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honeymoon - fourseasons/sheraton and mahana

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honeymoon - fourseasons/sheraton and mahana

We are going to maui for part of our honeymoon next august, and after doing a lot of research decided we want to stay in Kaanapali rather than wailea, as it seems the more lively, and myself and my fiance are both 24 and want to see lots of things and go out. We will be hiring a car and decided we would drive down to wailea one day to spend some time there aswell. We really wanted to stay in the sheraton but since we are going on a 17 day honeymoon from the UK and the first part is in Vegas, last part in LA, we realised we couldn't afford it and, although initially sceptical about staying in a condo as we would have liked to stay in a resort, we have decided we will stay in the mahana, going on the reviews on tripadvisor. As a compromise, we are thinking of spending the first two days at the four seasons in wailea, thereby having the resort experience and spending some time in wailea in one go, and then move to the mahana for 6 nights. I'd really like to know if anyone else has had this kind of dilemma, or split their time between wailea and kaanapali and if it is a good idea? Would it be better to stay in sheraton for a couple of nights instead rather than splitting the time between two different areas? Or should we just stay in one place the whole time?

Any other suggestions?

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1. Re: honeymoon - fourseasons/sheraton and mahana

I would stay the LAST two days on Maui at the Four Seasons, otherwise going from the luxury of the Four Seasons to Mahana may make the Mahana look shabby in comparisson.

I generally would discourage people from splitting hotels because of the hassles of packing, unpacking, checking in etc, but in your case I think it is a good idea and worth the trouble. A honeymoon (at least a FIRST honeymoon) is a once in a lifetime experience.

Where are you staying in Vegas?

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2. Re: honeymoon - fourseasons/sheraton and mahana

before i even read the first reply my thoughts were the same, Stay At Four seasons the LAST two days. someone just wrote a wonderful trip report about their stay at the fourseasons. I have been wanting to stay there the past 2 yrs just we haven't had a chance too. i say if you can do it DOIT.. save a bit the first week on the Mahana and then indulge the last few days Enjoy!

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3. Re: honeymoon - fourseasons/sheraton and mahana

Thanks scott - we did already think of that first, but we thought after having stayed in hawaii for 6 days already it might not give the same impression - with the lei greetings and champagne in the room etc, and having already fully experienced most of hawaii it would maybe feel a bit pointless to us to stay in a hotel (i.e. "we had a great time in the condo, now we are just wasting money"), whereas if we did it at the beginning it would really fee like a treat, which is what we are really seeing it as - an extra treat rather than a comparison between the resort and the condo. Also I feel like after staying for 6 days in one area, I would feel more attachment to that place than the other and want to go there again at the end before going home, I know that sounds really weird but hopefully makes a bit of sense.

That’s another thing I was worried about, the whole check in check out twice, as it breaks up one day, but I was hoping since we will be hiring a car it wouldn’t be too much of an issue…

We are planning to stay in the bellagio or venetian as we want to be fairly central on the strip but if we cant find good rates we might stay at the luxor.

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4. Re: honeymoon - fourseasons/sheraton and mahana

Can't you find a happy medium instead of moving your accomodations? If you really want the Sheraton, I would suggest that you make a reservation there, too and watch to see if the prices drop. I bet they do. Also try the Hyatt. The thing is - these hotels are not discounting this early - but don't give up on them.

Mahana gets good reviews ... but I would not secure accomodations there if you cannot cancel them ... should the Sheraton come through for you.

The Four Seasons is a great resort - and if you have 6 nights in West Maui, a couple nights at the Four Seasons is a nice complement.

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5. Re: honeymoon - fourseasons/sheraton and mahana

I think staying in more than one place is a great idea, and I'm not quite sure why so many who post are discouraging it!

My boyfriend and I (mid-20s couple) spent 8 days in Maui in mid-August 2008, and we stayed in THREE separate areas of Maui! We spent our 1st night in Upcountry/Kula @ the Upcountry Bed and Breakfast, then 6 nights @ the Mahana in Ka'anapali, and our last night @ the Hana Kai Maui Resort in Hana. We absolutely LOVED staying in all the different areas of the island, and we were VERY glad we did not spend the entire time in a condo (which we had originally intended). This was our first trip to Maui, and we wanted to see as much of the island as we could!

All three of the places we stayed were VERY different (bed and breakfast vs. condo vs. "hotel"). Because the accomodations were SO different, we didn't find ourselves doing much "comparing"...

