Trip Report – MLE Lounge, Maldivian Airlines Dash 8, Male to Koodoo, Maldives, and Transfer to Park Hyatt Maldives

Previous posts on this around-the-world journey:

Korean Air First Class 777-300ER (Kosmo Suite) Atlanta to Seoul/Incheon

Lounge Review – Korean Air First Lounge Seoul/Incheon

Korean Air A330-300 First Class Seoul/Incheon to Ho Chi Minh City

Hotel Review – Park Hyatt Saigon

13 Pictures – Vietnam Airlines A321 Economy Class and SkyTeam Lounges – Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok And Return

First Look – Thai Airways A350-900 Busness Class Bangkok to Phuket

Thai 777-200ER Business Class Phuket to Bangkok and Domestic Royal Silk Lounge

Ethiad A330-200 Ho Chi Minh City to Abu Dhabi Or What the Ethiad Airways A330-200 and New Thai A350-900 Business Class Have in Common.

Lounge Review in 15 Pictures – Ethiad Business-Class Lounge Abu Dhabi

Ethiad A320-200 Pearl Business Class, Abu Dhabi to Male, Republic of Maldives

Hotel Review – Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort& Spa

A representative from the Park Hyatt met the speedboat from the Sheraton at the airport dock and escorted me through check in at the domestic terminal for my flight to Koodoo atoll.

Even though I as flying coach, I was granted access to a lounge in the domestic terminal.  I guess this was the least they could do considering the $500+ price for the flights to and from Koodoo and the speedboat transfers to and from the Hyatt.

MLE Domestic Terminal Lounge

The lounge was quite and comfortable and had a good selection of amenities for such a small airport.img_0911

The lounge also had good wifi, a buffet with decent entrees, a flight monitor, a reasonable number of electrical outlets, and showers.img_0913img_0914

 

The flight to Koodoo

When I decided o go to the Park Hyatt Maldives, I had no idea that this hotel was so distant from MLE that a one-hour flight would be necessary.  And I wasn’t prepared for the price tag for that flight on small prop airplane.

Oh well.  In for a penny… in for a pound.  Actually the fact that another flight of nearly 250 miles would be required only added to the suspense and drama.

Spidey senses tingling, it was off to Koodoo atoll and finally the Park Hyatt.

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Maldivian Airlines Dash 8-200 before MLE departure
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MLE domestic terminal

There was no first or business class on the Dash 8, but I secured an exit row seat with no one sitting next to me. img_0922

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Exit row seat with beaucoup legroom

Takeoff afforded another good view of Male and the airport.img_0935

The Indian Ocean was dotted with small islands along the way. img_0834

Transfer from the Airport to Park Hyatt

Arriving in Koodoo a Hyatt agent met me in the terminal and drove me in a golf cart a short distance to the dock for the ride to the hotel.

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Maldivian Dash 8 parked at Koodoo
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Speedboat to the Park Hyatt

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Arrival at the Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa

Next is the post on the Park Hyatt Maldives.

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