Sipping a glass of champagne, nibbling a chocolate-covered
strawberry and gazing at a sky full of stars from a rooftop with
one’s significant other is a heavenly end to a romantic day on
Only the stargazers are getting an even closer glimpse of the
universe than they would with the naked eye. Gazing through a
powerful, 16-inch reflector telescope allows guests to view the
moon’s topography in detail and see stars that are light years
The rooftop is at Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa, and the
high-tech stargazing session for lovers is one of several romance
amenities and activities that couples on vacation, honeymooning or
celebrating anniversaries can book at the Hyatt, which celebrates
its own 25th anniversary this year. The hotel’s other offerings
include ocean-side dining for two, spa packages, a new wedding
chapel and free honeymoon perks.
The Hyatt’s couples-only Tour of the Stars program is led by an
astronomer who facilitates the stargazing by focusing the
telescope, known as “Great White” (Hawaii’s only recreational
telescope), as well as astronomy binoculars, on different stars,
planets, galaxies and nebulae. While the couples indulge in
champagne and strawberries, he explains what’s in the night sky,
imparts interesting facts about the universe and answers questions.
And since Earth and other heavenly bodies are in constant motion,
no two shows are alike.
For couples who would rather gaze into each other’s eyes and onto
the Pacific Ocean the Hyatt’s Romantic Oceanside Dining for Two
package offers a four-course dinner with a champagne toast and a
bottle of wine under a beachside thatched-roof canopy. As the sun
sets, a private server lights the candles and presents the couple
with Asian- and Hawaiian-inspired cuisine, prepared by the chefs at
Hyatt’s Swan Court restaurant.
The menu is full delicacies, such as grilled ono sauteed with Asian
mushrooms. Those in the mood for red meat might try the
sweet-and-spicy Hunan rack of lamb with scallion mashed potatoes
and hoisin jus. Vegetarian items also are available. For dessert,
there’s island-style creme brulee and macadamia nut toffee torte
with Kona espresso mousse and warm caramel, among other selections.
The wine list includes a variety of reds and whites, mostly from
California (one bottle per couple).
Couples are finding that side-by-side pampering can also be very
romantic. To that end, the Hyatt Regency Maui has increased its
his-and-hers treatment options.
Among other improvements, the recent expansion of the Hyatt’s Spa
Moana to 15,000 square feet includes two luxury spa suites for
couples, who can indulge in treatments such as the new Ultimate
Epicurean Enzyme Facial. The treatment includes a tri-crystal
micro-exfoliating foot treatment and a silver ion mask, and La
Stone Therapy a deep-tissue massage using hot and cold stones.
Whether just-married or not, couples can book the spa’s Honeymoon
package, which includes a couples lomi lomi or Swedish massage, a
couples bath, a sports facial for him and a customized facial for
For brides to be, the bridal package includes pre-wedding hair
styling, make-up application, manicure and pedicure.
For the big day, the Hyatt’s recently opened Lokahi Chapel the
latest on-property wedding venue. The 1,748-square-foot chapel
accommodates 40 people for intimate ceremonies. The chapel is among
several wedding sites on property.
The others, which are outdoors, include: Ka Hale Aloha (The House
of Love), a secluded gazebo accommodating up to 10 people in a
Hawaiian garden of coconut palms, ginger blossoms and a trickling
brook; Oriental Gardens, accommodating 20 people on a bluff with
Asian sculptures overlooking Swan Court Lagoon; and Statue Gardens,
a manicured lawn with ocean views, accommodating 60 people.
The Hyatt offers a complete menu of a-la-carte wedding services,
from flowers to photos. In addition, four commissionable packages
are available, ranging in price from $4,195-$10,495. Couples who
take this route receive basic amenities such as flowers and wedding
cake, as well as additional perks, like a butterfly or dove
release, spa treatments, breakfast in bed or a Hawaiian procession
complete with a conch shell blower, hula dancer, drummer and
Hawaiian guitarist depending on the package.
In addition, all couples honeymooning at the Hyatt receive a
complimentary bottle of champagne, a keepsake photo album and an
invitation to the hotel’s weekly Honeymooners’ Welcome Reception.
The reception takes place every Monday at 5:30 p.m. in the Weeping
Banyan Lounge and features an open bar and appetizers.
It seems not matter what your clients’ wishes, Hyatt makes it easy
to stay in love.
Couples-Only Tour of the Stars:
Available Fridays and Saturdays at 11 p.m., $25 per person. Advance
reservations required. (Additional Tour of the Stars shows open to
everyone, are available nightly at 8, 9 and 10 p.m. for $20 per
adult, $10 per child. Champagne and strawberries are not
Romantic Oceanside Dining for Two:
Available every day, starting as early as 6 p.m. Advance
reservations required. For $478 per couple (includes gratuity and
bottle of house wine), clients dine under a beachside thatched-roof
Couples’ Spa Treats:
Spa Moana Honeymoon Package
Costs $460 per couple for 2½ hours
Spa Moana Bridal Package
Costs $220 for 3½ hours
Commissionable Wedding Packages:
Pauole Aloha (Neverending Love)
Lokahi Aloha (United in Love)
Nani Aloha (Beautiful Love)
Loko Makaii Aloha (Generous Love)
Rates: Rooms start at $270 for terrace guestrooms,
$530 for Regency Club accommodations and $850 for oceanview
Commission: 10 percent
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