Are you trying to decide where to stay on Maui? That should be your first question if you’re planning a visit to the island this summer if you are planning a family vacation, girls trip, traveling solo or if you need to unplug and spend quality time with your significant other. After visiting Kona with my husband we immediately decided a return trip to Hawaii was in order and specifically the Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas in Maui.
The island offers a large range of accommodations, from budget hotels, condos, 5-star hotels, and bed & breakfasts. Many of the Maui Luxury Hotels and resorts are located along the west coast near Kaanapali which is why we decided to make the Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas our home for 5 days.
Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas Reviews
The stylish rooms at The Westin Kā‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas are spacious studio or one- or two-bedroom villa up to 1,230 square feet that offer many amenities that will make your stay much more relaxing.
The hubby and I didn’t feel like we were in a hotel because of the king-sized Westin Bed, full-sized kitchen appliances, flat-panel TVs, and let’s not forget the views. Our room had stunning views of the ocean and it was amazing.
Things To Do At Westin Kaanapali Resort
Imagine waking up each morning to coffee on your balcony and taking an early morning stroll and watching the sunrise while slipping your toes into the sand. The Westin offers so much to do that you really don’t have to leave the property and the hotel will set up tours to spot humpback whales, hiking a tropical rain forest, 400-foot waterfall or exploring a dormant volcano. Take advantage of the following activities right on the property:
- Fitness Classes
- Hawaiian Culture Classes
- Koi Fish Feeding Frenzy
- Live Music
- Westin Evening Ritual
Miles of sapphire-blue Pacific waters beckon beginner and expert surfers alike, while scores of emerald-green courses entice golfers to unforgettable games. And no visit is complete without taking in the beauty and diversity of Polynesian culture as told through the music, dance, and cuisine of an authentic Hawaiian luau.
Amenities at Westin Kaanapali Resort:
Open Daily: North & South Pools: 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.
South Pool Water Slide: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Laze around either of the two oceanfront heated pools, both with rock waterfalls and soothing whirlpool spas. At the North Pool, take in the beautiful Hawaiian surroundings from this quiet relaxation pool, which flows freely through connected lagoons. At the South Pool, energize under the warm Hawaiian sun at the active main pool, which includes a water slide.
PIRATE SHIP POOL
Daily: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
A Pirate ship water feature with exciting slides, sprays, and streams—as a well as a nearby beachside playground—makes this the perfect spot for your younger keiki to enjoy fun in the sun.
Available daily, 8 a.m.–6 p.m.
Unwind with warm tropical breezes and panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and Molokai.
The resort is located directly on the breathtaking white sands of world-famous Ka’anapali Beach. Two full-service water sports centers are located at the North and South pools areas to help get you ready to take full advantage of snorkeling, snuba, scuba, paddle boarding or any one of the other unforgettable excursions and water sports waiting for you.
Dining at Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort:
Pulehu an Italian Grill
Pūlehu, which means, “grilled” in Hawaiian, offers Italian favorites cooked over an open flame. As the region’s leading farm-to-table venue, sustainability with support for local farmers is essential.
Experience the wood stone oven where freshly baked pizzas are created with the freshest ingredients. Pūlehu also offers an Italian-inspired wine list, Italian beers and cocktails to complement your selection.
Located poolside, Auntie’s Kitchen is the perfect place to take a break from the sun or enjoy relaxed dining featuring farm-fresh and local ingredients. Offering breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as, a daily Happy Hour throughout the week.
Ideally situated poolside, Pailolo Bar & Grill is an oceanfront sports bar offering delicious, bistro-style fare. With a classic menu including burgers, sandwiches, and salads, it’s the perfect place to unwind while cheering on your favorite teams.
You also can simply sit back and celebrate the magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean and neighboring islands with your favorite cocktail at the bar, while taking full advantage of the daily Happy Hour.
I would highly recommend going to Pailolo if for no other reason than to have the burger! I had the hot honey sriracha wings which were equally delicious. enjoy live entertainment 7 days a week.
Kai Ala Market
Renew your senses with a variety of light local and traditional choices in a modern market setting. All the fresh, local ingredients you need for a culinary masterpiece or quick family meal can be found here.
Stop by the Kai Ala Market to stock up on essentials or replenish your in-villa groceries, pick up ready-to-eat options, and grab last-minute ingredients or other necessities throughout the day. Freshly marinated meats and island fish are available for grilling or in-villa cooking.
