Alila Villas Maldives Hopefully Opening Soon(ish)!

Alila Villas Maldives Hopefully Opening Soon(ish)!

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While we still don’t have a projected opening date, it looks like the new Alila Maldives may be closer to opening than we thought.

Alila Maldives looks like it’s nearing completion

At the beginning of 2020 we learned that Alila was planning on opening a property in the Maldives. Specifically, the Hyatt developments website began listing the Alila Villas Maldives, and at the time there was an expected opening date of October 2020.

While there had been no official updates on the timeline, unofficially we had been hearing that the hotel would open in 2022-2023, which sure represents a significant delay. I’m guessing that has something to do with coronavirus.

However, to me it’s sure looking like this hotel is closer to opening than we may have previously thought:

So while it’s anyone’s guess when the hotel will actually open, personally I’d be surprised if it doesn’t happen sooner rather than later. Below are some pictures of the property.

Alila Villas Maldives


Alila Villas Maldives


Alila Villas Maldives


Alila Villas Maldives

For context, the Alila Villas Maldives will have 80 villas, 36 of which will be overwater. The hotel will be located to the north of Male, and will be accessible with a 45 minute seaplane flight.

The Alila brand is coming full circle in the Maldives

What’s interesting about the upcoming Alila Villas Maldives is that it will represent a return of the Alila brand to the Maldives:

  • In 2009 the Alila Maldives Hadahaa opened (at the time the Alila brand had nothing to do with Hyatt)
  • In 2011 management for the property was turned over to Hyatt, and the former Alila became known as the Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa
  • Then in 2018 Hyatt acquired Two Roads Hospitality, which manages Alila properties
  • Now there will once again be an Alila property in the Maldives, except this time it will be managed by Hyatt

For those of you not familiar with Alila, it’s essentially Hyatt’s luxury nature-focused brand. I’d say it’s roughly on par with Park Hyatt, though like all hotel brands, there’s some variance in terms of quality.

Funny enough, the pictures we see so far of the new Alila in the Maldives look fairly similar to the Park Hyatt.

Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa (former Alila Maldives Hadahaa)

This is exciting for World of Hyatt members

While no details of pricing (in cash or points) has been announced yet, this is a property that many World of Hyatt members will likely be excited about. I would imagine that this will be a Category 7 World of Hyatt property, meaning that a free night redemption will cost 30,000 points.

There’s a lot to love about redeeming points with World of Hyatt vs. other hotel groups, especially if you’re a Globalist member. Hyatt is great about offering elite perks at Alila properties, so here’s to hoping that this is no exception.

It would also be nice if this property had standard suites that were eligible for suite upgrade awards, unlike the Park Hyatt Maldives, which is excluded from the program.

Bottom line

While there’s no announced opening date yet, it looks like the Alila Villas Maldives is nearing completion, and hopefully it opens in the not-too-distant future. I can’t wait to learn more details about this property, from the room types, to the amenities, to the pricing.

Would anyone consider staying at the Alila Villas Maldives?

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  1. Alec

    A little off topic but would you say it’s really only worth going to the Maldives if you’re getting an over water villa?

  2. Lukas

    Alec, in my own experience, absolutely not. What you don't realize is that with overwater villa you have to sometimes walk for 2-3 minutes before you get to the beach. However, with a beach villa, it's just steps away. Since you will spend most of your time on the beach anyway, overwater villa is not a must have. Most people say get a beach villa for most of your stay and an overwater villa for just a night, if you truly want to compare the two.

  3. anonymous

    Good thing it wasn't wiped out by a falling Chinese rocket.

  4. Gary Leff

    "The Alila brand is coming full circle in the Maldives"

    Another connection is that the second GM of the Park Hyatt Hadahaa was the opening GM of the property when it was an Alila.

  5. Joe

    @Alec: certainly not, but I'd still recommend doing a night or two in one.

