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When the $80 million Hyatt Regency Maui Resort opened in 1980, it was a pioneer among visitor accommodations. Designed by trailblazing real-estate developer Christopher Hemmeter, it reworked the concept of a hotel by turning it into a destination resort with tropical gardens, water features, multiple pools, wild animals and impressive artwork. The hotel also showcased Hawaii’s first oceanfront spa, and its Camp Kaanapali became the blueprint for a new era of fun and educational hotel children’s programs.
Celebrating its 35th anniversary this year, the northwest Maui property — now known as Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa — continues to set trends. It lays claim to Hawaii’s only resort rooftop astronomy tour; it just earned the AAA Four Diamond award for the 20th consecutive year; and it recently became Hawaii’s first resort to receive the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED EBOM Silver certification for its eco-friendly practices.
Still, the property must compete with the island’s many fine hotels. That in mind, it has been unveiling a number of upgrades in order to stay top-of-mind with travelers.
Among the resort’s latest enhancements are the debuts of Kamahao, a Marilyn Monroe Spa, and the adjacent Hyatt Residence Club Kaanapali Beach time-share, which features swimming pools, a fitness center, an oceanside tiki bar and a gourmet deli and grocery that are open to Hyatt Maui guests.
The resort has also recently renovated 31 suites and enhanced its Swan Court restaurant. Son’z Steakhouse, Grotto Bar and Sunset Terrace, home of the newly revamped Drums of the Pacific Luau, have also been refreshed.
“The 35th anniversary celebrates our long-standing commitment to authentic Hawaiian service and our flexibility to evolve with our guests’ changing needs,” said Jessica Kapoor, marketing manager for Hyatt Regency Maui. “Our continued achievements and our recent refreshments speak to the exceptional product we offer travel agents and their clients.”
As part of the celebration, the hotel has created the Paradise Refreshed package, which saves guests up to $500 on a five-night stay. The deal comes with a fifth free night; daily buffet breakfast for two; a pair of VIP luau tickets; use of a poolside or oceanside cabana; 10 percent off any spa treatment; two glasses of sparkling wine or mai tais; and a $35 daily food and beverage credit. Package rates start at $382 per night through Dec. 19.