I’m Gonna Recommend You Don’t Stay at the Park Hyatt Maldives During the Holidays…

unless you want to pay $570 PER PERSON for a buffet dinner.

I have an upcoming stay at the Park Hyatt Maldives in October so I have been following the Flyertalk thread on the property pretty religiously. Yesterday I noticed that someone who is booked over New Year’s was informed of a mandatory dinner that night which ran an astounding $570 per person. Don’t believe it? Here it is listed here on the hotel’s website.


I’ll concede that the food sounds great but for a couple you are looking at $1,140!! for a buffet dinner. And since the hotel is its own island, there is literally no other food options available that night. The best part is that this doesn’t even include an open bar! Notice no mention of spirits or other liquor included.

For Christmas, however they give customers a little bit of a break at only $320 per person for dinner! And this dinner doesn’t even include beer or wine.


Look, I understand many hotels around the world have a mandatory or some sort of set dinner on holidays and they are generally overpriced. And I know food costs in the Maldives are expensive. But in this specific case, these prices are criminal. Seriously I can’t even comprehend the mere thought of a buffet that costs over $1,100 for two of us. I just can’t wrap my head around it. Imagine if you booked this hotel for the week covering both Christmas and New Year’s eve? I actually feel bad for you.

Gary over at View From the Wing just posted about his top 10 pet peeves about hotels. I don’t know how mandatory holiday dinners didn’t make the list especially when they are this egregious.