Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas Review: Maui’s Finest Accommodations

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In this Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas review, you can find information about many of the finest accommodations in Maui. These villas are designed to be one of the best ocean resort villa areas in the world.

Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas Review: Maui's Finest Accommodations

Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort

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If you're staying in Maui, there are no shortage of impressive places to stay. In this Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas review, you can find the villas in question compared to some of its best rivals.


Before you stay at the resort, this Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas review should help you to discern if this is the right place to stay for you. The location, features of the villa, and other factors will be weighed on their own merits, and their quality when compared to local rivals.

What Is The Product?

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The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort is a track of villas and vacation home locations. These villas are highly equipped accommodations with numerous features to maximize your time spent relaxing or enjoying yourself in Maui.


The villas are part of a premium resort, so it shouldn’t receive the same consideration as a casual hotel. Instead, the Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort’s villas will be judged to the standards of a premium resort. This means the inclusion of luxuries such as high tech room accommodations, steady internet connections, and above average ocean views.


This Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas review is meant to give an accurate indication of the features in each of these villas. You should be able to judge some of the pastimes available to you there and decide if the accommodations are right for you.


There are other locations on the Kaanapali site, so after reading this, you should know what makes the villas, in particular, worth your time. The specification of the rooms and the entertainment provided on site such as pools and fitness centers are the main focus of this review.

Product Specifications

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The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas are comprised of studio villas and single bedroom villas which can be combined to form two room villas at a guest’s desire. The villas have a modern decor and bright, open-faced designs to avoid impeding your view of the nearby ocean.


The ocean resort is built on twenty-six acres of beachfront property on the island of Maui. It is also known for its Heavenly Spa and high quality spa treatments.


Every room is designed with wide angle windows to give an island or ocean view. The rooms are WiFi enabled to allow guests to bring and use their own electronics for entertainment.


As part of a partnership intended to improve guest experiences, every bedroom room has a Bose brand sound system and flat screen TV. Every villa comes with a pull-out sofa. Other features that every villa includes are whirlpool tubs for relaxing, and a granite-topped kitchenette.


If you choose one of the upgraded villa options, your villa will include a living room and dining tables that make it hard to distinguish the resort from a vacation home. The upgrade also comes with verandas so you can lounge in the breeze and sit that much closer to the Maui shore.


There are three dining out options on Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort’s grounds. The first is an Italian themed restaurant that serves a mixture of Italian and local cuisine. The second is a poolside bistro for casual drinking and food near the water. The final option is an oceanside sports bar that often treats those making use of the direct access beach.


One of the on-site activities is a fitness center. There is also a pool located between the villas, and a kid's club to entertain young guests. There are also local spa options and evening entertainment to reduce the chance things become stale over several days stays.


There are two local stores for groceries and amenities. This gives guests the option of picking up vitals they may have forgotten, or the ability to skip the local diners entirely.


There is daily night time entertainment on site. This allows guests to leave their room and enjoy a display or performance that may be unique to their visit. It also means that each evening at poolside or away from their rooms will be different, helping to avoid stagnation during long stays at Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort’s villas.

The villas are especially accommodating for guests with special needs. The villas have on-site wheelchairs and other items to help provide for guests with special needs. To ensure minimal downtime for guests these and other health services are stored on location for use if your personal effects fail.


There is a discovery center to entertain kids. There are also events teaching about local cultures, such as the coconut frond weaving demonstration and hula lessons. The Whalers Museum nearby is also a recommended destination for those looking to learn about historical or cultural events.


You can also arrange to take part in activities in the ocean like snorkeling or scuba diving. These and other activities may require a call or arrangement ahead of time though, and may not be included in the program the way they are at other nearby locations.


The villas have a maid staff and customer service representatives to help handle cleaning and issues in the villas and surrounding locations. These staff can help you to upgrade your room, deal with noise complaints and other guest issues, and other tasks to help you relax during your stay.

How It Compares

The Kaanapali Ocean Resort area has numerous Mariotta owned accommodations. The Westin Kaanapali shares Maui landscape with Maui Eldorado Kaanapali, which is located closer to the stores and shops of Whalers Village. The Aston Maui Kaanapali Villas is a more direct rival, offering villas and a beachfront location not far from Westin Kaanapali.

Maui Eldorado Kaanapali (Aggregate Score: 4 Stars)

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The Maui Eldorado Kaanapali is another location along Kaanapali. It has the only private beach club in the Kaanapali area, but unlike Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort’s villas, it offers many more pastimes.


Eldorado includes areas for tennis and golf so you can remain active during your stay. They also offer helicopter rides and guided bike rides to see more of Maui. Finally, if you go to the beach they can arrange for scuba or snorkeling lessons, so you can enjoy time under the waves as much as you do spending time on the waves.


The Maui Eldorado Kaanapali Beach Club can be harder to get a stay at. The rooms have many more amenities, though. Each room is air-conditioned, has a personal safe, there is a fully stocked kitchen, and the locations are packed with sundries.


