Cabanas: What to expect?

Old May 12th, 2005, 09:35 AM
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Cabanas: What to expect?

Four of us are heading to Maui in early July, staying at both the Hyatt Regency and the Grand Wailea.

I have been reading about the crowds and lack of chairs near the pools at both resorts. Since we plan on spending a few days just lounging around poolside, I am happy to pay to use the cabanas at both properties. I have rented cabanas while at the Rio in Vegas and can say that it was well worth it.

My questions are, are they worth it at the properties mentioned above? Can I expect better service?

Any feedback would be appreciated.

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Old May 12th, 2005, 10:25 AM
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Ok, I've only rented a cabana at the Kea Lani and not at the Grand Wailea - but I think it would be somewhat similar.

The one thing I recall was that you had to get up and call EARLY to reserve the cabana. Don't know about the Grand Wailea, but we could only make reservations for the cabana on the day we planned to use it. We were advised to call as soon as the pool desk opened (6:00 a.m.). I was never able to get through - but my sister (in another room) was able to reserve one for us. This was in mid-October, so I would assume the middle of summer would be even more busy. Perhaps the Grand Wailea has a better system.

The service was nice, I suppose - there was someone assigned to our cabana and he brought water, towels and periodically checked if we wanted to order food or drinks.

But for me the lure was a nice shaded area poolside with comfy loungers and not really the service. That and the understanding the cabana was ours and no one could poach our loungers if we went in the pool.

If you know you're going to sit at the pool for the majority of the day, it would be worth it. It was nice to get up, eat a leisurely breakfast and wander over to our cabana without having to search for chairs. It was pretty expensive, though.
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Old May 12th, 2005, 10:53 AM
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I was checking on cabanas at the Rio, and found that they charged $400 a day, even weekdays! What in the world do you get for that much money?

Most other casinos ran around $150-250 a day during the week.

since you mentioned you had gotten a cabana at the Rio I was wondering about your experience there? The room we have at the Rio is $60 a day, just found it interesting that a cabana for 10 hours was nearly 7 times as much.
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Old May 12th, 2005, 11:21 AM
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$400!?!? I cannot remember exactly what I paid but I can assure you that it was not that much. I want to say it was $200. Now, both times I had 7 other people with me so we rented 2 cabanas and split the cost (made it even less painless).

The cabanas at the Rio have televisions (which was great to watch the Kentucky Derby on) and they supply you with a bottle of vodka and all the mixers. The service was fantastic.


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Old May 12th, 2005, 05:08 PM
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I can't believe the cabanas cost that much! We stayed at the Four Seasons Maui (next door to Grand Wailea) and the cabanas are FREE and they come with towels, setups, servers for food and drinks and cool spritzs of Evian water.
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Old May 12th, 2005, 05:36 PM
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Kind of off topic - but what bothers me about cabanas in Vegas: your potential neighbors. I'm not paying $250 for the day to listen to a bunch of yokels who want to have ESPN on HIGH volume all freakin' day long... And, in a lot of cases, a BUNCH of loud-mouthed idiots get together and they freakin' yell and scream and are just foul all day. Again, if I'm paying $250/day, I expect some peace and quiet.
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Old May 13th, 2005, 05:10 AM
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$2oo a day! I have stayed at 4S and the cabanas are free! Also as stayed above free water, fruit,chair set up at the pool and the beach!! Move to 4S!
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Old May 13th, 2005, 05:32 AM
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We paid almost $200 for the cabanas at the Arizona Biltmore and they were worth every penny.

Enjoyed the TV, better poolside service (one waitress only waited on about 3 cabanas whereas the pool cocktail waitresses each had about 300 people), shower, sofas, etc.
 
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