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I think pretty much all of us would agree that resort fees stink. Big time. They feel kind of sneaky and usually cover things you either probably won’t use, or that should probably be included in the hotel stay anyway. Resort fees are very common in certain tourist destinations like Las Vegas and Hawaii, and indeed a popular Hyatt hotel in Hawaii that notably did not have resort fees is introducing them with a bang this summer.
The Andaz Maui at Wailea just announced that they will be introducing a resort fee of $40 + tax per day beginning April 2nd for new reservations starting June 1, 2015. The resort fee will include:
- GoPro Hero 4 camera rental
- GoPro photo & video editing lab
- Outrigger excursion (Monday – Friday)
- Stand Up Paddleboard lessons (Saturday – Sunday)
- Snorkel rental
- Yoga classes
- Pilates classes
- Stand Up Paddleboard yoga
- Single & tandem bike rental
- Single & tandem kayak rental
- Ukulele lessons
- Hula lessons
- Body board rental
I’m pretty sure some of those items used to just be complimentary at this Andaz, but then again the full breakfast buffet also used to be complimentary for Diamond guests before that got adjusted to be less generous. With the $30 per night valet parking charge (there is no self-parking), that brings this property to $70+ in pretty much mandatory charges per night in addition to the rate you are paying to stay here. Yikes! I would be darn sure to make use of many of the resort-fee-included activities if we have a future stay at this property!
The good news is that Hyatt does not levy resort fees on award stays. If you were planning on spending your Hyatt points or award nights to stay at this property then you will be spared the $40 per day resort fee. However, if you somehow find cash and points availability (that is reportedly scarce to non-existent here), or you stay on a paid rate, then you will be subject to the resort fee for new reservations beginning on June 1st.
We had a very good visit at this beautiful property right after it opened, but I’m sad to see that since then several incidents of “nickel and diming” have been introduced. If you want to see our thoughts on the property from our September 2013 visit, they are listed below.
Thanks to this Flyertalk thread for sharing the news of the new resort fee so we can all be aware of the change.