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Hyatt Regency Maui with Kids ~ A Fantastical Place to Stay

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Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa is more than a hotel. It’s paradise for families in Hawaii. Expect lush grounds, a fun kids club, a spectacular luau and sandy beachfront location. But what clinched it for me was their pools. Oh, what pools you will find at this Kaanapali resort! Read my review to discover what makes Hyatt Regency Maui with kids so special.

Hyatt Regency Maui's lush grounds

Hyatt Regency Maui’s lush grounds (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Fantasy Pools

As a hotel pool lover, I was pleased to learn 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. 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 list of the Best Hotel Pools in Hawaii for Families.

Look for waterfalls, a romantic grotto with pool bar, waterslides, a rope bridge, a basketball hoop for a splashy game, and play fountains for tots. Make pool time even more special with a 1.5-hour mermaid lesson for all ages (50 – 200 lbs.), available exclusively at Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa.

Rope bridge at Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa

Rope bridge at Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Keiki Lagoon

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. The shallow waters are perfect for play with pail and shovel. Plus, there are fountains galore.

Hyatt Regency Maui Keiki Lagoon

Keiki Lagoon splash fountains (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Young children love the 25-foot-long waterslide here. On my latest trip, I had to convince my first grader to pose for pictures by the fountains. He did, however, love the kiddie waterslide and took several turns splashing into the water below.

Keiki Lagoon waterslide at Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa

Keiki Lagoon waterslide (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Tunnel Waterslide

I braved the bigger waterslide during my latest visit. It is an enclosed, 150-foot tunnel slide. While exhilarating, I prefer open waterslides where I can see where I am going. Hotel guests 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

The hotel’s fantastical grounds and abundant wildlife will impress your family. 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.

Don’t have time to head out on a pineapple farm tour during your stay on Maui? No worries! You can spy 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 at Hyatt Regency Maui

Warm weather penguins 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

Head to Swan Court 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, 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 at this restaurant.

Son’z Steakhouse

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.

The view at Swan Court and Son'z Steakhouse

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

Halona Kai

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

Umalu

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

Japengo Pacific Rim Restaurant and Sushi Lounge

Japengo offers a more refined dining experience. 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 comes served with Kula baby greens, ichiban vinaigrette carrots, cucumber and tomato. Meanwhile, the Flaming Pina Colada Crème, 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.

Whalers Village

In addition to the restaurant offerings at Hyatt Regency Maui, the resort is a short oceanfront walk (about 12 minutes) from 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.

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drums of the Pacific Luau

Hyatt Maui’s Drums of the Pacific Luau has all the ingredients for a delicious Hawaiian evening. Expect an open bar, Polynesian dancing, abundant food, and humorous audience participation. Children and adults alike enjoy performances by talented hula dancers and impressive fire dancers.

Fire dancers at Drums of the Pacific Luau

Fire dancers at Drums of the Pacific Luau (Photo credit: Hyatt)

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

Drums of the Pacific Luau (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 aged 8 to 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.

Beachfront Keiki Lagoon

Beachfront Keiki Lagoon (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Camp Hyatt 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.

Kamaha’o, a Marilyn Monroe Spa oceanside spa treatments

Kamaha’o, a Marilyn Monroe Spa oceanside spa treatments (Photo from Kaanapaliresort.com)

What Else to do at Hyatt Regency Maui

Looking for something to do while the kids are at Camp Hyatt? Spread across four acres, Hyatt Regency Maui is home to the Marilyn Monroe Kamaha’o 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.

Hyatt Regency Maui pool

My mom and son swimming in the main pool (Photo by Colleen Lanin)

Hyatt Regency Maui with Kids

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, age 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!

You will find plenty to enjoy at Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa. With such beautiful grounds and so many activities, this is truly one of my favorite hotels for families. 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 Hotels.com.

Child petting goats at the Surfing Goat Dairy Farm on Maui

My son petting goats at the Surfing Goat Dairy Farm on Maui (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

More to Do on Maui

Discover more to do and see on Maui with kids, like visiting the animals at Surfing Goat Dairy Farm, tasting traditional Hawaiian shave ice, and viewing artwork by local artists.

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).

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

About Colleen Lanin

Colleen Lanin is the founder/editor-in-chief of TravelMamas.com. 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, NBCNews.com, 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.

Comments
  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 (:

    Heidi

    • 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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