We are planning our honeymoon in October. We are going to both Maui and Kauai for 5 nights each. Our travel agent suggested staying in the Makena Beach Resort on Maui and the Koa Kea resort on Kauai. These are both pretty expensive and would take up a significant portion of our budget. I was wondering if anybody had any suggestions on other places to stay on Maui. We were originally thinking of spending a couple of nights in Hana, but I have heard mixed reviews on it. I have heard that there is not much to do in that area, the beaches/water are not as nice, and the weather tends to be cloudy. If that is the case I do not want to spend 2 or 3 of our 5 nights on Maui in the Hana area.
Does anyone have any suggestions on the best places to stay or sights to see on Maui? We will have four full days to enjoy Maui and want to make sure that we get to see at least some of the great things Maui has to offer. We enjoy the beach, hiking, and just want to make sure that we experience some of the beautiful aspects of the island. I know we will not be able to see everything, but I guess that is what a return trip can be for. The Makena resort seems to be a good value as it is not too expensive but seems very nice, but if anybody has experience at that resort that would be very helpful. Also suggestions about other hotels will be appreciated.
We also looked at the Maui Coast Hotel which is a little bit less expensive, but I dont want to sacrifice too much quality and want to make sure we have a comfortable and clean place to stay. We are also open to the idea of staying in a cottage or condo that might put us closer to the Hawaii culture and out of the resort/tourist feel.