Old Jul 18, 02, 2:19 pm
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Bergen County, NJ USA
Posts: 15
The Ritz-Carlton in Kapalua is probably one of the finest resorts located on Maui. Wailea is more flat and arid compared to the Kapalua, Lahania and the Kahana areas on the North West Coast of Maui. I personally prefer Kapalua to Wailea. There are numerous restaurants (great restaurants) located within a 10 minute car ride. The Ritz is located on the ocean and has a small sandy beach area wedged between the rocky coastline. The resort is located on a sloping piece of property that slowly inclines from the beach area to the entrance off Highway 5. The grounds are tropically lush and well maintained. There are three pools located between the hotelís two wings. The staff continuously serves you bottled water and fresh pineapple while you are relaxing around the pool. The service is typical Ritz-excellent. As the one member noted there is a period (10-20 minutes) of a light mist/shower, usually early morning or late afternoon. However, its worth it, looking out to the Island of Molokai you will see the largest and most vivid rainbows. The adjacent golf courses are top notch. Now, unless Ritz changed policies over the past 12 months, you cannot earn Marriott Reward points for staying at the Ritz. You can redeem, however, you will need more points or have to pay cash to upgrade to ocean front/ ocean view room. For rewards purposes, the Ritz will require more points per night then a Category Six Marriott. Plus, there are a lot of black out dates. If you have the points, it is worth it! Marriott also has a Resort Hotel and a Marriott Vacation Club located in Lahania, which is approximately a 10 minute drive from the Ritz. The Hotel was recently renovated and the MVCI opened about three years ago.

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