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The lagoon-style pool offers all-day relaxation for the entire family.

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West Maui Wonder

By Nuy Cho

Photo courtesy of The Westin Nanea Ocean Villas

01.29.18

Westin’s latest resort destination is the perfect spot for a stylish yet laid-back staycation.

Vacationing with the family takes on an entirely new meaning at The Westin Nanea Ocean Villas in Ka‘anapali. Opened this past April, the 16-acre oceanfront property features deliciously spacious one to three bedroom villas, as well as a sprawling lagoon-style pool.

I took my small family not knowing what to expect and was enthused to discover that the suite-style villas were built with extraordinary comfort and equipped with up-to-date amenities. (Think fully equipped, vast kitchens with stainless steel appliances and even a Bose sound system to provide the background music for family dinners). The result is a perfect escape, even if you’ve got an energetic posse attached. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that spectacular views of Moloka‘i and Lana‘i provide a breathtaking sight from the lanai or the master bathroom­’s giant spa tub—the ideal spot for parents in need of a time out.

Enriching the entire experience is the Pu‘uhonua o Nanea Cultural Center, which affirms the property’s commitment to Hawaiian culture. Director of Culture Makalapua Kanuha and her team convey the islands’ rich history with exceptional knowledge and diverse experiences. Guests can even participate in classes, from Hawaiian language to lei-making and ‘ukulele.

Leisure options notably include golf at the nearby Robert Trent Jones Sr.-designed Ka‘anapali Golf Courses. Pampering awaits at Spa Helani, located next door at The Westin Ka‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas, a sister property, just a short walk away from the lobby. Rest and relaxation couldn’t be easier. Villas from $559 per night, 45 Kai Malina Parkway, Ka‘anapali, Maui, 662.6300