of wardrobe space and a double vanity. You do need to be a little careful as people can and do snorkel past the villas but once you are in the bath no one would be able to see you.

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Best bathroom view ever I think!

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Double vanities and his and her amenities just like the other villas

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Glass roof & a rain shower head

Each villa has a deck with a large double day bed with comfy pillows and two sun beds. As stated there is a ladder at the end of the deck for direct access onto the reef. We snorkelled off there a couple of times and saw so many fish, schools of them, loads of Nemos, reef sharks and Ben the turtle is believed to live between the last two. I didn’t see him as it was a bit choppy the day we were out there and the tide was strong.

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Awesome views from the deck

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I got really comfortable out there with my Lonely Planet and a beer, you can see the house reef and where is finishes. The best snorkelling is out were the dark blue starts

The end two villas are currently being renovated, removing the day bed and tree shown in the picture above and adding a plunge pool. The first two will be in operation at the end of September 2018. They work on these villas will take place during low season and will be done two at a time. I think this is great as it sounds the Park Hyatt Maldives is evolving and keeping their facilities up to date with the newer resorts that are opening in the Maldives.

Dining Packages at the Park Hyatt Maldives

There are a number of different options for dining packages at the Park Hyatt Maldives, including pay as you go or all inclusive packages. Dining at the Park Hyatt Maldives really sets the scene for why its considered a luxury Maldives resort.  I will detail all dining options for you below as it can be a bit confusing.

Bed and Breakfast inclusion

This option includes your villa rate with breakfast included. You will need to pay for all other meals and drinks as you go, billed to your room and paid before leaving. Depending on how much you eat and drink this could be a cost effective option.

Hadahaa Half Board

Half board is a seperate payment on top of your villa only rate and at the time of writing was US$130 per person. This includes your breakfast and a 3 course a-la-carte dinner every evening in the main dining room. If you decide to eat in either the Island Grill or on the Special Menu nights, you will be credited US$75 and will be charged the menu price. Most of this will be covered by your $75USD credit, depending on what you eat.

Hadahaa Full Board

Full board works the same as half board but also includes a 2 course lunch in the Dining Room for US$180 per person each day of your stay.

None of these options include beverages.

Hadahaa Premium All Inclusive

This package includes your breakfast, a 2 course a-la-carte lunch and a 3 course a-la-carte dinner from the main dining room each day of your stay. Package includes basic spirits & liqueurs, beers and house wines in both restaurant and the bar. Complimentary invitation to the Beach BBQ theme night held each Saturday evening and includes cocktails and canapés with the General Manager prior to dinner.

Also included is a private beach dinner for your party on an evening of your choice, this is worth US$395 per person per day.

Dining options at the Park Hyatt Maldives

The Park Hyatt Maldives is an intimate island therefore there are not many options for dining. However, the options available are more than suitable and food is plentiful so you definitely won’t go hungry. Below are the options for dining at the Park Hyatt Maldives.

The Dining Room:

The dining room serves breakfast between 7am to 10.45am, the  menu is a-la-carte and has quite a few options. There’s plenty of western fare including eggs and real bacon and an Asian style menu with noodles, dumplings and the Maldivian staple of tuna curry. Guests are able to select two items off the a-la-carte menu and there is also full buffet with breads, pastries, fresh tropical fruit, fruit yogurts, sliced meats and cheese platters.

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The Dining Room

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Inside the Dining Room

I only ordered one a-la-carte option and then followed with some fresh fruit afterwards, I found this plenty enough for me. I don’t tend to eat a lot when in humid warm climates, I had fresh orange juice and a glass of water with my meal. Craig would have a savoury dish from the a-la-carte menu as well as a sweet option such as crepes, french toast or waffles with a variety of fruits and berries. You could easily have a continental breakfast just from the buffet and still have plenty of options but the a-la-carte menu was really nice. With the option of having 2 choices it was easy to have a late breakfast and then only eat dinner. We had breakfast most mornings at about 10.30 so at lunchtime we were still very full and content.

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This was our favourite breakfast, the Hadahaa chilli eggs

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If you like something sweet, bet you can guess who had this?

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Something for everyone! I quite enjoyed the Asian breakfasts

This is also where they serve lunch and dinner from the a-la-carte menu. Depending on the package you buy lunch includes 2 courses and dinner offers 3. The meals included a variety of local dishes such as curries and plenty of local seafood and then western fare such as pork spare ribs, beef medallion, lamb shanks and crumbed chicken. Guests taking any of the packages listed above will be eating in the Dining Room unless you decide to take the US$75 credit and partake in any of the following options.

