Me, my wife and our 6 yr old twins stayed at the Hyatt Regency in Lahaina from May 5 thru May 10 '05. We originally had reservations at the Embassy Suites just up the beach a couple of miles but when we showed for check-in, were informed that they had over-booked. They tried to move us to the Aston Kaanapali Shores, which is immediately adjacent to the Embassy Suites, but an inferior property. (This will be the subject of another review)
When we drove up to the Hyatt, we could immediately tell this this was going to be a spectacular resort from the lush grounds and the very attentive bell staff. The person who checked us in was very nice and gave us a room upgrade beyond what Embassy had offered to pay for so we got an Ocean View in the Napili wing which also happens to be near the kids pool area so it worked out great. The atrium area adjacent to the lobby is absolutely stunning and they have several different animals which the kids enjoyed, including penguins, koi fish, swans and flamingo's.
The pool is very large with a separate adult and kids section separated by what I was told was a natural rock formation with two waterfalls and a swim up bar in the cave. The adult water slide which cuts through the rocks is a blast and needless to say, the kids loved their pool, so we spent the majority of the days at the pool.
Now for the downside. All this luxury and beauty comes at a cost. The food in the restaurants, the drinks and everything is fairly expensive. I would say it is in-line with what you would expect to pay at a 5 star resort, but just be prepared to spend around $100 minimum for dinner and ~$50 for lunch. There are places off-site, such as at Whalers Village which is about a 10 - 15 minute walk north past some other fabulous properties including the Marriott Ocean Club and Westin.
All in all, I am a firm believer that you get what you pay for and I have no regrets. I will definitely go back!
- 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