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by Michael C. Lowe | December 01, 2011
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The Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa recently completed a $15 million renovation of its guest rooms, which now have a contemporary Hawaiian design. In addition, the 806-room property welcomed Japengo, a new Asian-fusion restaurant. The resort offers more than 100,000 square feet of meeting space.

The 310-room Makena Beach & Golf Resort celebrated its 25th anniversary with a multi-million-dollar renovation. Guest rooms now feature new carpeting, granite counter tops and 37-inch HD flat-screen TVs, while the lobby area sports new furniture and a café. The property has 80,000 square feet of meeting space.

Travaasa Hana, a new incarnation of the former Hotel Hana-Maui, opened in June on Maui's eastern shore. The property is comprised of 70 cottages and suites and includes a spa and on-site dining options. Although there are no dedicated meeting facilities, outdoor areas can be used for events and gatherings.

The Fairmont Kea Lani has revamped all of its 413 suites and 37 villas as part of an ongoing $16 million resortwide project. At press time, signature restaurant Ko is getting a new look that will recall the island's sugarcane plantation era. The hotel has about 36,000 square feet of meeting space.


Meeting Hotels
Properties include the 806-room Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa; 780-room Grand Wailea; 759-room Westin Maui Resort & Spa; 719-room Marriott's Maui Ocean Club; 546-room Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa; 516-room Royal Lahaina Resort; 510-room Sheraton Maui Resort; 463-room Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua; 450-room Fairmont Kea Lani Maui; 432-room Kaanapali Beach Hotel; 359-room Whaler on Kaanapali Beach, and 310-room Makena Beach & Golf Resort.


Airport Transit
Kahului Airport, about 35 miles east of Kapalua, 30 miles east of Kaanapali and 15 miles north of Wailea-Makena. Transfer cost by taxi, $100 to Kapalua, $85 to Kaanapali and $60 to Wailea-Makena.


Taxes
Room tax, 9.25%; sales tax, 4.16%; total tax on hotel rooms, 13.42%


Group VenueMakena Vista at the Makena Beach & Golf Resort
Rising 600 feet above the ocean, the stunning Makena Vista at the Makena Beach & Golf Resort Maui features impressive views of the Pacific Ocean from the 14th hole of the Makena Golf Course. Isolated from the hum of nearby towns, the 8,876-square-foot alfresco venue offers a unique space for groups of up to 350 people. (808) 874-1111


Contact
Maui Visitors Bureau, (888) 918-8444