Hyatt’s Hawaii Resorts Near Completion of $73M in Property Renovations

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Upgrades to Oahu, Maui and Kauai Resorts Offer Reinvigorated Rooms and Refreshed Culinary, Cultural and Spa Experiences

Hyatt Resort and Spas in Hawaii

“Hyatt was one of the first major hotel brands to put down roots in Hawaii, and the upgrades at all three properties on Oahu, Maui and Kauai underscore the region as one of our premier resort destinations.”

Hyatt has long been welcoming guests to Hawaii with authentic aloha spirit, originating with Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa, one of the first resorts to open its doors on the islands 35 years ago. Since that time, Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa and Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa have also opened world-class resorts, establishing a prominent regional presence that the properties are renewing through extensive renovations and upgrades at all three resorts.

“Hyatt was one of the first major hotel brands to put down roots in Hawaii, and the upgrades at all three properties on Oahu, Maui and Kauai underscore the region as one of our premier resort destinations,” said Carlos Cabrera, Hyatt’s senior vice president of field operations.

Highlights from the renovations at each of the resorts include:

Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa

Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa is nearing the completion of an in-depth $13 million renovation that when finished in fall 2011 will reintroduce guests to the classic Hawaiian hospitality of a bygone era. The refreshed resort will embody the graciousness and authenticity of Hawaii at the turn of the 20th century, while creating a modern and dynamic entertainment center with the addition of two new restaurants, Shor American Seafood Grill and Japengo; SWIM, a new poolside lounge and bar; an upgraded pool deck; and the new oceanfront Regency Club Lounge.

Fresh on the heels of the renovation, the property has also announced extensive new programming to offer guests authentic Hawaiian cultural, arts and entertainment experiences that represent both the old and new Hawaii. As a gateway between the east and the west, the resort pays homage to its proximity to Asia with Asian art, culture and cuisine, anchored by the new Japengo restaurant, due to open in October. The west-facing Diamond Head Tower beckons groups for cultural events steeped in Hoˋonanea, the welcoming, relaxing, peaceful aloha spirit harkening back to early 20th century Hawaii. The Hoˋonanea gathering space is the resort’s unique area for private events, accommodating up to 100 people and anchored by a new exhibition-style kitchen that infuses events with an engaging, interactive culinary component.

Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa

When Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa opened in 1980, it set the bar for high-end resort destinations and invited guests to an oceanfront experience embodying the essence of Maui. The property’s trendsetting indoor-outdoor atrium-style design, extensive gardens, water playgrounds and distinctive art collection created a ‘resort-as-destination’ model that has since been emulated around the world. More than 30 years later, the property has emerged from a $15 million transformation, reinforcing its reputation for offering luxury accommodations and service in a setting of rare natural beauty. The 806 newly-renovated guestrooms reflect modern Hawaiian luxury, with a sleek yet comfortable style expressed through plantation-style platform beds, white linens, boldly-colored textiles, custom lighting and notable artwork.

The revitalized culinary experience offered at Hyatt Regency Maui’s recently-opened signature restaurant, Japengo, has elevated the property as an even hotter island destination. The restaurant’s hip, sultry vibe and innovative Pacific Rim cuisine are accentuated by an open-air garden lounge, Moon Bar, and Sushi Lounge, where guests can watch resident sushi chefs hand-roll sushi and nigiri to order. Japengo’s Executive Chef Matt Smith emphasizes fresh locally-sourced produce for an exciting menu that balances authentic Asian culinary techniques with contemporary Hawaii flavors.

Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa

Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa recently celebrated its 20th anniversary with the unveiling of a $45 million guestroom renovation to all of its 602 rooms, which now boast island-inspired décor anchored by rich mahogany and warm-hued linens and redesigned bathrooms, all featuring luxurious rain-style showers. Long known as an elegant oasis on Kauai, the property’s newly-envisioned rooms primary design elements reflect Hawaii’s authentic roots and encompass native plants and traditional culture.

Additionally, the resort’s acclaimed 45,000 square foot Anara Spa, known for its treatments utilizing rejuvenating native Hawaiian healing traditions, underwent a renovation of all 11 treatment rooms. Upgrades include new wood floors, lighting and artwork, as well as the addition of private lanais or patio gardens off each treatment room to bring Kauai’s natural beauty indoors. The spa also boasts open-air lava rock showers, sauna and steam rooms, a lap pool, fitness center, and outdoor thatched-roof treatment bungalows. The property is also dedicated to environmental conservation, with initiatives ranging from installation of energy-efficient LED lighting to recycling, composting, water conservation and a hybrid car rental program.

About Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa
Balanced between the idyllic beauty of the legendary Waikiki Beach and the dynamic city center, Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa is a vibrant destination combining relaxation and adventure with true Hawaiian hospitality. Each of the 1,229 guestrooms, including 18 suites, offers Hawaiian elegance and private lanai with panoramic beach, mountain, and city views. With an unrivaled location just steps from world-famous waves, the resort affords effortless exploration of the island’s attractions, from Diamond Head Crater, Honolulu Zoo, and Waikiki Aquarium, to world-class shopping, sophisticated dining and expert surfing lessons. Offering endless amenities including luxurious treatments at the 10,000 square foot Na Hoola Spa, StayFit Fitness Center, freshwater swimming pool overlooking Waikiki Beach, fresh regional seafood dishes with upscale American cuisine at Shor American Seafood Restaurant, and more than 50 boutiques on site, Hyatt Regency Waikiki promises Hawaiian-style excitement paired with the warmth of authentic Aloha spirit.

About Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa – Authentic Hawaiian Hospitality Surrounded by Tropical Luxury
Ideally situated on 40 tropically landscaped oceanfront acres along a three-mile stretch of the famed Ka’anapali Beach, Maui’s longest crescent beach, Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa offers an authentic Hawaiian experience in a setting of tropical luxury. Each of the 806 guestrooms, including 31 suites, affords Hawaiian elegance with plantation-style furnishings and a private lanai with panoramic views. Boasting endless amenities including Spa Moana, Maui’s only oceanfront, 15,000 square-foot luxury spa and fitness center, elaborate water playground with tropical streams and waterfalls, championship golf, six tennis courts, scuba and catamaran sails, four restaurants, shopping, and over 100,000 square feet of function space, as well as expert-led stargazing, luau, and wildlife, art and tropical garden tours, Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa offers everything necessary to create the quintessential Maui getaway.

About Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa
Grand Hyatt Kaua‘i Resort & Spa, a luxury resort on a white sand beach in Poipu, on Kauai’s sunny south shore, offers 602 newly renovated guest rooms each with its own lanai. Set on 50 oceanfront acres, the resort features lush gardens with manicured lawns, six restaurants and six lounges, a water playground with a river pool, waterfalls and a 150-foot water slide, a saltwater lagoon, tennis, the award-winning Anara Spa, and golf at the adjacent Poipu Bay Resort. For more information, please contact 1-800-55-HYATT or


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