Westin Spa and Resort Ka’anapali April 2008
Positives: (See pics also)
My fiancée and I arrived and were greeted with leis. The open air lobby was amazing with a lagoon/waterfall backdrop. The pond was stocked with coy, black-white swans, flamingos, parrots, and cockatoo. The front desk personnel warmly greeted us and promptly checked us in. She asked what the occasion was for our visit. After replying that we were getting married on the island, she upgraded us to an ocean view room at no charge. View was amazing…sunset, Lanai, whales, beach, pool area. The staff everywhere was extremely friendly and helpful. Poolside bartenders poured nice cocktails. Their wedding staff actually helped us with the planning of our wedding even though we didn’t go through them!
The room itself was really nice. Heavenly Bed and Shower was next best thing to being at home. Never turned on the Plasma tv that was hanging on the wall. Free wireless internet provided a strong signal for my IPhone even poolside. The many pools and water falls provided a sanctuary to bask in the sweet Hawaiian sun. Beachfront was among the best we found on the Island for laying out and swimming. If you are into snorkeling, be sure to explore this area (esp. towards Black Rock, turtles and many fish). Even though we were towards the end of whale season, we saw whales just off shore many times during our 8 day stay. After exploring the Ka’anapali strip, we both felt that the Westin was the best place on it.
Resort fee of $20 a day includes self parking, two bottles of spring water a day, access to gym, plus more. Seeing that bottled water and parking costs are incurred in most places on the island, this fee wasn’t too bad. We only ate at the hotel one time. This was breakfast at Tropica, and though it was one of the best cups of coffee and omelets I’ve had, don’t think it was worth $40. (Buffet was $25pp, and may have been more worth it).
Overall, I was very pleased with this resort and would recommend to anyone…kids or no kids, newlyweds, older couples, singles.
These negatives are just an FYI. They have not affected our plans to stay there in the future.
Everyone reserves pool chairs even though there are signs saying you cannot, and staff will take your stuff and store it if it is left for more than 30 minutes. My advice is to reserve early and don’t leave for a long time if you plan on staying poolside for the day.
Our cleaning lady was annoying. Being 6 hrs different from Detroit time, we went to bed fairly early (by 11) and woke up extremely early (usually by 5am at latest). So, our days started pretty early. The cleaning lady hit our room at the end of the afternoon, when we would be coming back from our day and wanted to get ready for the eve. She wouldn’t switch our cleaning to earlier, and we actually just asked her not to clean a couple days so we could use the room. All she cared about was cleaning our room, and not whether we were happy. The last day, after checking out just before noon, I made multiple trips carrying luggage to our Jeep. After my first trip down, I returned to my room to find the door propped wide open by the cleaning lady (who was in the next room) and my luggage unsecured in plain view. I closed the door for this next trip down and she again propped it open. Made me feel like I was no longer a guest there, and wasn’t important. This was reflected in my hotel survey.
Self-Parking is part of your daily resort fee. Parking lot is right next to hotel, which is good. Bad thing is, the hotel sells spots to outside parkers during the day, which causes the lot to be full to hotel guests. This happened numerous times daily. Hotels fix for this was free valet, which I would have gotten my car faster if I self parked.
There are 7 pools at this hotel. One is designated as an adult pool. This was never enforced, and it made it difficult if you wanted to get a good afternoon nap in the sun with the numerous kids running thru the area. The thought was nice though.
April 2008 MAUI VACATION SYNOPSIS
Arrival at OGG airport. Car rental desk (where we rented a Jeep) was close and very quick. (Get your car rental out of the way while everyone else is waiting for the bags to come. You will have keys in hand before your bags hit the carousel. Drive to Ka’anapali wasn’t bad. Checked into the Westin (see above) www.westinmaui.com/index.htm
We had dinner in Lahaina at the Lahaina Fish Company. Food was good, view was exceptional. Drinks were very weak and not worth half the price the cost. We watched the sunset on the seawall of Front St in front of Hard Rock Café (where I proposed). If you want a view of the sunset, unimpeded from the island of Lanai, you need to travel to Ka’anapali or north of that.
We went shopping at Foodland for non-perishable grocries for the week. This was a relax day, poolside at the Westin. If you want to reserve a set of chairs and umbrella ($25/day), go to the towel desk at 8am when they open. Poolside and beach were great. Had dinner in Lahaina at Moose McGillacutty’s. Good place for pub style food.
Woke up at 330am and drove to Haleakala Crater. www.haleakala.national-park.com Trip took us 1.5 hrs from Ka’anapali. Sunrise was at 617am…Amazing! Totally worth the winding road that seemed forever. We went right to the summit and then stopped at viewpoints on the way down. We would have like to come earlier to see the area in pitch darkness so we could have seen the stars (light began to show around 0500). There a few telescopes just west of the summit at Science City (closed to public). The drive down was better than up because we were able to see our surroundings. It was amazing to see the change from “Mars” at the Crater, to forest, then to beach. Oh, and on that note, the change from 38degrees and 30mph winds to 80degrees (dress warm).
On the way down we stopped at Kula Lodge to have breakfast. www.kulalodge.com/restaurant_lodge.htm The food was exceptional. I had corned beef hash, potatoes and toast (homemade jams with Hawaiian fruit) and my Fiancée had the banana’s foster pancakes (WOW!). A must stop on the way down. We were glad we didn’t do the bike ride down cause we were on our own schedule and were able to stop and eat there.
