Volcanoes, rope swings, and lush lazy rivers in paradise By Katrina Brown Hunt on Mar 17, 2014
Maui is home to naturally perfect waves, idyllic beaches, fairytale-worthy waterfallsâand some pretty fabulous waterslides. The second-largest of the Hawaiian islands, Maui boasts the splashiest resorts, which dedicate the most real estate for slides, lazy rivers and even watery barrel rides. Here are six hotels where the pools and waterscapes give that surf a run for its money:
The Caribbean may have Atlantis, but Hawaii has the 780-room Grand Wailea and its king-sized water complex, the Canyon Activity Pool. Itâs comprised of nine pools on six levels, connected by lazy-river currents. There are six waterslidesâfour of which are intertwiningâplus a sandy beach, Tarzan-style rope swing, six waterfalls, caves, an infant pool and even a âvolcanoâ-enclosed, water-powered elevator. The newest feature is the Fishpipe, a unique, rotating barrel ride that in 90 seconds feels like a ride down a mile-long slide. Grownups, meanwhile, can lounge at the 4,850-square-foot, 2.2-million-tile Hibiscus Pool, with a giant inlaid flower mosaic on the floor. When itâs time to dry off, the resort has a huge kidsâ camp, video arcade, Playstation room, karaoke lounge, and small movie theater.
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Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa
Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa
Who knew that volcanoes could be so festive? The Hyatt Regency Maui sits on 40 beachfront acres and has the Napili Pool featuring an enclosed, âlava tubeâ water slide, swinging rope bridge and 3,000-square-foot Keiki Lagoon, which has a sandy beach, 18-inch-deep pool, sand island for castle-building, 25-foot waterslide and lava rocks that occasionally mimic a low-impact volcano. The resort grounds are also home to flamingos, swans, parrots, and penguins.
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Westin Maui Resort & Spa
The 759-room Westin resort on Kaâanapali Beach has a sprawling, 87,000-square-foot aquatic playground that is home to five pools on multiple levels, connected by a variety of waterslides, walkways and stairs. The centerpiece is a 120-foot slide, built into a hillside and sporting 270-degree twists and a 23-foot drop. The pool area also offers inflatable flotation rings, which the kids can personalize with magic markers.
Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea
When you arenât discreetly looking for celebs at this A-list-magnet, you can play in one of the Four Seasonâs three pools, including the showpiece Fountain Pool; the grown-ups only, infinity-edged Serenity Pool; and the kid-friendly Waterfall Pool, whose two tiers are linked by a slide and which features a kiddie pool. The resort also scores a bonus with its free kidsâ club, where keiki can practice lei-making and ulu maika, or Hawaiian bowling. Thereâs also a complimentary games room and free video rentals.
Fairmont Kea Lani
The Moorish-themed, all-suites Fairmont Kea Lani resort sits on 22 tropical acres and has three swimming pools: one adults-only pool and two activity pools connected by a 140-foot waterslide. Families have plenty of room to spread out in the guestrooms, which start at an extremely spacious 840 square feet. The hotel also offers a popular canoeing tour, where you learn paddling basics as well as traditional ocean-navigating chants.
Katrina Brown Hunt contributed this to www.MiniTime.com.