Post # 1
We’re going to Maui for our honeymoon(!) and we need some advice about where to stay. There’s tons of reviews online (Tripadvisor, etc), but I’d love some real advice from women I trust.
We want to stay either in Ka’anapali or Wailea. Currently, we’re considering the following options, which are the options recommended by our travel agent:
- Marriott Wailea Beach Resort and Spa (gorgeous resort, more secluded)
- Sheraton Maui Resort (gorgeous resort, great location)
- Ka’anapali Beach Hotel (less glam, but more budget-friendly and good location).
In other words, we can’t stay at a 5-star resort/hotel (as much as we’d love to!) but 3-, 3.5- and 4-star are pretty fair game.
So my questions for you are…
- Have you ever stayed in any of these locations? Do you have reviews, advice or recommendations?
- If you haven’t stayed in one of these places, where did you stay? Reviews, advice, recommendations?
Post # 3
Please? I know lots of you have gone to Maui. 🙂
Post # 4
Are you going to have a car while you’re there? Personally, I think that the Mariott is a really nice central location on the island. You’ll be pretty close to haleakela (check out the sunrise atop haleakela and the bike ride down), theres a great spot to snorkel right by the side of the road at Ahihi Bay (bring your own gear), and its a good spot to start the drive to hana. I stayed at Ka’anapali area, and ended up doing a lot of driving and spending one day exploring the Ka’anapali area, though I was only in Maui for 4 days.
Post # 5
This is where we are staying for our honeymoon in March. We got a great deal on Expiedia!
Post # 6
My $0.02 (I live in Wailea). The Marriott on Wailea: Is not really “beachfront.” To get to the beach, you have to walk down a little path–not too far of a walk, but don’t expect instant sand. It is definitely close enough to hear the waves crashing at night. The lobby/entry is beautiful, but the rooms are just “blah.” Also, your only two dining options there are Mala and a breakfast buffet. On the plus side, you are walking distance to the Shops at Wailea, where there are a couple of decent restaurants & steakhouses (Longhi’s is great, and has a good happy hour). Lastly, the pool looks better online than in person. The infinity pool is okay, but kind of small and has a ton of kids hanging around. It’s also not heated, but I guess that won’t matter if you’re going in the summertime.
Of the two hotels in Ka’anapali, I would say the Sheraton would be better–just based on what I’ve heard (Havent been on either property). Ka’anapali offers more for those that don’t want to get in a car…meaning, there is a boardwalk that connects all the hotels on Ka’anapali (and their restaurants!) and there’s also Whaler’s village. There’s good snorkeling around Black Rock also. I would say hands down the best place to stay on the west side would be the Hyatt (awesome pool/swim up-grotto bar). and the restaurants at the Hyatt are all fantastic. The hotel itself is almost like a museum and a zoo all in one (there are exotic birds, and even penguins on the property). I’d ask your agent if she can get you a good deal there…to be honest, I don’t think there’s THAT big of a price difference (based on travelocity)
If it matters: Ka’anapali is pretty much 100% tourists, the south side is a mix between tourists and locals.
Post # 7
Thanks everyone! We’re going to talk to our travel agent today, and we’ll see what happens! 🙂
@pinkshoes: Yes, we are going to rent a car, so we’ll definitely have mobility around the island. Thank you so much for the awesome tips!
@Miss Seersucker: What a beautiful resort!!!
@Okole Maluna: Thank you so much for your insight! That’s some really great information to consider. We’re pretty torn between Wailea and Ka’anapali for just the reasons you said.
Post # 8
We chose the Sheraton! So excited! Any advice on things to do while we’re in Maui?
Post # 9
We are staying that the Houna Kai in Kaanapali. But instead of booking through the “hotel” we are renting from VRBO. It is half the cost. Friends of ours rented and highly recommended going this route. She also sent me a super long email with a list of activities, I’ll message you the details.
Post # 10
@Gemstone: Exciting!! We will be going to Maui for our honeymoon as well! We plan to go to a luau (I think specifically the Old Lahaina Luau), ziplining, snorkel trip over to Molokini, drive to hana and swim in the seven sacred pools, see the sunrise and bike down haleakala, hit the beach and pool, Iao Needle, helicopter ride (if it is in the budget), frequent Front Street in Lahaina, maybe take some surfing lessons and eat lots of yummy local food! I wanted to do a whale watching trip but July isn’t whale season. Hope this helps 🙂
Post # 11
@mshoagie:Thanks for the PM. It was so helpful!
@hibiscusgirl: Wow, you have quite the trip planned!!! How long will you be there?
Post # 12
For you Maui honeymooners. If you do nothing else – you MUST have one FABULOUS meal at Mama’s Fish house up in the Paia area. It’s reknown and has pictures of a ton of really famous people who have eaten there. Let it be your one splurge. Right on a secluded beach, food beyond compare, open air sides looking right out over the beach and water and authentic all the way. A friend turned me on to it a few years back. He knew the owners back when they were all hippies and it was a roadside stand. Well, it is AMAZING restaurant now. The food is beyond compare, the Hawaiian ambiance is wonderful and the spot is awesome. Truly worth every penny. We make a point of going whenever we go to Maui and have friends who have thanked us profusely for telling them about this amazing spot. It’s actually on north end of the island on the beginning of the road to Hana. If you are going in the winter months there is truly awesome surfing to watch 20-30 foot waves in the Paia area as well.
Post # 13
We are doing Maui as well for our Honeymoon. Staying in the Wailea area…looking forward to some R&R, hiking, drinking, eating, and drinking….i can’t wait!
Post # 14
@Gemstone: I haven’t been to Hawaii yet (we are hoping to go for our honeymoon as well) but everyone I have spoken to that has been to Maui said you have to do the Road to Hana.
Post # 15
Thanks for all the info on Maui.Saving for later …