Maui is known for its beach resorts, diverse geography and outdoor activities ranging from hiking and biking to windsurfing and snorkeling

It is known as the “Valley Isle,” with quaint towns, artistic communities and local favorites that have been around for generations.

It is the second largest Hawaiian island and has a smaller population than you’d expect, if you are looking for sophisticated diversity and amenities, small towns airy resorts and a great family destination Maui is definitely a place that you should check out on your next vacation.

One of my favourite resorts to stay at is The Westin Maui Resort and Spa. It is a quintessential family resort situated along a spectacular stretch of the famous Ka'anapali Beach with views of neighboring islands Lanai and Molokai.

When I first arrived at The Westin Maui, I felt right at home, even though I was far from it. My family and I were first welcomed with a beautiful fresh flower lay, which smelled incredible especially after a 6 hour flight. The property is inviting, with lush landscaping and waterways with koi fish and flamingos.

There a re number of different types of rooms that are offered at The Westin Maui, you can have a mountain view room or if you want to splurge you can enjoy one of their luxury suites. I was lucky enough to stay in a luxury ocean view room and the view was spectacular. I KNOW, I KNOW usually you don’t spend very much time in your room but there is something to be said for waking up and having your morning coffee on your patio looking out into the ocean watching humpback whales splash around, in my opinion, DEFINETLY WORTH IT!

LET THE VACATION BEGIN… there is a range of activities here… relaxing, adventurous, invigorating, and family orientated. At the heart of the resort is a 87,000 sq. ft. aquatic playground. Relax in one of the five free-form swimming pools, unwind in our secluded Jacuzzi, enjoy a fun game of water volleyball or take a thrilling trip down a waterslide with 270-degree turns and a dramatic 23-ft.drop. There is something for the whole family here.

Steps away, the soft sands of Ka'anapali Beach await. If you have ever seen photos of this famed beach they really don’t do it justice, it is so much more beautiful in person. You can enjoy snorkeling, scuba diving, beach volleyball, and windsurfing, chartered catamaran adventures. Or just relax in a beach chair and do some people watching while your kids enjoy boogie boarding in the waves. Make sure you have your camera handy as you can see humpback whales splashing out in the water at any time.

There are many different dinning options at the resort. The restaurants offer variety menus featuring the freshest local ingredients to traditional island favorites to gourmet delights. Don’t forget to schedule your dinner at one of the oceanfront settings perfect for catching a brilliant Maui sunset.

Here are my favourite places to eat:

Relish Burger Bistro--set outside amongst the lush tropical setting they offer American classics with a Hawaiian twist. I definitely recommend the Salmon BLT. Don’t forget to order your cocktail in fresh carved out Maui pineapple.

Tropica--- The Westin’s signature oceanfront restaurant. This outdoor space flickers with tiki torches and offers spectacular view of the famous Maui sunset. I highly recommend the four-course farm to table tasting menu featuring local ingredients from the Hawaiian Islands.

Colonnade Café—here you can enjoy breakfast or light snack in a beautiful outdoor setting, watching swans and flamingos at play in the wildlife ponds. For you coffee lovers they serve Starbucks coffee here as well.

There are many other dinning options close by of you want to venture out. The Westin Maui is located near the well know Whalers village, with many great outdoor shops, cafes and restaurants . One of my favourites is The Hula Grill, their food is great but you have to make sure you save room for dessert as their famous Hula Pie is to die for

No vacation would be complete without a trip to the spa. The Heavenly Spa at The Westin Maui is simply…. heavenly.! They offer a variety of spa treatments , guests with spa treatments can enjoy an ocean view relaxation lounge, whirlpool, steam room and sauna in each of the locker rooms.

If you are like me and want to get in a few workouts while vacationing so you don’t feel so guilty indulging in all the great food, there are many fitness options here. If you forget your workout gear they even have a gear-lending program. The Westin Resort has partnered with New Balance to be able to provide you with the latest gear, so you can no longer use the excuse that you forgot your running shoes at home.

My stay at The Westin Maui was fantastic. Traveling with two kids and my husband we all enjoyed all of the amenities that the resort offers. This resort really caters to everyone but this trip for me was about family and I can not imagine a better way to for us to spend time together. We will definitely be back!!

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