Trip Report: Maui (part 5) Westin Ka’anapali

 

Intro
Andaz Maui
Road to Hana
Mt. Haleakala and Molokini
Westin Ka’anapali
Food and Drink of Maui
Conclusion

Westin Ka’anapali

On our very last night in Maui we stayed at the Westin Ka’anapali. I wanted to experience the western side of the island and also obtain another Starwood hotel stay. The hotel was available on cash and points and was a decent redemption so it worked out good.

We arrived and the bell staff took our bags and asked if we wanted to self park and I said yes as we were paying for mandatory valet parking of $30 at the Andaz so it was nice to get “free” parking here. There was only one person checking people in so there was about a 10 minute wait to checkin in. She was able to get us into a newly refurbished room. From the outside you can see there is construction going on and they are renovating rooms section by section.

The room was clean and nice-typical Westin rooms. Nothing extraordinary but nice and gets the job done.  The view from the balcony was pretty good and had ocean and pool views to our left. Once in the room I called back down to confirm 4pm checkout as I forgot to ask at checkin. They confirmed that would be OK.

The common areas were pleasant and there are a lot of different pools around the grounds. The grounds are expansive and the property feels more like a mega resort compared to the Andaz. Many more rooms+cheaper prices=more guests. Be prepared for a lot of people in and around the property. It appears Ka’anapali is very touristy with many hotels and timeshares. The plus side to that is there are a lot of bars and restaurants in the area.

On our last day in Maui before flying home in the evening we spent the whole day at the beach sun bathing and having a few drinks.  We did go swimming in the ocean and the beach is nice. There is a bit of a riptide and the waves are kind of strong but the beach is clean and the sand is soft.  Below are some pictures of our room.

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DSC04037 Great view of the pools and ocean from the balcony

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Video walkthrough of the room below

Below are some pictures of the common areas.

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DSC04130 DSC04131 The wife enjoying the last day of the vacation in the warm ocean water

DSC04132  DSC04136 This is the only hot tub and it is too small for the amount of guests in my opinion

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This is a very solid hotel overall. This would be a good choice for a family or for people that may be somewhat price conscious looking for a decent accommodation. It hits all the major points people need in a Hawaiian hotel. Free parking, decent price, nice beach, good views, plenty of pools make this a good choice.  The only negative to me is I personally am not a huge fan of this side of the Island and I preferred Wialea better as its just more quiet and not as many tourists around.

PointsPinnacle Breakdown

We redeemed 6000 Starwood points to get our cash rate down to $110. Normal cash rates were about $250 a night on our dates. So we saved about $140 in cash in exchange for the 6000 points. This resort does have a resort fee however of $31.25 per day and there is no way around that if pay cash or with cash and points.

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Confirmation email

 

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Confirmation email

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The final bill with tax, resort fee, and our food and drinks $246.92

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2 thoughts on “Trip Report: Maui (part 5) Westin Ka’anapali

  1. Nice review and photos.

    Is it possible to avoid paying the resort fee if booking completely on points? I also wonder whether SPG Platinum members can get the fee waived.

    • @vinny, thanks for the kind words! I dont think the resort fee is waived for a full on points booking. However if your a spg plat i would think its worth reaching out to the hotel and seeing if they can waive it for you. Im just a gold member so I cant say for sure.

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