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Maui: Trying to choose between Wailea and RC

Maui: Trying to choose between Wailea and RC

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Old Aug 22, 15, 7:22 pm
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Maui: Trying to choose between Wailea and RC

Hi! We have gone back and forth between the Ritz Carlton and the Marriott Wailea. I thought I had finally decided on the Wailea (using points), but when I double checked my reservation there was a 'renovation notice' that

"The Makani pool will be under renovation October 1 2015-February 1 2016. The serenity pool, dive pool, childrens pool and waterslides will be open and staffed for your enjoyment."

I tried searching for the 'Makani' pool everywhere, and couldn't figure out if that's the main pool, or some random small pool. If the main pool is unavailable, I think that makes it a no brainer to stay at the Ritz Carlton!

I would appreciate any input on comparisons between the 2 properties as well as any insight into what the Makani pool is. Thank you in advance!!!

(PS First time to Hawaii, so any recommendations for dining, activities, etc. We are doing Maui, Honolulu (conference) and Kaui)
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Old Aug 23, 15, 7:54 pm
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That's not the main pool, it's a secondary pool in the vicinity of the adults-only serenity pool. If you're staying in the tower, it means that you'll have to walk quite a bit further to get to a pool other than the serenity pool. But for almost any guest, this won't really be much of an impact.

I'll let others chime in with advice on most of your questions. And I will say that the R-C is a perfectly acceptable property and if you stay there you'll undoubtedly have a wonderful time. But I like the Wailea part of the island much better than Kapalua, and think the Wailea Marriott is an incredibly resort. I've always been treated very well there, like the layout and overall feel of the place, enjoy being close to the island's best upscale shopping area, like the oceanside walking path that extends 1.5 miles along the water, and appreciate being able to go to any of the nearby resorts for drinks or meals.
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Old Aug 24, 15, 2:49 am
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I am finishing up a trip to Maui where I stayed at both properties and preferred the Ritz. The pools you mention are the 2 nearest the restaurant, not the large infinity adult pool or kids pools.

I am a Platinum and had booked the lowest level rooms at both properties. At the Ritz I was upgraded to a 1 Bedroom Residential Garden Suite and at the Wailea property I had a choice of a garden view suit or oceanfront room and took the oceanfront room. Both properties i arrived around 1 pm. My room was ready at the Ritz and had to wait till almost 4 at Wailea. If it is hot avoid building 7 at Wailea as the air conditioning does not work well. First room it turned off and second room can't get room below 74, even when set to 65. Spoke to someone else in same building with same problem.

I think the rate at the Ritz was only $20-30 more. Don't know how many nights you are staying but the Ritz is running a special till the end of the year where you pay for 4 nights and get 5th free plus breakfast included. If you use the AA rate at Ritz make sure you have a card as they will ask for it. Pool at the Ritz was large and open 24 hours and the water was cool. At Wailea pools are nice but close at 10 and like a bathtub.The fitness center at Wailea was nicer.

Beach closer at Wailea and if you have an ocean or view room at Wailea much closer to the ocean.

Wailea has the nice path along the beach to walk and more shops, restaurants, and other hotels to walk to. The shuttle at the Ritz was convenient to take to nearby beaches. Food and drinks at the Ritz was more expensive. Service at the Ritz was much more personalized. For instance I asked about having housekeeping service at a specific time at Wailea and was told they will come any time between 8 am and 12 noon vs at the Ritz I called and they were there within 15 minutes. Don't know what time of year you are going but the area around the Ritz tends to be windier, cooler, with more rain.

If you have any other questions let me know.
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Old Aug 24, 15, 7:23 am
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The previous poster obviously gives you a great comparison. I did not stay at the Ritz, although we did tour the property. It's beautiful, but we felt it was somewhat remote. It would be ideal for a short stay, but we stayed in Maui for 7 nights. So we really liked Wailea for its close proximity to restaurants, shopping, beaches.

On our pool days, we always sat at the Serenity pool. It was peaceful, with great views of the ocean. And we enjoyed happy hour there with discounted drinks from 3 to 5 PM each day. Service at the pool was excellent.

As others mentioned, we loved walking in the mornings, some days along the beach to Kihei and other days along the beach path in front of the other hotels. We even did some inland walking through neighborhoods, etc. popping out along some neat waterfront areas toward Makena.
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Old Aug 24, 15, 7:58 am
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I haven't stayed at the Ritz, but I like the Wailea location for several reasons. To start, there's a path along the ocean, allowing easy access to several beaches on foot. You can also walk to restaurants and shopping in Wailea easily, and Kihei is a short drive if you want a change of scenery. If you get an oceanfront room at Wailea, you can be much closer to the ocean than at most other properties. I also like the Serenity pool in Wailea -- one of the best pool waitresses in the world (Terry) works there. Good spot for whale-watching too.

