I spent weeks on this site trying to decide where we should take our two teens in Hawaii, and as someone else mentioned, the more reviews I read, the more confused I became.
We weighed hotels and islands, and in the end, decided to return to the Westin Maui where we'd had many good experiences. As I write this, I am sitting at a desk in my room overlooking the beach (steep? Where? Looks wide and flat to me!) and listening to the sound of the waves as they roll up upon the sand.
We chose the Westin for its great siting and its unstuffy experience. My husband and I would choose a Four Seasons experience, but our kids wouldn't, and we don't blame them. Don't come to the Westin and then complain that you didn't get a Four Seasons experience. They are different hotels!
We were last here in 2001 and the whole area seemed to be suffering a bit from the drop in Japanese tourism. Today, things are lively and busy. The Westin has kept up their property, adding palapa umbrellas in the pool area and reopening their beachfront restaurant. It seems a waste of space to me to complain about the cost of food -- Hawaii is expensive; don't blame it on the hotels! I noticed that the Westin offers free dining for kids under 12 at their pool-side restaurant if a parent is ordering off the menu -- sounds like a pretty good deal to me, and far better choice than the food court at Whaler's Village...where, by the way, vendors have become quite aggressive as they attempt to sell you pearls and timeshares.
We came here many times having to watch every penny. We could have chosen to go somewhere less expensive, but to us,it was worth the self-discipline to experience paradise. It's tiresome to read countless slams against hotels simply because of frustrations due to the rigors of penny-pinching. Most of us have been there and done that; to let it overpower the experience seems counter-productive.
I've only been here 24 hours, and haven't seen a bug, let alone a cockroach. I'll definitely report it if I do, but for anyone to think the Westin Maui is cockroach-infested would be disingenuous. It's a bit crowded, a tad understaffed and didn't open just last year, but we've already spoken to other families who could affford to go anywhere on the Islands and keep coming back to the Westin. It's lovely, and don't let anyone tell you otherwise!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Ka'anapali is located along a breathtaking stretch of the gorgeous, white-sand Ka'anapali Beach. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Westin Maui Resort And Hotel Lahaina
- Westin Maui Hotel
- Westin Lahaina
- Westin Maui Resort Spa
- Lahaina Westin
- Westin Maui Resort And Spa Lahaina