Ritz-Carlton Kapalua vs. Marriott Wailea vs. Sheraton Maui on Kanapaali, which is the best Marriott Bonvoy hotel to book for earning and redeeming Marriott Bonvoy points?
The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua is the most expensive by points and the nicest. It is a stunning beachfront resort on Maui with Hawaiian-inspired dining, spa, culture, and activities. This is a category 7 property and starts at 60,000 Bonvoy points per night.
While elegant, this property is showing its age. It lacks a Four Seasons level of service. The bellmen don’t always come to pick up your bags, and the restaurant isn’t great. However, the cabana and pool service is excellent, with attentive staff, free sunscreen is available to everybody, and cool off mist at the adult pool section.
The Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa on Kaanapali Beach, Lahaina Maui, is a category 6 property and starts at 50,000 Bonvoy points per night. Kaanapali Beach is not such a sophisticated resort, but the Sheraton is right on top of the beach, and there is great snorkeling. The Ritz-Carlton, by comparison, is set back away from or above the beach.
The Wailea Beach Resort by Marriott, Maui is a luxury Maui resort at the ocean’s edge with stunning pools, redesigned rooms, and unique amenities. This category 6 property tarts at 50,000 Bonvoy points per night.
This Marriott is within walking distance from the Four Seasons Maui, Wailea which is great if you want to take advantage of the restaurants and bars in the Four Seasons. Overall, Wailea is the most high-end resort area on the island. You will also find the Fairmont and the Andaz here.
Ritz Kapalua is the most expensive of the three hotels, and the Marriott Wailea and Sheraton Maui cost fewer points. If I were spending my points, I would stay at the Marriott Wailea because of the resort area. I love Wailea, it gets bags of sunshine and oozes sophistication. I love the boardwalk along the beach that joins all the resorts and the little mall behind the resorts where you can pick up essentials and cheap eats.
If you stay at the Marriott, you can enjoy evenings at the Four Seasons Maui for a much smaller price tag! Down points of this property, beyond the resort fees that all three resorts suffer from, is that the Marriott is positioned on a rocky peninsula between beaches, which means that it can be quite a walk from this very spread-out resort, down the hill, and to the beaches. The pools themselves are not very inspiring, so you are likely to want to try the beach. If your room is situated at the back of the resort, it is quite a walk up a hill to get back to your room.
Of course, money no object I would stay at the Four Seasons Wailea on Maui. We think that this is the best hotel on Maui. Book here, or any other luxury hotel via our luxury travel concierge and you will get great free benefits at for the same price as the hotel websites:
- Breakfast for two people per bedroom
- Food, beverage or spa credit of $100 USD per stay
- Upgrade of one category, based on availability at time of check-in (this usually excludes suites)
- Early check-in / late check-out (subject to availability)
- Complimentary basic Internet in all guest rooms
- Complimentary welcome gift (usually a box of chocs, bottle of wine etc)
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