During my Hawaiian Honeymoon, my husband and I had the pleasure of staying at the Hyatt Regency Maui for one night before flying the next morning from Maui to Kauai. We stayed in a condo in Kihei (about 45 minutes south of Kaanapali) for the first 5 days of our trip to enjoy a more local feel of the island, but opted to stay in a resort hotel for the last night to enjoy some luxury. And luxurious it was, wow. This hotel is seriously like no other that I have stayed in before. Open air buildings, penguins (!), an on-site luau, and a pirate ship type pool with a massive waterslide… I mean, what?!? We were kindly upgraded to an ocean view, and you can see from the photo above that a Maui ocean view is no joke.
We arrived at the front entrance after driving past the pristinely manicured golf course, and gorgeously vivid floral decorations. We had to stop to snap a quick pic in front of this wall of flowers. (If anyone knows what they are called, please let me know!)
After receiving a gorgeous lei, we headed to check-in. The lobby of the Hyatt is a large open-air atrium. I’ve never seen anything quite like it. There is essentially a full concourse of shops: Tommy Bahamas, Sunglass Hut, Starbucks etc., and other fun little distractions like… penguins!!! Penguins and a heap of Koi fish, lol.
The room was clean and spacious for an average sized King suite – the double sink was a huge bonus for me. The balcony was furnished with a bistro table and chair set, and we used this to watch the sunset and drink and enjoy our pineapple treat.
We spent most of our time poolside or wandering the grounds. There was so much to do at the Hyatt, but we ended up napping and enjoying the sun. We were scheduled to see the Tour of the Stars, but unfortunately, neither of us were feeling well after a long day on the water. Our sun burns and heat exhaustion didn’t help. We had a wonderful dinner in Old Lahaina Town and were then in bed by 10:30pm. Super lame, I know.
The best parts of the pool area were the grotto swim up bar and the water slide! We definitely went down the slide with all the kids haha. The Kaanapali resort area is really beautiful and seems like a fantastic destination for families, or couples who are looking for a golf destination.
We didn’t eat at any of the restaurants during our one-nighter, but there are 8 options on the Hyatt grounds alone! There is even a Luau run on the property – Drums of the Pacific – and had we not visited the Old Lahaina Luau two nights before, we would have definitely made use of the proximity. We did get a decent view from our balcony, though 😉
Yes, this was our actual view. This will be the 4th Hyatt we have stayed in on our travel adventures, and they always exceed our expectations. If you’re heading to Maui, check out the Maui Hyatt Regency. You won’t be disappointed!