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Heading to Oahu in January. Been twice in the past 2 years and each time we stayed at an AirBNB, but looking at hotels this time since we got almost 1K worth of Hotels.com GCs.
Had no idea most of their hotels have "resort fees" like Vegas. At least the one near the beaches. What a rip off.
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Pete_Coach wrote:
Oct 24th, 2018 10:49 am
Maui is for relaxing. There is very little nightlife. Lots of beaches though.
We are going again this Christmas and staying in Kihei in a condo (VRBO). Kihei is next to Wailea and all the high end resorts. We stayed at the Andaz last time and it was spectacular. https://www.tripadvisor.ca/Hotels-g6091 ... otels.html
The other option is to stay a little further in Kaanapali . There are several resorts and hotels there. https://www.tripadvisor.ca/SmartDeals-g ... Deals.html
All are close to the beach.
Kihei is nice, lot of little shops and restaurants. Wailea is mostly resorts and pricey. Kaanapali is in the middle
I love Maui. Can't get enough.

Just curious to know about the Andaz. From the outside, it looks like it would be super-expensive. Is this the case? Are there any suggestions for how to get rooms at a decent price at such a hotel?
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Pete_Coach wrote:
Oct 24th, 2018 10:49 am
Maui is for relaxing. There is very little nightlife. Lots of beaches though.
We are going again this Christmas and staying in Kihei in a condo (VRBO). Kihei is next to Wailea and all the high end resorts. We stayed at the Andaz last time and it was spectacular. https://www.tripadvisor.ca/Hotels-g6091 ... otels.html
The other option is to stay a little further in Kaanapali . There are several resorts and hotels there. https://www.tripadvisor.ca/SmartDeals-g ... Deals.html
All are close to the beach.
Kihei is nice, lot of little shops and restaurants. Wailea is mostly resorts and pricey. Kaanapali is in the middle
Ok so any particular area u would suggest for March break timing? We are thinking kaanapali is our best bet for resort type feeling - my wife likes to relax by pool and go eat dinner at restaurants which there are plenty in kaanapali. Thoughts?

Ok another ask - rental car
We are only gonna stay at the resort.. we don’t need the car except to and from airport.. so why should we pay $378 cad for a rental car for the whole week when I can spend $166 cad for a shuttle on airport shuttle Hawaii.com

I know ppl do a one day trip for road to Hana but that’s not something I think we will do..

Thanks
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Eaglesfan99 wrote:
Oct 24th, 2018 12:33 pm
Ok so any particular area u would suggest for March break timing? We are thinking kaanapali is our best bet for resort type feeling - my wife likes to relax by pool and go eat dinner at restaurants which there are plenty in kaanapali. Thoughts?

Ok another ask - rental car
We are only gonna stay at the resort.. we don’t need the car except to and from airport.. so why should we pay $378 cad for a rental car for the whole week when I can spend $166 cad for a shuttle on airport shuttle Hawaii.com

I know ppl do a one day trip for road to Hana but that’s not something I think we will do..

Thanks
Not sure what your budget is and why you are specifying March Break which is one of the most expensive times of the year.
If budget is an issue, then Kihei is the place. In my mind, any one of the resorts Wailea is by far the better place.
The airport is a long way from either place but a really long way from Kaanapoli. The resorts in Wailea have shuttles and have the most to offer..
Oh and, the Road to Hana is really overblown in my opinion.
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choclover wrote:
Oct 24th, 2018 12:32 pm
I love Maui. Can't get enough.

Just curious to know about the Andaz. From the outside, it looks like it would be super-expensive. Is this the case? Are there any suggestions for how to get rooms at a decent price at such a hotel?
It is very expensive certain times of the year. I am not sure what your idea of expensive is but a resort like Andaz or Marriott, they are really destinations as opposed to just a hotel. Other times of the year it is no more expense than any other major good hotel in any major US downtown city.
You would need to monitor the hotel websites, Expedia, Hotels.com, Booking.com etc.
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Pete_Coach wrote:
Oct 24th, 2018 3:43 pm
Not sure what your budget is and why you are specifying March Break which is one of the most expensive times of the year.
If budget is an issue, then Kihei is the place. In my mind, any one of the resorts Wailea is by far the better place.
The airport is a long way from either place but a really long way from Kaanapoli. The resorts in Wailea have shuttles and have the most to offer..
Oh and, the Road to Hana is really overblown in my opinion.
My wife is a teacher so march break is the only feasible option....

