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honeymoon..very confused for the hotel

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honeymoon..very confused for the hotel

I'll be leaving for my honeymoon on June 22..dont have a hotel in maui yet..have read revies today for 4hrs straight and now I am more confused than ever.

Not willing to shell out insane amounts of money also..budget is under 3.5-4K for 5nights incl airfare and car.

I was recommended the GW, but seems like its actually disneyland for kids! I want to be around other people on HM, but not too many kids..its supposed to be a Honeymoon

Please advise..should i keep looking, will rates go down in the coming weeks, (GW is going for $650 lowest). Heard that prince maui is little shappy, but nice, and kea is good..as u can see, i'm confused, i just want to have a good time with my wife and not complain abt the service/bad rooms/now towels@ the beach etc..

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1. Re: honeymoon..very confused for the hotel

We have stayed at Maui Prince, GW, Four Seasons. We prefer FS to GW because we do not find the "theme park pool" scene appealing and prefer to ocean to pools anyway.

The Maui Prince is in my favorite location, very quiet and gorgeous views to the south on the Pu'u' Ola'i side. The TA reviews seem to indicate it needs sprucing up, but now it has new owners so maybe things will start to look up. The Hakone there is worth a visit for sushi if you are so inclined. Check out TA reviews because the price is much better than the others and June is getting toward high season.

The FS is probably a conservative bet for no bad surprises if you don;t mind the proce.

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Do you want to be in the Waliea area? It is more expensive for everything than West Maui. How about the Sheraton at Kaanapali Beach? It has nice pools, a pool bar, and is on the best part of the beach. Since it doesn't have a theme park atmosphere, it is quieter around the pool area. There is room for the chairs to spread out. Rent a beach cabana for something special. You can snorkle off the beach for free. (The kids club for the Sheraton is held at the Westin.)

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3. Re: honeymoon..very confused for the hotel

"Do you want to be in the Waliea area? It is more expensive for everything than West Maui."

Not necessarily. Though Wailea is certainly more upscale and expensive than Kaanapali. Wailea does have a cute little budget village only a couple of miles away, should one wish to "slum" it. You might have heard of it. It goes by the name of Kihei.

That's pronounced KEY HAY.

Aloha :)

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I wasn't trying to dis Kihei. In fact, our next trip will be partially spent in Kihei. Because he asked about the GW, I thought he was focusing on Wailea. I was offering another possibility.

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please remember you can snorkel off the beaches "for free" everywhere on the island...even in Wailea.

Soormay, The Sheraton is a good suggestion. You would probably enjoy it there. I would also look into The Maui Prince. There is also The Marriott in Wailea which is situated right between Wailea Beach and Ulua Beach, both excellent.

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6. Re: honeymoon..very confused for the hotel

Mauiboundsoon,

Didn't think that you were "dissin'". I just got a kick out of a recommendation sending the OP to another corner of this rock when the answer lies right next door to his/her target area. Indeed, just about everybody staying in Wailea spends some time & $$$ here in Kihei when the costs of Wailea eventually tire them.

Much the same happens up on that golden Kaanapali Beach row where all but the most "service happy" visitors eventually head down to Lahaina and/or up to Honokawai and Kahana to escape the typically heavier resort costs of Kaanapali.

Remember that areas like Wailea and Kaanapali, like Vegas casinos, are designed to keep visitors right there and routinely charge a chunk more for everything ! They build up critical mass and then roll with it. This always works because as much as the average tourist will say that they wish to "avoid the crowds", in general, people on vacation tend to follow them.

I certainly know that I am not immune to it. When we go away, especially to somewhere new, we look around and what do we see ...

a crowd.

Aloha :)

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Not sure if this is the right thread to ask this, but what about the Renaissance? My family & I often hang out at the beach in front. Great beach and they don't mind us using their lounge chairs. Their outdoor restaurant/bar makes a killer margarita, perfect onion rings. But I've never actually stayed there. When we inquired a few years ago, the price seemed out of line. Does anyone have any experience with them?

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8. Re: honeymoon..very confused for the hotel

ChillyDog--I just stayed at the Renaissance from Mar 3-6 and really enjoyed it. The property is set to close on June 15 (will be torn down to build condos) so it probably would not be available for the original poster's mid-late June honeymoon. However, if they (once again) delay the closing date of the Renaissance then I think it would be a fine place to stay. It is very peaceful and laid back. The grounds are beautiful and the price is reasonable for Wailea.

Personally, I would not stay at GW. Too much of a crazy kid/pool scene. Very much like a Disneyland experience in my mind. If you don't want too many kids then I would definitely avoid. Even last week it was hopping with the kiddies.

If I were going back to Wailea, I would go with the Marriott. Ask for an update on the construction. Last week there was no noise coming from that property and the rooms are finished according to the website. The rates (especially if you have AAA or some other discount) would help Soormay stay within budget.

Otherwise, I would move to the Sheraton or Hyatt in the West Maui area. We went up there to take a look at that area and thought we might do either of those properties on a return trip. They were lovely.

I wouldn't do the Maui Prince. It is shabby looking on the outside and the reviews are mixed. The pictures on tripadviser look bad, too. For about the same money you could stay at the Marriott.

One more thing.....if you can.....splurge for the Feast at Lele. It's expensive ($105 per person) but absolutely worth it and would be such a special memory for your honeymoon. If you reserve now you should be able to get an good table. Food, setting, service and entertainment was awesome. Here is the website http://www.feastatlele.com

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9. Re: honeymoon..very confused for the hotel

Thanks everyone for their replies,

I spoke with my cousins who goto Maui everyyear, and they were raving about the ritz in the kanapali area( pardon the spelling), I think I will end up in the north west area,heard the "nightlife/restaurants" are all there..

So hows the Ritz? Read some posts that it might be closing parts of it for remodelling..can anyone confirm.

Also, the Ritz is $$$ approx 500/day, can u recommend alternatives..

I mean I definately want to have a great room, great resort, but also want to enjoy other activities..dont want to feel that I spend crazy amounts of money on accomodation and then be stingy for the rest of things. The latest quote i have to ritz is 4k for 6nights incl air and car..what do u think?

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10. Re: honeymoon..very confused for the hotel

The Ritz is located in Kapalua which is on the North West side of the island. It's more isolated and quite a way up the road from Kaanapali. The weather tends to be more drizzly and much more windy. The resort also sits pretty far back from the beach. If you are a golfer you will probably be happy because it has a world class course.

I would choose something else for that kind off money. Too isolated and not dependable enough weather for me.

You could try The Sheraton, The Hyatt or The Westin in Kaanapali. Also the Kaanapali Beach Hotel or The Marriott.