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After spending two nights in a Park Villa and three nights in a Park Pool Villa, I figured it was worth spending my last night in a Park Water Villa. While I was thrilled with the base room at this hotel, the Park Villa, I figured a trip to the Maldives wouldn’t be complete without at least one night over water.
As I explained in one of the previous installments, if you’re redeeming points you’re automatically booked into a Park Villa. As a Diamond member you can receive a space available upgrade to a Park Pool Villa, though can’t get a free upgrade to a Park Water Villa. So the way to secure a Park Water Villa is to pay a supplement of $494.10 ($405 plus 22% tax/service charge) per night. In the case of my stay, that was the rate difference between a Park Villa and a Park Water Villa. While that’s steep, I figured it would be worthwhile.
Of the 50 villas at the resort, 14 of them are overwater villas, and they can all be accessed from the same jetty. The jetty to the overwater villas starts just past the restaurant and main pool. It’s picturesque to say the least, especially around sunset.
Villas 38 through 51 are the Park Water Villas, and I was assigned Villa 44, which was smack dab in the middle.
It’s worth noting that all the villas are angled in such a way that you’d never see the terrace of someone else’s villa from your villa. That being said, for many of the villas you can sort of peek onto their terraces from the jetty.
While the Park Villas and Park Pool Villas are identical in design, the Park Water Villas are different.
Villa 44 was maybe a five minute walk from the main pool, though it was always a beautiful walk, given the views. Not only are the villas as such beautiful, but you also have a view of the beach on both sides.
As I entered my villa I noticed a deck on the side, so you have direct water access.
The door was on the left side of the villa, and was conveniently in the shade, so it never got too hot.
I’d say the Park Water Villa was roughly the same size as the other types of villas, though it was designed differently.
Upon entering was the main room, which featured a king size bed facing a flat screen TV, a chair with ottoman, and a desk behind the bed.
Then near the door was a couch/daybed.
On the desk was the same minibar as in the other villas, including a Nespresso machine.
Then to the right of the main room was the bathroom. Upon entering the bathroom were double sinks, and then to the left of it was a bathtub.
Then when facing the sinks the bathroom was to the right, which was also in a separate room.
Then to the left of the sinks was a shower, which featured both a rainforest shower head as well as a handheld one.
While the shower was covered, it was see through. There was a glass roof, and then some wooden bars. That meant it got really hot during the day.
I actually thought the bathroom was substantially nicer in the Park Villa and Park Pool Villa than in the Park Water Villa. The others featured a more spacious bathroom, as well as an outdoor bathtub and shower, which was beautiful. This bathroom was much simpler.
The highlight of the overwater villas, no doubt, were the patios. This one featured a daybed in the far corner, then two chairs for lounging, and then a dining table with a couple of chairs.
As I’ve said many times before, I’m not much of an outdoors person. That being said, sitting on the terrace in the shade (somtimes with my laptop) for hours on end was really special. Watching the sunset directly from a balcony where all you see is endless calm ocean is more peaceful than I can put into words. You literally have complete silence, and for someone like me who’s constantly connected to technology, I don’t remember the last time my mind was at ease as much as it was sitting on this terrace.
There’s one other thing I have to note about the Park Water Villa, though, which I was warned about beforehand as well. They get really warm during the day, even with the air conditioning running at full speed. The villa has blackout shutters, so closing them during the day helps, but it still gets really hot. Compare that to the land villas, which don’t have that problem.
So it’s not really a problem in the morning, or in the evenings, or overnight, but in the afternoons it was almost unbearably hot.
Park Hyatt Maldives Park Water Villa bottom line
There’s something special about watching a spectacular sunset from a private overwater villa. That being said, is it $500 per night “special?”
In terms of the interior of the villa as such, I think I preferred the land villas, given that they had nicer bathrooms and the air conditioning was more effective. In terms of the exterior, I certainly preferred the water villa. It really is very, very special.
What would I recommend to others visiting/what would I do if I returned? If I came back for six nights, I think I’d probably do 1-2 nights at the end in an overwater villa, and the rest in a land villa.
Perhaps others will disagree, but I feel like you almost miss out if you just do the water villa, as the land villas are unique and charming in their own way as well.
I guess to sum it up:
- If I were just visiting to relax and it wasn’t a super special occasion (honeymoon, etc.), I might just do a Park Villa the whole time
- If it was a special occasion/the $500 per night wasn’t going to break the bank, I’d do 1-2 nights in an overwater villa, or maybe half the time at most if it was a really special occasion
I’m curious to hear which option you guys would choose at the Park Hyatt, regardless of whether you’ve stayed there or not.