How To Get To Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas:
•Travel on Keolani Place.•Follow signs to Airport Road merge onto Highway 380 (Kuihelani Highway).•Turn left onto Highway 30 (Honoapiilani Highway) towards West Maui/Lahaina.•Continue on Highway 30 towards Kai Ala Parkway.•Turn left onto Kai Ala Parkway.•The resort will be on the right.
Kapalua Airport – Maui (JHM)
• Exit the airport and turn right onto Akahele Street.• Turn left onto Honoapiilani Highway/HI-30 West.• Turn right onto Kai Ala Drive.• The resort will be on the right.
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How to Get to Maui From the OTHER Hawaiian Islands
If you are you already on one of the other Hawaiian islands here are additional options for you to consider as you plan your trip to Maui:
- Travel there via an inter-island flight…
- Take a Hawaiian cruise that makes a stop at Maui.
- Inter-island flight.
Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort and Villas Reviews
I normally only stay at boutique hotels when traveling because of the attention to detail you receive when staying at a smaller boutique hotel but what I loved about the Westin Kaanapali was that I had all of the amenities of a large scale resort and was catered to like I was at a boutique hotel. It was absolutely the best of both worlds.
The Westin Brand implies class and elegance and this is evident with the Westin Ka’anapali from the open-air lobby with a vaulted ceiling, silk throw pillows, and shoji screens.
It’s a large hotel so we noticed a mix of guests ranging from honeymooners to families. Coming from a very quiet resort in Lanai, it was refreshing to be in such a lively and upbeat environment. On-site there are three different bars and restaurants, a 10,000-square-foot tiered pool, and a luxury spa.
The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas also provides the following amenities:
- Daily housekeeping– guests can defer housekeeping for a continental breakfast as part of their green initiatives
- Prompt and friendly bell service
- Dedicated concierge
- Room service is available from the Pu’ukoli’i general store
- Guests can call in advance to request that certain groceries be stocked in their unit’s fridge (with nominal delivery free).
- A private chef can be hired to prepare in-unit meals for up to six people.
Activities & Things To See in Maui:
There is so much to see and do in Maui that our schedule was jammed packed every day. I normally don’t like to plan activities but I didn’t want to leave anything out of this epic trip.
While there are tons of guided tour options we decided to do everything on our own versus hiring a guide mainly because we wanted the freedom to be on our time.
- Snorkeling in Kapalua Bay,
- Rented a convertible and drove entire Road to Hana (with a stop at Island Style Tacos at Nahiku Marketplace
- Hiked to the Nakele Blowhole.
- Black Sand Beach
Things to Know Before Visiting Maui:
Adjust Your Clock
The Hawaiian Islands runs on the Hawaii-Aleutian time zone (UTC-10) and does not observe Daylight Savings Time. If you are coming from the US, you can expect to be 3 hours behind the West Coast.
Pack Casual and For the Season
When packing for Hawaii, I suggest erring on the side of casual. Even in the finest restaurants, you will find that most women will have on sundresses and sandals while men will have on khakis and a nice linen shirt.
Maui Is not as You Think
The island of Maui has something for everyone. It is a common misconception that the perfect place to stay in paradise comes with a costly price tag but the Westin Kaanapali is great for families on a budget. Drift off to the sound of gently crashing waves knowing that you are getting a deluxe experience without the price.
While you are encouraged to enjoy the delicious cuisine of Maui restaurants, in order to save money I suggest taking advantage of the fully-equipped kitchen and stock up on some groceries. There are a number of local grocery stores and farmer’s markets that will inspire you to add the taste of the islands to your favorite dishes!
More Than Just Sandy Shores
While your island home from home lays steps from the white-sandy shores of Kaanapali Beach there are a number of exciting adventures and activities that are calling your name! From hiking one of the green mountain slopes to tackling the infamous Road to Hana, there is a tropical oasis for you to discover.
Rent a Jeep
I suggest skipping the guided tours and rent your own drop top or Jeep. It so much fun being . on your time and going at your own pace to discover Maui. Remember to stop and buy snacks, sodas and bug spray for your road trip.
The list could go on but hopefully, I have helped you take the guesswork out of where to stay and what to do in Maui. The best part of a vacation is the mystery and the discovery, so start planning today and BOOK YOUR RESERVATION NOW at Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort and Villas.
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