Marriott's Maui Ocean Club
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Another early start today so we could make the hour drive to the other side of the island for our Sea Kayak and snorkel tour with Maui Kayaks at Makena Landing. Kaleo was our tour guide, you will not find a better one. (Phone 808 205 3285). He is friendly, informative, funny and definitely has the best office in the world. He asked each of us what …
Up and out the door this morning for our Road to Hana day trip. The most amazing day ever as you will see from the photos below. There were flowers and waterfalls at every turn. Black sand beaches and blow holes. It is a truly magnificent coastline and a must see if you ever make your way to Maui. We started the journey being greeted by the same …
Leisurely morning, Gary went to the gym, Neil went for a swim, Anne and I slept! Took off for the Maui Tropical Plantation and did a tour which was interesting. They had some great local products and arts and crafts. Dark chocolate macadamia nuts were my downfall. Had lunch at Ruby's and made our way back with a stop at a lookout high on the …
Not too often we set the alarm for 2.30 am but that's exactly what we did this morning so we were ready to go when our tour guide picked us up at 2.45 for the Sunrise trip to Haleakala National Park. OMG it was the most spectacular sunrise we are ever likely to see. The Haleakala Crater is 10,023 feet above sea level and we had perfect weather. It …
Woke to a glorious day on Maui. Picture perfect and the weather is gorgeous. Gary and Neil went off to the PGA Hyundai Tournament of Champions and ended up randomly selected for the Hyundai Skybox, which gave them access to the grandstand on the 18th hole and free food, drink, binoculars and a cooler bag. They had a great day. Anne and I also had a …
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TravelPod Member ReviewsMarriott's Maui Ocean Club Lahaina
Beautiful resort with fantastic amenities. Maui should be on everyone's bucket list and the Marriott is the place to stay.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Marriott's Maui Ocean Club Lahaina
I booked this hotel with some trepidation having read bad write-ups. I took it because of the location and we got a very good deal with points and discount. The hotel itself is very nice, the pool is beautiful. The rooms are large with big balconies. We had an oceanfront view and it was fabulous. The service was excellent. If we asked for something to be sent to our rooms, like a bottle opener, it would be there within 5 minutes-no exaggeration! I read about problems with parking and so got valet parking for $9, again we waited no longer than 5 minutes every time for our car with no exceptions! The only complaint I have is that there was no beach. Apparently, the waves washed away their sand...which really stunk because we are beach bums. However there is so much to do in Maui we only would have had 2 days to really enjoy the beach. We went to the Sheraton and rented their chairs with canopy for $31 for a day. (The Sheraton is absolutely stunning-but REALLY expensive. I mean they even charge their own guests for use of the chairs! ) Otherwise, this is prime location in my opinion. We are 10 minutes from Lahaina, which is a nice size town with lots of excellent restaurants to choose from, and great shopping. Must do's: buy Maui Revealed guide book --go to Nakalele blowhole and definitely climb down! (try to wear those sandals with ankle straps or water shoes) It is wonderful! go to the Olivine Pools but go early before the wind kicks in. --go horseback riding down the crater. One of the best experiences for me ever, especially since it was my first time riding.
We are frequent travelers to the breathtaking state of Hawaii, and Maui is one of our favorite islands. Because of this, we had considered a timeshare purchase for years, but until we sat down with a Marriott rep, we had no idea we could actually afford to do it. The Maui Ocean Club was our first choice because of its beauty, position on Ka'anapali Beach (no better view on all of Maui), and Marriott's general attitude toward their guests, which is unparalleled. For non-timeshare guests, I can imagine it would be expensive to stay here, and the time is drawing short as the entire complex is being renovated and turned into timeshare units due to their popularity. The rooms, grounds, and amenities that this resort offers are truly heavenly. From a lomi-lomi massage right on the beach, which is about 20 steps from the pool and grounds by the way (contrary to what some have said), to their highly-rated luau which is open to guests and non-guests alike. This is a truly GREAT place to spend any Hawaiian holiday. We will enjoy it for many years to come!
