During our incredible stay at the Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa, we enjoyed the best complimentary breakfasts we’ve ever had. I would even argue that the entire breakfast experience was the best we’ve ever had considering the complete package of exceptional food, service, and atmosphere. Free breakfast was our favorite perk as Hyatt Diamond members who paid for our stay with points and rewards. The breakfast is also complimentary to guests paying money for their rooms, but for those staying on points who are not Diamond members, the breakfast is not included. Our newly made friends who stayed on points paid $35 each for breakfast but still felt it was worth every penny for the amount and quality of food served. Breakfast turned out to be one of our favorite things during our weeklong stay there. It was the perfect way to start a relaxing vacation day- enjoying fabulous food with amazing views while having great conversations with the people around us. I woke up each morning eager to try a new dish off the menu, taste exotic tropical fruit, and soak in the postcard perfect views of the pool and beach. I can feel myself relaxing just thinking about being back there, sitting outside enjoying gourmet dishes while chatting with our new friends on the tiny island that feels like home after a few days.
The service is exceptional, which is not surprising given the customer service at this resort, which always exceeded our expectations. We were waited on every morning by Hamdoon, who was always smiling and kind. He brought us out a tiered serving tray loaded with fresh fruit, cheese, meat, pastries, and a local specialty called tuna mashuni which was one of my favorites. The hotel no longer offers the tiered serving tray at breakfast but provides the same foods at their buffet. I had read about it on another blogger’s site before our trip and asked Hamdoon about it on our first day after some disappointment that it was not offered. The next morning he had one ready for us a few minutes after we arrived to breakfast, as well as each morning thereafter on our vacation. Hamdoon went out of his way to make us feel like royalty and we truly appreciated it. That’s the extra mile that all the staff at this one of a kind resort take to make you feel like a VIP. The Dining Room, where they serve breakfast every morning, is extremely ambient and well decorated with a laid back island vibe. We had the pleasure of getting a table outside every morning to soak in the sunshine and have the best view of the gorgeous infinity pool and stunning shades of blue ocean.Breakfast included a large buffet of fresh exotic fruits, assorted cold cuts such as smoked salmon, beef salami, ham, cheeses, cereals, yogurts, and a crepe station. We ordered two crepes while there, one with Nutella and banana and the other served with caviar, sour cream, and hard boiled egg crumbles. I have a sweet tooth so the Nutella banana one was my favorite, but the caviar was also excellent.In addition to as many buffet visits as you desire, each guest can order 2 a la carte menu items, plus get fresh juice and coffee or tea. So you walk away (or roll away in some cases depending on how much you indulge) from breakfast very full. You can even make two meals out of it if you package up your leftovers for lunch and store them in your mini fridge. We did that a few times because it was more food than we could handle in one setting, and we dare not waste delicious food. This was also a cost-effective way to make the most out of a huge breakfast, especially since the food at the resort is otherwise expensive. We never bought lunch on the island as we were always satisfied from breakfast long into the afternoon, and then had breakfast leftovers and some snacks from home to tide us over until dinner.
