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Alila Villas Hadahaa Rebrands as Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Videos Monday, 4 April 2011

Thanks to an agreement between an Hyatt affiliate and Driftwood Maldives Private Ltd., Hyatt opened its first hotel in the Maldives on 1 April 2011.

The Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa, one of the first resorts in the Maldives to follow Earth Check certification standards for construction and operations, is located in the Indian Oceans largest and deepest atoll, Huvadhoo.

The hotel opened in late 2009 and has been operating as Alila Villas Hadahaa. In its first year of operation, the hotel garnered recognition as one of Cond Nast Travelers 2010 Hot Hotels, Cond Nast Travelers Best New Spas in 2010, and 2010 DestinAsian Luxe Lists 41 Best New Hotels of the Year.

The Maldives draws 94% of its travelers from Europe and Asia, regions where the Park Hyatt brand has a significant presence and is well known, said Stephen G. Haggerty, global head of real estate and development for Hyatt Hotels Corporation. Opening Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa will broaden the range of fantastic Park Hyatt locations and will help further Hyatts goal of being the most preferred brand in every segment we serve.

Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa offers 50 villas with private decks and bedrooms with living areas. Designed by SCDA Architects of Singapore, the modern villa interiors include natural timber and stone in a minimalist, contemporary design. Fourteen of the resorts 50 villas are elevated over the Indian Ocean with an uninterrupted view of the Maldivian horizon and are a private enclave for guests who yearn for tranquility. The other 36 villas are designed with intimate gardens featuring outdoor baths and rain showers. Individual plunge pools feature in some of these villas. Less than 30 steps from the azure water, they are designed to provide privacy and serenity to guests.

Park Hyatt Hadahaa features two specialty restaurants, The Dining Room and Battutas, as well as a poolside bar and 24-hour in-villa dining.

The hotel features a fitness and health center, multiple swimming pools, and a five-star PADI diving water sports center. Activities range from kayaking, snorkelling and diving to Maldivian cooking lessons, dolphin spotting, sunset cruises and guided visits to local artisan villages. A large freshwater pool overlooking the ocean provides guests with a picturesque backdrop during a casual swim or for lounging poolside. Guests looking for peace and solitude can visit the Spa Pool within the tranquil spa enclave. Shaded garden pavilions complement the serenity of the spa poolside.

The onsite PADI 5-star dive center offers an opportunity to dive amidst undisturbed reefs and site. Diving enthusiasts will enjoy experiencing the rich and diverse marine life, including a variety of sting rays Spotted Eagle Rays, Porcupine Rays, Whiptail Stingrays, Marbled Sting Rays, sharks, and large numbers of green turtles and Hawksbill Turtles. On rare occasions, lucky divers have spotted Ornate Eagle Rays, Guitar Sharks, Whale Sharks, Marlins and Mobulas.

Hadahaa is more than 10 kilometers from the closest inhabited island and around 400 kilometers south of Male International Airport.

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