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I am such a fan of the Hawaiian islands. I love them so much that I got married on a beach in Maui (a little tip if you decide to do this.. heels don’t work in the sand!). For a little spot of paradise on these perfect islands, a brilliant choice is the completely-reimagined Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa, which was voted a Top 10 Most Popular Honeymoon Resort in Hawaii by Conde Nast Traveler and, more importantly, sits on the shoreline of the beautiful Ka’anapali Beach. Here you can enjoy Hawaiian hospitality with stargazing and a traditional nightly lu’au on-site, stay loose on the links with oceanfront golf, or unwind at the mesmerising beachfront spa.

Location

The Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa is set right on Ka’anapali Beach on the west coast of Maui in Hawaii and is surrounded by 40 acres of immaculately landscaped oceanfront gardens. Being just 27 miles from Kahului Airport, transfers are easy and inexpensive. Once you are in Ka’anapali Beach, everything is on your doorstep. The beach laps up to the hotel’s grounds, and a beautiful pathway meanders along the beach, taking you to the end, where tiki torches are lit on the cliff every night. In the other direction, you can walk or take an open-air trolley bus to Lahaina’s historical and cultural whaling village. Here, you can shop, rest under the huge Banyan tree in the center of town, or sit out and enjoy a glass of wine or some tasty seafood in one of the streets’ many cafes. This is also a great place to pick up a snorkeling boat trip which will take you out to reefs in the clear waters of the Pacific, where you can swim with amazing and colorful fish.

Style & Character

Of course, it is hard to drag yourself away when you are staying in such a beautiful property. The newly renovated interiors of the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa are elegant and Hawaiian in style. Still, this place is more about the outdoors… the grounds, the sunshine, and, of course, that beautiful Hawaiian golden sand beach.

Service & Facilities

One of the most magical features of the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa are the six free-form pool areas with waterfalls, all surrounded by lush tropical plants at the edge of the Pacific Ocean. The pools are spacious and to one end there is a rock formation with waterfalls you can swim under. The pools also have waterslides for the brave, including the 150′ lava tube waterslide, and if you want adult time, there is an adult-only pool for a more relaxing bathe as well a whirlpool and rope bridge. To further enhance your luxury Maui resort experience, why not book a private beachfront or poolside cabana or hale where you can relax in comfort with a dedicated food and drink service.

Try the Kamaha’o Spa, which means wonderful, astonishing, remarkable in Hawaiian, where you can take in soothing ocean views while relaxing with a lomi lomi massage, signature body treatment or refreshing facial.

Don’t leave without trying a Lei-making class or a hula lesson. If you are a kid, an undoubted highlight is the penguins that live on the hotel’s grounds, the interactive children’s pool with a 25-foot water slide, a sandy beach play area, leaping water fountains, and floating dolphins and turtles.

Rooms

There are 810 newly renovated and spacious rooms, including 31 suites, each of which includes private lanais. All the usual amenities you would expect from a five-star hotel are present. The main differentiating factor between the rooms is the view.

Regency Club Lounge

The Regency Club Lounge features over 3,000 ft² of space. Amenities include a continental breakfast every morning, refreshments, and snacks throughout the day, with light hors d’oeuvres and desserts in the evening. Alcoholic beverages are chargeable but discounted.

You must book a Regency Club room to access the lounge, but they have better views and are on higher floors of the hotel. Suppose you don’t have access via Globalist status and are not using one of four Club Access Awards for being an Explorist member. In that case, you can book a room specifically with lounge access at the Hyatt Regency Maui, or you can use 3,000 Hyatt points per night on top of paying a standard rate for a deluxe room or better. You can also pay on points at 27,000 points per night for a Regency Club room instead of the 20,000 per night point rate for a standard room without club access.

Bearing jet lag in mind, the Regency Club is open from 6:30 – 9:00 am for breakfast. Breakfast is usually a selection of juices, all the usuals, a selection of cereals, pastries, muffins, bread, a hot egg dish, smoked salmon, and sliced meats.

There are mid-day snacks, including nuts, fruit, and cookies, as well as soft drinks and juice, and in the evening, there is a salad bar with loads of choices to make up a nice salad, along with meats and rolls as well as snacks like cheese and crackers. Dinner for two of these resorts can easily cost close to $150 USD, which means that eating in the lounge sometimes is great value, although remember, you will be paying around $5 USD for a drink. Dessert is available later in the evening.

Having Regency Club access at the Hyatt Regency Maui is likely to save rather than cost you more when considering resort food and drink costs, so it is worth splurging on.

Food & Drink

The hotel also features an impressive ten award-winning restaurants and lounges. They all offer something a little bit special, from a traditional Hawaiian luau experience to Asian-inspired cuisine with a Hawaiian flair at the award-winning Japengo Restaurant – voted Maui’s Best Asian and Pacific Rim Cuisine. Our favorite is the fabulous cocktail bar tucked between the waterfalls. Or take the romantic route and dine in private on your private guest room lanai, or better still, request private Oceanside Dining with candles and champagne.

For me, Ka’anapali Beach is one of the most romantic places in the world. In the evening, as the sun sets, tiki torches are lit along the beachside pathways that light up the tropical gardens of each hotel. I can think of nothing better than strolling along that beach, watching the waves crash on the sand, and listening to Hawaiian music drifting across the beach on the warm breeze.

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