Westin Resort in Maui

I'm sure y'all are tired of me asking for honeymoon recommendations... but DH and I have finally decided on a week in Maui and we're discussing hotels. A lot of PWers recommended the Westin. Which, at first, was out of our price range. But, I found a package that puts it well within our budget (yay!)


Just had a question... how different are the Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas from the Westin Resort & Spa? On the Westin's website and many other places I've looked, the Villas are more expensive. Thru this deal I found, it's about $20 cheaper.


I've just finished reading Maui Revealed and they only review the Westin Resort & Spa, no mention of the Villas. (fantastic book by the way, thanks so much for recommending it!) I wish those writers wrote books about the Caribbean.


Has anyone stayed at both, or either, and can offer some opinions?


Thank you!!!

Posted on July 3, 2008 at 7:34 pm
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the villas are fantasmic!! it's the time share property!!


YAY!!!  i'm so glad you decided on the westin - it's my fave!!!!  i heart the 5 pools!!


i've only stayed at the westin the times i've been to maui

Posted on July 3, 2008 at 7:36 pm
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I think the House of Bliss is worth a night... Especially if you have a larger party of people you are traveling with http://www.hawaiibliss.com/ the price is $520 a night for the main house and $185 a night for the cottage... I think it holds up to 20 comfortably so this is for traveling in groups for sure. I live next store...


 


For booked tours Jan Francisco, my photographer, can get your good rates... 808 281 7506





 


 


 


 




 



 



 

Posted on July 3, 2008 at 8:21 pm
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Aloha  


 


Here is a possible schedule:


 


Friday   


Arrive in Maui and go to Hotel


 


Saturday  


Molokini Tour


 


 


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The frogman Molokini Maui Snorkel trip is available for Saturday's for the afternoon at a 2 for 1 special for $39.95. To reserve your space you will need to pay them and call them at 808-661-3333 or 888-700-3764 ext 3 The Company is Maui-Vacation.net.  There are turtles at all the snorkeling stops. As for the snorkeling, you are at 40 feet and the coral is on the bottom.


 


 


 


 


Saturday evening schedule to go see Ulalena Rain 6:30 pm    


http://www.mauitheatre.com/html/story.html


 


 



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Sunday  


Trip to Hana


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Mama’s Fish House Reservations contact 808 579 8488 this is good to do on the way back from Hana


 


Road to Hana


 


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The road to Hana is beautiful and long. You will be coming from the West Maui’s and want to begin early in the day to avoid the traffic. If you leave around 7:30 am you should make good time. There are several stops along the way that may be of some interest.


 


Mana Foods in Paia has good traveling snacks and prepared foods…. Take a right at the traffic light in Paia and Mana Foods will be on your left. They open at 8:00 am. Café De Amis is a fun, sweet little place to eat in Paia as well just across from Mana Foods.


 

Posted on July 3, 2008 at 8:27 pm
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Twin Falls


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Twin Falls just after mile marker #2 on the Mountain side of the road has a nice juice stand and quick waterfalls halfway across the field go to the left and there will be a waterfall right there.


 


Bamboo Forest between the 6 and 7 mile markers


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After that stop head down the highway's curvy windys start there will be a place to park on the right hand side of the road with an old small fence right before mile marker #7. Walk over the fence and follow the path down to a small plank and cross a ravine keep following the path down across the river and go left even with the river heading back towards the river y next stop the Bamboo Forest, just after the and follow the path along the river up to a small waterfall and swimming hole. Go left past the waterfall and up a little path up to the second waterfall. To get to the third waterfall you will climb a rope up the cliff behind the second waterfall. Follow the river until you see a 50 to 100 feet ravine and swim to the third water fall. You may want to do this trip to the Bamboo Forrest on a whole day of its own.


 

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Blue Pool


 


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Blue Pools,


 


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continue to follow the road to Hana until you get to the road to the Lava Tubes in Hana, two roads before the Hana Airport Road. If you see the airport road, turn around and go back two roads. Follow the Lava Tube road to the end, park walk towards the ocean and walk the coast the Blue Pool, known as Heleleikeoha Falls,   will be right next to the ocean. The day I went to the Blue Pool it was crystal clear and so beautiful.


 


 


 

Posted on July 3, 2008 at 8:28 pm
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Red Sands Beach


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  Amazing beautiful fish swim here in the clear waters.


