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Which Maui resort for older couples

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Which Maui resort for older couples

We are 2 couples in our 60's who are visiting Maui next year for the first time. My problem is we can't decide which resort is best for us. I think it's between Kaanapali & Kihei at the moment. We want to be able to go for a wander in the evening for drinks and dinner but we don't want it too commercial and glitzy. We will be hiring a car for touring around in the daytime. Help please!

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1. Re: Which Maui resort for older couples

Ka'anapali is a beach and resort/condo area in W. Maui. Kihei is a beach area in S. Maui w/condos. Neither are resorts.

What resorts are you considering? What is your nightly budget? Are you considering condominiums as well?

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2. Re: Which Maui resort for older couples

It seems some of the older people prefer the areas of Kapalua or Napili just north of Kaanapali. Kaanapali itself is a bit more crowded and noisy. The drive to Napali or Kapalua is roughly 10 minutes.

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3. Re: Which Maui resort for older couples

Are you looking for a resort experience...nice pools, on-site dining, room service etc? Or would you prefer a 2 bedroom condo in a smaller complex without the other amenities? There are lots of options available on Maui.

If you give us a bit more info like time of year you plan to travel and what your nightly budget would be we can give better advice.

Folks of all ages can be found visiting every part of Maui.

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4. Re: Which Maui resort for older couples

I wouldn't really consider any of Maui too commercial or glitzy... developed yes. Are you looking for a resort hotel or a condo?

Edited: 14 April 2014, 00:39
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5. Re: Which Maui resort for older couples

I'm in your age range, so I guess being part of the old folk, I would pick whichever area and place fits my needs the most.

Kaanapali is a planned resort community. Kihei is a typical beach town. Both have condo's, shops, restaurants and great beaches. Kahana, Napili and Kapalua are north of Kaanapali and in general are a bit more laid back than Kaanapali. Again, some shops, a few restaurants, condo's and great beaches.

The actual hotels are located in Wailea and Kaanapali with a few others scattered here and there in south and west Maui.

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6. Re: Which Maui resort for older couples

As you may have gathered by now, there aren't really areas for older and younger people, just areas that might suit different interests. We're in our 60s and like pretty much the same thing we did in our 30s: reasonably priced lodging on the ocean and just a few minutes drive away from restaurants and beaches and shopping. For us that's Honokowai, which is 5-10 minutes north of Kaanapali. If you really want a resort feel, with room service, on-site restaurant etc. Kaanapali is probably best, though Wailea on the south side would work too.

The reason we gravitate toward Honokowai, other than affordability, is its proximity to Lahaina. Lahaina is the hands-down best place for an evening stroll, complete with dinner and shopping and people watching.

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7. Re: Which Maui resort for older couples

""We want to be able to go for a wander in the evening for drinks and dinner but we don't want it too commercial and glitzy.""

Ka'anapali would be closest to that on both accounts +/-. Easy to wander to close by restaurants for drinks and dinner, but decidedly commercial (it's ALL commercial) and 'glitzy' in comparison to Kapalua, Honokowai, Kihei,etc.

It's hard to fit Maui into a demographic that doesn't have kids, unless you're staying at the Four Seasons or the cheapest motel.

Edited: 14 April 2014, 02:53
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Kaanapali is such a nice area for casual walking. It is a strip of hotels/resorts that line the beach. There is a boardwalk that runs continuously in front of the hotels between the ocean and the resorts from one end of the beach to the other. It takes you to restaurants, shopping, excursions, markets, and lends itself to a beautiful evening stroll with lots to see. You can walk on the boardwalk or step off of it and walk on the sand. No noisy cars, streetlights or roads to cross. It is beautiful. All traffic is hidden well behind you on the highway.

And like a previous poster said, Lahaina is just 10 minutes away by car. We loved going there and walking along the street that fronts the ocean. There are many waterfront restaurants to choose from. It's a great little town with a lively atmosphere. Great for walking around but parking can be difficult.

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9. Re: Which Maui resort for older couples

Napili Kai...just check it out and see if it fits your needs.

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10. Re: Which Maui resort for older couples

Growonme ... what do you think??