We stayed here in September 2013 for 6 nights. The grounds are beautiful, landscaped with paths and walkways thru grounds with ponds, flowing streams and even waterfalls. They have black and white swans, ducks, koi and even a penguin enclosure with daily feedings. This is an expensive hotel with luxurious rooms and restaurants. There are three main restaurants on hotel grounds, the Umala (poolside with waitresses or self service areas, average $13 for hamburger, $8 for fries, but fries can serve 2-4 people easy and the food was very good. We tried the hamburger, chicken, fish tacos and all were very good and large portions). Another restaurant was the Japengo, but we did not eat here. It is supposed to be Japanese influence with Hawaiian ad specializes in sushi. We ate at Sonz Maui, located on the level of the Swan Pond, with koi and birds swimming by while you dine. We got steaks one night and it was probably the best steak I;'ve had, with coffee marinade. It was around $40 plate plus salad and dessert. They had a small area near the penguins that served breakfast items such as rolls, muffins, etc but we did not eat here. We went to the Drums of the Pacific Luau one night, which is located on the grounds and costs about $100 a person for the meal and show. It was interesting and a good show. The food was pork, with poi, rice, and other Hawaiian food along with some American.
The employees at the Hyatt were all very friendly and went above and beyond to help you.
The pools were excellent and rated number one by magazines on Maui. There is a large adult pool from 4 foot to 9 foot depths, that had a waterfall and a basketball goal set up. The only downside was that the pool needs more entry points. There are only a couple of ladder entrances into the 9 foot depths, and all other entries are just over the side. It was a little difficult to enter and exit the pool (I have a weak knee). I think there was a set of stairs under the waterfall but we did not find it until later on in the week. There is a bar called the Grotto under the waterfalls, between the adult and children's pools that felt cave'like, and felt a little creepy. The children's pool was very nice and had areas that went to 9 feet deep. The blooming bushes hung over the pool and made beautiful areas to swim up to, and it also had a large slide for the kids. There was even a swinging bridge over the water. We spent some time in the kid's pool and I have to say I enjoyed it more than the adult pool with easier entry points and decoration.
The hot tub was in a corner, with bushes enclosing it off, and rock walls around the side, making it appear more of a natural hot spring area.
The resort is 40 acres with a large beach frontage. I wish there were more beach access points along the waterfront. Several areas are roped off banks and you have to walk down the beach to find an area to go down to the beach. There are several cabanas for rent on beachfront and enclosed tents for 'romantic dining' to rent.
The beach was nice to walk on, but swimming was not the best due to waves and another guest stepped on sea urchins and had to pick out the spines. We saw a few kids playing in the surf but that was all. We saw a large eagle ray about 15-20 feet from shore one evening. There are beautiful sunsets on this beach.
We went on this trip as a group trip for business and enjoyed ourselves immensely. We recommend renting a car and finding better swimming and snorkeling beaches within 15 minute drive and larger variety of restaurants. They even have McDonalds and other fast food nearby and a lot of smaller diners/shops that range from moderate to expensive.
If you choose the Hyatt, you will have beautiful rooms and views with great pools and employee service. We greatly enjoyed our stay and could have spent all our time at the resort and been happy.
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- Also Known As:
- Hyatt Regency Maui Hotel Lahaina
- Hyatt Lahaina
- Hyatt Regency Maui Resort Spa
- Hyatt Regency Lahaina
- Hyatt Regency Maui Resort And Spa Lahaina