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Go back to the Hana Highway and head towards Hana again for Red Sands Beach,  also known as Kaihalulu  Beach .  When you get to town go left at the ball field, go right at the T in the road and park just outside the hotel next to the grassy field. Walk across the grassy field and go the right to follow the small path along the top of the cliff side. Walk all the way to, the obvious Red Sands Beach , my first time I did not go far enough. The water is clear and the beach very peaceful.


 

Posted on July 3, 2008 at 8:29 pm
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Hamoa Beach


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 Just outside of Hana is Hamoa Beach, take you’re first left down an obvious road and sit by a nice beach for a moment, to stretch and enjoy a quick swim. 


 Seven Sacred Pools


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 If you feel like going to the seven sacred pools it is beautiful, but farther, which makes the trip back longer.  DIRECTIONS to Seven Sacred Pools:
Take Highway 30 to Hana which turns into Highway 31 after Hana. The parking lot is located just past Mile Marker #42 on the ocean side of the road. 9.1 miles past Hana is the Oheo Gulch, or
“Seven Sacred Pools”.


On the way back enjoy the drive, it’s so beautiful.


 


Mama’s Fish House for Diner


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Make reservations for Mama’s Fish House for dinner 808 579 8488. Mama’s fish house is on the ocean side and has a little boat on the side of the road at the entrance. The beach is beautiful and the food delicious. You will be getting back late and able to sleep in the next day and just relax on the West Maui Beaches.


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Thanks Sunset, but it'll just be DH and myself, no one else. I'll talk to him about House of Bliss. Thanks for the recommendation!

Posted on July 3, 2008 at 8:30 pm
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Monday  


 


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Relax, if you feel like going somewhere I love  Iao Valley. 


 


 


Tuesday 


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This would be a good day to do the Volcano Tour


 


Wednesday 


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Rest and enjoy the local beaches and just cruise around.


 


 

Posted on July 3, 2008 at 8:31 pm
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Thursday


Haleakala with snow a couple of weeks ago…


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This would be a good day for the Haleakala Trip


 


http://www.bikemaui.com/tour.html#sunrise


 


Our most popular trip is the Sunrise Special Tour. This Sunrise Tour leaves from our store two hours before sunrise. Our Summit Deluxe Tour leaves at the more reasonable hour of 9:00 am. You get to view the summit and have a van tour of the Haleakala National park before staging at 6500', where you then ride self-guided back down to the store. Don't forget to check out our economical Haleakala Express tour below


Friday  


Maui Wedding Ceremony at 18:00


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Saturday  


Depart home…

Posted on July 3, 2008 at 8:31 pm
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Sounds like fun... just the two of you Have a beautiful trip... Ululena is my favorite play to go see...

Posted on July 3, 2008 at 8:32 pm
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Wow, I needed to refresh the page. Thanks for all of the recs and photos to match! Especially the directions to the Red Sand Beach, I wanted to visit after reading about it. Thanks!!!

Posted on July 3, 2008 at 8:32 pm
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Your welcome... I missed it the first time I tried to find it... I love touring the Island. I get busy with life and love it when friends come to visit and I get to play tourist... I have one coming tommorow and I will get to play~~

Posted on July 3, 2008 at 8:37 pm
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Heather!! once again - yo've worked your magic!  i can visit hawaii (all islands) every year for the next 10 and still find the little un-touched spots mother nature has gifted us with!


maybe next year we'll visit maui and kauai!!  i'll def keep in touch!!


 

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I understand what you mean, I grew up in the SF Bay Area and never really did the tourist stuff until I was an adult. I never rode on a cable car or visited Alcatraz until a couple of years ago... and I went to college right in Downtown!


Thank you so much for the recs. I'll show them to DH and try and get him motivated to do some exploring. I'll probably have some more questions for you, is it alright if I PM you?


Thanks!

Posted on July 3, 2008 at 8:41 pm
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Ooh..check out Warren & Annabelle's magic show!  I haven't been, but when my sister and her DH came back from Maui, it was all he could talk about!

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Warren & Annabelle's magic show I have heard the same!!! You can PM me anytime... or call. I have a new toll free number on my site...

Posted on July 3, 2008 at 9:09 pm
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A recent bride raved about the four seasons Maui.


I made a note to go there at some point in my life!


http://www.fourseasons.com/maui/

Posted on July 4, 2008 at 8:35 am
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