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I was bad at taking photos before eating, I’d make a terrible food blogger. Here are the pork spare ribs

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Craig was in seafood heaven most nights, a Tuna steak here! I don’t eat seafood so we rarely have it at home

The Island Grill:

The Island Grill operates between 7pm and 10.30pm from Saturday through to Thursday. A traditional grill with open wood fire ovens, there is a wide selection of meats and seafoods with many ingredients sourced locally from surrounding islands and the ocean. We had Craig’s birthday celebration here at the resort’s signature hotel. It has a relaxed atmosphere with low lighting and warm timber tones right on the sand so no footwear required. There’s even some swing chairs if you eat to much and need a rest between courses! We decided to eat teppanyaki style up at the bar and watch the master chefs at work.

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The Island grill during the day

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At night for the birthday boy’s dinner

The extensive menu consists of appetisers, soups, salads, sharing plates for 2 people, a selection of sides, items from the grill, chef’s specials and desserts. Being located on an island the menu is heavily seafood orientated but there is plenty for people, like me, that don’t eat seafood. Craig had grilled chilli prawns and I had garlic and rosemary cornish hen with seasonal vegetables and pomegranate sauce. For dessert Craig enjoyed a mango cheesecake with coconut ice cream and red currents, I had raspberry sorbet. The meal was delicious and we throughly enjoyed our dining experience.

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Chilli prawns, how’s the presentation! Craig said they were delicious

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My cornish hen, loved all the seasonal char grilled veggies

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Mango cheesecake for birthday dessert

The Bar:

The bar is open daily from 10am until late. Located between the beach and and the Dining Room, right next to the infinity pool. It’s a great place to escape the heat and relax with a cocktail or two. Stop by on your way in from snorkelling and enjoy a well-earned beer on the way back to your villa to refreshen up before dinner.

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The Bar, open daily for cocktails and bar snacks

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From the outside, located at the end of the resort pool

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Loved visiting the bar in the early afternoon

There is a bar snacks menu that includes fries, shrimp cocktail and dumplings for something light or something a little more filling such as a club sandwich, a greek salad wrap, fish and chips or a burger. If you have purchased the half board option, the Bar Menu is prefect to tide you over if you get a bit peckish in the afternoon and can’t wait for dinner. I had tandoori chicken and cucumbers one afternoon and it was delicious. We also had the burger and fish and chips late one afternoon after scuba diving and we ended up not eating dinner that evening and the burger in particular is enormous.

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Afternoon cocktails while watching the sunset

Park Hyatt Dinner Theme Nights

There are also private dining options, room service and theme nights such as the BBQ grill on Saturday nights, the Seafood buffet on Mondays and the traditional food on Wednesday nights if you feel like mixing it up a bit. These are all charged at an extra cost but as previously noted, if you have purchased a meal package you will receive US$75 credit for not eating in the Dining Room on those nights.

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Such an ideal setting, with an amazing backdrop of the overwater villas

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The BBQ grill buffet on our first night, this theme night is held each Saturday on the beach

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Executive chef at the BBQ grill buffet dinner

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So many different food options at the BBQ grill buffet

The Vidhun Spa at the Park Hyatt Maldives

On our first day we were treated to an indulgent couples relaxation massage at the Vidhun Spa. It was just what I needed after a long trip to the island and it set the scene for the rest of the week. The Vidhun Spa only use natural products providing healing properties that sooth the mind and soul. I think the Vidhun Spa definitely creates the allure of a luxury Maldives resort.

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The Vidhun Spa entrance

On arrival you walk through the spa pool area, serene and calm and no one around. We were welcomed by the Vidhun Spa Manager and given chilled coconut and lime juice with a sprinkle of cracked pepper. The weather is very warm and humid and I was still adjusting so the chilled lemongrass hand towel was a nice touch while drinking my coconut water and completing the required medical paperwork. This paperwork outlines any injuries or aliments that may be an issue and better enables your masseuse to provide the best treatment and experience for you.

