Ladies and gentlemen…. welcome to paradise!
This was officially THE best holiday location of my entire life.
We began our journey in Frankfurt and flew with Qatar Airways via Doha. I’d already flown to the Maldives twice before this trip, so I knew the plane wasn’t exactly going around the corner. In all honesty, The Maldives is a destination which is 100% worth the journey. Trust me.
Once you arrive at Male International Airport, a friendly member of the Hyatt’s staff will greet you at the airport and assist you with your bags to the domestic terminal. From here, you’ll check in for the next flight. If you have to wait an hour or so, the Hyatt attendant will accompany you to the lounge, which is nice after a long flight.
When the domestic plane arrives, you’ll board in the direction of Kooddoo Domestic Airport. From memory, the plane journey was around an hour long.
At the domestic airport, you’ll be greeted once again by more friendly Hyatt staff who will take you to the dock where a speedboat is awaiting you. On board, you’ll receive a welcome drink and some light refreshments like biscuits and cookies. The entire journey on sea took about 30 minutes and I felt like a James Bond star! It’s a really cool way to start your holiday, trust me.
Once you arrive on the island, you will be assigned an amazing host – ours was called Charles and he went above and beyond to ensure that our stay was perfect. Thank you Charles.
After you’ve checked in to your villa, you can basically decide how much or how little you want to do. The island facilities are lovely. There’s a day spa if you just want to relax. Irene and Ayu are absolute gems at the spa. Ayu gives massages like no one else and Irene is doing a fantastic job of running the spa and booking the appointments. I will never forget either of them.
There are kayaks and snorkelling equipment for hire, free of charge of course. There are many swimming pools and deck chairs on the beach if you just want to relax and read. Most importantly with holidays in The Maldives, you want to choose a resort which offers activities you like.
The Park Hyatt Hadahaa had many things for us to choose from. We ended up booking a 12 metre ocean dive like we always do. Our dive master was Rilwan and he was lovely. So kind and caring and really made sure we saw the most interesting things under water. We also booked a day trip on the boat to go and explore 3 reefs.
Our guide was Hissan and I have to say, he was the most incredible guide too. He made sure that we could stop the boat before the first reef once he spotted a pod of dolphins. We watched them twist and turn out of the water. Then Hissan recommended getting our snorkelling gear and jumping in with him. We did! What an experience it was to swim in deep water amongst a pod of chatty, noisy dolphins. I was welling up inside my mask with joy. Thank you Hissan. The three reefs were insane. So many interesting creatures to observe and lots of unusual coral and colours to see. To finish off the tour, he made sure we were able to spend half an hour at this really cool miniature, deserted island. Those photos are here.
In terms of food, I probably ate some of the most incredible food of my life on this island. The resort pays particularly close attention to fresh, sustainable ingredients and the tastes you can experience here are unparalleled. One night we had a 5 course private dinner on the jetty and the raw tuna sashimi just melted in my mouth. I would really recommend trying local Maldivian fish curry one night for dinner. Additionally the local yellow-fin tuna steaks are delectable. Thank you to the restaurant and bar staff for always greeting us with a smile and engaging in lovely conversation! *Speedy, Shuja, Mark and Sushitha.*
I’m going to finish writing by saying that we’ve never received service anywhere else like we have on this island. The Park Hyatt makes sure that guests here have a private, intimate and 5-star experience. If you can, I would highly recommend going the extra mile and staying here. You simply will not regret it.
Thanks Hadahaa! Enjoy the pictures below.
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