Maui Hotels - Ritz or 4Seasons ?

Sep 18th, 1999, 07:34 AM
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Jason
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Maui Hotels - Ritz or 4Seasons ?

We will be going to Maui next May. It has been difficult to choose a hotel. They all look great! We have narrowed it down to the Ritz or the Four Seasons. Both of the packages are the same price and include a room, breakfast, and a midsize rental car. The diffrence is that at the Ritz we get a deluxe ocean view room, and at the Four Seasons we get a mountain view room. I am at a loss. We are 30 years old, very active, like snorkling, biking, swimming, going out. Which place is best for us. I would appreciate honest opinions of each hotel.
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Jason
 
Sep 18th, 1999, 08:37 AM
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Liz
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We are going next week and staying at the 4 Seasons on 10/2-9. We went for the mountain view there because the weather we wanted to stay in Wailea. Everyone I spoke to said they loved the 4 Seasons - bigger beach too and not as isolated. I think the Ritz looks gorgeous as well. Better weather in Wailea. If you want - email when I get back and I will tell you what I think. The Kaanapali area seems too crowded for me. I am in my 30's as well.

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Sep 18th, 1999, 06:02 PM
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1) Both properties are excellent.
2) The weather up around Kapalua CAN be surly, cold, windy, rainy compared to Wailea, which is pretty predictable.
3) 4 Seasons is less isolated.
4) The mountain view rooms at 4 Seasons can be pretty disappointing, IF the view matters to you. Many overlook the parking lot.
 
Sep 19th, 1999, 04:57 PM
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We just came back from a weekend at the Ritz in Kapalua, and enjoyed the spaciousness of the grounds, and the open feel of the property. It is a bit of a walk to the beach (good for working off your meals), but once you get to the beach, you are in a secluded cove, with no hotel roofline to infringe on the view. The hotel tennis courts are in a pleasant, breezy spot next to the beachside bar and grill. We stayed on their Club level and enjoyed the food offerings and service. Many 30-somethings enjoying themselves. For us the big draw at Kapalua is Honolua Bay, within walking distance to the hotel, with its protected marine life. We spent hours snorkeling. Since we live on Oahu, we enjoy getting away from crowds, and don't mind the occasional 30-second rain shower at Kapalua. To us, Wailea is all too formulaic. Although Kapalua is wetter than Wailea, actual rainfall varies by year. This having been an "el niņo" winter, Hawaii never got a typical rainy winter and spring. Instead, we had drought, and this summer has been much cooler and breezier than usual. Kapalua is consistently windy, though, but we find that exhilarating. We have not stayed at the Four Seasons Wailea, and am sure it also has a lot to recommend it. (We'll try it sometime too.) If you want to just bask on the beach, maybe Wailea is best for basking. But if you want a beautiful rural setting, within a short driving distance to Lahaina for a change of pace, you just might enjoy Kapalua. Good luck in making your decision, and Aloha.

 
Sep 21st, 1999, 10:21 PM
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Jason, there is a simple solution to your dilemma carried out by many people: just split your time between BOTH places, say 4/4 or whatever combo you desire, and therefore you won't go home disappointed or have any future anxiety about your trip! Both resorts are EXCELLENT!!
 
Sep 23rd, 1999, 03:27 PM
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Hi Jason! My husband and I went to Maui this past July and stayed at the Four Seasons. We are also both 30 and found the Wailea area to be perfect. It is less crowded than Kaanapali - this can be a plus or a minus - it depends what you want out of your vacation. The pace is much slower - less action, entertainment, nightlife, etc. We found that the jet lag (we live in NY) and the activities that we did during the day, wiped us out! We were content with going out to eat, having a few drinks, and enjoying the beauty of the Four Seasons.

In regard to the room, we booked a partial ocean view room, but were upgraded to a prime ocean view. All views are beautiful, but I personally would opt for an ocean view. I know that many people feel that the room doesn't matter, but we enjoy having a nice room. Regardless of the view, all rooms are quite large with spacious lanais. The bathrooms are awesome....all marble and done in cream colors. It was impressive!

Anyway, I'm sure that you will have a great time no matter where you stay. Good luck and have a great time!

Jen
 
Sep 23rd, 1999, 04:38 PM
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Actually, I like the idea of splitting your time between the two...we did that a few years ago and stayed at both the Ritz and the Kea Lani which is next to the Four Seasons. The Kea Lani in Wailea was much closer a drive to the most important sites...Kapalua a greater distance. We did Club level too and the Ritz is indeed gorgeous with excellent service but we did not enjoy our time at the pool as much as it was far too windy. They do have a transparent type of wall around the pool but it was still too windy. The beach is a walk and not swimmable when we were there. The area is beautiful and we ate at the Kapalua as used the beach there which is very nice(in July anyways).
 

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