At night went to the Old Lahaina Luau. www.oldlahainaluau.com/index_main.html Food was very good, same as all Luaus. I feel that all Luaus are too commercialized and only went so my Fiancée could experience one. Don’t think that this particular one was worth paying more for. See vendors in downtown Lahaina for super discounted rates on Luaus.
Breakfast at Westin Tropica. Expensive, go for the buffet, more choices for the price.Relax day by the pool. Got married at Kapalua Bay. It was so nice. Beautiful area with Lanai, Molokai, and the sunset as the backdrop. Had our wedding dinner at I’o in Lahaina. Food was really worth it.
Lanai Wild Dolphin Snorkeling tour with the Pacific Whale Foundation. www.pacificwhale.org/ The staff was very knowledgeable, biology college students. A very Eco Friendly tour with Biocompostible cups and reef safe sunblock (30)…they provided. We saw many whales breach the water on the way to and from Lanai. Saw about 50 Spinner Dolphins. I have been to Mexico, Virgin Islands, South Carib, Bahamas, Grand Cayman, the Big Island Hawaii, and Jamaica snorkeling. The two reef spots they chose fell at the bottom of my list of places I have been. Hardly any fish or turtles. I suggest taking a trip to Molokini to snorkel and a separate trip if you want to see the dolphins and whales. (NOTE: there are many great snorkel places from Kapalua all the way down to Makena that are easy to access and free if you do your research). We ordered room service after the long day in the sun.
Drove North from Ka’anapali on Hywy 30, 36, 38, and 340. Not a popular trip, but it was relatively short (compared to Hana) and definitely worth the view. Feel of coastal California hywy. We stopped in a village about half way and bought some Banana Bread and Coconut from a nice lady that sells the stuff from her house. Her house is the first sign when traveling from the West. Short drive down her driveway, she welcomed us happily and even allowed us to view the ocean from her back yard (her idea).
From there we headed towards Wailuku. Had lunch at a place called Main Street Bistro. The food was outstanding!!! Just down the road from the entrance to the Iao Valley. Park and parking is free. Valley was surrounded by huge walls of green vegetation. Two streams met at the park and provide great photo ops. If you walk up to the Needle Lookout point, take the trail behind it up. This hike is for those in somewhat good shape. It takes you up so you can see the backside of the needle, where you can actually see waterfalls that you couldn’t see from the lookout point. Be careful though, most of the trail is cut cliff side, and though there is vegetation next to the trail, it is a long way down if you fell!
After all that, there was still time to chill by the pool (trip took from 7am-2pm). We had dinner at Front Street Bar and Grille. Ribs were top notch.
Road to Hana at 7am. If you have two people, have one drive there and one drive back. There is no error for driving mistakes while driving the twists and turns of the road. Getting the Road to Hana CD was worth it (we got it thru the Expedia Travel Expert office in Lahaina (on the Honoapalini Hywy). They had great deals on tours. See Lisa, she was so helpful! (Tell her the Fireman from Michigan sent ya).
After exploring Hana, we stopped at a home selling BBQ roadside (just after Hana, on the left, on the way to Hamoa. Honestly some of the best food we ate on Maui. We both had the Mahi Mahi with fresh veggies and rice, and were stuffed after. This guy works for Hana Fire Dept too.
It is quite the ride to the Seven Pools and Waterfalls, but worth it. NOTE: Travel to the Crater and Pools within 3 days of each other and you can use the same park pass.
We ate dinner for my Wife’s Birthday at Pacific O’. Food was great, view was great, service not so good.
Last day, 1040pm flight. Westin couldn’t allow us to checkout late, but did offer their hospitality room for 30 minutes so we could shower and change before leaving. So, we spent the last day by the pool and snorkeling along the beaches of Ka’anapali. After packing up, we went to Mama’s fish House (www.mamasfishhouse.com) for dinner before our flight. We arrived an hour early and couldn’t get seated early (definitely make reservations). They did seat us at exactly our reservation time though. I was very impressed with their style of waiting for a table. The ocean front property was perfect, the décor and atmosphere amazing, and the food was the best we had all week and definitely worth the price. I had the Pua Me Hua Hana – In the style of Old Hawaii – Ono and Opah sautéed in coconut milk, with slow-cooked Kalua pig, grilled banana, Molokai sweet potato, Island fruit and a fresh coconut and my Wife had the Mahimahi caught by Jeff Holland along the north shore of Maui – Stuffed with lobster, crab, Maui onion and baked in a macadamia nut crust. Dessert was Banana Macadamia Nut Crisp served warm with Tahitian vanilla ice cream and also a cup of Kona Coffee ice cream. A perfect way to end a perfect week in paradise!!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Commanding Ka’anapali Beach, The Westin Maui Resort & Spa presents the ultimate Hawaiian getaway. Appealing to leisure and business travelers alike, unrivaled amenities are designed to inspire renewal at this island paradise. Unwind amidst well-appointed accommodations with signature Westin touches. Or enjoy splashing fun within the magnificent aquatic playground with five pools, cascading waterfalls and gardens with exotic wildlife. Adventure seekers can pick their favorite watersport steps away from the resort such as stand-up paddling, kayaking, para-sailing, snorkel and sunset cruises. The resort also offers spa rejuvenation, oceanfront dining, cultural activities, kids club, weddings center, meeting facilities, watersport, shopping, golfing and shuttles to historic Lahaina. ... more less
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