Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa — Gaafu Alifu Atoll, Maldives
With properties scattered from Cambodia to Saudi Arabia, the Park Hyatt has just opened its first venture in the Indian Ocean, this time bringing its signature brand of minimal luxury to the islands of the Maldives. Sited just south of its capital, Malé, the 50 Maldivian villas are located within one of the world’s largest coral attols and whilst the majority of the villas are backed by the island’s lush vegetation, just a few steps away from the turquoise sea, a further 14 of them are positioned within the coral-filled waters allowing for all-round dramatic sunsets and endless views of the ocean beyond. Designed by SCDA Architects of Singapore, the interiors are light and airy with neutral modern furnishings set against natural timber and stone. The hotel’s two restaurants, headed by seafood guru, Liam Crotty, include the chic Dining Room, which serves a range of international fare, while the more casual Island Grill, which is set on the white sands of the beach, has a locally sourced, regionally inspired menu such as tuna garudhiya served with fresh addu havaadhoo, straight from the island’s herb garden. Due to open in November, the spa will use local rose oil in many of its treatments. Another perk is the nearby new regional Kooddoo Airport, putting the hotel within easy reach.