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Prime Ocean View Maui Hotel Room Ocean View Maui in early December. The climate was noticeably dryer and cooler for my stay, a thin sweater came in handy. Stayed a few nights at Hyatt Regency, still a favorite with oversized rooms and amazing views. This super resort has no lack of actives but an often overlooked experience is Hyatt’s “Tour of the Stars”.

Hyatt’s very own Astronomy director escorts a small group to the hotels 9th floor roof top, viewing the clear Maui sky form a world class 14-inch reflector telescope.

Another surprise,  “Drums of the Pacific Lu’au” I had seen the show years ago but the performance has been upgrade to include four amazing Polynesian fire dancers. Kids big and small with enjoy the show the buffet dinner.

 

Hyatt Regency Maui

 

 

The misty slopes of Haleakala offers a peek into Maui’s local upcountry farming. A must for any foodie.

Ulupalakua Ranch and winery. Started my visit at the Ranch store for a delicious Maui Cattle Co. Elk burger. Across the street you’ll find Tedeschi Winery, try the surprising sophisticated pineapple wines. Next stop was Ocean Vodka Organic Farm and Distillery, no worries I’m not driving. Vodka tasting and a plant tour of this fun mom & pop company.  My last stop was the Surfing Goat Dairy and a sampling of their awarding winning creations.

 

 

A hard day’s work ended at the new Andaz Maui. A new resort in the center of Wailea, features beautiful cascading pools leading to a white sanding beach.

This is an ultra-modern hotel, if Apple where to build a resort the Andaz would be the outcome. The cool modern designs will not appeal to everyone, one look around my room featuring limestone tile, teak woods and all things white I realized not one pop of color could be found.

What all guests will appreciate is Andaz’s willingness to buck the resort fee trend. A refreshing change to find complementary: internet, in room soft drinks, snacks, tea/coffee/bottled water, filtered water stations, beach chairs/beach umbrella/snorkel mask, town car service around Wailea and soon to include a nightly cocktail reception. Tip, if you’re looking for the ever allusive beachfront home rental in Maui, Andaz has 12 villas including a 4bed/5bath 4,000 sq ft home that sleeps 10.

 

Andaz Maui – luxury with value