It’s Official: Park Hyatt Maldives is a Category 6 Hotel

by on March 31, 2011 · 15 comments

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I just got off the phone with a Hyatt reservationist and she confirmed that that Park Hyatt Maldives is a category 6 hotel, which means you can use 22,000 points or free nights (I have two from a promotion event and she said I’ll be able to use them for a dummy May 6-8 booking).

Other key information- you can pre-arrange transfers from the international airport, which takes approximately 2 hours 10 minutes for a $450 per person charge.

If you want to upgrade to larger suites, you can only do so using cash. The Park Pool Villa is an additional $1,070 per night and the Park Water Villa $1,200 and both of those rooms are around 1,500 sq feet. Those prices seem extreme and I think the rep may have been reading me the daily rate for the suites and not the upgrade price.

That’s about all I have right now – great news – and I apologize for even suggesting Hyatt would classify this as anything but a category 6 hotel :-)

The wheels are already turning about planning a trip there. I’ll work on putting together a, “How to get to the Maldives with points and miles” post shortly.

PS: Don’t forget to register for the April 1- June 30 points promo: 10,000 points for the first 5 nights and then 5,000 points for every 2 nights after that (up to 60,000).

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  • Jackdaniels


    I have 42,000 MR + 60k MR for points advance. Think I should transfer to take advantage of this 40% bonus?
    No trips planned currently but they always seem to pop up last minute and pretty easy to find availability on CX.

  • Tim

    Screw the Hyatt Bryan! How about the W Maldives? THAT is my dream destination.

    Really wanna get there in the next few years, possibly Dubai and Maldives in same trip. So I really look forward to your post about doing it all with miles & points!

  • The Points Guy

    @ Jackdaniels- I assume you’ve been drinking jack because this post is about Hyatt :-) To answer your question, I think the BA 40% is a great deal, but only you can tell whether it makes sense. I agree Cathay availability is pretty good, especially from Toronto and west coast.

    @Tim- W’s are so 2007! Plus, the Park Hyatt is on its own atoll. Yes it’ll be a bitch getting there, but I think it’ll be worth it!

  • Jackdaniels

    Haha! I just realized I posted to the wrong comments section. It’s 6AM here so no Jack for me until 5 o’clock.
    As far as the transfer I feel like I should do it for the value at least to round out my account to 100k BA miles for a transpac back to the states. I just dont like to take points advances especially since I have shifted all of my spend to my SG card thus earning only MR in SGD.
    I guess one way to look at it would be to just make the transfer because BA is also a transfer partner for SG MR.
    Hrmmm.. decisions decisions and the clock is ticking!

  • Tim

    @Bryan. Oh really??? LOL

    OK – I trust your word – I may need to look into this!

  • Gary Leff

    @Tim just have a look at the # of points it takes to redeem for the W… the Hyatt is a great value on points, seriously.

    @Bryan it won’t be ADDITIONAL $$ per night for those suites, those are roughly the prices of those room categories, per the hotel website prior to its affiliation with Hyatt.

    I take it you asked about using confirmed suite upgrades for better rooms and were told no?

    And also then that using a FREE SUITE NIGHT (eg the 2 nights signup bonus with hte Hyatt credit card for Diamonds) doesn’t get you a better room than just using a free night..?

    That would be sorta a bummer. I’m thinking about using Capital One Hyatt Stay Certs from the Capital One signups (personal + business cards for myself and my wife = as much as $7200 in Hyatt stays..) but didn’t want to blow them all, though we might augment the stay w/ a couple of redemption nights.

    So far my strategy for getting there is likely to be flying to CMB in CX F and then buying the ticket to MLE.

  • The Points Guy

    @Gary- No points or Diamond upgrade to suites. The way she phrased it was “You can pay XX to upgrade to XX suite”. At the time I didn’t realize those were the daily rates- I thought that was the co-pay with points, which doesn’t appear to be the case.

