Hawaii Review – Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas

We stayed at the Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas on Maui.  This hotel is a timeshare that is owned by Starwood Hotels.  They also allow you to book a room as you would at any other hotel or redeem Starwood Hotel points at this location.  We booked 2 of our nights using cash and points and the third night solely with points.  The hotel was categorized as a level 5 hotel, which we thought was an amazing deal.  Well, apparently so did Starwood.  This year the hotel has been recategorized as a level 6, so you’ll need a lot more points to stay there.

We arrived at the hotel a couple of hours earlier than when check-in was allowed.  We were pleasantly surprised that the hotel allowed us to check in early since our roomed had already been cleaned and was ready.  We had booked a studio room, but we were given a one bedroom.  That made our trip so much nicer.  We had the kids sleep on the sleeper sofa in the living and we had a room to ourselves.

The suite was beautiful.  The part of the hotel we were staying in was built only a few years ago.  The kitchen had stainless steel appliances and granite countertops.  We were in a first floor room that looked out onto the koi pond.  We were a little distance away from the pools so we had no issues with noise levels.  I was surprised that we actually liked being on the first floor.  It gave us easy access to the pools and the beach.  There were several pools including a river pool and a pool with a pirate ship for the kids.

The grounds were immaculate and the staff was friendly.  We rented a boogie board at the pool shop.  The boys liked “surfing” the waves.  This hotel is on the northern end of Ka’anapali beach.  It’s located north of Black Rock and as a result people staying at hotels like the Marriott, Hyatt, and Westin don’t walk all the way down to this part of the beach.  That made the beach semi-private.  There was never an issue finding a place to put down our towels.  And there were many times we were almost the only people on the beach.

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