So now let us share the breakfast menu with you, which is pictured below. We ordered almost everything on the menu between the two of us during our 5 night stay. The only items we skipped were the porridge, pancakes and waffles because those seemed too much like what we could get at home, and we like to try local food and experience new ethnic cuisines while we travel. The menu had a selection of traditional American options, egg specialties, and Asian selections. We had a blast trying the Asian items since many of them were brand new to us, and we’d never had Asian food for breakfast before this trip. We were pleasantly surprised.Hands down, our favorite menu item was the Hadahaa’s homegrown “chili” egg, which was spicy, creamy and deliciously mouthwatering. It seemed healthy too with the poached egg over guacamole, multigrain toast, and chili tomato relish. We ended up ordering this a few times because it was so good, and is the chef’s and manager’s recommendation. I loved how beautifully it was plated, like a work of art for my eyes and then an artful explosion of flavors for my tastebuds. What I would pay for one of those right now…oh sorry, I was daydreaming of being back in the Maldives. Let me snap back to reality.Our second favorite egg specialty was the Egg Benedict, which we also revisited once we had tried enough of the menu to feel comfortable doubling back on our favorites. I’ve tasted this dish from many restaurants, but this was one of the best in my book. It was not overwhelmed by hollandaise sauce and was delightfully flavorful.We also tried the Egg White Frittata and Egg Detox Meal which came with spinach, kale, salmon, poached egg and apple cider vinegar. Both dishes were healthy options I chose in the beginning of the trip while I still was worrying about looking good in my bikini. They were very nutritious, tasty, and well-prepared. However, after trying the first two egg dishes above, the healthy options didn’t seem as appealing. I should have definitely ordered those on my first day before getting a taste of the sinfully delicious (and surely more caloric) Egg Benedict and Hadahaa Chili Egg.The last two egg dishes we tried were the omelette served with chicken sausage, sautéed mushrooms, and roasted tomato and the twice cooked free range egg with truffle scented mushroom ragout. Both were delicious and beautifully prepared.Our favorite Asian item on the menu was the Maldivian Tuna Curry, which was served with jasmine rice and roshi bread. I am a huge curry fan but had never tasted tuna curry before, and let me tell you, it is really good. We ordered this one a few times too because we liked it so much. It is also a local specialty since they have plenty of tuna available, and gives you a taste of the spices of the Maldives.Another favorite local dish was the Tuna Mashuni, which was also spicy and wonderfully fresh. Our thoughtful server Hamdoon added this to our tiered serving dish every morning, so we enjoyed it every day of our vacation.Our other preferred Asian menu items were the Pan Fried Pork and Kimchi Dumplings with ginger and chili soy and Assorted Sui Mai and Dim Sum. My mouth is watering just remembering the fresh ginger and burst of flavor from these dishes.A few other Asian items we enjoyed were the Wok Fried Egg Noodles and the Vietnamese Noodle Soup with chicken, vegetables, and pickled ginger.Our least favorite menu items were the Fish Ball and Glass Noodle Soup and Slow Cooked Congee, which tasted a little bland to us. I’ve never tried either dish before so have nothing to compare them to, but after the amazing flavors of all the other dishes we tried, these two could not compete.We also ordered the French Toast before leaving which was artistically plated with green apples and a sweet berry sauce. It was also delectable and hit the spot for my sweet tooth.We washed down our amazing meals with a glass or two of fresh squeezed orange juice every morning, which was surprisingly wonderful. I wanted to try the other juices too, since they offer pineapple, apple, carrot, grapefruit, melon, tomato, and beetroot juice. However, the fresh OJ was so good that I never ventured from it. Looking back at the menu, I wish I had tried the beetroot juice since that’s not something you see every day. We also tried the iced mocha and coconut iced tea on one especially hot and humid morning when we couldn’t stand to drink a cup of hot tea, our typical morning dose of caffeine.To conclude, breakfast at the Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa was exceptional in every way: food, service and atmosphere. There are delicious healthy options and more indulgent options on the menu and at the buffet to please even the most discerning palate. We heard from our vegetarian friends that they would have liked more variety, so this is something to consider if you are vegetarian or vegan. However, the staff and chef are so accommodating that they are willing to prepare food that you request as long as you give them advance notice to get the needed ingredients.We didn’t have any special requests or dietary restrictions and were extremely impressed with the breakfast selections offered. The views and relaxing ambiance at breakfast are superb. As for the price, well you can’t beat free. So if you want to be blown away by impeccable customer service, wonderful food, and stunning scenery, then add this dream destination to your bucket list and start saving those points and hotel reward stays for an unforgettable vacation to the Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa. For more information and photos of the Park Hyatt Maldives, see our posts about the Manager’s Cocktail Reception, romantic private beach dinner and movie under the stars, luxurious couples spa treatment, adventures of our drone in the Maldives, and our reviews of the park villa, park pool villa, and park water villa. If you liked this post and want to get our tips to travel like a millionaire, please sign up for our email newsletter and RSS feed.