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A Reality TV Star Goes Stargazing in Hawaii

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  Site Where: 200 Nohea Kai D [map], Kaanapali, HI, United States, 96761
September 18, 2012 at 4:02 PM | by | Comments (0)

Our resident celebrity hotel hopper, Josh Flagg, star of Bravo's Million Dollar Listing has sent us Hawaii dispatches. Here's his take on the stargazing offered at the Hyatt Regency in Maui.

Over the summer vacation, I took a three week trip to Hawaii and yes, in case you are wondering, I do still work.I just happen to do all my traveling at one time, and the rest of the year I am in the office.

And on this trip, I did something very cool which I had done once when I was a little kid, and was surprised to find out I could still do. I went stargazing, the real kind, not the Hollywood kind.

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More Cool Hotel Jobs: Hyatt Regency Maui's Director of Astronomy

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  Site Where: 200 Nohea Kai Dr [map], Kaanapali, HI, United States, 96761
January 20, 2011 at 1:01 PM | by | Comments (0)

All this week, HotelChatter contributor Eric Rosen will be telling us about some of the coolest hotel jobs out there. He reached out across the globe to talk to the dynamic folks who do everything from wrangling elephants (and guests!) to designing the latest high-tech gadgetry for your next guest room. So check back every day to see who he’s talking to next.

We spend most of our time hunched over a keyboard, so we were pretty uplifted to learn about a man whose job it is leading stargazing forays at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa.

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The Whaler in Hawaii Has a Brand New Look and Brand New Rates

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  Site Where: 2481 Kaanapali Parkway [map], Lahaina, HI, United States, 96761
June 23, 2009 at 9:26 AM | by | Comments (0)

When a resort spends eighteen months doing reconstruction and renovation work, you want it to be obvious that something has changed, and The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach in Hawaii seems to have gotten that bit all figured out: they've plonked a three-tiered fountain in the middle of their lobby so every guest can see that things are different.

Of course, this is not the only renovation or addition that The Whaler has made. Their garden courtyard has been re-landscaped and they've also re-paved the deck around the pool.

The jet spa has had some work done on it too: the way they describe it is "the jet spa was enlarged to better accommodate guests", which makes us a bit unsure about whether it now fits more guests in or it just holds, uh, larger guests. After your spa experience, in any case, you'll be able to lounge around on new poolside furniture.

To celebrate the renos being done, The Whaler has got a special deal happening: From July through to August 23, you can get the Summer Preview Rate which starts from $259 a night for the Garden View studio. Please test the enlarged jet spa for us if you stop by.

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A Taste of the 50-50 Menu at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

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  Site Where: One Ritz-Carlton Drive [map], Kapalua, hi, United States, 96761
June 19, 2009 at 9:44 AM | by | Comments (0)

The Banyan Tree restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua is arguably one of the top dining dogs on Maui, with unbeatable views of the Pacific Ocean, the island of Moloka'i and the Pailolo Channel. But, like a lot of the super swank resort’s services and amenities, it’s not exactly budget friendly.

The restaurant is bringing its five star dining experience within not-just-for-special-occasions-only reach with its new three-course 50/50 menu deal for $50, which includes mea ‘ai mua (perfect starter), mea ‘ai nui (entrée), and mea ‘ai momona (dessert).

For another $50, you can buy a bottle of wine from a select list that changes weekly, including plenty of picks we would gladly recommend: Family Vineyards Viognier 2005 and Henschke Shiraz, Barossa Valley, Australia 2005. We’re a bit of a wine snob and loved many of the selections. (Both deals are exclusive of tax and gratuity.)

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Sheraton Maui Gives You Notescast For Your iPod

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  Site Where: 2605 Kaanapali Parkway [map], Lahaina , HI, United States, 96761
December 22, 2008 at 9:20 AM | by | Comments (2)

We love our iPod and we love anything new we get to do with it. Call us suckers for technology, but we actually do think it's cool that the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa has got together a Notescast for iPods.

What that means is you can download a file off their site onto your iPod and bingo, you get a mini-website of information to enjoy whenever you want. The Sheraton's Notescast has got 81 pages of info so you can move around and find out pretty much anything you need to know, and you can make your friends jealous even before you leave by showing them pictures.

Now, skeptics, we see the obvious comment here: why do all this on a tiny iPod screen when there's this whole big internet thing where you can probably get all the same information. The answer: because you can. Reason enough, right?

