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Host a Hawaiian Luau at Home, Courtesy of Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa

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Stuck in self-isolation thanks to COVID-19 and find yourself dreaming of the day when you can take a tropical island vacation? Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa is offering a few tips on how to escape the mundane and celebrate Hawaiian-style hospitality right at home.

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The Hyatt Regency Maui is home to ‘Drums of the Pacific Luau,’ the longest-running show on the islands that are usually performed on famed Ka`anapali Beach. With self-quarantine and social distancing guidelines currently in place, the resort has suspended operations until the health crisis has passed and hosts of the Luau are sharing some of their secrets to creating an awesome Hawaiian experience.

So, fire up those tiki torches you’ve been saving, then follow these seven easy steps to hold your own little luau with friends or family:

1. Get Your Pineapple On – No Hawaiian feast would feel right without this signature tropical fruit. Perhaps pull out some pineapple-themed décor, use a whole or carved pineapple for your centerpiece, and have some freshly-sliced wedges handy for snacking or to garnish drinks.

2. Say Aloha to Plants! – Tropical flora and flowers are a key element for infusing island vibes into your at-home luau. In the event that your local nursery isn’t accessible these days, substitute any green, leafy plants for setting the proper atmosphere.

3. Let the Mele (Music) Play – Put together an island-inspired playlist, and be sure to use some ukulele classics to spiritually transport you and your whole ‘ohana straight to the heart of Hawaii.

4. Fragrances from Paradise – Light some tropical-scented candles or diffuse some essential oils to infuse fragrances like coconut, pineapple and plumeria into the atmosphere.

5. Learn to Hula – Teach yourselves to dance the hula with online tutorials or simply enjoy watching some videos of enchanting hula dances and soak up some distinctly Hawaiian culture.

6. Mai Tai’s Set the Mood – The adults in your party will appreciate having some traditional Mai Tai’s on hand to get them in the celebratory mood. Hyatt Regency Maui’s recipe for a refreshing Mai Tai calls for: 2 oz of light rum, 1 oz of dark rum, 3 oz of pineapple juice, 1 oz of orange curacao, 2 teaspoons of orgeat syrup, 2 oz of sweet and sour mix and a piece of pineapple as a garnish.

7. Traditional Luau Dishes – ‘Drums of the Pacific Luau’ at Hyatt Regency Maui serves a combination of signature island dishes, including Huli Huli Chicken, Polynesian Fried Rice, Pacific Ahi Poke and Chocolate Macadamia Nut Pie. Now, you can find those recipes here in order to whip up your own authentic Hawaiian feast at home!

For more information, visit hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/hawaii/hyatt-regency-maui-resort-and-spa/oggrm.

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Three Sandos Resorts Ideal for Family Vacations

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While most Sandos Hotels & Resorts properties are already family-friendly, the brand is particularly proud of three of its resorts that are truly exceptional when it comes to creating incredible getaways for the entire family. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that each of its all-inclusive resorts sits upon some of the most breathtaking beaches to be found throughout Spain and Mexico.

Sandos Caracol Eco Resort

At Sandos Caracol Eco Resort, resort designers wisely asked themselves the question “Why should kids have all the fun?” when it comes to exciting, fun, refreshing water park adventures. Tucked away amid the magical Mayan jungle, a water park awaits guests of all ages, so kids and adults can enjoy the aquatic experience together!

And, of course, entry is included in your rate of stay. A total of 29 exhilarating water slides promise to get the adrenaline going as you zoom downward at full speed before splashing into the cool waters of the pool.

While popular, the water park isn’t Sandos Caracol’s only kid-friendly attraction. Amid the lush jungle, there’s also an animal farm filled with various exotic species that are native to the surrounding Riviera Maya region, where kids can learn about and interact with fascinating creatures.

The plentiful landscape also affords almost endless eco-activities just outside the resort, such as cool, crystal-clear freshwater cenotes where you can float as turtles swim beneath you and monkeys swing through the treetops overhead.

PHOTO: Biking at Sandos Caracol Eco Resort. (photo via Sandos Hotels & Resorts)

Sandos Playacar

At Sandos Playacar, also located on the stunning white sands of Mexico’s Riviera Maya region (this time in Playa del Carmen), an absolute wealth of family-focused amenities awaits guests as soon as they arrive on property.

The resort’s newly-designed family pool area, mere steps from the beach, incorporates a delightful children’s water park, infinity pool and oceanfront snack bar. The whole family can relax together thanks to different age-appropriate elements combined in one location. There’s also a full program of fun and activities designed for pool and beach play.

When the adults do want some time to themselves, the Kids Club stands ready to entertain and care for guests from four to twelve years old with a full day’s worth of supervised, fun activities. There’s even the Lite Teen Club for the older youngsters (thirteen through seventeen), offering video and arcade games, air hockey, pool tables, a dance floor, non-alcoholic bar and nightly themed parties, where guests can mingle and meet new friends their age.

Near the center of the resort, a nine-hole miniature golf course holds the potential to pit adults against kids in a friendly competition, as guests attempt to putt their way through the quirky paths and tricky inclines, declines and ball-mazes that make the game so much fun!

All the while, tropical birds, butterflies and swaying branches dance about overhead. After dinner, an evening filled with live entertainment for the whole family awaits, as the Gran Plaza outdoor stage comes alive with captivating performances.

Sandos Playacar Beach Resort, Mexico
PHOTO: Family dining at Sandos Playacar Beach Resort, Mexico. (photo via Sandos Hotels & Resorts)

Sandos San Blas Eco Resort

Finally, Sandos San Blas Eco Resort offers a singular experience on breathtaking Tenerife island, one of the Spanish-owned Canary Islands off the coast of Northern Africa. The five-star resort is immediately adjacent to the San Blas Environmental Reserve and is the perfect choice for a family vacation that blends relaxation and recreation with nature. Here, families can come together while embarking on activities and adventures that can be found nowhere else.

The onsite lake is ideal for kayaking or canoeing, while the beach also offers adventurous guests kayaking, paddle-boarding and snorkeling options, as well as scuba-diving organized through the in-house dive center.

The incredible, subtropical San Blas Environmental Reserve provides excellent mountain biking, jogging or trekking routes, opportunities for outdoor walk-and-yoga sessions or observing the landscape under star-filled skies. Or, simply set out upon an exploration as a family of the island’s untouched natural wilderness and discover its unique flora and fauna.

The resort itself boasts eight swimming pools—five freshwater and three saltwater pools, two of which are great for kids. There are also activities designed especially for kids, with daily schedules featuring treasure hunts, face painting, pool games, video games and arts and crafts, among others.

Teens, meanwhile, can take part in activities best suited to older minors, such as climbing, kayaking, football, sand-soccer, badminton, pool games and more.

For the adults, two distinct golf courses, Amarilla Golf and Golf del Sur, both Atlantic Ocean-adjacent, offer challenging courses set amid spectacular scenery. Golf del Sur boasts three competition courses, featuring volcanic black-sand bunkers, massive greens and two trying water hazards. Amarilla Golf’s eighteen holes are set amid a gorgeous landscape situated beside the ocean, boasting beautiful native flora that’s being preserved thanks to its Biosphere Golf certification.

For more information on these properties, contact a travel advisor or visit sandos.com.

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