The Resort – Park Hyatt Hadahaa
The tagline for the Park Hyatt Hadahaa in the Maldives is ‘barefoot luxury’ – and I honestly don’t think I can think of a more fitting description. The 5* private island resort is pure luxury. Hadahaa is one of the most southern islands of the Maldives, situated only 55km north of the Equator, and one of the smaller islands at only 21 acres. The resort only has has fifty villas meaning it is exceptionally tranquil and offers the utmost privacy. What I loved most about the Park Hyatt was the luxurious pool area and the accompanying beach area which has sun lounger and Cabanas all facing one of the most beautiful sunsets I’ve ever seen. The island was at capacity while we were there and there was always plenty of free sun loungers by the pool or beach. As soon as you’d take a seat a member of staff would be over with iced water and a cocktail and snack menu. The service was amazing and the staff were all so welcome and friendly.
The resort is also located within one of the largest and deepest Atolls in the world, North Huvadhoo, meaning it is excellent for snorkelling and diving – read more about this below in my ‘Things to do’ section.
The Park Hyatt Hadahaa is home to one of the most beautiful sunsets I’ve ever seen. You can watch it from your own private cabana at the beach bar, from sun loungers on the beach or at the pool, over dinner the restaurant or from the dusk jetty.
The Villa – Beach Villa
has water villas, sunset water villas, beach villas and pool beach villas – see more here
. We stayed in a beautiful beach villa which had floor-to-ceiling windows making, king-size bed, a private outdoor bathroom with a rain shower and bathtub. We also had a very private and secluded outdoor deck and sun-loungers and access to a very secluded area of the beach. If you really dislike small reptiles and insects I would highly recommend a water villa as there was quite a few bugs around our villa. Having said that, the staff did tell us if there were any bugs bothering us to let them know and they would send someone to our villa but they really didn’t bother us to be honest.
The one and only downside to staying in the Park Hyatt Hadahaa is that it is quite a trek from Malé which is where international flights fly into. We needed to get an internal flight and a boat to the resort but once we stepped onto the jetty of the island it was honestly so worth it. What’s more, the travel experience, albeit long, its completely stress-free as the resort ensures you’re well looked after from the moment you touch down in Malé to the the minute you go through the departures gate on our return journey. Once you land in Malé you’ll be escorted to a lounge area, your bags will be taken from you and checked in for you, you’ll be escorted to your next flight, from there to the boat and so on. The staff are extremely helpful, welcome and friendly.
The island only has two restaurants – the Dining Room and the Islander’s Grill, a beautiful beach restaurant which is lit up with lanterns and candles. Unlike some resorts that exclude certain items when you’re on a half-board or full-board inclusive package, guests are allowed full access to the Dining Room menu and the food was great. The breakfast was also amazing and all hot breakfasts were made to order as opposed to a buffet. You can also book a private dinner on the beach – these are especially amazing at sunset. Non-inclusive food and drink is pricey but not more so than other Maldivian resorts.
Don’t leave the island without trying one of their coconut filled cocktails!
Things to do
Park Hyatt Hadahaa
offers a range of activities including traditional cooking classes, yoga classes, a fitness centre and a whole host of water activities and excursions – see here
. As it’s located within one of the largest and deepest Atolls in the world and home to one of the healthiest reefs, the resort is a dream for snorkelling and diving. In many resorts you will need to do a boat trip to get out to deep reefs for snorkelling, however you can actually snorkel right from the jetty in Park Hyatt Hadahaa and you’ll still be in quite a deep reef. The resort has two house sea turtles and we spotted sharks during our guided snorkel tour.
I would also strongly recommend a visit to the spa if you’re visiting the resort. We indulged in a couple massage and it was honestly one of the best massages I’ve ever had. The spa itself it beautiful and home to one of the most peaceful pools I’ve ever been in.
I have another post coming up very soon detailing all you need to know for travelling to the Maldives so be sure to check back for that. If you have any questions about this resort please do not hesitate to drop me a message on my Facebook or Instagram.
Until next time,