We also didn't find the "packing and re-packing" to be much of a problem... we were careful not to bring too much with us from home, and we tried not to "destroy" our suitcases between destinations. The evening before checkout, we would pack our things (usually not taking more than 20 minutes), and then we'd be ready to go the next morning!

All in all.. I guess it comes down to personal preferance if you would like to spend all your time in one area or not... we were more interested in seeing more parts of the island and having different experiences rather than sitting at the same resort pool and beach all day!

Good luck and congratulations on your engagement!

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6. Re: honeymoon - fourseasons/sheraton and mahana

Go for the 2 places -- I say that b/c I love the 4 Seasons (I did a review this week and finally posted my long overdue trip report too -- it's probably still on the first couple of pages here on the boards).

Anyway, the 4 Seasons is a treat - you will absolutely love the place and I think you can be careful with your suitcase to not have to do much re-packing. Check in and check out is painless so that shouldn't be a hassle either.

If we didn't love the 4 Seasons so much we'd also consider splitting our time b/c I feel like we don't get to the W side that much.

If you do the 4 Seasons, please spend at least a morning just lounging poolside in their cabanas (they're free, but first come, first served). The service is incredible and the view great -- then you can wander around exploring the S part on day 2!

Have a great time (and I vote for the Bellagio in Vegas!)

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7. Re: honeymoon - fourseasons/sheraton and mahana

I've always been one to say that if you are staying in Maui anything less than 10 days, don't bother splitting your locations. You wind up losing the better part of a day dealing with the hassle of moving from one location to another. I promise - once you get there, you're not going to want to move. That said, if you really want to experience the pampering of the FS, save it for the end of your stay. Can't help but wondering though, that you might find a deal for your whole stay at the Sheraton for about the same as what you would spend on a split stay at the Mahana and the FS. The Sheraton doesn't quite pamper the way the FS does, but it is still a great resort and you would be very comfortable there.

I might get hammered for saying this, but here goes... Vegas wears pretty thin in about 3 days - if you are planning more, why not add those to Maui instead. Unless you are really into gambling (which I'm guessing you are not because you seem to be very budget concious) Vegas can be expensive. The days of the cheap buffets are over, and most of the decent shows run $100 to $250 a seat. And an night at one of the hip clubs will require some major headroom on your credit card. Vegas is definitely a unique place and worth seeing if you've never been, but I'd recommend putting the lions share of your time into your stays in Maui and LA.

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8. Re: honeymoon - fourseasons/sheraton and mahana

VC is right. Unless you plan to take an excursion to the Grand Canyon ... Hoover Dam ... Red Rock Canyon ... you don't need more than 3 nights max. The gambling wears thin ... the hotels/casinos are fun to explore ... BUT! August is HOT! HOT! 110 degrees. 112 degrees. The sun is so bright. Perhaps a thunder shower. So Vegas can be very cheap in the summer because it's HOT!

LA - forgive me ... is a drag. Unless you have a car, a great map and untold patience, you could end up in circles. The area is large, and it takes longer to get from place to place that you think. Are you talking Disneyland? Stay at the Disneyland Hotel (there are 3 hotels on property). August is crowded and hot. I strongly suggest time in San Francisco instead. Actually, Portland is my favorite.

If you can add time to your Hawaii trip, do so.

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9. Re: honeymoon - fourseasons/sheraton and mahana

With all due respect to other places, they might be a bit of a letdown after the Four Seasons. I'd stay there at the end for that reason. You can arrange for a lei greeting at the airport--search the Maui forum for that or ask a question about who to use. You can also pick up some champagne on the way to the Mahana. I think.g the FS will be special even at the end and I am concerned about your regretting the condo whilst you are there.

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10. Re: honeymoon - fourseasons/sheraton and mahana

I would suggest that you save $ in Vegas and stay at the Sheraton. Join Starwood and you may get a discount or a free upgrade. The Sheraton is a really nice, relaxing resort. It was really nice to walk to dinenr and drinks along the paved beachwalk and have a nice beach and snorkeling just offshore. Take the free shuttle into Lahaina. We never moved the car in the days we spent there. It is honeymoon worthy! Rent a beach cabana for a day or two for $40. Really nice! The convenience is wonderful and the grounds are spacious enough that it doesn't feel crowded like some of the other resorts. The oceanfront rooms are closer to the ocean than the Wailea resorts.