(Closed) Where are you staying in Maui?

posted 11 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
86 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We are staying at the Hyatt in Maui!  i cannot wait 🙂

Post # 4
13561 posts
Honey Beekeeper

Great question! I am going to make it a favorite because we want to go to Maui, too!

If you bees don’t mind, can you give us an approx. nightly rate? (But don’t share that info if you aren’t comfortable doing so!)

Thanks for asking, waitingbee!

Post # 5
110 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I’ve stayed at both the Four Seasons and the Ritz Carlton on Maui. They were both beautiful properties — each what you would expect from a 5-star resort, but they look and feel very different, especially I think because of their locations on the island.

The Four Seasons is right in the midst of the Wailea resort area — so convenient to restaurants, shopping, etc. It’s very sunny, dry, and can be crowded! The hotel is AMAZING. If you haven’t gotten to have the Four Seasons experience, it’s worth a splurge. The rooms are very luxurious and I seem to remember they start around $400/nt.

The Ritz is on the northern tip of Maui, in Kapalua, which can be cooler and wetter than the south. The vegetation is different, much more green and trees than the sands and palms of Wailea. It’s a less crowded area, almost an hour from the main airport, and close to the cute village of Lahaina. Great service, like the Four Seasons, but not quite as opulent in decor — more restrained luxe look. We got upgraded to a 1 BR suite by chance and it was huge. I think the regular rooms start around $300/nt. The “club level” accomodations are a decent amount more, but for a really special occasion, it’s great to have a concierge to spoil you and the lounge provides enough food (included in the cost of your room) during the day to make your breakfast and lunch. Pre-dinner snacks, drinks, and a spacious place to relax in the club room are great!

On a trip with some friends, I stayed at a timeshare/condo resort in Kaanapali, and it was a nice area as well. My favorite “must-do” on a trip to Maui is driving the Hana highway and taking a couple of waterfall hikes along the way. There are good guidebooks to tell you where to go to find some beautiful spots!


Post # 6
2 posts
  • Wedding: June 2010

I would stay on Kaanapali Beach.  It is one of the best beaches!  I used to work there.  It is also close to Lahaina which has some fun nightlife and there is a shuttle that will circle the hotels in Kaanapali and take you to town which is only about 5 -10 min.

Post # 8
2767 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Oooh we went to Maui for our honeymoon in October.  When we first got there we stayed in a condo in Wailea that we found on vrbo.com.  It was hell.  The bed was as hard as a rock and there was a cockroach in the kitchen.  I didn’t want to handle bugs like that so I called the owner and asked us if we could get our money back and leave early.  He was fine with that.  That whole part of our trip just sucked.  I got a UTI then too.  I equate our time in Wailea as a terrible start to our honeymoon.

After the condo incident and the health problem we really needed a fresh start.  I called up my cousin quick who works for Starwood hotels and he was able to get us into the Westin Kaanapali Ocean Villas at the last minute (and we got his employee discount!).  Our villa was gorgeous.  We were upgraded to an oceanview villa.  We had a washer/dryer and full kitchen (a washer/dryer is key for Hawaii – for washing all your beach towels and swimsuits).  Everything was brand new and beautiful.  Kaanapali Beach was great and the snorkeling there was amazing.  We saw so many fish and a giant sea turtle swam right under me!

We also went to Hana for 3 days.  I HIGHLY recommend Hana.  The road to Hana is amazing.  Get a guidebook and stop where it tells you to along the Hana highway.  We stayed at the Guesthouses at Malanai while in Hana.  We specifically stayed in Hale Manu.  It was an old sugar plantation house that has been redone.  Hana is gorgeous and isolated.  But you are in a very tropical area so there will be geckos in your room and large bugs outside.  Just be warned.  It can be scary the first time you see a giant spider hanging above your car, at least it was scary for me.  I have also heard good things about the Hotel Hana Maui, but I know it is expensive there.  We ate dinner there and it was gorgeous.  Definitely go to Hana if you want to be in a serene quiet place that is literally paradise.

If you need more recs for Maui feel free to pm me!

Post # 9
484 posts
Helper bee

I have stayed at The Westin Maui (Kaanapali), The Marriott (Wailea) and the Hana Hotel. All highly recommended. Clean, nice grounds, great rooms, great service, etc.

Post # 10
22 posts
  • Wedding: July 2011

We recently went to Maui just for a vacation and stayed at The Whaler in Kaanapali.  It was a condo because we wanted to be able to cook for ourselves rather than eat out every night.  It was pretty nice about $200 a night.  A small pool with lots of old people and families which was kind of a downer though.  It was a nice property that more or less connected to a shopping center.  It was quiet and not too touristy. 

We went zip lining with eco skyline adventures which was pretty fun but also expensive.  We also took a day trip to Lanai with the Pacific Whale Foundation which was probably the highlight of our trip.  We saw whales, dolphins and went snorkeling along with a meal on the boat.  Lahaina is fun for nightlife and shopping too and only about 10 minutes away. 

The road to Hana is an all day adventure so start in the morning, but it is well worth it.  Very beautiful with lots of places to get out and hike or swim.  If you go to seven pools you have to pay to get in and need cash so be sure to take some. 

let us know if you have any other questions.

Post # 11
51 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We are going June 7th and staying at the Worldmark timeshare resort. it’s right by a Costco and will help save some $$ which will help us do some more fun things. I wanted a fancier place but we decided to go low key for Maui. I heard it’s good.

Post # 12
137 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We’re staying at the Hyatt also! It looks irresistible. It was extra $$ but, you only get married once! 

Post # 13
101 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’ve been to Maui several times, and it’s one of the islands we’re going on our honeymoon! (FI has never been to any of them!) I’ve stayed on the Lahaina and Wailea sides. For our honeymoon, we’re staying at the Sheraton Maui Resort on the Lahaina side. I’ve never stayed there before.

In the past,  I’ve stayed at the Royal Lahaina (cottage one time, room another) and the Outrigger Wailea, I think it was called. The Wailea side of the island seems to be more quiet and resort-y. The Lahaina side (just up the coast) is still resort-y, but has more of the shops and restaurants and stuff (not just in the resorts), as far as I could tell. Both are, of course, beautiful.

Can’t go too wrong in Hawaii, huh? =) Yay!

Post # 14
2083 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I’m not staying anywhere in Maui… just wanted to say that I wish I was staying somewhere in Maui… *sigh* lucky bees!

Post # 15
921 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We plan to stay at the Westin (thank you Starwood points)!

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