The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas
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On Monday we decided to head to South Central Maui to try a supposedly great snorkeling spot. After an hours drive we came to another very ritzy resort area, Makena and Wailea, and found some hidden snorkel areas, but the water was murky and the entry very difficult, so we headed for Makena Beach, also called Big Beach (everything seems to be known …
Wow, here we are in Maui, only a little over one week before we return home. The time is flying by so quickly. Flew from the Big Island to Maui late Friday evening, found our rental car in the airport parking lot, and drove 45 minutes to Ka'anapali to find our resort. We are using Starwood points for this leg of the trip. Because we were wimps and …
It's a great Maui Morning. No wind the temperature is nice and the shadows are long. It's a great time to take a walk to the beach and enjoy the morning.
Magellan and I decided that we would hang around the resort for most of the day. The water looked calm for her to go snorkeling with out getting too seasick.
We headed back to …
We made the transition from flight to flight in a nothing flat. It was a bit funny to think that all the hub-bub in the first post, because we didn't have sufficient (75 min) time between our connections. It turns out that this was BS.
We all departed our first plane. Caught the tram and went to inter-island connections asked for the next …
Friends in high places We head to the enchanted island of Maui, where one shore hosts tourists who shop in Beverly Hills style stores and sport recent plastic-surgery enhancements, and another shore transports tourists along a narrow and windy highway along a cliff to sacred Hawaiian waterfalls. We find ourselves among friends and friends of …
How has this resort rated in the past?
A typical hotel, not the place to stay on an island
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TravelPod Member ReviewsThe Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas Lahaina
Historical Traveler Reviews The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas Lahaina
We had a great time here! Spent 4 days there with my husband. So glad we chose this place. Our goal was to rest and we accomplished that staying at this hotel. Definitely more pros than cons...
Overall, our experience at the Westin was just OK. Besides the fact that its much windier than the south part of Kanapali, location is good as its conveniently located between Lahaina and Kapalua. Maid service was defintely streaky. We had an ocean front studio and our friends had an ocean view studio. Please note that these are two VERY different rooms. The ocean front rooms have a decent sized balcony that fits 2 lounge chairs comfortably and the room is spacious. Ocean view rooms have seriously 3 inches of balcony space and are much more cramped. It was nice to have the full kitchen, however, next time we plan on staying elsewhere. If you are on a honeymoon, watch out, kids are rampant.
bad things first..... ocean view is not ocean view it is leaning out of your balcony and looking in the direction of the ocean hoping to catch a glimps... this is from the 1st floor i am sure the higher up you are the better.... we were very disapointed, my husband and i were meeting here after his year and half long deployeement to korea, we figured this would be a great place to reunite. we were supose to have a studio, got there and were told we were upgraded to a one bed room.
We stayed here for 5 days during the first week of February 2004 in an 'Oceanview' Bedroom studio. The bad things first: As others have mentioned, it was no Oceanview. We could only see part of the ocean if we sat on the far edge of our couch and that too with trees blocking much of the little view. Our view really was that of some undeveloped land & Embassy Suites in the distance. We had no balcony whatsoever, it was about 4 inches, hardly enough to stand. Cleaning time was not consistent, sometimes they were early sometimes very late. Coffee/Soap was not replenished. The Pool bar served really weak drinks, topped with lots of ice, do it yourself in your room (take stuff from the mainland - you will save a fortune) or go elsewhere. Good Things: Room is nice, good furnishings, great bed, the best bathroom you will find - big shower, whirlpool, all new appliances and utensils, full size refrigerator, courteous staff, nice pool, close to the decent beach (better than what the Mariott or Hyatt Regency has), DVD-bose radio helps. If not for the misleading descriptions of Ocenaview and a private lanai/balcony, I would have given it 4 or 5 stars.
Not the best
My husband and I stayed at this resort in December and we were very disappointed. I thought it was not as nice as other places we had stayed in Maui. For one thing, our balcony was only 4 inches so there was no way we could sit out on it. We had no ocean view; only a view of a marshland, which was not very nice and smelled funny. The staff was not very friendly and we had to ask every day for new shampoo and coffee. The beach was not as nice as other beaches on Maui, and the wind blew very hard every day. We tried to sit on the beach but got pelted with sand, so we had to drive to other beaches on the island. I liked the bed and the tub, but next time we'll stay somewhere else.