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Delicious! I’m not normally a fan of coconut water, but this was lovely and refreshing

Once the formalities are over you are taken through to one of the five spa villas, all have Maldivian names and ours was Malikuruvaa, a native flower. All 5 have stand alone bathrooms, where you undress and slip into your disposable nylon underwear provided for the purpose of the spa treatment. You are also provided with a comfortable cotton robe and slippers for getting around. There is a double vanity  in here as well as a shower and steam room to remove all the excess oils after your treatment. Outside, although still in your spa villa, is an outdoor shower, double bath tub and an L shaped outdoor lounge to relax in after your treatment.

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Very comfortable outdoor area to relax after your massage

Once ready and robed we were escorted to our treatment room, we started with a relaxing foot and calf massage in a bowl of warm water with a sprinkle of the signature sea salt with camphor and peppermint oil. After this we were straight onto the massage tables for our 1hr relaxation massage. Our masseurs used hoonu oil, produced from rose and sandalwood. My masseur, Irene, invited me to smell the oil before commencing and then placed it underneath the table so the steam would rise and I would be able to smell the scent throughout my massage. Irene had just the right amount of firmness, attending to a number of knots in my shoulders and focused heavily on my back which was great after being sat in an economy seat for 30 odd hours. It was so good at the end I could hear Craig snoring next to me!

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I was very much looking forward to this massage after such a long flight

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In our robes and ready to go!

At the end of our treatment we sat out under the pergola and sipped on herbal tea while relaxing on the lounge in our deluxe cotton robes. We took our time as there was no urgency for us to leave. We then  had showers and got dressed before leaving the treatment villa. This was wonderful as I didn’t have to put my clothes straight back on and walk back to my villa all oily. It was a great way to start our holiday and definitely set the scene for what was to come.

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Plenty of time to relax and take your time without getting rushed out afterwards

The Park Hyatt Vidhun Spa Gymnasium and Yoga Room

Both the gymnasium and the yoga facilities are very adequate at the resort. The gym has a lot of equipment including a range of cardio, strength and free weights, enough to keep any fitness guru entertained. The room is tidy, clean and air conditioned, smelled almost new. Guests can use the gym 24 hours, 7 days per week.

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The Vidhun Spa Gymnasium

Yoga is available from qualified instructors either in the purpose built yoga room, your own villa or at the end of the jetty. What would be more perfect than enjoying yoga at the end of the jetty at sunrise, my favourite time of the day. Yoga classes are available 24 hours, 7 days a week via reservations and is an extra cost that will be added to your account.

The Park Hyatt Maldives Dive Centre

Snorkelling

Diving in extremely popular in the Maldives and I was very keen to snorkel at the very least once a day throughout our stay. On our first day we went to the dive centre and picked up our snorkel gear that we would keep with us for the duration of our stay. Our first snorkelling experience was straight off the beach behind our villa. Hadahaa Island is completely surrounded by a coral reef and the sea life was brilliant, like nothing I have ever seen before. There were schools of tropical fish everywhere and I didn’t know where to look. The parrot fish were as big as our barramundi’s up in the Northern Territory! That’s big!

I have 4 animals on my snorkelling bucket list, Nemos (remember in Thailand I got super sea sick and missed out), reef sharks, turtles and whale sharks. Quite the list hey! Well, I got to tick all of them except the whale shark. There were so many Nemos (Anemonefish or Clownfish) everywhere, a different kind to what we see in Australia, these were much larger and only had one stripe across their backs. I saw a few black tipped reef sharks on the edge of the coral, right where it drops away into the Indian Ocean. Unfortunately Craig never got a good shot of any of them. Ben the sea turtle lives out near the overwater villas, I went looking for him but didn’t find him while I was snorkelling. I snorkelled every day (when I wasn’t scuba diving) and loved being able to jump off our deck on our overwater villa and straight on to the reef.

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So many Nemos! They are native Maldivian clownfish, these only have one stripe

Scuba Diving

Craig discussed scuba diving with the instructors, as he is PADI certified although he hasn’t dived for over 20 years. I had never scuba dived although it’s something I’d always wanted to do. Craig discussed the costs and what would be involved in me experiencing scuba diving for the first time. Craig felt the Maldives would be the perfect spot to have a go as if it turned out I didn’t like it, at least I had tried in one of the most beautiful place in the world to do it.  With Craig being PADI certified, this bought the cost down significantly and we decided is was too good an opportunity to miss. So we booked in for a couple of days later.