    I'd also say the experience varies greatly depending on the hotel and category of over water villa. For instance, the reef immediately off the side of the over water villas at the Park Hyatt was incredible, whereas there was only sand around the Deluxe Overwater Villas at the Conrad. (The reef at the Conrad is best accessible via the Grand Water...

    @Alec: certainly not, but I'd still recommend doing a night or two in one.

    I'd also say the experience varies greatly depending on the hotel and category of over water villa. For instance, the reef immediately off the side of the over water villas at the Park Hyatt was incredible, whereas there was only sand around the Deluxe Overwater Villas at the Conrad. (The reef at the Conrad is best accessible via the Grand Water Villas.)

    Meanwhile, at the Waldorf Astoria, even the location of same-category water villas can make a difference.

  6. MJS

    @alec it depends on the purpose of your trip to the Maldives. I am not a beach person, but I am an ocean person. I booked an overwater villa that has it's own pool and it's own access to the reef. I don't think I'll spend one second on the beach (the Caribbean has beaches), but I'll spend every possible second I can snorkeling. I think much of the allure of the Maldives is the...

    @alec it depends on the purpose of your trip to the Maldives. I am not a beach person, but I am an ocean person. I booked an overwater villa that has it's own pool and it's own access to the reef. I don't think I'll spend one second on the beach (the Caribbean has beaches), but I'll spend every possible second I can snorkeling. I think much of the allure of the Maldives is the privacy you can get from the overwater villas. Also, again this is personal tastes, the Maldives is about experiencing things you can't really experience almost anywhere else. Sure, there are overwater villas in some locations, but the Maldives ones are something else.

  7. Peter

    Really wish I could have visited the Maldives ~20 years ago before there were so many hotels there. I'd ask at what point do we say there are too many/enough is enough, but I feel like we are way past that. Especially after I read about the "trash island" there... But really - how can the country continue to open new hotels? P.s. this does look great.

  8. Eric

    @Peter unfortunately the incessant hotel building also damages the ocean surrounding the island, particularly reefs.

    On top of the substantial climate change related damage to reefs, many travelers are reporting that previously teeming dive sites are now essentially dead.

    Remains a nice site for creating content for the 'Gram, but for exploring a spectacular ocean environment? Sadly not so much..

  9. TravelinWilly

    Completely OT, but Rakuten has 15% cashback/Amex points bonuses on just about, like, all stores.

  10. TheAirlineKid

    Unrelated- but its about the website. Ever since the new design went live, the back button seems to take me back to the previous subheading in a post, and not the previous webpage.

    This seems to happen on Chrome on iOS.

  11. Ehch

    Agree with Airlines

    Back button, esp on mobile, doesn't work...doesn't take back to the home page.

  12. RNS

    Agree with The AirlineKid about the OMAAT website design.
    It’s a tad bit annoying that the webpage doesn’t actually go back. At least for those using chrome browser on iOS devices

  13. MFK

    When I saw the pic of the room, I thought it was from the Park Hyatt, then I read on

  14. Yogesh kokane

    Where its located...?? In which atoll...??

  15. MDA

    @RNS same issue for me on iPhone and iPad but using safari.

  16. Ehch

    Checked the back issue on desktop/android and its there too.

    If you can see the browser history you'll note the page is loading multiple times (8 seems to be the magic number in my case). This seems to be the issue.

  17. schar

    annoying too is the email newsletter is CROPPED on gmail on chrome....asked tiffany and ben to fix ages ago, still no response...its like they dont care to read our comments

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schar

annoying too is the email newsletter is CROPPED on gmail on chrome....asked tiffany and ben to fix ages ago, still no response...its like they dont care to read our comments

Ehch

Checked the back issue on desktop/android and its there too. If you can see the browser history you'll note the page is loading multiple times (8 seems to be the magic number in my case). This seems to be the issue.

MDA

@RNS same issue for me on iPhone and iPad but using safari.

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