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.
View from O’heo Gulch, Maui
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
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