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Ahhh scuba! So nice to learn something new

Scuba… where do I start! I was so nervous, the first lesson was in the pool and I panicked. I lost confidence and I didn’t think I would be able to do it. I found it hard to breath in the resort pool and I kept floating. Riswan my instructor was wonderful, he was reassuring and helped me slow my breathing down. Riswan was confident I would be ok on the house reef as I had mastered the required skills in the pool. I was still nervous and the gear was so heavy.

We headed out to the pier, I took a deep breath and stepped off into the ocean. As I was inexperienced Riswan had to stay with me all the time literally holding my hand. As we descended into the ocean he was watching me very closely and making sure my breathing was consistent and slow. Just as we started to swim off, Riswan pointed to a turtle on the house reef. I was so excited and squeezing his poor hand like a maniac. This totally took me by surprise and from there I was able to breath really naturally. I felt fantastic and my eyes where like dinner plates! I couldn’t believe all that I was seeing and I followed the turtle until he swam off on me! He was a bit quicker than me! We stayed under for 40 mins and I could have stayed a lot longer.

We got back to the dive centre and I was keen to have another dive before we left the Maldives. We discussed prices and again decided whilst the price was a stretch, we would probably never have another chance to dive in the Maldives. This next dive took us about 20 mins from the island by boat into the middle of the atoll. Riswan decided to come with us again and we dropped off the back of the dhoni (traditional Maldivian boat made of timber) on to a gorgeous reef.

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And I’m off! No stopping me now

The water was so unbelievably clear and so many more tropical fish. I nearly had fish running into my face mask there was that many of them, whole schools of fish! The coral was amazing and we went down to about 12m. I was diving between coral formations and loved every minute of it. Again there were loads of clownfish and I saw some more reef sharks although they were in the distance and swimming away from us. We circled this reef twice over 50 mins and just as we were about to surface I saw my favourite, another turtle! I had the biggest smile on my face, my eyes wide and happy. The look of a person now hooked on scuba diving!

We climbed back onto the dhoni and I sat with a very content look on my face while we returned to the island. Little did Craig know I was already planning where I will get PADI certified next year. Thinking about how much the kids would love it and wondering if I could possibly make it work that we could dive again before heading home. It wasn’t to be, you can’t fly for 18 hrs after your last dive and it wasn’t going to work. Not a bad turn around for someone who has traditional been a bit afraid of the ocean, remember I’m Victorian and we have huge great white sharks down here! I still don’t think I will dive in Australia, maybe on the Great Barrier Reef but definitely not down south. So Riswan, if you read this you have created a monster and we will be heading to Malaysia next year to get me and the kids PADI certified.

Kayaking

There are kayaks on the beach for use by all guests. You are welcome to grab them throughout your stay, you just need to go to the dive centre to get the paddles. Make sure you return them to where you got them parked on the beach. We talked about taking the kayaks out each day but we ended up getting side tracked with snorkelling and scuba diving.

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You can drag the kayak straight into the water from the beach

There are also really cool transparent plastic kayaks that you can hire from the Dive Centre for US$25 per hour. It would be great to put young kids in and paddle around the reef if they were too young to snorkel. The bottom of the boat would act as a large glass  bottom boat and you would get the same effect as snorkelling without having to get wet.

The Dhoni

A Dhoni is a traditional Maldivian fishing boat. The resort has a dhoni that was created specially for the purpose of Park Hyatt Maldives reception, located just off the arrival jetty. Unfortunately during our visit the Dhoni was under maintenance to ensure it lasts for many years to come.  We got a great photo of the roof of the Dhoni but I asked our host to send me some photos of it in its heyday. It really is a beautiful structure and both Craig and I were disappointed not to see it properly in all it’s glory.

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The beautiful Dhoni, guest reception area. Would have loved to have seen finished

Eco-friendly Park Hyatt Maldives

The Park Hyatt Maldives really cares about their environment and goes to great lengths to be eco-conscious. They are a plastic free island, this includes plastic bottles in the bathrooms. All bathrooms have refillable ceramic bottles, refilled daily with high end quality products. I washed my hair twice a day with the products provided and didn’t have any issues. They have there own desalination plant and provide reusable glass bottles with filtered water to each villa daily. There are also no paper cups or plastic straws.

We took a behind the scenes tour with the resort’s engineer, he took us through their living quarters and explained how it is this little island functions. There are 20 different nationalities working on the island, they work 6 days a week and go home to their families once a year for a months leave. The day after we got home I saw on Instagram the Park Hyatt Maldives has been awarded the Green Globe Standard 1.7 certification for the next 12 months. This award is in recognition of efforts towards sustainable tourism, these awards aren’t handed out for nothing and I congratulate them on a top effort by all the team.

