Hyatt’s Alila Villas brand is developing a new resort in the Maldives, expected to open this fall. That means a new place where we can burn Hyatt points – and of course Hyatt points are easy to get because Chase Ultimate Rewards transfer instantly.
I’ve been to the Park Hyatt Maldives five times. I’ve booked and cancelled trips to the St. Regis Maldives three times. And there’s a new Waldorf=Astoria property there that looks fantastic – but that set a new record for the number of Hilton points required for a standard room.
Park Hyatt Hadahaa, Maldives
Alila Villas is one of the brands Hyatt gained with its Two Roads Hospitality acquisition. Alila began adding properties to World of Hyatt back in June. Ironically the current Park Hyatt Hadahaa in the Maldives opened as an Alila Villas (when they weren’t part of Hyatt).
Now, according to the developer’s website (.pdf), there’s a new Alila Villas under construction.
To get to a resort in the Maldives you first fly to the capital city Male. From there you may need to take a sea plane or a domestic flight followed by a boat. This property is situated nearest the Raa atoll which is served by the Ifuru airport (IFU) although a new closer airport is being developed).
Properties of this sort almost never open on time. Presumably they’re projecting an October open in order to be ready for high season. I’d love to be able to visit next February. If Hyatt follows its current pattern, the hotel should be priced at no higher than 30,000 points per night (category 7).