After six nights in a Park Pool Villa, we paid the up charge and moved to spend our last night in a Park Water Villa. This was our wedding anniversary, and who knows when we’d return to a place like this, so we had to splurge on the quintessential Maldives experience: an over water villa. While it was an awesome experience, I’m just too frugal to pay an additional $350 per night for an extended stay. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t very nice the day we stayed here, so we didn’t even get to take advantage of the most unique benefit, snorkeling directly from the room.
Overwater Villa – Park Hyatt Maldives
We had pretty good luck weather-wise during our stay, and we stayed busy with various activities on and around the Park Hyatt. Unfortunately on the last day, the winds picked up, and it rained off and on. We moved to the water villa during the cloudy morning of our last day. I had requested the furthest out (i.e. most private) villa that was available. We were assigned Villa 48, which is the 11th of 14 water villas along the pier.
The room contents were similar to our other room, but the layout was slightly different. I’ve already discussed our other room and the property itself, so I’ll keep my comments brief. Here is a photo tour:
There is a wrap around balcony with strategically placed/angled slats to increase privacy from other villas both on the balcony and in the room itself.
Due to the shape of the villa, the bathroom design was completely different from the pool villa. There is no outdoor shower or tub. The shower does have a skylight, so there is still natural light.
There are closets along the back wall. The toilet is nearest the bedroom, then the shower is beyond the sinks. The tub is located to have a nice view while bathing if that’s your thing.
We actually spent most of the day in the villa, but after a relaxing day we went back to the main areas of the resort for our last sundowner and dinner of this trip. (More discussion of dining on property here.) After returning to the villa and found this nice surprise waiting for us:
We had a relatively early morning since we had to check out and begin the journey back to Male then onward towards home. We had made arrangements to have our baggage picked up and taken to the speedboat, we got a little breakfast and then we were off, first to Kooddoo by boat, then a one stop flight to Male.
Final thoughts on the Park Hyatt Maldives
I was very happy to have experienced the Park Hyatt Maldives. It is a great place to visit. It is very difficult to get to, and it is rather expensive. The Maldives are so unique, I’ve never been anywhere else quite like it. I am not planning another trip here imminently, but I do hope to return to the Maldives someday. Where there are other great options, I would love to return to the Park Hyatt.
Our stay was not flawless, but it was very good. Any issues we had were minor, and were quickly resolved.