We stayed at the Westin Ka'anaapali Ocean Resort and Villas from January 4th-Janaury 8th, 2004. We booked an oceanfront studio deluxe room. We were impressed with the *new* Westin from the moment we were dropped off by our taxi at the front lobby. The clean and spacious lobby is all open-air, meaning it has no walls to the outside, the furniture is all rattan, mahogany and teak woods, leathers, and light fabrics in all neutral tones. Our bags were immediately taken away by the very courteous and polite bellman. We arrived at night so it was difficult to really capture the essence of the grounds but I must say they were beautifully lit. The bright turquoise blue pool area was surrounded by gorgeous and elegant landscaping that suited the atmosphere very well, nothing overbearing or gaudy. Torch lights and lanterns paved all the walkways and the pool really is the main focus of the property. We were directed to our room, and could not believe it when we walked in. It was a very nice size room, we expected a lot smaller because we had paid less for a "studio" room which only differs from the 1-bedroom suite in that the bedroom is not separate from the living area. We LOVED our room, in fact, when we had to leave, we were genuinely disappointed. I don't know what it is about this resort. It is just so intimate, elegant, and unpretentious that you fall in love with it! It's so cozy and yet very spacious. The layout of this hotel is slightly different. Two suites share a foyer and to access the foyer, you must use your room key. From there, each room has it's own entrance in which you must again use your room key to get in, obviously. Our studio room was described as having a mini kitchen. I thought we would get a mini bar with a mini fridge/cooler and a small bar or sink. Instead we had a large kitchen w/countertop, full-size refridgerator, dishwasher, range, microwave, and all the mini-appliances and gadgets one would need in a mini-kitchen. The kitchen was adjancent to the massive bathroom. In reality the bathroom had to be at least 10 ft wide by 15 ft long. It was quite large and divided into four spacious areas. The sink and countertop was a single dark granite/mahogany area with all kohler brand accessories. There was a large mirror and several useful shelves, but no cabinets. To the left of the sink area was the two-person spacious jacuzzi. It was surrounded by shutters that if opened you were able to view the ocean while bathing. To the right of the sink area was the stand up shower with glass door. The stand up shower was most probably our favorite aspect of the room. It could easily fit four people comfortably. It had double shower heads that each pivoted in all directions...a major plus. Also to the right of the sink area, adjacent to the stand up shower was the toilet. It was in it's own room, which again, was spacious. The bed truly was heavenly. It was king size with 6 pillows. A rarity in hotels. The massive headboard was black leather and trimmed with dark wood and the linens were all bright white. The living area contained one large neutral toned couch with mahogany coffee and side tables.
Great Rooms, but...
BEAUTIFUL rooms, however this property is truly lacking! Be careful.
"Ocean View" means if you can lean out your window, crane your neck and see water, you have a view. Our initial room had a nice view of some palm trees and a big air conditioner. No room service. No maid service for two consecutive days. The beeping of the crane was a nuisance. "Spa Products"?!? C'mon! Overall, not near what we expected for the money.
A brand-new property just opened in September '03, so everything is very new and fresh. Stayed in one-bedroom suite for 5 nights from 26 Oct thru 1 Nov. Nice, spacious lobby. Friendly staff. The room is (of course) very clean; bathroom is huge with jacuzzi tub IN YOUR ROOM -- big enough for two adults. Full kitchen including BOTH microwave and conventional ovens, big fridge and dishwasher. Great bed (called "Heavenly Bed") with lots of pillows. 2 TV sets. Lots of channels. DVD player. Probably better to stay there BEFORE the second unit opens (now under construction) because the pool size, # of beach chairs /BBQ grills are just right with only the first unit. The bar closes at 10 pm and there is no minibar/room service, but we could dine/drink at the Westin Maui (next to the Whalers Village) and charge to our room. The vacation desk personnel was friendly; good advice for Molokini cruise but very little knowledge on golf courses.
Our stay was Oct.23-28th,2003. Good points: Heavenly beds, Good size rooms for 2 adults, location, complimentary Champagne. Bad points: no complimentary bottle water, no so friendly SPA staff. Food: Kimos,Fish Co.,leilani's,hula grill, Blue Marlin B&G(not recommended for fish eaters) Comments: During our stay we checked out all the hotels. The only worth while option to westin Maui is the Grand Walea. The GW is very beautiful but I think it is too large of a resort unless you pay for the high price rooms. Our time there seemed to be perfect as there was not much tourism going on. The SPA staff were not as friendly as the rest of the hotel staff on more than a few occasions. The heavenly SPA opens in 2004. Lahaina town is about a 5 minute drive and the port another 20-25 minute. Kapulua is about 10 minutes to the north. If you decide to travel during this time of the year then you will not find too much of a crowd so checking out and going to another hotel is fine.
In my opinion, this is by far the best place to stay on Maui. My wife and I were there from October 2, until October 8. The resort had only been open for less than a week so I expected a few kinks, but there were none. I have never seen a more friendly staff. From the gardeners to the front desk, everyone had a smile and was willing to help in any way possible. Even though the resort is still under construction, the grounds were gorgeous and quiet. If your idea of a vacation is relaxation, you have to experience the Westin's heavenly bed and bath.