The Hyatt Regency Maui was booked for 2 nights @ 25k Hyatt points/night. Beautiful property but it was packed with kids and families. My parents honeymooned here 40 years ago and they took me some time ago so it had a bit of nostalgia (seemed to be the case with a lot of people). The resort was sprawling and grounds picturesque but compared to the Andaz many of the public areas felt dated. The Regency located next to a large Residence Club so pesky timeshare operations were deployed all over the place.
The guest rooms were renovated so those felt modern and comfortable. Housekeeping left a pretty flower heart on the bed to match our fresh leis we received at check-in. We were booked in the far tower next to the Residence Club with another “partial ocean view.”
We arrived at the Regency in late afternoon after stopping at Mama’s Fish House in Paia at the tail end of our journey from Hana. We did not get reservations due to not knowing what time we could make it so we did takeout instead. We ate it almost two hours later after we checked into the Regency and it was still delicious.
Dining at the Regency
Son’z Steakhouse at the Swan Court was excellent and a very neat atmosphere. I remember eating here 20 years ago and it felt pretty much the same. We actually dined with a newlywed couple we met at the pool on our last day.
The Regency Club was recently re-opened but the food was mediocre. Admission was provided as a Globalist benefit. P2 wouldn’t stop talking about how disappointing the breakfast was. Guess you can’t expect much for free these days.
The pools were nice but quite crowded. You needed to scope out a spot early in the morning if you wanted any chance of securing a lounge chair. This was not the place to go if you wanted a quiet place to relax. Globalist benefits here were Free parking ($80) and breakfast at the Regency Club. It saved us ~$100 vs Swan Court although we probably should have just went to the Swan Court.
My favorite feature was the Grotto Bar which wasn’t quite a swim up like many Carribean resorts but it allowed easy access from the pool.
While staying at the Regency we also checked out nearby Lahaina for some drinks and shopping and partook in a Skyline Eco Adventures Kaanapali 8 Zipline Tour. We redeemed 23.6k UR for this activity booked through the Chase Portal. P2 and I take the opportunity to zipline any chance we get and this one was quite fun. We took a bumpy van ride to the side of the mountain above Lahina/Kaanapali on the grounds of a cattle ranch with incredible views.
Back at the Regency we spent some time on the beach and managed to catch our last sunset the night before we had to depart this paradise.
This blog wouldn’t be called In Points We Trust if we didn’t give a summary of the points invested in this trip and the cash value we avoided having to pay.
Flights – 130k Delta SkyMiles + 118k American AAdvantage Miles
American Airlines OGG-DFW-PIT
59k AAdvantage Miles each
Hotels – 200k Hyatt Points
Hyatt Regency (Category 6)
2 nights @ 30k points/night
+Globalist Benefits (~$1150)
Free Breakfasts (~$450)
Free Parking ($200)
Hana-Maui Oceanview Bungalow Upgrade (60k points or ~$500)
Activities – 68k Chase Ultimate Rewards
Cash Equivalent Value ~$12,000 (average 2.3 cpp)