Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa
What We Love
- Daily breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
- Stunning house reef a few feet from the beach and access to 30 dive sites nearby
- The sublime Vidhun Spa offers over 30 indigenous treatments and a yoga pavilion
What To Know
- A 10 percent service charge per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- It's remote: a 45-minute flight from Malé and a further 30-minute speedboat ride
- There's no kids club onsite, the resort is better suited to couples
- Free WiFi
- Room Service
Designed by renowned architect Soo K. Chan, Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa blends mod design and all the trappings of a tropical island retreat. Sleek open-plan public areas and 50 luxe villas dot the palm-studded white sand island and images of spectacular marine line from the resort’s house reef decorate the walls. Ceilings are high, lines are clean and the decor is a minimalist collaboration of white stone, chunky black furniture and Scandinavian-style native wood.
Bed and Bath
This all-villa retreat is made up of 36 villas located right on the beach (with or without a private pool) and 14 overwater villas with direct access into the Indian Ocean. The light-flooded rooms are all incredibly spacious (starting at 1,184 square feet) with floor-to-celing windows and high ceilings. The monochromatic color scheme is broken up by splashes of chocolate and burnt orange. All have large outdoor terraces with daybeds and private bathrooms with rainshowers and terrazzo tubs and access to a butler-style private host is included.
For a truly tropical experience, head to the Island Grill, a toes-in-the-sand restaurant with an open kitchen and wood-burning oven. The Dining Room sits next to the infinity pool and offers all-day snacks and à la carte dishes in the evening. Modeled on an enormous upturned dhoni (a traditional Maldivian fishing boat), the Dhoni Bar is an impressive spot to sink a cocktail. Or if you’d rather hunker down in the confines of your villa, room service is available 24 hours a day.
In the Area
This remote retreat is located in the Huvadhoo atoll, one of the deepest coral reef lagoons in the Maldives, which means the diving is spectacular. The house reef is full of diverse marine life and can be explored independently or on a guided tour with the resident marine biologist. The resort is a 45-minute flight from Malé and a further 30-minute speedboat transfer so day trips are a little tricky but the property offers a range of activities including Maldivian cookery classes, yoga sessions and snorkeling excursions.
How to Get There
This hotel has been on our bucket list for awhile, and this month we were fortunate to visit for our honeymoon.
Quick facts about our stay:
- Stayed 7 nights (6 in Park Pool Villa and 1 in Sunset Park Water Pool Villa)
- Opted for Premium All Inclusive for entire stay
- Globalist status
Our stay exceeded our expectations in every way, and we had pretty high expectations. The hotel is very eco-friendly and the architecture of the rooms succeed in not taking away from the natural beauty of the island (unlike some larger resorts).
* Accommodations *
We loved our Park Pool Villa room. The Park Villa rooms for the most part are all tucked away behind jungle vegetation from the beach. This guaranteed privacy when in the Villa as you can only see the beach in front of you. When you’re on the beach in front of your Villa, you can’t see any structures other than the sand, the sea, and the island jungle. Most of the time, it felt like we were on a deserted island yet we knew the hotel was booked at full capacity! We loved having a pool as part of our room as we transitioned frequently between ocean and pool in the privacy of our own villa. We also loved the outdoor shower and outdoor bathtub. If you have the chance to upgrade to the pool villa, we highly recommend it!
On our last night, we moved to a Park Water Villa and were graciously assigned Villa 51 (the one at the very end). This was an amazing room with unobstructed views of the ocean and complete privacy from any neighbors. Snorkeling was also a few steps away off our dock. There is a plunge pool for cooling off as well as a massive bathtub inside - we used this as sort of a hot tub - bath salts are provided of course :)
Both rooms were amazing and unique in their own ways. However, if push came to shove and we had (I mean had) to pick a favorite we’d go with the Park Pool Villa for its lush jungle, and proximity to the beach and sand in our toes!
* Staff *
Each family has a host who serves as the main liaison between the guest and the hotel. The host checks you in, shows you around, book dinners, and more. Our host was Natalia and she was very genuine and sweet. The timelines of her contact and the information she provided shows that she clearly understands the balance of the perfect level of support. She was always available and seemed to show up right when we needed her without us having to call. We got the impression she truly cared about our experience and did her best to give us an amazing honeymoon. Thank you Natalia!
The staff at the hotel were top notch - they exceeded our expectations in their professionalism and kindness. Most of the staff have been at the hotel for several years and are very knowledgeable, gracious, and friendly. The staff are from all over the world and each member had a unique story for what brought them to the Park Hyatt Hadahaa. Take the time to learn about them and their stories as you enjoy your time in paradise. It’s worth it and really helps to feel like you’re part of the island family.
