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 first time in this paradise and both Maldives and Park Hyatt didn't disappoint and far exceeded my expectations. Getting to the island took more time as the island is remote (how else to get pristine waters, amazing unblocked views and quiet seclusion?) Service on the island was excellent, our personal host, Natalia, was attentive to all our needs and we could just let her (or any staff) know of our requests and it will be done. I also loved her sunny personality. Other staff worth mentioning by name - Satheesan, our host at the dining room and Pravin, the general manager who took time to speak to us and answer all our questions! Everyone we met was warm and welcoming.
Park Hyatt has a "back of house" tour where they take guests behind the scenes to show how the resort desalinates, filters and sterilizes sea water into drinking water, generate their own electricity, sort their waste and sends them appropriately to be recycled or disposed of, treat their sewage properly, how they manage their staff and keep them happy to work there, the staff's living quarters, and how they do their electrical, carpentry, engineering work - all in-house! The island itself is like a self-sustaining city and it is committed to being eco-friendly, and it is not just a company tagline on marketing materials. I was impressed!
I signed up for 2 snorkel courses and my instructors were ever patient and helpful, and clear with their instructions. During one course, when I took out my underwater camera during the "rest" time, and when Ibrahim, my instructor, thought I was not tired and could still go out, he accompanied me out to the reef again so that I could snap photos of the reefs and fishes. He didn't need to do that, but he did and I'm thankful! I also signed up for the Italian cooking class and the chef was very friendly and obliging to many culinary questions!
The reason for 4 stars and not 5, was because Park Hyatt messed up our arrival pick-up at Male International Airport. The representative they promised did not meet us and it was quite distressing to be stranded there while all other guests from your plane has been picked up by their hotel's staff. I was thankful for the sim card I bought at the last minute (even though by right, we don't need it at all). When we arrived, the staff didn't seem too apologetic about it but to us, this is a serious breach of service quality right at the start of our trip.
But after that blip, we decided not to kick up a fuss and wanted to enjoy our holiday, which we really did. We hope that should we return to Park Hyatt again, I can now give it 5 stars!
Sensational stay - most relaxed we have ever been. Customer service was exceptional, overwater room was stunning. Kept pinching ourselves to check it was real!! Stunning island, beautiful snorkeling. Boat transfer stopped to let us enjoy a huge pod of dolphins on our transfer back to Koodoo - amazing!!
It was our first time in this beautiful country and we did start with the right foot, staying in one of the most amazing places we have ever stayed. The hospitality was sublime since the beginning and the lovely staff tean made us feel home at all time.
We stayed in one of the park pool villas, a little nest with amazing comfort, private pool and access to the ocean.
During our stay we did guided snorkeling around the house reef, which they provide, along with the complimentary snorkeling gear, so you can do it whenever you want to.
The food was absolutely incredible, with traditional options and thw finest world cuisine. As vegans, we didn't have any problems, as they provide options and the chefs are flexible enough to prepare something special for you!
Glad we could experience this slice of paradise and we are so happy that they have won the price for the most sustainable hotel in the Maldives.
This was our second visit to the Park Hyatt and we were not disappointed. The attention to detail by the highly professional staff is outstanding. The quality of the food and variety is exceptional. The location itself is relaxing, exotic and extraordinarily beautiful. It was tough to leave.
The location is amazing; but what is ever more extraordinary is the personalized service. To give you an example: I casually mentioned to my host that I had missed watching the final episode of GOT because I was flying them. The next day morning, I had a usb stick mysteriously appear on my desk with guess what. And that was but the tip of the iceberg in terms of the extraordinary service.