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Hyatt Regency Maui with Kids ~ A Fantastical Place to Stay

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Long before I became a travel blogger, I chose to stay at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa with my husband and baby girl on one of our first-ever trips as new parents. Nearly nine years later I returned to this idyllic hotel, this time with my second child (our son, now 6) and my mom. Poor Daddy and big sister had to stay home…not sure how I am EVER going to make this up to them! Why Hyatt Regency Maui? There are the tropical birds, lush grounds, sandy beach, and spectacular luau. But what clinched it for me was their pools. Oh, what pools you will find at this Kaanapali resort!

Hyatt Regency Maui with kids

Hyatt Regency Maui is a fantastical place to stay with kids (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Fantasy Pools

As a hotel pool lover, I was pleased to learn the Hyatt Regency Maui is home to some of the world’s first “fantasy pools.” Designed by renowned hotelier Christopher B. Hemmeter, the pools meander through the property. They boast waterfalls, a romantic grotto with pool bar (a la the Playboy Mansion), waterslides (one for wee children and one for bigger kids or adults), a rope bridge, a popular basketball hoop for a splashy game, and play fountains for tots. Hemmeter is credited by many as revolutionizing the hotel industry in Hawaii by creating the first destination resorts. The Hyatt Regency Maui pools are so fantastic, in fact, they made our lists of Best Family Hotel Pools in the World and Best Hotel Pools in Hawaii for Families.

Hyatt Regency Maui Keiki Lagoon

This rope bridge leads from the Keiki Lagoon to a 150-foot waterslide (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

During my first visit to the resort, my family spent most of our time at the incredible Keiki Lagoon. This pool area was built with little kids in mind. There’s a 25-foot waterslide appropriate for toddlers and young grade schoolers. The shallow waters are perfect for play with pail and shovel. Plus, there are fountains galore. This time around, I had to convince my first grader to pose for pictures by the fountains. (This broke my heart a bit – my baby is getting too big for the little kid pool!). He did, however, love the kiddie waterslide and took several turns splashing into the water below.

Hyatt Regency Maui with kids Keiki fountains

Keiki Lagoon water fountains entertain little ones at Hyatt Regency Maui (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

I braved the bigger waterslide during my recent visit. It is an enclosed, 150-foot tunnel slide. While exhilarating, I prefer open waterslides where I can see where I am going. Those 48 inches or taller with an adventurous streak will love this slide.

Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa pineapples

Baby pineapples growing at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Wildlife and Tropical Grounds

Another Hemmeter feature are the hotel’s fantastical grounds and abundant wildlife. Around 50 animals representing 21 species reside at the Hyatt Regency Maui. Kids are encouraged to attend the koi and penguin feeding sessions at 9:30 am daily. To learn more about the resident fish and birds, sign up for the 45-minute Wildlife Tours, which typically take place every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 10 am.

Don’t have time to head out on a pineapple farm tour during your stay on Maui? No worries! You can spy on pineapples growing right at Hyatt Regency Maui. The resort even has an on-site chef’s garden, from which fresh local produce is harvested for meals in its restaurants.

Warm weather penguins on parade at Hyatt Regency Maui with kids

Warm weather penguins on parade at Hyatt Regency Maui (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Dining at Hyatt Regency Maui

Feeling hungry? Choose from five on-site restaurants plus the Hyatt’s well-known luau. Or, book a special beach-side private dining experience for two.

Swan Court is the place to go for a tempting breakfast buffet each day. A wide assortment of fresh fruits, tropical pastries, breakfast meats, eggs, cereals and more are sure to appeal to everyone in the family. If you prefer, you can order items from the menu such as omelets and pancakes. For a taste of the islands, choose the Hawaiian French Toast made with coconut bread and served with coconut syrup. Kids and adults delight in watching the swans and ducks paddle right past tables on Swan Lagoon.

For date night, book at a table at Son’z Steakhouse. In the evenings, Swan Court becomes a swanky steak house known for its wine cellar and prime cuts.

Swan Court at Hyatt Regency Maui with kids

The view at Swan Court by day and Son’z Steakhouse by night (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

The Halona Kai coffee bar provides a simple morning alternative. Think baked goods and hot cuppas served up with an ocean view.

Umalu is where to go for lunch or a casual al fresco dinner. Choose from local favorites like Chicken Katsu, served with jasmine rice and potato mac salad or standards like pizzas, sandwiches, burgers and salads.