Wailea sounds interesting.. are there nice beaches there and restaurants? Sounds cheaper then kaanapali

We are thinking kaanapali beach hotel for 5 nights .. it’s a bit expensive but not many options
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Pete_Coach wrote:
Oct 24th, 2018 10:49 am
Maui is for relaxing. There is very little nightlife. Lots of beaches though.
We are going again this Christmas and staying in Kihei in a condo (VRBO). Kihei is next to Wailea and all the high end resorts. We stayed at the Andaz last time and it was spectacular. https://www.tripadvisor.ca/Hotels-g6091 ... otels.html
The other option is to stay a little further in Kaanapali . There are several resorts and hotels there. https://www.tripadvisor.ca/SmartDeals-g ... Deals.html
All are close to the beach.
Kihei is nice, lot of little shops and restaurants. Wailea is mostly resorts and pricey. Kaanapali is in the middle
We are staying here in Kihea

https://www.homeaway.com/vacation-renta ... rdwJpCyNUY
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Eaglesfan99 wrote:
Oct 24th, 2018 7:58 pm
My wife is a teacher so march break is the only feasible option....

Wailea sounds interesting.. are there nice beaches there and restaurants? Sounds cheaper then kaanapali

We are thinking kaanapali beach hotel for 5 nights .. it’s a bit expensive but not many options
All beaches in Hawaii are public, even if there is a hotel or resort right on the beach, the sand still belongs to the public. The beaches in Wailea are fabulous and the hotels take care of them. Anyway, yes, those resorts all have restaurants. Some have celebrity restaurants plus there are tons of great places in Kihei just a short distance away.
Kaanapali is nice, lots of restaurants around the hotels. The places in Wailea are more resort. The hotels are way nicer.
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I cant imagine going to maui without a rental car. nothing is close.
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You guys are killing me! It's so easy to do Maui on the cheap, 'cause practically everything good is free. All beaches - free; parking at beaches, free; the best snorkelling other than Molikini - free. Stay in a condo for a week the price of two nights in a resort, rent a car and see all of the Island; get your poke from the grocery store and save for a few nice meals at nine restaurants (The Mill House would be my value pick, esp at Happy Hour; give Mama's Fish House a pass ($70 entrees never again! Tho it was nice). Yeah, I get people like their luxury but I'd rather look out onto this for a sunset, drinking my own gin and tonic than paying $13USD for one, and be surrounded by people.
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And The Road to Hana / Haleakala is what you make of it. We found a private waterfall pool to swim in and lunch at for an hour. It was heaven. And free. We went up for the sunset at Haleakala, and that might've been the most overrated thing we did: the six hour hike that followed was amazing though. And free.

This view (one of many on the Road to Hana) is def not overblown.

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Okay, enough nostalgia. Maui is fantastic, however you do it.

I think I need to write a cheapo's guide to Maui!
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I totally agree with you @milhaus and it it true for every island, not just Maui.

One of the things I tell people is dont do a luau and they look at me like I have three heads. Luaus are soooo expensive, at most of them the food is mediocre at best. You can see some incredible hula dancing for much less or even free.
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yeah we did the luau maui over on Kannapali, it wasn't very fun, I did like the open bar part, the food was average, the cooked pig was good, but the show was super boring.
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Eaglesfan99 wrote:
Oct 24th, 2018 12:33 pm
Ok so any particular area u would suggest for March break timing? We are thinking kaanapali is our best bet for resort type feeling - my wife likes to relax by pool and go eat dinner at restaurants which there are plenty in kaanapali. Thoughts?

Ok another ask - rental car
We are only gonna stay at the resort.. we don’t need the car except to and from airport.. so why should we pay $378 cad for a rental car for the whole week when I can spend $166 cad for a shuttle on airport shuttle Hawaii.com

I know ppl do a one day trip for road to Hana but that’s not something I think we will do..

Thanks
tbh, if you are just gonna stay at the resort in Maui, might as well head to Caribbean or Mexico... Maui is all about absorbing the vibe of the island. The little nooks of beaches you find along the road. The hidden waterfalls you encounter while you are hiking. It will be my 7th time in Hawaii next month, 5th to Maui in 5 years. Every time I find something new and exciting when I'm exploring the island.
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overheadbin wrote:
Oct 26th, 2018 11:21 am
tbh, if you are just gonna stay at the resort in Maui, might as well head to Caribbean or Mexico... Maui is all about absorbing the vibe of the island. The little nooks of beaches you find along the road. The hidden waterfalls you encounter while you are hiking. It will be my 7th time in Hawaii next month, 5th to Maui in 5 years. Every time I find something new and exciting when I'm exploring the island.
Great point but we are planning for pregnancy and carribean has hot spots of Zika virus so we want to avoid the area all together.. so we settled on Hawaii ( more expensive but more peace of mind)

Is there a Zika free carrabean destination?

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