Just as a previous writer commented, we recently stayed at the Marriott because of a promotion to buy a timeshare. This trip in Oct 2003 was our 5th trip to Maui, so we too were considering the investment. We started off on the wrong foot with a "Garden View" which was completely blocked off by a palm tree. We couldn't even see the golf course. Very poor room appointment when you're trying to sell a first-time guest a $28,000+ timeshare. After 2 days we finally got an upgrade to an Ocean View - for $35 per night! The lay-out of the pool was nice, but never got deeper than 5 feet and you needed to have your lounge saved by 7:45AM if you were going to be in an ideal spot between the pool and the beach. The pool area was always over-crowded. The food was so-so.
The location of this resort is wonderful and why we selected it.
The Maui Marriott is not a quarter-mile to the beach, it backs up to wonderful Ka'anapali Beach, rated as one of the finest in the world.
have been to maui several times, and we were intriqued when we got the special promo offer to come spend a few days at the marriott. of course, in order to get the special rates, we had to listen to the time share presentation, which was ok. we thought it might be time to make the investment. (we had stayed at another of the resorts on one of our previous trips, and in condos several times.)
Never having been to Hawaii before, we have nothing to compare this trip to. I don't know if everything on Maui is expensive as at our hotel - it seemed like our hotel was extreme! For instance, a box of choc. macadamia nuts - we purchased them for around $2.00, then saw them in a Safeway for over $3.00. Later saw them in our hotel for $5.50!!!! Yikes. Simple lunch for 2 (kids ate PB&J in the room) from the poolside cafe was usually $30. (Buy bread, peanut butter, etc - you'll have a fridge in your room!!)Unfortunately, a lot of our spending was done AT the hotel, because of a sick child (thank goodness for Doctors On Call at the Hyatt!!) and the kids wanting to play in the pool the whole time. The pool, by the way, is FABULOUS!!! It's more of a lagoon, really, with waterfalls, slides, etc. The kiddie pool has a pirate ship with slides and fountains, etc. The kids had a ball.Room was boring, basic hotel room - nothing fancy. 2 double beds and a temperamental sofa-bed. The sofa-bed was a nice addition, though - extra room for the kids to spread out (they tend to kick each other during sleep). Since we were stuck in the hotel while the sick one got better, we were glad things were comfortable. :) Overall, nice vacation, even if it was on the expensive side.
The Maui Marriott was perfect. I was traveling with my mom, sister-in-law, brother, his kids and my kids. We thought the hotel was wonderful. The service was incredible. The people were fantastic! And, the hotel was beautiful. It had numerous kid's programs.....including the Gigantic Pirate Ship, for playing in water.....The pools were such a refreshing place to be.......and there was so much activity going on! I recommend this place for everyone...especially families with kids!
If you are looking for a place to go with your younger children and lounge by the pool, this is the place! My husband and I stayed at Marriott Ocean Club in April with our 1 year old son and some friends of ours who have a 3 year old. I can't tell you how wonderful it was to have the kid's water play area...something we have not found at any of the other resorts we have ever visited. The play area wasn't just a smaller pool, but basically a water playground that was great for both the kids.
This is an older property in the Kanapali resort area that Marriott has purchased and spent a lot of money to update. The pool area is newly renovated and features a lava rock waterfall and water slide. The pool is large, but never seems to get deeper than about 5 feet, with a depth of 4 feet in most places. There is a neat The view from this property is awesome. Extremely beautiful. The beach faces the neighbor island of Lanai. (Note, however, that about half the rooms face out back - some of which provide nice mountain and golf course views, but some of which provide excellent views of the parking deck, dumpsters or grill area.) One wing of this buliding appears to be the hotel side and one wing is the Ocean Club side which is a "vacation ownership" facility. I have stayed in both wings. Accommodations in the renovated rooms are very high quality - 4 or 5 stars, depending on which scale you are using, although there are not "full" kitchens in the time share - oops - I mean "vacation ownership" units. Instead there is a mini fridge, coffee maker and microwave. No burners or stove. No hot plates allowed. Dishes but no dishwasher. There are several high quality gas grills in the yard adjacent to the property, so you can go down there to grill out. The first time I stayed at this property, I had purchased a car and room deal on travelocity. The room turned out to be an older, musty, smokey, parking deck view room. For an additional sum, they moved me into an excellent top floor beach view room. It was on the end of the hotel side of the building which overlooks the Luau area. Every night I got to watch the show from my balcony for free. I guess that could also be a problem if you don't like hearing crowds of people shouting "Alo-HA!" and listening to Hawaiian music, etc., but I like to people watch, so it suited me fine. This property is crowded because of all the time share people - this was true even after September 11th when you could w