We have a conference in Maui in January and will be booked at either the Hyatt or Westin near Ka'anapali Beach. We have the option to add 3 additional nights at our own cost, at about $350/night. I have heard that the beach isn't great directly in front of these hotels. I am trying to figure out if we should book our additional 3 nights at a different hotel that would have nicer beach, but still be a nice place to stay for less than the cost of extending at the resort hotel. Or, we could stay at the conference hotel and drive to other places if that's the best option.
Which area would have good, calm water in January for swimming/snorkeling? Is Napili nice at that time of year? Could we find good lodging that's on a really nice beach for less than $350/night? Or are we better off just extending at the conference hotels? Thanks!