You’ll almost feel like royalty when you walk into this palatial resort with exotic parrots and South African penguins in the lobby. The southernmost property on Kaanapali Beach, it covers some 40 acres with nine manmade waterfalls, abundant Asian and Pacific artwork, and a waterpark pool with a swim-up grotto bar, rope bridge, and 150-foot lava-tube slide that keeps kids occupied for hours. Spread out among three towers, the resort’s ample rooms have huge marble bathrooms, feather-soft platform beds, and private lanais with eye-popping views of the Pacific or the West Maui Mountains. Two Regency Club floors offer a private concierge, complimentary breakfast, sunset cocktails, and snacks—not a bad choice for families looking to save on meals. Daily activities range from sushi-making classes at Japengo, the resort’s superb Japanese restaurant, to stargazing on the rooftop. Camp Hyatt offers pint-size guests weekly scavenger hunts, penguin-feeding opportunities, and access to a game room. The oceanfront Kamaha[‘]o, Marilyn Monroe Spa, a 20,000- square-foot wellness retreat, boasts 15 treatment rooms, sauna and steam rooms, and a huge menu of celebrity-inspired body treatments. Book your treatment before you leave home—this place is popular. The onsite Drums of the Pacific Luau ($123– $158 adults, $76 ages 6 to 12; www.drumsofthepacificmaui.com; [tel] 808/867-4727) entertains with hula specific to Kaanapali and features some intriguing options on its sprawling buffet.
Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa
200 Nohea Kai Dr., Lahaina
Our Rating Neighborhood Kaanapali Phone 808/661-1234 Prices Double (queen or king) $255–$551; Regency Club double $415–$641; suite $555–$1,081. Daily $32 resort fee. Extra person $75 ($125 in Regency Club rooms). Children 18 and under stay free in parent’s room using existing bedding. Packages available. Valet parking $32; self-parking $22. Amenities 5 restaurants; 3 bars; luaus; babysitting; children’s program; wildlife and star-gazing tours; concierge; club floor; 36-hole golf course; health club and classes; whirlpool; half-acre outdoor pool; room service; shuttle service; spa; 6 tennis courts; watersports equipment rentals; free Wi-Fi. Units 806 rooms; 31 suites Web site Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa
Map200 Nohea Kai Dr., Lahaina Maui
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