With the exception of the Sheratons, all the hotels at the top of the pools list are expensive. Even the Sheratons will run above what it costs to stay at a condo off the beach. If sun and fun on the beach is what you crave, a resort isn't necessary. But for families looking for fresh and saltwater experiences, it's not going to come cheap. Rates start just under $200 at some of the Sheraton properties and can top $800 at the Grand Wailea and Four Seasons — though in this economy deals are available (usually extra nights free, but not deeply reduced rates). Here's where to go for more information: Sheraton, Westin and St. Regis hotels are all operated by Starwood Hotels. For Westin or Sheraton hotels, call 888-625-5144. For St. Regis hotels, call 800-325-3589. On the web: www.starwood.com Hyatt hotels: 888-591-1234 or www.hyatt.com Marriott hotels: 888-236-2427 or www.marriott.com Four Seasons hotels: 800-819-5053 or www.fourseasons.com Fairmont hotels: 800-257-7544 or www.fairmont.com Grand Wailea: 800-888-6100 or www.grandwailea.com Hotel Hana Maui: 808-248-8211 or www.hotelhanamaui.com Halekulani: 808-923-2311 or www.halekulani.com Trump International Hotel: 808-683-7777 or www.trumpwaikiki.com Turtle Bay Resort: 808-293-6000 or www.turtlebayresort.com Kona Tiki: 808-329-1425 or www.konatiki.com ——— Gary A. Warner: firstname.lastname@example.org ——— (c) 2010, The Orange County Register (Santa Ana, Calif.). Visit the Register on the World Wide Web at http://www.ocregister.com/ Distributed by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services.
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