We love Maui and we love staying in the Ka’anapali area when we visit. The one hotel that we keep going back to is The Westin Maui Resort & Spa. We have stayed here at least 10 times. In fact, we have stayed here more than at any other hotel. So, we are basically experts…
If you are looking to stay put on your vacation, this resort offers everything that you could possibly want. Situated in the best location on Ka’anapali Beach, often featured in the top 10 beaches in the US by TripAdvisor, you simply cannot go wrong here.
Recently, they have started a complete overhaul of the common areas. What they have done so far with the lobby/check in area looks great. Definitely less tropical and more modern and sleek.
The rooms have been renovated with neutral beachy décor. And, each room as its own private lanai. The rooms aren’t very big. But, you won’t be there much since you will be out exploring most of the time. The signature Heavenly Beds will ensure that you get a great night sleep. As a bonus, every room has a mini fridge to keep your water or beer cold!
The pool area is awesome! It has 5 separate pools, a swim-through grotto with waterfalls, and a hidden cool-water whirlpool and waterslides to keep the kids busy. Also, there are plenty of chairs to lounge and soak up the sun! For those wanting to avoid children, they have an adult only section with a pool, a hot tub and a bar. The pool bar has a happy hour from 7 to 9 pm.
As of March 2019, they are going to be doing some extensive renovations in the pool area. From what we understand they aren’t going to completely close the area, but will be closing it in small sections. We will keep this post updated with the latest information that we have.
Don’t like the pool? Not a problem. Beautiful Ka’anapali Beach, with its golden awaits you at the end of the walkway. The resort offers beach chair and umbrella rentals for their guests.
To work off some of the vacation overindulgences, the Westin Workout gym is open 24 hours a day. It’s very busy around 7 am, but we have found that if wait to go until later in the day, it is less crowded. We usually go do our activities for the day and workout before dinner. On the positive side, with floor to ceiling windows, the gym is a great place to people watch while you sweat!
They also offer spin and yoga classes for a fee. To sign up, drop by the Heavenly Spa or give them a call. Runners, the Westin offers run routes. Check it out here or see the concierge for a printed copy. On your way back, they will greet you with a towel and some water. Both important, in such a warm climate.
For those looking for a little bit of pampering, the Heavenly Spa offers a wide range of services. Unfortunately, I haven’t tried it yet but I definitely will on a future trip!
Looking for activity ideas, hit up the concierge desk. They are able to make all the required reservations for you whether it’s a boat tour, kayaking tour or a luau. On Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday evening, there’s a luau onsite. However, during the renovations the luau might not happen.
Luckily, there are several dining options on site. But, one of the best things about the Westin is its close proximity to Whaler’s Village and restaurants like Leilani’s, Hula Grill and Monkeypod. For breakfast, buffet at the hotel is a good option. It’s a bit pricey. So, go hungry!
Unfortunately, we did not get married here, nor have we attended any weddings here but we’ve walked by several on the resort and they looked amazing!
For those of you having previously been to the Westin, you might remember the “parking wars” that used to happen there. It was pretty entertaining to say the least. You will be happy to learn that this isn’t the case anymore because they have built a parking garage.
Wary Travelers Tip
If you decide that you want to leave the resort and venture out to Lahaina, the hotel offers a free shuttle for guests. It leaves every 20 to 25 minutes, from 9 am to 10 pm and has 3 stops in Lahaina. Pick ups are at the same locations as the drop offs. For the schedule, check with the concierge or the front desk. With this in mind, you can head to Lahaina and not worry about having to drive back if you do indulge in a few cocktails.
Also, the Westin is in the perfect location to enjoy some of Maui’s World famous sunsets. Be sure to take time to catch a few while you are visiting.
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In the event that you are thinking of staying in the Wailea-Makena area, definitely consider a stay at the Wailea Beach Resort. Click here to read all about it.
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