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Hawaii is the ultimate seasonal paradox. Crowds flock there when the weather is bad... everywhere else. The weather on the islands, however, stays blissfully consistent year-round, so if you can manage a trip in the spring or autumn, you'll likely face fewer people, and better prices.
A great hotel option this spring, especially for first-time travelers to the island, is the Westin Maui , which I recently had the opportunity to visit. Even though it's situated on the island's resort-dotted Ka'anapali peninsula, it's a soothing break from the area's tourist bustle, and allows easy- access to the rest of the island. With a lobby that opens up into an outdoor tropical garden – complete with waterfalls and squawking macaws – and a beautiful, ocean-facing pool area, the resort feels connected to the sweeping coast just beyond.
The best part? This property is offering some of the sweetest rates of the season right now, with rooms starting at $269/night through June. This is a nice deal, considering that other 4-star properties on this lovely strip of coast regularly cost $400 per night.
Plus, you'll have front-row seats to the best show in Ka'anapali – the incredible sunset. Hotel guests gather by the pool at dusk to enjoy a prime westward-facing view, including the island of Molokai in the distance. If you stay in the next few weeks, you may even catch a glimpse of some of the Pacific humpback whales that migrate annually to warmer waters.
Other signature offerings include the serene Heavenly Spa, which specializes in treatments that use organic and locally-grown ingredients. Raw sugar, Kombucha, and ginger are just a few that you'll find in the spa's scrubs and treatments.
If a day of lounging under a palm tree is simply too much, the Westin’s iconic, impossibly plush Heavenly Bed will lull you to sleep, and help you recharge so you can do it all over again the next day.
For general trip-planning information, see our Maui destination guide.