“At Hyatt Resorts and Spas in Hawaii, families can have meaningful experiences far from home without breaking their budgets," said Carlos Cabrera, senior vice president, field operations for Hyatt Hotels & Resorts.
Honolulu, Hawaii (PRWEB) August 22, 2012
After years of “staycations,” many families are taking real vacations again and parents are looking for deeper, more enriching travel experiences for their kids. In addition to sitting on some of the world’s most famous beaches, Hyatt Resorts and Spas in Hawaii –Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa, Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa and Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa – offer families opportunities for authentic learning vacations. Each resort offers a host of activities that invite families to experience Hawaii’s authentic culture, environment and people. From valued-added resort programs and a new farm-to-table culinary initiative, to experiential offerings including wildlife tours and an astronomy program, Hyatt’s Hawaii resorts offer families an ideal destination vacation. Sweetening the mix is a compelling travel deal that lets families save on their stay by booking an extra night.
“While families are traveling, parents are still conscious of cutting back on vacation costs when possible,” said Carlos Cabrera, senior vice president, field operations for Hyatt Hotels & Resorts. “At Hyatt Resorts and Spas in Hawaii, families can have meaningful experiences far from home without breaking their budgets, and the memories made through the experiences are truly priceless.”
According to a recent annual survey conducted by TripAdvisor*, cultural trips are at the top of the list for leisure travelers, and it’s just that – Hawaii’s Native Hawaiian and multi-cultural history and traditions – that set the Hawaiian Islands apart from other beach-destination competitors. In addition to exploring Hawaii’s festivals and events and historical landmarks, families can get cultured at Hyatt Resorts and Spas in Hawaii through activities including:
- Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach, Oahu – E Makani Eha free cultural program offered every weekday afternoon at the resort led by Hawaiian practitioners Aunty April and Aka which includes free Hawaiian arts and crafts, lei making, ukulele, hula lessons, storytelling, and more, and “Aloha Friday” Polynesian show and cultural demonstrations. The resort also offers “hula-cize,” a class combining exercise with learning about Hawaii’s culture of song and dance ($25 per person).
- Hyatt Regency Maui – “Tour of the Stars” astronomy program led by Director of Astronomy Eddie Mahoney which educates guests on how voyaging Polynesians were guided to the Hawaiian Islands. Stars are viewed through a high-definition telescope that sits nine stories up on the hotel’s rooftop ($25 per adult, $15 per child).
- Grand Hyatt Kauai – Free daily activities, local artisan demonstrations and talk story sessions include poi pounding, lei making, lauhala weaving, wood turning, hula, and ukulele lessons.
New crop of culinary connoisseurs
For a growing number of travelers, eating well on vacation has evolved beyond surf and turf to seeking out farm-to-table cuisine that offers a local “taste of place.” Through extensive research, Hyatt learned that kids today have more sophisticated palates as well. Families can enjoy Hawaii’s rich food traditions incorporating fare from island purveyors though revamped menus at Hyatt’s Hawaii resorts reflecting Hyatt’s “Food. Thoughtfully Sourced. Carefully Served.” culinary program.
The newly introduced “For Kids By Kids” menus also offer children healthier choices made with the bounty of local ingredients grown and raised by island producers. The new offerings also include a three-course organic menu developed by renowned chef and sustainable food pioneer Alice Waters.
Culinary programs like Hyatt Regency Maui’s sushi school ($35 per person) also educate families about local farms and Hawaii’s food culture through a fun, hands-on activity.
Hyatt Resorts and Spas in Hawaii understand that it can be pricy when traveling with the entire family. The resorts all offer free activities to add to memories and not to the bills upon parents’ return home. Examples include:
- All properties – “Toy Box” which includes age appropriate games for families available upon request at check in.
- Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach, Oahu – E Makani Eha free cultural program (described above) and “Aloha Friday” Polynesian show and cultural demonstrations.
- Hyatt Regency Maui – Wildlife Tour of resorts’ 40 exotic species led by the Director of Wildlife; cultural activities like hula and lei making; half-acre fantasy pool with waterfalls, rope bridge and waterslide; and seasonal programs like dive-in movies with fresh popcorn.
- Grand Hyatt Kauai – Koi fish feeding, parrot talk, Hawaiian monk seal education, and other free cultural activities (described above); lazy river pool with a waterslide and a 1.5-acre salt water lagoon.
For a nominal fee, Camp Hyatt also offers kids their own vacation fun at Hyatt Resorts and Spas in Hawaii. Children ages five to 12 can participate in activities and adventures that focus on the culture, history, and environment found on each Hawaiian Island.
TRAVEL DEAL: Families can enjoy more time together exploring Hawaii with Hyatt Free Time (booking code: FRTIME) bookable through Nov. 30, 2012 for stays through Dec. 30, 2012. Included is one free night (four-night minimum) and free breakfast for two. http://www.hyatt.com/hyatt/resorts/hawaii.
Hyatt Resorts and Spas in Hawaii
A hospitality pioneer in Hawaii beginning with the opening of Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa on Oahu in 1976, Hyatt Resorts and Spas in Hawaii offer guests the opportunity to discover the best the Hawaiian Islands have to offer. With premier beachfront locations, spanning the islands of Oahu, Maui and Kauai, Hyatt’s four Hawaii properties offer innovative guest programing representing Hyatt’s renowned brands – Grand Hyatt®, Hyatt Regency®, Hyatt Place®. For more information, please contact 1-800-55-HYATT or visit http://www.hyatt.com/hyatt/resorts/hawaii.
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