yes, i know, a million people have asked "hyatt vs. sheraton vs. westin?" but i've done a detailed search for pictures, responses, etc and still need some advice on certain particular questions from those who have stayed at these places (i've been at the hyatt several times, but not since renovations). secondarily, i am curious on whether lahaina divers is still up to par (i last dove with them in 2009) or if another dive op is better in west maui.
first of all, i loved the hyatt's tropical grounds as well as the fact that the lobby was open air and that you could see the ocean from the lobby. i didn't like the frigid pool, the lack of an adult pool/bar (which i know the westin has), and the fact that the swim-up bar was in a grotto featuring an incredibly noisy waterfall. i prefer tropical decor, and most westins i've seen have been decorated in a modern style that doesn't strike me as aesthetically pleasing. is the maui westin along the same lines? can you see the ocean from the lobby? is the pool (or at least the adult pool) heated? i've seen a few you tube videos that mainly depict koi ponds in the lobby and no ocean view, but i can't tell if this is just a function of the videos, or if the property is "inward directed" (as the hilton on the big island is...which i didn't like, as opposed to the open air lobby of the fairmont on the big island and the grand hyatt kauai, which i loved).
the sheraton's pools looked fairly nondescript, and from my knowledge there is no adult pool or adult bar, but many posters have said that as far as the grounds go, this is the most romantic and least "amusement park" like of the kaanapali properties. anyone know if the sheraton's pools are heated, and if the lobby faces the ocean?
also, has anyone been to the hyatt since the renovations?
in general, i am looking for a tropical vibe,a warm and (hopefully) adult only pool/bar, and gorgeous grounds. if we can't improve on the hyatt, we'll stay there, but we're interested in trying something new. The rooms don't matter (we spend probably six hours a day in them, sleeping) and the swimming/snorkeling quality of the beach is irrelevant (we love to walk, so our proximity to the best beach area for snorkeling, which in my opinion is near the Sheraton at Black Rock, will not be an issue in choosing a hotel). For us, it's all about the decor, grounds, pools/poolside bar, and romantic (as opposed to family) feel.
Any divers, please let me know if Lahaina Divers is still a decent choice. I know Mike Severns and Ed Robinson are the top choices, but we always stay in West Maui and hate driving and have been satisfied with our dive trips to Lanai and Molokini with LD in past years. Thanks.