Regarding this particular addition to Hyatt, there are a couple of things worth knowing:
- Hyatt already has an impressive footprint on Maui, including the Andaz Maui, Hyatt Regency Maui, and several Destination Hotels properties
- This isn’t the first time that a Travaasa property has become Hyatt affiliated — Travaasa Austin ended up becoming Miraval Austin, which is Hyatt’s wellness brand
Hyatt’s new Maui property
Hana-Maui Resort to become Alila Maui?
The plan is for Hana-Maui Resort to go through a two-year phased renovation, which includes enhancing all accommodations, arrival areas, dining outlets, and pools.
One has to wonder if the long term plan is for this to be converted into another Hyatt brand. For example, could we see this eventually becoming a Miraval property (as we saw in Austin), or maybe an Alila? In many ways, this doesn’t seem to be a traditional Destination Hotels property, as it has restaurants, a spa, and more.
There’s a further hint here — if you look at the hotel’s “code” in Hyatt’s system, it’s “OGGAL.” “OGG” is the airport code for Maui, and “AL” is the code for Alila.
For example, the code for Alila Ventana Big Sur is “SJCAL,” with “SJC” standing for San Jose (an airport not too far away from the hotel), and “AL” standing for Alila. Or the code for Alila Jabal Akhdar is “MCTAL,” with “MCT” standing for Muscat, and “AL” standing for Alila.
Therefore it seems almost certain that Hana-Maui Resort will eventually become the Alila Maui, which is very exciting. For what it’s worth, I asked a representative if there were plans for this to be converted to another brand, and was told they’re “not at liberty” to share.
This will be a Category 7 World of Hyatt property
While rooms aren’t yet bookable on Hyatt’s website, the plan is for Hana-Maui Resort to be a Category 7 World of Hyatt property, which is Hyatt’s highest tier for managed properties. That means a free night redemption will cost 30,000 World of Hyatt points per night.
There’s one other potential interesting opportunity here. Historically the property has offered either standard rates or all-inclusive rates, with the latter including three meals per day, plus a $175 per person per day credit.