* Food & Drink *
While it is a small resort, the restaurants that were on the hotel had pretty extensive menus that included dishes from all over the world. We had the opportunity to try most of the dishes given our stay length and the All Inclusive package. For the most part, they were well executed and were excellent from a presentation perspective. The only issue you might run into (especially when eating to maximize your value with All Inclusive) is you’ll get a bit tired of the options on a longer stay.
The same sentiments apply to the bar - the bar menu is very extensive and there are wines and liquors from all over the world - note: there’s also a premium for some items that aren’t included with any All Inclusive packages. All of the drinks were delicious and pretty - contrary to the food, we didn’t get tired of them! Pro tip: if you’re doing any kind of All Inclusive that includes the drinks, get a bottle of wine at the bar or an ice bucket full of beers and bring it back to your room to enjoy.
* Conclusion *
One feedback we’d like to give to the hotel is we would love to see some literature or detailed guide on all of the different wildlife on the island and in the nearby waters. We saw a ton of amazing fishes while snorkeling (including reef sharks!) but would have liked information about them readily available by the hotel in our rooms. The same applies for the fruit bats and various reptiles on the island. We are sharing the island with the wonderful animals and it would’ve been fun to learn a little more about them.
Overall, our experience was phenomenal. Each day we were astounded by the beauty of the island and the kindness of the staff. We look forward to coming back to Park Hyatt Hadahaa in the future.
A most memorable experience for my first trip to the Maldives. It is a longer traveling distance compared to many other resorts but, trust me, it is worth every minute spent. No need to describe the beaches and the fine white sand, every video about the Maldives shows them. What was really remarkable was the cleanliness, the wonderful care and consideration from all the staff, the quality of the food and the peaceful and relaxed atmosphere, day and night and whatever the activity we were engaged in. Personally, my favorite spot was the hidden swimming pool by the spa , surrounded by trees where different varieties of birds are having singing competition the whole day .This exclusive little place offers garden shaded double beds where we spent hours reading and relaxing every day.
We returned from Hadahaa 3 weeks ago and already considering a second visit. A special thanks to the energetic , pleasant and enthusiastic General Manager, Mr Pravin Kumar. Wonderful job from all points of view. And how can we forget our young and wonderful host and friend , Mr Murtaza , who looked so efficiently and discreetly after our needs .
I do however have one small recommendation. I did not like the fact that we call the photo shoot offered by the resort “ complimentary“. What is complimentary is one photo print, that’s all. Otherwise it costs USD 550 for 20 prints. This is a friendly recommendation, otherwise we love the place and we shall return.
Sarka and Matar
This review is oriented towards people going to the Maldives for a special occasion or first timers and those that would maybe go on a luxury holiday once every couple of years.
Basically if you fall into that category, rest assured that this resort will meet every expectation you have of the Maldives and weather permitting you will have the exact type of Holiday you dream of. It is one of the few places that I have gone to that really looks as good in person as the professional marketing Photos and where the service levels match the quality of the location.
We stayed 10 days in November for our wedding anniversary, 5 days in a beach villa and 5 in an overwater.
To cover off a few of the key points:
Location - The resort is very remote. The downside to this is it's a 1.5 hour domestic flight and 30 minute speedboat ride from Male. I would advise that unless you arrive in Male very early in the morning you are better to stay one night in Male and then catch the first flight to Hadahaa in the morning. This will get you there around 1pm and allow for plenty of extra sun. The upside is it feels amazingly peaceful and quiet.
Weather - We had 8 days of perfect weather before we even saw rain. It rained briefly on day 9 after which the climate was a bit more south East Asian in terms of humidity and brief showers. The general consensus when I spoke to people is November is not the best for weather so we were lucky, but the dry season from December to April is usually consistently like we experienced for the first 9 days.
One word of warning would be the sun. I live in Australia, so I am use to an intense sun but it was even at a level above that in the Maldives. In 10 days we used about 2 litres of sunscreen. Actually one minor thing the resort could improve is to offer sunscreen at the beach, or at least offer it for a bit cheaper at the gift shop.
Resort & Facilities - The resort is simply laid out and everything is easy to walk to and it's easy to jump in the water and swim from your room onto the main beach, sunbake there and then get lunch. This isn't possible in some of the largest resorts unless you fancy a marathon swim or a bike ride. The resort never felt full and you always felt you had a lot of privacy, even though it was at capacity for at least half the days we were there (due to thanksgiving). Facilities are good for a resort of this type, offering a Spa, gym & gift shop.
Rooms - We spent 5 days in each and I recommend a water villa over a beach villa. We didn’t use the pool in the beach villa once as you have the best pool ever all around you, and although it was nice to have direct beach access the main beach is so nice and so quiet that we spent as much time there. The Water Villas give a bit more privacy and are also quieter. We did experience a little bit of generator noise being audible in the Beach Villa, which hopefully could be fixed with an eventual move to solar. I feel the best water villa number would be around 39 - 45 as these are not so far from the main island (we stayed in 39).
