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... spend the time until boarding filling you guys in on the rest of my time on Maui. It was a good decision - the staff are really friendly, even the TSA people, who grinned and admitted they wanted me to open the locks on my bag because they couldn't be bothered finding the keys (I have TSA-friendly padlocks, if you don't have ones they can open they break them). The guy on Honolulu was a jackass, he shouted at me for no good reason and I fumed silently at not being ...
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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
Great location and excellent service!
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.
--go snorkeling, but realize that you are out in the middle of nowhere and won't see that many colorful fish but you will see fish that are only indemmic to Hawaii and if you go within whale season definitely go with Pacific Whale. They use catamarans so expect a wild ride when the water's choppy. --Must drive the Road to Hana, the waterfalls are beautiful, again do not pass up climbing down the paths to the waterfalls (described in the guidebook). It is so worth it. All in all this was an EXCELLENT trip. We went for 7 days and this was a perfect amount of time to see all that the island offered by day. However, we were so tired that we could not really go out at night until very late.
Oh yeah, bring a waterproof camera! Enjoy, Maui is definitely a great place to visit!
This is a GREAT Place to Stay on Maui!
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!
To time share or not to time share - revisited
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 service was nothing to rave about. We spent our last 3 days on the island and the Hyatt next door. It helped us realize that time-share might not be for us.
Parking is terrible
The location of this resort is wonderful and why we selected it.
However, the room rates are way too expensive for what you get. Parking is a NIGHTMARE. You have to pay $7.00 per day to park in a parking garage where the spaces are way too small. Alot of cars had to take up 2 spaces. At 4:30 p.m. the hotel hosts a luau and all the luau guests park in the same garage as the hotel guests. So, of course, there was no parking available once the luau began. Then, when you hike the half mile to the hotel, you have to walk to the other side of the lobby in order to use the elevator. Restaurants way too expensive. We paid $20 for a hamburger with nothing else with it thru room service. We bought cereal and ate out on our lanai each morning. Saved us $20 per person each morning. Does have a nice beach and pool area. Loved the nice walk to Whaler's Village. They do hound you about taking a tour of the timeshares. Even left us a message on our hotel voice mail. Will NOT stay at this hotel again.
Love Maui Marriott
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.
The hotel/timeshare has a new 3.5 acre superpool that is one of the best ever seen. The new, renovated timeshare villas are gorgeous. The in-house restaurants vary; loved the beachhouse, for the other two found better places to eat in Lahaina, or just walk down the sidewalk to Hula Grill or a dozen other great restaurants in Whaler's Village.
You can't beat Marriott hospitality and - - - the location - - right by Lanai and Molokai is simply one of the most beautiful places in the world. Gold course on one side, Lahaina down the road, and one of the best beaches in the world - - hard to tolerate such amenities, but we will be glad to be among thos ethat do.
To time share, or not to time share...
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.)
bottom line: very nice, IF you want to walk a quarter-mile to the beach or to your car (or pay for valet parking); be surrounded by throngs of people in the pool area; eat every meal in pricy restaurants; etc. we decided that wasn't for us. when it's all said and done, it's just another big hotel.
so next trip will be back to the condo. fix a pot of coffee, sit on the lanai and watch the sun rise while eating a pastry from a local bakery (or throw fresh catch on the grill in the evening), walk a few steps to the pool or the ocean, or out the front door and into the car about 30 feet away.
certainly not knocking the time share approach, but there are alternatives on maui that don't have the marriott's overhead, marketing costs, or commissions built in to their prices. just our opinion.
Kids had fun! Expensive...
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!
GREAT PLACE FOR 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.
First of all, the play area has a beach entry and the whole thing is filled with small pebbles, great for playing with sand toys. Plus its very shallow at the entrance and only gets about a foot deep, so my son, who could not walk at the time, could crawl around in the water. Then there's the pirate ship, complete with water features and a slide. Around the ship are turtles that spout up water and a dolphin that the kids can ride. Basically, a great place for the little ones to spend the day. We set up camp on the lounge chairs right near the play area everyday and rarely left.
The rest of the resort was equally great. The rest of the huge pool area was very nice, and the larger waterslide for older kids and adults was fun too. We stayed in one of the villas. True, no stove, but there was a mini-fridge, microwave and sink, plus there were several BBQs outside which were immaculately cleaned everyday by hotel staff.
We also ate at the resort's sushi restaurant, which we thought was great, and the beachside grill which, for Hawaii, was very well priced & the food was very good as well.
The staff was very accommodating. We requested two ground floor rooms right next to each other, and that was what we got. We ordered a crib from room service and were brought a nearly brand new Graco Pack and Play. They even let us "borrow" a highchair from one of the restaurants for the entire week.
I understand they are turning the resort into 100% timeshare villas, so the price will go up and rooms will be harder to come by, but if you can get in and have kids...definitely stay there.
Marriott's Maui Ocean Club
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
or two guests around the pool. I had a run in with some other guests (clearly from New York) who insisted that they had reserved my pool chair by coming out at dawn and folding the top of the chair down onto a beach towl (the rules clearly say this is not allowed, and they had not been seen poolside at all that day until they appeared in the afternoon and tried to evict me from my chair). That spoiled my aloha a bit, but I told them to stuff it and they finally gave up. Otherwise, this was an extremely pleasant vacation.