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
My husband and I just returned from a five night stay at the Park Hyatt Maldives. This was our second visit to the property in two years. Despite the long trip from the US, this place is unlike anywhere else on Earth and worth the trip. This property has been extensively reviewed, so we’re just going to touch on some tips and highlights.
Seclusion—Despite the property being fully booked on this trip, compared to being at 20-30% capacity on our last trip, the resort never felt crowded. There are plenty of places for people to spread out on the island (private pools, private beaches, etc.), so fighting for a beach chair or pool chair just doesn’t exist at this resort. Even at full capacity, we often were the only people on the beach. If you are looking to get away from it all, it doesn’t get much better than this island.
Pools—While the main pool is beautiful, if you want an even quieter location, check out the spa pool. It is in a beautiful setting, and we were almost always the only ones there. We also had a private pool in our villa. The resort is currently adding pools to all the overwater villas, which will be a great addition.
Beach—I am a beach snob, and the main beach is the single most beautiful beach I’ve ever seen. I always joke at this beach that it’s like living in a screen saver. It’s perfect—warm, crystal clear blue water with almost no waves. The beach service is also great. They bring you a cooler with bottles of cold water and cups with ice each day when you arrive. They even come around a few times a day with an occasional complimentary mini-granita—Yum! I am not a huge fan of the private beaches behind the land villas, as most of them are rocky and hard to access. The waves are also generally much bigger at the private beaches.
Snorkeling—We snorkeled almost every day. The equipment is provided free of charge to all guests. The best way to snorkel is to go to the jetties and then use the stairs to access the water from there. Check with staff to see which route will be best for the day based on the currents. We saw turtles, sharks, and tons of fish. Other guests saw a family of Eagle Rays, but we missed those.
Food—The food at this resort is excellent, and we didn’t have a bad meal during our stay. The prices are expensive, but not unreasonable given the location of the hotel. We do receive free breakfast and evening appetizers for being Globalists, but we only spent about $600 on food for 5 days at the resort. Like most nice resorts, the mains are much more reasonably priced than desserts or appetizers. The chefs ordered some softshell crab for us and made us two custom meals with it, mimicking a dish we had during our last visit that was no longer on the menu. Those extra personal touches are what makes this resort stand out from others. And the crab? It was outstanding.
Transfers—We have now taken the boat trip to and from the island four times. Three times have been great. The boat ride we took to leave the hotel on this visit was unpleasant, at a minimum. The weather was stormy, and the waves were huge. It was 10 times bumpier than the bumpiest amusement park ride I’ve ever been on. Waves were crashing into the boat on all sides, even coming through the plastic barrier that encapsulated the boat. It would not be safe for older people or anyone with back problems, and I questioned if the boat could handle waves that size. The crew ensured me it could and that they go through even bigger waves, but it was still a mildly terrifying experience. Next time, I think I would stay an extra day in stormy weather to avoid that bumpy boat ride.
Staff—The staff here really know what they’re doing. They will take great care of you and make sure every need is met. Since this was our second stay here, the staff spoiled us with all kinds of extra goodies, which we weren’t expecting. “Surprise and Delight” is alive and well at Park Hyatt Hadahaa! We so enjoyed getting to know many of the amazing staff working at this hotel. We want to thank Shuja for taking such great care of us in the Dining Room throughout our visit—we’re sorry we didn’t get to say goodbye before leaving. Also thanks to Susitha for all the interesting conversations and extra flourishes in the dining room. Best of luck with your sommelier training. Shifaz was an excellent host again, just like last time. Simone was also extremely polished; he welcomed us the evening of our arrival and checked on us numerous times throughout our stay. Sangitha at the bar was the sweetest—great drinks and fun conversation. We also enjoyed chatting with Pravin, the GM, and Pravesh, the spa manager, both of whom were more than accommodating at all times.
Extra tips—If you like stargazing, definitely check out the night sky. We could see the Milky Way most evenings. Also, some nights we were able to spot bioluminescent plankton coming in with the waves on our private beach. It is subtle, but try watching the waves for a minute or two to see if you can see little glowing blue specks in the water.
Ideas to make this place even better—It would be lovely to not have to worry about bringing loads of sunscreen to the resort. Reef-safe sunscreen should be provided to all guests—and the resort could then ensure most guests were not wearing sunscreen that could potentially damage the reef. It would also be nice if the staff created a policy on guests blasting their music through cell phones or speakers at the pool. We couldn’t believe we saw this happen at this nice of a resort, but we did. People aren’t paying $1000 a night to listen to a teenager’s hip hop music while trying to relax at the pool.
Thanks again to entire fabulous and kind staff at PH Maldives! Considering the remote location of the island, it amazes me how many of the staff members are consistent year-over-year. It was like coming home to see old friends. We hope to see many of our old friends when we return, hopefully next year! We are bringing Mike’s mom next summer and can’t wait to come back! Thanks for another great vacation in paradise. Lauren & Mike
We had a very good stay at Park Hyatt Maldives. It was a vacation for my wife and I which we decided only a few days before going. But everything was smooth and flawless. We had a great time there. We recommended it to few closed friends and they are going!
From the time you arrive and are greeted by Natalja you feel welcome. She makes your stay there effortless and fun. The rooms are comfortable/private and solidly built by someone who understands design. master barstaff Sangheeta and Tanuj gently helped you unwind with just the right amount of elixers and food and Irene (yoga master and massage therapist extraordinaire) brought me to a new level of calm. Probably one of the best massages i have ever had.
Then there is the discover diving activity instructer Andrea. patient and thoughtful as well as experienced in diving and instructing. Absolutely fabulous experience.
I am going back as soon as i can.
My wife and I had a quick romantic getaway and had the best 5 days ever at the Park Hyatt in the Maldives. The staff made us feel special from the moment we got there right up to the moment we left. This was the cleanest, friendliest, best run resort we have ever visited. Ideal for couples.
amazing hotel and services they will guide and take care of you from Male Airport to last destination , all there services are in quality with fast response , few activities in the hotel mostly focus in divining , quite place for honeymoon and self relaxing