Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa – The Classic Venue for Family Vacation

We have stayed at various beachfront hotels, but there is nothing like the beaches on Maui. We recently were delighted at our stay at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa.

Located near Lahaina, the resort is spread across 40 acres in the Ka‘anapali region of Maui. Each of the 806 rooms has its own lanai, and we stood often on ours, gazing at the might Pacific. The rooms were spacious, with very comfortable beds. As with many beachfront stays, the rooms were mostly a way station between beach and pool action. But after, the shower in the bathroom was brisk and refreshing.

We found the staff uniformly helpful and polite, furthering our love of the island vibe. Mai tai’s this by the pool were fairly obligatory, but that was after early morning strolls on the beach. We did not avail ourselves of the Kamaha’o, a Marilyn Monroe Spa, Maui’s only oceanfront full-service spa and salon, but we did not grow tired of the half dozen pools at the resort. The kids naturally gravitated to the waterfalls at the pools.

There are several restaurants on the property, each with a distinctive flair. Son’z Steakhouse has been voted “Best Steak” at the Maui ‘Aipono Awards,  and appealed to the carnivores in our family. For more traditional fare and island cuisine, Japengo is the answer. Overlooking the Ka‘anapali beachfront with views of the Pacific and the resort’s waterfalls, the expansive menu includes a bounty of locally sourced seafood, as well as sushi rolls.

I had every intention of visiting the 24-hour StayFit Gym™ or at least one of the daily classes, but I figured what are vacations for if not eschewing the usual routine in favor of another mai tai?


Brad Auerbach has been a journalist and editor covering the media, entertainment, travel and technology scene for many years. He has written for Forbes, Time Out London, SPIN, Village Voice, LA Weekly and early in his career won a New York State College Journalism Award.