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Room With a Killer View: Palm Trees on Maui

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  Site Where: 475 Front St [map], Lahaina, HI, United States, 96761
June 26, 2008 at 9:00 AM | by | Comment (1)

We are suckers for a room with a killer view.  We find that we are even more likely to forgive some minor hotel inconveniences if we can stare out the window at something pretty--yeah we are that shallow. Let's help out our fellow hotel mavens by uploading rooms with killer views to the HotelChatter/Flickr photo pool, or by sending the photo along to us. We will feature our favorites in this space from time to time. Remember to tell us the name of the hotel and the room number of the hot view.

It just goes to prove that there's no such thing as too many palm trees, when you stare long and hard at this killer view from the Lahaina Shores Beach Resort in Maui. Because we could stare at this from within our cubicle for hours and hours.

Lahaina Shores is actually a condo-rental place with full resort-style services and amenities including daily maid service, a concierge and internet access (at a price), plus you can use the barbecues poolside to grill up a feast. Rates start at $147 per night for mountain view suites but if you want to look over the palm trees and the sea (we certainly do) then you'll have to pay from $193 a night.

[Photo: tgrt]

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Maui's Ritz-Carlton Kapalua to Unveil Pricey Renovations on Jan. 7th

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  Site Where: 1 Ritz Carlton Drive [map], Kapalua, HI, United States, 96761
January 2, 2008 at 1:14 PM | by | Comment (1)

We fantasized about leaving our cubicles for the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua in Maui last October thanks to the hotels killer view but we were saddened to discover the resort was closed due to a $160 million make-over.

But on Jan. 7th, we are free to flee our cubicles again--not just in our mind but in reality as the hotel is set to re-open then. The hotel actually opened its doors last Friday for the PGA Mercedes-Benz Championship but even then crews were still working to get things all fixed up.

All 445 guest rooms as well as the lobby, fitness center, restaurants and other public areas have been upgraded. A new spa will open in March and residential suites will go on the market sometime in mid-January. Additionally, an entire wing of the hotel was converted into 107 suites, making it more family-friendly. And instead of using a bland standard Ritz-Carlton decor scheme, the hotel will focus on its Hawaiian heritage. The Honolulu-Advertiser wrote:

[T]he resort has moved away from the Ritz's "cookie-cutter" Old World style, and redesigned its rooms and public areas with a Native Hawaiian motif, incorporating local art, images of significant native plants such as breadfruit and ti, and meaningful objects, like calabash bowls.

Hotel staff will be trained to explain the history, meaning and cultural significance of the items to guests.

The only sad thing is that when hotels do top-to-bottom renovations, a price increase usually occurs and at this Ritz, the room rate jumps up nearly $200 to $599 a night. So will probably have to stick to cube dreamin' after all.

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Room with a Killer View: When the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua Re-Opens...

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  Site Where: 1 Ritz Carlton Drive [map], Kapalua, HI, United States, 96761
October 11, 2007 at 9:15 AM | by | Comment (1)

We are suckers for a room with a killer view.  We find that we are even more likely to forgive some minor hotel inconveniences if we can stare out the window at something pretty--yeah we are that shallow. Let's help out our fellow hotel mavens by uploading rooms with killer views to the HotelChatter/Flickr photo pool, or by sending the photo along to us. We will feature our favorites in this space from time to time. Remember to tell us the name of the hotel and the room number of the hot view.

...we are so hitting this place up.

When you want to take a holiday in paradise, check into Room 2609 at the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua on the island of Maui, Hawaii, and make sure the conditions are right for a rainbow.

This view probably doesn't happen every day, but even without the rainbow you'd probably feel like you'd struck your personal pot of gold if you could overlook both the swimming pool and the bay like this. In fact, the big attraction at the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua is really the golf, so it's possible that some guests might even feel dissatisfied with this view, lacking any golf greens as it does. But not us.

A big word of caution, however: the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua is currently CLOSED. It's getting a $125 million renovation-come-transformation ready for January 2008. Guest rooms are getting remodeled, there's a new spa and fitness center and a new Japanese restaurant. But the views should remain more or less the same.

