For anyone who has traveled to Hawaii, you know that things can get expensive. Coupled with that, we didn't know for sure we were going on this trip until mid-October so we had a short window for booking our Maui accommodations. There are some AirBnb options but not much was available to us when we were booking, and there seemed to be a large gap between shared bathrooms/hostel type places, and large homes that could sleep 12 people or more that quickly went beyond our price range.
The first place we booked was bed and breakfast called the Pineapple Inn. I found it by just Google mapping Maui and searching "hotel". I liked the idea of a Bed and Breakfast (even though it wasn't on the beach) and the grounds and rooms looked really nice in the photos, and the price was right. Unfortunately they could only accommodate us for three of the five nights we were in Maui, so we needed to find somewhere else for the first two nights.
Our first hotel was the Aston Kaanapali Shores. We found it through Expedia and the price was fine, but more than we really wanted to spend. We even considered staying at the Courtyard Marriott by the Kahului airport, but I'm glad we didn't. This place is just north of Lahaina which is a great tourist area. They grounds are beautiful and we really enjoyed the pool. There is no real beach access there though, although there are great views. It is attached to a path along the beach where we went for a run, and also close to Duke's which is a great place to eat.
The hotel itself is really like a time share/condo place where many people are returning guests/owners. We were supposed to be in a regular hotel type room, but we were upgraded to a three bedroom condo with a full kitchen. It was way more space than we needed but it was nice to have the extra room for our luggage and to have two bathrooms. It was pretty dated though, clean and spacious, but old.
Spiral staircase up to a third bedroom that we didn't use at all.
I snapped this just before we left, hence the unmade bed.
Pool and hot tub were just perfect.
Sunset views from our lanai.
Looking east from the stairway
The gardens were just amazing, it felt like a lovely oasis. The owners have done such a great job of maintaining this property, it rivalled the Four Seasons.
I would definitely recommend this place to adults visiting Maui, although children are welcome, it would not be the best place for them.
And then we went to the pièce de la résistance, Four Seasons Oahu in Ko Olina. We were guests of Dave's company and we enjoyed being spoiled. We have stayed at the Four Seasons in Nevis and Punta Mita before (for other work trips) and they are pretty nice. They know how to look after their guests, the rooms are luxurious and the food is so good.
There are three pools but we only went to the adult only one. The beach is on a shared lagoon with the Disney Aulani. We didn't spend that much time there but it is lovely and calm. If you're looking for luxury, this is it!