As far as activities and restaurants -- what are you most interested in/what types of food do you like?
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Old Aug 24, 15, 2:44 pm
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Stayed at both, but a while ago

I've stayed at both, although a while ago. As others have noted, the RC is fairly remote whereas there's lots to do at Wailea and the nearby area. Unless they've fixed it, it's quite a hike to the beach at RC because of the heritage burial grounds that had to be avoided.
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Old Aug 24, 15, 7:26 pm
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Thank you so much! This community is so fantastic! It sounds like we really can't go wrong, but I think I am leaning back towards the Wailea again. We have never been to Hawaii, so I am sure we will want to walk around and explore. There was a long thread on whether or not the club floor was worth it at the RC, any tips for the Wailea?

My husband has a conference there, so we are doing 5 days in Maui, then 4 days in Honolulu for his conference, then Kauai for a few days. Definitely open to restaurants, activities, and tours in any of those areas.

Thank you all again!!!
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Old Aug 24, 15, 7:31 pm
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My wife and I are Maui fanatics (going again next year). I'd like to offer you some potentially cost and headache-saving advice: unless you're using points or are only on Maui for a long weekend, your best bet is almost always to rent a condo instead of fiddling with hotel resorts. When we go to Maui, we use a travel agent who lives on Maui who sets us up in a condo with full amenities (kitchen, washer/dryer, wifi, ocean front, etc) and none of the nonsense found at the hotels, such as "resort fees", "parking fees", etc. When you arrive at Maui make your first stop the Costco (conveniently near the airport) and load up on food, adult beverages if you wish, and other goodies.

As far as places to visit, I highly recommend you visit TripAdvisor and look through the listings of highly rated, and diverse activities. My wife and I are in our 50s and not really into things like scuba diving or ziplines, so we go for other things like sunset catamaran cruises, a trip to Haleakala crater, etc. There's also the ever-famous "road to Hana", which is a twisty-turny heck of a drive but extremely beautiful. Our travel agent (who lives on Maui) advised us that it's best to just drive to the halfway point and turn around (there's a banana bread stand there), because the rest of the drive is about the same and the return is very exhausting. For dinners out, there are three places you must do: Haile Maile General Store, Mama's Fish House, and Nick's Fish Market. If you'd like the contact information for our travel agent, contact me privately as I don't want to be accused of spamming the forum. :-)
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Old Aug 27, 15, 9:38 am
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If you decide to stay at Wailea, I'd recommend one of the ocean-front rooms. (Note that they have a few categories - "ocean view", "premium ocean view", "ocean-front".) The ones I'd recommend are ones that are the closest to the ocean and have a balcony or lanai. It's amazing to go out on the balcony and watch the sunset. I think you can upgrade to these rooms if you're using points.

Honolulu -- Leonard's is pretty famous for their malasadas (a Portuguese donut-like pastry). Marukame Udon has some some great udon if you like Japanese food.

Kauai -- if you like it, I highly recommend exploring the hiking options. Some of the most beautiful views and trails I've ever seen. (Some are very difficult though.) Hanalei Bay I'd recommend as well -- small but gorgeous.
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Old Sep 8, 17, 12:28 pm
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Maui: Waliea Beach Resort or Ritz Kapalua

We are traveling to Maui the first week of October. We are traveling with 3 small kids, so kid amenities matter to us.

Looking for recommendation of where to stay. I currently have both the Waliea Beach Resort and the Ritz booked, and need to cancel one on Saturday.

I love Ritz in general, but I've heard mixed things about this particular property. Apparently the it can get windy and rainy in the winter, is this an issue in October, and it is supposedly a bit older and isolated.

The Wailea resort also has somewhat mixed reviews, but most of them are pre-renovation. How nice is the resort post renovation? The kids pool is supposed to be really good now, but I can't find any reviews of how it will be for small children.

Doing a point booking and have a One bedroom residence suite at Ritz, and 2 standard rooms at the Wailea, so the point difference is minimal.
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Old Sep 8, 17, 1:01 pm
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Old Sep 8, 17, 1:11 pm
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Thanks, I saw that, but it was from before the renovations for the Wailea. Also, none of those reviewers mentioned anything about kids.
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Old Sep 8, 17, 1:52 pm
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Thanks, I saw that, but it was from before the renovations for the Wailea. Also, none of those reviewers mentioned anything about kids.
And that is when you should either have the courtesy to indicate that you have done a search or bump the existing thread rather than starting a new one.
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Old Sep 8, 17, 2:43 pm
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There's a couple comments from people with children here:
https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/marr...pa-maui-5.html

I haven't seen the renovated pool area, but I've heard it's nice and rather large. There is also a kids pool at the Wailea resort; don't know about the RC. I think being able to walk to other resorts, the beaches, and shopping at Wailea are huge pluses.
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Old Sep 8, 17, 4:08 pm
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You'll be happy either way, but my vote would be for Wailea. You could also call them, explain that you have two standard rooms booked on points, and see if they'd be willing to swap you into a nice suite.
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