    Since suites are not available with Diamond upgrade certs or points, I would assume not for the free Hyatt nights, but I didn’t specifically ask.

    I have a zillion Delta miles laying around, so I’ll probably combine MLE with a Southeast Asia trip on Malaysian/ China Southern.

  • Phil

    @Gary – I am not sure it is that wonderful a rate. Totally agree the W is a crap use of points. 40k per night for the worst room type which you can easily book for $600 a night. For our trip in June Park is pricing out at $696 per night so 3.1 cents per point. Good but not sure about great. I have one free night cert so that is nice.

    @Gary – how do you plan to get CX F to CMB? I know with AA that would need two awards as you go US-Asia 2-Indian Subcontinent. Also from what I can see it’s J only HKG-CMB and regional at that. Are there better ways with OneWorld or BA awards?

    @Gary/Bryan – if you are ok with the fees I think BA via London is the best way. MH via Kul seems good way to use DL points and from what I can see the KUL-MLE always has two seats available in J. But the flight MLE-KUL is red eye on a 738 – yeuch!!! SQ have a nice flight and last year I could see lots of availability but this year they seemed to have closed it up. And it was only 30k each RT in J from SIN using US Air (because US award chart puts SIN and MLE in the same region). If you have zillions of DL miles you may also want to do ATL-DXB on DL BE if you can get medium award (230k) and then try to get the Emirates DXB-MLE. We need Lufthansa to start flying from FRA that would make it easier!!! (I am sure the demand is there LOTS of Germans there when we went last year

    @Tim – we stayed at Alila (now Park) last year after reading a lot of positive stuff about it and we actually canceled our stay at the W instead. We were quite friendly with the dive team and one of them said his brother worked at the W and it was “not the same league” and that is coming from the staff. This place is pretty special.

    We are going end of June for a week. I have yet to book the accomodation but got four of us in J there and back on BA so at least we have nice flights (though $4500 in total fees to boot!!!) Still deciding if we will go back here or try one of the other resorts and cough up the money

  • Ola

    Hi Bryan,

    I love your blog and I’m also obsessed with points and constantly look for deals concentrating on RBC. I travelled to the maldives for my honeymoon with points from toronto. I stayed at the Conrad Rangali Island and the Four Seasons at Landaa Giravaaru. It was the most amazing, I don’t think I will find a more beautiful place on earth.

    Well I thought I would tell you how I accumulated my points it might help in your next post. I have the avion from RBC. And I use esso extra rewards when filling gas. I also use HBC rewards for buying a lot of everyday things from 3 major department stores; the bay, zellers, and home outfitters. HBC does lots of bonuses on points, I usually wait for this bonus to buy what I need. you can exchange HBC points to Esso Extra points and Esso Extra points to RBC points, so they all end up in my RBC avion.

    the ticket was 2200 so I paid 100 000 points and an extra $200 cash, but depending on the season, the ticket could cost a little less than $2000 so you don’t have to pay any extra. The great thing is I went with the emirates and I got to stop over in Dubai for an extra week with no additional charge on the ticket. I also got Emirates points on that flight. So I was really happy with the outcome :)

  • Antonio

    Hi all

    Something to consider when travelling to Maldives: the dry season (zero to little rain) ends on May, so from May until October is the moonson season and rain is expected at any time; that is why you will see a lot of offers during these months.

    In my case, I had the pleasure to stay at the One&Only Reethi Rah, during May 24th to 31st, and it didn’t rain, but the previous week was a nightmare for honeymooners and people in general.

    Just be prepared!

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  • ahow628

    When you are in Maldives, be sure to treat yourself to a nice under-the-sea dinner.

    Awesome stuff.

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  • Joe

    There is a promotion now that has $75 statement credit after first purchase. This negates any problem with first year annual fee. First enroll in Hyatt Gold Passport then start a booking, watch for link to free $75 offer plus 2 nights.

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