Way back in February of 2016, when I was still collecting a paycheck and reporting to a cubicle, I received an offer from the Westin Vacation Club that seemed too good to be true. 5 nights in a vacation villa at the Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort, a $75 resort credit and a 6-day rental car credit – all for $798. I immediately called a travel-savvy friend to double check that it wasn’t a scam, and then reserved my spot! After a 2008 trip to Oahu, I’ve always wanted to explore other Hawaiian islands. As I started planning my trip, I didn’t have to worry about where to stay in Maui!
Villas at Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort
The basic package was a studio suite, which was perfect for me as a solo traveler. Of course, I would have loved an ocean view wraparound balcony, but you pay extra for those! So I settled for the island view and a juliette balcony. The room was pretty standard for a Westin property – Heavenly Bed and White Tea toiletries, with the added convenience of a kitchen and laundry.
I stopped at Wal-Mart on my way into town and stocked up on breakfast supplies, only to find out that the hotel gives you breakfast buffet credits for each day that you decline housekeeping service. I usually don’t use housekeeping anyways for stays of less than a week, so this was a nice bonus!
You don’t have to buy into the ownership program, or receive this special preview offer to stay at the Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas. You can reserve a villa through SPG.com. I’m told it’s pretty random how they select who receives the offer, but being a Starwood Points member is most likely how I got on their mailing list. Shockingly, the offer I received did not even require a vacation ownership presentation. However, for an additional $100 resort credit, I did take a tour and review the program with a sales representative. It’s an interesting program, and something I would definitely consider in the future. You know, once I’m working again and have a primary home established, lol!
Amenities at Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort
While the beach here is not the best for lounging (narrow and steep) the pools here more than make up for it! In total, there are six outdoor pools, including two children’s pools and one for adults only. Gazebos and umbrellas are available for an additional fee, as well as water-sports rentals or beach loungers.
Spa Helani is a great place to use your resort credit for a relaxing day at the spa. With your spa treatment (I enjoyed a massage) you will also have access to the relaxation areas (indoor and outdoor) for the rest of the day.
Another great amenity at Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort is the complimentary shuttle bus that will take you to Whaler’s Village, Lahaina, or any of the other Starwood properties in Ka’anapali. Even though I had a rental car, it was just so much easier to hop on the shuttle and not worry about parking or gas for the whole week. There are two shuttle routes, and the schedules are posted clearly at the shuttle stop. They run about every 20 minutes. Super convenient for going out to dinner, or heading to a luau for the evening!
Restaurants at Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort
Westin KOR has 3 on-site restaurants to choose from, where you can dine in convenience by charging everything to your room. There is also a convenience store in each tower with some grocery and snack items, although if you plan on cooking, you will save a lot of money by grocery shopping before you arrive at the resort! (There are gas grills available for guest use, too!)
- Auntie’s Kitchen – I enjoyed several meals at Auntie’s kitchen, including the breakfast buffet served daily. There is one night each week designated as Crab Fest, when you’ll need a reservation and the full menu is not available. Check the schedule so you’re not caught off guard and hangry like I was!
- Pulehu Italian Grill – this is an award-winning fine dining experience in the North resort. Closed Tuesdays and Wednesday, open only for dinner hours.
- Pailolo Bar & Grill – food-truck style sports bar near the north pool
Activities at Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort
Upon check-in you’ll receive an extensive list of ongoing activities for the week. This is also posted throughout the resort. You will find craft fairs, BINGO, fitness classes, craft classes and local tours. Some activities require a reservation, so you may want to spend a few minutes after you get settled to decide what you’d like to participate in during your visit.
Have you visited Maui? What resort do you recommend?