For a more refined experience, head to Japengo Pacific Rim Restaurant and Sushi Lounge. Voted the Best Sushi on Maui, Japengo’s sunset views complement the cuisine. The prettiest and tastiest part of my meal was the Prawn and Mango salad. It was served with Kula baby greens, ichiban vinaigrette carrots, cucumber and tomato. The Flaming Pina Colada Creme, an upscale version of pineapple upside down cake, impresses with its fiery presentation. Twice per month you can even sign up for Sushi School at Japengo to learn the art of sushi roll preparation.

Japango's pretty Prawn and Mango Salad at Hyatt Regency Maui with kids

Japango’s pretty Prawn and Mango Salad (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

The Hyatt Maui’s Drums of the Pacific Luau has all of the ingredients for a delicious Hawaiian evening. Expect an open bar, Polynesian dancing (including hula and fire dance), abundant food and humorous audience participation. The all-you-can-eat buffet offers huli huli chicken, lomi lomi salmon, tropical fruits, soba noodles, a tempting selection of desserts and more. If you’re feeling adventurous, try the Hawaiian poi (mashed taro). The kalua pork was so delicious, I had to go back for seconds!

Drums of the Pacific Luau at Hyatt Regency Maui with kids

Drums of the Pacific Luau at Hyatt Regency Maui (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

In addition to the restaurant offerings at Hyatt Regency Maui, the resort is a short oceanfront walk away (about 12 minutes) at the popular Whalers Village. This shopping center is home to restaurants like the Hula Grill and Leilani’s on the Beach, as well as a food court.

Keiki Lagoon at Hyatt Regency Maui with kids

Keiki Lagoon at Hyatt Regency Maui (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Beachfront Fun

Yes, the pools are fabulous, but the ocean is the real star in Hawaii. The Hyatt Regency Maui has bragging rights as the hotel closest to the ocean in all of Maui. Rent boogie boards, stand up paddle boards, and kayaks from the on-site Beach Activity Center. Scuba and paddle board lessons plus guided dives are also available. Even kids age 8-11 can get in on the diving fun with a Bubble Makers class, where children hunt for hidden treasure in the pool while learning basic diving skills.

My mom and son playing in the pool - you can see the water basketball "court" in the background at Hyatt Regency Maui with kids

My mom and son playing in the pool – you can see the water basketball “court” in the background (Photo by Colleen Lanin)

Kids Club

Some parents feel guilty putting their children in a kids club while on vacation, but my children love them! Both of my kids enjoy making friends, building crafts and playing games at a kids club, especially one as fun as Camp Hyatt. Since my son happened to be the only child who signed up for the camp on the day of his visit, I offered to let him come tour Lahaina with Grandma and me instead. But he insisted he’d rather stay and play. Some Hawaiian-themed camp activities include lei making and hula lessons. My son made ocean-themed crafts and went swimming in the pool with his camp counselor. Camp Hyatt hours are 9 am to 3 pm and 5 to 10 pm daily, for children ages 5 to 12.

What Else to do at Hyatt Regency Maui

Looking for something to do while the kids are at Camp Hyatt? Spread across four acres, the Hyatt Regency Maui is home to the Marilyn Monroe Kamahao Spa for luxurious and relaxing treatments. Meanwhile sporty travelers will appreciate the onsite tennis courts as well as preferred rates at two golf courses: the Royal Kaanapali Course and the Kaanapali Kai Course.

Why Hyatt Regency Maui with Kids (or Without!)

Whether traveling with a baby or kid, or embarking on a grown-up getaway without children, you’re going to find plenty to see and do at Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa. I can’t wait to go back…hopefully next time with both of my kids and my husband! Read reviews and learn more about Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa on TripAdvisor and

Read more about why your whole family will fall in love with Maui in Maui with Kids ~ A Dream Come True. For additional Maui hotel ideas, read my reviews of Kaanapali Alii (an upscale condominium option) and Residence Inn Maui (which offers deep discounts for long term stays).

Would you like to stay at Hyatt Regency Maui with kids? Do you have any questions about this hotel? Let us know in the comments below!

A Note from The Travel Mama: My family was hosted by the Kaanapali Beach Resort and Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa during our recent visit. We paid for our first visit ourselves. All opinions are mine, as always.

