One of the things that sets apart the Four Seasons from the rest is the practice of Nickle and Diming.
Most if not all hotel services are included in your room rate.
Versus the ala carte schemes at most hotels, you will pay a little more per night at the FS, but in the end you will pay less if you utilize all they offer as free or complimentary
The staff aims to please your(almost) every need. Nice beach too.
The Ritz is recently remodeled but its so far out there I think your Kids would be bored. The beach there is just ok.
The Grand has a Great beach and Great pools for the kids, but gets crowded during high seasons.
My vote is the FOUR SEASONS
Ritz a distant 3rd
Thanks, SouthMauiGuy! Very helpful,
With kids at 15 and 11, they would be the happiest at the Grand Wailea. The pools are to die for. The Ritz and the Four Seasons would be too uppity for them. The Ritz is in Kapalua and it is a beautiful area. Kids probably wouldn't appreciate it as an adult would. There are great beaches a few minutes away from there. The beach in front of the Grand Wailea and Four Seasons is very crowded.
I love both the Wailea and Kapalua areas. Kapalua is at it's best in the summer months. "Better" is in the eye of the beholder!!
MSFuzz has some good points.
The original poster is from the Northern New Jersey Area.
From what I understand, That area is one of the more affluent areas of the USA.
Perhaps the "uppity" quote would not be a factor.
Based on the original posters other posts on TA that include exotic and affluent destinations, The Four Seasons sounds like a great fit for them.
The beaches infront of the FS and GW are busy because they are GREAT beaches.
Plus all beaches in Hawaii are public.
If the pools are priority, maybe a split stay at both the 4Seasons and Grand Wailea.
They are within a 1/4-1/2 mile of one another and you wont waste much time switching.
Depends on who you wish to please the most -- Pools at the Grand are far more interesting for kids than at the Four Seasons-- I think you see it's the same beach-- Stayed at the Grand and walked around the Four Seasons a few weeks ago -- kids were trying to have fun at the Four Seasons by climbing up into the fountain that is in the middle of the pool and leaping off. There are several independent Beach Activity operators (trampline, kayak, surf/boogie etc. ) that are between the 4Seasons and the Grand, so that will be identical. Good Italian food / pizza is available a short walk from both to get away from the overpriced resort restaurants. Grand has a lot more space for roaming around-- FourSeasons guests were shoulder to shoulder; at the Grand adults at least can spread out at the Hibiscus pool. Grand has a scuba pool if the anyone wants to get certified or do a discovery dive (don't need to be staying at the Grand) Spa at the Grand is big but a little tired. Kids will probably find friends at both hotels. If you rent a car while at the grand be sure to ask for a room at the south end of the resort so you'll be close to the parking garage -- otherwise it is a very long walk.
We just got back a week ago after staying at the Grand Wailea. Our kids are 14 and 11 and they loved it. I must say that my Wife and I loved it also. Three years ago we stayed at the Fairmont Kea Lani. While the rooms are better at the Kea Lani, I think the Grand Wailea was much better for the kids with the pool and slides.
We have stayed at the Grand Wailea in 2006 and will be splitting our stay this summer between the 4Seasons and GW. We loved the Grand Wailea and the kids were in heaven with the pool. The beach is the same and we enjoyed that too.
In 2006 my kids were 11 and 9. This summer they will be 14 and 12
We are splitting our stay this year because we are staying all 11nts on Maui and going for 4 nights at the Four Seasons and 7 nights at the GW. We have stayed at another Four Seasons and we loved the service and how much was included.
The Four Seasons Maui has a great game room for the kids. The pools are not as extensive but nice. The cabanas are free, first come first serve. At the GW they are $$$$$.
For the poster that said the FS would be too uppity for the kids they are strongly mistaken. The FS welcomes kids and makes them feel like prince and princesses. They go over and beyond making sure the kids are happy and well taken care of
In closing if the pool is the most important I would go with the GW. If service is the most important to you then the FS cannot be beat