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Review: Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa (Deluxe Ocean View Suite)

The Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa is located oceanfront on the southern end of Ka'anapali beach on forty acres of lush lanscaping.  It is rated one of the best beaches and vacation spots in the United States with unlimited activities and amenities   The resort offers spectacular ocean views, as well as views of Lanai and Molokai.  It is approximately thirty minutes from Kahului airport, five minutes from Lahaina and is a perfect spot for a family vacation.

The Ka'anapali resort area was one of Hawaii's first master planned resort developments and is centered between two golf courses and the ocean, with the Hyatt on the southern end and the Sheraton on the northern end at Black Rock.  In between these two hotels, along the four mile stretch of beach, are a few hotels including the Marriott, Westin, a few condo rentals and Whaler's Village.  Whaler's Village is an outdoor shopping mall, with shops, a free museum and restaurants.

Resort Overview:
The resort is situated oceanfront and features 806 guestrooms, including 31 suites, with private lanais, panoramic ocean views, plush Hyatt Grand Beds, and large flat screen TVs .  The resort area map is shown below.

The main lobby area is an open air space and currently has a large sales desk area showcasing the newly opened Hyatt Kaanapali Beach Residence Club next door.  The atrium is landscaped into the shape of the State of Hawaii and also has lots of nice art pieces and ponds with koi fish, penguins and exotic birds, which kids will love.  There is a daily Koi Fish and Penguin feeding at 9:30 am.

There are two main pool areas, the Lahaina pool area and sun deck and the Napili pool area, with a swim in grotto/bar and waterfalls between the two pools.  The Napili pool area has a splash area with fountains for kids and offers a slide and water activities opposite the main Lahaina pool area.

Just past the central atrium and walking towards the Lahaina Tower of the resort, there are a few shops, including Macy's, Sunglasses Hut, a general store, Honolulu Coffee and an Expedia activities center.  There is also another timeshare sales desk for the new resort next door and also the photo desk, where you can take advanatge of a complimentary photo session that includes a free 5x7 photo.

The Deluxe Ocean View Suite offers 908 square feet of space with spectacular ocean views, mountain views and of the lush gardens of the resort.  Each deluxe ocean view suite includes a separate living room, dining area, kitchenette, bedroom and three outdoor lanai's.

Dining Options:
There are great dining options located onsite, as well as other restaurant and food options along Kaanapali beach at other hotels and at Whaler's village, an approximate 10 minute walk from the Hyatt.

The three main dining options for lunch and dinner include the following three restaurants:
Japengo: Voted the best sushi restaurant in Maui and it doesn't disappoint.  It offers more of a fine dining experience, overlooking the beach and ocean.  You can expect seafood, sushi and Pacific Rim food here.

Umalu: Next to the Lahaina pool area and offers more casual dining options and poolside drinks.

Son'z Steakhouse: Open for dinner and offers upscale dining featuring steaks and offers a full wine cellar.

Other options for breakfast, snacks and drinks include:
  • Swan Court Breakfast: Buffet breakfast or a la carte options
  • Grotto Bar: Poolside drinks
  • Ulalani's Hawaiian Shave Ice: New location at the Hyatt Regency Maui near the main pool area and Umalu.  Perfect cold treat to enjoy poolside.
  • Honolulu Coffee: Coffee, breakfast and snacks
  • Drums of the Pacific Luau on the Sunset Terrace: Buffet style dinner and show on the Sunset Terrace offering a nice selection of different Hawaiian food
  • Regency Club Lounge: New location on the lobby level offering continental breakfast, snacks, drinks and appetizers throughout the day.

There are many family friendly activities at the resort and include:
  • Drums of the Pacific Luau
  • Tour of the Stars Astronomy Program
  • Beach Activity Center: Kayaks, Paddle Boards, Surfing, Scuba and Snorkel
  • Kaanapali Golf Courses
  • Keiki Kids Club & Camp Hyatt for kids ages 5-12
  • Hula lessons and lei making class
  • Tennis and basketball courts available
Whether you’re looking for a relaxing vacation,  snorkeling and water sports on Kaanapali Beach, an action-packed getaway on the Road to Hana or hikes with the family to the Haleakala Crater, you'll find that the Hyatt Regency Maui is a great choice for your Maui vacation and close to many popular attractions the island has to offer.