Hawaii January 25, 2017
There’s Something Incredibly Unique About This One Hotel In Hawaii
By day, the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa is a magical and luxurious vacation destination. By night, it is one of the best places to watch the stars glisten overhead in Hawaii – and maybe even the world. Located on Ka’anapali Beach, this Maui resort was named the best hotel in the world for stargazing by CNN Travel. And after looking at some of the incredible nighttime views captured from the hotel’s roof, we’d have to agree.
The one-hour "Tour of the Stars," held on the ninth-floor roof of one of the hotel’s buildings, is led by the Hyatt’s in-house director of astronomy and makes this luxury hotel much more unique than most of the resorts you’ll find in Hawaii.
Don’t get us wrong, the Hyatt Regency Maui’s grounds are absolutely stunning during the day, but there’s something incredibly magical about watching the sun slowly slip into the horizon and watching the night sky slowly become illuminated by stars.
Guests can view the night sky through high-tech telescopes and astronomy binoculars, but the night sky as seen with the naked eye is quite incredible as well.
The 14-inch reflector telescope is known as “The Edge” and is one of the finest recreational telescopes you’ll find in Hawaii.
The Hawaiian Islands are the only place in the United States where you can see the entire Southern Cross, and it is certainly a sight to behold.
In fact, Maui’s location approximately 20 degrees above the equator makes it the perfect spot to view 80 of the 88 constellations throughout the year - how cool is that?
The Director of Astronomy uses a computer to select a nightly agenda, locate and identify a thousand different objects in the sky - including stars, planets, galaxies and nebulae.
The tour is scheduled nightly for 8 and 9 p.m. subject to weather, and costs $25 for adults, $15 for children, and $30 for non-guests.
It is suggested you book your tour in advance, because they only allow 14 people on each tour. For a little more romance, you can book your spot on the couples-only Romance Tour of the Stars where you will experience the night sky accompanied by chocolate covered strawberries and champagne.
For more information about the Tour of the Stars, check out the Hyatt’s website. If you’re on Hawaii Island, be sure to head to the Mauna Kea Observatories for more incredible stargazing, and if you’re left dreaming about Hawaii, check out these 14 jaw-dropping nighttime photos taken throughout the islands.