The first stop of our seven week trip was the Maldives! What a way to start off our trip with a bang! I must say that getting there from the US is quite the journey. Luckily for us we were already flying to Doha on our way to Nepal so we decided to take advantage of being so close to the Maldives and take the small detour to see this amazing place.
I would suggest taking a day to rest in Doha for those of you who are coming from the U.S. We had intended on only having a 2 hour layover in Doha but our flight was canceled! While this was unfortunate as it caused us to miss out on one night in the Maldives, it did make the getting there part much less exhausting. Qatar Airlines put us up in a nice hotel for the night and after some much needed rest, we were on our way again the next day. From Doha, we had a flight to Male and then in Male we had an hour domestic flight. Then, there was a 30 minute boat ride to our hotel, the Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa. So, to travel there without the one night stopover in Doha, would be very tiring so please take a break in Doha if you plan on making a trip to the Maldives.
Along the way one has to deal with around 24 hours of travel and a thought of “is there really worth it?” or “is this just going to be another beach destination like any other?” Well, once you arrive you will hear mind screaming “NO WAY!!!” The Maldives is truly magical and unlike any other beach destination that I have been to. The water is so crystal clear, warm, and calm….just perfect!! And the absolute best part is the super amazing snorkeling that ANYONE can do. The water is very shallow around the atoll so one does not need to be a great swimmer. Though, of course, you should avoid stepping on the coral to prevent damaging it.
We purchased the IOO Snorkel Full Face Mask which made the snorkeling very enjoyable and the Phantom Aquatics 3mm Surf Snorkeling Dive Boots to protect our feet. Both can be found on Amazon.com.
With over 100 different resorts and each on their own atoll, there is no shortage of options on where to stay. With each providing a unique experience, choosing a resort in the Maldives is more important than in say a major city where the experience in the city itself won’t be altered. In the Maldives, each atoll and hotel will have their own special experience. After a lot of research, we chose to stay at the Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa due to its remote location, excellent coral for snorkeling, more intimate size, and of course, for the luxury of Park Hyatt. For us, it was perfect, exactly what we had hoped for. Despite the hotel being full, it never felt crowded or noisy. Very peaceful and the property actually feels like you are one of the only ones there.
We chose to stay in a Park (Beach) Villa instead of the much hyped Water Villa. We did so after much research about the water villas getting very hot and having a lot of mosquitos. Our villa was Park Villa #31, which we absolutely loved and 100% made the right decision in choosing the beach villa over the water villa. It was great having very quick access to the beach (essentially a private beach) and we were right by the jetty which provided an additional sense of privacy. While we were there, this jetty was not used very often but I believe this may not always be the case so something to be aware of.
Another amazing part of our villa’s location is that every morning there were schools of fish that attracted the atoll’s reef sharks. This became a highlight to watch and also to snorkel with them. As scary as it seemed to swim with them, they are actually harmless. Jared could not get enough of snorkeling with them and would always rush back into the water once they arrived.
Park Hyatt gave us a great tour of the Sunset Water Villa, which was beautiful! But, the lack of shade, would have made this room far too hot for our liking. There is literally zero shade for the water villas and the sun in the Maldives is very, very strong as it is very close to the equator.
Our Park Villa was gorgeous and very comfortable. The villas are all very private and made the overall experience a true retreat. A real treat with the villa was the private outdoor part of the bathroom. There was an outdoor shower and soaking tub. Taking a shower or a bath outside in the middle of the day was magical!
The Park Hyatt’s service was incredible! Also, the food was really good throughout all of our meals. Of course, you are restricted to the hotel’s property, so there is no way to avoid the hotel’s prices wherever you choose to stay. The prices in the Maldives are VERY PRICY! But, the food and drinks at the Park Hyatt were great! Overall, it is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and worth every penny despite the initial sticker shock that many guests have. In the end, we loved our vacation at the Park Hyatt Maldives and was easily one of the best stays that we have ever had. Park Hyatt is one of our favorite hotel brands (if not our favorite) so this was no surprise!
To sum up the Maldives in two words, that’s easy…Simply Marvelous!!! Enjoy the photos! xo
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