I vacationed at the Renaissance Wailea for at least three of my Maui vacations ... now it's been several years, and the RW is NO LONGER! :-( A friend is going to Maui in May for the first time; I was going to recommend the Wailea Beach Marriott, right beside the old RW location, but it is so expensive compared to what it used to be (and it used to be cheaper than the RW; I believe it was an Outrigger then. We used the Entertainment Card at the RW, and got great rooms at half-off for around $200/225 at the time.) I think the cheapest rooms I found there in May were close to $300 / night. My friend has a more limited budget, and I think $150 or so a night is more her style, but I'm hoping she could use an E Card and get something reasonably nice.
Nothing will be like the RW, but any recommendations for hotel/grounds somewhere besides the Wailea strip as they are all out of her ballpark, I think. Thanks!