Four Seasons

Old Jan 3rd, 2002, 03:25 AM
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Four Seasons

we are taking our family vacation to the big island and Maui next month. We have 2 boys, ages 7 & 9. We are staying at the four seasons on both islands. Just wondering if both hotels are appropriate for my children's age? any feedback would help
Old Jan 3rd, 2002, 06:32 AM
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I recently stayed at both Hawaiian Four Seasons and I would recommend changing at least one of your reservations.

The amount of kids at the Maui 4S was surprising to me as I always thought of the 4S as a smaller, more mature resort. But they were there. There's a kids pool with a waterfall, a terrific game room and babysitting services for the small ones. There's lots to do and I think that this resort is catered to both the kids and the adults. At the same time, an even more kid-friendly resort is right next door. The Grand Wailea is a kids dream. Water slides galor, tons of kids and it's a much larger resort with many more activities. There is no doubt in my mind that a 7 and 9 year old would rather spend the day playing at the Grand Wailea.

I would not recommend the 4S on the BI for kids of any age. As far as I could tell there were no services geared towards children. This is a much quieter, more romantic resort than the Maui 4S. There is one pool (out of 4) where they try to encourage all the kids to go in order to keep them away from the adults. I just don't think that's it's fair to the children, or the other guests, to take them here.
For children on the BI, I suggest the Hilton Waikaloa (terrific for kids, dolphins, water slides, the works).
Old Jan 3rd, 2002, 07:05 AM
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While I agree with virtually everything bryan said, I'd add a couple comments. One, everyone's kids vary in temperament/maturity/personality, and some kids would be fine at the FS Big Island, while others would be uncomfortable (or made to feel that way by other guests). Really depends on the personalities of your kids, tom.
The other comment is that service at FS is unsurpassed, as is professionalism. You'll never be made to feel uncomfortable, nor should your kids, by staff there (barring behavior which clearly 'crosses the line').
True, though, that bothislands offer resorts geared specifically toward kids' needs. But they usually sacrifice the luxury and refinement many adults seek.
Old Jan 7th, 2002, 11:54 AM
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I stayed at the FS on the BI twice in 2000. I have 2 daughters age 12 & 2. I found the resort to be extrememly accomodating to families. There is a great kids program, and they cater to people with very young children as well. There is a great kids pool at the FS on the BI. Most FS RESORTS cater to families. At least that has been my experience while staying there with my kids.
Old Jan 8th, 2002, 02:42 AM
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thanks for the reply Karen, you have made me feel much better about our selection

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