We only stayed on 2 islands on our trip, but chose to stay at Hyatt properties each time. This particular hotel wasn't our original choice....(I had read reviews of the Andaz Hyatt in Wailea and thought it would be a nice, small hotel for the second half of our trip, after being at the huge Grand Hyatt on Kauai --which we LOVED, by the way! -- but upon check-in realized the Andaz is Upscale, with a capital U.) So thankfully, we were able to switch to this Hyatt on a different part of the island. Excellent decision for us. Lahaina is more "old Hawaii", and this Hyatt is very nice.
We paid for an ocean view room, and our view from the 15th floor of the Tower was fantastic. It was great to sit on the balcony, and hear the surf all night long with the door open.
The room was well-appointed, with great bath products, comfy lightweight robes, a safe, sofa and flatscreen TV. If we hadn't just left the Grand Hyatt on Kauai, we'd probably have been very impressed, but it's hard to out-do that place in our opinion!
The bathroom is where this place shows it's age. Small, with 1 sink and the typical tub/shower/toilet in a room off the sink area. We survived though, spending most of our time by the pool or in an oceanfront cabana.
Our first cabana was by the pool. We really enjoyed having one, although it doesn't come with much besides lots of towels and fresh icewater delivered. Servers come around to everyone at the pool, and we enjoyed some good fish tacos and sandwiches....forgoing the expensive alcohol drinks until later in the day.
The second cabana was ocean-front, and courtesy of a wonderful lady named Coreen, who felt bad that my purse and phone were locked away in a locker that I couldn't access for about an hour, due to them changing the keycard reader on locker room. We really felt like we were in paradise in that cabana....with the surf, palm trees, tropical drinks, and Lanai in the distance!
The grounds are beautiful. Love all the birds, flowers and sculptures. So easy to walk the pathway to other hotels, restaurants and shopping. Make your way to Leilani's for some excellent fish tacos and Hula pie!
Hotel restaurants served decent food. Umalu is a fun, casual place by the pool with loud music, and good cocktails in the evening. Japengo is known for their sushi. We sat at their bar and ate appetizers, since there was quite a wait for a table. The locals clearly love the place. Swan Court for breakfast was a bit of a letdown after breakfast at Grand Hyatt Kauai. No omelet station?! There's plenty of other good stuff to eat, but they have a HUGE bird problem that they don't even seem to address. It's pretty gross to see these annoying sparrows all over the food and tables. There were some at Grand Hyatt too, but at least they tried to deter them.
Parking was ridiculous in the lot out front. I'm sure they hear multiple complaints every single day about how tight the spaces are. Pretty much physically impossible to park and get out of your car. Do yourself a favor and drive to the parking lot in the back of the building!
Overall, we liked the Hyatt Regency, but not near as much as the Grand Hyatt on Kauai. However, should we return to Maui, we'd probably stay at the Regency again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated on 40 oceanfront acres on Ka'anapali Beach, this AAA 4-Diamond award-winning resort is an authentic Hawaiian experience set in tropical paradise. Each of 806 guestrooms, including 31 renovated suites, affords Hawaiian elegance with private lanais and panoramic views. Amenities include oceanfront spa, 24-hour athletic club, half-acre pool with waterfalls and slides, golf, and tennis. Activities include Drums of the Pacific Lu'au, Tour of the Stars rooftop stargazing, cultural lessons, water sports, shopping on property and nearby, and wildlife tours with penguins, flamingos and more. World-class dining at Japengo, 'Umalu, Swan Court and Son’z—emphasize using locally grown ingredients to provide unique cuisine to suit every palate. ... more less
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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