We just got back from a 6 night stay at the Westin and had a wonderful time. I traveled with my husband, 10 month son and my parents. We asked and received connecting rooms which were very clean (my son is a crawler so I really mean clean) and well appointed with granite countertops, nice beds, sheets, TV, shower, fridge, etc. We had an 11th floor room with "Garden View" which was this great mountain and valley and a little water view and the sunrise was spectacular. I read this tripadvisor site the night before our trip so I was nervous. Here are some tips:
-Travel & stay in a hotel in Sept (after Labor Day) or May; the hotel was calm and quiet and the pool was never busy or packed. People do generally get up early and start hanging at the pool by 10am so we would put our magazines down on the way to breakfast.
-This hotel was great for young kids. My son sat with us in a highchair at every resturant, even Tropica and he wasnt the only little one there. They treated him like a prince.
-Rent a car and visit the Safeway and/or ABC markets to get breakfast and lunch/snack supplies. Eating at the hotel for breakfast or lunch is like eating at the airport- overpriced and somewhat disappointing. Example- a small side of pineapple at the coffee bar was $7 and around the corner at the ABC mini-mart I got one for $3. You can also get milk, yogurt, other fresh fruit, pool toys, beach towels, beach umbrellas!
-If you travel with a baby or toddler, use the alarm clock for white noise. My son never woke up once during a nap if there was a slammed door down the hall or a when we were taking a shower.
-Good resturants: Hula Grill for most things, Aloha Mixed Grill, was good and fairly priced and great view at sunset, Kimos too was good. Tropica was good too but very pricey. In general after we got too full eating too much the first day we split meals which left us much more satisfied and less worried about prices.
-They bill you $20 service fee per night to cover parking, water, gym fee, etc. One thing they dont tell you outright is you also get a free 4x6 photo from a great prof photographer but you have to sign up days ahead of time for your 20 min slot. we got some of the best pictures of our son ever!
-The Luau at the Westin was good but the food was great. I was not planning on going but my parents bought 4 tickets a suprise. The food was really amazing. Very fresh, very good but warning its $100/ticket. We had the very back table and still had a great time.
-For a good family beach with calm waters where your kids can frolick and you can all snorkle go to Hapalua Beach near Nappili Kai hotel. The hotel concierge will show you on a map. Its less than 10 min drive.
-We got a great rate at Orbitz for 6 nights and got $50 in vouchers for 2 for breakfast buffet every day plus our $20 service fee covered. I would look there first before you book. My parents got a good rate without breakfast from travelocity.
-The beach. Its beautiful to look at but very, very steep. I would not feel comfortable letting any children- young or old- go in even with parental supervision. Its a great beach to sunbathe and cool off for an adult.
-To get connecting rooms we had to get two full size beds instead of a king. Needless to say this was not a spacious as our king at home.
-Dont buy an adult drink at the pool, or do so with the understanding you will pay $10 for most any drink after tip. Even for a Corona. Wait until happy hour! Or buy some beer at the ABC store and keep it in your fridge and have your own happy hour.
-There is NO BABY POOL so dont bother looking. Invest in a floating boat or swimmies. The water is 4 feet everywhere. This worked fine for us. The Westin is thinking about building a dedicated kid area like the Marriot or Hyatt but I dont think its happening anytime soon.
-Dont rent two chairs and an umbrella for $25/day. Its crazy. Go walk to the ABC store and buy a $15 umbrella and blanket and use it every day. Its not a reserved beach you can sit anywhere you want!
-Finally, it was only 2 years ago I was on my honeymoon and even though this place is very beautiful, it is a very family friendly resort and that means kids yelling down the hall ready to go to the pool at 8am and all the rest. I would not reccomend this to someone looking for a quiet retreat from the world.
I hope this was helpful.
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- Westin Maui Resort And Hotel Lahaina
- Westin Maui Hotel
- Westin Lahaina
- Westin Maui Resort Spa
- Lahaina Westin
- Westin Maui Resort And Spa Lahaina