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Maui Accommodation- Honeymoon

Hello

Looking at coming over from Australia Dec-Jan time for out honeymoon.

We are thinking of staying in Honolulu for a few nights then head to Maui for a few nights before back to Honolulu

We are looking at the Hyatt and Sheraton in Maui but open to suggestions????

Pros and Cons of these two hotels?

Location wise? Pool wise?Rooms?

Must do's in Maui??

Is 4-5 nights enough in Maui and what would be better for New Years Eve - Maui or Honolulu?

Any feedback and advice would be greatly appreciated

Thanks so much,

Nat

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We are travelling to Maui for the New Year, and while we have not been, I recognize that the time difference will not allow us to ring in the New Year. Your mileage may vary. I found booking a condo a few months ago very difficult, so I hope a hotel is easier for you. Costco's individual rental cars were sold out, but I was able to pick the package with them where I have car & lodging in one price. If you belong to Costco, it may be worth looking at for the 2 hotels you mentioned & car rental prices. My price with them was less than booking direct & was essentially as if we got the rental car for free. Either way, I would book your rental car(s) now. I am sure someone else will pop in with the name of the often recommend rental company, it doesn't require prepayment. DCHR???

As far as Oahu vs Maui, we went to Oahu Jan 2013, and I likened Waikiki to Vegas, remove casinos and replace with sand & sea...VERY busy, high-end shops, and it felt like it was always crowded day & night. What kind of atmosphere are you looking for to celebrate New Year's? I was glad to go out & see the other areas, and enjoyed them. I did love the locale of Sheraton on Oahu...Rumfire is a great place to grab a drink & the views from the adult pool are fantastic! There are also hammocks that enjoy shade from the palm trees & beautiful views of Diamond Head.

Last thought...Moving islands if staying less than 5 days at each would be less than desirable. You lose a lot of time in the travel day...Best wishes for an amazing trip & lifetime of happiness!

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Wagges made some great points! You are talking about this year, 2013?? Very late to be organizing this trip. You don't have your location listed under your avatar.... which city in Australia??? Do you have a Costco there yet? I know they are in the process of opening quite a few around the country. If you are a member, do get on their website and check out some packages. A lot of places are already filled. More choices on Oahu, but not nearly as much on Maui. It may be worth joining, just for this trip, to get a vacation package.

Between the Hyatt and Sheraton.... firstly, I have stayed at neither one of them!!! Hyatt is at the far end of Ka'anapali Beach, the southern end. The beach is pretty narrow down that end. The Sheraton's location is amazing, right at Black Rock. Great snorkeling there, but you will be sharing the water with LOTS of people there. They also have the beautiful sunset ceremony there every night, lighting the torches, and then he dives into the water.

BLBL usually posts a great map of the resort area, to get a cool perspective of the place.

mauihawaii.org/map/kaanapali-beach-map.htm

I can't find the "cartoon" one that she usually posts, but this one might do. The Sheraton is the balloon on the top, the Hyatt, at the bottom.

It will be super busy there, and you will be "fighting" for a chair by the pool, if you read the trip reports from people staying there.

Save any shopping for Oahu... then you won't have to pack your purchases from one island to the other. With your amount of time, I would seriously consider just picking one island or the other. Then start planning a return trip for your anniversary!

For New Year's, we would need to know what your interests are. I still have Sydney for New Year's Eve on my bucket list. Been downunder three times, but never made it for New Year's.... yet!

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If you want any action then there would be more festivities on Oahu on New Years Eve.

Shopping I would say Maui has more small gallery 'gift shops with some locally made items. Oahu has all the big designer chains. Oahu has more weekend craft fairs in their Kapiolani Park and on the zoo fence.

The Hyatt is building another tower, probably time share. So I would recommend the Sheraton. The Sheraton is on a great part of Kaanapali Beach. You can go to the quiet side on the North side of the hotel .

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I need to echo our other posters ... you are planning late. And could you help us out with the full picture? How many nights do you plan to be on Oahu? Always count your nights, not your days.

You are traveling at the super, super busy time of the year. Everywhere will be kids. The week before and after Christmas is a huge family vacation time.

Many visitors plan a year in advance. While you may think that a quick flight to Maui is "quick" - the whole process will consume at least 1/2 day ... going ... and again coming back to Oahu. And the interisland flights will be pricey. As will the car (ouch!) if you can find one. If you do want to go to Maui - reserve your car today!

On Ka'anapali - I prefer the Sheraton. And given the overall crunch of people, the spaciousness (is that a word?) of the Sheraton will be a relief. It caters less to kids than the Hyatt does, but again - it's a family vacation time of the year. We can spend all day listing activities for Maui ... so please pick up a good travel guidebook and do some reading. Then get back to us with questions.

Wanna know what I really think? (Sure, go ahead, Betty Lou.) Hold off on the honeymoon until mid-January or early February. It's still a popular time of the year for folks fleeing winter in the Northern Hemisphere, but it's not slammed like Christmas/New Years. The whales will be arriving and having their babies on Maui ... and you can give yourself more time to explore the Island. You would, however, need to plan now ... the flights, hotels and car.

OK - here is the map my friend J0an referred to - the rough map of Ka'anapali.

kaanapaliresort.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/…

Here's the link for aerial views on Ka'anapali. I generally disregard their commentary. You can manipulate this and pull up Oahu as well.

hawaiirevealed.com/free-travel-info/maui/mau…

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