The Westin Maui Resort & Spa Ka’Anapali is an oceanfront paradise on the famous Ka’anapali Beach. This Maui hotel lives up to brand expectations with its luxurious accommodations and prime location, and the perfect second stop on our 9-day Maui vacation.
The Kahului Airport (OGG) is approximately 27 miles or 45 minutes away from the resort, but we were on Day 3 of celebrating our 10th anniversary, traveling from a short 15 minutes from the Napili Kai Beach Resort. The Westin Maui Resort is one of many resorts edging the Ka’anapali Beach, and near Kaanapali Golf Courses. When we pulled into valet, we are efficiently greeted. The valet assisted my husband with unloading our bags, while I checked in.
Ours was a Friday arrival, no surprise to discover a busy lobby with a short line at the front desk. However, it was staffed fully and my wait was barely 5 minutes. We were checked in and on our way to our hotel room within 15 minutes.
The open-air lobby experience is grandiose with water features, tropical foliage, and wide hallways. We walked past multiple shops to take the elevator to our room.
When you’re traveling, choosing a brand hotel such as the Westin Maui gives you peace of mind. You know what you get: luxurious and beautiful, contemporary furnishings and décor, and those to die-for Heavenly beds. We weren’t oceanfront, but we could see the ocean from our room.
But what you don’t always get is a destination hotel that embraces its local culture, and the Westin Maui rooms are simply branded, lacking local Hawaiian flare. But when you are in Maui, who really spends time in their room?
In-room bonus: Since our romantic Maui vacation would include 4 hotel stays, we definitely appreciated the mini-fridge for storage.
We unpacked quickly and went to explore the 12-acre grounds, and that’s where the Westin Mai Resort embraced its locale. Explore the87,000 square foot pool by taking the stairs into the tropical garden areas surrounding the 5 pools. Choose from an adult-only pool deck, Jacuzzi, two water slides, and swim through grotto to twin waterfalls. There’s even a hidden “waterpool.” The pools are elevated, cashing in on the million dollar view of Ka’anapali Beach.
We spent some time on the adult deck, which was near a thatched open-air bar, but the nearby pool did lack a swim up bar, which would have been a welcome respite from the tropical heat even in April. Other reviews mention difficulty in locating a lounge chair, but we weren’t at the pool until almost 10:00 am and easily located two chairs.
Early mornings of our 2-night/3-day stay, we took to the “malecon” to walk the beachfront sidewalk and work off our indulgent vacation. The oceanfront views were really spectacular, and the fresh salty air was exhilarating. We were tempted by the many beachfront massage opportunities at our hotel and along the malecon.
Plenty of on-site dining included the Westin’s Relish Burger Bistro. The bartenders were friendly and offered plenty of local advice including the option to catch the free shuttle to nearby Lahina, which we did twice. Within minutes of the Westin is the Whalers Village and Whalers Village Museum.
We loved the oceanfront location of the Westin Maui Resort on Ka’anapali Beach, the friendly staff especially at the Relish Burger Bistro, and the option for a short hike and walk to nearby amenities. While there are many amenities on-site, I’m not a fan of resort fees ($30 which includes WiFi) and additional charge for valet parking. The complimentary area shuttle to Lahina definitely added value to our stay.
Accommodations & Photos courtesy of Westin Maui