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<div style="width:620px;">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 &mdash; though in this economy deals are available (usually extra nights free, but not deeply reduced rates). Here's where to go for more information:<br>
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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: <a href="http://www.starwood.com/">www.starwood.com</a><br>
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Hyatt hotels: 888-591-1234 or <a href="http://www.hyatt.com/">www.hyatt.com</a><br>
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Marriott hotels: 888-236-2427 or <a href="http://www.marriott.com/">www.marriott.com</a><br>
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Four Seasons hotels: 800-819-5053 or <a href="http://www.fourseasons.com/">www.fourseasons.com</a><br>
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Fairmont hotels: 800-257-7544 or <a href="http://www.fairmont.com/">www.fairmont.com</a><br>
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Grand Wailea: 800-888-6100 or <a href="http://www.grandwailea.com/">www.grandwailea.com</a><br>
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Hotel Hana Maui: 808-248-8211 or <a href="http://www.hotelhanamaui.com/">www.hotelhanamaui.com</a><br>
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Halekulani: 808-923-2311 or <a href="http://www.halekulani.com/">www.halekulani.com</a><br>
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Trump International Hotel: 808-683-7777 or <a href="http://www.trumpwaikiki.com/">www.trumpwaikiki.com</a><br>
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Turtle Bay Resort: 808-293-6000 or <a href="http://www.turtlebayresort.com/">www.turtlebayresort.com</a><br>
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Kona Tiki: 808-329-1425 or <a href="http://www.konatiki.com/">www.konatiki.com</a><br>
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Gary A. Warner: <a href="mailto:travel@ocregister.com">travel@ocregister.com</a><br>
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(c) 2010, The Orange County Register (Santa Ana, Calif.).<br>
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Visit the Register on the World Wide Web at <a href="http://www.ocregister.com/">http://www.ocregister.com/</a><br>
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Distributed by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services.</div>

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

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Gary A. Warner: travel@ocregister.com

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(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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