The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Ka’anapali
What We Love
- The adults only pool, for a more chilled atmosphere (and drinks service)
- The Mind-Body studio runs yoga, spinning and Pilates classes, as well as guided meditation
- Every room has a balcony
What To Know
- There’s a daily resort fee that includes WiFi and parking
- The resort is very family friendly, with programs like hula dancing and lots of games in the Discovery Room
- If you forgot your workout gear, the hotel will rent you sneakers and athletic clothes
- There’s a fee for beach chairs
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
Hotel or waterpark? The Westin Maui has a giant (read: 87,000-square-foot) network of swimming pools, waterfalls, and a massive waterslide, all connected and all irresistible to kids (and, let’s face it, most adults). The resort’s just steps from the beach, though, and it can be easier to find space on the sand than to find a free sun lounger poolside. The resort keeps things simple in the rooms—though they all feature Westin’s signature “Heavenly Beds,” which live up to the hype—and private balconies offer ocean, garden, or mountain views. Post-rain-shower rainbows come free. The four restaurants stay busy, but the nighttime Wailele Polynesian Luau, a generous buffet accompanied by a Hawaiian-inspired dance show that ends in a flaming knife dance, is probably the most popular dining event.
In the Area
Outdoor activities that take advantage of the island’s beauty and natural attributes are plentiful; guests can go snorkeling, whale watching, kayaking or zip lining. Just behind the hotel is the Ka’anapali Golf Resort, with two courses. Maui is well-known for its world-class surfing spots, and the ISA Surf School is very close by; they offer lessons for all ages. It’s adjacent to the entertaining indoor-outdoor Whaler’s Village complex of restaurants, shops, and galleries just off the beach. Lahaina, three miles away, makes a great excursion; be sure to stop at the casual-but-chic Paia Fishmarket for some of the best fish on the island. If you’re up early enough, the unassuming 808 Grindz Café has a breakfast menu of crab-cake eggs Benedict and oversized omelets worth waiting in line for.
How to Get There
I booked the trip on Priceline and did not get adequate notice that the hotel was under renovation and half of there pool area was under construction. The pics online also depicted the newly renovated rooms not the dated tower with distressed carpets. I had my son with me on this trip so the fact that the large water slide was out of commission was a big deal. The second smaller water slide only had water coming out from 2 of 6 nozzles and was not enough to propel the kids down the slide. I complained to both Priceline and the front desk but neither were in the mood to reverse the $30 per day resort fee. We ended up paying and using the Hyatt facilities and their working slides. I would recommend not staying here until after the renovation is complete.
This was out 1st trip to Maui, my husband was a little disappointed to learn that the mega slide would not be completed in time for our children (ages 11 & 14) to enjoy but they didn't seem to miss it too much. The pool and the beach were amazing and offered plenty of entertainment with the waves in the ocean as well as the hidden whirlpool. The hotel lobby and Splash pool were under construction but as got a sneak peek when we were leaving and all agreed we need to go back in 2 years when the all of the hotel upgrades will be finished. Food at Whaler's Village was amazing. Yes it is a pricey vacation but well worth it.
My wife and I stayed at the Westin, Ka'anapali for two weeks at the end of July 2019 with our two boys aged 10 and 8. We were aware of the construction work before we arrived, so it wasn't a surprise. It's a little disappointing at first BUT we ended up having the most amazing vacation and loved this hotel and its fantastic location. All the staff were so lovely, warm, friendly and helpful. The pool servers during the day worked incredibly hard and we were grateful of the amazing service. We had a beautiful ocean and mountain view room in the Beach Tower with king bed and sofa bed for the boys. I think this room had been recently renovated with beautiful decor and lots of space. If it wasn't for the construction work we would give this hotel 5.0. It will be fabulous when it's finished!