Check out for any of these rooms is at noon, and parking comes with an eight dollar daily fee. The Outdoor Cabana can also be used for weddings, receptions, and other major events so you can share your Maui experience with others.


hough it is located closer to Whalers Village, it is further from the beach. The rooms also don't offer you as much quiet as the Villas. The two offer different experiences and aren't direct rivals as the Ocean Resort Villas seem much more beach oriented on the whole.


The Maui Eldorado Kaanapali's location is easily worth a five-star rating if you prefer to be close to activities, and a four-star if you prefer beachfront. The rooms are very well maintained, and the number of activities should entertain even stubborn visitors with close to a five-star rating. The area is less accessible though, and its Ease of Use falls closer to a three out of five stars.

Aston Maui Kaanapali Villas (Aggregate Score: 3.5 Stars)

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The Aston Maui Kaanapali Villas sit amid numerous tropical gardens. It is beachfront in the Kaanapali area. The Villas are located far enough from shopping centers and other activities that you may need to take a shuttle to some destinations.


They offer one bedroom units with a connected living room and roomy studios. Kids are not factored into the room’s price, either. Rooms have air conditioners, a refrigerator is provided, and attached kitchens allow you to cook anything you buy and bring to the room.


The villas have personal lanais.  Although some activities aren’t within walking distance, some that are include two freshwater pools and a nearby tennis court.


There is a fitness center located relatively close to the Villas. The golf courses are also located nearby if you would prefer to swing a club. Although these features are similar to Westin Kaanapali, the increased distance may make Aston less favorable for some visitors.

In terms of Ease of Use and Location, the Aston Maui Kaanapali Villas is lacking a bit, receiving a three-star rating. The furnishments and amenities are easy to recommend, and their guest treatment is also five stars. Though it lies in direct competition to Westin Villas, the


Westin area seems like a slight upgrade overall.

Pros And Cons

Here the feedback of different guests, reviewed and boiled down to several key points, are highlights as Pros and Cons. This information should help you decide if a feature you find particularly important is one of the resort's highlights. You can then use that to better decide if Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas is right for you.


Pros


Below are the best traits to come up during this Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas review. These are traits that are unique to the villas, or that they seem to do better compared to their rivals. If one of these is of particular interest to you, Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas should stand out that much more as a possible travel destination.

  • When Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort’s villas say they’re oceanside, they mean it. Rival locations like the Eldorado Kaanapali require a significant walk to reach the beach.
  • The pool, the poolside bar, and the other activities between the villas are all exceptional. The pool is such a favorite of most guests that it can actually lead to issues, which will be addressed below.
  • Rooms are connected to studios which can allow interested guests to quickly upgrade.
  • The live performances and night time entertainment keep guests surprised and energetic.
  • It has the shortest walking distance to the widest selection of activities of any Kaanapali resort. This gives you more options during your vacation than any other location if you’re staying in the Kaanapali area.


Cons


The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas have several negative traits according to frequent guests. The popularity of the villas is tied to the numerous Pros, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for improvement.

  • A common comment from guests is that the popularity of the villas works against them. The number of beds is sometimes inadequate, and receiving help, or a spare can sometimes take a while.
  • The pool is also so commonly frequented that guests said they went early in the morning to reserve a chair, or there would be no place to sit poolside. Several guests said one side of the pool was busier and less well maintained, as well.
  • The limited space came up when discussing closets and storage space as well. If you have a lot of luggage, you may find the default accommodations cramped.
  • The staff isn't large enough to deal with all customer issues. This has led to varied responses to customer service. Many guests think it is inadequate, while guests who received a response in a timely fashion reported quality customer service overall.

Conclusion

Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas receive a four and a half star rating out of five stars. The villas are well situated so that guests to the Kaanapali area can attend the most activities possible.

A Few Key Negative Factors Exist

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The biggest issue echoed by guests was the limited room in the villas if you ordered a one bedroom suite. Some guests said upgrading rooms and arranging for large scale events at the resort was difficult.


This and the complaints about an overworked service staff prevent the Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas from receiving a five-star rating. Staff was sometimes unavailable to deal with issues like guests disrupting the stay of others with excessive noise or trouble at poolside. These are issues that can be addressed if they act to improve upon them though.

The On-Site Accommodations Are Exceptional

Whales Village and other areas for shopping are all within a relatively close distance to the villas. There are several entertainment options that require you to go off site like golfing and shopping, but the distance isn’t as far as it is from many other Kaanapali stays.


The amenities built on the acres owned by Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas are all extremely well maintained though. The pool was more highly recommended than the beach. The Italian restaurant, poolside bar, and oceanfront eatery were all praised for their diverse food selections.


The two local sundry shops make sure that you can buy any essentials you want without going off-site. The beach is also just outside the villas so that you can reach the main attraction with minimal effort. The views of the beach and island are also among the best due to this carefully selected location.

The Time To Reach Off-Site Locations Is Short

The inclusion of activities rounds out the reason for its high rating. The tennis court, golf courses, and other physical activities all have very helpful staff on hand. The fitness center is as close as the pool, and the experts at these locations can answer difficult questions or requests with ease.


There are other locations that have slightly better accommodations for larger families. You may also want to choose a further location inland if you're more interested in activities away from beachside, such as helicopter rides and golfing. The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas on-site facilities shine, but they don't neglect these other activities too much either.

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