I posted a couple of weeks ago about the Park Hyatt Maldives, which would be opening on April 1, 2011 (being rebranded from an Alila resort). Some suspected that Hyatt would create a new reward category for the hotel, which I wasn’t anticipating, given that there are several other Park Hyatt properties with rates of $700+. However, I kind of expected they would count all rooms as suites, given that the property is made up entirely of 100 square meter (or more) villas. This means instead of the normal rate of 22,000 points per night for a category six hotel, they would be charging 33,000 points per night (with a three night minimum).
The good news is that this isn’t the case. The rooms are being priced as basic category 6 rooms, meaning it’s 22,000 points per night. I’d say that’s a pretty good value. At the same time, apparently suite upgrades won’t be accepted, given that the only “premium” rooms are ones with better views. I guess that’s reasonable enough.
On one hand I’m tempted to visit, but on the other hand I’m not. There’s no such thing as a “reward” stay here. You’ll pay more for basic incidentals/food at this hotel, not to mention the $450 per person transfer to the hotel, than you would for a paid rate in a club room at the InterContinental Bali, which is probably just as enjoyable.
Still, it’s tempting! Maybe in a few years…