I need some help from you all. I have never been to Hawaii and I'm planning a surprise Maui trip for my husband towards the end of January. I know this sounds corny, but when I think of Hawaii, I think of beautiful sunsets, nice ocean breezes, palm trees, luaus, etc. Pretty much everything that I see on postcards and in movies. I would like to stay in a hotel that offers the traditional Hawaiian experience, and one that's not old or needs remodeling.
We just want to relax, eat the local food, do a little souvenir shopping, and visit the "Must See" attractions around Maui, but mainly to relax on the beach and eat. We will be there for 9 days and a friend recommended that we split our time between Kaanapali and Wailea. I do plan on getting a rental car so I'm open to that suggestion. Places like the Fairmont, Ritz or Four Seasons are way out of our price range. Anywhere from $300-$600 per night would be a start. I'm willing to increase the budget a little bit for the right hotel. We would like a room with an ocean view and a hotel that offers room service. And one that is not under construction. Thank you kindly for all of your help and suggestions.