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Never been to Hawaii. Should we go to Maui or Kauai?

May 16th, 2005, 09:32 AM
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Never been to Hawaii. Should we go to Maui or Kauai?

First we thought we should go to Maui. However, I read reviews about the Kauai. Now, we are more confused. Should we go to Maui and stay at Kea Lani, Sheraton or Ritz? OR do u think Kauia Hyatt ground is prettier then Maui sheraton, Ritz or Kea Lani. We want a nice relaxing vacation with good food, beautiful/breath taking grounds and service. Thank you
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May 16th, 2005, 10:12 AM
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May 16th, 2005, 10:38 AM
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There isn't much nightlife on Kauai if that is important to you. Maui is much more commercialized with more tourist attractions and Kauai is more laid back. Just depends on what type of vacation you want. Many dining choices on Maui, not too many on Kauai.

All the hotels you've mentioned are opulent, it just depends if you want to be around crowds or not Hope this helps.
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May 16th, 2005, 11:07 AM
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Kauai is, IMO, more scenic than Maui and feels more like old Hawaii.
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May 16th, 2005, 11:26 AM
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There are many dining choices on Kauai! There may be fewer than on Maui. There are fewer tourists on Kauai so there are fewer restaurants than on Maui, but to say there are not to many choices is simply wrong.

There are also fewer choices for luxurious hotels than on Maui. The Princeville and the Hyatt are the two upper end hotels and many here lambaste them for not being luxurious enough. I stayed at the Hyatt and love the grounds and the spa, but it is afterall still a Hyatt, so the rooms are Hyatt rooms, not Four Seasons rooms. I thought they were plenty nice enough.

Sounds like Maui would be better for you. Go to the Four Seasons .

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May 16th, 2005, 11:33 AM
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I meant that compared to Maui, there aren't as many dining choices. Have stayed at both the Princeville and they Hyatt and ended up enjoying most meals at the hotel. And ditto Underhill's comments, Kauai is the most scenic of the too. Don't care for Maui because it is too congested for our liking. SIL loves it, it is the only island she keeps returning to. Just depends on the type of traveler you are.
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May 16th, 2005, 11:34 AM
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Sorry for typos two vs. "too"
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May 16th, 2005, 03:18 PM
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travelinwifey,

I used to love Maui and would never even consider going to another island until three years ago a friend invited us to stay at her place in Poipu. We went and I kick myself now that it took me 20 years to get my butt to Kaua`i! We've been every year since! I am hooked on Kaua`i now for the same reasons that you and underhill mention. It is the best.
65 more days!
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May 16th, 2005, 03:36 PM
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Lucky you, you get to go back We will stay in Poipu again the next time. Prefer it because there are a few more things to do in that area. But like above, anywhere on Kauai is heaven. Have a great trip
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May 16th, 2005, 05:32 PM
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have you thought about the big island? stay at one of the luxury resorts on the kohala coast, drive to the volcano and walk out to within feet of the red lava(awesome sight at night, chance of a lifetime) big island has all the charm of old hawaii, hilo town is quaint, plenty of waterfalls, rain forests, etc and hardly any tourists compared to maui and kauai. lots to do activity wise on the kona coast. go to mauna kea and see the stars. you won't be disappointed!
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May 17th, 2005, 12:16 PM
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Although I love Kauai, I found the accomodation on Maui to be a bit more "posh". Out of the choices you listed, I've stayed at the Ritz and it may be just what you are looking for. That side of the island can be a little windy and rainy sometimes, but the scenery is beautiful and the resort grounds are breathtaking. You can sleep with the lanai doors open and listen to crashing surf and chirping frogs. Food and service are impeccable. It is also close to Lahaina for shopping, snorkel tours, and good food.
Have fun!
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