[Photo: extravigator]

Related Stories:
· Fore Play: Ritz-Carlton Kapalua [HotelChatter]
· Hotels in Hawaii [HotelChatter]

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Free WiFi in Maui, Mai Tais Not Included

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  Site Where: 110 Kaanapali Shores Place [map], Lahania, HI, United States, 96761
October 16, 2006 at 12:23 PM | by | Comments (0)

Although we prefer our WiFi in every hotel, every city, in a box, with a fox, and so on and so forth, we are willing to admit there are places in the world where we probably shouldn't get our panties in a bunch about internet access. Places like Maui.

But just in case we want to hop online, at the Mahana Resort in Lahaina, Maui every room is oceanfront with a lanai and all have free WiFi to put to good use like this couple recently did:

We used the gas barbecue grills, the pool, and the shuffleboard court. We walked the beach, and enjoyed lounging in the chairs on the seaside lawn. My wife enjoyed a Sunday lesson on making a ti leaf lei. An added bonus was complimentary WiFi Internet access, which we used to brag to the folks back home via email about our lovely island home.

Perfect, use the internet to show off your hotel digs. The only thing left to do is to make is the Mai Tais (the better to forget about the 80s pastel bedspread.)

Related Stories:
· Mahana Resort Review [TripAdvisor]

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Jocks and Foodies Can Both Be Happy in Maui

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  Site Where: 2525 Kaanapali Parkway [map], Lahaina, HI, United States, 96761
July 31, 2006 at 1:56 PM | by | Comment (1)

Of course you never need a reason to go to Maui, but when you have one it's all the better. The Chicago Tribune points out two reasons at the Kaanapali Resorts. The company is offering two packages that will appeal to either your adventurous side or the foodie that lurks within.

For the action lovers, go to the Kaanapali Beach Resort for the "Maui Adventurer"package which:

Offers one activity for two--a horseback ride on a working cattle ranch, a bike ride down Haleakala, an ATV ride, a waterfall hike or a Molokini snorkel excursion--plus five nights in an ocean-view room, daily breakfast, daily rental car and admission to a dinner show blending Hawaiian dance with magic. Good until Dec. 24, the "Maui Adventurer" is priced at $1,879 for two, with additional nights costing $295, including breakfast and car rental.

If it's the food you're after, you'll have to follow your nose to the sister hotel, The Plantation Inn in Lahaina for the "Island Gourmet package." For $799 you get "three nights, covering lodging, one dinner for two, daily breakfast and daily car rental." Both deals are subject to blackout dates so inquire about that when you are booking. Both also are good through the end of the year. .

As for the Kaanapali Hotel, it was voted "Most Hawaiian Hotel in Hawaii." Perhaps because they keep it "real" by not providing internet.

Related Stories:
· A Maui hotel package gives guests a choice of activities [Chicago Tribune]
· Kaanapali Beach Hotel Reviews [TripAdvisor]
· Plantation Inn reviews [TripAdvisor]

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Fore Play: Ritz Carlton Kapalua

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  Site Where: 1 Ritz Carlton Drive [map], Kapalua, HI, United States, 96761
June 20, 2006 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

The Ritz Carlton Kapalua in Maui was voted by readers of Travel + Leisure as one of the top golf resorts in the world in 2005.

Why is that? Maybe because the resort boasts three 18-hole championship courses--one of the only places to do so in Hawaii. Two of the courses were designed by Arnold Palmer and the third by Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore. The resort also is home to the Kapalua Golf Academy which has 23-acres for golfers to use for practice. Lastly, the hotel is home to the PGA Tour's Mercedes championship held each year in January.

As for the hotel, it's a typical Hawaiian resort offering ocean views, leis upon arrival, and luas at night. This resort was built next to an working pineapple plantation so expect plenty of that fruit to grace each meal. And for nightlife, the town of Lahaina, a historic century-old whaling town, is nearby with shopping, bars and restaurants like Jimmy Buffet's Cheeseburger in Paradise.

Related Stories:
· Ritz Carlton Kapalua reviews [TripAdvisor]

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Room With A View: Sheraton Maui

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  Site Where: 2605 Kaanapali Parkway [map], Lahaina, Maui, HI, United States, 96761
December 6, 2005 at 5:31 PM | by | Comments (0)

AnaSofia's view from the 4th floor, building 6 at the Sheraton Maui Resort.

Related Stories:
·   Sheraton Resort Maui Reviews [TripAdvisor]