Rooms are luxurious inside and up to the standard you would expect in this sort of resort. They are well maintained and the cleaning staff do an adequate job. I have heard some people say they are small for Maldives but honestly I can't imagine why you would want more room if you are a couple.
Beaches & Reef - It has a beautiful house reef which has been cared for and not built over like in some resorts, we swam it for 10 days and didn't get tired of it, it's perhaps not as colourful as some places but the marine life is amazing. We saw turtles, rays, hundreds of types of fish, sharks (tiny harmless ones) and when we went further out on a boat Dolphins and even a Whale.
The beaches are stunning, with the main beach been as good as you could ever ask for. Sun Lounge wars were not as bad as at other resorts, I only saw them full on a couple of occasions.
Ambiance - It's laid back but still has the luxury feel of a Hyatt. The overall feel is one of happy tranquility with a good mix of different guests. One thing I really like is that there are no powered Water Sports directly at the resort. This means a lot more peace and quiet and also an undamaged reef. You can take a short trip to another island (15 minutes) if you want to do powered water sports. Same goes for the Hotel having a no drone policy which I applaud. I can't think of anything worse than laying on a beach in the middle of nowhere and seeing an influencers drone buzz overhead.
Service - The service was the best I have experienced at a resort. In particular I want to praise our guest host Andrew who did an amazing job of not just anticipating but exceeding our needs. The local staff are more reserved compared to somewhere like Fiji, but over time they warm up and they will do everything they can to accommodate your requests.
Food & Beverage - Variety and quality was good and up to standard for this kind of resort. I was glad to see a mix of local, Asian and western foods without too many heavy American & European dishes which don't suit the climate. We were on half board which I think you could manage to stick to on a shorter trip, but we added in a few different dining options over the 10 days so that we had enough variety. I would recommend the Maldivian Family Feast and at least one of the private dinners if possible. In terms of drinks, they are reasonably priced and the bar staff do a good job, I would think that if you plan on drinking 10+ drinks a day as a couple full board is probably good value.
Activities - There is a good range of activities which are quite pricey but worth it if you have a longer stay planned. The two standout activities we did were the Lucky Dolphin cruise and the trip to the nearby Muti Fushi island, where you can do water sports and just chill out basically all alone on a desert island. As I don't dive I can't give a recommendation on that aspect.
Overall it was an amazing resort which will live up to every positive expectation that you have of the Maldives. Really apart from a few minor improvements the resort couldn't do a better job and I am thankful to them for providing us with so many memories. The worst thing apart going was it set such a high bar for the rest of our holidays that now I don't know what we can do that will match it.
We visited Park Hyatt Maldives over New Year, for a family break with kids aged 7 and 9.
The resort is simply beautiful, with super friendly, attentive staff, and an ever present GM and management making sure that everyone is comfortable and enjoying their stay.
Accommodations are superb (whether the entry-level Park Villas, or the amazing Water Bungalows), with loads of privacy, space and every amenity one could wish for. WOW bathrooms throughout! The clever resort design means all residences guarantee some kind of privacy, whether directly over the water, or on isolated corners of pristine beach! The resort was in fact full, but one would barely see any guests around. Our resort host - Ali - was amazing and so attentive and ever smiling, and even arranged a free room upgrade for us midway through our stay!
F&B was top notch, and the NY eve party and food display, was really high end. We initially booked the Platinum all-inclusive plan, but chose to downgrade after a couple of days. Alcohol is of course pricey, like everywhere else in the Maldives, so if you plan to drink and eat loads, it is definitely worth it (note - 'plan' consumption only applies at the bar, pool or common areas, but not in the villas). The Kids Menu was well priced and extensive, available across all F&B outlets.
We unfortunately experienced 2 days of heavy rains during our stay, but even this had its charm in such beautiful surroundings. Snorkeling the house reef is a technicolor experience not to be missed, and one could literally spend hours taking it all in.
Everything comes at a high price of course, but given the remote location, the high costs are understandable.
A couple of cons:
- Being very remote, Hadahaa is at least a 2 to 3 hour journey from the main airport in Male. Syncing your journey with the local (schedule) flight slots, means you can easily lose half a day to reach or depart the resort.
- The absence of a direct circling 'lagoon' made the open seas often rough, and did not permit easy snorkeling the beautiful reefs, especially for young children.
But other than this, Hadahaa was a truly exceptional holiday, and I hope we will be fortunate enough to one day return.
Highly recommended! Well done Park Hyatt !!
Loved the serene view of the hotel and so the staffs are,foods are awesome with varieties,would like to thank the entire kitchen members and the service members who really took good acre of us.specially goes out to the restaurant manager.