This is the first post in the trip report of our trip to Maui. I will have posts about: the Hyatt Regency Maui in general, Hyatt Regency Maui activities (including the Drums of the Pacific Luau, Camp Hyatt and Japengo), Ka’anapali Beach, Haleakala, the Road to Hana, the Pacific Whale Foundation, and the Northwest region and Iao.
We were so fortunate to stay at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa. Last year, I applied for the Hyatt Visa which came with 2 free nights at any Hyatt property. I also got the 100,000 point bonus Capital One card. I redeemed the points for $1,800 worth of Hyatt gift checks. We stayed at the property for 6 nights, our kids went to Camp Hyatt for 2 hours one of the nights, my husband got mai tais at the grotto bar and we went out for a fancy dinner at Japengo. Our out of pocket expense at check out was….about $60.
The Hyatt Visa gave me platinum status with Hyatt until February 2013 (so about 2 years). One of the benefits of platinum status is you get “a preferred room including rooms on higher floors or larger rooms, based on availability upon arrival”. We booked a standard double room and we were given a partial ocean view room!
Our kids loved the pools. They mainly stayed in the kiddie pool area. The area in the pictures below show this. There is one area where the water is only about 1 – 2 feet deep (where you see all the floating animals). This area also has a small slide for the little kids. The area right behind that area (beyond the nets) is around 5 feet deep. There is a much larger slide that empties into that area. Kids must be at least 48″ tall to go on that slide. The slide empties into water that is about 9 feet deep. My older son, husband and I loved the slide. My younger son wasn’t tall enough to go on it but he loved the smaller slide. The larger slide take 5 – 7 seconds to slide down.
There is a larger pool area that we didn’t spend any time at. The water is deeper – 4 feet and up. Between the kiddie pool and the larger pool is a cave area that has waterfalls at both entrances. The grotto bar is located in the cave.
About the only “complaint” that I have is that I wish there was a pool area where the depth was around 3 – 3 1/2 feet deep. There were some areas, right where you get in that were around that depth but they quickly got deeper to around 5 feet deep. The kiddie pool was quite shallow and 5 feet deep is too deep for most kids.
I had read some reviews on TripAdvisor that weren’t so favorable. Many people talked about some construction that they were doing to update the hotel. I’m happy to say that that seemed to be over when we were there. We saw no signs of construction. And as you can tell from our room pictures, the hotel is very up to date. There were also some comments on TripAdvisor complaining about parking. We had absolutely no issues with parking even when the luau was happening. There are 4 parking lots that you can use. Two are fairly small in the front of the hotel (to the right as you’re entering the resort). There’s also a rather large parking lot in the back of the resort (the entry is to the left right before the circle for valet parking). We never had a time when we couldn’t find parking in one of those 3 lots. However, if those are ever full, you can also park in the self-parking lot near the golf course.
We loved our stay at the Hyatt Regency Maui. We found everyone we encountered to be very friendly. The grounds were absolutely beautiful and the kids loved the pools. There was so much to do at the resort and it’s located at Ka’anapali Beach. I would definitely recommend this resort to friends.