The phrase "tropical paradise" conjures in all of us dreams of idyllic days on gleaming sands and torch-lit nights full of good food and good company. All of those dreams are reality on the Hawaiian island of Maui at the Westin Maui Resort & Spa.
With 12 oceanfront acres directly on the prisine Kaanapali Beach, the resort provides everything you could want for your perfect island vacation. Voted one of America's Best Family Travel Establishments by the famous Zagat Survey, this resort has something for everyone.
The resort is an oasis of comfort and fun. With 758 rooms, it has five pools (with a sixth to come this year) and five places to eat and drink, from the Tropica restaurant to the poolside bar. Everything is wound around the lush collection of pools and gardens and waterways. The waterfalls may be man-made, but the feeling they evoke is pure nature.
Not only is this a great resort, it has the advantage of a fabulous beach. Kaanapali Beach was chosen "America's Best Beach 2003." The view of ocean and islands is beyond words. There is a kind of bliss when you lift your eyes to a far horizon and your heart expands to fill the sky. This is the feeling of this beach.
If you want to do things on your vacation rather than just unwind on the beach or with a poolside manicure (now that is a treat!), there are tons of activities for you. The resort has scuba lessons that start in the pool and can graduate to beach dives. I prefer snorkeling, and Kaanapali Beach offers snorkeling right in front of the resort.
You can go whale watching, departing from right off the beach at the hotel. Gemini Catamaran picks you up for whale-watching cruises, snorkel trips and sunset sails. If you have never seen a whale live, you might not understand why people would spend part of their vacation going out on the water to see one. But don't miss the chance for this great experience while visiting Hawaii. It is something else.
No review of a Westin hotel would be complete without a mention of their signature "Heavenly Bed." Half the time when I tell someone I stayed at a Westin, they get this dreamy kid-on-Christmas-morning look on their faces and ask, "Ohh. Did it have a Heavenly Bed." The answer is 'of course' and that's all they want to know about.
If you are into body luxuries, in addition to the Heavenly Bed and Heavenly Bath, there is a heavenly spa. Try the Helani (heavenly) Aroma Lavender Glow or the Lavendar Body Butter Treatment. The Westin has partnered with the local Maui Lavender Farm, a garden located in the hills of Maui. The Spa has developed special treatments using this Maui-grown essence.
Tropica is the Westin Maui's premier restaurant. Located on the beach, Tropica is an island paradise dining experience. We loved the Crab and Rock Shrimp Cake appetizer, jam-packed with you guessed it crab and shrimp. It whets the appetite for the catch of the day, absolutely delicious when we tried it and different from day to day depending on what is freshest.
For dessert, the Chef's Sampler allows you to taste three of the many desserts that Tropica offers. Sitting with tiki torches amid waterfalls in the balmy evening air was heavenly as was everything at the Westin Maui Resort & Spa - ,bed, bath, spa, beach, life.
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The Westin Maui Resort & Spa
'Where Heaven and Aloha Meet™'
2365 Kaanapali Parkway
Lahaina, HI 96761
(808) 921-4655 (reservations)
(808) 661-5762 (guest fax)