About Colleen Lanin

Colleen Lanin is the founder/editor-in-chief of As the author of her book, "The Travel Mamas' Guide," she teaches parents not only how to survive a trip with children, but also how to love exploring the world with their offspring. Her stories have appeared online and in print for such outlets as the "Today" show,, Parenting Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, Chicago Tribune, Expedia, San Diego Family Magazine, and more. Colleen gives tips on television, radio, and as a public speaker. She has a master’s degree in business administration with a background in marketing. She lives in Arizona with her husband and two kids.

  1. I hope to head back to Maui this winter. These pools look amazing!

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      Jody – So excited for you that you’re going to Maui this winter! It is such an incredible place. Hope you can check out the Hyatt Regency Maui’s pools while you’re there!

  2. Wandering Educators says

    Those pools – that ocean! I’d never leave.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      Wandering Educators – It was hard to tear ourselves away from Hyatt Regency Maui, that’s for sure!

  3. Always love visiting Maui, the Hyatt looks fabulous,thanks for sharing!

  4. Looks dreamy! I would love to visit this resort.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      Allison – Oh, I hope you get a chance to visit Hyatt Regency Maui someday…you’d love it!

  5. Ahhhhh…. I miss it there. Agree with everything. Loved Japengo for sure!!!

  6. Looks incredible!

  7. Saffronstays says

    Such a great post about the Hyatt regency maui travel. I love the pool and I will go there definitely after reading this awesome article. Well I love to stay with locals if they provide Homestays options but you described it so beautifully, which makes me so desperate to go there.

  8. Good post for me as II look forward to visit Hyatt Regency Maui shortly.

  9. bhanudurga says

    Wow, great information about Hyatt Regency. And thank u sharing.

  10. Hi! Our family of 6 is heading to the Hyatt in Maui February 12th for a 10 day stay. I’m wondering if you’d be able to suggest some more family friendly restaurants? Our kids are 17, 16, 13 and 8 years old.

    Thanks (:


    • Colleen Lanin says

      Hi Heidi – How exciting! I hope your family loves Hyatt Regency Maui as much as mine does! The hotel offers five restaurants plus the amazing Drums of the Pacific Luau. Off-site, I recommend the Hula Grill at the Whalers Village Shopping Center for their macadamia nut-crusted mahimahi and Hula Pie (delicious ice cream pie)! They offer a keiki (kids) menu, too. If you’re headed Hana, be sure to stop in Paia for lunch at Paia Fish Market. For a splurge dinner, you can’t go wrong with Roy’s Kaanapali by Chef Roy Yamaguchi. Best of all are their appetizers (Crispy Crab & Shrimp Potstickers!) and dessert (like Chocolate Soufflé or Pineapple Upside Down Cake!). I don’t think they have a printed menu, but they have a few simple items you can order for children like a quesadilla. They even bring out a special “appetizer” fruit plate for kids, if memory serves. Enjoy Maui!

  11. Do you know of any Maui hotels that have kids club for younger kids? We are planning a trip next year when my son will be 17 months old.

    • Colleen Lanin says

      The only Hawaii kids club that I know of that accepts children (without a parent of guardian) under age 5 is Disney’s Aulani on Oahu, which welcomes little ones as young as 3 years old. Most resorts, however, will provide a list of local trusted babysitters to watch your child in your room for an hourly fee. Four Season Maui offers a kids club for children ages 5 to 12, but they often will let younger children play there if accompanied by a parent or caregiver. You’ll find lots of Caribbean resorts that allow younger kids in their kids clubs like Beaches Resorts. If you have your heart set on Hawaii, though, you could book a cruise instead. I believe Norwegian is the only line that offers sailings through the islands throughout the year — their kids clubs start at age 3 but parents can join the fun with babies starting at 6 months. Disney Cruise Line sometimes offers Hawaiian cruises and their onboard nurseries accept babies as young as 6 months old (without parental supervision). Hope that helps!

  12. Teresita Plevin says

    Hi I noticed your post is from 2014 have you been there since. I just booked a vacation for August and we have two children 5 and 8. I hope is still the same.

    • Colleen Lanin says

      How exciting! I haven’t been since 2014 but I just looked at their website and it appears to be the same fabulous resort with incredible pools, dining, bird displays, kids club, spa and more. I hope you love Hyatt Regency Maui as much I do!

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