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 Post subject: Recommendation for stay-cation
PostPosted: Sat Jan 24, 2015 7:23 pm 
Malihini
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The Queen and I will be celebrating our 25th anniversary in March, so it's time to start making plans.
A stay-cation sounds good to both of us, but we are clueless regarding the resort hotels we would probably be interested in. Those would be The Mauna Lani, Fairmount, Hapuna Prince, or Mauna Kea. We would likely be staying lose to the hotel the entire time (3-4 nights), willing to spend up to $500/night :shock:. Also, the queen has mobility issues, with a freshly fused ankle.

Any suggestions or input?


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 Post subject: Re: Recommendation for stay-cation
PostPosted: Sun Jan 25, 2015 10:29 am 
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We've stated in all of them except for the Hapuna Prince, which we have been in many times for fundraisers and the like and were never impressed. Of all I would consider this the lowest quality.

All of the others are great, but different. Mauna Kea was renovated after the earthquake and is still beautiful, but the new rooms lost alot of the old Hawaii character that they had. Entry doors used to be made of slats, now are solid, things like that, and the interiors are much more modern. Their fine dining restaurant Manta is wonderful, and they have a cool wine setup where you buy a card and can try many different types by the ounce, but they are way up off the beach, so you have a view but can just walk off into the sand.

Rooms at Mauna Lani still have an authentic feel, and the Canoe House is very good. Their breakfast/casual dining place has never done it for us though. Water entry into the ocean can be rocky and you need to go over to where the condos are to snorkel.

Our favorite by far is the Fairmont. We stayed there for years before we moved over and still go up a few times a year to get away. It was built as a Ritz Carlton and is quite elegant, but the rooms are not terribly Hawaiian in feel. Their fine dining place is Browns which is wonderful and right on the water (as is the Canoe House). The bars are great and we like all the restaurants. They also have a 'deli' down by the pool if you want to just buy some food and eat it there or in your room. They have a nice area to swim in without waves or rocks with some decent snorkeling if you want that, and we think the view looking out over the grounds to the ocean from where you enter the hotel is one of the best! There is a shuttle between here and the Mauna Lani, so it's really easy to go to the restaurants in both places without taking out your car. One caveat is that since becoming a Fairmont they have gotten in lots of big groups which kind of takes away from the experience (lines for the restaurants, people having their first experience at a luxury resort, etc), so if you want to go I'd ask about how filled up they are at the time you want to stay.

Have a wonderful time wherever you choose!


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 Post subject: Re: Recommendation for stay-cation
PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2015 7:38 pm 
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Thanks Joyce!
We will try to check out one or two of these this weekend.


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