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Staff quarters located in the middle of the island

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The water filter room, no plastic bottles on this island

Staff shout out!

Behind all great resorts and hotels is a group of dedicated, hard working staff. There’s a few I would like to call out here and say thanks for doing a great job and making our holiday delightful.

Ann – thank you for accepting my proposal for a sponsored stay, i hope I have delivered and I will continue to sing the praises of the Park Hyatt Maldives at every opportunity.

Anne – thank you for being our host during our stay, you made everything seamless and enhanced our stay 10 fold. We loved the extra touch of receiving the sunset photos once we had arrived home, just when I was dreaming of being back on the island – exceptional timing on your behalf.

Shuja – you were there every breakfast and dinner, your dedication having been working at the resort since it opened is admirable. Craig cooked your butter chicken when we arrived home and it was a really big hit with the kids, I can see it’s going to be a popular dish in this house and we will think of you each time we have it.

Riswan – you created a monster! In a few years time I’m going to return to Hadahaa and all 5 of us will dive with you, not because you have to dive with me like this time because I want you to see the passion you ignited in a whole family not just me, eternally grateful for you opening up this new, awesome world to us. I will also blame you if I have to sell a kidney to fund my new hobby! Joking of course!

Pravin – thank you for welcoming us to the Park Hyatt Maldives, you are surrounded by an exceptional team of hard working and dedicated employees. Behind a great team is a great and well respected manager. Next time you are in Melbourne, shout out and we will take you to the footy for a pie and a beer.

Cost

The cost is the only downside of visiting the Maldives, it’s not a cheap place to get to and its not a cheap place once you arrive.  I minimised costs by flying budget and managed to secure return flights from Melbourne to Malé for A$550 return, this meant we could upgrade our resort.

As always my go to for all accommodation bookings is Hotels Combined, click link for current prices. I also recommend checking other third party aggregators such as Agoda as prices can often vary by substantial amounts.

Secondly, I recommend becoming members of these hotel chains. I’m a World of Hyatt member and this entitles me to a complimentary room upgrade depending on levels of resort occupancy. It’s definitely worth having and in my experience I have always managed to receive a room upgrade.

Our Verdict

This resort is amazing, it is perfectly suited for couples and while they are really trying to increase their family friendly share of the market there’s a few things you need to keep in mind when booking this resort for your family. Firstly, there’s no kid’s club. If you are the type that enjoys your child going to kid’s club, this is not the place for you. However, if you are the type that loves to spend one on one time with your children, happy for them to challenge themselves and happy for them to try now things and are confident to let them explore snorkelling and even scuba diving this is the place for you. There is little for kids to do other than water sports, in our family that’s fine as my kids are confident to try new things and love being our in the water.

luxury Maldives resort

We loved every minute of our stay at the Park Hyatt Maldives and I really hope to get back there one day.

It’s a long way to go so make sure you have enough time to arrive, get over the flight and then fully relax before even contemplating the return trip home! I recommend at least 5 days, anything less in a luxury Maldives resort like this, wouldn’t be long enough I say! We stayed 8 days and it was perfect.

Have you been to the Maldives? Would you consider going with your family or take the opportunity and go alone? Tell me your thoughts in the comments below.

Safe travels,

Sal & Craig (No3kidsthistime)

Disclaimer: We had a mutually beneficial arrangements with the Park Hyatt Maldives, however as always, our opinion is our own.

 

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4 Comments on “Hotel Review – Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa

    • Thanks Jenny, I would definitely consider going to the Maldives for Jay’s birthday. I reckon your boys would love that 2 bedroom villa, although I do recommend a ‘no kids’ break, you guys definitely deserve to spoil yourselves and the Park Hyatt Maldives would be just prefect I think.

      Sal & Co.

  1. Oh gosh it looks divine here! If I ever get the chance to go away without the kids I know where I’m going! Or maybe I’ll just have to take them anyway…

    • Hi Emily,

      I would happily take my kids there, the kids would have really enjoyed the wonderful snorkelling opportunities and beautiful calm white sand beaches. However, if you can spoil yourself and get away with out the kids, it’s definitely the perfect place to treat yourself!

      Thanks
      Sal & Co.

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