Westin Maui (Maui)
Big surprise here folks... but the islands of Hawaii are the land of time-share resorts. Don’t be surprised when any number of attractions (luaus, helicopter tours, boat rides) bait and switch you into attending time-share presentations via a cornucopia of discount coupons. Set of Drifters tip: Definitely shop around for discounts once you get to the islands, but don’t let a time-share presentation dictate your holiday... well, unless you are actually in the market for one. Doing so will undoubtedly leave a foul taste in your mouth, no matter how good the deal is.
Truth be told, and thanks to parents with decades long memberships in time-share communities, your Set of Drifters have never stayed a single night in Hawaii at any traditional hotel. And thus, we cannot really compare one over the other. That being said, we do have recommendation - the all-in-one forget-about-the-rest-of-the-world resort known as the Westin Maui. Easily likened to the property we stayed at in Phuket, Thailand (Le Meridien), the Westin Maui is one of those places where you could enter on a Sunday afternoon, leave the following Saturday - and almost never need to step foot outside. Set of Drifter Brady gate-crashed the resort a number of times with his family on two subsequent trips to Maui, and quite honestly, as long as you are spending money at the bars and restaurants, management will have a hard time kicking you out from their lushly gardened seaside pools.
If you plan on making this your Maui base, expect a number of room options to choose from. This is a rather large property centered at the crossroads of two huge wings. Back in the day, Brady’s favorite part about the Westin was its devotion to Asian Art. While we cannot confirm that this motif still exists today, we can assure you that amenities at the Westin Maui include a smattering of fine dining restaurants and cafes, a weekly fair highlighting local art and crafts and the Heavenly Spa - complete with massage and fitness opportunities. All sounds pretty good to us!
Westin Maui Resort & Spa - 2365 Ka’anapali Parkway, Maui, HI 96761, (808) 667-2525
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Kona Tiki Hotel (Big Island) - 75-5968 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, (808) 329-1425, https://sites.google.com/site/konatikihotel/
Uncle Billy’s Kona Bay Hotel (Big Island) - 75-5739 Alii Drive, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, (808) 961-5818, http://www.unclebillyskonabayhotel.com/
Royal Kona Resort (Big Island) - 75-5852 Alii Drive, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, (808) 329-3111, http://www.royalkona.com/
Mauna Kea Beach Resort (Big Island) - 62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Dr, Waimea, HI 96743, (808) 882-7222, http://www.princeresortshawaii.com/mauna-kea-beach-hotel/index.php
Sheraton Kona (Big Island) - 78-128 Ehukai Street, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, (808) 930-4900, http://www.sheratonkona.com/