Update 9/7/20: Hyatt has put out a press release regarding the Hana-Maui Resort which provides a little more detail about the property.
The hotel is open for reservations from October 1, 2020 although Hawaii’s quarantine rules will no doubt have a significant impact on the number of guests staying there for now.
They’re currently only accepting paid reservations, but One Mile At A Time reports that it will be a category 7 property rather than category 8 like I speculated in the original post below. That means it’ll cost 30,000 points per night.
When looking at the paid rates available right now on Hyatt’s website, they’re not displaying any all-inclusive options for the dates I checked. The only rate type with some kind of meals included is their Bed & Breakfast rate. It’s therefore not clear right now as to whether or not the rebranded Hana-Maui Resort will continue offering all-inclusive rates in the future.
Something else interesting noted by OMAAT is that even though the resort is being included in the Hyatt family as a Destination Hotels brand, it looks like it’ll be changed in the future to become an Alila property based on the property code assigned to it by Hyatt. That may or may not be good news if you’re going after another category 1-4 free night certificate which is earned when staying at five different brands for their Brand Explorer challenge and have already stayed at a Destination Hotels or Alila property.
For World of Hyatt members with Globalist status though, a rebranding from Destination Hotels to Alila is great news. That’s because one of the benefits of Globalist status is Best Room Available (my bolding):
Globalists will receive the best room available at the time of check-in at Hyatt hotels and resorts, including Standard Suites and rooms with Club lounge-access. The best room available will be determined by the applicable hotel or resort in its sole discretion and may vary from stay-to-stay. The “best room” may, but will not necessarily be, of a room type/category higher than that booked by the Member. Best-room-available benefit includes only Standard Suites (where available), which are defined as rooms within each participating hotel’s or resort’s introductory suite category. Premium, Specialty, Premier, Presidential, Diplomatic, and other suites other than Standard Suites are not included in this benefit. Not valid at Hyatt Place, Hyatt House, Destination Residences, or Hyatt Residence Club hotels and resorts.
A change from Destination Hotels to Alila would therefore suggest you’d have a much better chance of a room upgrade at the Hana-Maui Resort.
Similarly, Globalist members aren’t entitled to Club Lounge access or its replacement of a complimentary full breakfast at Destination properties, nor 48 hour guaranteed room availability. Changing to the Alila brand would restore all these benefits, making it much better value for those with top-tier status with Hyatt or for whom a stay was booked using the Guest of Honor feature.
Hyatt has announced that’s it’s going to be taking over management of the Travaasa Hana hotel in Maui from September 1, 2020.
The property is going to be renamed the Hana-Maui Resort and will be incorporated under the Destination Hotels brand.
What’s particularly notable about this acquisition is that the Travaasa Hana not only offers à la carte stays, but all-inclusive stays too. The difference between the two is that all-inclusive stays include a chef-prepared breakfast, lunch and dinner every day, along with a $175 resort credit per person per night which can be used towards spa treatments and private classes. (n.b. if the text in the image below is too small to read, you can find the table here.)
As you can see, a stay at the Travaasa Hana doesn’t come cheap at the moment (although it’s currently closed due to COVID-19). With single prices starting at $725 and double prices starting at $1,025 for an all-inclusive package, those prices no doubt get even higher at certain times of the year.
Sure enough, the rates listed above don’t appear to be available at any time in the next 16 months. Most nights cost a minimum of $575 for two people based on the à la carte pricing, rather than the $525 listed.
For a couple of weeks over Christmas and New Year, the minimum price for an à la carte stay for two people increases to $625. For an all-inclusive stay over that period, you’re looking at $1,735 per night before taxes and fees.
As a result, I’d expect this to become a category 8 property once it’s bookable with points with Hyatt. That means you’d be looking at paying 40,000 points per night which would still be very good value if that was for an all-inclusive stay like the Ventana Big Sur is now, but average value if the award nights only get you an à la carte stay.
If award nights were booked in to the à la carte package rather than an all-inclusive package, it’ll be interesting to see how the property deals with Globalist benefits, particularly free breakfast. Not all Destination Hotels properties offer free breakfast to Globalist members, so it remains to be seen what’ll happen at the newly rebranded Hana-Maui Resort. If points stays are for the all-inclusive package though, free breakfast wouldn’t be an issue seeing as you’d be getting three farm-to-table meals per day as part of the package.
My guess is that some of the activities at the resort will become bookable as FIND Experiences which give you a 1.4cpp redemption value if paying for them with World of Hyatt points. If you book an all-inclusive stay, that might not be necessary seeing as you get a $175 resort credit per person per day, but could be a good way to reduce your out-of-pocket expenses on à la carte stays.
What do you think? Are you excited about this addition to the Hyatt portfolio? Have you stayed at the Travaasa Hana in the past and if so, what was it like? Let us know in the comments below.
h/t reader Mo