Making Love in Maui

Hyatt packages for couples with stars in their eyes

By: Mimi Kmet

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 Maui.

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 away.

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 her.

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 included.)
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 canopy.

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)
Cost: $4,195
Lokahi Aloha (United in Love)
Cost: $4,895
Nani Aloha (Beautiful Love)
Cost: $5,995
Loko Makaii Aloha (Generous Love)
Cost: $10,495

Rates: Rooms start at $270 for terrace guestrooms, $530 for Regency Club accommodations and $850 for oceanview suites.

Commission: 10 percent

800-772-0011 (for air- or car-inclusive packages)