Post # 16
I’ve lived on Maui for at least a month out of every year. In fact we are moving there for good next year. I’ve stayed or at least toured every major resort.
Kea Lani in Wailea is luxurious: water slide, swim up bar and an adult only pool for peace and quiet. Plus, all the rooms are suites and they have villas closer to the beach and each one has its own pool. It’s a little less pricey than the Four Seasons, which my other favorite. The staff is very attentive, restaurant is so amazing you have to make your res before you arrive. Plus, they had a giant, very realistic conch shell made of white chocolate waiting for us in the room. Sweet! No charge for parking or use of the cabanas.
The Grand Wailea is a ZOO. Lots of people, elbow to elbow in the pool, plus not very clean-cocktail glasses all over the pool deck. Band aids floating in the water. Yuck. The spa is the best on the island and definitely worth booking some treatments.. Rooms are not as nice as the Kea Lani or Four Seasons.
Best choice for West Maui is the Napili Kai. It is steps away from one of the best beaches on the island. Rooms are literally on small cliffs overlooking the ocean and you can see both Molokai and Lanai. Good snorkeling, easy drive to Lahaina town and Kaanapali. Sheraton Black Rock is a good choice for Kaanapali, but it’s hard to go too wrong with any of the hotels in that area.
Kauai, I’ve only been once (it is the prettiest island of them all) and we stayed at the Princeville on the north shore. Rooms are large and feature t.v.s that rise up out of the cabinet. Plus, the showers are built out almost over the water for incredible views. Clear glass, but push a button and they turn opaque. Next to Ke’e a popular snorkeling spot and near the Kalau trail (hiking, waterfalls on beaches, sort of thing). Waterfall views at breakfast.
Much rainier on the North Shore, so Po’ipu might be a better place to stay. I dont know about the hotels down there, but I’m fairly certain there is a Hyatt (or maybe it’s some other large chain) that’s supposed to very nice.
Sorry for the guidebook version☺️
Post # 17
Magicmc: No need to apologize, you gave me SO SO much good information! Thank you so much for all your tips and experiences!! It has helped me out a great deal 🙂
Post # 18
kmariie: ksn1219: We went to Oahu, Kauai and Maui for our honeymoon and it was AMAZING!! It has been hard to plan other trips because we always want to go back to Hawaii but know we should seize the opportunity and go to other places, lol. Anyway, it’s long!, but here’s my advice:
Oahu – Can’t go wrong anywhere. Seriously it’s like a tropical NYC and it’s so amazing but you don’t need to spend too much time here unless you are not from a city and want to experience that. It’s usually very crowded in Oahu but still if you can, you should stay for at least a few days. We stayed at The Sheraton for our honeymoon and loved it. They have an adult infinity pool, which is really the main reason we chose this hotel, and so glad we did. They don’t allow you in unless you can prove you’re staying at the hotel and the adult pool isn’t really for swimming as much as it is for taking in the sites and relaxing on a comfy orange bean bag and enjoying some drinks and meeting new people. Walking distance from everything and a quick car ride from everything else. We stayed at the Hilton in Waikiki the first time we went to Oahu and that was a great hotel too. It’s more affordable, still in a great location (not directly on the beach, but about 2 blocks away). The hotel is clean and beautiful, the rooms were great, and the food in the hotel was delicious too. Definitely recommended if you are looking for something more budget-friendly with a great location.
Kauai – We stayed at the St. Regis in Princeville. The hotel is beautiful but we did have some annoying issues with ants all over the first room we were given. They did move us right away, but it already left a bad taste in our mouth. You expect more from a hotel you are shelling out more money for – and this was a luxury we were giving ourselves because it was our honeymoon, so that was frustrating. Otherwise, the hotel itself is beautiful and clean, great cafe and REALLY nice staff, incredible views and a great pool/ beach on the property. There are some great restaurants in the area – I wouldn’t eat at the hotel if you don’t have to. Kauai Grill is supposed to be one of the best restaurants but I felt it was very overrated and found that the smaller, cheaper restaurants on the island were significantly better. As for location, I would probably prefer to stay in Poipu instead of Princeville next time. There is more to do there and it is gorgeous, but keep in mind Princeville has a lot of great gems around and realistically, you can drive to either of them easily in a day (about an hour from one side of the island to the other) so you could make day trips too.
Maui – We stayed at the Four Seasons Maui which was amazing, but there are so many great hotels literally right next door. We went on our honeymoon in September which is usually cheaper than the summer months. The Andaz is next door, The Grand Wailea next door to that, and I think there’s a Marriott there as well. Point is, if you stay at any of those hotels, you will have pretty much the exact same location and they are all great. I loved the Four Seasons and would have loved to stay at the Grand Wailea or Andaz happily too. I definitely recommend staying in Wailea.
Post # 19
kmariie: no problem. Looks like PP have some great advice as well. You’ll have a fabulous trip no matter what, because it’s Hawaii🌈
Post # 20
CestTresJolie14: we also stayed at Sheraton at Black Rock on Maui and like you said, it was perfect for us. The sunset ceremonies on Black Rock were fun to watch, and snorkeling was great too. We didn’t rent a car on Maui, and there’s a path that goes by all the Kaanapali hotels, so we walked on that ~10 minutes down to the little shopping/dining area when we wanted to check out more than just our resort.
ksn1219: We went to the big island and stayed at Marriott Waikoloa. Very different from Maui; with the lava rock everywhere I said it felt like we were on the moon. When you look out one side of the resort, it’s beautiful lush green, pool/beach area. The other side of the resort is lava rock. Such a contrast! We also went to the big island to see volcanoes so it was cool. But the actual volcanoes are on the other side of the island, so it was a bit of a drive to get there, but we liked exploring.
Post # 21
We are staying at the Kauai beach villas. I have heard great reviews. My fiances sister has a timeshare there and gave it to us to use. There is a resort next door, the Kauai Beach Resort. From what I’ve seen in pictures it’s beautiful. I cannot wait to go! Word of advice, don’t book a flight with Expedia. They have been nothing but a hassel since we booked.
Post # 22
BlueEyes222: Exactly! That’s Whaler’s Village. My husband and I would walk down there and get coffee and lunch or walk down there for dinner. It was a great location. I would stay at the Sheraton at Black Rock again for sure.
Post # 23
Just did an island hopper trip to Kauai & Maui!
KAUAI: We rented a house in Kauai bc we had a group of 10 people, however, if I could recommend an area of Kauai to stay in, SOUTH SIDE. Hardly ever rains in Poipu, & at the Poipu Beach Park there were sea turtles/monk seals every day laying on the beach.
MAUI: South side again. My family has a condo in Wailea & I love that area. Big Beach, Polo Beach, Wailea Beach, Ulua Beach, Po’olenalena Beach, THE BEST. The Grand Wailea is too expensive for what you get in my opinion. The pool is great but it is insanely overcrowded, overpriced, and the food is awful. The Andaz Maui (on Ulua Beach) is brand new & it’s really nice. The Kea Lani (on Polo Beach) & Four Seasons (on Wailea Beach next to the Grand Wailea) are also fabulous hotels. DEFINITELY do the Road to Hana, it’s really not that bad. There are more fatal accidents on Maui’s freeway than that road. And definitely take the back road around the backside of Hana (southeast corner of the island). The park rangers at the visitors center at Hana like to scare tourists into NOT doing it, but it is WAY easier than the regular windy road up to Hana. There are a few sections of road that are a one-way & have no guard rail, but after that, it’s open plains all the way. Highway 31 after Hana, turns into Highway 37 & it takes you straight to the bottom of the mountain into Kahului, where the airport is.