Maui's first destination resort announces sophisticated new dining destination and luxurious guestroom renovations
LAHAINA, HI (August 31, 2010) - Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa announces the upcoming completion of an extensive $15 million transformation. Scheduled for completion in December 2010, the resort will redefine the quintessential Maui experience, making it even more captivating with exquisitely updated guestrooms and an exciting new dining destination, Japengo, which will offer a culinary adventure blending exotic flavors from around the world.
"Opened in 1980, Hyatt Regency Maui was the first destination resort in the world, and its groundbreaking resort-as-destination concept - with extensive gardens, water playgrounds, wildlife and notable art collection - forever changed the landscape of resorts around the globe." remarked Michael Jokovich, General Manager with Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa. "With this exciting transformation, we're reinventing the resort that invented it all. The ambiance and design of our new guestrooms and Japengo are inspired by the vibrancy and natural beauty of Hawaii, and with them we have infused sophisticated Hawaiian elegance into the entire guest experience."
Japengo - Begun in August and scheduled for completion in December 2010, Hyatt Regency Maui's restaurant, Cascades, will be completely redesigned into Japengo, a sexy, hip dining destination for lively Pacific Rim cuisine. With design led by Island Design Center, the dramatic transformation begins with an updated interpretation of a Japanese fishing village, with narrow alleyways and quirky level changes luring guests to the intriguing Moon Bar, Sushi Lounge, and outdoor dining overlooking the ocean. Colors and materials are evocative of the celestial elements of the sun, moon and earth and vary from grounded and earthen, warm and fiery, and lunar and ethereal.
Creating a moonscape at the Moon Bar, an open air garden lounge, ethereal silk pendants orbit above a circular bar created with lunar-toned materials of sliced stone and black pebbles. The Village Alley Walk, covered with mossy green rustic porcelain tiles, leads to the Sushi Lounge, where updated Asian elements and a minimalistic design create a Zen-like backdrop that puts cuisine - and dynamic sushi chefs - front and center. Glowing amber elongated pendant lamps and banquettes of wasabi-green and deep olive create a clubby ambiance. Outside, guests enjoy warm trade winds and exceptional panoramic views of the resort's 40-acre grounds, swimming pools and water features, and views of Molokai'i, Lanai'i and migratory whales from Japengo's elevated positioning. The mood is edgy and intimate with flickering tiki torches, pin spot lighting, and high-backed settees in fiery-hued fabrics.
At Japengo, guests will enjoy culinary adventure of modern Pacific Rim cuisine created by Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa's Executive Chef Matt Smith and his team presented against the subdued, warm and earthy colors of Heath Ceramics. Drawing from exceptional locally-sourced produce and island flavors, Chef Smith uses authentic Asian preparations and cooking methods to create a menu that tantalizes the senses. Guests dining in the Sushi Lounge may watch as nigiri and creative sushi rolls are rolled to order. An array of colorful and captivating Asian-inspired cocktail specials is also offered. At Japengo, the mood is sexy, the service is authentic, the music is current and the food is beautiful.
Comfortably Sophisticated Accommodations - Led by CRA, a leading designer of up-scale hospitality properties, Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa's guestrooms will be luxuriously renovated with a sleek, contemporary Hawaiian design that is both comfortable and sophisticated. The new rooms provide a soothing environment - fresh, tailored and uncluttered, the design draws directly on the vibrant natural beauty of the surrounding blue pacific, red clay soil, deep green plantations, and vivid yellows and oranges of the island sun. A new crisp, graphic carpet and simple palette of white bedding on the plantation-style platform bed set off vibrantly-colored new textiles. Custom light fixtures, fabrics and draperies achieve a sophisticated look, while boldly sized 'frame-free' artwork relax the room. Unexpected custom-designed ottomans stand in for coffee tables inspiring guests to unwind and put their feet up. A new custom wall-covering, with a hint of vertical grain, is a sustainable product made from recycled materials. The clean design style and refined Hawaiian furnishings offer graceful flow onto the lanai'i, with panoramic views of mountains or ocean drawing immediate connection with Hawaii's natural beauty. The result is a comfortably sophisticated guestroom that feels uniquely local.
The first destination resort in the world, Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa has been a trendsetter in luxury since opening in 1980. With lavishly renovated guestrooms and Maui's chicest new dining destination, Japengo, paired with an idyllic oceanfront setting and genuine service, Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa is making it even more captivating for vacationers to book in 2011 and beyond.
For more information regarding Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa, please contact the resort by phone at (808) 661-1234 or (800) 233-1234, or visit the resort website: www.maui.hyatt.com.
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.