Maui Journals

Luxurious yet reasonable Maui

A travel journal to Maui by Big Louie

Quote: I used to live on Maui and work at one of the big hotels. From that vantage point I learned about the best beaches, the most luxurious spas, the restaurants to avoid, and the best hotels.

Luxurious yet reasonable Maui

Overview

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The best thing to do on Maui is to swim and snorkel on friendly pristine beaches. Beaches in Hawaii are open to the public. Many of the best resorts are located along the best beaches. Even if you can't afford the Four Seasons, you can swim and relax at their beach, which is one of the nicest on the island. Quick Tips: Maui hotels, especially those in Wailea (which are the ones I discuss here), are very expensive. If you decide to splurge, these hotels are worth it. However, if you want to get a taste of the luxury without breaking the bank, then I would suggest renting a condo for the week or staying at one of the less prominent hotels or small bed and breakfast inns. You can search the web ...Read More

Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea

Hotel | "Four Seasons Wailea"

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The Four Seasons is luxury at its finest. The staff is discreet and professional. The sofas in the common areas are as comfortable as can be -- a great place to read the Sunday New York Times (available in the hotel's gift shop). The fountains leading up to the pool are just as beautiful in person as they appear in the print ads. The spa and exercise room are modern and decently-equipped. The wooden outdoor showers by the pool are a nice detail. Smoothies by the pool are perfectly blended. The sandy beach is swimmer friendly, and it's a good place for low hassle snorkeling. I saw the usual tropical fish here, including an octopus. On one occasion I saw Steven Tyler from Aerosmith (sunbathing, bel...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 2, 2000

Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea
3900 Wailea Alanui Drive
Maui, Hawaii 96753
(808) 874-8000

Fairmont Kea Lani Maui

Hotel | "Kea Lani Hotel"

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When you drive up to the Kea Lani, you will see an exotic, whitewashed palace that defies description. When they built this place, they spared no expense. Notice the details, such as marble floors, iron outdoor furniture, and a beautifully tiled pool. You can get a poolside massage beneath a white canopy. There is snorkeling in the rocky areas at the ends of the beach. If you're staying at another hotel, it's worth stopping by Cafe Ciao for fresh bread, Italian sandwiches, and lattes at a reasonable price (a rarity in Wailea). All of the rooms in the main hotel are suites -- so you've got plenty of room to lounge around. Although a room with a view is a nice extra, you can easily skip it and use the s...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 2, 2000

Fairmont Kea Lani Maui
4100 Wailea Alanui
Maui, Hawaii 96753
(808) 875-4100

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Carelli's has a 4 star view of the Maui sunset. There are tables that are literally along the water. When I was there, the seared ahi salad was the best appetizer. The cioppino was much more than a seafood stew -- it had lobster, crab, tasty noodles, and more. If there is anything to watch out for here, it's the prices. A glass of wine could set you back what you'd pay for a nice bottle on the mainland. Still, if you want a romantic dinner, Carelli's is pretty surefire. Star sighting included Michael J. Fox and spouse.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 2, 2000

Carelli's on the Beach
Wailea Alanui Drive
Maui, Hawaii

Makena Beach

Attraction | "Big Beach (Makena) and Little Beach"

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Makena Beach (Big Beach to the locals) is a few miles south of the big Wailea luxury hotels. Big Beach is big! If you're staying on this side of Maui, it will be the longest beach you see. As a natural wonder, it's a great view, but the undertow can be strong. Observe other swimmers to get a sense of it. I've had good snorkeling here, especially along the rocks on either side of the beach. If you go straight out, it gets deep pretty fast. I'd be very careful unless you're an excellent swimmer. A less touristy beach is 'Little Beach' which is north of Big Beach. To get there, you go to Big Beach, then hike up over the hill on the northside of the beach. Ask other beachgoers if it isn't obvious. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 2, 2000

Makena Beach
Makena Road
Maui, Hawaii